Plan to Live Delighted

Sacrifice. Surrender. The spiritual disciplines urge us to give up things we might prefer to retain. The term "discipline" itself carries a grim reputation. Those who observe the season of Lent often wrap these pre-Easter weeks in terms of self-deprivation. We must resist all things delicious, luxurious, or fun so we…

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Optimize Your 2018: Successful Goal Setting

  Have you ditched your New Year's resolutions? Instead of abandoning your good intentions, you can upgrade them and craft successful goals. Last week's post covered the basics of SMART goals and prioritizing. Recognizing your overall purpose and the limits of your time are essential first steps. This week begins our…

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Illuminate Your Life with Love

In a time of pervasive online connectivity, loneliness plagues our world like never before. Online friendships remain shallow and fail to sate our hunger for empathy and support. Fear tempts us to seek refuge from violence broadcast throughout the world. In the shadow of grim murder stories, we isolate in our…

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Illuminate Your Life with Hope

The first Christmas arrived during a bleak season for God's people. Israel shivered in the shadows of oppression and poverty. Iron-fisted pagans enforced their rule through barbaric crucifixions. Even their fellow countrymen succombed to corruption and betrayal. Prophecies had ceased four hundred years prior, so the growing cries of Israel seemed…

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Trimming Holiday Stress

Food, family, and festivities rush us through Thanks-mas into next year's calendar. We fuss and bustle, scurrying from one restless day to another in an attempt to "do" the holidays properly. Or survive them, at least. Expectations and expenses squeeze us until our temples throb from the pressure. The harder we…

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Essential Luxuries

Calendar pages flurry past our eyes, ruffling our lashes. Our one life races to its inevitable end, and each of us wants to make the most of it. Wisdom teaches us we can do anything but not everything, leaving us to choose what matters most. Food. Water. Shelter. Health. Survival rises…

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Warding off Compassion Fatigue

This week's video continues our discussion of compassion fatigue. Instead of addressing burnout only when it reaches critical mass, here are a few tips to help ward off emotional exhaustion before it begins: Schedule renewal before you burn out. Examine your daily and weekly outpour v.s. intake. Make self-care appointments. Get…

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