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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
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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
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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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
| AGT Blog |

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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


Inspirational Writing for December 31, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 31 December 2019
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Sometimes in life, we have opportunities to change someone’s life. It may be by helping them financially or with some words of encouragement. But it may also be as simple as saying hello. We never know who needs to feel they’re not invisible, and how important that is to them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 30 December 2019
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One of the hardest things to do in life is make someone happy who doesn't want to be happy. That doesn’t mean it should change us or we should quit trying though. Keep living the joy in your life because happiness can become infectious if someone is exposed to it long enough.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 29 December 2019
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In life, there will be moments when the darkness surrounds us, we will feel alone, and we’re uncertain what to do. This is the time when we need to look down as we pray for guidance, and then up to Heaven for our strength as we take a leap of faith. Have faith in your faith.... Read More


Nano Days and Nano Nights

By: Susan Kite on Saturday, 28 December 2019
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Just wanted to share my latest blog. (Sometimes they are few and far between!) http://firstbookscape.blogspot.com/2019/12/nano-days-and-nano-nights.html   Happy New Year, y'all!... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 28 December 2019
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In life, it’s not our smile that tells people we’re happy, it’s the attitude behind it. Happiness comes from the inside out and shines like a candle on those around us. People look for a light in their life every day. Be someone’s candle.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 27 December 2019
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Sometimes, it’s not what we say that tells others we love them. It’s what we don’t say that displays it best. Knowing when to listen, when to hold, and when to leave them alone is as important as fixing their problems. Love can be moments of silence that say what no words can.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 26 December 2019
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In life, we’ve done things we regret. Some without thinking, and others because we thought too much. Some things, if given a second chance, we would not repeat. But there are others we had no choice about, and we hurt the most innocents in our life. These regrets never go away.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 25, 2019 Merry Christmas

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 25 December 2019
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Today, anything I could write would never be as inspiring as these words: Luke 2:11 “Today, in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” This began the greatest love story that history has ever known. Jesus was love, and He came to love you.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 24 December 2019
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In life, we should use our power to empower others, our knowledge to educate, our compassion to show empathy, our enthusiasm to encourage others, and our example to show them a path. The world will change when we no longer fear sharing with others the blessings we possess.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 23 December 2019
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Sometimes in life, no matter what you do, someone will try to find fault in how you did it. Don’t allow the opinion of others to dictate the life you live. If you do, you will be like a flag in a windstorm constantly changing direction. Only you are responsible for the decisions you make.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 22 December 2019
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Sometimes in life, we don’t know which way to turn. We feel alone and invisible to the world. Do not fear, we are never alone. God is always with us because we are not invisible to God. Turn to Him in your trials of life, and together you will find your way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 21 December 2019
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We take care of our son’s children, and I have discovered a new bonding substance never realized before. It’s oatmeal. If you let that stuff sit long enough, it’s like concrete trying to get it off the bowl. Surely, it has to be cheaper than any industrial adhesive. 🤣 Merry Christmas.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 20 December 2019
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In life, we often have a morning routine in place. We begin our day the same way, do things in a certain order, and feel an assurance we’re ready to face the world. Then shortly, thereafter, nothing is routine. Life is often about adapting to those things we don’t see coming.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 19 December 2019
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Everything we experience in life has as reason. That reason has a purpose we’ll live in the future, and it will influence the person we become. The experiences we have in life may seem meaningless at the time, but our future is shaped by the collection of our many experiences.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 18 December 2019
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Everything we do in life leaves a memory. We may not realize the memory is being made, but everything we experience is stored away to teach us something for the future. It’s part of our hidden memories. This is what creates our common sense in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 17 December 2019
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In life, we don’t realize how high we can reach until we accomplish what we’ve always dreamed. We don’t comprehend how far our reach is until our example changes someone’s life. But our greatest reach will be how willingly we are to reach out and pick others up.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 16 December 2019
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Sometimes, we think love isn’t what we’re willing to do for someone, but what we’re willing to overlook. We see our forgiveness of their poor behavior as part of our love for them. Forgiveness is an important part of love, but eventually it can change from forgiveness to enablement.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 15 December 2019
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The center of most people’s lives is either their faith, family, or themselves. The one they choose to embrace gives them a purpose. The other two are not neglected, they are shaped around the first.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 14 December 2019
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Time is one of those things, if we have too much of it, we will waste it, lose track of it, and if we are not paying attention it will pass us by. Time marches on with or without us, because we can never stop it. Let every day count for something because every minute counts.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 13 December 2019
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Though some people do things to be noticed, others do many unseen things because they are essential to their life and family. These are the everyday heroes never written about. For many people, life is not a pursuit for glory, but rather an ongoing journey to just get by.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 12 December 2019
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In life, it’s not the mistakes we make that change us. It’s the ones we learn from that make a difference. The mistakes we keep repeating never change anything. It’s the ones we remember and don’t repeat that change our direction.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 11 December 2019
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Every morning, we awaken and hope everything goes right today. We hope there are no surprises or problems that can’t be fixed. But, it’s not our surprises or problems we worry about. It’s the ones that could happen to those we love and change their lives forever.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 10 December 2019
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Every day, we should appreciate the sunbeams in our life. These are the things that make us the happiest. It may be a person, place or thing, but it gives us our greatest joy. If someone can’t find their sunbeam, invite them to share yours, and let it warm their heart as well.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 09 December 2019
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Some people have forgotten the values most of us were raised on. Live your life by showing character in your actions, respect for others, and doing so with integrity. Make your life one that will be remembered for what you chose not to do.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 08 December 2019
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If every situation in our life could be fixed by a prayer, we could pray and then sit back and wait for God to work. God works miracle every day, but mostly, God works through us to answer our prayers. Pray for guidance, as well as a miracle, and then let God work through you.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 07 December 2019
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In life, we can’t walk in the shoes of others, but we can see the footprints they make. We don’t know the struggles they carry, but we see the burdens they endure. Never underestimate the importance of caring. We can’t remove their struggles, but we can try to lift their heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 06 December 2019
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Sometimes, life is like taking a shower. We feel vulnerable and subject to the warmth or coldness that surrounds us. Often, we’re one false step from falling if we’re not careful. We don’t need to be overly cautious, but life can be a slippery slope, if we forget where we are at times.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 05 December 2019
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Few things in life slow us down faster than a little self-doubt. We have times when things are going well, and then something happens that cause us to question ourselves. Try not to let this happen, because we all stub our toe at times, but we don’t lose our ability to walk.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 04 December 2019
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There are many ways to say I love you, and many ways to show someone you love them. Everyone is different, and showing love is easier for some than others. If you show someone respect, praise them to others, and listen to them when you’re tired, your love will embrace them fully.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 03 December 2019
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In life, it’s not the unique talents we have that cause others to like us, it’s our imperfections they see themselves in. It may be our personality or quirky sense of humor, but people like people they can relate to. Enjoy your uniqueness, it may be your most redeeming quality.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 02 December 2019
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Sometimes, we say things impulsively, and the result embarrasses us. We all know to think before we speak. But when we speak before we think, it’s because we don’t listen before we answer. Don’t let your assumption of what someone is saying, cause you to answer before you should.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 01 December 2019
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In life, we pray many times a day. Most won’t sound like we’re talking to God because they will start with words like, “I wish” and “I hope.” Sometimes, we treat God like those we love at Christmas. We give Him hints of what we want, and hope He gets the message.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 30 November 2019
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In life, some of our greatest gestures of love don’t appear to be love at all. Denying someone help when they have abused our help in the past or letting them suffer the consequences of their behavior are not easy. Sometimes, these are our greatest gestures of love we can show.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 29 November 2019
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Something, inside of all of us, makes us want to be different. It may be a drive to succeed; goal setting for our future; or a rebellious spirit that won’t be tamed. Fulfilling this drive may require making sacrifices. Make sure your sacrifices don’t include the people you love.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 28 November 2019
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I have many things to be thankful for. My three children, my four grandchildren, my loving wife, and my two brothers and sister to name a few. But one of my greatest blessings is my ability to share my heart with all of you. Thank you for following me and blessing me every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 27 November 2019
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Sometimes in life, people feel lonely, lost and alone. They wonder if anyone loves them, cares about them, or notices them. No one deserves to feel this way. That’s why it’s important to be as friendly as possible to others. We never know who may need our smile and caring today.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 25 November 2019
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Sometimes, people find it easier to blame others for their problems rather than accept the responsibility for them. Maybe, in some way someone is responsible, but that doesn’t mean they should use it like a crutch. Woe-is-me is often more of an excuse than a reason.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 24 November 2019
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What if being forgiven was based on our history of forgiving others? It might make us more understanding, and certainly more obedient to God’s teachings.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 23 November 2019
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In life, unless you live life by the standards you set, you will never stand out, stand up or lead by example. Living your life by your standards doesn’t mean you reject everything; it means you don’t follow everything. Be unique in who you are, and others may do so as well.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 22 November 2019
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Like a toddler, we must fall down a few times before we learn to walk. Our falls are the mistakes and poor choices we make, but hopefully learn from. Falling a few times is to be expected, but it’s whether you get up and keep trying is the key to how securely you learn to walk.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 21 November 2019
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Sometimes in life, compromise is greater than winning a battle. It’s a way of saying, “I may not agree with you, but you are more important to me than proving I’m right.” Sometimes, we let pride get in the way of our love, and we let something trivial become something hurtful. Inspired by my friend, Jean Voleck.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 20 November 2019
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In life, one of our greatest senses is our sense of touch. We love feeling the softness of a baby’s skin and the warmth of a friend’s embrace. But, when someone touches our heart, the fingerprints they leave behind are felt forever and create some of our greatest memories.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 19 November 2019
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In life, we’re not going to agree all the time with those we love. There are going to be differences of opinion. Love isn’t based on convincing someone you’re right. It’s allowing differences of opinion to drift away like smoke and never letting it take your love with it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 18 November 2019
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Life shouldn’t be an ongoing struggle to fix problems. It should be a constant effort to prevent them. Life is a cycle of cause and effect, and certain behaviors lead to problems in the future. Once we recognize this, it becomes easier to avoid problems instead of fixing them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 17 November 2019
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Sometimes in life, we’re judged, ridiculed, and mocked for no reason other than living a Christian life. When this happens, remember it also happened to Jesus, and He paid a bigger price than getting his feelings hurt. Be proud of your commitment and have faith in your faith.... Read More


