Faith and Inspiration

Walking in Your Own Shoes: Finding Purpose, Passion and Power

  My guest blogger today is Kolleen Lucariello. I remember borrowing shoes from a friend or my mother, and they never felt right on my feet. Thank you, Kolleen, for the reminder to say yes to my own purpose, passion and power! Walking in Your Own Shoes By Kolleen Lucariello Here in my home state of New York, October ushers in the fun of pumpkins, apple picking and salmon fishing season. There’s also the beauty of leaves peaking, apple cider and cozy sweaters. Among the many things October has to offer, it has also been designated as Women Walking in […]

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7 Tips for Handling Anxiety

I’m wrapping up my September guest posts with guest blogger, Michelle Bengston. Here Michelle shares some biblical wisdom for handling anxiety.   7 Tips for Handling Anxiety by Dr. Michelle Bengtson   Worry, fear, and anxiety are epidemic. Anxiety disorders are the most common class of mental health disorders.[i] It started in Genesis, when Adam and Eve developed an unhealthy fear of God, prompting them to hide in the garden after realizing their nakedness. God commands us not to worry or fear over 300 times, because He knew we would. Scripture Gives 7 Tips for Handling Anxiety: Recognize it exists. […]

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One Proposal for an Improved Marriage

Today’s guest blogger is Lori Lipsky. She shares how she and her husband have had some great conversations about books. She also figured out a solution for when their tastes differ. Love this! Mr. Repurposed and Upcycled Life doesn’t love books like I do. In fact, he would rank books at the bottom of his list of loves. But, we have had some wonderful discussions over audio books that we have listened to together. It isn’t always a picture-perfect experience, but we flex.   One Proposal for An Improved Marriage by Lori Lipsky For the first time in our marriage, we […]

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Set a Goal for Improving Yourself this Fall

Today’s guest blogger is Gail Goolsby who wants to help us kick off fall with excellent plans for self-improvement. Today is the official start of fall. What will you do to improve yourself? Kick Off Fall with September Self-Improvement Month by Gail Goolsby   Goodbye to lazy days of summer and vacation leisure. Hello to set schedules for kids and adults. Time for school and daily routines. Fall is here. Freshly sharpened pencils. New clothes and unscuffed shoes. Sports teams with unblemished records. Blank report cards ready to register best grades ever. Fall presents new opportunities. Make the most of […]

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Sweet in the Middle: She Loves Her Sandwich-Cookie Life

Today’s guest blogger is Robin Steinweg. I love how she has found sweetness in the midst of her life experience as a caregiver and then after losing her parents. She shares some helpful tips if you feel stuck in the middle. Stuck Sweet in the Middle by Robin Steinweg Do you ever feel you’re in that awkward, in-between stage? I sure do! I recently spent years stuck in a crushing middle. Round and round I turned from the growing needs of aging parents to those of growing sons to those of work. I’d carve hours from sleepless nights to write, compose, […]

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Grinning through Hurricane Harvey and Beyond

My guest blogger today is Kathy Carlton Willis, the Grin Gal. Kathy wrote this before Hurricane Harvey hit the town where she lives in Texas, yet if you knew her, you’d have solid evidence that she does live what she says. Kathy grinned her way through a week without electricity and water, which means without air conditioning in the Texas heat. She continued to look for positives, even when dealing with health problems and more in the midst of the storm. Where Does that Grin Come From? by Kathy Carlton Willis I’m often asked, “How can you keep grinning despite […]

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Savoring the Not-So-Perfect Life

by Michelle Rayburn When I was young, my mother cooked most meals from scratch, baked six loaves of bread every week and canned enough vegetables to feed the neighborhood if we ever had to retreat to a bomb shelter. But on occasion, we had TV dinners when she worked the evening shift at the hospital and my dad had to feed us three kids. September 10 is National TV Dinner Day, and it has me reminiscing about those foil-covered aluminum trays with frozen mystery meat and gravy, blobs of mashed potatoes, corn and chocolate pudding—because who doesn’t cook their pudding […]

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Memorial Brings Healing and New Purpose

My second guest blogger in September is Dana Bridges Stout. She shares her story of how she found healing when she named the son and daughter she never held. Dana shows how she turned something difficult into an opportunity to help other women heal. That’s life, repurposed. Honoring the Unborn by Dana Bridges Stout “You want me to what?” I said as my defenses exploded in anger. “No way, no how! I purposely never wanted to do that because I knew it would be too painful, too real.” My Abortion Recovery Bible study facilitator assigned us to name our aborted babies […]

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Blessings…What Does that Really Mean?

How do you sign your e-mails or your letters to people? I sign many greetings with “Love, Michelle.” That’s because much of what I write is to family and close friends. Business correspondence, I sign with “Regards,” or “Sincerely.” But what about the in-between communication? Sometimes “love” is too familiar, but “regards” is too stuffy. Then what? Warmly? Maybe. Best? That could work.  Often, I sign my greetings with “Blessings.” What does that mean? Do I use it too flippantly, without giving it enough thought? I hope not. To me, it says: An abundance of peace to you. May God […]

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What Message Might Christian Signs Send in Between the Lines?

Wherever you stand on one side or the other of a hot-button issue, how do you feel about how a Christian ought to present their side to the world? Should we sit back and ignore the other side of an issue, or should we be “in your face” about it? I believe the tone we convey is the more poignant message than the message we spell out in words. The best-intended thoughts are wasted if our tone conveys something opposite from our intentions. What do you think about the following examples? This isn’t a debate about the issues, so it […]

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