Summer Like a Kid Again

Summer is supposed to be a “carefree” time, but for most working moms, there’s nothing carefree about the crunch of kid activities, organizing childcare, vacation planning, and—before you know it—getting ready…

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I Don’t Understand, God

I wanted today's blog to be a little different. As many of you know, my daughter, Annie, has been suffering a debilitating battle. This has been one of the hardest, darkest times…

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You CAN Do the Impossible

My life is always a bit hectic, but there have been times when things just seemed to flow. When my family was basically happy and healthy, when my relationships were strong and my…

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Give Stress the Boot

One of the most important (and hardest) lessons I’ve learned in life is how to deal with stress. It's something that plagues all of us at some point in our lives, but…

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What Does Your Confidence Look Like?

How much do you depend on how you look to give you confidence? I’m not necessarily talking about physical attractiveness, I mean the whole image: clothes, shoes, makeup jewelry, how you fix…

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Savor the Rest of Summer

Summer is supposed to be a “carefree” time, but for most working moms, there’s nothing carefree about the crunch of kid activities, organizing childcare, vacation-planning, and—before you know it—getting ready for school…

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Courage to Do Impossible Things

My life is always a bit hectic, but there have been times when things just seemed to flow. When the family was basically happy and healthy, when my relationships were strong and…

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What Does YOUR Office Bully Look Like?

The mother of Josh, one of my former co-workers, used to always tell the story of how, during his high school years, Josh confronted a bully that was tormenting one of his younger…

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Once in a Lifetime Mentor: Norma, 89

I’ve been blessed by many mentors in my life, but Norma Coldwell might be the most precious to me. I met Norma about five years ago through her son Cameron, who…

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Look Out: Smart Christians Ahead

Most of what I really needed to know about operating a business I learned working at the family orchard and fruit stand starting around age five. Later in life, I also earned…

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I Wanted a To-Do List, God Wanted Me.

There’s something so appealing about the idea of knowing and pursuing your calling, isn’t there? Maybe it’s just me who feels this way, but I doubt it! I think we all want…

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Pay Attention NOW; It's the Journey, Not the Destination

Are you too busy looking towards what’s next to appreciate where you are today? This week, regular 4word contributor Stacy Repult asks us to take our eyes off the future and spend…

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Running Broken

Like many of you, I watched closely last year, as a deadly bombing at the finish of the Boston Marathon and an ensuing manhunt seemed to turn the entire city of Boston…

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Love and Forgiveness after You’ve Been Hurt

Are there people in your life that you are struggling to love? This week 4word contributor Stacy Repult shares the story of how she struggled to love her dementia-stricken father, even as…

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Do What You Can

I have two inspiring stories to share with you this week about people using their gifts to serve God at work. One story involves a pair of rich industrialists who used their…

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A Path to Joy in Singleness

Valentine’s Day is coming up, but instead of a blog on romance, my guest writer today will share her story of singleness. Jennifer Howell is a business marketing development officer (and 4word…

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Goals, Grounded in Grace

Every January we hear a lot about resolutions and goals, about doing more and being better in the New Year. And there’s nothing wrong with that, not really. I’m a huge proponent…

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But Mary Pondered

This time of year there’s a lot to be excited about. Especially if you’re a working mom like me, it’s easy to fill up your time with holiday preparations, decorations, family traditions,…

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Got Joy?

We Christians are supposed to be full of joy, especially this time of year. So how is that working for everybody? Not easy, is it? It’s worth asking: what exactly is Christian…

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Stress Less

One of the most important (and hardest) lessons I’ve learned in life is how to deal with stress. And by “deal with it,” I really mean “give it away.” Growing up, I…

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