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Inspirational Writing for November 30, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 30 November 2020
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In this time of separation, we may not be able to see those we love, but we still share one thing in common. We all look at the same moon every night. It may be at different times or in different places, but if every night we look up, it gives us something we can share together.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 29, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 29 November 2020
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Have you ever wondered why ocean water is salty? When God created the Earth, He placed water around the land. Perhaps since then, He has taken all the World’s tears in history and dropped them into the oceans, and this is why they are salty.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 28, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 28 November 2020
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We take a lot of important steps in life. Some are first steps and others are the last ones. But, the most important ones are the ones in between. Unless they’re taken, we get nowhere in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 27, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 27 November 2020
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Today’s world has coined the phrase, “no one does anything for nothing.” Sadly, this pertains to compliments, favors, and good gestures. Unfortunately, this is true, because doing “anything for nothing” may only be because it’s the right thing to do, and that’s something.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 26, 2020 Happy Thanksgiving

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 26 November 2020
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Today is a day of thankfulness. I am thankful for so many things, it would take longer to express them than you would want to read. But I do want to say how thankful I am for all of my Authors Guild friends. Your kindness and support have always been my inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 25, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 25 November 2020
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In Loving Memory of my friend, Teresa Ady Drengacs: Memories are our inheritance when someone we love dies. No one is ever gone from our life as long as we have a memory of them in our heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 24, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 24 November 2020
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Our greatest teacher in life is named ELF. ELF follows us through life and teaches us something new every day. The older we get, the more we rely on what ELF taught us because his name means experience, listening, and failure. The three things that teach us the most in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 23, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 23 November 2020
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Life is like a game of dominoes because decisions we make often affect more than ourselves. Sometimes, our poorest decisions start a domino effect of worry, anxiety, and concern because those who love us live our mistakes with us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 22, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 22 November 2020
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It wasn’t about injustice or rejection He felt that day. It wasn’t about the pain He suffered or the misery He bravely endured. Jesus’s journey on Earth had ended, God’s Son was going home. It wasn’t the spikes they used that day. It was Love that took His breath away.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 21, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 21 November 2020
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Responsibility is part of our maturity in life, and some find it easier to accept than others. But what is just as important, is accepting the accountability as well as the responsibility. Those who don’t feel accountable for their responsibilities rarely worry about failure.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 20, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 20 November 2020
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If you want to change the world, open a store that sells time. It would help eliminate excuses like “I didn’t have time; it wasn’t the right time; or when I get time.” The sad thing is some people would never take the time to buy time until one day time caught up with them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 19, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 19 November 2020
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There are things in our life we cannot undo. For whatever reason they happened, we cannot turn back time. Don’t let these mistakes control your life. Nothing is gained by feeling a sense of obligation to the guilt you feel.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 18, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 18 November 2020
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Building a productive life requires a strong foundation. Education helps, confidence is essential, and determination is important, but developing and maintaining character and integrity is imperative. These two traits say more about you than any resume could.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 16, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 16 November 2020
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Life is sometimes an open and shut case. Do we open our arms to embrace others or shut them out? Are we open to hearing other opinions or shut to new ideas? Do we show our love for others or shut the door to our heart? Is there enough evidence in your life for a quick verdict?... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 15, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 15 November 2020
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In life, when the rain pours down upon us, we are not alone. When the winds blow their hardest, we have someone to hold onto. There is never a time when the Son is not shining in our life. Let His beams of love engulf you and together face your every challenge.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 14, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 14 November 2020
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Some things can only be measured by the amount of sacrifice involved in them. Love is one of them. We willingly sacrifice things to show our love for someone. But when our love becomes enabling, we may need to sacrifice their happiness, and let them fall to make them stronger.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 12, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 12 November 2020
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No moment in life is wasted. We may regret some moments and wish we could forget others, but every moment taught us something, changed us in some way, or left a memory we have never forgotten. When you look back over your life, I hope you see more moments of joy than sadness.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 11, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 11 November 2020
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Some decisions we look back on in life seemed right at the time but ended up being a poor decision in the future. We question what we were thinking, but searching for a reason why makes no difference now. We all have regrets, but our regrets are often what teach us the most.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 10, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 10 November 2020
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In life, we’re often one deep breath away from sucking it up and being able to handle almost anything. Our face may be tear-stained, but our strength and determination pick us up and push us forward. Life isn’t always fair or easy, but it would be nice if it were less stressful.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 9, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 09 November 2020
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Sometimes, hope is a single candle flickering in the distance we never lose sight of or optimism that never leaves our heart. Keep dreaming and don’t lose hope, because, without it, we may have a hard time seeing ourselves living a life greater than today.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 8, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 08 November 2020
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In life, our greatest loves are easy to see. We may love sports, our family, or our loving animals, but the greatest love that affects our entire life is our love for God. It gives us the confidence to live our life. Having faith allows us to know we are loved every moment we live.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 7, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 07 November 2020
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In life, the phrase, “time will tell” can be applied to almost anything. We say it many times after something happens. We apply it to decisions we make and decisions that are made for us. The problem is we don’t want to wait to see if “time will tell.” We want solutions now.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 6, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 06 November 2020
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Sometimes in life, we have a difficult time conveying to someone how much we love them. Guilt, lost time, and fear find their way into any thought we may have in reaching out to them. Life is filled with challenges, and often the greatest ones are those of the heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 5, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 05 November 2020
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In life, since no decision is absolute, we must use our “Internal Formula of Reasoning.” T + (F + H) = B. Explanation: Faith in ourselves plus some Hope we’re right, added to a Trust in our judgment, equals a Belief we’re making the right decision. You’re welcome to check my math.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 4, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 04 November 2020
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Sometimes in life, success is harder to live with than failure. Though failing may affect our confidence, succeeding can also add pressure to our lives. For some, success from the past may be hard to repeat in the future, and fear of this can weigh heavily on their lives.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 3, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 03 November 2020
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Sometimes in life, the sound of someone’s own voice can become mesmerizing. They over-explain something or think they are the authority, and ramble on. The problem is the more they explain something, the more they sound like they’re trying to convince themselves.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 2, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 02 November 2020
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Sometimes in life, a perfect solution to anything is only possible is if it’s never mentioned to anyone. Unless this happens, someone will find fault with it either out of envy, jealousy, or fear. Some people love to criticize, especially those things they cannot do.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 1, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 01 November 2020
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In life, our faith should be used as a reason, not an excuse, why we live our lives, unlike others. Reasons give us a foundation for believing in something, where excuses are alibis and weak explanations. We love God for a reason and there’s no excuse why we shouldn’t.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 31, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 31 October 2020
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Metaphorically, if we were able to turn ourselves inside out, would the person inside match the person others see every day? Would they see a caring person or someone with issues they never knew? Our skin covers more than we realize. It sometimes hides who we really are inside.... Read More


Obituary for Dick Cross

By: Cheryl Peyton on Friday, 30 October 2020
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Our dear, longtime member Richard "Dick" Cross, 90, passed away October 22, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and her two children, Patrick and Rachel, son-in-law Devin, and granddaughter, Naomi. Dick was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up there during the Great Depression. Graduating from American University with a degree in history, he went on to work as a security officer for the CI... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 30, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 30 October 2020
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In life, there are few emotions that touch our heart more than seeing sadness. It may be in an older adult, a small child or even in someone we know nothing about. The saddest thing though is not the sadness we see, but the sadness hidden inside that may never go away.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 29, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 29 October 2020
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In life, it’s not always the fear of the unknown that scares us, but the fear of the obvious we can do nothing about. It’s often seen in someone’s behavior and the destructive path they’re on. As hard as it may be, we sometimes must let them fail and hope a lesson is learned.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 28, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 28 October 2020
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Gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness should be part of our lives. If we carried these three sentiments in our heart, our outlook on life may be different. It may seem hard when our burdens are many, but not realizing our blessings may be why we have so many burdens.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 27, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 27 October 2020
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In life, there’s a time to speak up and a time to be quiet. How do we know when to do either? If it’s something that affects you, speak up. If it’s something harmful to a child, speak up. And, if it’s illegal, speak up. If it’s only your opinion, keep it to yourself.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 26, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 26 October 2020
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Sometimes, the anxiety of not knowing something is greater than knowing the answer. We avoid verifying what we suspect out of fear we may be right. Don’t be afraid to know the truth. It may not be what you want to hear, but it may be less than what your heart and mind suspect.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 25, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 25 October 2020
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In life, having someone you look up to is more than having someone you may emulate, trust or learn from. They must also care for you, and be willing to listen without judgement to all your apologies and mistakes. Look up to Jesus, because He never looks down on you.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 23, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 23 October 2020
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In life, there is right and wrong. It’s ingrained in us with what we’ve seen, heard and learned. Nothing should exist that's intentionally cruel, insensitive, or prejudice. Because of this, what is unfair to some should anger all of us. Everyone should be given a chance to thrive.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 22, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 22 October 2020
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In life, if we don’t stand up for something, it implies we agree with everything. If we don’t object to some things, we’re subject to them every day. We don’t have to be compliant because we feel our opinion means nothing. Following others is okay, but not because of apathy.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 21, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 21 October 2020
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In life, 20/20 signifies perfect vision. Our 2020 has been out of focus. We’re afraid to see our friends. We’re afraid to go see a movie or even go out to dinner. Nothing is clear right now and no one can see how long this will last. Our 2020 has been less than perfect.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 20, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 20 October 2020
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In life, we have little control over some things. What we do have control over is our attitude. Things are going to happen that upset us, and we’ll naturally react, but we don’t have to take it out on others. Our attitude says more about us than any explanation we could offer.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 19, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 19 October 2020
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In life, self-confidence is difficult if we feel we continually fail. Failing isn’t a lack of ability to accomplish something. It’s the lack of initiative to continue trying. As long as we continue to pursue a goal, and change our approach, success may only be a matter of time.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 18, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 18 October 2020
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In life, we may lose someone we never forget. They will live in our thoughts, our memories, and in our heart never to be forgotten. The fact God gives us the ability to do this is one of His greatest blessings.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 17, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 17 October 2020
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In life, we’re often remembered for what we did and what we didn’t do. Sometimes, the things we refuse to do will be remembered longer. If we refuse to deceive people, be rude and inconsiderate, or take advantage of others, these may be the greatest legacy we leave behind.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 16, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 16 October 2020
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In life, we sometimes put too much pressure on ourselves. We want to succeed at everything, and we don’t, we’re disappointed. Though we should always try to succeed, if we don’t, try to see it as a learning experience. Failure can be a motivator that leads to future success.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 15, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 15 October 2020
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Listening has always been a great way to learn. Those who speak more than they listen are often more interested in their own opinion and less in learning if it makes sense. If we learn to listen before we speak, we may be amazed by what we learn from all the noise around us.... Read More


