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Face Your Fear

Earlier this year, a story I wrote was published in Shattered Magazine. This is a first ever for me and something I've wanted and waited for a long time. But I almost didn't write the story. The stories I write are remembered ones.....the ones I've lived and felt....

The New Kid

The day I turned 12 years old, my family moved from our small town in Alabama to a big town in Tennessee. I lived in an unfamiliar house in a peculiar neighborhood and all my friends were too far away. A few weeks later I walked into my new school wearing a new dress...

The Take Away

Last week was a a life changer for me. My heart was refreshed, my confidence renewed, and I was reminded of why I do what I do. Bruce, Marlina (his wife), and I attended a conference called Speak Up, a speaking and writing conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I will...

A Time To Rest

During the last 22 years of pastoral ministry, I’ve planted 3 churches, founded 2 non-profit ministries, written a book, home-schooled my teenage son through High School, coordinated multiple conferences, and volunteered with several faith-based non-profits.  All of...

Love It or List It

Whether they're written down on paper or just floating around in our heads, we all have lists. Our daily tasks and weekend projects. Our work assignments, the household chores, yard work, and the bucket list. The things we have to do and the things we want to do. I...

Thanks Again

In a recent post I encouraged you to write a thank you. The real kind.... the kind you write out and mail. Who did you send your note to? I thought of several people I could thank, like teachers that influenced me more than they know. Or past employers. Dale L....

Send a Thank You

Here at Invest Your Life, we care about investing our lives into what matters most. What matters most is always people. Always. That's why we're passionate about noticing those around us and making a habit out of doing small acts.....making small investments into the...

Redefining a Great Marriage

I’ve been married now for over 33 years. (Yes, I got married when I was twelve.) And I’ve learned a little bit about what makes a marriage great in that time. But it’s probably not what you think. It’s taken me a lot of years and a lot of mistakes along the way to...

Spring Back?

For some, 2017 began in the midst of great sadness, the loss of a loved one, a sickness, a seemingly senseless trial and a great wondering. Crisis can bring deep spiritual questioning to the strongest of faiths. It digs into the reservoir of our souls and exposes the...

Leadership At Its Most Basic

You're more influential than you think! I had the opportunity to share my favorite leadership lesson with a small group recently. Not only is it my favorite lesson....it's been the most valuable. I was in my 20s when I read John Maxwell’s book “Developing the Leader...

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