Face it; life can be hard. Things don’t always go well and sometimes they get worse before they get better. This may seem like mercy isn’t my strongest gift (it’s not) but I think sometimes compassion’s best companion is tough love.
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.
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It’s actually simple math…what you ADD is tremendously more consequential than what you take away. So here are three foods to add for fitness fuel. Try just including one of these in your diet. You’re not giving anything up. You’re not taking medicine. But the health value is big. Joy will follow.
Each day we are in training. For those of us who believe that life doesn’t end when we take our final breath on earth, this is a fact. As we open our eyes in the morning we are presented with new opportunities to become stronger, wiser, kinder…better.
God didn’t create us to be alone. He knew we’d need others to love, encourage and teach us. In Philippians 2:1-4 Paul talks about working together, sharing a common purpose. If my purpose is to encourage, help, love and support you and your purpose is the same toward me…we both win.
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.
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).
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