Why do we believe what we believe about who we are and what we’re worth? That’s a question that we don’t often reflect on, but it has so much power over our lives.
From the moment we are born, we are given a clean slate. We have no beliefs. No strong opinions. No thoughts on what should be or what we could be. We just are.
But as we live and learn and grow, our beliefs change. Our view of the world and what is right, true, wrong, wise, or foolish, does too.
All of this leads us to who we are and why we do what we do. As leaders of our families, businesses, churches, etc, this is critical to understand. Here’s why: […]
What is your purpose? Why are you here? What does God want to do with your life? These are all big, important questions. But finding the answers can be elusive and extremely frustrating. How can you pursue these mammoth issues about tomorrow while still being fully present today?
At some point, we all know how this feels. You’re always looking forward. Always pressing into tomorrow. Always dealing with the future and wondering what the big picture looks like or how to bring it into focus.
As elusive or frustrating as this can be, it’s vital for us to pursue it. Why is this gnawing question so important? Because your soul can only find true satisfaction and peace when you do. If you don’t pursue your purpose, it’s like being thirsty but never being able to quench your thirst.
But there is hope in a surprisingly simple approach. […]
We all know that finding time to date your spouse is crucial to a healthy and strong marriage. But it isn’t always easy to find the time, nor the money to do it. For many of us, it’s one or the other – or both – that keep us from dating our spouse and keeping the spark alive in our marriage.
If that’s the case for you, then keep reading.
Here are 10 dates you can do on a budget. […]
Breaking your Christmas budget can wreak havoc on your holidays. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, it really shouldn’t be this way.
In order for us to keep from get over-extended and overwhelmed by the season, we need to take some steps to ensure that it remains focused on what it’s really all about.
Here are 10 ways to make Christmas magical – even on a budget! […]
I recently purchased the Gallup Strength Finders 2.0 test because a job that I was applying for required it to work there. It was a very interesting and worthwhile test and I highly recommend you take it yourself. One of the things that stood out most notably, though, was something that I read after the test in their downloadable e-book, Strength Finders 2.0. Here’s what part of the article said:
“Over the past decade, Gallup has surveyed more than 10 million people worldwide on the topic of employee engagement (or how positive and productive people are at work), and only one-third “strongly agree” with the statement:
“At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.”
Think about that for a minute.
Over 10 million people surveyed and only 1/3 said they wake up and love what they do! How sad.
What about you?
What’s at stake for you or for others who don’t do work that they love? […]
As I sit here in my basement office, I am constantly reminded of my four beautiful children. Is it because they are always on my mind? Is it because I have a huge heart for them and my thoughts just easily make their way back to them? That’s partly true, yes. But not exactly what I’m getting at here.
The reason I am constantly reminded of my children is that there is no insulation or sound-proofing between me and them. As I begin to train my thoughts on projects that I am working on (like writing this blog post), I am continually confronted with the sounds of young children.
The running back and forth throughout the house.
The crying and the yelling.
The singing (oh man…the endless singing of the same choruses over and over and over… “Let it go! “Let it go! Can’t hold it back anymore…”)
Now don’t get me wrong, I love it. I really do. There are times that I just stop and listen to all of the craziness in the rooms up above me and I realize that I am living in the very moments of life that many empty-nesters would pay anything to return to.
I get it.
But to be honest with you, it’s still pretty noisy and there are times I just need to focus and have it a little bit quieter.
It feels this way especially when there is fighting going on between the girls. In our house, it’s rarely the physical kind of fighting, but more like the mean-spirited arguing and talking down to one another that we see and hear. That, or someone has made the egregious mistake of taking something that didn’t belong to them or they looked at someone funny. (gasp!)
It’s in these moments that we (as parents) need to step in and try to get to the […]