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    Passion’s Thief

    Have you lost your passion? Have you let depression and complacency rule your spirit? Have you let the enemy take all that is dear to you without a proper fight? Then it's time that you too rise from the ashes. It's time that you too remember why you started down this road. No journey ever began in a vacuum. It began with passion toward something. Toward a vision. Toward a future.

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    The Value Of Perseverance

    perseverance noun – 1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. It’s a word I don’t hear much these days, let alone see in action. The act of staying on course regarding one’s goals, despite difficulty and discouragement, seems to be something of a rarity nowadays. I grew up in an age where perseverance was the norm. When people had a goal, when they had a dream, they ran after it with everything they had. They didn’t give up, they didn’t pull out a multitude of excuses, they didn’t cast blame for their surrender to others. I…

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    The Little Things

    The little things matter. I have to tell myself this every single day. Maybe every second of every day, actually. We get caught up in the business of life. We neglect the cool weather. We neglect the hummingbirds on the patio. We neglect our favorite song on the radio. We neglect when Krispy Creme has a sale on donuts. Instead, we focus on what we are striving for. We want more out of life, but that more will come later, at the end of this long journey to achieve our goals. Right? But what about everything along the way? Is that favorite song of ours not part of what we…

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    The Poison Of Procrastination

    We all do it. At some point during the day, we put something off for later.Due to restraints in time, restraints in resources, or restraints in our own will to do something, tasks are moved around, marked as unimportant, or dissolved altogether to make room for other, seemingly more important tasks. Little do we know how much trouble we are causing for ourselves. Procrastination is a beast that is never satisfied with what you feed it. I experience a struggle with procrastination every single day of my life. No matter how hard I try, there’s always a temptation to put things off for later. Small tasks, medium-sized projects, even large…

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    A Dangerous Comparison

    It’s tough nowadays to look around at our society and feel or experience the sting of jealousy. We see a friend acquire a brand new house when we’re still eeking by in an apartment two sizes too small for us. We see the couple who has barely known each other for two months already planning their wedding when we’ve been waiting for Mr/Mrs Right since 1905. We see the successes of our peers – promotions, more money, worldwide fame – and we’re still working 70 hours a week in our basement crafting Youtube videos we hope will garner more than five followers this week. Comparison runs abound. It’s easy to…

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    In The Company Of Excuses

    He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Benjamin Franklin Excuses. They’re everywhere. Like Christmas stuff near Halloween. Like construction barrels when you’re late for work. Like friends when you come into money. We have excuses for everything… I can’t help you because – I didn’t reach my goal because – I meant to do such and such, but I didn’t because – Because. It’s not true though, is it? You’re under an illusion. You think the word, ‘because’, means that what you’re stating is a legitimate reason for giving up, giving in, neglecting your responsibilities, ignoring your destiny. Put the excuses away. In…

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    Calibrate Your Compass

    Have you stopped lately? I mean really stopped what you’re doing, closed your eyes, and breathed in the world for a moment or two? Life is hectic. Bills. Kids. Crisis. There’s enough in a day to throw our compass off, sending us in wayward directions we never intended to go. Stop. Close your eyes. Breathe. Calibrate your compass. Remember why you’re doing what you do. Are you chasing hard after a dream? Are you in this for your spouse? Are you trying to set a better legacy for your children? Whatever it is, remember it. Make sure your compass is pointing in the direction it should be. And go. Repeat…

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    Encouraging Ourselves In The Solitude

    Following hard after a dream, chasing a vision and a goal, can be exciting at times. When your friends and family are rooting you on, when strangers are taking notice of your dedication and endurance, when your cup is full of encouragement and running over, you think this feeling of determination will last forever. Sometimes you get so caught up in it that you wonder how others have never followed their dreams or have quit along the way. With so much support, with so much positive and uplifting admonition, how hard could it possibly be to achieve that which we strive for? And then everyone leaves. The clouds roll in.…

  • Dreams,  Faith,  life

    The Other Side

    I hate seeing others give up on things. I don’t just mean giving up on a project or even a tough relationship. I mean giving up on the dreams that God gives a person. I’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately in different circles on how most people never reach ‘the other side’. The other side being the end fulfillment of a promise God has given them. The Israelites were promised the land of milk and honey, and a journey that should have taken them 11 days took them 40 years to accomplish. 11 days, and they wandered for 40 years. All because they didn’t trust God completely, because…

  • Publishing,  The Crossover Alliance

    Beyond Me

    It’s been a struggle. Life. My life. I can’t say that I’ve had it the worst. No, I’m blessed beyond reason. I just mean that God’s been teaching me and guiding me through a lot of stuff lately. Confusing stuff. Hard stuff. Very emotional stuff. I still don’t understand it all, but in the end, my understanding of it isn’t completely necessary for me to get to the other side. I just need to trust God, God’s Word, and God’s way. One of the things I have been working on for months now (and essentially for many years) is turning The Crossover Alliance – a once-small online community for readers/writers…