Inspirtational Writing for November 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 16 November 2019
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Every moment we live, we should feel thankful we’re given the opportunity to bless others. When we see those less fortunate, and show them compassion, we hope they see it as a hand up, not a handout. The blessings we share may change someone’s life if we give them from our heart.... Read More


Libros en Español

By: Jim Hartsell on Friday, 15 November 2019
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I’m pleased to announce the publication today of Spanish translations of my three children’s books. They, along with their English counterparts, are all available on Amazon and my website. Check them out at housemountainviews.com; click on Catalog. Thanks, Jim... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 15 November 2019
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Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Therefore, anything done well is worth doing. If you remember this, you will realize there is no job that is unimportant or unnecessary. Like the smallest cog in a machine, everything works because all the cogs do their job well.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 14 November 2019
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In life, there are certain things we need to believe. We need to believe love is not something we do in return, but something we do first. But, most importantly, we need to believe in ourselves, and that someone’s opinion of us is less important than our opinion of ourselves.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 13 November 2019
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There are three key things essential in accomplishing anything. You must have the capacity to do it; the desire to do it; and willingness to accept some failure without allowing it to dissuade you. With these tools, you can accomplish almost anything.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 12 November 2019
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In life, people often rise to their level of self-confidence, and then are fearful to go forward. Those who make themselves push past their apprehension gain strength, and a better chance of succeeding. Don’t let doubt in you hold you back. Push forward and grow your confidence.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 11 November 2019
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In life, everyone has a next step they need to take. It may be an unresolved issue with someone, the completion of a dream, or the fulfilling a commitment to someone. Life can get in the way of doing everything we want to do. Don’t let it take away what you need to do.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 10 November 2019
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Being a Christian is more than believing. It’s more than going to church on Sunday. It’s something others should see in you, not know about you. Being a Christian is not a badge of honor, it’s more a display of courage. Live your faith every day, and no one will be confused.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 09 November 2019
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In life, some find it easier to see the faults of others before they see any in themselves. No one likes to admit a weakness or fault, but sometimes, the person in their mirror needs to be seen as clearly as they see others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 08 November 2019
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Everyone’s life is made up of small successes that lead to greater ones. What may seem like nothing is part of a series of small successes that keep us moving toward our greater ones in life. We succeed more than we realize, and we take them for granted every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 07 November 2019
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In life, there are many ways to pick someone up. We do so physically by extending our hand or emotionally by the strength of our words and inspiration. Sometimes, lifting someone up requires great effort because no one is heavier than when they have a broken heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 06 November 2019
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In life, it’s not necessary to hit bottom before you decide to bounce back. You don’t have be at the end of your rope before you start climbing upward. We all need help at times. Don’t allow a minor problem to become a greater problem because you refuse to address it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 05 November 2019
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In life, we make footprints that others may follow. These footprints are created by our reputation, values and behavior. The choices we make every day are important because the footprints we make may be followed by someone we love or a child we’ve never met.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 04 November 2019
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Changing things in life isn’t about complaining. It’s about working harder on the solution than complaining about the problem. Until we work together for a solution, there will be no change, and we will continue to sink in the quicksand we stand upon.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 03 November 2019
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In life, no matter how dark it gets, how stormy the day, or how lost we may feel, there is a light that shines for us that never extinguishes. It shines even in our darkness. It covers us completely and it can find us no matter where we wander. God never leaves us alone in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 02 November 2019
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If you could capture a moment in time, and relive it, what would it be? Having someone special back in your life; a love you never forgot; or an accomplishment you would like to relive? Our memories help us do this, if only for a moment. They hold the moments we’ll never forget.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 01 November 2019
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We must try to live our lives, not our mistakes. The more we prove we’re not the same person that made those mistakes, the more we remove the memories of those mistakes from someone’s mind.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 31, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 31 October 2019
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In life, we choose the standards we will live by. We decide what is right and wrong, and abide by those standards. Sometimes, those values annoy others, and they ridicule us. Often, this isn’t because we’re wrong, but because they know we’re right. Be strong in your beliefs.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 30 October 2019
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The reason you love someone is not what you see with your eyes. It’s what you feel in your heart. This is why time seems to stand still for a moment when you think of how much you love them. Be thankful for this love, because when you love someone, your heart never grows old.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 29 October 2019
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Sometimes, life isn’t what we want it to be, need it to be, or expect it to be. It’s often more than we anticipate and less than we desire. Life isn’t always what you make of it, but what it makes of you. Control what you can, accept what you can’t, and hold onto the best parts.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 28 October 2019
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One of our most useful feelings in life is apprehension. It’s that little voice of reason that tells us something isn’t quite right. This little voice comes with maturity and experience. Don’t ignore it, because it’s often smarter than our wants, needs, and desires.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 27 October 2019
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Sometimes, it’s hard to see the blessings from the burdens we live with. We wonder how a problem can become a blessing. Our blessings often come in what we learn in life. Every day is a blessing if we learn something from it, and that something may be what not to do again.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 26 October 2019
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In life, we meet many types of people. Some are inspiring, motivating, intellectual, or somewhat eccentric. Sometimes, we wish we didn’t meet those who are pessimistic, complaining, and depressing. But, everyone in life makes a difference, and sometimes just to be a bad example.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 25 October 2019
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In life, hope is our candle flickering in the distance that we never lose sight of. We believe in the brightness of the flame and it gives us purpose. Let us never let our candle of hope be extinguished, because it’s more than a flame, it’s every dream we’ve ever had in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 24 October 2019
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In life, we’re surrounded by beauty and wonder that inspires us. We see, hear, or feel things that move us to respond. But our greatest inspiration shouldn’t be what we notice, but what others notice in us. We may possess what others seek. Make your life be someone’s inspiration.... Read More


