Faith and Inspiration

To Goal or Not to Goal

Are goals really important? What if I prefer to wing it? If you’re a perfectionist, you may or may not love to set goals, or maybe the process seems too overwhelming for you. This issue will help you look at goals in a different way, inspire you with practical ways to make your intentions memorable and visual, and two books that can give you lots of helpful insight as you get started. Here’s wishing you a fantastic new year!  

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Perfectionism, Paint and Peace

Learn how perfectionism might be what’s frustrating you in your journey toward weight loss and wellness. Embrace the imperfection of a good shabby chic paint makeover and get a DIY recipe for chalk paint for your next project, big or small. Learn more about a book that helps with taming your inner critic.

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Importance of Making Time for Me, Guilt-Free

In this issue: Learn why repurposing is just a way of appreciating the story in broken things, be inspired to make self-care a regular part of your life with no guilt, and learn more about a new book that’s coming out that helps you discover God in the midst of everyday life. This post marks the beginning of a new format for my blog! The new magazine-style format will include three elements in each issue: 1) a practical real-life article to inspire you to repurpose your own struggles or challenges into growth opportunities, 2) a fun repurposed or before-and-after idea, […]

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I’m So Sorry for Your Loss…

Have you ever wondered what to say when someone has just experienced the death of a loved one? I’m not even sure what I would want someone to say to me, but here are some well-worn lines that often come to mind when words elude me: I’m holding you in my thoughts and prayers. We’re praying for you at this time of great sadness. I’m so sorry for your loss. Worn out phrases, but heartfelt, I promise! That leads me to wonder; just how do the ones left behind express their experience to others? How can they begin to capture […]

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Room Makeover and Reflections on Empty Nesting

Last summer, our nest officially emptied when our youngest son got married and moved out of our home. He wasn’t terribly amused that I required him to remove his belongings from his room when he left. I was not going to be one of those mothers who would someday put my grandchildren to bed for sleepovers in their father’s untouched childhood room. If you’re one of those mothers, please pardon my frankness. No insult is intended toward whatever choice you make. This loft bed stood in this corner for more than a decade. The paneling-covered walls AND ceiling was tolerable decor […]

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From Biker Gang to Beloved

Love. We all crave it. More importantly we all need it. Without it, we end up in life-or-death situations or in a string of horrible relationships. I would like to introduce you to a book that just came out: Love’s Bullet. I had the opportunity to be one of the editors for this book and Maureen’s story is engaging. Here is a little more from the description: Love’s Bullet chronicles Maureen Hager‘s rise from an emotionless, dysfunctional family to finding the love she sought. But first she endured years of heartache and pain. Numerous failed relationships sent her deeper into a world […]

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Life in the Silence

My guest blogger today shares a story that some of my readers can relate to. Others haven’t been through the heartbreaking loss that she has experienced, but they can imagine the pain. There is purpose, even if a life lived only inside the womb. I hope you’ll take a moment to read how Kristine has found blessings in her pain. And remember Infant Loss Awareness Month in October! Life in the Silence Infant Loss Awareness Month by Kristine Zimmer Orkin Jacob entered the world silently. There was no collaborative gasp of joy with the final push that announced his arrival. […]

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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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