What Will Your Legacy Be?

We’ll just call it a Valentine’s do-over. I wanted to share the story of Dr. Willie O. Peterson’s parents last week, but the winter storm had other plans. This week, I give full attention to this sweet love story. You’ll learn that no matter your background and no matter how broken you feel, you can […]

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Love’s Lasting Legacy

The carved heart in the small aspen trunk fascinated me. Who carved it and why? I knew a little about the former homeowner, but since she had long since passed on, there was no one to ask. So my busy mind created lots of different scenarios about the who and why of this sign of […]

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Defining Steps for Contentment on Valentine’s Day

If you are in a single season, Valentine’s Day can feel strange, or for many, really lonely. Stepping into the Valentine’s season, we can feel a variety of emotions – lonely, sad, hopeful, optimistic… But as my guests on The Bearing Life® Podcast and I share this week, singles can take steps to walk through […]

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Avoiding the Comparison Trap

The origin of Valentine’s day finds its roots in faith. Over time, and in our modern Western culture, the day has come to equal romantic love with gestures including flowers, fine dining, proposals, cards, and candy and often results in a comparison trap for those who are single. Even some in a relationship with built-up […]

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Hope for Peace and Unity

When the calendar turns over to a new year, do you choose a word to characterize your coming goals or resolutions? After a devastating and tumultuous year, my word seems simple yet challenging: hope. I’m hopeful for better days in 2021. Hopeful for abundant life. Hopeful that we can move in the direction of our […]

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Corner Posts of Life

I sat motionless, listening to one of my father’s lifelong friends describe him as a corner post in the fence line of life. Tears gathered in my eyes (a bittersweet combo of mourning, gratitude, and joy), as I heard the essence of my dad summed up in this gracious and accurate metaphor. Words like stability, […]

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Defining Steps: Where Do You Carry Stress?

During this season of The Bearing Life® Podcast we continue taking a look at what we carry into 2021. In this week’s episode, I had a revealing conversation about how stress can manifest within the body and the resulting frustration and pain. After years of debilitating pain, Candice desperately sought resolution and effective treatment. She […]

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Carrying Stress

Getting out into nature helps me address stress in life. Something about the majesty of God’s creation causes me to pause, take stock of anxieties and worries, put things in perspective, and just take a deep breath. Often, I can exhale and just feel the tension breathe out of my body. Mountains, ocean, babbling brooks, […]

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