Laura Roberts (Log Home Sweet Home)

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3 Books That Can Help You Be Better in 2016, and Beyond

<b>The Productivity Project</b>, Chris Bailey<p>For one year, Bailey, a Canadian business school grad, structured his life around a single obsession: improving …

Pomodoro Technique

Rise and Shine: 12 Easy Weekend Breakfast Recipes

Christmas might be over, but there are still kids and houseguests to feed. Whip up one of these easy breakfast recipes and give them something delicious to wake up to.<p><b>1. Best Blueberry Muffins</b><p>Bursting with fresh blueberries with a tender crumb and sparkling sugar crust, these really are the best …

Miraculous Miracles

What Is The Holy Place of the Tabernacle?

The Holy Place was part of the tabernacle tent, a room where priests conducted rituals to honor God.<p>When God gave Moses instructions on how to build …

Compulsory Love: What the Building of the Tabernacle Can Teach Us About Valentine's Day (Parshat Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19)

I have a fraught relationship with Valentine's Day. Perhaps this is because I cringe, as a Jew, at observing what was first a pagan and later a Christian holiday -- Valentine's Day originated from a pagan mid-February fertility celebration called Lupercalia and was transformed into St. Valentine's …

Theology

The Most Encouraging Words, Ever

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

GPS Guide: 12 Mantras That Encourage A Positive Life

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- of course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

Why Positive Encouragement Works Better Than Criticism

According to science, it’s good to be the nice guy.<p>I’ve written about positivity before, in terms of cultivating a positive outlook for yourself. What I want to write about today is cultivating positivity in your workplace, particularly if you’re a leader. By focusing on positive interactions with …

‘There Are Many Ways Of Being Smart’: Encouraging School Letter About Student Test Results Goes Viral

According to BBC News, Year 6 children at Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire (roughly the equivalent of 5th grade here in the U.S.) were sent home a letter with their standardized test scores that said how "proud" the school was of them and that "these tests do not always assess all of what it …

34 Ways to Encourage Positive Thinking | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

The brain is a powerful organ; it controls the entire body. But your thought process is much more influential. Your thoughts dictate who you become, …

A Sweet Celebration of Connection and Inner Softness in a Culture That Encourages Hard Individualism and Prickly Exteriors

A hug is such a simple act. But how anguishing when one is denied this basic exchange of human goodwill and kindness. Surely, one doesn’t even have to be human to feel the anguish of that denial. At first glance, this seems to be the premise behind <b>Hug Me</b> (<i>public library</i> | <i>IndieBound</i>) by …

App that encourages friends to put their handsets down and talk to each other wins prize

We’ve all seen it. Friends in bars and cafes apparently taking more interest in their smartphones than each other. Maybe <i>you are that person.</i><p>Perhaps …

New apps encourage positivity (podcast)

We've heard the stories about how anonymous social-messaging apps can be havens for bullying. But a pair of new smartphone apps seek to accentuate the positive.

Apps

Encouraging Bible Quotes app review: find inspiration any time

Introduction<p>Sometimes we need a little pick-me-up in the day, something that motivates and inspires us. The Encouraging Bible Quotes app for your …

Stay Encouraged - Follow Your Dreams

<i>For all the sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: "It might have been!" - John Greenleaf Whittier</i><p>Changes in the season typically make me harsher on myself. That raise, promotion, or business deal did not materialize. Do not fret. If you are in a rut or struggling to find a way out of a …

Motivation

Words Of Encouragement For The Broken Hearted

Every now and then we all go through a little heartache, and we’re sometimes left confused as to why things happen. We may never know why, but here …

Are You Embracing Failure Or Encouraging Failure?

One of these approaches leads to innovation and the other leads to wasted resources and yes, actual failure. P&G has a “heroic failure award,” Tata has a “dare to try award,” Google X, Supercell and many other companies all have similar programs in place where they reward failure. However embracing …

The Workplace

How to Encourage a Friend

Whether your friend has recently broken up with their significant other, or they're deep in a depression, or they're trying to lose weight, you want …

Passover, the Jewish Holiday for Gentiles

Every spring, restaurants, churches, and student organizations invite non-Jews to relive the Israelites’ exodus from bondage. How did such an exclusive feast come to have seats for so many different faiths?<p>Passover is a festival of questions, many of which can be summed up by the single query: “Why …

Scholars realize that Christians kept Passover on the 14th: do you?

This time of year, those faithful in the Churches of God have been following Paul’s admonition to examine themselves prior to the start of the …

This Passover, let’s remember raging anti-Semitism stands between Jews, Promise of Elijah

On Friday night, Jewish families in Israel and throughout the world will celebrate our Passover Seder, a wondrous interactive event remembering we were once slaves unto Pharaoh and celebrating our freedom and first baby steps as a nation.<p>In the middle of the symbol-rich ritual, we fill a cup of …

Israel

How an Eritrean Taught Me the True Meaning of Passover

<i>Courtesy of Tekle</i><p>Tekle journeyed half a year by foot across the Sinai from Eritrea to Israel. He traveled mainly at night, for fear of getting caught …

Passover Is a Prelude to Action

Every year on Passover, Jewish people recall that "once we were slaves and now we are free." We dip celery in salt water to remember the tears of the Israelites in captivity. We eat bitter herbs to remember the bitterness of slavery. We hold up a humble piece of <i>matzah</i> and say, "Let all who are …

Christianity

A Passover Seder Supplement (Not Just for Jews) to Bring to Your Family and Friends

Tonight, April 3rd, is the beginning of an 8 day celebration of the liberation of Jews from being enslaved to the Pharaoh of Egypt some 3250 years ago. Most Jews will invite their non-Jewish friends to this celebration at a ritual meal following a text written 1,800 years ago.<p>​If you are a serious …

Passover serves to remind us liberation comes with responsibility

“Let my people go!”<p>We know these words as the refrain of “Go Down Moses,” the beloved spiritual that originated as the anthem of the brave escaped slave soldiers during the Civil War.<p>The song expresses a longing for liberty that many identify with the pivotal moment in the Bible: the Exodus from …

Theology

What is the most controversial prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, and why read it at Passover?

The Great Isaiah Scroll on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.<p>The actual Great Isaiah Scroll (source: The Israel Museum).<p>(Central Israel) — …

Should Christians Celebrate Passover?

One of my lasting memories from college is celebrating Passover with Chelsea Clinton. We shared the Passover meal with several friends, and during it I asked her if she had ever celebrated Passover. She told me she had attended Passover seders (the ritual meal) her whole life.<p>As I wrote my first …

Christianity

The Story Behind Passover

Passover is many things. It’s a freedom from slavery story, a survival story, and a celebration of Spring story. But, as the most celebrated home …