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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Contentment in Singleness

This week I share an inspiring, fun, and practical conversation with my friends Lacey Congdon and Angela Cirocco. We talk about helpful ways to find true contentment and practical ways to walk through this Valentine’s season as a single. We can live purposeful lives right where we are. Lacey Congdon came to know the Lord […]

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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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Let’s Come Together

We’re one month into 2021. How are you doing? Still feel a bit like 2020? In this episode, I share how we can come together as peacemakers and unifiers to help make our world a better place to live…and maybe leave some of 2020 behind! Connect with Dr. Julie Shannon: Website: https://drjulieshannon.com/ Facebook: Julie Shannon […]

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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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