May 2018 - Betty Streff
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May 2018

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The Spring Purge. The Life-Changing Magic of Garage Sales

“Clutter. Even the word feels heavy when you say it. We've become consumed by stuff and so inundated by things that we almost have nowhere to turn.” ~ Kerri L. Richardson   Contrary to what you've been told, it is not robins that herald the arrival of spring. No sir, it's garage sales. Few things arrive as predictably as the time honored tradition of the spring purge. Homes...

renewed by nature

You, Renewed. Five Solid Things You Can Do to Take Care of You!

“Taking care of yourself doesn't mean me first, it means me too.”~L.R. Knost   Here's an all-too-familiar 5:30 PM scenario. You, frantically racing through the grocery aisle hoping to find something tasty you can throw together in 20 minutes. You've been at work all day and soon you'll dash off to meeting, a ball game, or out to tackle your shaggy, over-grown lawn. OK, maybe you just...

envy those feathers

Five Reasons You Can’t Afford the High Cost of Envy

"Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has.”~Elizabeth O'Connor   Years ago there was a super creepy movie called Seven. It was about a serial killer who used the seven deadly sins as a sort of motif for a string of murders. The film had a star-studded cast, did...

weed

Three Things That Help Squelch Negative Self-Talk!

“Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.”~ Ann Bradford   My dear friend and mentor Pat McGill always starts her day by spending time in what author Matthew Kelly calls "the classroom of silence." I love starting off every morning the same way and when I don't, the difference is really noticeable. However, all too often our prayer life starts...

big sis little sis

See You Tomorrow! I’ve Been Sistering!

"Sisters are different flowers from the same garden."~ Author Unknown   Ridiculous isn't it, to think that four days once a year or so is enough to catch up with your sister? The time simply flies by. We never got to the bottom of the list of all we wanted to do while she was here. How silly we were to think we could squeeze more work into...

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How to Refill Your Tank and Recharge Your Battery

If human beings had a low battery indicator on emotional reserves, mine would have dipped near zero. If there was a gauge on our spiritual tank, mine was barely above “E”. After a long, hard winter, disappointments, difficulties and discouragement found me grasping for a lifeline. About a month ago, I felt completely stuck and believe me that’s something very, very hard to admit for...