Encouragement

Jordan Jonas: A Man Who Thrives in Adversity

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Blogger’s Note: While I like to focus most of my posts on themes of encouragement and authenticity, I will occasionally feature people who may not be well known to many of us who possess qualities of strength and dignity as they learn to thrive rather than just survive. I don’t know ...continue reading

5 Reasons Why Schedules Are Great

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Labor Day. A time to rest. That evening, the sun began setting. A breeze filled the air, and Steve and I started talking about our summer. It’d been a good one, a one to relax and change up the schedule a bit. Then I said it. I was actually looking forward ...continue reading

Jumping Into the Deep End

Many years ago, I spent many a hot summer’s day swimming in the pool at the local swim club. It had a shallow end, a middle part for lap swimming, and the deep end. At the deep end lay diving boards. And diving boards, for a kid, meant tons of fun. I’d already been off ...continue reading

On Being Intentional

A couple of months ago, I had lunch with a colleague. We’ve hit it off, and I’ve come to see him like a little brother of mine. His fiancée is a nurse working night shifts to save money for their wedding. He said time with her was few and far between. I told him they ...continue reading

5 Ways to Be an Encourager

Things a year ago looked very different than they did now. My husband Steve had just had back surgery on July 20. During this three-week recovery, I found myself as chief caregiver and in charge of everything. Was I overwhelmed? You bet. Discouraged? Oh, yeah. But I learned a lot. About myself. About others. I ...continue reading