Have you ever been afraid to regift? Are you worried about what others might think? Unfortunately, the word regifter has a negative connotation. You may think of the traveling holiday fruitcake that Aunt Betty gave Milly and somehow made its way back to Aunt Betty. Perhaps you recall the unwanted raffle prize that ended up as a white elephant gift
When we were in school, we had frequent exams. In High School, we had to pass a driver’s test and prepare for the Scholastic Assessment Test. Perhaps you’ve taken a strengths test or aptitude test. Let’s not forget the pregnancy test that brings happy news to a childless couple. Some tests are easy, and others are hard. Tests can bring
Do you have a Thanksgiving tradition? Perhaps you decorate your Christmas tree, or plan a mini family reunion? Around my house, the week before Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season. The tree goes up; cookies get baked, and forty-five days of Christmas music fills my home. We also watch corny Hallmark holiday movie. (Yes, I love them.) Call me nosy, but I like to
Have you ever dreamed of starting a new business, stepping into a leadership role, or speaking in front of an audience, but fear holds you back? Fear has become a live-in bully that intimidates you into stop and be silent. God, however, wants to silence the voice of fear and release your voice of faith. A Voice Trapped
Have you ever felt excluded? Unfortunately, it happens all the time. People can quickly become cliquish, but I don’t think it’s always intentional. It feels safe to be around familiar people, but the excluded person can feel unwanted and their presence inconsequential. Jesus, however, loved to shatter barriers and embrace the world. Talk of the Town Let’s take this
Last year, when I was a contestant in an international speech competition, people would often come up to me after the presentations. Some thanked me for the message. Some gave advice, and others admired my self-confidence. Self-Confidence? I thought. I had little self-confidence, but I had complete confidence in God. Faith will produce spiritual confidence that far outweighs self-confidence.
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