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Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s ‘Ordinary Graces’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s ‘Ordinary Graces’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

Am I alone in my hunger for grace, or could you use a bit more, too? Tightrope walkers, slave rescuers, and martyrs amaze me. The trained and heroic few demonstrate courageous serenity under inconceivable pressure. Such strength seems reserved for […]
Essential Luxuries

Essential Luxuries

Calendar pages flurry past our eyes, ruffling our lashes. Our one life races to its inevitable end, and each of us wants to make the most of it. Wisdom teaches us we can do anything but not everything, leaving us […]
Responding to Burnout

Responding to Burnout

As we conclude our series on compassion fatigue, today’s post discusses how to respond when we notice potential burnout in others. As with any condition, listening with love must take the driver’s role for effective, healthy support. Listen at least […]
Warding off Compassion Fatigue

Warding off Compassion Fatigue

This week’s video continues our discussion of compassion fatigue. Instead of addressing burnout only when it reaches critical mass, here are a few tips to help ward off emotional exhaustion before it begins: Schedule renewal before you burn out. Examine […]
Reviving a Heart Bled Dry:  Relieving Compassion Fatigue

Reviving a Heart Bled Dry: Relieving Compassion Fatigue

We pour out compassion for lives razed by wildfire. Our hearts crumble for earthquake survivors. Hurricanes whip at our upraised voices from all directions, yet we manage to cry out for those hit by them, too. When violent crimes and […]

4 Keys to Cultivating Grace

As crises and horrors abound in today’s news reports, tensions have escalated to record highs. The world trends are barreling past stress toward hysteria, and we must choose whether to join the craziness or become part of the solution. We […]

Need a Change of Space?

  Drudgery seeps in from the same old walls glaring at us. Creativity withers if we don’t crack open a new view once in a while. A change of scenery helps, but sometimes refreshing our everydace space is what we […]

Putting it Back Together: Crisis Recovery Tips

As Floridians, my neighbors and I are piecing normalcy back together after Hurricane Irma. Some of us have electricity. Some lost belongings, income, or even loved ones. A few of us had no visible damage to our homes. We recognize […]

Rein in Fear’s Hurricane

Fear is a normal part of the human experience. All emotions occur naturally, whether positive or negative, and anxious feelings are no exception. Our feelings can alert us to opportunities to change ourselves or our circumstances, so we can benefit […]
When Life Isn’t Fruitful

When Life Isn’t Fruitful

I love to encourage others through written and spoken words. What could beat a day of crafting inspirational messages or sculpting fantastic worlds for a novel? By all accounts, I have my dream job. The sun should rise to find […]