Two Twin Brothers Propose To…

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Here’s a story you hear every day! Two twin brothers proposed to twin sisters. Josh and Jeremy Salyers popped the the question AT THE EXACT SAME TIME to twin sisters Brittany and Briana Deane.

You’ll never guess where these “double couples” met. At a festival for twins in none other than Twinsburg, Ohio

After months of dating, the brothers were ready to pop the question, so they planned a dual proposal at the perfect place: Twin Lakes, Va.

The women thought they were going to the property to take part in a commercial about twin couples to advertise the location. The sisters arrived in matching cobalt blue gowns, while the men arrived in matching suits and blue ties.

Working with a film crew, they posed at several scenic spots on the property for the “commercial,” but little did the women know, that “film crew” was actually the TV Show Inside Edition.

For the final scene, the couples headed to a pavilion with a fireplace. It was decorated with rose petals and candles.

When the director yelled, “Action!” both men dropped to their knees — with matching rings.

“We’re the luckiest twins in the world,” the sisters said.

The twins plan to tie the knot at the same Twins Festival this year. Of course, right?

Get the full story HERE.

How to Implement “The One Minute Rule”

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Have you ever heard of “The One Minute Rule”. It’s basically just if you notice a task that will take less than one minute to do, you just get it done right away.  Things like putting stuff away, making your bed, or hanging up your clothes.

Well, THIS WRITER tried doing obeying the “one minute rule” for a week, and she ended up loving it. Why? Because it decluttered her life! She found herself putting things like scissors up more often, doing her dishes when they needed to be done, and putting her clothes either away or in the laundry. All those things that we will “get to later” add up. And before you know it, you’ve got to deal with one gigantic mess after another.

So, the “one minute rule” encourages us do the things that need to be done right away, and as she says:

“If you’re looking for a way to have a neater, cleaner space — and a shorter to-do list — without putting in much effort at all, I think the One-Minute Rule’s definitely worth a try.”

So do I.

 

Former Homeless Man Returns the Favor

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Back in 2016 in Belfast, Ireland, Pastor John Greenaway and his family helped out a homeless man named Melvin Boyd, inviting Melvin to live in their home.

Pastor Greenaway says “I believed Melvin needed a new start in life, we wanted to help him.”

The Greenaway family helped Mr Boyd to beat his alcohol addiction and start over.

Since then, Mr Boyd has stayed at the family home every day and night, and has become another son to the pastor, and his wife, who already have four children.

Last March, he repaid the pastor for his generosity by donating one of his kidneys to him.
Pastor Greenaway had kidney failure and had been on dialysis for almost a year before the operation.

He had three offers from other people to donate an organ, but none of them had worked out. That’s when Mr Boyd stepped in.

Melvin says,  “The biggest thing about it was God bringing us together. I believe it was meant to be.”

Both Pastor John and Melvin have recovered from the operation and both are thankful that they have such a unique bond. John ended up with a new lease on life — and Melvin ended up with a new family, filled with love and support.

It sure sounds like God was all over this situation. Sometimes, we just have to listen to God calling us and be obedient to the calling.

Get the full story including pictures HERE

 

Six Tips to Live on Half Your Income

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Have you ever heard of the book “The Millionaire Next Door”? It describes several common denominators based on research on real millionaires. In other words, what are the common traits of many “common” millionaires. Turns out, the book shows us, that what makes so many millionaires rich is not so “common” at all. Many of us are too busy trying to make ends meet, or maybe we’re too busy “keeping up with the Joneses” to adopt the habits of the highly wealthy.

The other revealing thing about that book is that it reveals that so many who have money act and look like so many of us everyday Joes. How is this possible? Well, I came across a really neat article which offers Six Tips to Live on Half Your Income. Not only are these tips practical and feasible, but you’d be surprised at the truly revolutionary affect they could have on your life.

Again, the article mentions six different tips, but I’m gonna give you my favorite two tips, and you can get the rest HERE. 

1/Buying used should be your first impulse. You may be surprised to know that many things we purchase in life have incredible mark ups. When you buy things like cars and furniture, the minute you leave the store or the car lot, their value drops astronomically. Not only that, but most people won’t be able to tell the difference between a brand new sofa and a 2 year old sofa in good condition. Now granted, many things you shouldn’t expect to buy used, like paper towels, sheets, toilet paper, etc. However, a large majority of the things you use every day could and should be bought used.

2/Shift your social life away from businesses. The average markup on food and beverages at restaurants and bars is 3-4 times the retail price. Why pay that markup all the time when you can eat and drink the same quality stuff at your friend’s dinner party instead of a restaurant? Try shifting away from always going out and toward organizing events at people’s homes or nearby public areas. From backyard decks to pools to parks and beyond, there are plenty of places you can congregate without needing to pay the steep markup charged by businesses.

Get more creative and stop just defaulting to the same old patterns of going to businesses for your social life.

