Good morning all, I wanted to share a picture that I took last month. Above is a picture of a butterfly taken at the Naples Botanical Gardens in Florida last month. (©2016 PaulaBaines.com, used with permission). The butterfly flit and flowed among the beautiful blossoms resting intermittently; giving me just enough time to catch its rest. [...]
There are times in our lives when we wonder, why are we doing this? Is there a deeper purpose to our being? So I got thinking, what is my why? It has been many weeks since I wrote a post to this blog. I have had writer's block. What does the reader want? I can [...]
Several years ago, I participated in a program called Leading Small Groups. Here is an overview of my notes from the program. One time or another, a leader is caught in a quandary. They face a difficult situation, have to deal with a challenging person, or face some kind of resistance. It is easy to forget [...]
Over the years, I have heard several people comment, "Oh, I am not creative...I cannot draw or paint. I am not artistic." Creativity is not just about the arts (visual or performing). Creativity is all around us. Businesses can be creative, Engineers can be creative, inventors can be creative. Creativity is about creating something new. [...]
How many of us describe ourselves by our occupation? How many of us are asked "what do you do?" Larry Julian, author of God is My CEO: Following God's Principles in a Bottom Line World points out in his book that we can move from what we do to who we are. We can let [...]
Larry Julian is the author of God is My CEO. In his book, he offers straight-forward advice and sometimes pithy comments about directing our lives. He included the following, "A ship that turns its direction by one degree will alter its course by a hundred miles." What good is a path if it is taking you [...]
In what way can you balance the secular business world and that of your Christian beliefs? Do you have to choose? As adults, we can often feel torn between what is accepted and popular in our culture that can often contradict with our Christian beliefs. In today's business world, we often led by bottom line pressures. [...]
Sometimes when we get bogged down by life, hope is our life jacket.
A blog that I wrote last February, seemed fitting today, “Creating Hope.”
We are challenged by what life throws at us. Sometimes, we get knocked down a few rungs or end up face down into the ground. If it happens often enough, we get discouraged. So from our standpoint, life and our future may not show promise. So how do we create hope?
“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant. …It bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”—1 Corinthians 13:4,7. New Reivsed Standard Version (NRSV)
Recently interviewed by Live Happy magazine, Shane Lopez, author of Hope Matters stated we are suffering from a hope deficit in the U.S He has concluded that people are lacking excitement about their futures based on the responses that they gave in public polls.
“Hope doesn’t promise an instant solution but rather the possibility of an eventual one. Sometimes all we need is a little hope,” wrote…
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We are challenged by what life throws at us. Sometimes, we get knocked down a few rungs or end up face down into the ground. If it happens often enough, we get discouraged. So from our standpoint, life and our future may not show promise. So how do we create hope?“Love is patient; love is [...]
What weighs about three pounds and fits in the palm of our hands?Our brains. It is the last unknown universe. Our neurons and the paths that they create across the span of our brain are unique as fingerprints.Although small in size, our brains are complex and vastly intricate.Let me share with you some things we [...]