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Volume 6 - Issue 4 June 2010

Wo m a n ’s M a g a z i n e

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Ladies, it is our turn to demonstrate our love for our man this month. Now I hope you don’t just wait for one day, like Father’s Day to do this but let’s not let this opportunity pass us by. I know… but forget about how terrible he did for mothers day. This is not pay back time. We all know you did not want that set of pots or that weed eater but let’s not forget that they can’t help it. Let’s be a shining example and make them feel really guilty because we are going to do it right! Are you with me? Most of you probably won’t have it as easy as I will. My husband is so wonderful. In fact, his nick name is Mr. wonderful. He gave himself this name not too long after we were married and reminds me of it quite often.

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Last year me and the kids went together and bought him the new NASCAR Hall of Fame building. Okay…so it wasn’t the whole building…okay, it was just one brick! But you would have thought it was the whole building the way he reacted and loved it. He was thrilled and we were thrilled that he was thrilled. So this year, he has “hinted” that he wants tickets to go see “his brick”. He does want to see the other stuff inside but I am sure he will be shining that brick. See how easy we have it this year. Seriously, men are great. My man is great. We have a new contributing writer that I think you are really going to enjoy. Yes, it is a man and the column is titled “The MaleBox”. You will really want to read it and maybe get your man to read it as well. It will have some amazing insights for all of us to learn from. I almost forgot to tell you one very important thing! My husband did tell me he wanted me to go with him to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame and that it would probably take the WHOLE day for us to see and read everything. Wasn’t that so wonderful of him? If I am lucky, he might even let me buy him dinner! Happy Fathers Day to all the “Mr. Wonderful’s” out there.

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Be The Right Kind Of Woman The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity. -- Spoken by Margaret Nadauld, Young Women General President. Nov 2000


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Twinkies and Root Beer A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a sixpack of Root Beer and he started his journey. When he had gone about three blocks, he met an elderly man. The man was sitting in the park just feeding some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the man looked hungry, so he offered him a Twinkie. The man gratefully accepted it and smiled at the boy. His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, the man smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word. As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the man, and gave him a hug. The man gave him his biggest smile ever. When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy? “He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? God’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!” Meanwhile, the elderly man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he W W


asked,” Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I ate Twinkies in the park with God.” However, before his son responded, he added,” You know, he’s much younger than I expected.” Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Embrace all equally! ~author unknown~

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thought I had more time, and, to be quite honest, I feel a bit lied to. Not that anyone told me that, it was just an assumption on my part, and don’t you get started on all that “you know what assuming does” stuff. And yes, I know that parenting and all of its glories cannot be predicted and there is no formula to it, but still. My issue is this: sibling rivalry. When should a person expect it to begin? Two weeks ago, my answer would have been “around preschool,” but, as it turns out, I was wrong. So horribly wrong. It all started out innocently enough, just a regular day of playing together; no big deal. I was washing some dishes at the sink, and

end of the matter altogether, I mean, what is Addison going to do? She’s only two feet tall and can hardly walk straight. Case solved, right? I should know better than to think things like that. Addison let out what can only be amounted to as a war cry, and dove straight for the piano keys again. “Addison,” Savannah said, fed up, “you’re UGLY!” And that two foot baby took her pudgy little hand and slapped my four year old right in her face. Now, admittedly, I should have stepped in here, but what happened next happened so quickly that I hardly had time to get over the shock of Savannah being - well, being back handed. No sooner than I moved to go and remove Addison from the situation, then she began to head butt Savannah, who in turn dove on top of Addison. From there it disintegrated, into kind of a cartoonish cat fight, in which there’s a big cloud with only arms and legs visible. And of course, the banshee screaming. Five minutes later I put them both in time out (Addison in her crib and Savannah on her bed), and was hiding in the hallway doing what I thought was most appropriate. Which was laughing my head off. It seemed completely ludicrous to me that I had just split up a fight between a four year old and a one year old, and had to put them both in time out. When I was finally able to stop laughing, I heard another sound coming from the room that held my little convicts. They were laughing, too. So then, what was the point of all that fighting?

