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Know someone at work with an abrasive personality? That's a polite term for a jerk at work. Maybe it's time to stop letting the jerk get under your skin and take action! #jerk #jerkatwork #relationships #coworkers

Do This When You Have a Coworker with an Abrasive Personality

Know someone at work with an abrasive personality? That’s a polite term for a jerk at work. Maybe it’s time to stop letting the jerk get under your skin and take action! #jerk #jerkatwork #relationships #coworkers

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While not fitting into the formulaic 'sweet contemporary romance' genre, these books are just the ticket for those looking for a longer, well-developed plot. #amreading #romance #inspirational

Sweet Contemporary Romances for Your Summer List

While not fitting into the formulaic ‘sweet contemporary romance’ genre, these books are just the ticket for those looking for a longer, well-developed plot. #amreading #romance #inspirational

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You'd think I would have learned the importance of how you make people feel back in fifth grade. Back when I suffered the social consequences of making a friend feel badly. But no. I guess I don't learn very fast, after all. #relationships #feeling #howyoumakepeoplefeel

The ‘How You Make People Feel’ Measurement

You’d think I would have learned the importance of how you make people feel back in fifth grade. Back when I suffered the social consequences of making a friend feel badly. But no. I guess I don’t learn very fast, after all. #relationships #feeling #howyoumakepeoplefeel

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Sometimes, we make Christianity more complicated than we need to. We create God in our image and his desires in the image of our preferences. Rusty George's new book shares a simple path to following Jesus that all of us need to know. #mercy #justice #socialjustice #followingjesus #christianity

Looking for a Simple Path to Following Jesus?

Sometimes, we make Christianity more complicated than we need to. We create God in our image and his desires in the image of our preferences. Rusty George’s new book shares a simple path to following Jesus that all of us need to know. #mercy #justice #socialjustice #followingjesus #christianity

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Unfiltered Words Wound Worse than Swords

Do you have a family member who suffers from a mental illness? I learned the hard way what happens when I don’t filter my words. Unfiltered Words Wound Worse than Swords At the time, we thought we said the right things. We thought we spoke in love and Christian admonition. Unfortunately, in our urge to correct and to help Sarah, our daughter, make good choices, we spoke without first letting the Holy Spirit filter our words. “What you’re doing is…

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What to Expect if You Visit Denali National Park

A View of the Mountain is Never Assured If you visit Denali National Park, you probably won’t see the mountain—”the big pile of rocks that everyone comes to see.” In fact, two years ago, Pedro, Sarah, and I visited Denali and failed to see the mountain. I’ve tried since then, to see it from Talkeetna, but haze or clouds covered most of the mountain. I claimed that “I’d seen Denali,” but I had never seen the entire mountain. Other things…

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Have You Ever Regretted Taking a Trail?

Hitting the Wall at Eight Thousand Feet “I think I’m going to barf! I need to lay down.” “Seriously?” Sarah slowed to a stop and looked back at me. “Shouldn’t have eaten those cherry-flavored licorice vines,” I muttered as I dropped my camera pack to the ground. “My throat is killing me. I need water.” “I have about a teaspoon left,” Sarah said as she handed me her water bottle. “You can have it. I feel fine.” “Thanks.” I sank…

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FaceTime Acts as a Bridge to Relationship

Real vs. FaceTime When I arrived in Palmer, AK after midnight, my daughter stood on the porch in the freezing cold awaiting our arrival. Wonder of wonders, she held our grandson in her arms. “He lost his Baba today,” she explained, “and he can’t sleep.” Baba, a stuffed ruby-throated hummingbird that I purchased for him back in April, had become his cozy of choice. And when a 17-month-old loses his cozy, the world seems wonky, indeed. I didn’t know how…

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The Familiar Sizzle of Lefse Makes the Holidays Rich

Lefse The familiar soft sizzle of lefse hitting the hot skillet grabs my attention. I stand outside of my parents’ trailer under a shade canopy. The sun’s rays still reach my legs below my knees as I take my turn at the propane stove. My mom forms walnut-sized balls of dough and Sarah learns how to roll the lefse out to an even thickness and correct size. My mouth waters in anticipation. For the first time ever, we prepare our…

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