Millionaires didn’t get to be millionaires by doing things like everyone else, so if you aspire to have some measure of financial independence and freedom (and who doesn’t), then you might try implementing these tips, and pass them on to your friends and family too!

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Two Minutes a Day Doing This Will Change Your Marriage!

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In my weekly hunt to find marriage teachings and encouragements I can present to our marriage class, I came across this absolute gem that has the power to transform any marriage. It comes from Gary Thomas and the website Homeward.

Gary has a new book entitled “Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for your Marriage”. While working on the book, Gary interviewed a woman who told him about an amazing marital “exercise” she put into practice. She spent an entire year working on her husband’s Christmas present. She kept a journal that recorded something she was thankful for about her husband that particular day. These were very specific, day-by-day accounts of what the husband did and why she was thankful to be married to him:  things like, putting up the Christmas lights when it was very cold, coming home and playing with the kids after a long business trip even though he was obviously tired, that kind of thing.

When she gave her husband the journal he immediately sat down and read it in one sitting. Later, when recounting this gift to a friend, he told him, “Reading that journal makes me aspire to be the man she thinks I am.”

So, you’d think that the real winner here is the recipient of the journal. But, if take a closer look, you might think differently. See, Gary tried this little marital “exercise” himself, taking a few minutes each day to write down something positive about his wife for which he was thankful.

Gary says that because he had to find something new to write about every day, he had to watch his wife throughout the day, trying to “catch” her doing something wonderful, or making sure he remembered something positive that she said. So, he was always on the lookout for the best, her most excellent qualities and characteristics. If he saw something displeasing, it wasn’t relevant to me, so he’d forget it and keep looking for the good.

He says it changed the way he thought about, looked at, acted toward, and spoke about his wife. He says it was an early gift to his wife because it changed the way he treated her, appreciated her, and spoke to and about her. And it was a gift to him to be reminded and filled with such gratitude that he’s blessed to be married to a woman who gives him something new to praise every day.

As you might remember from THIS post of mine, there is so much good to see in others, in circumstances, in everything, IF we just take the time to look for it. And if you take the few minutes to write down, every day, the positives you can find in your spouse, you just may take your marriage to the next level. Try it!!

I’ve Started a New Job

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So, many of you might have been wondering why I’m cutting back on my usual daily podcasts. Well, I’ll tell you. I have accepted a job with a non-profit organization called “Live the Life”, which works with local churches in the communities they serve to…among other things, reduce the divorce rate. They do this by helping to establish and promote marriage ministries largely in local churches.

The job I will be tasked with is to help reduce the divorce rate in Panama City and Bay County by 50 percent. Did you know that Panama City has more divorces per capita than any other city in the entire country? That’s right, Panama City is the divorce capital of the United States.

Why is this such an important mission? Because in communities  where there is marital success, children enjoy better physical and emotional health, greater success in school and there’s lower rates of crime, domestic violence, and teen pregnancy. Conversely, where there are great rates of marital failure there’s more domestic violence, more sexual assault, higher delinquency and crimes, higher rates of suicides, and many societal ills.**

I could really use your prayers as I embark on this mission. I feel like this job is an answered prayer and would allow me, God willing, to make a huge impact in our local community, and possibly neighboring communities as well.

Meanwhile, I will be doing my best to keep bringing you encouragement, inspiration, and practical tips through this little blog and podcast. Until then, THANK YOU in advance for your prayers. May God richly bless you and your family!

 

**Source: Administration for Children and Families, Health and Human Services, Washington D.C.

 

Take the Love Style Quiz!

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Like it or not, when we enter into marriage with someone, we bring baggage. Some of us bring LOTS of baggage. All our past hurts. All our struggles. So many of those come from our past and how we grew up.

You may have heard of “The 5 Love Languages” and you can take the quiz to identify YOUR personal “love language” RIGHT HERE. Up until now, that quiz was one of my favorite tools to help couples grow closer and for marriages to really thrive. I mean it is so important to love someone the way that they want to be loved. Empathy and understanding are crucial to any marriage.

I think I have now found a tool that may be more effective than even the love languages in understanding your spouse. It’s called the LOVE STYLE QUIZ. When you can identify your own “love style”, you can start to work on those deep seeded issues that continue to plague you and your marriage. What’s more, when you discover your spouses’s “love style”, you can empathize with them as they work on their own issues.

What’s cool about the quiz is that it not only helps you identify your “love style”, but it also offers tips and resources to help you deal with all that baggage from your past. So, go ahead and take the quiz RIGHT HERE. And in case you are wondering, my predominant love style is “The Pleaser”.

You knew I had issues, right?

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How One 25-Year-Old Earns $400K A Year While Traveling The World

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So the big trend these days is to find a subject that you know a great deal about, figure out how to make money off that online, and travel the world while you rake in the cash. Of course, it sounds too good to be true, and if it IS true, it’s only true for some people. That’s true of alot of stuff, but for the people this guy above, if you are passionate about pursuing your dream, and you do it with dogged determination, it IS possible.