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regularly re-evaluating my priorities and my time spent on various business and ministry ventures. Simply put, I want to invest my limited time, energy and resources in the most high impact areas. It has become much easier to say “NO” to distractions and efforts that seem to be yielding a minimal harvest. Recently, I became quite discouraged and considered ‘throwing in the towel’ on my monthly Sophie column. Back in early 2008, I had launched “Ask the Coach”, a column extending an open invitation for readers to ask me questions they would like to see addressed by a Life Coach… no requests came! Then I shifted to my “Unlikely Mentor” column, again encouraging readers to submit ideas for future stories… still no response. Around the first of this year, I was ‘venting’ to a friend who has over 10 years in the magazine publishing industry. She reminded me that print media is mostly passive, meaning that most readers never take the time to reply or to dialogue with writers. Then she challenged me to hold out my vision for this column’s INVISIBLE IMPACT! Could it be that more people were noticing, and actually reading my reflections on life and life coaching? More importantly, could it be that women (and even men) were being quietly impacted and inspired? I decided to take her challenge, dig deep and hang in there. I began by revisiting my mission for this column and found that I still possessed a deep passion to encourage each of you as you seek to REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL. Standing on the edge of ‘quitting’ due to discouragement, I was reawakened to the power of encouraging you month by month. Soon thereafter, I received just the encouragement I needed… within less than two weeks, I had five interactions with individuals who thanked me for these articles. Two of the five were interested in having me partner with key individuals in their lives as a Life Coach. The initial wave of hearing from a few of you fueled my own excitement. Today, much of that energy and passionate purpose is being poured out to my new clients… a ripple effect that began with YOU! It is my hope today that this TURNING POINT in my commitment to Sophie may actually challenge you in your own LIFE TURNING POINTS. TURNING POINT #1: Stop and reconsider the Power of Encouragement! Without your feedback, I had no way to know the potential or the impact of this column. A few of you encouraged me and / June 2010 / pg 9

now I am passing that along. We are partnering in a ripple effect that has no limits!!! TURNING POINT #2: Never underestimate YOUR Power to Encourage. Most of us are so busy that we end up speeding through our days with little consideration of how those around us are being affected by our presence. When was the last time that someone did something to encourage you? Have you stopped and taken time out of your busy day to pass that encouragement along? MY PRACTICAL CHALLENGE to you is to drop a note to the columnist in this magazine who most encourages/entertains/inspires you. Then look beyond our ‘Sophie Family’ and ask yourself whose Life Turning Point might be sparked by your unique and personal words or acts of encouragement. Make a call, write a card, give a healing hug. Just last week, I ran to my new bank and headed through the drive up window. The kind lady on the other side of the window said, “Don’t you write for Sophie Magazine?” I smiled and made a mental note to thank my friend who told me to not give up. I promise to keep the encouragement coming your way… and you don’t even have to respond. But if you do, I will keep the ripple effect alive and well as I pass your kindness along to those in need of hope! *** Kim Fletcher is a Life Coach,Speaker and Author serving clients nationally and internationally. She would love to offer you a FREE CONSULTATION on how her services could benefit you and your team/organization/group. She is also offering GROUP COACHING for small groups who desire to build extreme success and significance strategies into their daily lives ON A BUDGET! Contact Kim directly to create a coaching partnership today: PHONE: 828 327 6702, EMAIL:, WEB:

