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An Act of Courageous Kindness

“Lord, God of my master Abraham,” he prayed, “make this happen for me today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. I am standing here at the spring where the daughters of the men of the town are coming out to draw water. Let the girl to whom I say, ‘Please lower your water jug so that I may drink,’ and who responds, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels also’ — let her be the one you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” Before he ...
Tags: Inspiration, God, Courage, Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Nahor, Milcah, CSB, Isaac She, Mary Carver, Nahor Abraham, Bethuel, Women Of Courage, Women of Courage Forty-Day Devotional, Courageous Kindness

Work Less

By Leo Babauta When it comes to work, I’ve found that most of us fall in one of two camps: We work way too hard, constantly churning, never feeling like we got enough done; orWe put off work, going to distractions, feeling guilty about how little we’re getting done. Either camp results in long working hours. And it drains us. It leaves us feeling depleted, not alive. There’s no simple solution to this, of course, but I’d like to propose something here, to both camps: Work less. ...
Tags: Inspiration, Leo Babauta, Purpose-Filled Work & Life

Learning to Look Forward and Press On

For weeks my oldest daughter asked me to find out where she could watch Full House. She’d seen the reboot series (Fuller House) at my parents’ house and was itching to watch the original show. I remembered it fondly from my childhood and figured it would be a fun watch this summer, so one day I found the show on one of our streaming apps and hit play. When the theme song began playing, my head began nodding without my permission. But the thing about knowing every single word of a song I heard ne...
Tags: Hope, Future, Inspiration, Hulu, Christ, Fuller House, PAUL, Christ Jesus, Philippi, Jesus Himself, CSB, Encouragement, Perseverance, Pandemic, COVID-19, Whoever

Scene Stealing Velvet Chairs

I was browsing Pinterest in search of something and you know how the feed suggests things you might like? How did the algorithm know I’m a huge fan of the scene stealing velvet accent chair? To me, they’re like spying a celebrity at the party, you just can stop glancing over from time to time to check them out. I have a pair of teal blue velvet chairs in my living room and I love them. With autumn around the corner, I pulled together a group of images showing off inviting velvet chairs. I ...
Tags: Crafts, Autumn, Inspiration, Design + Decorating Articles, Style Files

Nostalgic Fashion: Outfits Inspired by The Swan Princess

This week I'm dressing like the characters from this non-Disney animated classic.
Tags: Movies, College, Inspiration, Cartoons, Movie fashion

Seeing God Beyond My Limited View

I grew up in a community where the question, “Where do you go to church?”, was like asking someone their last name or asking them in what part of town they lived or worked. In my community — a charismatic, Black, Baptist faith community situated in “Bible Belt” North Carolina — churches punctuated every corner like stop signs. Church steeples, like trees, blended into the landscape, so numerous and seemingly natural that for the most part, I was oblivious to their erected significance.  The c...
Tags: Inspiration, Jesus, Corinthians, Lucretia Berry, Bible Belt North Carolina

Domestic getaways that feel like a world away

At a time where Aussies are usually heading to Europe or warmer places abroad, the question bids: Where do or can we go now? To help Aussies fulfill their overseas dreams without having to leave the country, Expedia has uncovered the top domestic swaps for international favourites. Offering the same, if not better experiences, here is how you can discover the world in your backyard. Daintree Ecolodge Bali Ranked as the top booked destination for the July and August period last year. Aussi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Bali, Australia, Singapore, Inspiration, Los Angeles, Philippines, Hawaii, Brisbane, South Australia, Bahamas, Expedia, Aussies, Travellers, Explore

August 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the August 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more. Communication Bernd Geropp provided One-on-one meetings – What matters most! Bernd shares: “ How do you introduce one-on-ones to your direct reports? How does such a meeting work? How do you get started and what exactly should you say in such meetin...
Tags: Productivity, Motivation, Leadership, Inspiration, Communication, Development, David, Diana, John, Bill, ANN, Engagement, Chris, Team Building, Mary, Joel

Valuing the Beauty of God’s Masterful and Diverse Workmanship

Years ago, my son raced out of his kindergarten classroom and into my arms and shared a story that I’d long expected but wished we could have avoided. An older student had hurled racial slurs at him during recess. A white woman interrupted our conversation. “Oh, honey,” she said. “We’re all equal. God doesn’t see color.” Before I could respond, she smiled and walked away. My son frowned, “God doesn’t see me because I’m brown, Mama?” “God sees you and loves you,” I said, trying to conceal my ange...
Tags: Inspiration, America, David, Jesus, NIV, Xochitl Dixon

Emily Ratajkowski Style: Get Her Ultra-Cool Summer Looks, for Less

Make the street your runway with these trendy model-off-duty outfits inspired by Emily Ratajkowski's recent looks.
Tags: Celebs, College, Inspiration, Celebrity Fashion, Emily Ratajkowski, Celebrity Street Style of the Week, Model Off-Duty