Inspiratonal Writing for October 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 23 October 2019
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Sometimes, we allow our pride and sensitivity to cloud our better judgment. We get upset or offended by what someone may say or how we’re treated. Though there’s never a good reason to be rude, we should sometimes consider someone’s rudeness as a character flaw and ignore it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 22 October 2019
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In life, we hope to be accepted, respected, and valued. But there is still one thing we all desire above these, to be appreciated. To know our efforts don’t go unnoticed and someone acknowledges our worth. It gives a person the respect, value, and gratefulness they deserve.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 21 October 2019
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There’s a difference between being great and greatness. Greatness is a term bestowed on someone by an adoring group of people and is defined by performance. Being great is meeting your responsibilities, showing compassion and being an example to others. I would rather be great.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 20 October 2019
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In life, a heart committed to loving is hard to change. It continues to love others who don’t love it. It forgives those who repeatedly hurt it, and it believes its love can change anyone. We don’t understand why someone can love so deeply until we realize God loves us this much... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 19 October 2019
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There are few things in life that are free. There’s usually a price, in some way, that must be paid. It may be monetarily, materially, or sacrificially, but it should never be your self-esteem or integrity. Never sacrifice these for anyone, for anything, or at any time.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 18 October 2019
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Every day, we are surrounded by people who know us, and many who have no idea who we are. All they know about us is what they see and hear at that moment. This is why our attitude in life is so important. It often says more about us than any explanation we can give.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 17 October 2019
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In life, one of our greatest praises is to hear we made a difference in someone’s life. It may be the example we set, the compassion we expressed, or words from our heart that were exactly what someone needed to read. Sometimes, those we’ve never met bless us the greatest.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 16 October 2019
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One of the highest compliments we can give someone, and sometimes hard to do, is to remember their name. People may receive many honors in life, but few show more respect than when they are recognized and acknowledged by their name.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for Ocotber 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 15 October 2019
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Sometimes, we don’t know where we’re going in life. But what’s more important is realizing where we don’t belong. If we know the places we shouldn’t go, things we cannot involve ourselves in and behavior we must avoid, then it will make finding where we need to go much easier.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 14 October 2019
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Life isn’t always what we live through, but what we remember along the way. We live life through our heart, being guided by our experiences and the memories of a million mistakes we made over the years. Every moment in life teaches us something, if we learn to pay attention.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 13 October 2019
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Sometimes, we feel like we’re standing in the ruins of our life. We feel unwanted, unneeded, and unloved. God’s love removes the “un” part of our life and where we felt unwanted, unneeded, and unloved, we now know in His eyes, we could not be more wanted, needed or loved.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 12 October 2019
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Live your life with intention and purpose. Live it boldly based on beliefs you fully understand and follow. Whether your life is based on your faith, personal beliefs, or wisdom you possess, do so without compromise. Then, you will be making your own footprints in life.... Read More


Inspirational Wriitng for October 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 11 October 2019
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In life, there are keys to a successful relationship. Don’t overreact to everything you perceive wrong; don’t respond to every negative comment you hear; and let your love for someone overshadow any minor annoyance you may feel. Life is too short to be unhappy most of the time.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 10 October 2019
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In life, there are parts of it that take time to develop. Our reputation, a successful career, and a loving relationship are just a few. Those things that take the longest to develop are often the things we are most proud of and count on to get us through each day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 09 October 2019
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In every loving relationship there are going to be times when something negative is said. It may be in anger, fear, or frustration and be regretted within seconds. Instead of getting mad or upset, let some silence fill the moment, and give love a chance to say the next word.... Read More


Inspiratiponal Writing for October 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 08 October 2019
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In life, our greatest influence on others has always been the example we set. Though our goal should not be to make people more like ourselves, it should be to give them enough positive encouragement that it helps them see their own path more clearly.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 07 October 2019
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In life, it’s as important to avoid failure as it is to obtain success. Though great success may elude us, we must avoid things that can cause us to fail. Being diligent in resisting temptations that take from our life is as important as seizing the opportunities to advance it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 06 October 2019
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In life, we sometimes feel our life is a collection of broken promises, broken relationships, and a broken heart. We look at life as what has been, not what can be. With the love of God, there is no past, only a future. He is the God of second chances and mended hearts.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 05 October 2019
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In life, some of our greatest disagreements aren’t caused by what we say. They’re caused by what someone perceives we really meant. They read into our words a hidden agenda and get upset. When this happens, it’s best to walk away because there’s no defense for conjecture.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 04 October 2019
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Some of the weight we carry around in life is more than how much we weigh. We can workout, lose many pounds, and still feel a heaviness. Sometimes, this is caused by the burdens we carry in life. Until we stop feeling responsible for everything, this weight may never come off.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for Ocotber 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 03 October 2019
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Many things in life happen for a reason. We casually make friends with people, and don’t realize how much they may mean to us in the future. Our friends may not give us something we need right now, but one day they may be exactly what we need the most.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 02 October 2019
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Every moment we’re here should be a moment to do something positive. Doing positive things can bring us success, but it’s more than what it does for us. Positive things done for others can open a door, change a life, or remove fear that leads to their own success.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 01 October 2019
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For some, it’s easier to look down on others then to look straight at themselves. People who mock, ridicule, and criticize others are displaying their weaknesses more than their cruelty. Don’t be drawn into the battle they fight within themselves. It’s not your war to win.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 30 September 2019
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In life, we often battle between what we’re asked to do, feel pressured to do, and what our conscience and values will allow us to do. When you’re at odds between these choices, decide the one you can live with and defend the greatest. Inspired by my friend and fellow author, Tilmer Wright.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 29 September 2019
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Often, we’re told to seek God. God is not hard to find. He’s in every breath we take, each heartbeat we rely on and within our shadow on a sunny day. He is with us always. Thankfully, He finds us long before we seek Him.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 28 September 2019
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In life, it’s difficult to change things we feel have worked well in the past. When we’re asked to do so, we resist, and a problem arises. Depending on what it is, maybe trying the change will prove it isn’t a better way or you may discover an improved way of doing something.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 27 September 2019
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In life, we get more exercise than we realize. We jump to conclusions, lift other’s up and pick ourselves up all day. We carry the world on our shoulders, and bend over backwards for others. So, the reason we're always exhausted is because life is not a walk in the park.... Read More


Oklahoma Book Festival

By: Susan Kite on Friday, 27 September 2019
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I had an incredible experience last Saturday. I attended the 2nd annual Oklahoma Book Festival as a guest presenter. It was only for my latest book, Realms of the Cat, but that was enough. Got my invite last spring after trying for the 1st festival last year. I was part of a panel, signed books, and got to talk to other authors. There were vendors, plenty of presentations and the venue was absolut... Read More