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Do you ever feel like you are about to explode? You know that antsy feeling when your skin is prickly or you break out in a red rash on your chest. It is almost as if you feel the need to run or scream but you hold it back. The minute this feeling hits us our face gets hot, our ears turn red and our body tenses up. What is really going on? Someone has said something or done something and we don’t know how to handle our reaction to it in an effective way to keep us from internalizing our feelings and hurting ourselves. I believe with all my heart that this is a learned behavior by women. We have been taught to not make waves, to be the peace maker and stay calm. But in our all or nothing way of thinking we can go too far. Men react differently to stressful triggers. At least the good men I know do. They take their stress out on an inanimate object. Did you see what I said? “Take their stress OUT!” When that flash of adrenaline hits; that is the reason we get hot and antsy. It is because adrenaline has no place to go, we are holding it inside. Adrenaline release when we are scared is a natural body function. That “fight or flight” response has saved lives. When YOU stuff those feelings the only person who gets hurt is YOU! You don’t think you are hurting anyone is the sad part. You think you are preserving the peace. This makes me want to cry. We think as long as the peace is around us that life is good. The only problem is the battle is going on inside of you. This causes your heart to race, your blood pressure to go up and become anxious; all because we didn’t love ourselves enough to deal with the situation. I am not telling you to explode. We have to learn constructive ways of processing the information that has lit the fire under us. We are going to build a triage sheet for our Control Journal. Your first assignment is to write down how your body reacts to the stressor. Then what are some effective ways for you to release the pressure that is building so that you don’t obsess about it. I like to write about it. I look at everything as a teaching moment. What can I learn from this and what can I teach you about how I reacted. Other people may want to draw or write music. Some of us go for a fast walk or a swim, put in a workout video or clean house like a mad woman. I also like to get in a bathtub to process what my feelings are. Once I know them I can write them down. This keeps me from blowing up. My bathtub is my meditation place. Another thing I like to do is look at the worst case scenario but in a calm fashion. Think through everything and soon the worst thing that can happen can turn into the best thing that can happen. This is hard for you to do by yourself in the beginning. When the adrenaline is pumping our minds are clouded by the steam coming from our ears. This is when it is good to take the pan off of the flame by walking away from the situation toward someone who will listen. For me, I call Tom and say these very simple words, “I need to vent!” He knows that this is his queue to listen so he puts on his headphones. He is really good about not wanting to fix things. He listens and when I finish letting off the steam he will ask me if I feel better. I always do and then we discuss what is going on. It is always good to have a calm head to help you figure out things. Open up your mouth and let some steam off by talking to someone who will listen. When you feel yourself getting into a TIZZY, I want you to turn down the fire and use your new ways of dealing with the stress. With this knowledge of yourself, you can begin to put into practice these tools to help you let off steam without having a stroke. I learned how to do this and you can too! We don’t have to be perfect anymore. {{{HUGS}}} I think you will find many benefits from learning how to process this adrenaline. I can name two right now, You will have fewer accidents and you will not be sick all the time. Finally Loving Yourself starts by understanding what is happening when it happens and taking actions to prevent you from abusing yourself again. FlyLady / June 2010 / pg 13

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May I Help You? by Jody Williams

Why is it that people have trouble accepting help from others? Recently I took my cub-scout troop to Hardees for a community service day. We offered to carry people’s tray, bring condiments and napkins to their tables, and pick up trash. We positioned the boys near the register and after people placed their order, the boys would ask if they could assist them. At least 1/3 of the time, the person would refuse and walk away without saying thank you or anything else to the kids. I honestly didn’t anticipate that happening and had to pull the group together to keep some of the boys from getting their feelings hurt. I explained that some people just aren’t comfortable receiving help. There were plenty of others who accepted the offer and complemented the boys on their community involvement and many gave an unexpected tip to the boys who helped them. However the ones who refused help and even acted insulted by the offer, stuck in my mind. Then a couple of days later a second incident took place that prompted me to focus this article on accepting help. I was at the gym and a lady using two canes to walk was heading for the exit gate. I got up to open it for her but she pushed her way through before I could get there. So I said, “Let me get the door for you.” She stuck out one of her canes to block me and said. “No thanks I can do it myself,” which she attempted to do with both canes and her gym bag. I stood in amazement at how someone who obviously needed help refused to allow someone to assist them. I enjoy helping people. It gives me pleasure to see others achieve their goals and dreams and that is one of the main reasons I became a business coach. However, I have learned that there are a lot of people who will not accept help or wait until it is too late to ask for advice. I believe is it due to