An Alternative to Amazon

By: Jim Hartsell on Wednesday, 14 October 2020
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I’m pleased to announce my new affiliation with Bookshop, an organization that supports independent bookstores, bypassing Amazon to purchase directly from a distributor and donating a share of their profits to a pool that is divided among independents on a regular basis. Disclosure: as an affiliate, I will earn a commission if you make a purchase through my Bookshop page. My bookstore on the ... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 14, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 14 October 2020
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In life, I’m afraid the phrase giving someone the benefit of the doubt has become obsolete. It has now become guilty by association and guilty until proven innocent. We must quit believing everything negative we read or hear. If we don’t, we’ll lose trust in everything in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 13, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 13 October 2020
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In life, don’t be afraid of change. It’s sometimes necessary for your happiness. Don’t let your pride get in the way of your common sense. Being happy is more important than making someone else happy. If a door out of sadness opens, don’t be afraid to walk through it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 12, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 12 October 2020
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Today, I am 65 years old and am now forced to make more decisions. I decide every morning what part of my body hurts the least, and that’s the part I throw out of bed first. When I drop things, I decide if bending over to get it is worth the struggle. Lastly, I have to decide where in a room has the least number of sharp corners in case I stumble. It seems the only decision I don’t have to mak... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 11, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 11 October 2020
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We’ve seen the power of God in the thunder and lighting. We’ve seen it in the strong winds that blow and the rain that falls. But God’s greatest display is when He changes someone’s heart and saves their life. He can take someone’s brokenness and lovingly put them back together.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 10, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 10 October 2020
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In life, we may be someone’s hero and never know it. We may be the person they want to emulate, and our influence touches them every day. Then, we discover it’s a child and suddenly our view of ourselves changes, and what we do every day becomes more important to us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 9, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 09 October 2020
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In life, we take many steps. The steps we take that others follow may be steps that change someone’s life. No one is without someone in life who watches the steps they take. Make sure your steps create a smooth path to follow and not a winding road to nowhere.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 8, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 08 October 2020
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Some of our greatest moments in life happen when we least expect it. We’re living out our day and a moment of clarity or inspiration presents itself. These moments open a new understanding and confidence that we never forget. These are often our moments of maturity in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 7, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 07 October 2020
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In life, the difference between a child and an adult is this. A child makes decisions without considering the consequences and an adult considers the consequences of their decisions before they make them. The problem is some adults never grew up based on their decisions in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 6, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 06 October 2020
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In life, one grain of sand means little, but many can form a beach. One raindrop is insignificant, but several become a flood. Only through many people coming together can there be the changes we need to grow closer. The more we ignore our problems, the greater they will become.... Read More


Videos about Children's Book - updated

By: Harry on Monday, 05 October 2020
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House Mountain Views.com offers Youtube videos introducing my children’s books. All four are now available (in English version only); I provide the narration and background music. Print copies are, of course, still available on Amazon and through my website, housemountainviews.com, in both English and Spanish versions. Please visit the site, take a look, and if you enjoy the video order a print ... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 5, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 05 October 2020
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In life, there are things that cost us nothing we can “pay forward.” A smile may cause someone to smile; showing compassion may cause someone to do the same, and respecting others leaves an impression. Leaving something behind us is often better than paying for someone behind us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 4, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 04 October 2020
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Whether we believe in divine intervention or not, we can’t explain why some things happen in life. We’re facing a critical time, and someone reaches out to help us or says something that gives us an answer we seek. We may call it a coincidence, but God watches over us every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 3, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 03 October 2020
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In life, we sometimes feel like we’re not where we want to be in life. Our burdens seem to dominate our thoughts and consume our time. Life is rarely without something to worry about. If we’re making a difference in someone’s life, maybe we’re right where we should be.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 2, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 02 October 2020
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Sometimes, it’s hard to figure out why some people get along with everyone and others don’t? The answer may not be in why they don’t get along with others, but how they feel about themselves. Self-esteem leads to self-confidence, and that often leads to how we treat others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 1, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 01 October 2020
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In life, no explanation is more eloquent than one that is true, spoken with honesty and compassion, and seeks to bring people closer together in understanding. Words of divisiveness never solve a problem. They only add greater distance between those with differing opinions.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 30, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 30 September 2020
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In life, there are two kinds of friends. Those who tell you what you want to hear and those who tell you what you need to hear. The ones you listen to most will either keep you straight or feed your ego and let you keep repeating the same mistakes.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 29, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 29 September 2020
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In life, if our heart is right, our mind will follow, and decisions will become easier. We won’t have the answer to every question or be right every time, but having standards we live by and principles we follow, will make us unafraid to disagree with the majority opinion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 28, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 28 September 2020
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In life, it’s not always our mistakes we regret, but often the opportunities we may have missed. There’s a fine line between being cautious and suffering paralysis by analysis. Too much caution can lead to some regrettably missed opportunities. Inspired by my friend, Jean Voleck.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 27, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 27 September 2020
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Sometimes in life, we walk in a bright light that illuminates everything around us. Then there are those times when we’re standing in total darkness blinded to which way to turn. No matter if we’re bathing in the light or standing in the darkness, God is always standing with us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 26, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 26 September 2020
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In life, we need to find something we are passionate about. It may be something we do or something we believe, but it becomes a part of us. Passion is a word used to express deep emotion. Without it, we rarely find our purpose in life. Never give up seeking it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 25, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 25 September 2020
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In life, a single tear shed in reply to something that moved our emotions is a greater compliment than a thousand words of praise. Daily, we’re surrounded by moments that can touch our heart. If we learn to open our heart when we open our eyes, we’ll rarely miss these moments.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 24, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 24 September 2020
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Depression can make a person feel more like their shadow than their image in the mirror. They see themselves as someone barely noticed by others, and it may take away their smile. Learn to speak to people more, because nowadays we never know what’s hidden behind someone’s mask.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 23, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 23 September 2020
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In life, it would be great if we had warning signs like we do when we drive. We have signs telling us a speed limit, sharp curves ahead, and traffic lights that stop us. If we knew how slow to go, when to slow down, and when to stop we could avoid some accidents in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 22, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 22 September 2020
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In life, not everyone has total confidence in themselves. Some feel confident up to point, and then they lose it. This is not a lack of self-confidence, but a fear of failure. Unless we push past our fears in life, we’ll continue to create regret that may never go away.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 21, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 21 September 2020
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In life, we all have moments of distress. There’s going to be times of emotion, confusion, and anguish. How we handle these moments sometimes shows in how we treat others. Our concerns sometimes cause us to act out of character. Don’t let your problems change who you really are.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 20, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 20 September 2020
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Miracles in our life are not always what happens now, but what we see happen in the future that we avoided. We won’t always know the mistakes a miracle helped us avoid, so we must have faith, not every hindrance in life is bad. Live life believing God’s miracles surround us every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 19, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 19 September 2020
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In life, one of the biggest deterrents to accomplishing anything may be procrastination. Good intentions are great, but until they’re followed by action, they’re just excuses to make us feel better. Uncertainty is to be expected, but procrastination lets the world pass by.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 18, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 18 September 2020
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Sometimes, happiness is about how openly we live our lives. Are our arms open to embrace others? Is our mind open to hearing other opinions? Are our eyes open to see where we can improve? And, do we openly show our love for others? Live life openly and embrace it’s joys.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 17, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 17 September 2020
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In life, we can rationalize almost any behavior. We tell ourselves, “this will be the last time” and we yield to our temptation. Maintaining our resolve is tough. It’s done by embracing each refusal to compromise and letting it slowly build our confidence to resist temptation.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 16, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 16 September 2020
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In life, you represent something to others. You may be the face of hope someone needs. You may be the example of faith and love someone needs to believe. To someone, you are a hero, an example, and a standard to emulate. Strive to lead, not follow, by making your own footprints.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 15, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 15 September 2020
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In life, some of us have angels here on Earth. Their love for us never waivers, their devotion is uncompromising, and they are devoid of any judgment. They will tell us when we’re wrong, but stand beside us when we’re right. Who are the angels in your life?... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 13, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 13 September 2020
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There are times in life when God’s hands are upon us. During a burden in our life, we receive an answer to our problem. That’s God’s hands that led us there. We have doubts in our life but move forward anyway. That’s God hands on our back pushing us forward. And, in our moments of weakness, we seek guidance through prayer and feel a strength overcome us. That’s God’s hands upon our own... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 12, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 12 September 2020
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Every morning is a new day and brings a fresh perspective on many things. There’s something about a night’s sleep, and what it does to the concerns we may have. It may be because we no longer have life to distract us. Then again, it may be when God finally has our attention.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 11, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 11 September 2020
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In life, if we want to lose weight, we stop eating the wrong things and don’t eat so much. If we want to quit offending people, we keep our opinion to ourselves. Change is more about what we avoid doing than what we start doing. We must eliminate the source of our problem first.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 10, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 10 September 2020
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Today, a stranger will be impressed by something you do, another will give you a compliment in their mind, and your smile will brighten someone’s day. We don’t think how we affect others until we realize we’ve done these same things, and how positively they affected us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 9, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 09 September 2020
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In life, when someone says, “be yourself,” it’s harder than it sounds. It’s hard because life has a way of changing us based on our circumstances or influences. Who we are or will become is determined by many things that touch our heart and life every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 8, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 08 September 2020
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Life is filled with many paths we may choose to follow. Some will be paths many have taken and others may be ones less travelled. Whatever the path we choose, it will not be the destination, but the thrill of the journey that will determine our happiness in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 7, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 07 September 2020
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We should live our lives like we drive our car. We are always looking ahead, anticipating any potential problem, and adjusting our course to avoid any accidents. If we did this in life, we may make fewer mistakes and realize what’s in our rearview mirror, we can do little about.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 6, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 06 September 2020
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Sometimes in life, we receive news that changes our life. It may be a diagnosis, the death of a loved one, or a great disappointment. It’s at this moment we feel helpless and may question our faith. God doesn’t make bad things happen. He’s there to help us get through them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 5, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 05 September 2020
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In life, never underestimate the power of positive thinking. How we look at things makes a difference. Some may see possible problems in everything where others see the potential. Not every positive in life is obvious. It’s sometimes hidden behind the problems others only see.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 4, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 04 September 2020
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In life, everyone struggles at one point or another. It may be obvious to see or hidden convincingly. This is why it’s important to always be helpful, accommodating, and cooperative. We never know what a little understanding will mean to those who don’t look like they need it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 3, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 03 September 2020
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As a child, we struggle to take our first steps, and we fall many times. But we get up and keep trying until we succeed. In life, we fall many times and sometimes lose our confidence. If we keep getting up, we’ll finally take those few steps that leads us to running one day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 2, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 02 September 2020
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What if we were able to see ourselves through the eyes of others? Would we see the confidence we possess, a positive attitude, and kindness toward others? Or would we see someone we don’t recognize? Who we are to others is what they see in us every day. Always be at your best.... Read More


