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Leadership, Life

5 Ways To Live An Inspired Life

I believe at one time or another we all have had a desire to live an inspiring life. To live a life that brings value to this world and makes an impact on other people’s lives. I checked out the definition for ‘inspiring’ and found words like encouraging, energizing, influencing and motivating. Inspiration pushes a person from apathy to possibility. It gives life purpose and passion that will inspire others to do the same. I recently learned  ...

Faith, Family, Just Fun, Life, Parenting 101

Parenting 101: 3 Steps To Building A Successful Family

A lot of hard work goes into building a successful family. Looking back over 35+ years of parenting, along with the fact that we definitely made our share of mistakes, here are 3 key steps that will contribute to a a great family. Step #1 CHOOSE YOUR FOUNDATION CAREFULLY Every construction project begins with the foundation. It is the key to the building’s stability. If you’ve ever spent the afternoon building sandcastles on the beach, you  ...

Blog, Friendshp, Life

5 Secrets To Lifelong Friendships

Over the past few years, researchers have discovered that friendships have a profound impact on our psychological and physical well being. Friendships among those who have known one another for years – as well as friendships among family members – seem to play an important role in a person’s overall health. Of course, maintaining lasting friendships is easier said than done. Reports estimate that most American adults have an  ...

Faith, Family, Life

Stop. Think. Thank.

God does not speak in an audible voice to me – but sometimes there is no mistake in what He is trying to say.  That’s what happened as I began walking the track this morning at the gym.  My mind was preoccupied with my ‘to do’ list for the day: phone calls I had to make, meetings I needed to schedule (and reschedule due to the weather), emails I needed to respond to, preparations for church this Sunday – typical things that fill  ...

Just Fun, Life, Marriage

Not Your Typical Snow Day

As a kid growing up in the country, I loved snow days! Time seemed to stand still as we chased each other with snowballs and sledded up and down the hills on my parents’ farm.   When we simply couldn’t feel our hands and feet anymore, we would head up the hill to my house where Mom always had hot chocolate and caramel corn waiting for us!  For me, one year stands out from all the rest.  I had brought a ‘friend’ of mine from college home with  ...

Adventure, Faith, Life

Visit to a Philippine Jungle Village

As we were flying over the tropical jungle on the island of Mindanao, Philippines,  I carefully watched the missionary pilot.  Flying an airplane in the jungle can be risky business.  At only a moment’s notice weather conditions could seriously threaten the safety of the airplane, the passengers and the cargo.  The pilot concentrated on terrain features, strip conditions and wind patterns as he held the plane steady at an altitude of 5,000  ...

Blog, Faith, Life, Ministry

Guinea Pig, Anyone?

I can still remember watching the ‘Fasten Your Seat Belt’ sign come on.  As the plane began to descend through the clouds, never would I forget my first glimpse of the Andes Mountains.  As the wheels of the plane hit the runway, my stomach was filled with butterflies as we landed at the tiny airport in Quito, Ecuador.  As a summer missionary, I experienced so many ‘firsts.’ Riding on a train to the coastal city of Guayaquil, seeing bananas,  ...