Category: Personal Growth

what contentment means for a Christian
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How to learn to be content in any situation

I’m a people watcher. One of the human things I’m noticing as we move forward with COVID-19’s sheltering-in-home is the mixed bag of responses regarding isolation. Most of us cozied right up to the idea of time off of work or the perfect excuse to indulge ourselves in a DIY

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Turn Loneliness into Purpose
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16 Surprising Ways to Turn Loneliness into Purpose

Are you feeling lonely? It’s not a fun emotion as it usually morphs into feeling sad, isolated, or depressed. You’ve probably known periods of loneliness more often than you’d like. Most women over 50 have, so you’re not alone. As you age, people you care about disappear from your life

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A tip to frame your day successfully
How to change unhealthy thinking

Use this tip to frame your day for success

How often have you woken up in the morning with your thoughts carrying snippets of concern, crisis, or unpleasant responsibility? If you fall asleep dwelling on such things, restlessness or bothersome dreams haunt your night. When your daily life is squished in-between such musings, it’s hard to envision or experience

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How the Lord's Prayer can help you deal with worry
How to change unhealthy thinking

How the Lord’s Prayer Can Free Your Mind of Worry

Do you ever pray without thinking about what you are saying? Recently, as I was praying the Lord’s Prayer, I was caught up short. Right after, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,” the Lord interrupted me with, “Why don’t you want my will done?” What??? Of COURSE, I want

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deal with overwhelm in under 5 minutes by Susan Gaddis
Overwhelm

How to deal with overwhelm in under 5 minutes

Last Sunday our pastor, Andy Rock, got my attention by his comment of how much we expect retirement to be a life free of responsibility—just one long vacation—nothing to do but rest and relax. It’s true, I thought, dreaming of a 365-day cruise free of cleaning, cooking, and bill paying

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How to avoid becoming fossilized.
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How to avoid becoming a fossil

Are you in danger of fossilization? Harboring negative aging attitudes that hold you back from healthy change? I’m on the planning committee for our 50th high school reunion, and guess what! Everyone posting on our reunion Facebook group looks OLD. I still remember all my classmates as their 18-year-old-selves, except

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How to move forward when you feel stuck.
Overwhelm

How to move forward when you feel stuck

No matter how old you get, life can be overwhelming, confusing, crowded, and you will feel stuck at times. Sometimes it may only be one area of your life that feels stuck, but that’s enough to keep you from moving forward into what you want to be and do. Once

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How to adjust to the challenges of aging on a post by Susan Gaddis
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How to adjust to the challenges of aging

So… recently on my Facebook page, I asked the question, “What has been your hardest adjustment to aging?” Here are just a FEW of the responses: “Feeling the same as always but finding that my body doesn’t listen to what I tell it to do anymore (run, jump, etc.).” “Time

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It isn't always easy to find new friends when you're a woman over 50 facing different changes in life.
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How to Find New Friends When You Are Over 50

I couldn’t wait for recess. My best friend, Kathy, was meeting me by the big tree in the playground. We were going to play “Peter Pan and Windy” with a bunch of school friends. Of course, I was going to be Peter Pan OR Captain Hook. (Did I want to

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