Love God Hate Church? Dec19

Love God Hate Church...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:30 — 24.3MB) Don’t like to go to church but want a deep spiritual life? Starting with his own journey, Jack Woloshun talks with Dr. Deb talk about faith, belonging and laying down your life as a gift to others. This is an affirming...

Generosity Dec18

Generosity

This is a short video produced by a communication company in Thailand. The message is universal…and always timely. Watch it and look for ways you can pay it...

Healthy Ramen

Healthy ramen; sounds like an oxymoron. But it doesn’t have to be. Ramen noodles are the most popular dish in Japan, a staple of cash-strapped college students, and an easy meal for busy Westerners. In fact, some 94 billion packages are consumed every year! They’re cheap and fast,...

017: How You Think Matters Dec10

017: How You Think M...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:07 — 20.3MB) Jack Woloshun and Dr. Deb discuss theological & philosophical views that determine how you live your life. How you view how the world works really does influence what you value and the choices you make. At the end we...

The Right Gifts Dec09

The Right Gifts

Gift giving at Christmas has its roots in remembering and commemorating two actions: First is the gift of God’s Son, Jesus, to make right all that had gone wrong in the world. The second is in remembering the gifts the wise men took to the Christ child after traveling far and wide to find...

016: Living Intentionally Dec03

016: Living Intentio...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:34 — 24.3MB) Jack Woloshun talks about his faith, friends, finding his core purpose and living intentionally. A former football coach, Jack is a father, grandfather, pastor, mentor, carpet layer and friend to many, many people. He has...

Preparing for Christ...

I have re-posted my article, What Is Advent? If you haven’t read it, check it out. This is the time in the church calendar when people of faith prepare for Christmas. It starts four Sundays before December 25th, starting on November 30th this year. This is a meaningful season for me,...

What Is Advent?

Holiday music is playing in the stores.  Newspapers land on doorsteps swollen to twice their normal size because of ads. Boxes are pulled from attics and garages with adornments for the home. Special treats are prepared. And money is being spent on gifts that are needed or not. The Christmas...

What Are You Thankfu...

Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving today. It’s a time to reflect on what is most meaningful in our lives. What matters most? What are you thankful for? If you ask most people, they don’t think about the new big screen TV or how much they made in the stock market. They think...

Podcast Update

As of November 27th (Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.), the Get Control podcast series has 15 episodes available. If you don’t know what a podcast is, click here to find out. Podcasts are awesome audio (and sometimes video) programs you can access for free (from your computer or mobile...

Just Get Along

“Can’t we all get along?” is a famous quote by Rodney King, a black man whose brutal beating by Los Angeles police during racial riots in 1992 was captured on video and spread around the world. Almost 2000 years earlier, the Apostle Paul wrote the same message to Christ-followers in the Greek...

Living With Purpose

“Finding a direction for life, and setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve can help you actually live longer,” says psychology researcher, Patrick Hill of Carleton University. Hill and his colleague Nicholas Turiano recently published “Purpose in Life as a Predictor of...

When A Bargain Isn’t A Bargain Nov25

When A Bargain Isn’t A Bargain

I love bargains. In fact, I have such a reputation among my friends, they sometimes ask me to help them shop; I truly am “Dealtime Deb.” I love the hunt of finding just what I need at the best price. I’ve written previously about practical ways to save money. It just makes sense to shop around to make your limited resources go further. However there are times, many times, when a bargain is not a bargain. I have stuff in my house I never use. I made the mistake of falling for a deal when I really didn’t need it or could not afford it. How do you know when a deal is a deal? Here are some reasons our justifications may not be justifiable at...

015: Overcoming Adversity pt 2 Nov24

015: Overcoming Adve...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:50 — 26.4MB) This is the 2nd part of an interview with Carrie Riffee, telling her story of pushing through adversity to get control of her life. We hear how she was accepted to Colorado College and Harvard, wrote state legislation and...

Finding Fault

“…the disciples were finding fault with each other because they had forgotten to bring bread.”* Jesus’ followers were crossing a large lake when they realized they had no lunch. So they started pointing fingers to assign blame. No matter they had just witnessed Jesus multiply a few fish and...