Amended Inspirational Writing for September 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 26 September 2019
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Sometimes, life is no more than a series of fortunate outcomes. We tempt fate every day with risky behavior and fail to realize only by luck nothing bad happens. Until we recognize tempting fate is just failure waiting to happen, we risk losing what we may never regain again. (Sorry if this is a little dark.) This has been edited to correct the word fortune to fortunate. Sorry.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 25 September 2019
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Sometimes, it’s hard to do what we’re supposed to do when what we want to do isn’t it. We all face this problem many times in life. Should we do as we’re asked, be defiant, or seek a compromise? Ask yourself which will get you farther in life at this moment? That’s your answer.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 24 September 2019
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In life, we’ve all been through times or are going through times when nothing seems to go right. It seems, no matter what we do, nothing works out, and we begin to expect it. Life is not fair at times, but if we keep a positive attitude, it will eventually reward us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 23 September 2019
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It’s no secret life is tough. We get knocked down, knocked back, and knocked around by it every day. Maybe it’s because we insist on doing things our way and we expect life to conform to us. Our way may be a good way, but maybe not the best way... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 22 September 2019
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Life is like singing a song in church. We can sing the same melody everyone sings or add some harmony and make it more emotional. Don’t allow your life to become the same notes sung every day. Add a little harmony and maybe a change will allow you to enjoy life a little more.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 21 September 2019
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In life, it’s not only about what touches our skin, but what touches our heart. It’s not only about how happy we are, but how exciting it is to share it with others. Life is about what moves our emotions every day. Don’t hide the joy in your life … share it with others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 20 September 2019
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One of my favorite words is the word embrace. It means holding closely something or someone we’re committed to. We embrace each other in friendship; we embrace a culture of happiness; and we embrace the joy in our life. I hope what you embrace gives you the contentment you seek.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 19 September 2019
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Often, we’re better than the decisions we make. We react too quickly to upsetting situations, disappointments we don’t expect, and rudeness we can’t tolerate. It makes us look like a person we are not. We need to learn to think then act, not react and then think.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 18 September 2019
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In life, it’s often more difficult to unlearn something than to learn something. Changing the way, we do things can be tedious, especially if it has worked for us. Life is not always the melody and we sometimes must unlearn things we have done a certain way in the past.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 17 September 2019
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In life, reaching your dreams may be your goal but learning your strengths and weaknesses along the way are just as important. Knowing these about yourself will guide your choices and may prevent you from failing in the future.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 16 September 2019
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Life is not always what we think it should be, imagine what it might be, or hope that it will be. Sometimes, it’s determined by our attitude and our ability to take what disappoints us and make it a learning experience instead of a crisis.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 14 September 2019
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In life, we strive to obtain many things. Some are material, but the ones that change our life must be earned. Admiration, respect, integrity, and character can take a lifetime to attain, and may never make you monetarily rich, but your worth to others will be immeasurable.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 13 September 2019
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It’s a challenge every day to protect our heart. Our emotions work against us. We fall in and out of love and it breaks our heart. We get excited about an opportunity, and it never happens. Protecting our heart is difficult because our heart never gives up seeking happiness.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 12 September 2019
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There is seldom a moment in life when we quit having to prove ourselves. We do so every day without knowing it. We do it in our behavior, our demeanor, and how we treat others. It’s called our reputation, and our ability to maintain it every day proves ourselves to others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 11 September 2019
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Today is a day of remembrance. It’s also a day of recognition at the bravery of police, firefighters, first responders, and common heroes that gave their lives to save others. Like many days in our history, we must not forget. By remembering, we honor those who perished and support those who still fight for our Country. May God bless America.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 10 September 2019
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In life, we should never want to be is someone’s excuse. It’s better to be someone’s reason. Excuses are used about something negative and associated with blame. Reasons are typically used to explain inspiration, motivation and accomplishment, which is always much better.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 09 September 2019
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In life, it’s easier to follow the crowd, drift with the current, and walk with the wind. By doing so, we may not see where we’re headed as we float through life being blown from side to side. The easiest way isn’t always the best way. Sometimes, we must push back to go forward.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 08 September 2019
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One of the things in life we can depend on is the love of God. He picks us up, holds us up, and carries us along. He catches our falling tears and uses them to heal our weary heart. God’s love is free, but you must learn to trust it, and accept you are forgiven.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 07 September 2019
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Sometimes, there are people in our life that are like shadows that only appear when the sun is shining, but when the storm clouds emerge in our life, they disappear. This is why we must learn to rely on ourselves, and not on others to rescue us from the rain.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 06 September 2019
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The kindness we show others can lead to a grateful appreciation and renewed self-worth. It can give hope to those who feel hopeless, love to those who feel unloved, and purpose to those who feel lost. Kindness costs us nothing but may create a chain of love that lasts a lifetime.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 05 September 2019
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Wisdom is often the result of having some knowledge, a lot of experience, some common sense, and learning to keep your opinion to yourself until it’s needed. But wisdom has no age attached to it, so if you learn to listen, wisdom can come from almost anyone, including a child.... Read More


Inspirational Wriitng for September 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 04 September 2019
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Sometimes, what we need to remember we forget, and what we want to forget we remember. If we could choose what we remember, we might be happier, but we would miss some valuable lessons in life. Memories are more than images; they’re sometimes lessons we should never forget.... Read More


Inspirtional Writing for September 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 03 September 2019
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In life, we should carry a blessing in our back pocket to take out when we’re sad. We should never let our dreams become too far from our heart, and what governs our mind should be the ones we love, not the problems that won’t leave us alone. Don’t let life steal your joy.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 02 September 2019
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Sometimes in life, it’s best not to tell people what you’re planning to do because it only adds to the pressure to do it. It’s better to keep it to yourself, go out and do it, and then let people compliment you on what you accomplished.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 01 September 2019
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Sometimes, though we feel we have all we need, we still feel empty. We lack for nothing, but long for something. Maybe it’s not something we need, but someone we need. God loves us and knows our emptiness. If we reach out to Him, He will fill our heart like this world cannot do.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 31. 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 31 August 2019
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In life, it’s not what we accomplish that matters. It’s not what we accumulate in possessions. It’s what we give of ourselves that guides others to happiness, makes them feel loved, and raises their self-worth to a point they see the need to give of themselves as well.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 30 August 2019
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Having insight is not a gift, but a collection of experiences, mistakes, successes, and knowledge recalled from the past that apply to the present. What we remember learning the “hard way” is what is commonly referred to as insight.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 29 August 2019
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Sometimes in life, we feel we lack the ability to comfort someone. We want to say something to help them, but don’t want to say the wrong thing. Real compassion is not always what you say or do now. It’s how much you remain in their life once all the tears have been shed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 28 August 2019
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May your day be filled with sunshine to light your way; may your path be smooth so you do not stumble; and may it lead you toward something that will make you happy and give you the opportunity to share that happiness with those around you. Happiness is meant to be shared.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 27 August 2019
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Every step we take in life is a step toward something better or something different. How do we know which one? It’s knowing if your step is toward a goal or is it only following the crowd. If it’s toward a goal, you’re making a path, if it’s not, you’re leaving a trail.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 26 August 2019
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In life, there are people who know us, and we call them a friend. Then there are people who not only know us but know about us. These people helped make us who we are, remind us where we’re from, and live in our heart forever. They are more than friends, they are classmates.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 22 August 2019
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In life, there are times when we feel we don’t fit in or we seem different from those around us. We feel there must be something wrong with us. What we fail to consider is our difference may be because there’s something right about us. The crowd is not always right. Be yourself.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 21 August 2019
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There were many things in our life that determined the paths we followed. Each one was a decision made at the time that we live with today. It’s easy to question our past decisions with the benefit of hindsight, but only where we are now is something we can change.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 20 August 2019
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In life, those who have good intentions sound reliable. Those who make grand plans look ambitious. But only those who follow through on what they talk about develop a reputation for dependability.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 19 August 2019
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Sometimes, loving relationships are like growing grass in the yard. It must go through storms, hot days, a little drought, and have enough room to grow. Grass cannot become green without a little rain and some room to grow. Learn to weather all the challenges in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 18 August 2019
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Every day, God’s love shines brightly on our world. If you feel there’s something missing in your life, embrace this love, and you will find a path to follow, a strength to cling to, and a comfort to your weary heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 17 August 2019
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In life, there’s something more important than saying you’re sorry. It’s more important than promising you’ll never repeat the mistake again. It’s finding out what caused the mistake and either avoiding it, eliminating it, or changing it. Apologies are only words without change.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 16 August 2019
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One the best, but hardest traits to possess is patience. Being able to wait to hear more; see what may happen; or understand now is not the time, are virtues few have mastered. Sometimes, patience pays off by allowing you time to think and not say something you may regret later.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 15 August 2019
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Sometimes, I wonder if it’s worth the risk to be nice in life. Our society has become so judgmental. A compliment is now associated with harassment. A word of encouragement construed as bias. And, a pat on the back a precursor to something lude. Being nice has become very risky.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 14 August 2019
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Few loves are stronger than the love for a grandchild. They may be a few miles away or several hundred, and your love knows no difference. You may see them daily or rarely see them at all, and your love still grows each day. Few loves are stronger, but none so greatly cherished.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 13 August 2019
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In life, it’s not the footprints we follow that say who we are, but the footprints we make. It’s not the groups we belong to, but the original thinking we live by. The greatest leaders in life are not those who try to lead, but those who don’t realize they are.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 12 August 2019
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In life, there are traits that say a lot about us. They shape who we are and what others can expect from us. Some of them are honesty, responsibility, and dependability. These traits form our reputation, work ethic, and relationships. Without them, people can lose trust in us.... Read More


Inspirartional writing for August 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 11 August 2019
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Every leap of faith requires two steps, and the first one is not the most important one. It’s the second step when both feet are now standing on your faith. Though not every step, thereafter, will be firm ones, let your faith be your strength to continue believing in yourself.... Read More


