Monday Morning Boost: Out With The Old, In With The New!

Monday Morning Boost: Out With The Old, In With The New!

As the old adage goes… “Out with the old, in with the new!” Clutter is the old. Physical clutter. Mental clutter. Life clutter. If we want to change the clutter in our lives, we must find something better, new, or simply even different to replace it with (shout out for the inspiration to my friend Ashley Stuart of Rethink Clutter!) This is where the persuasive power of the story we create for ourselves can become exponentially powerful. OUT WITH THE…

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Monday Morning Boost: Relishing In Christmas Memories

Monday Morning Boost: Relishing In Christmas Memories

With no kids around Christmas morning for the first time, I had to find something creative to occupy my time. It didn’t take long before words started flowing and out came two new poems and a third which was nearing completion. The first poem I wrote reflected the epic moment of having no kids at home on Christmas morning. For the first time in 30 years we slept in thanks to no kids jumping on the bed (or softly knocking…

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Treasure That Which Lifts

Treasure That Which Lifts

“Keep writing,” Clark Gentry said to me. “Keep inspiring.” The occasion was my birthday in 2018. He knew we both had an affection for great poetry and he shared one of his favorite poems as a way of encouraging me to “keep writing [and]… inspiring.” “Would You Scale the Highest Heaven,” by James Allen encourages us to focus the silent power of thought and to “Dwell… upon the Grandest.” Dwell in thought upon the Grandest, And the Grandest you shall…

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An Empty Nesters Christmas

An Empty Nesters Christmas

Elisa and I are experiencing our first Christmas in 30 years sleeping in with no kids jumping on the bed (or softly knocking on the door as they got older). Even our very first Christmas morning we were blessed to already have our first child, our son Cody who was born on December 23rd. We brought home on Christmas Eve in a stocking large enough to swaddle him. As empty nesters we experience a range of emotions, missing our kiddos…

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Monday Morning Boost: An Iraqi Shepherd at Christmas

Monday Morning Boost: An Iraqi Shepherd at Christmas

I love sharing Christmas stories, and today, as is tradition, I share again the story of the Christmas I spent in Iraq. It’s one of my most memorable Christmases. 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, it seems fitting I share this story again. It’s a¬†true story of a shepherd who had a flock of sheep. I hope you’ll enjoy….

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Monday Morning Boost: It Really Is A Wonderful Life!

Monday Morning Boost: It Really Is A Wonderful Life!

“It’s A Wonderful Life” is my favorite Christmas show of all time. George Bailey of Bedford Falls spends his entire life putting others’ dreams before his own. Through a series of unfortunate events, George begins to feel his life is “worth more dead than alive.” This is where we meet George’s guardian angel Clarence, who shows up just as George is about to jump off a bridge into the icy river water. What follows is a massive flashback where George…

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Monday Morning Boost: Embracing Fear With Intention

Monday Morning Boost: Embracing Fear With Intention

Major win for me on Saturday! I climbed a ladder on Saturday to straighten the Christmas lights on our roof! I was freaked out by the time I hit the third step but somehow I managed to get all the way up to the fifth step, stay on the ladder and fix the lights. In the process I somehow (miracle) managed to not let my head start swirling thinking the whole world was crashing down! This is REAL my friends!…

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Monday Morning Boost: Are You Enough???

Monday Morning Boost: Are You Enough???

Have you ever wondered if you are enough? I have asked myself this question many times over the years. At one point I didn’t know the answers, and while the journey of my discovery will be lifelong, I’m grateful for the answers I’ve found so far. I pose these questions to you: Who are you? Are you enough? Do you belong here? And most importantly… How Do You Know You Are Good Enough? While your answers may be as complicated…

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Monday Morning Boost: Giving & Receiving With Thanksgiving

Monday Morning Boost: Giving & Receiving With Thanksgiving

What gifts of thanksgiving can you extend this week? Better, what gifts of thanksgiving can you receive. We really need both. Gifts of thanksgiving we can easily give could include: an outstretched hand of hope a word of kindness a smile of peace We can also give others the gift of receiving their gracious acts of thanksgiving with gratitude. I like what Mr. Rogers, who is one of my greatest hereos, had to say about receiving with gratitude. In a…

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Perpetual Faith

Perpetual Faith

Spirituality for me focuses intentionally focusing on faith which gives purpose to my actions. I intentionally prioritize time each week to sup in the pews of organized faith, joining with others who are also pressing forward. I intentionally seek guidance from God through prayer and scriptures to help me better understand this journey of life. I intentionally seek to aid others on their perpetual journey with faith. PERPETUAL FAITH By Les Patterson He is the beginning The start of our…

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