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The value of words, what to do with a million a year?

The choice of words make a huge difference. What we say to our kids, our spouse, our boss, our friends and standing in line, the words we use are so powerful. Sometimes we say words that shouldn’t be said. Sometimes we omit words that need to be said. In James 3, we find that words can change the course of life. no man can tame the tongue,…

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How to initiate a difficult conversation

John and Cindy frequently argued about how to handle their finances. John bought the latest electronic gadgets. Cindy clipped coupons and shopped second hand stores. As retirement loomed, Cindy’s anxiety about their financial future grew. Every time she tried to talk with John about saving more money however, he became defensive…

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Are you guilty of verbal assault?

“Reckless words pierce like a sword.” Proverbs 12:18  “With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor” Proverbs 11:9 “The tongue has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21 Growing up we all heard the nursery rhyme, “sticks and stones will break our bones but words will never hurt us.” It is a lie. The wounds…

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Encouraging words make a difference

Have you ever known someone who believed in you, someone who frequently spoke words of encouragement and praise? The kind of person who made you feel you could do it, whatever “it” was? That’s the kind of person God wants us to be. Paul gave a good guideline when he wrote that everything we say should build up the…

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Get rid of it

Like many of you, I’m simplifying my life. I’m getting rid of stuff I don’t need, don’t use, can’t take care of or don’t want. Recently I ran across an old letter I’d saved, written by my mother. Throughout my entire life, we had an emotionally destructive relationship. Even as an adult, as a Christian and as a professional…

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What if honor made a comeback?

The other day, I enjoyed an exhilarating bike ride on the trails near my home. Though I like to hunker down and ride fast, I have to be careful because I’m not the only one on the trails. On the straightaways it’s fun to hammer down and go as fast as I can, but whenever I come to a blind turn or come upon people, I slow way down and…

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Vet Etiquette

Are there things to say, or perhaps, not say to your veterinarian?  Apparently, yes.  I have two dogs and both are due for a routine check up.  Interestingly and ironically, I stumbled across an article concerning proper etiquette when it comes to interaction with your vet.  Read up… as you prepare to take your precious

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Are you a people pleaser? Or a God pleaser?

Cindy, a lovely and talented woman had a hard time saying “no” to others. She wanted to help, wanted to please and wanted everyone to like her all of the time. This put her in a terrible bind. She often felt others were taking advantage of her kindness or placing unrealistic expectations on their friendship. But, in order to not…

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