Gail Goolsby: Kick Off Fall with September Self-Improvement Month

Kick Off Fall with September Self-Improvement Month by Gail Goolsby   Goodbye to lazy days of summer and vacation leisure. Hello to set schedules for kids and adults. Time for school and daily routines. Fall is here.   Freshly sharpened pencils. New clothes and unscuffed shoes. Sports teams with unblemished records. Blank report cards ready to register best grades ever.   Fall presents new opportunities. Make the most of Self-Improvement…

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Lori Lipsky: One Proposal for An Improved Marriage

One Proposal for An Improved Marriage by Lori Lipsky   For the first time in our marriage, we decided to read a book at the same time so we could discuss it together. Credit for the idea goes to my husband, but I was excited about the plan and in total agreement with our book choice.   My husband had once asked a well-read acquaintance we both respect to recommend…

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Robin Steinweg: Sweet in the Middle

  Stuck in the Sweet in the Middle by Robin Steinweg   Do you ever feel you’re in that awkward, in-between stage? I sure do!   I recently spent years stuck in a crushing middle. Round and round I turned from the growing needs of aging parents to those of growing sons to those of work. I’d carve hours from sleepless nights to write, compose, or read. More often to…

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Savoring the Not-So-Perfect Life by Michelle Rayburn

Savoring the Not-So-Perfect Life by Michelle Rayburn   (For September 10 – National TV Dinner Day)   When I was young, my mother cooked most meals from scratch, baked six loaves of bread every week and canned enough vegetables to feed the neighborhood if we ever had to retreat to a bomb shelter. But on occasion, we had TV dinners when she worked the evening shift at the hospital and…

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Kathy Carlton Willis: Where Does that Grin Come From?

Where Does that Grin Come From? by Kathy Carlton Willis   I’m often asked, “How can you keep grinning despite the challenges in your life? It has nothing to do with me. It has to do with the God in whom I put my trust. Knowing “He’s got this” helps me carry on (in hope) rather than to carry on (complain)!   Grinning instead of grimacing comes from the discipline…

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