Monday Morning Boost: Not a Natural? Neither Was I

Monday Morning Boost: Not a Natural? Neither Was I

Sharing our voice, writing, speaking, or singing, may not be a natural thing for you. It’s not for me either. At one point, walking, talking and eating weren’t natural either. But I learned just like you did. By doing. We can learn and develop anything we want to. Even the most difficult tasks or skills can be learned and developed. When we focus our efforts, clarify our message, and share our story we can create a lasting impact. I can’t…

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Sunday Reflections – Called to Serve

Sunday Reflections – Called to Serve

I am celebrating today Davis and Jensen White, sons of our friends Paul and Ann White. Davis is headed for two years of missionary service while Jensen is receiving his Eagle Scout recognition. This celebration of each has caused me to ponder what it means to sacrifice and to serve. Davis will sacrifice two years of his normal life, put on hold education, working, and personal pursuits (like dating for one) in order to serve as a missionary. Jensen has…

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Monday Morning Boost: Journey of Success – What You Don’t See

Monday Morning Boost: Journey of Success – What You Don’t See

Review the “Journey of Success” graphic and then answer the following questions in relation to a significant challenge in your life or area of focus. In connection to your challenge or focus, do you feel you are mostly in the “Normal World” or in “Struggles & Growth”? Of the stages listed, what stage do you feel you are at now? Do you feel you are stuck at that stage or effectively moving forward? When you feel stuck, how do you…

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Monday Morning Boost: Building A Business One Day At A Time

Monday Morning Boost: Building A Business One Day At A Time

Every journey we take is accomplished one day at a time. Difficult journeys; normal journeys. Hard journeys; easy journeys. “One Day At A Time,” no matter the journey, creates significant power on the very first day of a journey. One day at a time is the salvation of daily life. We don’t have to conquer the mountain in one day, nor must we eat the elephant in just one bite. I first learned the power of “One Day At A…

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Monday Morning Boost: Out With The Old Story…

Monday Morning Boost: Out With The Old Story…

As the old adage goes… “Out with the old, in with the new!” But what is “the old”? Old is anything that clutters up life or confuses our direction in life. This could literally be the old stuff you no longer use, that pile in the closet you dread going through, that stack of papers on the desk you need to file, or the gazillion of boxes of junk filling up the garage. Or it could be old thinking, old…

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Monday Moring Boost: My Greatest Fear…

Monday Moring Boost: My Greatest Fear…

I have been granted the gift of life. My heart that tried to stop working daily for seven weeks has been repaired and is functioning well. My lungs that did stop working when a blood clot showed up are healing as my blood flows as it should. My greatest fear is that I will forget this miraculous gift. History is full of proof, from individuals to complete civilizations, we are quick to forget such miraculous experiences. The gift of life…

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Monday Morning Boost: An Iraqi Shepherd at Christmas

Monday Morning Boost: An Iraqi Shepherd at Christmas

The Journey of the Heart continues as I share once again the story of the Christmas I spent in Iraq. My Christmas in Iraq was cold and scary, warm and sacred. Few experiences have touched my heart as deeply as that Christmas (though this Christmas is right up there with reaching deep into my heart!). As we remember those serving in harm’s way around the world, and as you remember your own loved ones who are unable to be home for Christmas,…

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Monday Morning Boost: Christmas With A New Heart Is Magical!

Monday Morning Boost: Christmas With A New Heart Is Magical!

The excitement, wonder, and fun of Christmas are magical! I love decorating the tree, wrapping presents, and singing carols. I love letters to Santa and hints from children. I love the anticipation on Christmas Eve and the enthusiasm on Christmas morning. I love how my new heart has me feeling like a kid again!  Family traditions are wonderful parts of the magic. We love counting down the days with tiny chocolate pieces, Santa slowly dropping down a wooden chimney, and…

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Monday Morning Boost: Journey With My Heart, continued

Monday Morning Boost: Journey With My Heart, continued

The heart is very fragile. The lungs are very fragile. Life as a whole is very fragile. Over the last two weeks, I’ve experienced just how very fragile… “very fragile” can be. Here is the sixty second version… The surgery at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray went well and I spent most of a week recovering in the hospital. I enjoyed a night and a day at home. Then I stopped breathing. Four times in a couple of hours, the…

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Monday Morning Boost: “Proud To Be An American”

Monday Morning Boost: “Proud To Be An American”

The words stir the collective passion of America, unlike any other song… If tomorrow all the things were gone I worked for all my life And I had to start again With just my children and my wife We vigorously sing along with the entire song, not just the chorus… I’d thank my lucky stars To be livin’ here today ‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom And they can’t take that away She rings as a glorious foundational anthem,…

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