Kindness

When I was a little girl, my family used to visit my grandparents in Iowa. Grandma was always so kind and generous; it was like she couldn’t give me enough. I must have been about 8 or 9 when, on one particular visit, she presented me with some gift. I remember being so moved that I went to...

Start

It’s the new year, so you have likely been thinking about (and hearing about) resetting aspects of your life. There is a sense in January that one can start over. Newsflash: It’s still January! But starting can be the hardest part. Starting is step 1. But often we get bogged down by steps 4...

021: Innovation Institute Jan24

021: Innovation Inst...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 45:55 — 42.0MB) Car mechanics and engineers are some of the most creative people I know. Harold Andresen is one of those. After owning his own car repair shop for years, he followed his heart for the physically challenged and started The...

Yes and No

This time of year, everyone is saying what you need to do more of. The message is that you need to say YES to vegetables. YES to going to the gym. YES to saving more money. YES to buying whatever they’re offering. Right. And you’re thinking how can I possibly do any more? How can I possibly...

Fat, Sick & Nea...

Joe Cross found himself overweight, feeling terrible and on multiple medications for an auto-immune disease. He was fat, sick and nearly dead! He decided he didn’t want to live that way, so he left his native Australia to come to American to begin a life-change, travel across the country, and...

Where’s Your T...

“The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” This is an awesome principle from a little verse in the book of Matthew in the Bible.* And how true it is. We can talk all day about resolutions and goals. But in the end, we put our time and...

020: Growing A Successful Life Jan13

020: Growing A Succe...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 53:00 — 48.5MB) This is a great podcast to kick off the new year. Dr. Regina Lewis & Dr. Deb discuss strategies for growing a successful life. What is the difference between motivation and inspiration? How do you make big goals...

Spending Energy

Where Will Your Energy Go in 2015? As I get older, I am more aware of the limits of my energy. So when I think about having another year to, “laugh and love and live,” as my dad used to say, I’m starting to consider the coming months differently. The first difference is that I am looking at...

Gym Memberships

We’re a whole week into the new year. How are you doing with those resolutions and goals? If you’re like me (and a lot of other people), you decided you want to be healthier. And that likely includes eating better and getting more exercise. How are you going to do those things? Could joining...

Hope for 2015!

Hope. There is something hopeful about new things. New babies seem to represent the promise of a bright future. Springtime brings new life from the death and dormancy of autumn and winter. And a new year brings a fresh reminder that we can always escape the trappings, failures and...

Countdown to 2015...

What is your relationship plan for 2015? Do you long to spend more time with family or friends? Are there some relationships that need mending? How would you score this aspect of your life (from 1 to 10; see the Get Control “Rate Your Life” self-assessment tool to rate yourself on your...

Countdown to 2015…3 Dec30

Countdown to 2015...

What are your financial goals for the new year? Get out of debt? Save more for retirement? Be more generous? SET SMART GOALS – Whatever your financial desires, make sure you turn them into SMART goals that are: Specific: Exactly what do you want your money to do for you (and others)?...

Countdown to 2015...

Are you happy with your spiritual life? If so, what do you want to keep doing to nurture it in 2015? If not, what is your plan to improve it? I have to have a plan and a system for things I want to accomplish. My spiritual life is no different. I’ve found that I must sett aside a devotional...

Countdown to 2015...

Besides enjoying the holidays, you are likely thinking about the coming year. Perhaps you’re even thinking of making some health resolutions! But according to Forbes Magazine, 92% of us fail to realize our resolutions. There seems to be a systematic problem with resolutions. I “wish” I lost...

Countdown to 2015…6...

As we wind down another year, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the past and look toward the future. You might find it helpful to make some lists, journal, or otherwise intentionally reflect. What was the best thing that happened in your life this year? What were the circumstances...

019: Change Your Perceptions, Change Your Life Dec26

019: Change Your Per...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:56 — 46.6MB) We all view the world from our limited perspectives. We selectively perceive through our senses, organize what we taken in via our personal mind maps, then make judgments based on our unique personalities, culture and...

Quote of the Day

“I am a mass of contradictions and yet I am also a saint. I am a very good person, and I am also a sinful person. I get it and yet I oppose it too.” “Once we know that God lives inside our contradictions, and God’s love is not dependent on our perfection, then other...

018: Love God Hate Church? Dec19

018: Love God Hate C...

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...

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