I finished Carry Burr’s newest book over the weekend.  The topic of the book is one we’re all familiar with: our need to make a difference and to know we matter. But this isn’t a book about learning how to build your self-esteem, gain a massive following, or improve your life with positive thinking. Instead,…

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My kids love the sand. When they were younger, they spent hours building sandcastles. They smoothed over the perfect spot for the castle, then gathered wet sand near the edge of the ocean and hauled it back to the construction site. They pressed the sand into molds, turned them over and patted carefully so the…

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I’m about to do something I haven’t done since I was a teenager. SKIP SCHOOL! There’s no Monday School today, y’all! I’ve worked hard on several projects recently, had a very busy day at work, a meeting afterward, and was unusually late getting home. I needed to be outside, so my daughter and I went…

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Last year, I took my commitment to grow as a communicator to another level when I attended the Speak Up Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I signed up to attend again this year, but was stressed over the time away from my family and the time off from work. I almost backed out. I’m thankful…

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I lingered too long with my coffee yesterday morning. I planned an Independence Day run in my favorite park but didn’t start as early as intended. Orange cones lined the street into the park to guide the throngs of firework watchers showing up to stake their claim to the best spots. I maneuvered my car…

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I received the best kind of text this morning. A spontaneous one from a friend who thought about me, then texted me to let me know she thought about me. That would have been enough to make me smile but she sent a powerful message of encouragement and some verses for me to think about…

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