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Betty Streff

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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...

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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...

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Wisdom From the Woods, Your Path to Joy

"Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God."~ George Washington Carver   I absolutely loved to climb trees when I was a kid. Summer days were long and sweet and I spent them outdoors from dawn to dusk. A shady hideaway high...

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The Veneer Stops Here, Get Real

"The gentleman is solid mahogany; the fashionable man is only veneer."~J.G. Holland   My husband and I spent several deeply satisfying years buying, restoring and selling antiques. That guy has a genius for spotting a diamond in the rough. He Cinderella-ed many pieces rescued from junk piles, old barns and granaries. Those once beat up and homely cupboards, dressers, benches and tables became treasures after he worked...

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Fear and Self-Doubt? You’re Not Alone!

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”~African proverb   I had a wonderful experience attending my first writer's conference over the weekend. And today I binged on learning and networking at a gathering of women entrepreneurs. What a bright spot they've been in a stretch of gloomy days when spring refuses to show up! At both events I was...

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Two Fresh Insights About Forgiveness

"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness, he will bring forth justice." ~Isaiah 42:3   Life lessons have a way of appearing on our doorstep over and over again until the light bulb finally turns on. I wrote about forgiveness last April. It happened when I fell into the pages of a book. Tonight as I write this,...

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Worriers Don’t Worry! There’s Good News for You!

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” ~Marcus Aurelius   I fished up a great new resource while trolling some insight about worry.  The website is called www.secondchance.org. We may gripe about it, but the things we browse while online fetch us more material on our topics...

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How to Fight Fear with Fire

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."~Eleanor Roosevelt   I have a very brainy nephew who delights in wearing tee shirts sporting highly intelligent humor. For example, one of his favorites is "Coulrophobia. It's no laughing matter." If you don't have an unabridged dictionary...

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Spring Break

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” ~Anne Lamott.   For the next little bit I'm going to take a break and slow down the pace. I need to concentrate on wrapping up some big projects. So for awhile, I've decided to post once a week instead of twice until I feel I've got things in hand. I'll see you on Thursday! Looking for a program...