Inspiratonal Writing for August 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 10 August 2019
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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.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 09 August 2019
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In life, we need to stand tall. No matter what has happened in our life, what mistakes we may have made or what we have accomplished, we must stand tall. When we do so, we are accepting the consequences of our actions or the esteem of our success. Both say a lot about us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 08 August 2019
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In life, we look for moments of sunshine that illuminate our days, warm our hearts, and give us hope. Our sunshine may be a quiet place to rest, a person who makes us smile or something we look forward to. Everyone needs sunshine in their lives, and you may it for someone else.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 07 August 2019
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Loneliness can be a darkness someone feels surrounded by. It’s often silent and easy to miss. We never know the loneliness others may feel. How we treat others is very important. Be the first to speak and smile, and maybe, loneliness may smile back.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 06 August 2019
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My wife and I took a walk on the beach, and I noticed she only picked up the broken shells. When I asked why? She said, “These are like people in our life, though they may look broken, we should never ignore them.” She’s a retired schoolteacher, and here the lesson ended.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 05 August 2019
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Love may be one of our greatest motivators in life. It’s makes us do things we should do and keeps us from doing things we shouldn’t. Without love, a person can lose hope and purpose. Reach out and show your love for others. It may become the motivation they need in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 04 August 2019
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For my friend, Phyllis J. Bennett-Sells who passed away July 28, 2019 "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." I will forever miss you, my friend.  ... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 03 August 2019
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In life, it’s better to live our life with a quiet confidence rather than a bold statement. We should try to speak only about what we know, not what we think we know. If not, we will eventually say enough to get us in trouble, but not know enough to get us out of it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 02 August 2019
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In life, we wish, pray, hope, and desire things, we feel, will make us happy. We long for any change of circumstances and, sometimes, become disheartened with life. Finding joy is not always in what we lack, but what we make of the gifts we possess.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 01 August 2019
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The more positive we are, the better our chances are to be happy. At times, we see the dark side of life and how we respond to it tells others how we view life. We either follow it into the darkness or remain in the light of hope. Don’t let life cast a shadow on your heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writng for July 32, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 31 July 2019
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Having guilt in your life is not always a bad thing. When you are guilty of caring for others, always telling the truth, and being someone, others can confide in, this is guilt you can live with.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 30 July 2019
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Friendships in life are never forgotten if there exist at least one memory two old friends share. Time may pass, and life may go on, but the friendships we once had are just a single recalled memory away waiting to bridge all the years that have passed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing foir July 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 29 July 2019
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Sometimes in life, the effort we make doesn’t produce the results we hoped. But knowing we tried to make it happen means something to us. Though effort may not always bring a certain result, not putting forth any effort usually guarantees a certain outcome.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 28 July 2019
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God is glorified in our presentation of Him, not in our condemnation of others. Being a Christian doesn’t mean we can judge those who may not think as we do. It should mean we believe no one is without God because God is in everyone.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 27 July 2019
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In life, we should not judge others, but sometimes, others perception of us may cause them to judge us. This can happen when we look depressed when we aren’t or mad when there’s nothing wrong. The image we portray to others can lead them to a perceived opinion of us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 26 July 2019
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In life, most of us don’t need to be recognized for great accomplishments. We don’t require praise or adulation to make us happy. All we really need in life is to be noticed, respected, and given an opportunity to contribute. With those, we can determine our own success.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 25 July 2019
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In life, how we look, act, and treat others is not for the benefit of those who know us, but for those who don’t know us. We live in a judgmental society, and the image we display to others tells them about us. Don’t hide who you are behind an image contrary to the life you live.... Read More


Inspirational writing for July 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 24 July 2019
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In life, we shouldn’t always follow the crowd, agree with everything, or abandon our ideals. Though some thinking maybe generational, that doesn’t mean it’s not right. Showing Character, Respect, and Integrity shouldn’t make you feel different. It should make you feel proud.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 23 July 2019
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Joy in life isn’t always found in what we accomplish or become. It’s sometimes found in renewed friendships, unplanned adventures, or rainy day talks on a front porch. Everyone’s joy in life is different, and once it’s found, it becomes one of our greatest treasures.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 22 July 2019
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In life, it’s easy to be great if you have the courage to do it. Choosing courage over comfort is a sacrifice. When you do, you sacrifice the comfort of making fewer mistakes and accept the possibility of failing. Greatness is in you if you’re courageous enough to pursue it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 21. 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 21 July 2019
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Few things hurt God’s heart more than when His children cry. It makes Him cry, as well, and His tears fall to Earth as the rain we see. But what makes God cry the most aren’t our tears, it’s all the World’s efforts to push Him out of our lives. Maybe this is why it seems to be raining almost every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 20 July 2019
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In life, there are some things that never grow old. Friendships from the past that changed our life, loves that hold a place in our memories, and words written from the heart, never age. These are the things we remember the longest and cherish the most. Inspired by Rosalie Bailey.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 19 July 2019
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In life, we do many things without thinking, and people appreciate it. We’re courteous, respectful, mannerly, and thankful without thinking. We’re fair, truthful, and honest, without a second thought. It’s incredible what we do without thinking when it’s part of who we are.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 18 July 2019
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In life, we search for happiness, contentment, and peace. We surround ourselves with things that occupy our time and attention, but little that fills our heart. We also need to seek things that touch our heart and challenge our mind, or we may fail to find our purpose in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 17 July 2019
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In life, as long as we don’t run out of dreams, we will never be without something that gives us hope. When we let go of the things we dream, we risk losing sight of what makes us happy. Keep your dreams alive, and you will always be one step ahead of discontent.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 16 July 2019
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One of the highest compliments we can give to someone is to tell them we believe in them. This shows them we care, support them, and trust them. It surrounds them with confidence and strength to live their life. I love you says a lot, but I believe in you seeks to empower them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 15 July 2019
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The tears we shed in life teach us so much about ourselves. They express our emotions, moods, and, sometimes, our greatest fears. Don’t hold them back, embrace them. Through them, we often learn what’s most important to us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 14 July 2019
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God creates us in a moment, and we live until our last moment. In between, the memories we create in others will be the greatest legacy we leave behind.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 13 July 2019
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There are many things a person needs in life to succeed. One of the most important is encouragement. When a person is encouraged through love, patience, and understanding, they develop confidence that lasts a lifetime and a desire to encourage others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 12 July 2019
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Sometimes, one of the hardest things to do in life is not responding to criticism. This is why comments without merit should solicit silence as a response. No response gives the person nothing to build on and tells them their comment isn’t worthy of consideration or retort.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 11 July 2019
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Some people dispute God exists because they cannot see Him, touch Him, or explain Him. This feeling may exist for some, but if you’ve ever held a newborn baby, you have seen God, touched God, and in that baby’s eyes … the love of God is fully explained. My new grandson, Oliver William Carpenter, was born yesterday at 5:14 p.m. and weighed 7 lbs 8 ozs. He was 19.25 long and completely heal... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 10 July 2019
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In life, we all need a place of peace. A place where our problems are forgotten for a moment. Our place of peace doesn’t have to be a peaceful place, but somewhere we feel safe and appreciated. Don’t worry about this separating you from the world. It will continue to go on.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 09 July 2019
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In life, it’s best not to say everything we think needs to be said. This isn’t meant to say we shouldn’t be honest. It’s because some comments we make in life are like fishing. Once we cast it out, it’s hard to reel it back in once it snags on someone’s feelings.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 08 July 2019
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Every day, what we say or do open and close doors in our life. These doors lead to our success, and if they are closed to us, we may fail. Being independent and non-conforming may be trendy, but society still expects a person to be respectful, cooperative, and willing to listen.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 07 July 2019
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Sometimes our greatest prayer is not filled with words of eloquence or deep emotion. It’s not the one that includes every person and every problem in our life. And though it’s good to pray for others, it’s the prayer that contains the words, “Thank you, Lord, for loving me.”... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 05 July 2019
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Success in life is like our blessings. We don’t realize all of them, we take most for granted, and they far exceed our failures. If we look at success as what we accomplish every day, it’s hard to see at times. But, if we look at it as what we overcame, it’s more evident.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 03 July 2019
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Sometimes, there are sacrifices that have to be made in life. Some sacrifices may be the people who create chaos, drama, and hardship in our life. Don’t let those who pull you down control your life. Surround yourself with people who build you up, hold you up, and lift you up.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 02 July 2019
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When a person criticizes another, it can be for many reasons. They may be jealous, envious, or feel inferior. They may feel it’s easier to pull someone down rather than try to rise to their level. Don’t believe all criticism, there’s sometimes more to it than someone’s opinion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 01 July 2019
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Life is the accumulation of experiences we have lived and moments of good and bad judgment. It’s important we are careful what we do in life because what may seem like a one-time thing, may become something we regret and never forget.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 30 June 2019
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Sometimes in life, all we need is to have someone tell us everything is okay. Often, we worry so much we create additional problems that really don’t exist. Don’t let worry overwhelm you, because God is waiting to listen and ease your heart. He’s only a prayer away.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 29 June 2019
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Sometimes in life, we feel like we’re great out of the gate, but lack the stamina to finish the race. This happens to all of us because, sometimes, our enthusiasm is greater than our ability. Don’t judge yourself on your ability to finish, but on your willingness to try.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 28 June 2019
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Sometimes, you don’t realize the effect you have on others. It’s not because you lack the awareness to see it, it’s because your influence doesn’t come from anything special you do. It comes from who you are, every day, that others see. Those who lead by example, draw attention.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 27 June 2019
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Sometimes, we worry about where we begin, how far we need to go, and the struggle to get there. In life, it’s not how far we have to go or how long it will take, but how much we learn along the way. Life may be a slow walk at times, but it’s a learning experience along the way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 26 June 2019
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Failure to commit to anything is not a fear of commitment. It's either a lack of confidence or an inability to quit thinking something better may come along tomorrow. Until someone develops confidence in themselves, everything tomorrow will appear to be something better.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 25 June 2019
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Sometimes, the actions of others are going to feel like a thorn in our side and begin to have an effect on us. This is when we have to decide if what they did is worth the change in us, and if not, then stop letting them determine our attitude in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 24 June 2019
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Sometimes, what seems like the perfect thing to do becomes a mistake we regret immediately. What we did is misunderstood and our regret borders on embarrassment. If what you did was due to lack of forethought, learn from it. If not, next time, think twice before you act once.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 23 June 2019
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The beautiful thing about believing in God is it makes us better at math. Through our faith, we learn to subtract fear from our life, add joy to our days, divide things we worry about and multiply our blessings by sharing His love. Who knew we would become so smart?... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 22 June 2019
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Our love for someone can be like the knowledge we keep to ourselves. It may be exactly what someone needs, but no one is enlightened until it is shared. Don’t hide your love out of fear of rejection or being hurt. Nothing grows that is kept in the dark.... Read More