When Awkward Leads to Awesome: The Gift of Difficult Conversations

I run around our dining-living-kitchen room like I do before company comes over, making sure there isn’t too much dog hair on the sofa or too little water in the garage sale pitcher with sunflowers. I peek into the oven and see the peach crisp is finished baking. I turn off the oven, but I leave the dessert inside. I don’t want to serve lukewarm peach crisp after dinner. And like any self-respecting Enneagram two, I don’t want to serve lukewarm hospitality either. As I assemble the simple, six-i...
Tags: Friendship, Race, Inspiration, David, Racism, Community, Air Force, US Army, Colorado Springs, Sheldon, Belonging, Scripture, Salena, Authentic Community

Love Over All: Love Hopes

It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7 (CSB) Every month of 2020, we’re featuring the Love Over All theme verse on the first Sunday of the month. We love everything about Love Over All (read more about it here) and can’t wait to share these amazing verses and ways to live them out with you! August’s Theme is Love Hopes. This time of year usually feels like ushering in a new beginning, often feeling like a second New Year. Most of us c...
Tags: Inspiration, Jesus, Corinthians, Sunday Scripture, Love Over All

Fully Loved and Always Invited by God

Here we are two months into the second half of 2020. In January, none of us could have possibly expected all that we would go through or all that we would feel over these past several months. I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted from all of the conversations and the endless arguing online. Honestly, my soul has been crying out for a bit of quiet and fellowship with intimate community. In some ways I have experienced that fellowship, but in other ways it keeps alluding me. For me, friendship...
Tags: Facebook, Inspiration, Jesus, John, Wendy, Hagar, NIV, His Son, Himself the Son

Showing Up Even When You’re Not Feeling It

By Leo Babauta Some days, you’re just not feeling it. It’s not that you’re exhausted, it’s that you’re not in the mood to do the important task that’s in front of you. You want to just go to distractions all day long, do anything but this thing you’re resisting. I get it. I have these days too. And sometimes, the answer is just rest. Other times, it’s useful to find a way to do the work anyway, because if we only do our important work when we feel like it, we might not ever get it d...
Tags: Inspiration, Leo Babauta, Purpose-Filled Work & Life, Mindfulness & Mastery, Uncertainty & Discomfort

I Don’t Know What Tomorrow Will Bring, But . . .

My hands hover over the keyboard. I don’t want to write this post. I don’t really want to write any post at all, actually, even though my mind is constantly writing sentences and storylines throughout the day. Part of me wants to blame it on the pandemic, and while it’s true that I have much less creative energy now than I did back in “precedented times,” I hesitate to put words down today because I know you won’t see them for another few weeks . . . and I don’t know what the world will look lik...
Tags: Hope, Trust, Inspiration, God, Matthew, Worry, Encouragement, Pandemic

Read this final essay by Rep. John Lewis on the day of his funeral

Representative John Lewis wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published on the day of his funeral. The New York Times is publishing it today, on the day of his funeral. "While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me." Excerpt: Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic proc...
Tags: Post, John Lewis, News, Justice, Inspiration, America, Racism, New York Times

Holding the Tension of Joy, Grief, and Worry

My weekend encapsulated one of those magical moments that little girls dream about their whole lives – their wedding day. With months of uncertainty and questions about gatherings due to the COVID-19, the celebration was sweetened by the intense way my niece and her fiancé pushed through struggles and challenges, tears and fears. It was finally their day! With her faithful father by her side, my niece floated down the venue stairs. Robed in white, her shimmering eyes sparkled with a kind of inno...
Tags: Inspiration, Jen, Ecclesiastes, NIV, Jen Schmidt

Trusting God Even When Our Plans Change

I had heard about the Saharan dust storm making the long journey from Africa and sweeping across our land here in Nebraska. Although I didn’t understand how dust could travel that far, I thought it was interesting that it would cause our sunsets and sunrises to be more vivid here, and I knew it was something I had to see for myself. We live in a bit of a valley and are surrounded by huge, thick trees to the west. Unless we venture out, it’s impossible to see sunsets out our door, so I did a quic...
Tags: Google, Africa, Trust, Inspiration, Disappointment, Nebraska, Plans, Everyday Faith, Jennifer Ueckert

When Nothing Changes but God Still Provides

In the week after my husband lost his job, I remember the feeling of desperation that crept in at night. I would lie awake in bed, wondering how we were going to make it, financially and practically. My husband was sending out his resume and applying for positions; he was making calls and networking. But as the weeks piled up, he still had no job offers. I felt overwhelmed every time I thought about our future and how we wanted — and needed — to provide for our children. Emotions in our home ran...
Tags: Inspiration, Jesus, Miracle, Michael, Red Sea, Everyday Faith, Provision, God provides

