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Time Clocks

Time Is Not a Renewable Resource

Time has a funny way of distorting itself—sometimes she is quick as lightning, and sometimes she is slower than a snail. When I am enjoying myself—at a party, reading a good book, or just having dinner with my family—time flies by. When I am doing unpleasant tasks, or just plain bored, time seems to slow…

Unstoppable

Are You Unstoppable?

The other day, I heard the song, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship on a Peloton ride, and I was struck by how powerful the lyrics were: And we can build this dream together Standing strong forever Nothing’s gonna stop us now Think of how strong those words are. What is going to stop…

Tension

Dealing with Tension

Every once in a while, I get a little knot in my shoulder or back. I have one now. Sometimes it goes away by itself, and sometimes it takes visit to the chiropractor to fix. Either way, I am always left wondering what caused it in the first place. Usually, this annoying little knot happens…

Blessings

Blessings

“Thank you very much for all of our blessings. Please keep us all safe and joyful; faithful and healthy; kind, caring, courageous, strong, and confident. Help us to follow the Shepherd and not the sheep. May all we do be for the honor and glory of God. Use us for your purpose and lead us…

Opportunity

Opportunity

This past week two completely separate events—the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and my first full week teaching public speaking at Georgia Southern University—got me thinking about something many of us take for granted in America: opportunity. Reading the news coming out of Afghanistan and knowing the brutal history of the Taliban made my heart ache…

Process

Loving the Process

We are in back-to-school season in our household. Natalie is heading to GA Tech for her fifth and final year of college, Jacqueline is heading to UGA for her third year, James is heading to Harvard for his first year, and I have started teaching public speaking again at Georgia Southern. It is all quite…

Believe

Believe You Can Be a Horse. Or a Shark.

When our son James was two or three years old, my husband asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. Without hesitation, James said, “A horse. Or a shark.” He said it with absolute conviction and without any hesitation. At that age, he absolutely believed he could grow up to be a…

The Good Old Days

The Good Old Days

At a recent family dinner, we were talking about our childhoods, and I said that my childhood in the ’70s and early ’80s was quite different from our children’s, who are now 22, 20, and 18. We had so much more time to be bored. We did not have iPhones, streaming services, and constant access…

Diaper

Communication Lesson Learned from Diapers

When our daughter Natalie was a baby and she had a dirty diaper, my husband Ed would ask, “Do you want me to change her diaper?” After saying, “Yes, please” to this question a couple of times, I finally said, “Whenever you ask me if I want you to change a diaper, the answer will…

Bible In a Year Podcast

What Makes a Good Life?

What make a good life? This age-old question has been asked for thousands of years, from ancient Stoics to modern-day philosophers. While listening to Day 196 of the Bible in a Year Podcast, Fr. Mike Schmitz had an answer that I think just absolutely struck the nail on the head. The lesson can be found…