Podcasting of "Pushing Back" continues with Chap. 7

By: Jim Hartsell on Wednesday, 15 May 2019
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The newest installment of Boone’s story finds him taking the truck out on the road for the first time, taking stock of his meager assets, and trying to come up with a believable story when the inevitable questions about his father’s absence start coming. As always, this chapter along with the first six can be found at: housmountainviews.podbean.com or through one of the links on my web... Read More


Great News!

By: Susan Kite on Thursday, 02 May 2019
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Thought I would finally post my good news. I have had my kid's story, The Legend of Billy Bob Flybottom picked up by Doodle and Peck, a publisher of picture books and other kids and young adult fiction. Excited, but picture books don't get published quickly. It will be a couple of years. I was invited to be a participating author in the Oklahoma Book Festival in September, highlighting Re... Read More


Inspirational writing for May 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 01 May 2019
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Some mistakes we make in life seem to never go away. They are like footprints in the sand that never get washed away. Though we cannot change the past, we can affect the present by proving, through our behavior, we are no longer the person who made those mistakes.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 30 April 2019
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Sometimes, the obsession someone may have with something can blind them to a problem that others can clearly see. The opinions of those who care about someone are not always wrong and could be considered a warning to a problem a person can’t see for themselves.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 29 April 2019
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If, at the end of every day you were able to know how many people you have blessed and how many opportunities you had missed, which number would be higher? We can’t see all our opportunities, but being more aware might increase our chances.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 28 April 2019
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Sometimes in life, we are forced to find a new normal. What we had for years or taken for granted is suddenly gone. This is when our memories become our greatest comfort. Through them, God helps us realize it’s not what we lost, but what we were blessed with for so long.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 27 April 2019
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In life, you must learn to believe in you. Constantly comparing yourself to those you admire can create doubt in your self-confidence. Don’t question if you’re good enough to succeed, because you are. Successful people are those who do their best and believe they will succeed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 26 April 2019
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In life, we may not know what’s wrong all the time, but we know when something isn’t right. Our experience tells us when something doesn’t sound right, feel right, or seem right. Don’t ignore these warning signs. They are there because you paid attention in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 25 April 2019
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In life, we learn a lot of things. We develop skills, talents, and knowledge. But, one of the most important things we learn is about ourselves. We learn how we think and react to life events. Knowing this helps us decide what situations to avoid and which we will thrive within.... Read More


Chapter Four of "Pushing Back" released today

By: Jim Hartsell on Wednesday, 24 April 2019
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The fourth chapter of my podcast of "Pushing Back," the first book in the Boone series, can be found along with chapters 1-3 here as well as in the iTunes podcast section. Look for this graphic in iTunes: Hope you enjoy it, Jim... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 24 April 2019
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Today, you will make mistakes, make someone mad, or be disappointed in yourself due to something you say or fail to say. In other words, you will have a day just like everyone else. Try not to expect more from yourself then you would be willing to forgive in others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 23 April 2019
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A FRIEND’S PROMISE: Every day, as my friend, I don’t owe you only words of encouragement. I owe you hope, love, and strength through my caring for you. You mean more to me than words on a screen. Thank you for caring for me as much as I try to care for you.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 22 April 2019
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In life, your influence can change someone’s destiny. The confidence you give them and your belief in who they are can mean the difference in their willingness to persevere or stop in the face of challenges. You may become their foundation for all they do the rest of their life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 20 April 2019
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Many things in this world change and it’s because they need to. But the need to care about each other isn’t one of them. The world says trust no one and fear everyone. This isn’t working very well. Maybe we need to go back to the days when we trusted everyone and feared no one.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 19 April 2019
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In life, it’s not the number of promises we make, but the number of them we keep. Fulfilling our promises is a sign of respect. A promise should be seen as a verbal contract that others can depend on. If we break our promises, it affects more than just us.... Read More


Friendships And Opportunities

By: Danielle Asher on Friday, 19 April 2019
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Friendships And Opportunities Getting involved in the Authors Guild of Tennessee has given me new friendships, opportunities and options. We members are comfortable emailing or calling each other about anything that concerns or entertains us. We share requests for encouragement, such as when we’re promoting our books, and for prayer, such as when health issues arise. At the first meeting I at... Read More


Chapter Three podcast of "Pushing Back" released

By: Jim Hartsell on Thursday, 18 April 2019
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Good morning, all . . . The third chapter of “Pushing Back” was released yesterday and can be found here: http://housemountainviews.podbean.com/ along with Chapters One and Two, so you can listen to the newest installment or catch all three chapters and be ready for next Wednesday’s release of Chapter Four. The podcast is also available on iTunes now, if you would prefer that. Just ... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 18 April 2019
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The things we make ourselves vulnerable to are often the things that determine our attitude in life. We cannot surround ourselves with negativity and expect none of it to affect us. Negativity is as addictive as any other poor choice in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 17 April 2019
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Our goal in life should be to get all we can out of life … not let life to take everything out of us. When we concentrate more on the positive things in our lives and less on what we wish we could change, we should find more happiness to enjoy.... Read More


Event Commitment Policies

By: Danielle Asher on Tuesday, 16 April 2019
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Event Commitment Policies Events Coordinator (EC) shall email details of potential book signing events to all AGT members. Event information and deadlines shall also be posted on the AGT website by EC. Each author shall determine if his or her book(s) would sell well at any particular event. Each author shall reply via email to EC, expressing “Interest” and maximum fee he or she would pref... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 16 April 2019
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In life, we develop things about us that clarify our life. It may be the depth of our faith, our character and integrity, or our willingness to think of others before ourselves. Whatever it may be, having something that clarifies who you are will become your foundation in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 15 April 2019
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Don’t worry if the things you reach for in life are too high. It’s when we set goals higher than our reach is when we force ourselves to push past our limitations. You’re more capable than think, more resilient than you imagine, and possess strength you never realized.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 14 April 2019
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If you knew you were living your last week and it began with your friends praising you, but would end with them cheering to kill you, how would you feel? Jesus knew He would die soon but still loved us. If He was willing to die for us, we should be willing to live for Him.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 13 April 2019
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Sometimes, inspiring a crowd of people will have less effect on the world then someone who speaks to one person changes their heart, and they spread the love. Touching someone's heart may last a minute, but changing someone's heart can last a lifetime.... Read More