New Children's Book

By: Jim Hartsell on Tuesday, 01 September 2020
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I’m pleased to announce the release of my newest children’s book, The Noise in the Woods, in both English and Spanish versions. This is my fourth children’s book, and its theme is imagination. My previous three books explore other ideas; Father and Sister Radish and the Rose-Colored Glasses is about friendship, The Box of Toys is about generosity, and The Boy and His Mountain is about how ch... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 1, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 01 September 2020
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In life, we have lofty dreams of touching the stars. We begin to work hard and sacrifice much, but we don’t quite make it. When this happens don’t be disappointed. You may have only touched the clouds, but that may be greater than most people’s dreams.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 31, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 31 August 2020
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The inner strength we find to endure life comes from our faith, all we’ve experienced, our successes and failures, and the dreams we’ve never let go. Don’t let your heart be burdened by temporary setbacks. Remember what you have accomplished in life and let that reassure you.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 29, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 29 August 2020
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Life isn’t always about looking forward. Sometimes, we need to take a step back and think about our true wealth in life. Wealth shouldn’t be measured by the possessions we’ve gathered, but by the memories we’ve made and the example we’ve set for others to follow.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 27, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 27 August 2020
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In life, it’s easier to forgive someone who accepts their blame for a mistake, and a lesson is learned. But those who choose to blame others for their mistakes, don’t just lack accountability, they also lose credibility with those around them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 25, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 25 August 2020
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Something we cannot control is getting older. Our body ages and our youth slowly slips away. Though our muscles may not be as strong, and our aches and pains more noticeable, our heart does not have to age. Love keeps us young, and if we keep love in our heart it will never age.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 24, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 24 August 2020
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In life, how we approach a problem makes a difference. Paramedics start with ABC’s (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). If we identify what’s causing our problem and remove it, if possible, we can then breathe more easily and stop the bleeding as we work on the problem.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 23, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 23 August 2020
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God asks, “If you give me your hand, I will lead you. If you give me your trust, I will not disappoint you. But, if you give me your heart, we will know each other forever, and my love will comfort you every day.” His arms are always openly widely to hold you tenderly.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 22, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 22 August 2020
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In life, being afraid is not always a fear of doing something, it can also be a fear of not doing it. Daily, we’re faced with these kinds of decisions and discover our fear of not doing something outweighs our fear of doing it. This is not indecision, it’s experience and wisdom.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 21, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 21 August 2020
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In life, not everyone is going to agree with our opinions. How calmly or aggressively we respond to those who disagree with us will tell them more about us than our opinions they disagree with. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, even if we feel it’s wrong.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 20, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 20 August 2020
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Like a needed deep breath, there are moments in our life that seem to reset our heart, mind, and attitude. They are the moments that open our eyes, touch our heart, or give us something to believe in. When this happens, we are changed, and often, our outlook on life as well.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 19, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 19 August 2020
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Making decisions in life is easy if we don’t care who they affect, what concerns they may cause or if they’re right or wrong. Since we care deeply, we worry about the effects of our decisions. Don’t worry if they’re right, decide, and then work to make them the right decision.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 18, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 18 August 2020
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In life, one of the hardest things to live with is not the decisions we make, but the memory of having to make them at the time. This happens when a right decision hurts someone innocent, we loved dearly. Our regrets never leave our heart or memories the rest of our life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 17, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 17 August 2020
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In life, we all go through many types of doubt. Sometimes, we doubt what someone says, we doubt that something will work out or we doubt someone’s feelings for us. As long we don’t doubt ourselves and lose faith in ourselves, we will be okay without a doubt.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 15, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 15 August 2020
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In life, trusting others has become more difficult, not because they have become less trustworthy, but because we have become more distrustful. Constant cries of caution, words of suspicion, and reasons for paranoia will change anyone. It may be about time to turn off the news.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 14, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 14 August 2020
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There are times in life when we stand taller than our height. When we recognize a problem, and search to fix it instead of complaining about it. When we make our life an example to others instead of an excuse not to try. Standing taller is about leading when others only follow.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 13, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 13 August 2020
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In today’s world, what we need to do may not be what we want to do. We may not feel wearing a mask will help or it’s our right to choose whether to wear one. If you need a reason to know if you should wear a mask, try this one… It’s better to be safe than sorry.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 12, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 12 August 2020
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In life, the person we will become, and mean to others, develops over time through years of consist choices and behavior. It may not be the behavior or choices of those around us, but those who lead by example do so without concern for popularity.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 11, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 11 August 2020
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In life, many people leave their fingerprints on our heart, but only a few signs it. These are the ones we loved and have never forgotten. Life is made up of many wonderful memories, and our heart remembers everyone in life we’ve loved.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 10, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 10 August 2020
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In life, we sometimes think we can’t win. If we do something, someone wants to know why? If don’t do something, we get the same question of why? No matter what we do, someone is going to disagree. Every decision we make is our decision. Let the agreement with it stop with us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 9, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 09 August 2020
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Being led by God doesn’t mean we sit and wait for His next instruction. It means we understand His teachings, accept them, and we apply them to our lives. It’s about our love and trust in God, and the strength we draw every day from that relationship.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 8, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 08 August 2020
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Sometimes, our greatest influence in life is not what we see, but what others see in us. How we live our life, treat others, and share our happiness may be a part of who we are, but to someone else, it maybe the example they need to change their life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 7, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 07 August 2020
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Emotions we suppress can often be more detrimental to us than the ones we openly show. Though anger, frustration, and impatience can be hurtful to others, depression, loneliness, and despair we hide inside can cause us to lose hope. Don’t suffer in silence. Reach out to someone.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 6, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 06 August 2020
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Loving someone isn’t always about how much we care, but how much we don’t care. Love isn’t a list of things that make us love someone. It’s sometimes about changes in someone we don’t care about. Love isn’t what we see, it’s what we feel, and physical changes shouldn’t matter.... Read More


1,000 Downloads

By: Jim Hartsell on Wednesday, 05 August 2020
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I got an email from the folks that host my podcast congratulating me on my 1,000th download. Many thanks to all of you who helped me along the way to that benchmark. They provided a milestone badge, which you can see if you scroll to the bottom of my website's home page at https://housemountainviews.com Also, you can link to my podcast from there if you haven't tried it out yet. ... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 5, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 05 August 2020
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In life, we never know the burdens others carry in their heart. Who they are may be buried beneath all their struggles and cause them to seem unapproachable. Though we cannot fix their problems, we can treat them with respect and show them someone cares about them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 4, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 04 August 2020
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In life, learning a lesson should go farther than understanding how we should do something. It’s more engrained if we know why we should do it. Knowing how, is the skill in knowing something, but understanding why gives us the purpose and the reason we should do it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 3, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 03 August 2020
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In life, we teach, learn, and change every day. We teach through what people see in us. We learn from what we experience, and we go through changes in who we are. How we think today may not be how we think in the future, so keep it positive, and our change may be for the better.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 2, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 02 August 2020
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In life, it’s not always what we believe in that gives us an answer. We may believe in others and be disappointed. We may believe in a current trend and find out it was all a lie. But our belief in God will always give us an answer because unconditional love believes in us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 1, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 01 August 2020
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Sometimes, life is like putting together a puzzle. Some pieces fit together easily, and others never fit no matter how we turn them. When this happens, don’t force something or someone into your life that doesn’t fit. Like a puzzle, some pieces need to be set aside and we move on... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 31, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 31 July 2020
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In life, we sometimes fight the urge to settle for less than we desire. We know what we want and why, but we lack the patience or tenacity to insist on it. Insisting something be right before you will accept it is not being difficult. It’s expecting what you deserve.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 30, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 30 July 2020
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Strength isn’t about quiet breezes that blow past us in life. It’s about how tall we stand when the rain falls, and the wind blows hard. Sometimes, we may get wet and feel we can’t go on, but we make ourselves push forward because we face our storms head on and never give up.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 29, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 29 July 2020
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In life, we develop many voices. At times, we’ll be the voice of reason, wisdom, or hope. But sometimes, we can become the voice of anger, criticism, or frustration. Too often, we speak before we think, and this is why our best voice may sometimes be our voice of silence.... Read More


What is Lectio Divina?

