Seasoned with Salt

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:5-6 (NASB) I don’t make the most of every opportunity. Unfortunately, opportunities fly past me as I rush…

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Give Thanks

I restarted my Live Like it Matters Challenges last week because a reader asked how she could find all the challenges. I challenge us to do something to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us, in the place around us, wherever you are. Why?  Because the world needs you and me…

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A Simple Hello Will Do

Today, I’m beginning the “Live Like it Matters Challenge“ challenges again because of Maureen. Thank you, Maureen. Not only because of Maureen, but because I believe these practices can help you become a better person. Our habits shape us. When we make a habit of saying hello and thank you to the people around us,…

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Before and After

For some, it is the first Christmas since something changed in our lives. Tish Harrison Warren puts it well in her upcoming book, Prayer in the Night. “There are particular events that divide our lives into before and after. There are seasons of deep darkness, failure, and loss that indelibly mark us.” How our lives…

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Value Restored

This month’s guest post is written by another one from the Zoom group I wrote about in the intro to last month’s guest post, Undiluted. Debby Smith was the initiator of the continued Zoom meetings. I am better for knowing her, and have a feeling our friendship will grow long after our Zoom meetings end.…

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Undiluted

I met Becca through the The Way Up is Down book launch team. The author of the book, Marlena Graves, hosted a weekly Zoom meeting study group. We enjoyed it and wanted to stay connected. Several of us continue to meet via Zoom to go through another book to learn about group spiritual direction. We’re…

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Just Stop Messing With It

I met Therisa, this month’s Live Like It Matters guest post writer, about two years ago in a writing group. She is as bright and cheery as her website portrays her to be. Energy and enthusiasm flow from her. So does kindness and compassion. I was heartened when I read her story on her website,…

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Five Things I Learned By Watching Dad

At some point in our lives, we realize we will experience the pain of losing our parents. It’s always too soon when it happens. My friend, Ingrid, wrote about the loss of her dad and how we can honor those who teach us how to love and live well. It was originally published on her…

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Lord, Make Us Like Our Kids

The Live Like It Matters guest post this month is by Toya Poplar. We’re in a writing group together. God has used those gatherings and her wise and loving words to get me through a difficult time of fear and doubt. Over and over again, her words came back to me as I crawled up,…

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Little Places

This month’s guest post is by a friend I met in 2017 at the first writer’s conference I attended. We were in several breakouts and a critiquing session together and connected over a shared desire to encourage others with our writing. We reconnected this week and I’m glad we did. Dyann works full-time as an…

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