Monday Morning Boost: “It Could Always Be Worse”

Monday Morning Boost: “It Could Always Be Worse”

Maria von Trapp had a catchphrase “Aren’t we lucky” which helpedĀ focus her perspective when life was extra challenging. When Maria von Trapp and her family lost their fortune and escaped to Austria, they lived each day not knowing where they find their next meal, where they would sleep, what the next day would be like. Yet, with all these unknowns, Maria von Trapp was known to say repeatedly, “Aren’t we lucky!” No matter what happened, no matter how hard it…

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Monday Morning Boost: Marriage Is A Big Disappointment

Monday Morning Boost: Marriage Is A Big Disappointment

Sometimes reality doesn’t quite match up to our expectations. Actually, if we’re being frankly honest here — and we can be frankly honest, right??? — reality NEVER matches up to my expectations. It’s either worse than I hoped for or it’s better than I could ever dream of. Sometimes, it’s both at the very same time. Let’s talk about marriage. Everything about my marriage has failed to live up to my expectations. Yep, you are hearing me correctly. EVERYTHING about…

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Monday Morning Boost: What Makes You GREAT?

Monday Morning Boost: What Makes You GREAT?

Tony the Tiger was a staple of my growing up years. I still remember the commercials promoting Frosted Flakes (which I loved but rarely ate as it was out of our family food budget by lightyears). My favorite part was when Tony the Tiger would raise his fist and proudly roar, “They’re Great!” Sometimes I would translate Tony the Tiger’s roar to hear “You’re Great!” It was rare I would actually believe the “You’re Great” I was saying to myself….

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Sunday Reflections: God Is Doing A Great Work

Sunday Reflections: God Is Doing A Great Work

While it may not feel like it today, God is doing a great work in you today… Sometimes there are obstacles in the road That can leave you feeling low And you don’t know how to move forward And sometimes there are turns you wanna take But the way gets hard to trace When it gets really hard, that’s when God is doing a great work in you today… So if you ever get discouraged Speak to yourself and say…

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Red Edge Perspective: We Must Have The Uncomfortable Conversations

Red Edge Perspective: We Must Have The Uncomfortable Conversations

Over the years I have come to realize it’s crucial we learn how to confidently talk about the uncomfortable, especially those things which make us different… Race and sexual orientation, politics and religion, mistakes of the past and of the present. Asking sincere and respectful questions, listening with a strong desire to understand, and having real conversations will create real understanding, build real connections, and foster real relationships. Such conversations are needed now in Cache Valley. I’m grateful for those…

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Monday Morning Boost: Today’s Gift of Spring

Monday Morning Boost: Today’s Gift of Spring

Today is a new day. Today is the beginning of a new week. Today is another beautiful day of spring. Spring is a time of birth, hope, and renewal. Flowers burst forth from their winter hibernation. Baby Holstein calves dot the pastures around Cache Valley. I love the smell of spring in the air, watching robins flying around, and the rumble of my neighbors on their Harleys. Like the beginning of a new year, spring gives us the opportunity for…

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Monday Morning Boost: “WWLD”

Monday Morning Boost: “WWLD”

My friend Jason Hewlett, writing for Easter Sunday, prompted me to ponder afresh the question, WWJD. “What Would Jesus Do.” Jason was pondering what happens when he doesn’t live up to the promises he has made. He shares a particular struggle, one I easily relate to, and one you may as well. Click the link below to check it out. Then come back. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. You’ll like getting to know Jason. And don’t mind me… I’m just whistling…

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Sunday Reflections: Easter, He Is Risen

Sunday Reflections: Easter, He Is Risen

He who was crucified on the cruel cross of Calvary, whose lifeless body was then laid in a borrowed sepulcher, is also He who roseĀ on the third day. He is risen! He is risen! Tell it out with joyful voice. He has burst his three days’ prison; Let the whole wide earth rejoice. Death is conquered; man is free. Christ has won the victory. Apostles and disciples of old proclaimed Christ had won the victory over the sting of death….

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Red Edge Insight: Utah Is ‘The Place’ Once Again

Red Edge Insight: Utah Is ‘The Place’ Once Again

Rumors are starting to circulate alleging the reason Utah housing prices are skyrocketing is that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is attempting to control who lives here. It may be easy to believe such hyperbole in our current state of hyper conspiracy theories where we seek only to spew forth vitriol against anything we disagree with rather than validate claims or do our own research. Fortunately, even a cursory look at market activity will show the reality…

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Monday Morning Boost: Immersed in Easter Love

Monday Morning Boost: Immersed in Easter Love

Elisa and I were blessed this past weekend to be surrounded by family. Though the literal number was very small — Leslie Ann and our granddaughter Savannah — we felt as if we were fully immersed in the richness of love. We enjoyed playing with Savannah, exploring the backyard for the ever-elusive plastic Easter Eggs filled with chocolate, coloring actual Easter Eggs, bubbles, and chalk art on the sidewalk. Leslie Ann also enthusiastically jumped right into the early Easter fun…

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