Understanding God’s vision for your life is better than your version

It’s your life so you’d think you’d be the most knowledgable and qualified to know what’s best for it, right? I mean, you’ve gotten you this far. The barometer of your life’s success would probably depend on how it’s going right now. Going well, you’ll feel good about your choices, decisions and directions. However, if…

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Overcome midlife frustrations for a purposeful life with focus!

Purposeful living. We all crave it and spend a lot of time chasing after it. All with hopes of one day conquering the achievement of a purposeful life. As a fellow middle-aged Beautiful MESSterpiece, I know first hand the frustrations that trip us up on the quest to this common life goal. There are what…

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Leadership Lessons: How To Know If Your Work is Working

Before we dive into whether or not your work is working, let’s first remember the position you’re in – leadership. Whether at home, in the workplace, or in ministry, you’re a leader. As a leader, the first person you lead is you. How are you doing? Women like us are often found trying to put…

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Quiet Quitting: Untangling the Mess of the Phenomenon

Quiet quitting is a pretty loud trend right now and the root goes much deeper than its name implies. If you’re not familiar with this phenomenon, I’ll try and give you a brief summary.  First, there can be two kinds of quiet quitting. We’ll call these, quitter #1 and quitter #2 for ease of reference. Quitter…

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Goals Reloaded: A 30-Day At A Time Focus

Goals, goals, goals. Whether in active pursuit or a someday aspiration, we’ve all got goals. The biggest difference between the repeat setters and the actual getters is the amount of time, focus, and motive given to the goal.  Before we get any further, your eyes begin to glaze over and you start disappearing into assumptions…

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24 Ways to Approach Goal Getting Differently This Year

Goal getting differently can excite or incite depending on the person. Are you one who is first in line to try something new or freaked out and shaking in your boots? I get it. But being fresh into a brand new year, goal getting is top of mind. So we may as well talk about…

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Devoted Focus: Productivity with Purpose

The sentiment, productivity with purpose sounds a bit redundant. I mean, if you’ve devoted focus to being productive, you’d already know the purpose behind it, right? Productivity and purpose. These are probably among our greatest quests as goal-getters. Yet, they’re also among the most elusive of accomplishments. Sure, we gain a win here and there,…

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Life’s Devotion: From Blueprint to Building Your Best You

Before you worry about finding the right blueprint, you first have to decide what you’re building. When it comes to your life and its plan, have you ever given much thought to the life you’re actually building? Versus the one, you can be found living or talking about. Ah, that’s a thought to ponder, now…

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God’s Devotion for Defining You Beyond Your Unique Mess!

Devotion, that word can really pack a punch. Depending on what it is that has your devoted attention. Today, we’re going to look at it as the topic and focus for embracing our messy lives. And how all of it is and has always been part of God’s process. This process, His, is all pointing…

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Self-Care: Nurturing You in Real Ways Beyond Bubble Baths

Self-care is needed, wanted, and oh, so craved! But what happens when the scented candles, the bubble bath, or the good book as a momentary escape isn’t delivering? The often promised rejuvenation from this type of self-care just isn’t cutting it anymore. And that’s just it–more. As in you are more than a scent, soak,…

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