In the New Testament, James gave an interesting illustration about a man who neglected to act upon what he knows. According to James, this man looked at his reflection in a mirror, then turned away and immediately forgot what he looked like. What the man saw led to no action and therefore made no difference.

 
 
In days gone by, it was easy to tell when you were on the job and when you were off the clock. If you were at the office or your place of employment, you were expected to be working. But if you were home, you could relax. There were clear boundaries between your work and the rest of your life.
 
 
In July of 1951, Florence Chadwick attempted to swim from Catalina Island to the coast of California. Chadwick had previously become the first woman to swim across the English Channel in both directions, and now she set her sights on the challenge of swimming in the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean.
 
 
How important is prayer in your life? According to the pages of Scripture as well as the testimony of billions of practitioners throughout history, prayer is your lifeline. It is your means of connecting with your Creator. Prayer enables you to converse with God while tapping into the wisdom and strength that He provides. When it comes to building a strong and secure life house, prayer is absolutely essential.    
 
 
What are your growth goals and how do you plan to achieve them? Having dreams and aspirations for your life is fine, but they matter little without a strategy to realize them. In every area of life—personal, professional, and spiritual—you need to establish a system if you hope to experience significant growth. You will not progress without a plan.

While your unique strategy will depend greatly on your goals and commitment level, here is a basic blueprint that can be used by virtually anyone seeking to grow...
 
 
Your beliefs guide your life. Whatever you hold to be true will affect your actions, your opinions, and your complete worldview. Accordingly, it is vital that you weigh your beliefs to determine their validity.

What, then, do you accept as Truth? Are you open to anything and everything, or are you more selective than that? Do you believe all you hear or do you have a way to filter the wheat from the chaff?...
 
 
“In the course of human events, it is not uncommon that you will face storms of monsoon or hurricane proportions.” That statement, taken from chapter four of Women Under Construction, is the reality for every person on the planet. We all encounter storms in life, many of which can threaten to topple us.
 
 
In construction, the term "façade" typically refers to the outward appearance of a building, particularly the front. Often, the façade is a false representation of the rest of the building. The front wall, for example, may appear to be Victorian in style while the rest of the building is of a more modern architectural design. In this case, the façade is used primarily for the sake of portraying an outward appearance, but it is inconsistent with what lies behind it.

 
 
Are you constantly in a state of stress? Do the pressures of life seem to be getting to you? Everyone has to deal with concerns—both personal and professional—but if you are becoming consumed by yours, it is essential that you address the problem.

Often when people experience high stress levels, it is because they are fretting needlessly. To minimize the needless tensions in your life and consequently reduce your stress levels, try applying these five suggestions...
 
 
What do you do when you feel like giving up? Most people face that question at one time or another. Usually, it arises from fear, frustration, or failure. Perhaps what you have envisioned has not come to fruition, and you are not sure that it ever will.

The dilemma is that there are three answers to that question, each valid in its own way...