Chapter Two of "Pushing Back" released on podcast

By: Jim Hartsell on Friday, 12 April 2019
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Good afternoon, everyone . . . Here's a quick reminder that on Wednesday I released the second installment of my podcast. Chapter Two of "Pushing Back" is available here  along with Chapter One in case you missed it the first time around. I hope you enjoy the listen. Jim... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 12 April 2019
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Three ways to form a friendship are to be the first to smile, first to speak and call someone by their name. A smile is usually greeted by a smile; saying hello solicits a positive response, and calling someone by their name shows respect. All promote friendship.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 11 April 2019
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Sometimes, things we occasionally do can become a future problem. What starts as something casual can become an obsession. Having the insight to see this before it happens can prevent a life of sadness. Doing something because others do it can leave you all alone in a nightmare.... Read More


Two new podcasts now at findingmyway.libsyn.com

By: Jerome Morton on Wednesday, 10 April 2019
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Podcast 67, "The Work," and podcast 68, "Year Two," are stories from my first two years as a school psychologist working in the inner city schools that were experiencing their first two years of integration (1969-1970 and 1970-1971).  I learned that kindness and the valuing of others carries us through the unexpected challenges life presents to us all.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 10 April 2019
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In life, a country road may not be the fastest route, but it’s often the most beautiful. A walk along a tree line path may not be the shortest way, but it’s usually the most peaceful. Take time to enjoy these paths in life, you may discover the longest way can be the sweetest way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 09 April 2019
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Sometimes, the steps we take in life are clear and easily seen. But there are times when our next step forward seems difficult, unclear, or uncertain. When this happens, taking a step back to calm the stress may be what you need to do and may end up being your best step forward.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 08 April 2019
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Caring for others is shown in many ways. Three that leave a part of us behind are a hug, a kiss, or a handshake. When we touch someone, we leave a loving impression that lasts until we see them again. Some of our greatest comfort to others comes from the love we leave behind.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 07 April 2019
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Every day, the love of God surrounds us. It’s in the innocence of a child’s face and in the sunrise and sunset of each day. But where we should see His love most should be in how we treat others. If His love lives in your heart, then it’s His love you extend to others each day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 06 April 2019
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Often, our greatest inspiration in life doesn’t come from what we experience. It comes from the people we surround ourselves with and the relationships we develop with each. Moments of inspired brilliance come and go, but inspiration from our friendships can last a lifetime. My friends, today is another milestone for me. This is my 1800th inspirational writing since I started writing them nea... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 05 April 2019
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In life, it’s easy to live in the shadows of others, avoid challenges, and hide from a world we don’t understand. Some feel it’s easier to blend in than to stand out and risk being asked their opinion. If we allow others to make our decisions, we allow them to control our lives.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 04 April 2019
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In life, it’s not the quantity of the words you use to explain something, it’s the quality of the words. When you know how to say something in fewer words, it always sounds more like you know what you’re talking about.... Read More


New Podcast

By: Jim Hartsell on Wednesday, 03 April 2019
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Good morning, everyone . . . Today begins my new podcast with Chapter One of "Pushing Back," the first book in the Boone series. To hear the first installment, go to: housemountainviews.podbean.com There will be a new chapter every Wednesday morning, so stay tuned!   Thanks, and stay in touch.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 03 April 2019
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When you love someone, miles may separate your two hearts, but never the passing of time.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 02 April 2019
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So much of life isn’t about what we know, but what we feel. This is why love is so important. We enjoy the gestures of love we receive, but it’s the feeling of belonging, being appreciated, and security is what makes love so special. I hope you have this love in your life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 01 April 2019
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In life, we often receive back what we first gave to others. If we filled our life with friendships and sacrifices for others, then the love we showed is returned to us abundantly in our toughest times. Love grows strongest in the sunshine of a good friendship. Inspired by my friend, Margie Lucas... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 31, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 31 March 2019
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Life is about believing and having trust in something. It may be God, it may be others, or your faith and belief may only be in you. Whatever you place your trust in must be able never to let you down. There is only one place you can be sure of this, and that is a trust in God.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 30 March 2019
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Friendship is an essential thing. Though you may not think you are doing much for someone, you may be doing everything someone needs by caring. Never feel caring is not enough.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 29 March 2019
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Life is not always about what we want to do, but what we make ourselves do. If we lived our life doing only what we wanted to do, half of what we accomplish every day would never happen.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 28 March 2019
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Life is about how we interpret it. One person sees the beauty of a rose while another fears the thorns. We have choices in life to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us or fear the thorns that may hurt us. The one we choose may be more than a choice. It may be an example to others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 27 March 2019
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One of the keys to happiness is finding something you love and making it a part of what you do every day. It may be your faith, a hobby, or something that only you enjoy. Live what you love and love what you live. It will help you see the good and not the bad in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 26 March 2019
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One of the requirements for accomplishing anything is believing in it. Unless you believe you can do something, you’ll not put forth your best effort. Though we may not succeed at everything, we should not go into it expecting to fail and be surprised when we succeed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 25 March 2019
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In life, it’s easier to give advice than to follow it. It’s easier to see the problems of others clearer than our own. The best advice we give to others is often the one we should apply to ourselves. Before we try to change others, let’s make sure a change is not needed in us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 24 March 2019
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Sometimes in life, we look around, and all we see is our shadow. We feel alone with no one to talk to. We reach out and feel nothing in our darkness. Don’t be afraid, God is with you always, watching over you, and He felt your hand touch Him gently in the darkness.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 23 March 2019
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In life, we will suffer disappointment that we won’t understand. It won’t be brought on by our actions, the actions of others, or anything we can control. It will merely be life. Often, what we least expect becomes what we must face. Don’t be dissuaded by these challenges.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 22 March 2019
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In life, one of the worst pains we endure is when we disappoint someone we love. We may not do it intentionally, but to our heart, it makes no difference. Disappointment is something we have a hard time forgetting, especially when it’s in ourselves.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 21 March 2019
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We all go through life the same way. One breath, one step, and many blessings at a time. How deeply we breathe shows our stress. The quickness of our steps shows how fast we live life. And, the blessings we remember to rejoice, keep us centered in our journey.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 20 March 2019
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In life, we should always strive to be first … first to speak, first to smile, and first to show understanding. We should look for opportunities every day to show those we love they are first in our life. Don’t settle for second when being first can mean so much.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 19 March 2019
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Life is filled with many things that knock on the door of our heart. Beautiful music or the innocence of a child, often touch our heart. If you know what yours is, embrace it. If not, never stop looking for it because it may be the one thing that lifts your heart out of sadness.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 18 March 2019
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A positive attitude is when you think of more reasons to do the right the thing than excuses not to. The right thing may not always be what benefits you, but what will make a situation better.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 17 March 2019
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There are some things that only our faith can explain. Why we easily forgive others, why we feel content in a world of chaos, and why we know we are loved in spite of our shortcomings are all explained by our faith. When you know God’s love has no limit, faith explains everything.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 16 March 2019
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One of our greatest motivators in life is also one of our greatest fears. This fear will make us push harder, endure longer, and never give up. It’s the fear of disappointing those we love. In our heart, we can face any type of fear except letting down those we love.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 15 March 2019
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In life, sympathy has a way of making us feel like the burdens of others should also be ours. We feel sorry for them and want to help fix their problems. Be careful of this temptation because what may be their burden today may become what they blame you tomorrow for not fixing.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 14 March 2019
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One of the hardest things to do in life is to hide our scars. Some run so deeply, they changed our lives. Others are superficial, but always remind us of the mistakes we’ve made. Everyone deserves to be happy. Don’t let your scars be the thing that’s standing in your way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 13 March 2019
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In life, it’s not always the person who says what needs to be said that people admire. It’s the person who says it in a way that everyone understands, accepts, and is inspired to follow.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 12 March 2019
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Sometimes, we feel like raindrops falling in the ocean. We make a small splash and then disappear. The truth is the sea needs those raindrops to exist. Like the raindrops, your friendship and caring make a difference and allow love to exist where it may not exist otherwise.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 11 March 2019
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Though it may be difficult, we need to remember just because we can do something, doesn’t mean we should. And, just because we feel we should, doesn’t mean we need to. Our emotions often make us do things we shouldn’t. Sometimes, doing nothing is the best response.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 10 March 2019
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Sometimes, we’re going to say things that are not in our heart. This is why what’s in our heart means more to God than the words from our mouth. God knows the difference between what’s in our heart and what we may say out of emotion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 09 March 2019
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In life, it’s assumed that unless someone speaks up against something, they are for it. Other than this being an utterly ridiculous assumption, silence is sometimes our best response. Silence neither shows opposition or approval. It reserves opinion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 08 March 2019
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In life, we don’t always achieve the dreams we want, but we sometimes forget all we’ve accomplished. We take for granted the character traits we possess or the respect others may have for us. We may not be living our dreams, but someone may be dreaming of the life we’re living.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 07 March 2019
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The two biggest things holding us back in life are fear and guilt. Fear keeps us from attempting things we’ve never done, and guilt won’t let us forget the mistakes we made in the past. Until we overcome these two things, we’ll never get past our apprehensions.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 06 March 2019
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Inspiration happens when you are aware of all that surrounds you, you look beyond the surface of what you see or hear, and then allow your emotions to expand all of this in your heart and mind.... Read More


