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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Responding to Burnout

As we conclude our series on compassion fatigue, today's post discusses how to respond when we notice potential burnout in others. As with any condition, listening with love must take the driver's role for effective, healthy support. Listen at least twice as much as you speak. Even more is better. As…

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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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Need a Change of Space?

  Drudgery seeps in from the same old walls glaring at us. Creativity withers if we don't crack open a new view once in a while. A change of scenery helps, but sometimes refreshing our everydace space is what we need most. Here are a few tips on how to optimize…

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Vacation with Vitality: Best Mementos

Whether you staycation, beach yourself, or conquer theme parks, summer breaks offer vital opportunities to renew. The mind, body, and soul find restoration during periods of intentional rest. Relationships deepen and grow through playful experiences. And a change of pace can beget gratitude in the heart. Our schedules must return to…

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Vacation with Vitality: Must-Have Soul Treats

Summer whirls us into a flurry of activity. We race to engage kids and family in outings. Vacations demand planning, press us through an agenda, and cause weeks of post-travel catch-up. The season most tauted for recreation often turns into an exhausting set of tasks. While we could manage to squeeze…

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Vacation with Vitality: Stay-cation Like a Boss

Whether or not you plan to take a grand vacation this year, don't miss out on opportunities to rejuvenate from the comfort of home. Stay-cations offer relaxation without the cost or time involved with travel. True refreshment from home might seem challenging, but today's video will help you master the art.…

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How to Stay Refreshed

  For the past seven weeks, we've explored detailed steps to refresh each aspect of life. Our discussions noted ways to renew the mind, relationships, health, habits, spirituality, self-esteem, and personal image. Now that we've identified how to revitalize our lifestyles this spring, how can we keep up with them through…

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