By: Leoma Gilley on Tuesday, 28 July 2020
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The structure of my book, The Still Small Voice of Love, is based on an ancient practice of the church called lectio divina or divine reading. I've created a video to help readers learn how to do this simple, but powerful method in their own devotions. You can find the video here.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 28, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 28 July 2020
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Our life should not be about status, money, or popularity. It shouldn’t be about how many tragedies, setbacks, or prejudices we’ve overcome. It should be about how many memories we make along the way that create a path back to times gone by and those we’ll never forget.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 27, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 27 July 2020
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In life, learning from our mistakes is much harder than learning from our successes. The things we learn from our mistakes leave scars on our heart and regrets in our memories. Try to look at your mistakes as learning moments, not as reasons to always feel unforgiven.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 26, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 26 July 2020
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God performs miracles every day, but He often does them through us. We are His hands, feet, and voice that comforts those around us. We are His eyes that see where His love is needed, and His ears that hear the cries of need. Through God and His love, we work miracles every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 25, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 25 July 2020
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In life, some people seem to complain about something all the time. It’s not that they have more problems than the rest of us, it just allows them to have an excuse for anything that may go wrong or for whatever they don’t want to do.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 24, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 24 July 2020
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In life, there’s the question of making decisions based on what you need or what may be the right thing to do that benefits others? Benevolence is a noble trait, but it’s not always the best decision. There’s a lot of need in this world, but your needs must come first.... Read More


New Essay on My Podcast

By: Jim Hartsell on Thursday, 23 July 2020
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After reading two of my books on my podcast, I took a few months off, but today I added an essay; you can listen to it here. The subject may be a difficult one for some (the shooting at my church in 2008) so use your own discretion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 23, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 23 July 2020
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In life, not everything we want to do is something we should do. We excitedly see the potential of something and fail to see the sacrifices required. Tread slowly and look carefully before you commit completely.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 22, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 22 July 2020
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In life, it’s better to know a little about a lot of things than a lot about a few things. Being able to carry on a conversation and ask intelligent questions is better than proving we’re the authority on something. Let others be the expert, and you be the voice of confirmation.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 21, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 21 July 2020
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In life, we should have values that we live by. Some are faith, character, integrity, and respect. No matter what yours are, having principles in your life will keep you from always being open to suggestion and manipulation.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 20, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 20 July 2020
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In life, there’s often little we can do about what others may say about us or do to us. But we do have control of what we do to ourselves. When we make poor decisions, ignore warning signs of a problem, or take others for granted, we hurt ourselves more than anyone else could.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 19, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 19 July 2020
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In life, a relationship with God can mean many things. To some, He is there all day, every day. For another, He is there in moments of crisis or disappointment. If we worship only Him above all things, our relationship with God can have many definitions and sustain us in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 18, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 18 July 2020
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In life, we’ve all seen what we thought was impossible, happen. We have seen changes in culture, people, and ourselves that we could have never imagined. When there is a commitment to change, and the sacrifices to do so are understood and accepted, almost anything is possible.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 17, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 17 July 2020
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In life, it’s not whether we see our glass as half full or half empty. It’s that we see there is still something in our glass. If we don’t see it as completely empty, then there is still hope something will fill it to the brim in the future.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 16, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 16 July 2020
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If we didn’t care so much, our mistakes wouldn’t hurt so badly. If we didn’t feel remorseful for what we fail to do for someone, we would never notice. Being compassionate and empathetic are redeeming characteristic that cause us to care how we treat others and live our lives.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 15, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 15 July 2020
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In life, we hope there is something positive about us that people will remember. The way we live our lives is one way, but our appearance, demeanor, and attitude are things we control. If we manage these, we remove some of the negative reasons why people may remember us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 14, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 14 July 2020
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Sometimes, the greatest compliment we can give someone is to ignore them. We all make mistakes in life. We say things we shouldn’t and do things we wish we could take back. When this happens to someone we care about, ignoring their mistake helps diminish their embarrassment.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 13, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 13 July 2020
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In life, we either live our lives or exist within it. Living our lives is getting involved in what’s around us, creating “look forward to’s,” and trying to improve ourselves every day by being curious and inquisitive. It’s easy to just exist in life if we’re not careful.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 12, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 12 July 2020
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We’re born in the image of God. Eyes that see no evil; hands that grasp without fear; arms that extend to everyone; legs that will soon stand us securely; and a heart that judges no one. We’re born perfect. Our imperfections aren’t inherited from God, they’re learned over time.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 11, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 11 July 2020
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In life, just because we can criticize someone doesn’t mean we should. Some criticism may to make a point, but most are unnecessary and said in anger or frustration. Berating someone usually puts them on the defense, and that’s one fence that's hard to get through once it’s up.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 10, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 10 July 2020
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In life, there’s a difference between a stumble and a fall. In a fall, you may feel you cannot get up and go on. Where a stumble is just a temporary loss of balance. Believe the strength within you is greater than any fall you may take. If you get back up, it’s just a stumble.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 9, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 09 July 2020
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What we believe in life is determined by many things. Some come from what we were taught by our parents, in school or in church. Others were formed by what we’ve experienced in life. A true belief is something we can defend against criticism. Otherwise, it’s just a feeling.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 8, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 08 July 2020
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Connecting with others is more about the emotions we create within them then their intellectual understanding. What touches our heart and moves our emotions is what will be remembered longest. Let your heart lead you in all you do, and your message will be better understood.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 7, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 07 July 2020
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In life, we’re tested every day. We’re challenged to prove ourselves over and over. Our beliefs and dedication to the standards we live by are often questioned. But life is not about the tests we face, but the confidence we develop in knowing who we are and what we stand for.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 6, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 06 July 2020
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No challenge in life is beyond learning something from it. It may teach us what not to do or it may let us know how strong we are. We are the culmination of all our experiences in life. How many of our experiences we use will be determined by how much we learned along the way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 5, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 05 July 2020
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Miracles in our life happen every day. We’re 5 minutes late leaving, only to come upon a wreck that happened five minutes earlier. We chose a new place to eat and our CPR training saves someone’s life. Don’t question why these things happen, be grateful God is in control.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 4, 2020 Happy 4th of July

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 04 July 2020
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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY   Today, I celebrate my 6th year of writing my inspirational thoughts. I have written 2183 individual writings in the past six years. When I started on July 4, 2014, I had no idea I would keep writing for so long. I have made many new friends and reconnected with many old friends. You are the reason I keep writing every day. If I have touched your heart, your life, or ... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 3, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 03 July 2020
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In life, we used to have common courtesies that most people abided by. Today, the most common courtesy is no courtesy at all. For those of us who still remember to say thank you, please and after you, keep leading with your example. You never know who you may influence one day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 2, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 02 July 2020
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In life, it’s possible to be lonely in a crowd of people. Many people feel lonely not because they lack contact with others, but because they have lost contact with themselves and their self-worth. Don’t be afraid to compliment someone. It may be just what they need to hear.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 1, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 01 July 2020
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A word I grew up on, but I never hear used nowadays is scruples. My father stressed the importance of having scruples. Scruples can best be described as having standards or principles. Of course, those are two rarely used words as well. Some things should have never changed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 30, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 30 June 2020
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In life, it’s not what we want or need that fulfills what we desire. It’s what we do with our talents and determination that achieves our dreams. Wants and needs are not accomplishments. Our dreams are acquired through sacrifice and tenacity, not daydreams of greatness.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 29, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 29 June 2020
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In life, we build character and integrity one good gesture, and many selfless decisions, at a time. We include others in our praises and accept blame when it’s ours. Through it all, we eventually earn respect from others. Don’t let life’s temptations steal it all from you.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 28, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 28 June 2020
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One day, we will know a world that is blind to color, deaf to bigotry, embracing of everyone, accepting of differences, and devoid of prejudice. The reason I believe this is because if we don’t do it ourselves, God may soon end our last opportunity to do so and start over.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 27, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 27 June 2020
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Some of our greatest moments happen without us knowing it. Someone sees us be courteous, and they carry it forward. Others hear our positive words and feel hopeful once again. The attitude we project makes a difference. It can be the candle someone has sought in their darkness.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 26, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 26 June 2020
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We all have a sense of right and wrong. Some think winning at all costs is the right thing, while others are self-sacrificing. The best test is a decision between your head and heart. If they agree, it’s probably the right thing to do. If they don’t, rethink your decision.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 25, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 25 June 2020
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In life, we make many decisions that affect us. They may be life-changing or career oriented, but the decisions that show our greatest attributes are our decisions of character. Choosing to be kind, compassionate, or forgiving when we gain nothing are our decisions of character.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 24, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 24 June 2020
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When someone you love is heartbroken, and you’re afraid if see them you’ll say something wrong, remember this. People gain more strength from the love you show than the words you say. Your presence with them will say more than any perfect words you might find in a card.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 23, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 23 June 2020
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Few things touch our heart more deeply than an opportunity to help someone. Seeing a need and having the ability to fulfill it can be a life changing experience. But, whether we respond or not to this opportunity will be answered by one question. Do I want to get involved?... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 22, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 22 June 2020
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Some people don’t just catch our eye, they grasp our heart. Our heart sometimes sees more clearly than our eyes do. Our heart sees past their image and sees what they possess inside. It may only be friendship, but sometimes, it’s what we seek most in life, someone to love.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 21, 2020 Happy Father's Day

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 21 June 2020
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Happy Father’s Day. I have written something for all the fathers this morning. May your love for your children always shine through, even for those who may not realize how much you love them. A Father’s Prayer Lord, make me loving in my words, consistent in my actions, and fair in my judgments. Help me to see what I need to see, not see what I want to see. Make my greatest example t... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 20, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 20 June 2020
| AGT Blog |

In life, we have two choices when it comes to changing anything. We can either be part of the solution or part of the noise. When we’re part of the solution, we work to make things happen. When we’re part of the noise our voice is just one of many slowly fading away like an echo.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 19, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 19 June 2020
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In life, if we had no doubts or fears, we would make decisions we should not make. Being somewhat apprehensive doesn’t mean we are unsure of ourselves. It’s our way of taking a step back before we move forward with confidence. By doing this, we avoid regret in the future.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 18, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 18 June 2020
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For some people, saying I’m sorry is admitting guilt and makes them subservient to others. If we lose our desire to admit mistakes because it makes us look weak, then we have forgotten saying we’re sorry is showing respect to someone. It’s good manners, not a personal sacrifice.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 17, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 17 June 2020
| AGT Blog |