pride. It is seen as a sign of weakness to ask someone for help, assistance or advice. This pride has caused many a businesses to fail or at least not achieve the level of success that they could have obtained. My greatest source of wisdom is the Bible and it states, “Wisdom is found in those who take advice. For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure. The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” These are just some of the many verses in Proverbs written by the richest and wisest man in the world, Solomon. Why do people refuse to seek advice? One word, Pride. We want to be able to say, “See what I did all by myself.” This is a big mistake that can cost you time, energy, money, and possibly your business. We all have strengths and weaknesses. We need someone who can help us see the weaknesses and either improve on them or find ways to mitigate them. I believe in surrounding myself with people who are better than me, especially in the areas where I am weak. I have coaches who push me to do the things I don’t want to do in order to achieve the goals that I desire. If it weren’t for them, it would be too easy to procrastinate or simply never tackle the tasks that I don’t want to do. The result would be an unfulfilled life and dreams not accomplished. That is not acceptable to me and if you are the same way, then I would recommend you getting a coach for your business. Together we can map out the paths for your success and help you overcome the roadblocks to your dreams. Don’t let pride keep you from having the business and life you deserve.

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Let’s call my client “Sophie”. Sophie is short for sophisticated. By definition, she is knowledgeable, skilled and mature. She’s had her fair share of achievements. After all, she is educated, she raises children, and contributes to the company’s bottom line. With style and an innate sense that her personality is an attribute, she can navigate everyday with relative ease. However, today we are discussing her dream. The ideal life she desperately wants is on the coaching agenda. Like most women, Sophie secretly longs for more. Sharing her heart’s desire, plainly I can see that she can make the dream come true. I sense hesitation and the look on her face is classic. She is frustrated. I ask her a simple question, “What’s stopping you?” Her response is “It’s hard.” Granted Sophie’s dream is big. It requires more knowledge, more skill and more maturity than she has ever had to muster. Like most women, Sophie has real life obstacles that stand in the way of her success, her delight, and her future. But the reality is she is really just getting in her own way. Simply stating, “It’s hard.” Well, makes it hard. Didn’t I just mention her capability? What gives her the idea she is incapable? Didn’t I just celebrate her achievements? Why does she think her dream is unachievable? Didn’t I just mention her personality and style move her easily through the day? Did she forget she is sophisticated? Sophie’s statement, “It’s hard” isn’t serving her. Her words hold her back. They create a barrier to what lies beneath the surface. Orison Marden stated “Deep within us dwell slumbering powers that would astonish us, that we never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize our lives if aroused and put into action.” With little awareness, we like Sophie continuously lull ourselves into a state of powerlessness with negative self-talk. What would it be like if every Sophie out there was awake operating in her powers? We’d be astonished. The books Sophie longs to write would be published, charities would be birthed out of her love for humanity, art would adorn the halls of our homes and the desire Sophie has to travel the world to share her story would encourage millions. Pay attention to what you tell yourself. Self-talk is incredibly powerful. It is simple. The talk you are having with your self is either holding you back or propelling you into action. Action is fueled by positive affirmations. Positive self-talk can manifest your dream. And your dream has the capacity to revolutionize the planet. Monitor your messaging. Take the advice of Van Gogh, “If you hear a voice within you saying, “You are not a painter”, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” An Exercise for a Vibrant Life

