Take the test: Are Your Priorities Really Your Priorities?

September 19, 2010

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Today in church the warning “You cannot serve God and Mammon” came up.  In my mind it’s a warning against splitting your focus and a reminder to pay attention to what’s important over what’s easy or popular or comfortable.  It reminded me of a comment one of my bosses once made, that he thought the […]

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When seeking your vocation – Know what you’re getting into

September 13, 2010

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A funny story – sort of related to finding your vocation – enjoy your Monday humor: [picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=monk&iid=128787″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/128787/monk-holding-lantern/monk-holding-lantern.jpg?size=500&imageId=128787″ width=”414″ height=”413″ /] A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery. He goes to the monastery, knocks on the door, and says, “My car broke down. Do you think […]

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Day 1 as the noob in an awesome choir

September 12, 2010

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[picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=choir&iid=5129742″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/5129742/close-choir-group-holding/close-choir-group-holding.jpg?size=500&imageId=5129742″ width=”485″ height=”352″ /] Well, today was the first day of my life as a choir singer.  Hallelujah!  and Good Lord! In my earlier post, I shared how my fear of singing in public kept  me from auditioning for the choir for ten years.  But I finally did it, and now […]

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New school year = fresh start, so ask for help

September 8, 2010

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My kids are finally off to school, still thrilled with the newness of their pencils, notebooks and highlighters, still receptive to the overtures of their teachers, still excited about learning new things.  What a great excuse for a fresh start for all of us.  And, in that vein, I want to suggest that maybe all […]

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Facing my fear – at last, victory

July 28, 2010

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[picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=singing&iid=112649″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/112649/plus-sized-woman-singing/plus-sized-woman-singing.jpg?size=500&imageId=112649″ width=”475″ height=”359″ /] Last week I wrote about facing fear by first naming it, solidifying your fear in order to start taming it. It was good timing because this week I faced one of my own fears, and the experience reminded me how easy it is to build up the thing […]

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Have You Called Your Folks to Thank Them?

July 24, 2010

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I’ve started reading The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley, the author of The Millionaire Next Door (which I recommend if you want to know how millionaires really think and live).  In one of the early anecdotes, Stanley describes one of the first questions that Paul “Bear” Bryant (football coach at the University of Alabama) […]

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Facing your fear – Name it and tame it

July 22, 2010

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[picapp align=”right” wrap=”false” link=”term=fear&iid=288945″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/288945/worried-woman/worried-woman.jpg?size=500&imageId=288945″ width=”234″ height=”442″ /] What do you fear? SCENARIO: You are in a future world where the Head Warden of a notorious prison has developed a reputation for mentally torturing his prisoners, using their greatest fears to make them confess to crimes, disclose family secrets, hand over treasure.  For some reason […]

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