How to upgrade your dreary life in 2 steps
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How to upgrade your dreary life in 2 easy steps

A dreary life is a lot like a thick book with page after page of humdrum, dull, and boring writing. Yuck. Who wants a life like that? Unfortunately, there seems to be an increase in mundane days as you grow older. You try to adjust your expectations of what constitutes

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How to find your way when life gets messy
Personal Growth

How to Find Your Way When Life Gets Complicated

How do you find your way when life gets complicated and messy?  Noah, the ark guy, probably isn’t top-of-mind when you’re facing difficulty and unanswered questions, but I bet Joseph and Mary thought about him a lot. After all, the Lord had given this couple an assignment: birth and raise

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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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