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MALE BOX by Wayne DeLoriea

Let me begin by wishing every dad out there a very Happy Father’s Day. It’s apropos that Judy has invited me aboard just in time for that special day. I am a father of three great kids. My children are the mark I leave on the world, my legacy, my monument. You see, we guys are all about making marks, changes, fixing things or building monuments. I can’t think of a single monument built by a woman…not that there might not be one somewhere but monuments just don’t seem to be that important to them. I think this need develops in guys very early in life when we leave the seat up, throw our clothes in the corner or carve our girlfriend’s initials into a tree. We want the world to know that we were here. Well, that need to make a profound impact on the world is what brings me to you. In my most recent monument, Coach Without A Whistle, I tell almost all of the little secrets that made me the man that I’ve grown to be. Over the next months and hopefully years, I’ll share the nuggets of knowledge that I’ve learned along the way to becoming a stronger man. As a Master Fitness Instructor and NASCAR Coach for some of the most premier teams in the sport, I know what strong is. I’ve seen guys do some of the most athletic and graceful physical moves that are on par with any sport in the world. However, that’s not the strength I’m talking about. You see ladies, in every man’s heart there is a door. This door is a BIG HONKIN’ DOOR! It’s made of the heaviest material known to the universe. Only the strongest men can open these doors. Guys, you know what I’m talking about. This goes out to all the younger men out there. I don’t care how much weight you can push or pull in the gym. If you truly want to be a strong man, be a door opener and start with the door to your heart. Just beyond the Big Honkin’ Door is a small boy who wants to be loved and accepted. The little boy fears rejection most of all. He’s every bit the ’snakes and snails and puppy dog tails’ that the rhyme describes but his ego is also the most fragile thing in the universe. I suppose that’s why the door that guards him is made of the most impenetrable material in the universe. There seems to be a direct relationship between the value of the treasure and the security we choose. Well guys, if you really want to build your ‘muscles’ open the door often. Grab hold of the handle and start pulling for all you’re worth. The love and admiration you receive from all who know you is greater that any bodybuilding or racing trophy I’ve ever seen. In time, you’ll come to find that the little girl that lives inside the heart of the woman you love will begin to trust you and then feelings of rejection will be a thing of the past. As you get good at holding the door open, that little boy you keep locked up behind the door will

begin to respect and love you. Here’s the best part…as this progresses your children will learn what a man is…a real man….a real strong man. So, as you get up on Father’s Day morning, look outside and you don’t see a new Ferrari in the driveway with your name on it, just understand that you’re going to get another necktie or a package of underwear…just like all the years before. The difference is that this year, this Father’s Day, can be the turning point in your relationships because of the gift you give yourself…permission to come out from behind the door and fall in love with your family, permission to be soft and gentle, permission to kiss the boo-boos and roll in the grass with the people you love. The longer you run in fear of rejection… the stronger you make that fear. I’ll leave you with this little story that impacted me along the way. Once upon a time there was a young Indian brave sitting at the fire under the stars with his grandfather. The grandfather explained that in every man there are two wolves, the good wolf and the bad wolf. The young brave thought for a minute and looking up at the wise old man asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” Smiling, the old man looked into the young braves eyes and simply answered, “The one you feed.” Deny the fear of rejection and throw that BIG HONKIN’ DOOR wide open…this is what feeds the good wolf that will protect you when someone DOES say an unkind thing. Keep the faith brothers and become door openers. Happy Father’s Day. Coach

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“All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful” (Psalm 25:10 NIV).