I found an incredible story on Forbes.com about Johannes Larsson, a Swedish innovator (and that guy pictured above) who is a  self-proclaimed marketing guru, and passionate traveler who at just 25 years old runs a financial comparison business that earned him over $400,000 of passive revenue last year.

 

The author of the article interviews Larsson and asks him key questions about his success. I would highly encourage you to read the two page interview because it is full of fascinating stuff, like how Larsson has been at this since he was 15, but didn’t hit the right formula for what he’s doing now until he was the the ripe old age of 22. And how he has a team of over 20 people who work for him, and they are what’s called “intrapraneurs.”

Here are some of my takeaways:

**He surrounded himself with people who are on similar paths to motivate him, help him grow, and keep him accountable.

**He narrowed his search for employees who understand what he did, knew his business, and wanted to take on the risk of being an intrapreneur. that is, people who are paid for their performance, per task, or in shares.

**He lives by one rule: do something productive, or something that you enjoy, or both… but never find yourself in that gray zone where you’re doing neither.

**Create your “dream team” asap. Even if you can’t afford experts, find people with the right mindset, educate them, and encourage them to rise like stars.

**Learn and execute. It’s common for people to either learn too much and execute too little, or learn too little and execute too much. This balance is very powerful and important to keep in check.

**Only consume information that you can apply to your business or situation today. For each book you read, video you watch, or podcast you hear, write down a takeaway on how to apply that knowledge–otherwise it’s useless.

**Lastly, make it a habit to go outside your comfort zone and don’t let fear hold you back. You’ll be sure to succeed if you can constantly do what most people are too afraid to. Becoming an entrepreneur changes your perspective, and once you’ve succeeded (no matter how long that takes), you’ll see that anything is possible.

 

 

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Why We Should All Strive to “Go The Extra Mile”

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A former radio boss used to tell me, “Logan, don’t just do your best. Do what is required.” That’s just another way of saying, “go the extra mile when you need to.” Do you ever finish a job, whatever it is, and then think to yourself that you need to do more? That’s going the extra mile. Do you ever do something for someone in need, and then realize that they need more than they originally asked? That’s going the extra mile.

Sounds like I’m “going the extra mile” in telling you about the extra mile.

It’s probably because there is so much value and joy in going the extra mile. I came across a little article that show five examples of people “going the extra mile.” According to the article, “when people do more than they have to, and do so with an attitude of generosity, they give of themselves in ways that lift all of humanity. The heart grows tender when we extend ourselves beyond what’s expected. Going the extra mile is a vital ingredient that lifts our mood, allowing hopefulness to rule.”

There are so many ordinary, everyday , unassuming folks who love to bless others without expecting anything in return. Some people call it “making a deposit in your emotional bank account”.

Take a moment to think of all the people in your life each day that you can “go the extra mile” for. If you really tune into the needs of others, you’ll find endless examples. Again, the formula is simple:

Do something nice for someone. THEN, do something ON TOP of that niceness to make it extra special.

Here are some examples:

When you give someone a book, write a note on the inside cover.

When everyone’s funneling through a busy doorway, hold it open for the whole line of people.

When you’re arranging a meal for your friends at your place, invite someone you’ve never had over.

When you’re grocery shopping for your family and find a deal that requires you to buy extra, buy it but give the extra to your neighbor.

When someone asks you to pray for them during the week, pray with them right then too.

These are just a few of the ideas I found HERE

Someone very wise once told me that it’s not a blessing until it’s passed onto someone else. Don’t just keep it for yourself, pass it on. Pay it forward. GO THE EXTRA MILE.

You’ll be glad you did!

 

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7-Year-Old Florida Girl Saves Family From House Fire

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“And a child shall lead them”. How many times have we heard that one? Well, in this case it’s true. According to WEAR in Pensacola, Tracy Durant said she remembered the fire safety tips she learned in school when her family’s Escambia County home caught on fire.. The fire broke out when Tracy’s 13-year-old cousin, Shemaiah, was cooking on the stove.

“It looked like when the stove was on and it came up top and then it kept getting bigger and bigger,” Tracy told WEAR of the flames. “I didn’t want us to get killed.”

Little Tracy’s parents weren’t home at the time, so she ran to a neighbor’s house for help, asking to use their phone to call the fire department. Everyone was able to escape the home, including Shemaiah and their 11-month-old cousin. Shemaiah was taken to a local hospital in serious condition but is expected to survive, WEAR reports.

Tracy’s grandmother  told WEAR that the family is proud of Tracy. The little girl praised her teacher for her fire safety skills. “She said one day I would be a hero,” Tracy recalled. “I wanted to start practicing now.”

God bless little Tracy and her family. Please pray for them as they recover from this.

This story does remind us all to take inventory and ask if our family would be safe from fire. Do you have the basics of fire prevention like working smoke alarms and a fire extinguisher? Do you have a fire safety escape plan? If not, get one RIGHT HERE. 

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Just ask little Tracy.

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