My Masochistic Ritual

By: Jim Hartsell on Tuesday, 05 March 2019
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I was performing my regular masochistic ritual of checking my book sales the other day and when I pulled up my Amazon author’s page, I found this listing for my first children’s book, “The Mountain Climber” (note the price):  The details are more than a little convoluted, but this particular book is in limbo right now and yesterday was listed (correctly) as out of print. When I che... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 05 March 2019
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One of our goals in life should be to learn from our mistakes. But we should also learn from the mistakes of others. Being aware of others mistakes and seeing their effect on them should also serve as a learning experience for us as well.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 04 March 2019
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One of the things we must try to be in life is approachable. Our attitude, our demeanor, and our appearance say a lot about us. If our mannerisms tell others to stay away, it may limit the love we receive. Building a wall around you also keeps those who care about you out.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 03 March 2019
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Prayer is like anything else in life. The longer you go without doing it, the more you forget to do it. Without prayer in your life, you may feel all alone. Don’t wait until special times to talk to God because the best time to pray is the moment you realize you haven’t.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 02 March 2019
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Everyone in life is a survivor. We’ve all been through things that may not have been life-threatening, but they were life-changing. We should keep this in mind as we interact with each other. No one is without scars from the personal battles they have fought in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 01 March 2019
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In life, we all hear voices. Some that have given us good advice and others out of love. But, the one voice we all hear and have in common is our own. It’s there to make us stop and think before we act. Don’t ignore the voice within you. It speaks from years of experience.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 28 February 2019
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Life is like a two-lane country road meandering its way through moments of shade and bright beams of sunlight. It’s a winding road with curves that gently sway you from side to side and others where you are blinded as to what is around the next corner. Like this beautiful drive, don’t fear in life what you cannot see. Just be more cautious as you approach the blind curves of your life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 27 February 2019
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Sometimes, miracles in life are not easy to see. They are hidden within things that went smoothly or in something tragic that could have been worse. Don’t expect your miracles to be something miraculous. They are often quiet as a falling snowflake and subtle as a gentle breeze.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 26 February 2019
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In life, we can’t allow regrets to be something we dwell on. Allowing regrets to question if we would be happier had we followed another path is futile. Everything in life is a learning experience and there are no assurances life would be better had we done it any differently.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 25 February 2019
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In life, we sometimes wonder if our chances to help change this world diminish over time. Actually, it increases instead of decreases due to the experience we gain with age. Experience is acquired over time, and when we share it with others, it can change someone’s world.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 24 February 2019
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Sometimes, there are limits to what we can do, what others can do, or what more can be done. Our mind doesn’t want to accept this, but our heart knows it’s true. When you face these moments, don’t give up or give in, instead look up, and let God help you find your strength within.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 23 February 2019
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Some of our most beautiful moments in life have nothing to do with what we see or hear. Some of them are created by the simplest words we read. It’s amazing what the words, “Like” and “Love” can mean to someone who cherishes your opinion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 22 February 2019
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Every day, we should try to be a little better than we were yesterday. Sometimes, this requires we step back a step, regain our perspective, and then move two steps forward. Our greatest achievement isn’t always where we end up, but what we learn about ourselves along the way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 21 February 2019
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From our greatest disappointments can come our most significant changes. What may knock us down may also open our eyes and allow us to see changes we need to make. Whether the changes will be something positive or not depends on the perspective we have when we stand back up.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 20 February 2019
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In life, you can’t walk forward if you keep looking behind you. If you try, you will miss what is ahead of you, walk past opportunities you never see and allow what you cannot change to affect what you can. Live for today and tomorrow … not to make up for yesterday.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 19 February 2019
| AGT Blog |

In life, most success is the result of great sacrifices that were made. Often, those sacrifices were not made by us. Sometimes, love requires giving up something, so someone we love can succeed. Don’t forget those who sacrificed for you. It was a gesture of love.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 18 February 2019
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One of our goals in life should be to prove who we are every day. We do so through our choices, the strength of our convictions, and our consistency. How consist we are in what we stand for tells others who we are.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 17 February 2019
| AGT Blog |

The greatest strength we possess is the one that lives within us that picks us up, props us up, and pushes us forward. It’s the strength that assures us we are not alone and never without hope. It shows us through our faith we can endure all things.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 16 February 2019
| AGT Blog |

Sometimes in life, we don’t know what to do, so we must rely on what we can do. Not every decision will be correct, and others may be criticized, but sometimes all we have in life is our experience, wisdom, and common sense to make our hardest decisions.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 15 February 2019
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Sometimes, the only things that separate those who do things and those who don’t are the confidence to try and the courage to risk failing. Not everything we attempt in life will work, but those things we never try have no potential of succeeding.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 14 February 2019
| AGT Blog |

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY.  Love knows no greater partner than understanding, devotion, and commitment. It’s not what we say that proves our love, but the place in our life we hold that special person. A touch upon their skin will fade away, but one upon their heart can last a lifetime.... Read More


Article Last Saturday

By: Susan Kite on Thursday, 14 February 2019
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I moved away and a year later get a call from the Cleveland Daily Banner. Colby Denton wanted to do an article. So we talked on the phone and this is what he wrote: http://clevelandbanner.com/stories/susan-kite-enjoys-writing-sci-fi-fantasy-fiction,94187 I think he did an excellent job and I am very grateful to him. Hope you enjoy it.  Feel free to share it!   sue... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 13 February 2019
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Sometimes, those who display the highest amount of confidence, possess the greatest amount of fear. What they show to others is continuously questioned by themselves and must be reinforced every day by their behavior. Deep inside, we all share the same inadequacies.... Read More


Thrillogy, new from Kaye George

By: Kaye George on Tuesday, 12 February 2019

reblogged from Travels With Kaye http://travelswithkaye.blogspot.com/2019/02/thrillogy.html Don’t you love that word? I love the way it sounds, what it evokes, but even more, I love that I have one just now published at Wildside!       Mine is a collection of all three of my Imogene Duckworthyshort stories. It’s great to have them together in one place. If you g... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 12 February 2019
| AGT Blog |

People that we cherish in life never leave us. They may not be where we can see them, but through our memories, they’re always close. Our love for them will never fade because our heart never forgets those who touched our lives in a special way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 10 and 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 11 February 2019
| AGT Blog |

In life, we rarely care about anything we don’t believe in. If we have no confidence in it, belief in it, or see any worth to it, it’s difficult to know the importance of it. Sadly, this is how some people feel about themselves. We never know who needs to be lifted up every day. Sometimes in life, we feel we’re not the person we want to be. We know the person we are, b... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 09 February 2019
| AGT Blog |

I was asked once if I had to give a young person one bit of advice, what would it be? My answer was: “It’s hard to change a first impression with a second attempt, so make sure you don’t have to rely on it.” What would have been your advice?... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 08 February 2019
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In life, it’s not the battles we win, but the ones we have the courage to fight. We may face unthinkable odds of prevailing, but none the less, we take on the battle. Not every war will be won, but every conflict will prove we cared.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 07 February 2019
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In life, it’s not the number of days we live that means the most. It’s the number of days we didn’t sacrifice to anger, jealousy, or envy. It’s about living every day to its fullest without regret. Love and joy make a happier life than spite and revenge.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 05 February 2019
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Sometimes in life, it’s not the shortest route we take that gets us to where we need to be, but the longest one. Often, the journey is as important as the destination. You may be on that journey now, be patient, there may be something that you’re needing to learn along the way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 04 February 2019
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Sometimes, our greatest influence on others is not in our words or even our actions. It’s often in our decisions that affect others. How much we consider the feelings of others tells a lot about us. How kind, considerate, and empathetic we are, leaves an impression on others.... Read More