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Activated June 2014

Success - June 2014

Achieving lasting success without burning out—can it be done? Explore the possibilities.
 

01-06-2014
Friendly with God
Friendly with God

I think most parents would agree that the highest hopes we have for our children are for their health and happiness. Recently, I’ve been wondering if there was something more specific that I could be asking God for on my daughter Audrey’s behalf, and I considered praying for her future success.

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01-06-2014
Life’s Balancing Act
Life’s Balancing Act

“My business is doing well,” a friend recently told me, “but I’m having more trouble with allergies than ever. It seems like when I stress out, they get worse, and I’m wondering if it’s related.”

Being busy is something we can all relate to, yet Jesus tells us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”1

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01-06-2014
Planning for Success
Planning for Success

Faced with a major project or challenge? You probably have a general idea of where you want to go, but it takes a strategy, a plan of the steps to take in order to reach that objective.

Planning is an investment. To plan wisely and well takes time, effort, patience‚ good research, and counsel—and for those of us who include a spiritual dimension, time in prayer—but a well-formed plan will pay for itself many times over.

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01-06-2014
Red Nile
Red Nile

For my ninth birthday, I got an instruction book on watercolor painting. I was thrilled and eagerly flipped through its pages, only to frown in disappointment—the entire first quarter of the book consisted of tonal exercises and descriptions of brush strokes and color mixing. How boring! Sighing, I skimmed the book’s next section: advice on various paintbrushes and grades of paper. I don’t need all this. Where’s the fun part?

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01-06-2014
Step by Step
Step by Step

The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him.
—Psalm 37:23 NIV

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Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
—Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968)

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01-06-2014
Mud and Palaces
Mud and Palaces

As much as we would like it, life is not always as wonderful as we’d wish, and we sometimes find ourselves having to brave the tumult of experiences that are hard to bear. Sometimes, when our patience and faith are tried, when all our attempts to do the right thing end up caked in the mud of problems and troubles, it seems impossible to find a sense of value in what we’re doing.

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01-06-2014
The Perseverance Path
The Perseverance Path

All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance: it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united with canals. 

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01-06-2014
The Clean Platypus
The Clean Platypus

Some days seem magical—things go well, I try some new ideas, I have something to show for the hours I’ve spent at various tasks. Then there are other times when I get to the end of the day struggling to find something of note that I accomplished. Sure, the kids were fed and dressed, they did their home-learning activities, they played in the park … but I still feel I want more. I want to be able to check off several things from my long to-do list. I want to be able to say I made leaps of progress. But...

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01-06-2014
Building a Legacy
Building a Legacy

Have you, like me, ever wondered what kind of an impression you make on people? Or more importantly, if you have any lasting impact on people’s lives?

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01-06-2014
Secrets to Success with People
Secrets to Success with People

The Bible is a rich storehouse of spiritual and practical advice, and examples of strong relationships are one of the recurrent themes. In fact, Martin Luther commented that the entire Christian life consists of relating to people around us.1

So what can we learn from the Bible about how to succeed with people?

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01-06-2014
Tips for Overcoming Stress
Tips for Overcoming Stress

I have always been a very active person. Ever since I was a teenager, people have told me that “Busy” seems to be my middle name.

After my husband passed away, I started to experience stress. I found myself getting overwhelmed by even small obstacles, and I knew I needed to find strategies to cope with and minimize stress in my life.

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01-06-2014
Come to Him
Come to Him

“My beloved spoke and said to me, ‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.’”1

 

Martha was someone who learned a lesson on the importance of valuing above all things the peace and inspiration that Jesus gives. Once, when Jesus came to visit, she was so concerned with the duties of a hostess that she rushed and fussed, but in the hurry and flurry of her busy activities, she didn’t make time for Him.2 There’s a lesson here for all of us.

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01-06-2014
Wheels of Progress
Wheels of Progress

There are cycles in life—times in which everything seems to go well, and times when things seem to go badly. I want you to learn to hold on to Me through each phase of the cycle.

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