Live Like It Matters Challenge

Get Ready

I was in my twenties before I heard then cherished the Christmas hymn O Come Emmanuel. For the first time I thought about the generations of saints who waited and longed for the promised Messiah. Since then I celebrated Advent a handful of times before I made it the central part of my personal celebration several…

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Because We Can

I’m skipping Monday School today so I can share what my friends and I did over the weekend. We ran the Nashville Sprint Spartan Race on Saturday and the Nashville Super on Sunday. Those are my fifth and sixth Spartan races but the first time I’ve done Spartan races two days in a row. The…

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What’s Next?

Last year, I took my commitment to grow as a communicator to another level when I attended the Speak Up Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I signed up to attend again this year, but was stressed over the time away from my family and the time off from work. I almost backed out. I’m thankful…

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The 2017 Roundup

doors by Joanna Schley

Changes bring…….well, changes. No matter what kind it is, loss is difficult. While my family and I dealt with loss because of a necessary but painful ending, 2017 was a grand year. I wrote Broken about a month before the ending. I see now that I was writing anticipating the difficulty of what would come…

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Open Spaces

If I’m not careful I end up doing a lot of additional things and ignoring the essential ones.

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The Take Away

Last week was a a life changer for me. My heart was refreshed, my confidence renewed, and I was reminded of why I do what I do. I attended a conference called Speak Up, a speaking and writing conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I will glean from the abundance of all that was shared at…

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Am Learning

I’m attending my first writer’s conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This means several things. First, it means I know I’m a writer. Second, it means I’m telling others I’m a writer. Both of those are remarkable because only a few years ago I wouldn’t say it. I thought it and part of me knew it,…

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Love It or List It

In my last post, I wrote about the different kinds of lists we have. Whether they’re written down on paper or just floating around in our heads, we all have them. Our daily tasks and weekend projects. Our work assignments, the household chores, yard work, and the bucket list. The things we have to do…

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Fun Is Good

I have a long list of “must dos”. A longer list of things I need to do. And a short list of fun things I really want to do. We all have these lists, whether on paper or in our heads. The long lists take up most of my time. They include the everyday things I…

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Share Your Story

Each of us has a tale to tell if we would only tell it. Frederick Buechner Your story matters. Your little stories, your big ones, the whole story of your life so far. We learn about ourselves and others and the world through stories. They change us and connect us. Stories deepen our understanding of…

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