Today’s Quote


Soul Gatherings


It’s not just other people we need to forgive.
We also need to forgive ourselves.
For all the things we didn’t do.
For all the things we should have done.
You can’t get stuck on the regrets
of what should have happened.

~ Mitch Albom ~

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Mile 2: 31 Extra Mile Secrets for an Extraordinary Life

Do you have a story to share?
How did someone bless you when they went the extra mile for you?



Are you walking on the Extra Mile road?

In this book, MILE 2, Steve Warner shares 31 secrets that will propel you to finding meaning in your life.

Walking the extra mile is a journey of service, selflessness, and ultimately success. Each chapter contains one secret, with examples to show and inspire you to keep walking.

Available here on Amazon in Kindle or paperback

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Life in the Overlap


Lead Today

I have written before about the importance of knowing what?s truly important. The most successful people know that they control very few things that really matter. Most people spend entirely too much time on seemingly urgent ?stuff? at the expense of investing their time on things truly important.

The other major waste of time we experience is worrying about things that matter but that we have little or no control over. While we are worrying about things we cannot control we are not focused on the things that matter that we can control.

I could write thousands of words on this subject but this week a colleague of mine named Billy sent me the drawing that accompanies this post. It ?shows? what I mean better than I could ever say it. (I guess that?s where the whole ?a picture is worth a thousand words saying comes from)

A life well-lived…

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A Second Chance

Lead Today

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately, at least in the U.S. of second chances. Specifically the conversation has centered around when and IF people deserve a second chance.

I suppose the politically correct and sensitive answer is: yes, people always deserve a second chance.

That’s an easy answer in theory but in practice it’s not so simple.

No one will ever accuse me of being overly politically correct but in this instance, maybe only in this instance, I believe the politically correct answer is actually the right answer. People really do deserve a second chance. Maybe a more specially correct answer would be other people deserve a second chance.

We seldom need to be reminded that we deserve a second chance, I mean, we’re only human, we make mistakes. We deserve a chance to “do better next time.”

So does every other person.

But again…

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Heartline Haiti Blog

Many of you reading this are familiar with Olez and Marc Lory, her handicapped 12 year old son. Many of you have visited her house with us in the community of Corail and have met Olez and Marc Lory.  He often could be found lying on a sheet on the cement floor. Clearly he had medical issues, but every time one of you took time to bend down and interact with him, you could see his excitement and the light in his eyes.  I’m sorry to write that this special young boy, who had been ill for several days, died Monday evening of undetermined causes. Olez had taken him to several hospitals but nothing seemed have helped, and sadly Marc Lory passed away. Beth writes below about Olez and her family.

Like many Haitians Olez goes by a few names: Rose Marie and Olez are two of them. I would…

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Share Hope

Accidental Sabbatical

Will you help me share hope with someone who is out of work?

It is challenging to market my own books, because I wrote them to encourage and help people, not to make money. I wish I could afford to just give this book, Accidental Sabbatical, to anyone without a job to share hope.

This week, a friend suggested that perhaps I could sell more if I change the word ‘God’ to ‘higher power’. But I’m not just writing about some vague higher power in the world. I am writing about the Almighty God who is THE higher power. And if that means limiting the market, I’m okay with that. I don’t proselytize or preach; I simply share hope.

My challenge during this Accidental Sabbatical has been to maintain hope and faith and God has provided hope, peace, and provision. For this time, He has given me a part…

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Five Minute Friday: DARE

Thinking about courage today and how to manifest it in my life.

Accidental Sabbatical

Speaking to myself:

I dare you to trust in Him.

I dare you to be bold and walk into the fear.

I dare you to look above the negative and see only positive.

I typically don’t make decisions based on emotion, and I believe daring someone to do something is just that. But that isn’t necessarily negative.

Courage is an emotion.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the verb dare means:

‘:to have enough courage or confidence to do something: to not be too afraid…

:to do something that is difficult or that people are usually afraid to do.

:to tell someone to do something especially as a way of showing courage.’

So again I say to myself: have courage, even if it is difficult and you’re afraid. I dare you.

What will you dare yourself to do today?


Kate Motaung is the amazing host of the Five-Minute Friday…

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Five Minute Friday: Begin

Where do I begin?

Each day begins with a new promise, that no matter what happened yesterday, or last week, or last month, today we can begin again. We can do something today that will matter in 5 years, or for eternity. We can begin to change something. We have the ability to begin something new.

Every day.

This has been a tough week, stewing over things I cannot ‘fix’, recovering from the physical and emotional challenges of the month of July. Dealing with broken Internet and cable services that AT&T cannot seem to fix permanently. I like to think I’m troubleshooting things, but that would imply that I have the ability to fix it, and sadly I do not.

So today I choose to begin again with hope and joy, fortifying my spirit with wisdom from Psalm 119 and John 10 and Philippians 4:4, and I resolve to rejoice and to choose joy and to begin today anew with love.

What will you begin today?



Today is Lisa-Jo Baker’s last Friday to host where we write intensely for 5 minutes. Beginning next Friday, 8/8, Kate Motaung will host.

Find us/Join us here: Five Minute Friday. #FMFparty

Quotes gathered while I was at the beach…

It was a long-planned, 1-week, 4-generation family vacation at a NC beach. Face-time with loved ones. Sometimes we need to get out from behind the computer and journal with pen and paper, laugh at crazy UNO Attack games and occasionally cry together. Face to face.

Now as I re-enter my life, I cherish the quiet for reflection and an appreciation for this new normal. Found these very appropriate quotes upon my return…

I hope you always have a shell in your pocket…and sand in your shoes.
~ Unknown

Creating Value: Don’t boil the ocean. Solve one problem at a time and expand from there.
~ Mark Oakes

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.
~ Glenn Turner

And then there is this one to prepare me to get back into writing the book…

When something goes wrong in your life, just yell ‘PLOT TWIST!’ and move on.
~ Kelly Martin

What awaits you in your new week?