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Posted on 4.21.2017 by Jody Noland

Have you ever seen a seemingly empty seashell suddenly start moving along the sand? Or even more shockingly, discovered that a shell you’d recently found on the beach mysteriously changed locations on your counter?

If so, then you’ve probably witnessed a hermit crab in action. They live alone, within salvaged empty seashells, due to their own physical vulnerability. The crab is forced to peek outside the protective shell to move, and as the crab moves, so does the shell.

Posted on 4.08.2017 by Jody Noland

 Do you pray regularly?
 
If your prayers from this last week were transcribed, what would they show?
 
Do you pray big, God-sized prayers? Or are your requests in line with things you can accomplish in your own power?

Posted on 3.17.2017 by Jody Noland

Are wedding bells ringing in your future? Perhaps you’re getting married soon, or you are the mother or father of the bride or groom.
 
If so, it’s the perfect time for letter writing.
 

Posted on 3.10.2017 by Jody Noland

Have you ever tasted heirloom tomatoes? Their shapes aren’t uniform, nor are their colors.  But oh, the flavors!

Posted on 3.03.2017 by Jody Noland

Half empty or half full? Each new day, we have a fresh choice of how we look at our lives, our circumstances, the “hand we’ve been dealt.” What are you choosing?

We all know people that look at life through negative lenses. They see the shortcomings in every situation. Yes, they might make great quality inspectors looking for defects on a manufacturing line. But in terms of life, it’s a draining perspective for everyone in that person’s world. And most of all, it’s a slow emotional death for the person themselves.

Posted on 2.24.2017 by Jody Noland

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Ask a young child that, and the answer is likely to be filled with promise. The sky’s the limit.  Answers might include: “The President!” “A movie star!” “A doctor!”
 
As that child becomes an adolescent, the dreams often become smaller, “more realistic” or might have even vanished.
 
Why is that? What happens to those big dreams?
 
Sadly, dreams are often squashed by a few discouraging words from a parent or authority figure.
 

Posted on 2.13.2017 by Jody Noland

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. For some, it’s a day full of roses and romance.
 
For others, it’s a painful reminder of unfulfilled hopes and dreams.
 
But at its core, Valentine’s Day is about love: something all of us need.
 
And that’s where the connection between Valentine’s Day and pickles comes in.

Posted on 2.06.2017 by Jody Noland

Why is it so easy for relationships to become fractured?
 
Small misunderstandings, left unresolved, can fester and expand and in no time, significant relational breakage can occur.  It’s tragic and so hard to undo. And it can happen at any age.
 
Recently, I was privileged to stand on the sidelines and watch the opposite happen.  A fractured relationship was healed, thanks to the powerful impact of a simple, loving letter and a devoted husband.
 

Posted on 1.28.2017 by Jody Noland

Have you ever made a “reduction” when cooking? It’s the process of simmering down the liquids in a broth with the intent of concentrating the flavors.
 
Apply that to your life. What is the essence of what you believe? When you cull out the extraneous, what remains? And how do you live that out on a daily basis?
 
Recently, I was challenged to reflect on those questions after attending the funeral of the indomitable sports broadcaster, Craig Sager.
 

Posted on 1.13.2017 by Jody Noland

We’ve all got them: those special people who cross our paths and impact the trajectory of our lives. 
 
I call those encounters “divine appointments,” believing that God is ultimately responsible for the meetings.
 
One of the most significant “divine appointments” in my life happened in 2013 with Jaye Watson.

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