Much of our life is held together by memories. They are like squares in a blanket that surrounds us every day. Our blanket is sewn together by threads of love and experiences we’ll never forget. Everyone’s blanket is different, but yours tells a story only you could write.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 16, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 16 June 2020
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Some people possess insight, the ability to better understand people or things. Some have foresight, the ability to predict what will happen in the future. But when we ignore problems that have existed for years, we choose to have no sight and the result is where we are today.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 15, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 15 June 2020
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Lessons we learn in life are either remembered, forgotten, or ignored. The ones we ignore lead to repeating our mistakes and the ones we forget are often recalled too late. But the lessons we remember help us avoid embarrassment, loss, and regret, and allow us to teach others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 14, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 14 June 2020
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In life, our tears flow down our face and fall to the ground unless we wipe them away. But the ones we shed within are the ones we cannot wipe away. Let God dry your tears through prayer, because the best time to pray is the moment you realize you haven’t.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 13, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 13 June 2020
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Nothing in life is worth sacrificing our self-esteem. No one who loves us would destroy our self-confidence to make us dependent on them. Inner strength comes from what we grasp in life, learn from, hold with a passion, and stand tall upon. We become great from the inside out.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 11, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 12 June 2020
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In life, a person’s change of heart needs to be brought on by a desire to do better, not out of guilt or shame. Change that is forced upon someone will not withstand the test of time. Their heart must see the need for change and embrace it, or it will never accept it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 11, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 11 June 2020
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A change of heart does not require a complete change of thinking. It may be as simple as a change of perspective or an awakening to a reality that alters our perception. We all desire to succeed and be given a chance to do so. Anything that hinders that shouldn’t exist.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 10, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 10 June 2020
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Few things in life are more motivating than a change of heart. A person may think something needs to change and do nothing about it. But when their heart believes a change is needed, all their emotions line up behind it, and that change has a better chance of becoming action.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 9, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 09 June 2020
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Over the next four days, I will be writing about change. It will not be about any changes needed in our society, law enforcement, or leadership. It will be about change in us and our heart. Change may be something we think is needed, but until it’s embraced by our heart, it will only be a reaction to something that happened. "In life, silence may be golden until it happens in the face of some... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 8, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 08 June 2020
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In life, we can tell people who we are, how we think, and what we stand for. But unless they see it in how we live our life, our words of testimony will fade from their memory. Character is not something we explain, but something we display every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 7, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 07 June 2020
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In life, we pray about many things. We turn to God because we know He listens, but do we listen when He answers? God doesn’t answer us in words. He speaks through our emotions. His answers come in feelings of assurance, caution, or hesitation quietly whispered to our heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 6, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 06 June 2020
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In life, some people try to cover up indifference with a good intentions excuse. They say they intend to do something, but never get around to it. Though they claim to have good intentions, it becomes apparent it’s their way of putting off what they never really intend to do.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 5, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 05 June 2020
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In life, issues that are important are sometimes obscured by the chaos that is created around it. Change happens through a collective effort to demand it, not by destroying people’s livelihood. When this happens, the destruction becomes the issue, and the real issue is obscured.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 4, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 04 June 2020
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Having great knowledge or athletic ability may make you successful at something. But what makes you successful at life is the acquisition of wisdom and common sense gained from experiences patiently learned over time. Nothing can replace a little life under our belt.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 3, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 03 June 2020
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Sometimes, what our mind may know our heart will not accept. Even what we see for ourselves doesn’t change what we feel in our heart. Some may call this being naive, but our heart looks through different eyes than our mind does. Our heart involves forgiveness in what it sees.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 2, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 02 June 2020
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In life, we can be the darkness that is cast over someone through our criticism or the light that leads them to greater accomplishments. Choosing to help and support someone can lead to their success, and in a small way, we share that success with them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 1, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 01 June 2020
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In life, knowing where you’re going is only half the journey of getting there. Your destination may be known, but the routes to get there can be many. Choosing the right path will make all the difference in determining if you make it on time or waste time trying.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 31, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 31 May 2020
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The World we’re living in today is all about faith. We must have faith in others, in ourselves, and believe God is still in control. Whether you believe you’re in danger or not, it’s better to be cautious and alive than dead wrong.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 30, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 30 May 2020
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In life, it’s not always the things we do that get us in trouble, it’s the things we refuse to accept. If we won’t accept the responsibility for our lives or understand we are accountable for the mistakes we make, we will rarely succeed in the eyes of others or ourselves.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 29, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 29 May 2020
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What touches our heart is more than what touches our skin. The melody of a song, a gesture of compassion or seeing a child succeed often moves our emotions. We never know what is waiting in life to embrace our heart. Keep an open heart because most touches happen in an instant.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 28, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 28 May 2020
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Peace can come in serenity, calmness, and silence. It occurs when there’s harmony in our relationships. But memories of guilt and embarrassment keep us from enjoying a peaceful heart. Until we resolve this, we’ll never realize we cannot change the past, only learn from it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 27, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 27 May 2020
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Life is about involving our emotions in our decisions but not making emotional decisions. We should allow our emotions to create our desire to do something but use our common sense to make the decision. Decisions in life should be more than immediate gratification.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 26, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 26 May 2020
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Sometimes in life, decisions we make are not always what we want to do, but what we need to do. Experience teaches us not to make decisions based only on today, but also how they will affect tomorrow. Those without this insight may disagree, but don’t be dissuaded by their doubt.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 25, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 25 May 2020
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Sometime in life, we’re going to make a mistake that may haunt us the rest of our life. It may follow us every day, make us question ourselves, and weigh heavily on our heart. We all deal with these memories because we all have something, we wish we had done differently.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 24, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 24 May 2020
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In life, we search for something to believe in, and sometimes feel we’re alone in our darkness. We’re never alone, because there is no darkness where God cannot find us. Open your heart and believe He is there, because He is waiting for you to step into His embrace.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 22, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 23 May 2020
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For My Friend and Classmate: Jim Greenlee who passed away May 22, 2020. Rest in Peace, my friend. In life, when someone we love dies, our loss can feel greater than the blessings we possess until we realize that person’s love was one of our greatest blessings. Love doesn’t end at someone’s death. It becomes greater as our memories of them fill our heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 22, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 22 May 2020
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In life, one of the things we all desire is to be appreciated. We don’t require to be constantly praised, just to feel some acknowledgment of appreciation. It costs nothing to be appreciative of what others do for us. Take a moment and let someone know you appreciate them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 21, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 21 May 2020
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In life, our future is built by remembering our experiences from the past and applying them to our life today. How much we learned in the past will help us make decisions in the future. But what we failed to learn may cause us to repeat our past mistakes all over again.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 20, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 20 May 2020
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Sometimes, our heart gets too involved in the lives of others. We feel responsible for fixing their problems, carrying their burdens, and living their sadness. Compassion should not be a total sacrifice of our life or happiness. Be empathetic, but don’t inherit someone's burdens.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 19, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 19 May 2020
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In life, our successes are barely noticed by others, but our mistakes are remembered in detail. Due to jealousy or pride, some people feel validated by the struggles of others. Don’t let this concern you because our successes and struggles are ours to learn from, not theirs.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 18, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 18 May 2020
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Sometimes, the things we choose to love most may not be the things we should love best. We base our feelings on what a certain love will bring us and forget what another has provided us. Love is more than how good it makes us feel. It’s also how secure it makes our life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 17, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 17 May 2020
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Sometimes in life, we are the shoulder someone cries on, the arms that embrace them or the voice of reason that calms their fears. When this happens, it’s not by chance, it’s by grace we are chosen. Don’t fear these chances to help. Someone greater than us knows we’re capable.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 16, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 16 May 2020
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One of the sweetest things about a child is their innocence and view of the world. They don’t see a world falling apart or one filled with anger, deceit and prejudice. Their world is based on what makes them laugh and smile, not what makes them worry and depressed. We can’t change the world, but we can change how we view it.... Read More


Inspirational Wriitng for May 15, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 15 May 2020
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Life has become more about what we should or shouldn’t do, and we find it harder to find peace in our heart and mind. The peace we used to have has been replaced by a feeling of uncertainty. We need to find peace in knowing we are safer at home than if we’re free to roam.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 14, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 14 May 2020
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In life, which way does your joy flow? Do you receive joy by doing for others or when others do for you? Of course, joy flows both ways, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. But, if we all were more about creating joy in the lives of others, it would always come back to us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 13, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 13 May 2020
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In life, the moments we fail, lose our confidence, or become embarrassed aren’t signs we’ve reached our potential. It happens the moment we’re satisfied with our place in life. Just make sure it’s not confused with the moment we quit trying.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 12, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 12 May 2020
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In life, if we rely on the praises of others to give us self-confidence, we also allow them to control us. The praises of others should be welcomed, but not required. Until we realize everyone is entitled to their opinion, and that’s all it is, we’ll never gain our identity.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 11, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 11 May 2020
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What we dream in life are glimpses of what our heart knows we can accomplish. They may be grand beyond description, but that’s what dreams are supposed to be. Don’t limit yourself with fear or doubt. Let your dreams take you higher and farther as you embrace them fully.... Read More


Inspirational writing for May 10, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 10 May 2020
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If Jesus walked among us today, would the media try to scare us with all the reasons not to believe in Him, just to keep us watching them? Through our belief in Jesus and His love for us, we will endure. Thank goodness there were no 24 hours news channels over 2000 years ago.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 9, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 09 May 2020
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Some of our hardest decisions come from much internal debate about things we need or want to do. Our quandary is what we need to do is often based on reasons to do it, but what we want to do is mostly about why we deserve to do it. It’s about which means the most to us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 8, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 08 May 2020
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Our reach in life is more than a measurement of inches. It’s also measured in degrees of influence. How we live our life and the example we set, are part of our reach in life. Our reach doesn’t end at the end of our fingers. It ends when we quit caring how we live our life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 7, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 07 May 2020
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In life, what we surround ourselves with will be our greatest influence. If we surround ourselves with temptation, we will fall. If we surround ourselves with positive things, we will gain strength from them. Our influences should make us better, not put us at risk of failing.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 6, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 06 May 2020
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Self-esteem, self-confidence, and hope are the three things we must never lose in life. If we realize our worth, believe in ourselves, and trust things will work out, we will walk, at times, without knowing the way, but do so without fear of failure.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 5, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 05 May 2020
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In life, we struggle with making right decisions. We flow in and out of confidence many times a day. We hear what we need to do, should do, and must do all day long. Make your decisions with your future in mind, and they will often be right.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 4, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 04 May 2020
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The thing about love is it persists. It doesn’t waiver with the passing of time, and it measures its endurance by years, recalled memories, and smiles. We are forced to be apart for now, but our love knows no distance it can’t bridge or passage of time it can’t withstand.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 3, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 03 May 2020
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Sometimes, we need to turn off the noise and listen to the blessings that surround us. We need to shut out all the negative voices and hear God’s voice speaking softly. Close your eyes and listen to your heartbeat. Within it, God is saying, “I am still here, and I love you.”... Read More