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Sometimes when I gaze at the Jaynes family portraits of three smil ing faces, I can almost see a shadow of a fourth. For there are four of us and one day - our picture will be complete. “Steve, can you meet me for lunch? I have a little surprise I want to give to you.” I was so excited to share this unexpected news with my husband that I called him at the office and asked him to meet me at our favorite spot for lunch. After five years of struggling with infertility, we had become content with the realization that it must be the Lord’s desire for our son, Steven, to be raised as an only child. It appeared that he would not have a brother or sister. And now this surprise. At lunch, as Steve plucked the bow from the tiny package and nestled among the tissue paper hid a small gingham baby pillow. “Does this mean what I think it means?” he asked with tears forming in his eyes. With a lump in my throat, all I could manage was a nod that said, “Yes, I’m pregnant.” After many years of trying to conceive, the Lord had blessed us with this unexpected pregnancy. I began planning the nursery, the doctor confirmed that the baby was growing, and we were about the happiest couple on earth. But our elation collapsed when a few months later the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, and my heart was crushed with sadness and despair. For those of us who believe that life begins at conception, a miscarriage can be devastating, because it is not simply the loss of a child who is to be; it is the loss of a child who is. This was a tidal wave and it hit me broadside. I wish I could tell you I got out my Bible and began reciting the verses about my new

identity. I wish I could tell you that I said, “All things work together for good” and kept my chin up. I wish I could tell you that I went into a time of prayer, trusting that “Father knows best.” I did not. I went to bed and mourned for three months. I avoided church and happy people, my prayers felt empty and rote, and I allowed the tidal wave of pain to swallow my hope. Why? I listened to the lies of Satan. “I told you so,” he taunted. While I was too weak to pray, Jesus prayed for me (Hebrews 6:20). One summer night, three months after the miscarriage, as I lay on my bed, crying, praying, and crying again, I wondered, What is my child doing in heaven? What does she look like? If only I could see a glimpse of her face or have one conversation with her. With a miscarriage there is no funeral - there are no sympathy cards. I needed some kind of closure to this grief. Then Almighty God Himself reached down and gave me a precious gift. Just as clearly as if I were reading words on a printed page, a letter was spoken to my heart. When the words stopped coming, I jumped up and wrote each precious gift on paper. Dear Mommy, I asked Jesus if it would be all right for me to write you a letter. He said it would be OK. First of all, I want to thank you for loving me and giving me life. I remember how happy you and daddy were when you found out that you were going to have me. I remember how you prayed that I would come to know Christ at an early age. I remember how you prayed that I would have a mission in life to help others. Mom, I know that you and dad were sad when God decided to take me to heaven before I was born. I saw the tears that you cried. But Mom, what I wanted to tell you is this: Your prayers were answered. I am healthy. I am strong. I do know Christ, and He lets me sit on His lap every day. And mom, I do have a mission. / June 2010 / pg 23

Everyday new babies come to heaven who were never born. Many of them never knew the love of a mother or father. When they come to heaven, they always ask the same question; ‘Baby Jaynes, tell me, what was it like to have the love of a mother?’ And I can tell them. Oh, how I can tell them. Thank you, mom, for loving me. I know you miss me. But one day we will be together and what a time we will have. Until then, imagine me happy and whole, playing at the feet of Jesus, and telling other babies about what it feels like to have a mommy that loves them. See you soon, Baby Jaynes What a precious gift the Lord had given me. The time of mourning had passed. I now had a picture of my child playing at the feet of Jesus! I still have days when I long for this child. Some days when I look at portraits of the Jaynes threesome adorning our family room walls, I almost see a fourth shadow in the sunlight. But there will come a day when my little girl will not be a mere shadow. I will hold her in my arms. Until then, it gives me great comfort picturing her healthy and whole and being held lovingly in the arms of Jesus. During those months, I had a friend who used to sing me these words from a song titled “Trust His heart” by Eddie Carswell and Babbie Mason. God is too wise to be mistaken. God is too good to be unkind. So when you can’t understand When you don’t see His plan. When you can’t trace His hand Trust His heart. Faith. It is believing God no matter what our eyes and emotions tell us. It is not enough just to know the words in our heads; we must believe them in our hearts. Faith is trusting God in the dark.

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Dear Heavenly Father, I trust You because You are trustworthy. You never change. You always tell the truth. You always want what is best for me. You always have my best interest in mind. So even though I may not understand Your ways, I trust Your heart - and that gives me a peace that passes all understanding. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

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