Category Archives: self-improvement

The Lies We’re Told

Deception is fascinating. At base, deception is simply lying, which doesn’t sound so mysterious and awesome, but truly good deception is done in such a way that the people accepting the lies, think that they are believing the truth. Deception … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Christian, Culture, Current Events, Daily Life, Faith, Family, home, Life, Lifestyle, media, money, News, religion, self-improvement, simple living, success | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

God Just Called Himself a Chicken!

When someone calls us a chicken, most of us don’t take it as a compliment. But when God describes Himself as a chicken, as He does in Luke 14:34-35, it’s worth pausing over the passage and meditating: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, … Continue reading

Posted in blogging, Christian, Culture, Current Events, Daily Life, devotional, Encouragement, Faith, Family, farm, home, homeschooling, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, religion, self-improvement, simple living, spirituality | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Lessons from a Demented Cat: God’s Love

The great thing about having children is that, even when they leave home, they never really do, especially if they live in an apartment that doesn’t allow animals, and they insist upon getting a cat. Such is the saga at … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Christian, Current Events, Daily Life, devotional, Faith, Family, Growth, home, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, religion, self-improvement, success | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Worshiping the Wrong God

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “I don’t want to pray for patience, because if I do, God will send all sorts of bad things my way to teach me!” It’s supposed to be a joke, a lighthearted look … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Christian, Culture, Current Events, Daily Life, devotional, Encouragement, Faith, Family, home, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, painting, Relationships, religion, self-improvement, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Flowers Are More Important Than Stock Options

The story of the painting, Rhapsody of Roses, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve. Rhapsody of Roses is a floral song of exuberant joy, capturing color and form against a soft setting of light against textile. The roses … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Beauty, Culture, Daily Life, decor, Encouragement, Faith, Family, fine art, floral, home, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, newsletter, painting, self-improvement, success | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Does Leaving Church Mean Leaving Our Friends?

For many people, the one thing that stands between their leaving a church situation that is not working for them, or staying within and being unhappy, is friendship. Understandably, wherever we spend our time is where we make friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Christian, church, Culture, devotional, Encouragement, Faith, Family, fine art, home, homeschooling, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, painting, Relationships, religion, self-improvement, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leaving Church

Leaving church — whether a specific fellowship or the industrial model altogether — is not a decision people make lightly. Nor is it one that others take well, and if you are in the process of dropping out of a … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Christian, church, Culture, Current Events, Daily Life, devotional, Encouragement, Faith, Family, fine art, home, homeschooling, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, painting, religion, self-improvement, simple living, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Group Prayer Isn’t the Only, or Best Option

Although it’s been years since I’ve been in a regular church situation, I can still conjure up the feelings of dread I felt at “prayer time,” sitting around a circle (we’re told it’s “intimate”) and sharing details about our lives. The worst part was … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Christian, Culture, Daily Life, devotional, Faith, Family, fine art, home, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, prayer, Relationships, self-improvement, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tired of Worrying — about Everything?

The story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-41 is a familiar one to many, especially women. The other day, I even ran across the term, “Martha Syndrome,” which I’m sure I have, because of a pronounced tendency (according to every … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Christian, Daily Life, devotional, Encouragement, Faith, Family, fine art, home, homeschooling, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, religion, self-improvement, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spirit of the Canyon: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Spirit of the Canyon, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: The human spirit is an indomitable one, and within all of us is the desire to create, to search, to explore, to … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Business, Christian, Daily Life, Encouragement, Faith, Family, home, homeschooling, Job, Life, Lifestyle, newsletter, self-improvement, simple living | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment