Rejoice in Him

Claire, Elisabeth, Ginger, Julie, and Rick share thoughts from the heart to the heart



How to develop endurance

What’s your attitude when you encounter various trials in your life? If you’re like me, my natural response is to avoid them. The Apostle James gives us an surprising perspective, Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various… Continue Reading →

Don’t lose heart!

What causes you to lose heart? We may face a number of situations that can cause us to lose heart. When I was in the military our instructors were adept at causing the recruits to lose heart so they could… Continue Reading →

The type of people that all of us need

We enjoy people who encourage us and tell us what we like to hear, but do we have people in our lives who tell us what we need to hear? These are people who not only accept us for who… Continue Reading →

Rising Each Time You Fall

What is your response to adversity?  At times it can seem overwhelming.  This past week I attended the American Association of Christian Counselors Conference and the theme was “The Struggle is Real”.  We considered the incredible challenges facing us in… Continue Reading →


The Navy SEAL’s are considered some of the best special forces in the world.  The Navy SEAL Art of War by Rob Roy reveals the values that make them elite warriors.  This book is patterned after Sun Tzu’s classic, The Art of… Continue Reading →

The God of Hope

What is your response when you feel overwhelmed?  As you go through life there will be times when you feel despair.  How can you go on when all seems lost?  The Apostle Paul gives us sage advice, Now may the… Continue Reading →

Performing Under Pressure

Performing Under Pressure: The science of doing your best when it matters most challenges the myth that certain people perform well under pressure.  The truth is pressure degrades our judgment, decision making ability, attention,  and dexterity. The authors provide practical… Continue Reading →

Living with Purpose – Resilience

“Life is difficult.”  That is the first sentence of M. Scott Peck’s book The Road Less Traveled.  He encourages the reader, “Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life… Continue Reading →

Shining Through Adversity

It’s been said that the true character of people is revealed by how they handle adversity.  How do you respond to difficulties?  Thomas Paine realized the seriousness of adversity as he rallied the colonies during some of their darkest days,… Continue Reading →

Do you have True Grit?

I recently read How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough. A fascinating concept that Tough describes in this book is the research of Angela Duckworth on the topic of “Grit”.  Grit may be… Continue Reading →

How Can I Develop Resiliency In My Life?

All of encounter adversity in our lives – no one can escape it.  What causes some people to bounce back from difficulties while others become overwhelmed?  The dictionary defines resilience as follows, 1.  The power or ability to return to… Continue Reading →


Have you ever felt like quitting – just throwing in the towel?  I have – several years ago I ran the Black Mountain Marathon and right after I came off the mountain with only five miles to go my legs… Continue Reading →

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