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Adventure, Faith, Inspiration

Seeing Beneath The Surface

Growing up in the country, one of my favorite summer pastimes was spending hot summer afternoons hiking through the woods. A creek flowed through the middle of our farm.  One of my favorite pastimes was to gaze into the water searching for what lingered beneath the surface, while our horses took a much needed rest from the heat. So much was happening under the surface. So when I read the illustration given by L Grand Hutton in his book “In  ...

Blog, Faith, Leadership, Ministry

An Unknown Woman In The Bible?

Although her name appears just once in Paul’s letter to the church at Rome, Junia is one of the most unknown women of the Bible.  Paul wrote in Romans 16:7, “Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.” Junia is the first and only woman in Scripture to be explicitly identified as an apostle. Apostles in the New Testament were  ...

Inspiration, Travel, Uncategorized

Mission Adventure in Ecuador

I still remember watching the ‘Fasten Your Seat Belt’ sign come on. As the plane descended, I got my first glimpse of the Andes Mountains. When the wheels of the plane hit the runway, my stomach was filled with butterflies as we landed at the tiny airport in Quito, Ecuador. It was my first mission adventure. I was 19. I experienced so many firsts that summer. Seeing bananas, bamboo and coconuts grow along the road were new to me. Living in  ...

Faith, Family, Life

Parenting 101: 7 Quotes Worth Remembering

Check out these quotes that give those of us who are parents something to think about: Our children are not just going to be our children. They are going to be other people’s husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren.                    – Mary Calderone Don’t let yourself be so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one. – Glenna Smelton Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but  ...

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  ...

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Changing Your Thinking For The Better

I recently finished reading a great book titled 18 MINUTES by Peter Bergman. I learned a lot from this book – but one of the most interesting things I learned about was a term known as ‘confirmation bias.’ Confirmation bias describes how we look for information, behaviors, and evidence that show us things are the way we believe they should be. In other words, we look to confirm that we’re right. For example a person holds a belief that  ...