Inspired By My Teenager

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This week, I am spotlighting one of my daughters. Ryan is almost 15 and she wrote this real account of a situation that occurred last weekend. This post is peppered with so much humor, truth, and life lessons…I had to share it with all of you. Please be encouraged to share this with your family and especially with your children. I also challenge you to go out there and Take Action as a result of being inspired by her words! Because Together is Better, As pretty much everyone in Arizona knows, there was a monumental and destructive rainstorm quite recently, causing many people immobility for hours. Arizona is commonly known for all of the dirt we have here, and that's exactly what came rushing onto local streets everywhere due to the storm. Now, this rainstorm was unlike any petty … [Read more...]

Impact and Influence Others

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Funny how it is…well, it's actually quite sad…we usually are more concerned about how other's words and actions will affect us rather than being concerned about how our words and actions will affect others. We've all been there, we've all done it. In class, at work, at a party, we think to ourselves or voice to a friend, "OH NO, there's so-in-so! Whether they speak too loudly, drink too much, are negative, are obnoxious, rub us the wrong way, etc…we would rather not interact with them. They make us feel uncomfortable, we have to make small talk, and we can't wait to be released from their presence. We don't like the way their words and actions affect us. We even do it with strangers…if someone looks different or "weird" we don't want to … [Read more...]

Be a Blessing

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We've all seen them…dirty, disheveled, smelly…and HOMELESS. As we drive by, we watch them…partly out of curiosity, partly out of compassion. We wonder; how did they get to that point? What is their history? Where is their family? When did it get so bad? Are there drugs involved? Were they abused? Have they been arrested? Are they hungry? Where do they sleep? Do they need medical attention? How long have they been on the streets? Unfortunately, we also are skeptical. Is this a scam? Do they make more money than I do? If I give them money, will they just buy alcohol? Is this an act? Am I being a "sucker"? Why don't they clean up and get a job? Where did they get the materials to write that cardboard sign? Some people hand them money out … [Read more...]

Loving the Unlovable

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It has been said that the people we are most turned off by or the most offended by are the ones who need our love the most.  Their behavior may seem rude or crude or loud or ugly.  They may be physically not pleasing to look at.  They offer us nothing.  These are the people who are most hurting and crying out for love and attention and acceptance. It's easy to love people who are attractive, fun, and pleasing in their mannerisms.  But that's not what we are called to do. We are to "Love your neighbor as yourself"...it doesn't say, "Love your neighbor only if they are pleasing to you".  This is a challenge, I know.  To look past someone's physical attributes, to ignore their crass behavior, to really love them is arduous.  We are to look into the heart and soul of people. We are to … [Read more...]

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

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"Love your neighbor as yourself": If we break down this Biblical scripture and common phrase it will take on a new light.  Here are a couple of powerful questions:  If you love your neighbor as yourself, yet you don't really love yourself...does that mean you don't love others or treat them as well as they deserve to be treated?  On the contrary, if you really love yourself, do you actually love others and treat them better than if you didn't?   I have observed these correlations in people over and over again, and have found them to be true.  If you feel this is true for you, you may either feel great about how you think and behave or you may feel like you have some work to do.  If you find yourself judging others, thinking nasty thoughts, or even being grumpy toward others, then you … [Read more...]