I deeply admire those who seem to sincerely appreciate “constructive” criticism delivered to them immediately after they’re finished with what they’ve done. When I fall on my face, the only constructive things I want coming my way are chocolate and hugs. I’ll look for ways to improve later.
About Diane Markins
Host of Bold Living with Diane Markins on KPXQ1360.com in Phoenix. Her latest book, Women in High Def, Boldly Living Your Purposes with Vibrant Clarity is a best seller on Amazon's Kindle. Diane writes and speaks in a gritty "high def, authentic style" about issues that impact daily living. She aspires to reflect the love of God as a wife, mom, businesswoman, speaker and writer. Married to her high school sweetheart in 1979, Diane is also the mother of two grown kids, a daughter-in-law, three grandbabies. Her life is also shared with two dogs and a cat. Family fun, travel and outdoor activities capture her free time.
Entries by Diane Markins
That’s the way we’re wired and it’s no mistake because all those things are according to God’s model for romance and marriage. But in order to achieve this picture-perfect design, there is one major requirement: Two people who are willing to hold up their end of the equation. Many women don’t get that. They want the fabulous leading man but don’t see that instead of being the leading lady, they’re the lazy, sarcastic, self-absorbed side-kick. Or maybe they have good hearts but aren’t really putting in the time and energy it takes to keep their end of the teeter totter off the ground.
Facing challenges is not optional in life. We have them, big and small, on a regular basis. If you see people who appear to float through life unscathed, look closer. Some people have a way of always looking fresh and cool, nothing ruffles them. More faith? Possibly. More blessings? Maybe. Better ability to suck it up and not let it show? Likely.
Beginning a new year is a great time to look at life as it is and consider some possibilities of how it could be. It’s easy to put this off and wait until later…but sometimes it seems that much of our life is spent waiting. In a small sense we wait in line for a vanilla latte, we wait for our car to fill up with gas, we wait for the cable guy to show up (between 8 and 12…ha! usually it’s 12:10).
Get Right with God: Give Grace “Get right with God!” I remember hearing that in so many sermons growing up. The topics of sin and repentance were the repeating headlines while the topics of love and grace came less often and with a whole lot less enthusiasm. I will say right out of the starting […]
Better Parents Make a Better World Not even one of us has had ideal parents. Neither have we been perfect parents. There is room for improvement and it’s never too late, according to author Rick Johnson. His new book, Overcoming Toxic Parenting, helps readers identify what toxic parenting looks like, how they may have been […]
People can be stubborn too…sometimes for prudent reasons and sometimes for ego or purely for pleasure. The next time you encounter a person who seems impossibly obstinate, examine what their motives are. Perhaps there is fear, insecurity or sincere caution keeping them from making a new move.
Does your prayer time seem a little lack-luster on occasion? I know mine does. God wants to hear from us. He expects us to show up and delights in the minutes we give solely to him. But once in a while it starts to feel a bit contrived and obligatory…going through the motions.
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