For When You’re Wilting

The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they thrive in the courts of our God. Psalm 92:12-13 (CSB) These past few weeks I haven’t been praying. I’ve wanted to, but still, I haven’t. “I’m so busy right now,” I told myself. “I’ll talk to Jesus soon. God will understand.” I wasn’t reading my Bible either. I saw it, sitting there on my nightstand, but it had been covered up by other things — glasses of water, notebooks, textbooks...
Tags: Amazon, Inspiration, Jesus, Anna, Lebanon, Jesus Christ, Psalms, Aliza, Aliza Latta, Becky Keife, in)courage Devotional Bible, Summer (in) the Psalms, Psalms Devotional Journal, Becky Aliza

Album Inspiration: Outfits Inspired by Taylor Swift’s ‘folklore’

Surprise! There's a new Taylor Swift album! And it's already giving us some amazing ideas for outfits.
Tags: Music, Featured, Taylor Swift, College, Inspiration, Music Inspired Fashion

This Bright Color is a Celebrity Summer Favorite You Need to Try

How to rock the color orange like Maddie Ziegler, Laura Harrier, and Ashley Benson, for less!
Tags: Celebs, College, Inspiration, Orange, Summer Fashion, Celebrity Fashion, Maddie Ziegler, Ashley Benson, Celebrity Street Style of the Week, Laura Harrier, Maddie Ziegler Laura Harrier

Prayer in the Era of Self-Help

I am not proud to admit that when things go wrong in my life – or in the lives of the people I love – my first instinct isn’t always a posture of prayer. Instead, I too often adopt a posture of self-help. I act as if my theology is something along the lines of “I’ve got this,” instead of “God’s got this.” Or weirder still: “If I worry about this enough, it will resolve itself.” I suppose this attitude is a byproduct of the culture in which I was born and bred. The concept of the “self-made man” ...
Tags: Inspiration, Jesus, John, Moses, Peter, Samuel, Don, Mary, Daniel, Esther, HANNAH, Rhoda

Joy Comes from Being His

Let the whole earth shout triumphantly to the  Lord ! Serve the  Lord  with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Acknowledge that the  Lord  is God. He made us, and we are his — his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. For the  Lord  is good, and his faithful love endures forever; his faithfulness, through all generations. Psalm 100 CSB When stress and anxiety don’t let...
Tags: Amazon, Inspiration, Psalms, Sunday Scripture, Summer (in) the Psalms, Psalms Devotional Journal

Lord, Make Us Tenacious

Grief lies like a foot of flood water in our home. I’m not wading through it all the time, but when I hear of another death — because of COVID, because of police brutality, because of depression, because of chronic illness, because of old age — the waters rise, and it feels as though I can’t tread water long enough to keep myself afloat. It’s not only loss of life that keeps me trudging through grief. It’s the daily reminders that Black bodies are not safe, that anti-Asian racism is still alive,...
Tags: Inspiration, United States, Korea, Jesus, Civil rights movement, Black, Encouragement, Perseverance, Endurance, Tenacity

The Simplicity of Discipline: Thriving Without the Baggage of Expectations

By Leo Babauta The clients I work with almost all put incredible expectations on themselves — they have higher standards than almost anybody I know. It’s why they work with me. It can be hard to see, but the expectations they’ve set for themselves often stand in the way of what they want the most. It’s hard to see, because they became successful because of those expectations. It’s what got them this far. But after a certain point, the expectations become the anchor, not the engine. ...
Tags: Inspiration, Tony Robbins, Tanya, Leo Babauta, Productivity & Organization, Purpose-Filled Work & Life

Love Is Still Stronger Than Fear

Loving other people can feel like stepping across a field of land mines sometimes. Perhaps this is truest of all online. So many angry words, sharp-pointed opinions, destructive assumptions. Why do we do this to each other? I’ve come to believe this: We are most angry when we are most afraid. It’s the old flight-or-fight response built into our bodies from the beginning. Some of us flee, but others of us pick up our guns and load them with words. We think we are saving ourselves, maybe even savi...
Tags: Love, Inspiration, Humility, John, Loyalty, HOLLEY, Everyday Faith

Stuck in a rut? 3 simple, smart ways to self-motivate

When you're feeling low on energy, it's easy to lose sight of what you're working toward. So, here are some smart ways to cultivate a productive environment and pick yourself back up.
Tags: Productivity, Motivation, Goals, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Leaders, Service, Radio, Agent, Team, Columns, Distractions, Mentors, Brokerage, Select, Virtual Meetings

When Roses Preach About Healing from Trauma

I’m not very good at keeping plants alive. I forget to water them. I leave them in the sun, and sometimes they become parched. I even have a penchant for killing succulents. That said, I love flowers. Watching them grow and bloom makes my heart swell. In this time of COVID-19 and sheltering at home for months, I’ve been longing to see more things grow. My heart needs light and color when the world is swirling with disappointment, cancellations, sickness, and racial tension. A few months ago, I w...
Tags: Hope, Inspiration, Healing, Trauma, Jesus, John, Whitney, Dorina, Deshunna Ricks, John 4:13 NLT Jesus

Nostalgic Fashion: Outfits Inspired by Thumbelina

This '90s cult classic is a surprisingly great source for outfit ideas.
Tags: Movies, College, Inspiration, 1990s