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Passion Defines Purpose

Passion Defines Purpose

Visiting the archives today, March 17, 2014. While I'm busy putting the finishing touches on my newest book (manuscript deadline, March 31), I have to pause and pay homage to one of my heroes: St. Patrick. Hope to one day visit the emerald isle of Ireland. Happy St....

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The Pressure to be Perfect

The Pressure to be Perfect

Welcome to Thankful Thursday's with Janell & Friends! I met the lovely and powerful Daphne Delay "online" several years ago. We were part of a great group called, "Speaker Chicks," led by Master Mentor, Kathi Lipp. A year or so later, I literally bumped into her...

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The Power of Praying for Our Community

The Power of Praying for Our Community

This scene has played out over and over in my life. Quite possibly you've lived this too: A friend or family member texts or calls you with troubling news. A cancer diagnosis. A high risk pregnancy. Discovery of an addiction. A marriage falling apart. The news always...

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A Real Thanksgiving Feast

A Real Thanksgiving Feast

Visiting the archives this Thanksgiving Week. While away in Kansas, celebrating Midwest style, with our son and daughter-in-law, our family is grateful for God's goodness. For me, this time last year, I had received a mistake rejection from my now publisher. Yes, you...

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When Did We Forget to Dream Big?

When Did We Forget to Dream Big?

Between your longings and the demand for their fulfillment is a place as real as any in the tangible world. But it is uncharted and uniquely tailored to your own personal story. You will only know you are there when you feel a little on the edge of your chair—and you...

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What makes you smile?

What makes you smile?

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” -Mother Teresa Her smile lit up the room. As I walked across the yoga studio floor, I felt drawn to this beautiful young woman. "Your face is radiant," I said. "Simply...

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What brings you peace of mind?

What brings you peace of mind?

You have peace," the old woman said, "when you make it with yourself.” ― Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven When Peace of Mind Feels Far Away When I woke up Tuesday morning, I never expected that I would end up lacerating my head on a metal awning + being...

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Be a Modern-Day Hero

Be a Modern-Day Hero

Be a Modern-Day Hero As the daughter of one of the first women marines (1949), a father who gave 25 years of his life to serving our country as a Marine, and a brother who rose to being a Captain in the Navy,  I value the military. These men and women give themselves...

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When Mom Needs a Break From the Mundane

When Mom Needs a Break From the Mundane

Meet the Remarkable Lea Turner, Mom, Writer, Blogger I met Lea years ago. Her quiet demeanor and warm, wise eyes indicative of remarkability. I remember Lea sharing her dreams of serving God through her gift of writing. She and her family moved to Alabama and we lost...

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Beautiful Heart, Beautiful Words

Beautiful Heart, Beautiful Words

Beautiful Hearts, Beautiful Words People Magazine released their "Most Beautiful People" issue today. Friends star, Jennifer Aniston, announced as the most beautiful woman, really does seem to emulate today's beautiful hearts, beautiful words thoughts.    ...

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