Melanie Whitaker

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College & University

Power Lessons: “This I Believe” Essays

“Doing homework” by Predi is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0<p>In this power lesson shared by high school English teacher <b>Cynthia Ruiz</b>, students write their …

Teaching

5 Convenient Chicken Casseroles Under 350 Calories

Nothing warms an oven quite like a chicken casserole. This comfort-inducing dish is a complete, nutritious meal-in-one: veggies, grains and lean meat …

Improve Your Fitness Fast with This 30-Day Dumbbell Plan

If you’re looking to get strong and lean — or, much more simply, move well and feel better — all you need is one month, a few dumbbells and …

Exercise

What Causes Water Retention and How to Avoid It

Swollen ankles, legs, and feet cause discomfort and even pain for many people. If you are one of these people who suffer from puffiness around your …

Positive Thinking

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Stephanie Raquel<p>“‘But Lord,’ Gideon replied, ‘how can I rescue Israel?’ … The LORD said to him, ‘I will be with you.’” Judges 6:15a, 16a (NLT)

31 Signs You Might Be a Pastor's Kid.

<i>(Today is a guest post from Barnabas Piper. He’s a pastor’s kid, just like me. You might have heard of his dad, Bill Piper. I’m kidding, it’s John.</i> …

The Goal-Setting Tip that Changed My Life

Evangelical Christianity

The Struggle to be Skinny: what does God have to say about it?

Nutrition

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Some researchers, however, believe that a third option, cognitive choice, is a more effective way to promote longer-lasting student autonomy. This …

Teaching

Selfies and Polaroids of Intimacy

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was a contemporary American artist, skilled at replicating images and pop icons in a way that grabbed attention — and that’s …

Andy Warhol

The Breaking and Making of a Minister: The Ross Wiseman Story

by Dan Van Veen on April 4, 2016<p>PRINT<p>Ross Wiseman and his wife, Amie were two years into planting Momentum Church (AG) in Woodstock, Georgia, a …

Why Your Calling Is Worth Protecting

I received a Yeti coffee mug for Christmas this past year. Even though I had no idea what it was at the time, our Yeti has become an important part …

The Hardness of Life. The Goodness of God. - The Single Woman - Single is the New Fabulous!

It’s impossible to REALLY know God if you’ve only known good.<p>This is the phrase that keeps running through my head these days. Hard days, for more …

How to Face Your Fears and Defeat Them

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I’ve Always Just Made Crescent Rolls According To The Package. But After Seeing THIS? Best Idea EVER

Who doesn’t love the warm flaky nature of a fluffy crescent roll? Advancements in food science has discovered an even better way to consume your …

20 Qualities of Good Listeners

I have been reflecting lately on how important – and how difficult – it is to <i>listen</i>. I am coming to understand how much conflict and misunderstanding …

When Your Happily Ever After Never Comes

We came to the end of the story and read the final words, just as we had countless times before…fairy tale princess world culminating in great …

Focus on the Family: Helping Families Thrive

There's something fleeting about the excitement of a new relationship. But regardless of how much the flames have died down, couples can revitalize …

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I’m too tired to ask why. I’ve asked it so many times. I’ve tried so hard to understand what I know is impossible to understand. I have no more …

12 Choices to Help You Step Back From Burnout

Choice #2: Choose to Disconnect<p>We are making a dumb use of our smartphones. Instead of freeing us up to go anywhere anytime, they've tethered us to a …

10 Growth Mindset Shifts to Help You Enjoy Teaching More

<i>Of course I have a growth mindset.</i><p><i>I mean… wait. What does that even look like for a teacher?</i><p>Growth mindset — the understanding that intelligence and …

What the Church & Christians Need to Know About Suicide & Mental Health

Dear Church,<p>Cancer can be deadly and so can depression.<p>So can the dark and the shame and the crush of a thousand skeletons, a thousand millstones, a …