5 Things I learned in February 2016

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Taking a little break from our Joy Series. In no particular order, we have books, a movie, an easy recipe and relationship advice…and linking with encouraging Emily: 1. “Research… has shown that kindness (along with emotional stability) is the most important predictor of satisfaction and stability in a marriage. Kindness makes each partner feel cared for, understood, and validated—feel loved. ” …

10 Things I learned in January 2016

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We’re taking a little break from our Joy Series to share what we (re)learned in January with Emily Freeman.   1. Great reminder about being open to learn something new. Give me someone who’s teachable, and we can change the world. @matthewkeller https://t.co/hbrdzjffg9 via @cnieuwhof — Dolly Lee (@SoulStops) January 29, 2016 2. Maybe I’m slow, but I keep telling …

Pinpoint your passion and purpose

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(We’re taking a little break from our Joy Series. I’m delighted to have Elisa Pulliam share how she found her passion and purpose.) Pinpoint Your Passion and Purpose Have you engaged in an activity or embraced a responsibility that you didn’t want to end, even after you expended all your physical energy? Is there a cause or a need that …

5 Ways to Fight for joy -2

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  Sara Frankl made the above graphic. Before her chronic illness, Sara Frankl loved to sing, dance, water ski, and love on her friends and family. Towards the end of her 15%20 year battle with ankylosing spondylitis, she felt pain whether she moved or kept still, and she couldn’t leave the purified air of her condo. An encounter with someone’s …

How do you define joy? -1 (even if you’re an Eeyore)

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Welcome to the first post in our “Joy” series because I want to grow in joy. You too? The words “CHOOSE JOY” were capitalized in gold lettering on the book. In God’s providence, I found Kay Warren’s book Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough at our town’s library. What images or words come to mind when you hear the word …

Top 10 Things I learned in October

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My favorite podcast, three book recommendations, and thoughts on hope, hospitality, and Sabbath this month: 1. Although, I’m only a third way through, Susan S. Phillips’ book, The Cultivated Life, has been like an oasis my soul didn’t know it needed. Great advice from Susan Phillips: listen to your life and notice over the course of a week what you …

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic illness

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I’m honored to have my faith-filled friend Shelly Hendricks share her story and her new book today. We met via her blog, Renewed Daily, and she inspires me with her trust in God despite her physical suffering. And she is a prayer warrior. As I read her devotional, I gained a greater appreciation for what Shelly has to do to …

Top 10 Things I learned in September

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In no particular order but with gratitude, we’ve got books, movies, and a few brain-stretching articles: 1. Os Guiness articulates why freedom of religion benefits all of us. “…freedom of religion and belief (which covers secularist worldviews too) is essential because it involves nothing less than our freedom to be human.”- Os Guinness Read the rest of his well-reasoned post …

Top 10 Things I learned in June

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In no particular order (movie reviews, creativity and lots more)….but I share with gratitude: 1. Getting some friendly advice about Twitter from Emily Freeman…what a sweet surprise! @SoulStops yay! Friendly twitter tip – if you start your tweet with an @ then the only people who see it are those who follow us both 🙂 — emily p freeman (@emilypfreeman) …

My Top 10 (What I learned) for May 2015

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May was an incredible month. My emotions sang every note at The Jumping Tandem Retreat, which inspired my Grace Series, which resumes after this post. This month’s line-up begins and ends with Mary Karr’s wisdom but includes a must-see video talk, a new album, book recommendation, tips on creativity, and a great definition of humility as modeled by Jesus. In …