Tag: encouragement

The Contest and the Prize

I was feeling so frustrated. I had stories inside of me—lots and lots of stories. Almost every day, I saw something or experienced something that made another story begin forming in my brain. But I had no outlet for my stories, no place for them to go, no one to read them. There was other frustration going on in my life, too. My husband Bill and I had dropped everything to move from Alaska to Pennsylvania to be near our elderly mothers. We had surrendered jobs, friends, our house, our church—everything....

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Public Worthy

Our blog this week is written by guest blogger Emily Vincent.  Enjoy! The idea is that people are all Public Worthy until we try to be somebody we aren’t. The idea of Public Worthy applies to all of us. Public Worthy is primarily viewed as what does the public want, and how do they view us? It also applies to how you want to be viewed. Something you may not be aware is that the world is more inquisitive about people who do not fit the status quo. People will get most questions about their...

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The Treasure in an Earthen Vessel

When my daughter Alexis was a little girl, her dad used to say to her, “Lexie, repeat after me: I am a young lady of quality.” She would stand up straight, pull her shoulders back, and say with conviction, “I am a young lady of quality.” This ritual happened often and usually ended with hugs and laughter. It is among my fondest memories of the years when my children were growing up. I loved that my husband did this for our daughter, and I secretly wished my own dad had done it for me. There’s...

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