9 Things Successful People Do Differently

I devour recommended reading lists, double-stacking new volumes into my bulging shelves each month. Books gleaming with insights for optimizing purpose and impact rank high among my favorites. I most love the authors who craft great content into succinct packages. Brevity demonstrates respect for the productive lifestyle's most precious resource--time. My appreciation…

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Daring Greatly

If I asked whether you'd like to wallow in the dull ache of emptiness or plunge into life as a vivid adventure, how would you respond? Could you embrace the challenge of wholehearted living with honesty? Many of us wrap ourselves in the comforts of mediocrity and anonymity, but shrink back…

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The Noticer

Imagine living in a hand-scooped trench beneath a pier. A few years of stubble grown past the high school complexion, but hope no longer sparkles in the eyes. Consider the ocean view of an orphaned young man. Waves batter the shores without mercy. The horizon brings days of hard labor which…

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Christmas Jars

We sing carols and string glittering adornments throughout our community. Cards and memes flood our eyes with snippets of sentiment. Our ovens overflow with vanilla and cranberry aromas. We hang these webs of tradition in sticky frostings and garland in hopes of capturing the magical spirit of a holiday season. Yet,…

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Hugs for the Holidays

Feeling cuddly as a cactus this week? Got that greasy black peel attitude? Checking your teeth for termites,  or itching your head for brain-spiders? Has the seasonal music and glittery trim inspired all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile? Maybe you haven't developed a green complexion yet, but struggle to…

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Christmas Traditions

Twas the weeks before Christmas and all through the nation, toddlers' "Why" echoes stirred moms to frustration. "Why do you kiss under missing toes?" "Why must my wrapped presents wait?" "Why put a tree where our couch outta go and lights all over the place?" While annoyed at a tot's redundant…

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Author Interview: The Spindle Chair

Shellie, thanks for joining us today at Divine Encouragement. I am excited to introduce readers to your ministry and writing. Tell us about your marriage ministry and why you felt led to write a novel. Tina, I appreciate the opportunity to connect with your Divine Encouragement readers. My burden is for…

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Calorie-Free Treat, Anyone?

The waist bands and thighs in my pants shrank this year. Even more than the previous year. Sheesh. With all the modern advances, you'd think garment manufacturers could engineer pre-shrunk fabrics.  Don't ask me about the extra ten pounds on the doctor's scale. Obviously, the instrumentation had not been balanced at…

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A Dare to Live Fully

Blond, pinhead-sized ants stream through paint cracks and drizzle into my cupboards. The flow meanders in and out of visibility, winding up my honey jar and over my open Bible. I brush the trespassers to the chipped tile floor. One creature struggles up onto the Psalms alone.  Defying my efforts to…

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