Letting Go

One of the ironies in getting control of your life is the need to let go of some things. Getting control of your life is not about becoming a control freak. People who have the need to order their world so much they must control others, are hard to be around. They fret or get angry when they...

Giving To Others

Comedian Michael Jr. likes to make people laugh. But one day he realized his big break, and it wasn’t what you would think. Giving to others happens in many ways. Watch this short video to see how Michael does...

014: Overcoming Adversity pt 1 Nov19

014: Overcoming Adve...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:02 — 26.6MB) This is the first of a 2-part interview with Carrie Riffee telling her story of pushing through all that life threw at her to get control of her life. It’s a story that includes abuse, illness, homelessness,...

Pleasantville

It seemed everything was perfect. Kids were happy, fathers got a fully cooked dinner after a long day at work, the streets were clean, and there was no crime anywhere to be found. It was the idealized American 1950s. It’s all the residents of the small town knew. But life turned messy when...

13: Top Technologies to Get Control Of Your Life Nov12

13: Top Technologies...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 36:39 — 33.6MB) Rodney Blevins and Dr. Deb talk about some of their favorite technologies that help them get control of their lives. (Some of these would make wonderful gifts!) Here are links to some of the items mentioned: Magic...

I Quit! Nov12

I Quit!

“Quitters never win and winners never quit.” So said American football legend Vince Lombardi in what has become conventional wisdom. But sometimes, conventional wisdom isn’t very wise. In his little book, the dip, Seth Godin claims that winners quit all the time. They just quit the right...

012: Living Luxuriously On Any Budget Nov06

012: Living Luxuriou...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:17 — 25.9MB) Rodney Blevins and Dr. Deb talk about financial principles to help you live on any budget but still feel like you can indulge in some luxuries. 1. Get on a budget (We recommend YNAB software to do your budget and keep...

Magic Eraser

Mr. Clean has a whole line of “Magic Erasers” that promise to remove dirt, scuffs, soap scum and other nastiness of life. But what if there was a product to erase a particularly difficult or painful time in your life? Would you use it? Would you use a magic eraser to make it as though the...

Wonder

The sea is a completely different world than we experience everyday. Perhaps that’s why so many people love to escape by diving or snorkeling. Check out this amazing underwater video; it’s probably unlike anything you’ve seen before. Relax. Get your eyes off yourself....

011: Top Must-Have Phone Apps Oct28

011: Top Must-Have P...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:00 — 33.9MB) Dr. Deb chats with Get Control Of Your Life webmaster, Rodney Blevins, about their favorite smartphone apps that help them be productive, save money & have fun. Rodney’s List: (in no particular order) RunKeeper...

Perception Checking

We think we see the world as it is. But we actually see it through our limited perceptions and stories we construct to explain it. We develop narratives about who we are, who other people are, and what events and communication mean. We’re on a constant quest to explain things to ourselves....

Valuing Relationship...

Twenty friends had gathered to celebrate my birthday. What was lovely is that the evening was not all about me, it was about friendships. Some were new friends, some relationships went back more than 30 years. It was good because it was fundamentally human–to love and be loved, and to...

010: Rate Your Life Oct14

010: Rate Your Life

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:47 — 12.6MB) We all need tools to help us measure our lives and track our progress. The Wheel of Life is a great tool that helps you rate career, health & fitness, money, relationships, personal development and spirituality. In...

How Successful People Think Oct13

How Successful Peopl...

I saw a great movie. Well it wasn’t a great MOVIE, but it was a GREAT STORY about a GREAT MAN. The film was Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. Dr. Ben Carson is one of the most celebrated neurosurgeons in the world. He pioneered new surgeries, forcing himself to consider techniques that had...

009: Living Creatively Oct08

009: Living Creative...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:54 — 47.0MB) We are all creative. Though some of us have conformed to the status quo, thinking that made us good members of the group. But it’s the people who try new things, do things in a different way, and have fun in the process...

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