Inspirartional Writing for May 2, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 02 May 2020
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Sometimes in life, we choose to appease someone to avoid a conflict. We agree to something to keep the peace. Don’t allow the fear of upsetting someone make you compromise yourself, because it will only be the beginning of many more compromises in the future.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 1, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 01 May 2020
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The one thing in life we should always realize is the value of our self-worth. Along with our self-esteem and reputation, the value we place on ourselves should be our greatest asset or material possession. Don’t allow any mistake or regret in your life to devalue your self-worth.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 30, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 30 April 2020
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It’s a strange world when what we should do becomes more difficult every day. What we want to do cannot even be considered. And, what we need to do becomes the most important thing in our lives. Who would have ever guessed hiding behind a mask would be a gesture of love?... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 29, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 29 April 2020
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Beauty we remember in life is more than an image we enjoyed. It’s something that moved our emotions, brought them to the surface, and imprinted itself on our heart. What we see is only part of what we appreciate. It’s how beauty makes us feel that never allow us to forget it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 28, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 28 April 2020
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Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a good cry. But there are times when we cry without tears. These are the destructive behaviors we keep repeating. They are our tearless cries for help or attention. If we don’t get help, the cries will only get louder and more destructive.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 27, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 27 April 2020
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Sometimes, we think we see a life better than ours. This is because we don’t see it through our eyes, we see it through our unfulfilled hopes, dreams and desires. What appears to be a better life may only be greener grass over the septic tank hiding what makes it so much greener.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 26, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 26 April 2020
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In these days of trepidation, God is all around us. He is within the First Responders, the medical teams, and in each of us who love others from a distance. Whether we look up to Him, look all around us, or embrace Him within our heart, God is with us and we shall overcome.... Read More


Inspiratrional Writing for April 25, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 25 April 2020
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Like most things, practice makes perfect. In order to get comfortable with anything, it must become something you instinctively do. This also pertains to behaviors like patience, compassion, and understanding. The more we practice these, the sooner they will become instinctive. Inspired by my friend, Jean Voleck.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 24, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 24 April 2020
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In life, beyond what we demand of ourselves, we also face what others request from us and what life requires of us. Which needs we satisfy most will form our decisions in the future. Make sure the desires you choose to fulfill don’t require you relinquish control of your life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 23, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 23 April 2020
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We are never so far apart our love can’t reach each other. Our memories keep us close, and our hope for a happy reunion make our anticipation to see each other worth waiting for. Let your separation become a celebration when someone’s embrace is no longer something to fear.... Read More


inspirational Writing for April 22, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 22 April 2020
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Life requires a lot from us. At times, we are expected to be understanding, compassionate, and benevolent. Then we are needed to be strong, determined, and resilient. But, one of the hardest things life expects from us is patience, and that may be life’s most difficult demand.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 21, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 21 April 2020
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In the past few weeks, many have discovered what the important things are in their life. They have discovered life is more than what we entertain ourselves with and what we accumulate. We have found it’s not the things we do that make us the happiest, but those we share it with.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 20, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 20 April 2020
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In life, repeating the same behavior and expecting different results never works. Surrounding yourself with the same negative people, who drag you down, and expect to be happy won’t work either. You must eliminate the source of a problem before it can become no longer a problem.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 19, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 19 April 2020
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Sometimes, we don’t know which way to turn. We feel torn by our obligations, pressured by our commitments, and restrained by our fears. We know the sacrifices we must make, and nothing will change until we make them. God stands with us in our hardest times. Do what you must do.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 18, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 18 April 2020
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It’s sometimes not our strengths that get us farther in life, it’s our weaknesses. Our strengths may give us confidence, but it’s our weaknesses that make us work our hardest to succeed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 17, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 17 April 2020
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Life is like playing football. Sometimes we score, and sometimes we get tackled and everyone piles on. Whether we’re on top of the pile or under it, these days it’s a battle stay positive. Life has changed forever and we now either shake off the pain or limp to the sidelines.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 16, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 16 April 2020
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Sometimes, when we feel the need to explain something in extreme detail, our point gets lost in all the words. It is not necessary to surround a point with many details in order to make it. Too much information conceals your point as badly as too little may hide it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 15, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 15 April 2020
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When your happiness is contingent on making someone else happy, you will slowly lose a part of yourself. Happiness should be what you choose to make you happy, not what someone uses to manipulate you. You can love someone and want them to be happy, but don’t forget you.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 14, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 14 April 2020
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Well, I think the isolation is getting to me. I am trying to write my morning inspiration, and there are two birds outside chirping. Unfortunately, I don’t hear chirping. I hear “risky, risky, risky” followed by “pretty, pretty, pretty.” Also, I think I saw a pink elephant!!... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 13, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 13 April 2020
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A part of being happy in life is knowing what makes us happy. It’s easy to identify the things that upset us but knowing what makes us happy gives us a place to go or something to do that lifts our spirits. Think about what make you happiest, and let it be your sanctuary.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for Easter, April 12, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 12 April 2020
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Happy Easter! The Lord has Risen. Risen Indeed. As we celebrate this Easter, secluded with family or alone, take a moment to realize the sacrifice Jesus made for us. He chose to suffer and die out of His love for us so we would never be alone in life. His love is always with us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 11, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 11 April 2020
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In life, some people know what to say to make an impression on others. Others make a great impression without saying a word. These are the people who display character in their behavior and respect for others. Words say a lot, but character speaks for itself.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 10, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 10 April 2020
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Good Friday Message The magnitude of Christ’s love for us wasn’t shown in the fact He died on the Cross. It was shown by the fact He stayed on the Cross to die for our sins. It wasn’t the nails or the Cross that took His life today. It was His love for us that took His breath away.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 9, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 09 April 2020
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In life, our opinion only counts if it’s solicited, and then it’s often disregarded. We should realize offering our unsolicited opinion only opens us up to criticism or anger. Feeling the need to do so anyway is like yelling into a fan. The words only blow back in our face.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 8, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 08 April 2020
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One of the things we all seem to have less of is time. We spend it doing what we must, waste it on unnecessary things, and lose track of it too often. What we should do is stop and make time to enjoy life, those we love, and the world around us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 7, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 07 April 2020
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In life, there are some lines we cannot uncross once we have crossed them. Some involve words we say, behaviors we demonstrate, or decisions we make. Life allows us some mulligans, but the more personal the line crossed, the less forgiveness we will receive.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 6, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 06 April 2020
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If every step we took left an impression, and someone followed them, would they lead them to the impression we want to make in life? We don’t know what part of us someone may try to emulate. Sometimes, we lead when least expect it and are followed by those we may have never met.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 5, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 05 April 2020
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Here is something I wrote a few years ago that might help in your isolation. “When life becomes too much, cross your arms and put a hand on top of each shoulder. Now look down. The cross it makes may be sideways, but it's right over your heart. God is always that close to you.”... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 4, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 04 April 2020
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In life, the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is one looks for reasons to be happy and the other looks for excuses to be mad. Sometimes when we have too much time to think, we think too much. Our sacrifices today will be our successes in the future. Stay optimistic.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 3, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 03 April 2020
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God created the first computer when He gave us a heart. It opens instantly, responds in seconds, and has endless storage for memories. But the most unique thing about our heart is it never forgets those we love, and it doesn’t need to be refreshed each day to do so. Stay safe.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 2, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 02 April 2020
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Today, I went to the beach and walked along the surf. Tomorrow, I’m going to take a walk in the Great Smoky Mountains and breathe the pristine air. Not since we were a child, have we had to depend so much on our memories and imagination to keep us happy. Where will you go today?... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 1, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 01 April 2020
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It’s been said, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” It can also make it grow lonely and desperate. Today, we’re faced with much temptation due to our absence from those we care about. Don’t let this absence weaken your resolve to stay put. The risk is just too great.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 31, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 31 March 2020
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Social distancing may make us a more mannerly society. Now, nobody ever crosses in front of you; bumps into you; or fails to hesitate and allow you to cross in front of them. Who would have thought such a thing would cause people to do what they should have been doing all along.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 30, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 30 March 2020
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Life has become what we were taught to never do. Avoid people, don’t get close to them, don’t touch them, and showing your compassion is best done by doing nothing for them. Eventually, all this won’t be necessary, but I do hope this way of life doesn’t become a new lifestyle.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 29, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 29 March 2020
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Sometimes in life, we are given a chance to show not only who we are, but what we believe. If we believe we are watched over by God, then we know we are supposed to watch over others. Today, we do that by not being around them, and that’s our greatest gesture of love for them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 28, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 28 March 2020
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Who are the quiet giants in your life? Who are the people that are rarely acknowledged, but make all the difference in your life? We often take for granted those who mean the most to us. Sometimes, while we’re building our life, we forget who taught us how to do it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 27, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 27 March 2020
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In life, there’s a difference between intelligence and wisdom. Intelligence is created by acquiring and applying knowledge. Wisdom is acquired by experiencing many things in life and remembering what worked and didn’t work so you don’t make the same mistakes twice. Inspired by my friend, Bernice Jones.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 26, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 26 March 2020
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If we could reel back in the verbal mistakes, we make every day, our conscience would be much clearer. We say things that are misunderstood, taken wrongly or make no sense. Life would be better if it were like fishing where we could reel back in what we cast out.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 25, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 25 March 2020
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In life, it’s not always what we say or do that gets us in trouble. It’s often what we don’t say or do. Our silence in a bad situation is viewed as condoning it. We don’t get involved in fixing a problem and get blamed for the damage it caused. Life is often a no-win situation.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 24, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 24 March 2020
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Looking up to someone has nothing to do with height. It has to do with how someone lives their life. It’s often the people who show up every day to help, to lead by example, and quietly change the world who become the giants we look up to in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 23, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 23 March 2020
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In life, there are moments when we’re sure of ourselves and we move forward. But at times, life is more about guessing, hoping, and speculating. Being apprehensive is good unless it paralyzes you. But it may also be the right thing to do when being wrong may cost you everything.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 22, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 22 March 2020
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Though I cannot shake your hand, be closer than 4-6 feet, or breathe the air you exhale, I can still touch your heart with words of comfort and side-by-side, in God’s love, we breathe in His presence and exhale His love knowing this will never harm us. Let God’s love comfort you.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 21, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 21 March 2020
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In life, we are guided by our experiences, knowledge, and faith. But sometimes a path we contemplate is preceded by fear, and it steals our confidence. Don’t let fear cause you to doubt yourself. If your experiences, knowledge and faith are strong, so should be your confidence.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 20, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 20 March 2020
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In history, every invention, idea, and discovery had to overcome these words: That won’t work! It can’t be done! and That’s impossible! If we accept rejection, we may miss our greatest opportunities to prove ourselves. Don’t let others stand in the way of what you know will work.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 19, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 19 March 2020
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In life, the depth of our belief in something is determined by how much trust we place in it, how reliable we feel it is, and how strong it stands against criticism. What we believe gives us purpose and a foundation for our life. It’s part of who we are and what we stand for.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for march 18, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 18 March 2020
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Some things about us are quiet. We possess a quiet confidence that pushes us forward in life. We feel a quiet assurance in those who love us. And, we have a quiet compassion for those less fortunate. A lot of who we are, no one sees, and those are often our greatest strengths.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 17, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 17 March 2020
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The best answer to confusion is information. Being informed can change confusion into understanding, and eventually, into finding a solution. We don’t have to agree with how that information is gathered, we just need to believe in the effort and comply until it’s found.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 16, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 16 March 2020
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Life is seldom the same every day. We awaken and mentally plan what we will accomplish that day. It all goes well until life steps in and our plan is gone. Don’t let life’s uncertainties hold you back or hold you down. It’s all in how we adapt in life, not how upset we get.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 15, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 15 March 2020
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For some people, prayer is the first thing they turn to for answers. For others, it’s the last thing they think to do. So, when is the right moment to pray about something? There is never a better moment to pray about something than the moment you realize you haven’t.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 14, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 14 March 2020
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Communication in life is essential. When someone won’t communicate, it causes confusion and makes others assume an answer. When they discover their assumption was wrong people get upset, not at the answer, but at the fact they had to assume an answer in the first place.... Read More


