Category Archives: encouragement

Celebrations: Eat, Drink, and Shoot Fireworks (Ecclesiastes for the 4th of July)


The constant refrain of “meaningless!” gives Ecclesiastes a reputation as a particularly dismal book of the Bible. As I read it today, I hear the Teacher offering a particularly contemporary counsel: Be grateful. Enjoy today. Celebrate every good thing you … Continue reading

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How to Stop Beating Yourself Up in One Easy Step


Those thoughts batter your mind late at night … just before an important meeting … calling you a fraud, a failure, and worse. Would you try a one-step remedy to shut those voices up forever? How often do you find yourself thinking: … Continue reading

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Are You Planting People in the Wrong Places?


This kind of Chinese Juniper (Hetzi) grows along the foundation of our small home, where it is much too large! Designed to grow 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide, even under the landscapers’ aggressive pruning they’ve just grown sideways and flat to … Continue reading

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“Get Back Up; God’s Still With You”


Church signs and license plates aren’t messages from God … or are they? This one was just right to encourage me today. I try to avoid taking church signs as signs from God. It’s like relying on anecdotal evidence instead … Continue reading

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