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Plans Foiled (Again!): Learning to Adjust When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

Yesterday, my plans were foiled again. While I was working at church, a friend stopped in to visit. I had Princess Anna with me, as she needed to be picked up early from preschool for a short day (they only had preschool graduation practice yesterday). Suddenly (and when I suddenly, I mean it!)--she started crying hysterically, holding her ear and telling me that it hurt and it was "bubbling". Whenever she did stop crying, it wasn't for long. She's had the sniffles and a cough in the morning and evening hours for about three weeks now, so I figured I…

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When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

I have to admit--earlier this week, I was seriously thinking about quitting the blog thing. I'm just not happy with my numbers--no non-spam comments, small number of views, etc. The problem with that is that I'm not in the habit of quitting things easily. I never have been. Well some things. Some things I quit pretty easily--like dieting. Exercising. Okay scratch that, maybe I quit about half of the things in my life, but that's not the point. Getting something started is even more difficult than keeping it going, though. There are always those excuses running through my head: "I…

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Why We Celebrate Lent

To put it simply, Lent, according to, is the forty-day period leading up to Easter (it's actually more than forty days, but it doesn't include Sundays).  Lent is supposed to be, for Christians, a time period where we reflect on the past year and confess our sins. Why forty days? This forty-day period represents the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert before beginning his ministry--a time in which he was tried, tempted, and tested by Satan.  Typically, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  The day before, "Fat Tuesday," is the day when everybody consumes the fat remaining in…

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You Never Really Know Which Day Will Be Your Last

As I was working for my dad yesterday morning, he broke the news to me that Pope XVI will be resigning at the end of the month. I was shocked to hear this, not surprised to discover later that there has not been a pope to resign in nearly 600 years. Now to understand these next statements, you have to understand that my dad is very interested in the rapture, Armageddon, the end times, whatever you want to call it. He is constantly listening to preachers who speak on Revelations and the end of days. After announcing to me that…

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You Can’t Reach the Stars if You Don’t Know How to Get There

In the last year I've heard, read, and seen over and over again how important it is to set goals to reach your dreams. Did you know that... People who regularly write down their goals earn 9 times more over their lifetimes than those who don't 80% of Americans down't write down their goals (are you part of that 80%?) 16% do have goals, but they don't write them down Less than 4% do write down their goals Fewer than 1% actually review them on an ongoing basis.  Guess which 1%? I did some training last year that was very…

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