Inspirational Writng for March 13, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 13 March 2020
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Everyone has something in their life they fear. It may be a phobia or a bad memory, but no one is immune. Fears are also important to us. They help us control our compulsions in life. Without them, we would complicate our lives even more than we do.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 12, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 12 March 2020
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In life, if we had a choice, we would only do what we want to do. But there are also have to do’s and should do’s in life. So, we do what we must, followed by what we want to do, and our should dos get put off until later and become the things that keep us up at night.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 11, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 11 March 2020
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Sometimes, we spend more time complaining about a problem then concentrating on a solution. The time spent trying to find someone to blame won’t solve it either. Finding a solution and preventing it from happening again in the future is more important than assigning blame.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 10, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 10 March 2020
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Life is about choosing and following values, beliefs, and principles you hold important. There will be times when someone may criticize the standards you live by. Try to remember, criticism isn’t always criticism. It’s often someone’s admission they are jealous of your strength.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 9, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 09 March 2020
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In life, one of the greatest signs of maturity is understanding the consequences of our behavior. There is no decision we make that doesn’t affect some other part of our life. Before we do anything rash, we need to realize the consequences of our behavior at that moment.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 8, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 08 March 2020
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In life, our faith and belief in God takes many forms. It's the reason we live our lives a certain way or refuse to follow the crowd. But the thing we find most comforting is knowing no matter how dark life may become, God's light of hope will always lead us back to Him.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 7, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 07 March 2020
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Some people in life have no idea how special they are. People may not know them, but they see what they do. They may not have spoken to them, but they can tell what’s in their heart through their actions. You may be that person to someone else. You make a difference every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 6, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 06 March 2020
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Life prepares us to succeed, but it also prepares us if we fail. The character, respect and integrity we develop helps define how we respond to our failures. It helps us understand setbacks should be used as a motivator to get better, not as a reason to get mad or quit.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 5, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 05 March 2020
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In life, we shouldn’t be concerned about the mistakes we make that we don’t know are mistakes. The ones we need to worry about are the things we know are a wrong and we do them anyway. It’s these decisions that are the hardest to live with and forgive ourselves for.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 4, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 04 March 2020
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Don’t let your fears get in the way of your dreams. Don’t let your doubts take away your confidence. Some setbacks are part of succeeding. It’s life’s way of testing your resilience, judging your commitment, and making you realize nothing is easy, especially your dreams.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 3, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 03 March 2020
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One of the greatest displays of someone’s intelligence is not how many facts and figures they can quote. It’s the amount of time they spend listening instead of talking. Intelligence is not something you constantly display, but something you retain until it’s needed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 2, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 02 March 2020
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Life can be one of our greatest teachers if we learn to pay attention, ask questions, and then shut up and listen. Most knowledge in life is obtained by observing and remembering what happens around us. It’s amazing what we learn from others and they never realize it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 1, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 01 March 2020
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In life, whether we are beginning our day enjoying the beauty of God's love or ending it reflecting on God's blessings, we know we are comforted by His presence in our life. Let God's light shine in you, and you may become someone's one set of footprints in the sand.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 29, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 29 February 2020
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In life, we seek peacefulness in our heart; rest for our weary mind; and relief from the burdens we carry. Finding this may be difficult, but a few moments of mental quietness could help. Life requires stamina, if we don’t take a few moments to decompress, it may become too much.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 28, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 28 February 2020
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Though we may not exceed the lofty goals we set for ourselves, or touch the clouds we feel we can reach, we succeed none the less. It’s not always how high we climb, but all the obstacles we overcome along the way. These are our true successes, and greatest learning experiences.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 27, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 27 February 2020
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One of my favorite words is respect. It’s a word of strength and character. It’s something that must be earned and not demanded. Having the respect of others doesn’t mean you are in charge; it means you have instilled confidence and trust in those around you.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 26, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 26 February 2020
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Sometimes in life, we lose someone, and our sadness is overwhelming. We feel confused about feeling anything but sad. Sadness, if we’re not careful, can become depression or anger, and we risk losing who we once were within it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 25, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 25 February 2020
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In life, time waits for no one. It doesn’t wait for us to get ready, prepare, or do something first. It ticks slowly away until one day it’s gone. Don’t wait to say something or do what your heart longs to do. Many things in life are fleeting, and our opportunities pass quickly.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 24, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 24 February 2020
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Sometimes, the most deafening sound in the world is silence. At times, it can speak louder than any words spoken. It can say what a thousand words cannot. But silence can also be a peacemaker and a comfort. It all depends on when our silence is most needed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 23, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 23 February 2020
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Before there was you, I felt there was only me and I was alone. I felt alone because I didn’t see you standing there. When your love finally found me, another set of footprints became my companion. Now my path is wider because we walk through life together. Thank you, Jesus.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 22, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 22 February 2020
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A life well lived is not always one filled with accomplishment and accolades. It’s a life filled with hopes, dreams, and desires that were fulfilled or never given up on. A life well lived should be less about what we accomplish and more about what we never regret dreaming.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 21, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 21 February 2020
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In life, we’re judged by others, and there’s little we can do about it. Every day, people see how we act and treat others. But they also see how we react to defeat, disappointment, or failure. These can be our weakest moments and the ones people remember longest.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 20, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 20 February 2020
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Life is more about what we give than what we receive. It begins with inspiring others through our encouragement; leading by example; and then recognizing with respect those who encouraged us, led us by example, and gave us the continued desire to want to inspire others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 19, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 19 February 2020
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In life, we’re touched more than we realize. We feel the touch of a hand upon our own. The touch of a friends comforting words. A touch of pride as a child succeeds. And, the touch of a loving gesture that warms our heart. Touch is a part of our life, and we can’t live without it... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 18, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 18 February 2020
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Sometimes, life is like flying a kite. In order to reach our full potential, we need to pull back a bit and let those who create the wind beneath our wings to lift us up. We can reach our highest levels when we listen and learn from those who have been where we want to go.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 17, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 17 February 2020
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In life, we rarely know the pain those around us suffer, the losses they have experienced, or the disappointments they have felt. Fortunately, we don’t have to know anything about someone to show caring through our kindness. Kindness shouldn’t require a reason to be shown.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 16, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 16 February 2020
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Sometimes, we wonder if we’re living the life we should? We worry about the decisions we make, paths we walk, and the compromises we accept. The good thing is, when we worry about this, it means we still have God in our life. God love us loves even when we judge ourselves.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 15, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 15 February 2020
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Do everything in life as if your reputation is based on what you do at that very moment. A reputation is built one act and one decision at a time. Eventually, those individual moments, consistently done, will be seen by others and your reputation is established.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 14, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 14 February 2020
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Every heart has a memory it will never forget. The memory may be of someone special or a time or place when something special happened. Cherish this memory and visit it often, because memories that brand themselves on our heart are there for a reason. Happy Valentine’s Day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 13, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 13 February 2020
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In life, we all need a moment of peace. A moment of solitude that takes us away from the chaos. What happens so often is we don’t think we have time to find a moment of peace. What we need to realize is peace is not something we seek. It’s something we must create in our life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 12, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 12 February 2020
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In life, we have a stronger influence on others than we think. Our reach goes further than the end of our fingers. Our footprints lead people we’ve never met, and words we’ve spoken are quoted every day. People see the way others live their lives. Make your life worth watching.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 11, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 11 February 2020
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In life, nothing stays the same that isn’t repeated over and over. This includes the love in any relationship; the compassion we show others; and the respect we owe those around us. A life of purpose is reinforced every day by repeating those things that strength us and others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 10, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 10 February 2020
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The greater the task, the smaller your steps, and the firmer they should be planted. Don’t leap to conclusions or run toward an answer. The smaller the steps you take, the less the chance of you having to repeat them, and the more confidence you will gain along the way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 9, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 09 February 2020
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Today, my church will have a Celebration of Life for our friend, John Lindsay who passed away February 1, 2020. In his honor, today’s writing is written in his memory. “When we walk through the door into Heaven, we leave behind all our hurt, all our pain, and all our fear. By the touch of God’s hand, we are made anew, and eternal happiness awaits us on the other side of the door.”... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 8, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 08 February 2020
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When we cry, what if our tears were the color of the emotion we’re feeling? They would be red when we’re angry; green when we’re envious; yellow when we’re happy; and blue when we’re sad. We would easily know when to comfort someone. Our clear tears make us guess what’s wrong.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 7, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 07 February 2020
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The opinion someone has of themselves may determine the opinion they have of others. People who think well of themselves may not feel envious, jealous or resentful of others. The lower a person’s self-esteem, the greater the chance they’ll find faults in those around them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 6, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 06 February 2020
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Our greatest challenges in life have nothing to do with goals we set or assignments we’re given. They’re the battles we fight within ourselves to not follow the crowd and stand up for what we believe. Sometimes, we may find ourselves standing alone, but leading at the same time.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 5, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 05 February 2020
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Being right is not always important. We may be right in what we say but saying it isn’t the right thing to do. We may feel right in getting back at someone, but forgiveness sends a better message than revenge. Sometimes, being right is something we need to keep to ourselves.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 4, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 04 February 2020
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One of our greatest procrastinations isn’t putting things off, it’s our hesitation to participate in our own happiness. We let worries dominate our life and let commitments take the place of relaxation. Joy is often something we must seek. Slow down and make time to find it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 3, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 03 February 2020
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In life, if we speak only about things we know, never guess at the answer of things, and make others feel they’re the authority in our conversations, we will rarely offend people. Life is not about trying to be right all the time. It’s about being right when we need to be.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 1, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 01 February 2020
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In life, we hope we never lose confidence in ourselves. For some, it happens quickly, but for others their confidence seems endless. The truth is, we all lose confidence at some point. It’s those who don’t fear failure who push through it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 31, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 31 January 2020
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It’s easier to think as you write than to think when you speak. When you write, you organize your thoughts, and it gives you a chance to change what you don’t like. If you try to think as you speak, you get one opportunity to get it right. If it’s important, write it down first.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for Janaury 30, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 30 January 2020
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Building confidence in you is a slow process that requires both successes and failures in life. Your successes show you’re on the right track. Your failures tell you where you need to improve. The one you pay the closest attention to, will determine if you become good or great.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 29, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 29 January 2020
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In life, we all have strengths and limitations. We know what we’re good at and we know where we struggle. Sometimes, we allow our limitations to hold us back out of fear. Concentrate on showing your strengths and your limitation, if discovered, will be less important to others.... Read More


