Speak to yourself kindly

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Goobers and Raisinets Chocolate-covered treats Raisinets and Goobers Mighty fun to eat! “How about some Goobers?” I asked my friends as I stood in line with them at the movies. “Goobers! Sure! Let’s get some Raisinets, too!” After we got our tickets, we made our way to the concession stand. The smell of salty popcorn […]

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Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21, ESV) Playing miniature golf with Tim, I shaded my eyes with my hand, looking at the double-backed twisty-shaped loop that lay ahead. I frowned. “This hole is really hard!” I said.  It took me six strokes to complete the hole. “Hey,” I said, […]

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Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7, ESV) Pay attention to the enemy of your soul. He’s got something you need. Following the car accident in February, I was laid up with leg, back, neck, and facial injuries.  By March, I was restless. I couldn’t even […]

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“I can’t believe I exploded like that!” I said to myself last weekend. I felt frustrated and trapped in a situation. Then when I got home, I blew my top at Tim. Afterward, I winced. “Yikes! Not again!” We all have moments when the pressure cooker builds up so much, something needs to give. The […]

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Here is an easy way to improve your health. When we fail, sometimes we head into a downward spiral. Our unhealthy choices make us frustrated and we talk to ourselves with degrading words, which fuels more unhealthy choices. Where can we change this cycle? In our self-talk. Here are some kind things you can say […]

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Ever give up on yourself and wonder if God’s doing the same? In a Toastmasters speech Monday, I described the pain and disappointment I felt when I got uninvited to a friend’s upcoming wedding. I struggled with a sense of rejection because  I considered them family but wasn’t part of theirs. It kicked the wind […]

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After poring over our ballots this week, Tim, Andy, Emily and I selected our favorites for President of the United States, Congressional rep, state treasurer, and attorney general. Then we voted on a few measures like fishing, marijuana, libraries, and school funding. I love the freedom to pick our leaders and decide how our tax […]

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I had the privilege of taking home first prize in Portland Toastmaster’s Mock Tall Tales contest Monday night! I told the story of Jumping Jimmy of Calaveras County, who competed in a frog race and broad jump  (see blog posts of March 28 and April 2 for more of the story). At the end of […]

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Three part-time jobs: bird-dogging for a software business, tutoring four kids, and writing while burning the candle at both ends caught up with me. It was eleven at night. I rubbed my eyes with my palms and looked groggily at my computer screen. I was just getting ready to beat myself up for not canvassing […]

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Ryan Avery, twenty-five, is the youngest man to win first place in  the International Toastmasters Competition. Ryan, manager of marketing and communications for Special Olympics in Oregon, beat out more than 30,000 entrants from 116 countries to become the Toastmasters International World Champion in public speaking in August. I’m in Ryan’s chapter of the club […]

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