Don’t Lean In; Lean On.

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Lean In – not only is it a bestselling book title (no, I haven’t read it), it is a cultural catch phrase. To lean in is to not give up when things get hard, but push through, knowing good things don’t happen on the easy path. Or, at least, that’s the definition of the phrase we can all get behind. On one hand, it is a phrase that reminds us that we shouldn’t disengage, give up, or pull back when … Read More

Say thank you.

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organize your attitude #28 We all know gratitude is important. But sometimes it can be a bit vague. So say thank you. Is gratitude a feeling we’re supposed to float around in all day? A sentiment just bubbling up from our heart to our head and staying there, providing serene thoughts and a calm demeanor? Do we just list out what we’re grateful for in a journal, directing our thanksgiving to ourselves? Is that really thanksgiving or just a warm … Read More

Gratitude will make you more productive

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Why do we do what we do? Sometimes, an end result can look the same even when the motivations behind the action are opposite. We might be cleaning our kitchen to impress guests. Our motivation is to look good, to appear other than we are, to have our guests think highly of us. We clean because we are thinking of what others might think or say of us. We might be cleaning our kitchen to keep up our pride. Our … Read More

Gratitude: a proper attitude toward negatives

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When I read the biography of Francis Schaeffer, the author referenced True Spirituality as Francis Schaeffer’s most refined statement of his message: that the Bible is True in all of life and makes a difference in everything we think and decide, not in a legalistic or moralistic way, but in a personal and spiritual way. It is an excellent book. Because it is written more in a conversational style than an academic, I’d think it would make a good choice … Read More

A Providential C-Section

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Geneva Kate was born November 2, 2012, by unexpected c-section, 24 hours after being admitted to the hospital for an induction at my request (her due date was October 28). Heidelberg Catechism | Lord’s Day 10 Q. What do you understand by the providence of God? A. Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God by which He upholds, as with His hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain … Read More

Finding Motivation: Autonomy in [Home] School and [House] Work

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This series was inspired by my reading of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink. Review: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us How Not to Motivate: Extrinsic Rewards Motivating without Stickers: Intrinsic Motivation Finding Motivation: Autonomy in [Home] School and [House] Work Finding Motivation: Mastery in [Home] School and [House] Work Finding Motivation: Purpose in [Home] School and [House] Work What is Autonomy? autonomy, (aw-ton-uh-mee) n. independence or freedom, as of the will or … Read More