Inspirationalo Writing for January 28, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 28 January 2020
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People aren’t the same as they used to be. When I grew up, people didn’t worry about offending someone by helping. We didn’t hesitate to compliment others. And, we weren’t paranoid of everyone. Of course, we only had three TV channels, and all they reported was the news.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 27, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 27 January 2020
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Strive to inspire those around you ... reach out and touch others with your compassion ... and make yourself vulnerable to your emotions. Doing these three things will keep you focused-on others and allow your heart to become more a part of your life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 26, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 26 January 2020
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Though the rain may pour in our life, God will always shine through. Though the wind may blow us off course at times, God will lead us back home. Wherever we go in life, God has already been there. There is nothing you have ever done that God will not forgive.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 25, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 25 January 2020
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A life built through preparation can accomplish more than a life left up to chance. Success is obtained when you prepare to succeed. Getting an education is only part of it. Building your confidence in you, your communication skills, and your self-esteem can open just as many doors.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 24, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 24 January 2020
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No one does anything without a reason. It may be selfishness, but often it’s because it’s the right thing to do. Every day, people do things because they care for others and gain nothing from it. Try not to judge why people do nice things. It’s sometimes because they want to.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for Janaury 23, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 23 January 2020
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Sometimes, we don’t know if the decisions we make are good or bad ones until later in life. Therefore, when we make a decision, we should assume it is correct and move forward. Life should be lived looking forward with confidence, not backwards with doubt.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 22, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 22 January 2020
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The mistake we sometimes make in life is assuming we all have the same understanding of things. Since this is not often the case, we must establish a level of understanding before someone is given a responsibility. It won’t be to insult them, but to save them some embarrassment.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 21, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 21 January 2020
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In life, certain words go directly to our heart. Words of hate pierce it like an arrow, but words of peace, love, and compassion embrace it warmly. Sadly, anger and disappointment bring out our harshest language. If our emotions are under control, so will be our language.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 20, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 20 January 2020
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The truth to us isn’t always what we’re told, it’s what we choose to accept. We may be given an answer to something but refuse to believe it. Experience often tells us what to believe, but our heart tells us what to accept. Which choice to follow is up to us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 19, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 19 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

Sometimes, we think our life is too messed up to think anyone could forgive us. We know we have made mistakes, hurt others and now we feel we don’t deserve to be forgiven. There is nothing you have ever done that God hasn’t already forgiven. Now it’s time to forgive yourself.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for Janaury 18, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 18 January 2020
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Within us, there are strengths we never realize until we're confronted by a situation that brings them to the surface. We find a courage we never knew, a tenacity we never saw before, and an ability to endure more than we could ever image. These are our survival strengths.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 17, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 17 January 2020
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In life, we know many things, but far less than what we don’t know. Sometimes, we know enough to get us into trouble, but not enough to gets us out of it. Since we rarely know everything, it’s sometimes better to be the voice of confirmation, rather than the voice of authority.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 16, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 16 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

Sometimes, the touch of a cold hand upon our own can give us comfort. The smile from a stranger can lift our heart. And, the smallest gesture of acknowledgement can bring us out of our shadow and into the light. Caring is not complicated, when it can be shown so simply.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 15, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 15 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

In life, every problem doesn’t need to become a mountain; every disagreement the loss of a friend; or every misunderstanding a grudge you never overcome. Our conflicts shouldn’t always be life changing. It’s possible to be right but do the wrong thing. Try to be understanding.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 14, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 14 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

Everything that’s built begins with a strong foundation. Whether it’s a building, a relationship or a life, without a solid foundation, nothing stands the test of time. In life, you may suffer some losses, but with a strong foundation, you’ll always have something to rebuild upon.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 13, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 13 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

Sometimes in life, we know a part of us is missing. We feel it every day and pray one day it will change. We know what it is, we know where it is, but we can’t reach it to embrace it. Sometimes, it takes more than love to fix a relationship. It also takes forgiveness.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 12, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 12 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

The words never, always, and forever are wording most people don’t want to use because they are words that are often untrue. They may be untrue in most cases, but not when it comes to God’s love. He will never leave you; He will always love you; and He will do this forever.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 11, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 11 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

Sometimes in life, we let our problems change us, and don't realize it. It may be in our attitude or the way we treat others. Others don't deserve to be treated poorly for something they had nothing to do with, and it sometimes makes them feel your problem is with them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 10, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 10 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

In life, having a strong mentor can help us obtain many goals. They give us advice that keeps us on track. They guide us through hard times we endure. But they often boost our confidence with words like these … “You’re better than you think, but not as great as you will be.”... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 9, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 09 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

In life, we rarely know the struggles of others. We feel empathy for them, but unless we’re living the struggle, we won’t feel their pain. Never say, “I know how you feel,” even if you think you do. Everyone suffers in their own way. Love them, hold them, but don’t try to be them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 8, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 08 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

Every day, if we learn to see instead of looking and listen instead of hearing, the inspirations that surround us will teach us so much. Try to see past the surface of life and listen to the melodies that play around us every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 7, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 07 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

I’ve decided to forego the 5th day of writing about how to develop respect in your life. Someone I love very much is on my heart, and the words below are for them. “Sometimes in life, we feel like nothing works out for us. We start relationships, and they fall apart. We work hard, and someone else gets the advancement. Don’t let these situations in life drag you down. Your day in the sun ... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 6, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 06 January 2020
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Day 4. Never exploit someone’s weaknesses; Teach when you can but listen when you’re being taught; Never lose your fear of failing; and Never forget the times you failed. These are about your vulnerability and that of others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 5, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 05 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

In life, we need something to believe in. Some have their faith, others have themselves. Believing in yourself is okay, until you make a mistake and begin to lose your confidence. Believing in your faith assures you that you’re not alone, and you gain strength in this assurance.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 4, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 04 January 2020
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Day 3. Be open in your love for others; Compliment others for no reason except to recognize them; and Look for people’s strengths and give them opportunities to show them. These are about your caring for others and want to push them to the forefront.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 3, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 03 January 2020
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Day 2. Give to others without recognition; Never ignore a need from someone that costs you nothing; Make others happy as a goal, not a sacrifice; and Build your life around those you love. These are about your compassion and benevolence.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 2, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 02 January 2020
| AGT Blog |

A few years ago, I wrote a short book titled, “Walking With the Son in Your Life – Developing Character, Integrity and Respect.” For the next five days, except Sunday, I want to list a few of the suggestions I wrote in the book. I hope you see yourself in these. Day 1. Be modest in your accomplishments; Be giving in the credit for your succeeding; Be humble when complimented; and Say than... Read More


Inspirational Writing for January 1, 2020

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 01 January 2020
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Happy New Year. In life, one of the hardest things to live with is doubt. We question if we did enough for someone we love? If they knew we loved them, then we did. Let go of the doubt about the past because it can never be satisfied, and you’ll never quit saying to yourself, “What if I had …?” Inspired by my friend and classmate, Sherry Hensel Moore... Read More