• Take Care of Yourself First

    By Poppy Smith— I feel sorry for flight attendants. They stand in the aisles holding a seat belt or oxygen mask asking for a few minutes of our undivided attention. Most of us who fly regularly ignore...

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  • Take Care of Your Body—It Belongs to God!

    By Poppy Smith– Standing in the grocery line recently I scanned the wildly appealing promises on the covers of a dozen women’s magazines: Burn 300 Calories in 22 minutes—Strip the fat off your body fast. The Pasta...

    • Posted 5 years ago
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    Explore Opportunities: 12 Keys to Making Good Choices

    By Poppy Smith – When you DARE TO DREAM, it often involves stepping out into something that stretches both your faith and your mind.  That’s what I did a few years ago and graduated from seminary with...

    • Posted 5 years ago
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    Comparison is a Dream Killer

    Originally Posted On: Inspiring Women to Thrive – One of the hardest battles we face when dealing with a dream or longing that God gives is that of comparison. It’s easy to think that other people have what...

    • Posted 6 years ago
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  • Do You Need Quiet?

    We are in the middle of a remodel. Dust is everywhere. Screeching saws cut everything from wallboard to wood to tile. My husband and I are crammed into our guest bedroom, and to get fresh clothes, we...

    • Posted 6 years ago
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  • You Can Conquer Worry!

    How do you recognize that worry is eating away at you? Is it the knot in your stomach? The sense of dread as you think about a situation in your life? Do you find yourself waking up...

    • Posted 6 years ago
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  • Do Your Beliefs Affect Your Life?

    The phrase grabbed my attention, “Abraham believed God” (Romans 4:3). What did he believe? And what difference did it make in his life? Abraham’s belief in God’s promise that he would have descendants as numerous as the...

    • Posted 6 years ago
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  • Here I Am, Lord—Please Work in Me

    Inner growth doesn’t come by lengthening our list of “things I have to do to feel accepted by God.” Other people might be impressed, but if we’re operating in our own energy, all our efforts will amount...

    • Posted 6 years ago
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    Don’t Say It!

    By Poppy Smith – I brooded. I fumed. I prayed. I cried. Finally, steamed up and ready to blow, I sat down at my computer. Hammering out my deeply felt opinions, my wisdom from years of living,...

    • Posted 6 years ago
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  • You Can Thrive- Emotionally Part 2

    Choose Emotional Health Have you ever prayed, “Lord, help me”? Far from being the cry of a weakling, it is one of the healthiest prayers we can utter when we feel overwhelmed. But don’t stop there. I’ve...

    • Posted 6 years ago
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    You Can Thrive Emotionally – Part 1

    By Poppy Smith – Be Alert to Your Emotions When Regina Brett of Ohio turned 90 years old, she looked back over the years and wrote a list of 45 lessons life had taught her.  Here are...

    • Posted 6 years ago
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  • Inspiring You to Thrive: 4 Essentials for Spiritual Health

    After my diagnosis of pneumonia, I received lots of advice. I was told to rest. To relax. To sleep. To eat nourishing food. And above all, to be patient!  I’m still being patient—full recovery seems a bit...

    • Posted 6 years ago
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