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I Have Behaved

I Have Behaved

2023-01-3016:31

I'm not sure what comes to your mind when you ponder the title of this article. I suppose those words are not commonly spoken. In my own history, I can think of times I certainly have behaved. I also recall some times I have not. Hopefully the times I have behaved are becoming my norm as I work hard to know God better. Anyway, I'd like to delve into this unusual statement. Did you know it comes straight out of Scripture? Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
A Calm Strength

A Calm Strength

2023-01-2315:17

A calm strength! Does that describe you? Although you may not believe me, it can describe you. If I asked you - "does your life have any stress" - what would you answer? Similarly, if you rated yourself on a scale of panic in problems, where would you mark yourself? How would you rate your approach to each day? Calm strength? Peace? Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
Without any warning, it hits you hard - and you realize it's challenging to manage a life loss! Sometimes, you feel you're drowning in sadness . . . cut off from good things . . . observing others' joy as a distant dream . . . wanting so badly for "normal" again . . . just  wanting hope to return. Yet, you still face your loss. So, how do you "turn the corner" in a loss? Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
Have you noticed the talking points of world news recently? Wars, rumors of war, famines, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados, forest fires, floods, demonstrations in the streets, military muscles flexing, political unrest, various discriminations, mounting deceptions, despair. And more! Wow. What a state our world is in. Is it even possible to contemplate good plans for hope and a future? It's Getting Worse! You cannot be well-informed without noticing - it's getting worse. I've noticed! Surely, you have, too. But interestingly, Jesus told us this was going to happen. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
I've often thought about well-known people and how they became "famous." People like the Queen of England, various presidents, Mother Teresa, Benjamin Franklin, and even Jesus' mother - Mary. Have you ever wondered how a certain person "became?" What they focused on, how they spent their time, and the experiences that formed their character. As I've pondered this, I've seen each person must learn how to become. So, how comfortable are you in your own skin? Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
The end of one year morphs into a new one by the simple passing of time. Days slip by all year, but when the passing of days ends one thing and begins another, it is noteworthy. Like the dots on a graph that connect in a line to show something being formed, your life is the line connecting dots of days. This content provides 7 tips to help you connect the dots of your life and live with noble character. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
Ready or not - Christmas week is here! Time to enjoy each moment. May I make a suggestion? Take it all in! Your preparations come together in a call. It's a call for a life response to a beautiful Baby!  This is the fourth and final in a series to prepare your heart for Christmas. Each week we light another candle in our hearts as a statement of preparation. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
Christmas is almost here! Whether you tend to schedule preparations ahead each week leading to Christmas - or you dare to load the stress into days before, including Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve, it's time to remember Emmanuel in your hustle and bustle. This is the third in a series to prepare your heart for Christmas. Each week we light another candle in our hearts as a statement of preparation. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
We're in a series to help prepare your heart for Christmas. With Christmas demands and stresses closing in, it's time to consider your right hand. This is the second article in the series. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
You prepare for Christmas in so many ways. But how do you prepare your heart? It's a challenge. This treasured holiday is a time for celebration, cheer, friends, family, and worship. However, because Christmas has become highly commercialized, it takes skill and pensive preparation to fully participate in the hustle and bustle without losing it's meaning. This is the first in a series to help prepare your heart for Christmas. Each week we will light another candle in our hearts as a statement of preparation in Advent. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
Thankful While Busy

Thankful While Busy

2022-11-2116:49

As I've been preparing for a mostly traditional Thanksgiving meal, I've been reminded how much planning and preparation goes into special celebrations we hold dear. These are added onto regular activities and responsibilities of each day. So, managing everything during the holiday season is critical. Additionally, remembering there are many reasons to be thankful while busy keeps you centered. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
Sometimes I wonder about prayer. How to pray most effectively. Do my prayers make a difference? Sometimes I wonder how to engage this precious relationship with an invisible person. I know it's critical, and I've engaged it for many years. But in our physical, visible daily reality, going after invisible qualities can be hard to define. Do you ever wonder about things like that? Or do you wonder about prayer? Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
Rise Up Higher

Rise Up Higher

2022-11-0718:15

While reading a favorite author recently, I noticed new ideas I'd missed from reading them in the past. These ideas encouraged me to keep going after something God placed in my heart years ago. What was that? "Rise Up Higher." After pursuing this for years, I can tell you - it's a really good place! "Rise Up Higher" has so many practical applications. Enjoy this content. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
This week in many communities, you will hear the phrase, “trick or treat.” Fall is in full swing. Candy. Caramel apples. Cider - hot or cold. Chilly air and colored leaves (in some geographies). Hayrides. Some folks decorate their yard for Fall. Others prefer a Harvest Party with games, costumes, stories, and pumpkins. But these festivities don't change the reality - trick or treat is real life. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
G-S-G-S-R. It works!

G-S-G-S-R. It works!

2022-10-2417:15

For centuries, people have used codes, acronyms, and gimmicks to help them succeed. When I work to memorize a Scripture or helpful idea, I often need to use some kind of "hack" (tool) to get it in my brain! I want to share a surprising find that promotes success in my daily perspective. I remember it like this: G-S-G-S-R. And . . . it works! Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
Under Feathers

Under Feathers

2022-10-1716:02

Feathers have captivated people for centuries. Inventors and scientists have studied flight by looking at birds, wings, and feathers. Artists use various mediums to capture the beauty of feathers. Coincidentally, there are still folks who make down pillows and comforters with softest feathers. Kids adore fluffy, colored feathers for fun projects. Feathers have been used for insulation. At one point in history, the best arrows were made using feathers. Today's content is about being under feathers. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
Some years back, I had an opportunity to lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in several decades. This person was a special influence in my growth and development. I was truly excited about catching up. With great anticipation, I marked the calendar. When the day came, I was a bit nervous after so many years. But I found the lunch to be one of the most fun and meaningful days I'd had in a long time. And I remembered how this friend had influenced me to partner with God. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
Me? Make A Difference?

Me? Make A Difference?

2022-10-0318:36

Do you ever wonder how you can possibly make a difference in this world? You! With your one life! But the reality is that you can have practical influence in culture and other lives. You can make a difference. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
The Skinny On Sinning

The Skinny On Sinning

2022-09-2617:45

So, what's "the skinny?" Apparently, the skinny on something is "the true information about someone or something that is not known by most people . . . Give me the inside/straight/real skinny." (Merriam-Webster) The skinny is revealing some secret information. With that in mind, what's the skinny on sinning? Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
When You Feel Empty

When You Feel Empty

2022-09-1917:17

When I was a kid, I had an effective way of finishing a milk shake. A straw worked for most of it. But when I got down to those final noisy slurps, I worked with gravity. Turning the cup upside-down brought last drops to me. But when that was over, I stuck my tongue in as far as I could to gather up remaining morsels. THEN - my cup was truly empty! Nothing left! Satisfying, but also disappointing. Sometimes life drains your cup. That's when you feel empty. It can be satisfying, but also disappointing. Read More ... For more resources and tools that inspire and equip you to live well using God's Word in practical ways each day, visit the Alive and Active Life website.
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