Category Archives: Life’s Challenges

Best 5 Tips From A Two-Year-Old To Get Unstuck

“I’m done. I want to get down.” Two-year-old Jonathan sat at the table. He stared at a plate full of celery and carrots chopped up into small pieces.

“Are you finished eating?” His aunt Rebecca asked.

“No.”

“Well, then you need to finish eating your carrots and celery.”

He waited a few minutes. Then he ate the carrots.

“Can I get down?”

“Are you finished?”

“Yes.”

Rebecca looked over at his plate, “You need to finish eating your celery.”

Jonathan squished his eyebrows and turned his mouth down, “I don’t like it. I want to get down.”

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83 Year Old Woman Inspires Strength To Work

I noticed her hunched over the shopping baskets in Walmart. She’s a greeter, a tiny lady with gray hair but she is strong! We have chatted before so I stopped to talk to her when I went Walmart today. I shared that I felt tired from teaching at the high school all day.

She leaned on a shopping cart, “I am tired too. I don’t bounce back the way I did when I was 70. At 70 I could work 8 to 10 hours a day, drive home and get my energy back by the time I arrived home.”

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Gratitude Does Not Deny Pain

Gratitude does not deny pain and suffering.
Gratitude enables you to bear it.
Gratitude gives you the power to overcome.

In everything give thanks. . .

He who offers thank offerings honors Me and
prepares the way for Me so that I may
show him the salvation of God. Psalm 50:23

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Imagine You’re Not Too Old To Achieve Your Dream

“I never had a college degree myself so I went back to school when I was sixty-five.”

She leaned on her cane as she made her way down the high school hall. Age had taken it’s toll on her body. I recognized her as a guest (substitute) teacher and had come up to walk beside her.

“How awesome for you to go back to school when you’re older!”

“Yes, I didn’t even know how to turn on a computer. I had to take a computer class so I could do my classes.” She chuckled.

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Discomfort in Pursuing Your Dreams

Growth only comes when you allow yourself to be uncomfortable.

Once you achieve one goal and you’re comfortable, then it’s time to allow yourself to be uncomfortable as you press into the next challenge.

Regardless of your age, stretch yourself in pursuing your dreams and desires mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.

Growth isn’t fun or easy but it’s necessary for the next level of achievement. Athletes understand this principle and inspire us to do the same.

Strength to strength.

Glory to glory.

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Beauty in the Mess ~ You’re an Overcomer!

I sat in my crushed car, reeling from the shock of a five car accident that totaled my car. After the policemen took us to a nearby strip mall so I sat in the car waiting.

“Mom, look. Look at the flowers. Mom, these are some of your favorite flowers!” I turned around in the car seat and spotted my son, Alex, standing by a group of three, deep pink crepe myrtles.

I groaned. For a moment I thought it was rather insensitive to be telling me to look at the flowers instead of empathizing with my loss.

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What Wears On Us Can Create Beauty

One of the reasons I love guest teaching is because I get to go back to school and learn everything I didn’t appreciate when I was in school. LOL!

Yesterday, I taught 7th and 8th grade science and enjoyed refreshing my knowledge about erosion and the effects of it.

The creative shapes of many of our rock formations caused by erosion intrigue me.
If you want to take a moment to enjoy nature’s art, you can enjoy these photos.

Negative happenings in our lives, dealing with stress and the everyday things that wear us down can make us feel discouraged or irritated. However, something beautiful be created in us because of them.

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How Pressure and Chocolate Can Be Good For You

Today I felt totally stressed out. I have a great opportunity to speak to share my program, Write Your Story NOW ~ Leave A Legacy Your Loved Ones Will Treasure. The speaking event is a good opportunity to educate, empower and equip others to write their stories.

I have a lot to do to get ready for it and many decisions to make which make me feel a lot of pressure because I want to do it right. In the midst of thinking all these issues through, I had a sudden craving for chocolate. :-) I’m health conscious so I’ve purchased raw cocoa because of it’s superior health benefits and came up with my own variation of a raw chocolate recipe.

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Keys to Success ~ Diligence Leads to Profit

Have you ever bought a product personally or for your business that you thought would profit you but in the end it didn’t?

We’ve all had that experience.

An online promotion says you need to act by a certain time to take advantage of their offer and you make a hasty decision. You lose your time and money acting in haste and end up poorer for it.

In another scenario, you sign up for something legitimate but you’re not diligent about implementing what you bought.

King Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived,  made this observation.

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Wisdom For Every Decision You Make

Do you ever wonder if you’re making the right decision or the best decision you could make?

My friend’s husband had died a year and a half ago after a long and happy marriage. She confided in me. “Now that I’m alone, there’s a number of business decisions and then decisions on the house I have to make by myself. Sometimes I wonder if I’m making the right one.”

“I understand how you feel. I feel that way too sometimes. I find it challenging sometimes to make decisions by myself now too. I like the idea that God will give us wisdom for every decision we make.

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