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Putting First Things First

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by Nancy Twigg

If ever there was a woman who lost control of her priorities, it was Martha, whose story is recorded in Luke 10. Poor Martha. Too bad she will forever be remembered as the one who was more concerned about making dinner than making Jesus feel welcome in her home!

What separates Martha from her sister Mary is that Martha did not order her time by her priorities. She may have sincerely thought that welcoming Jesus was most important, but her behavior did not reflect that. It’s as if she had a choice of visiting with Jesus or vacuuming, and she chose the vacuum. It’s not that Mary didn’t help out with the chores. I believe she did—perhaps she did the dishes before Jesus arrived. But once Jesus set foot in their home, Mary dropped the busy work in favor of what really mattered—spending quality time with her Lord.

Jesus’ response to Martha is just as applicable to us as it was to her: “Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about so many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41, 42, CEV).

Let’s be honest. Don’t we all make Martha’s mistake? We mean well. We want to help out in our children’s school and be active in our communities and do our part at church. As with Martha’s cooking and cleaning, there’s nothing inherently wrong with any of these activities. The problem is when they become a hindrance and keep us from doing what really matters—spending quality time with our Lord and the people He puts in our path.

Learning to live our priorities actually encompasses all three parts of the Clarity Principle found in Hebrews 12:1-2. Getting rid of extraneous obligations and expectations is one of the ways we “throw off everything that hinders.” Not letting the trivial supersede the vital is an example of how we “run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” And ordering our lives around what God wants is part of how we “fix our eyes on Jesus.” Read More→

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The Perks Of Being A Nurse

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When it comes to finishing work and deciding what you want to do with your life, one of the things which can be a huge draw is the idea of working within the medical industry. You don’t have to be a doctor or a surgeon to make it in the medical industry and in fact, you can be just as successful working as a mental health practitioner, a nurse or a physical therapist.

So why is being a nurse the best of these options? Well, there are so many amazing perks and opportunities for you when working as a nurse, and the job role itself is a huge draw… and here’s why.


Job Security

The beauty about choosing a career as a medical professional in any capacity is the fact that you are needed in the world. Everyone needs someone to look after them when they fall ill, and nursing is a job role which can never go out of style and will never run its course. You will always find people who need you and want your expertise, which means that you will never have to worry about not being able to find a job during your life.


Job Opportunities

As with job security, another benefit of being a nurse is the fact that you have plenty of opportunities open to you the moment you step out of your degree or course. There a lots of different places who hire nurses for their own needs and it isn’t just in hospitals. You could work as a mobile nurse, in a nursing home, a school or a doctor’s office. There are lots of places who will welcome you with open arms.



Being a nurse is just as diverse as being a doctor. The term nurse is an umbrella term for anyone who spends their time looking after patients and making sure they are happy and healthy. You could be working at the end of life in palliative care, as a midwife nurse looking after newborn babies, or in the emergency room on call for those who are rushed into A&E after an injury. There are so many different areas you can go into and this means that you never have to feel bored with your job role because there are always more options out there for you.


Flexibility Of Hours

When you decide to become a nurse and spend your life treating others and making them feel great, one of the benefits that you can enjoy for yourself is the flexibility of your hours each week. You can be a nurse and work around the commitments you gave at home in a breeze which makes it an incredibly family friendly job role to pursue. If you have kids to look after or certain things in your life to work on, you can fit your hours around it for the most convenient job role you can possibly have.


Career Flexibility

As well as being flexible with the hours you are able to work each month during the year, you can also have more flexibility in your career as a whole when you become a nurse. There is no rule which says you need to stay where you are for the entirety of your life and you can be transferred around to another hospital in the country whenever you want. You can even become a mobile nurse which means that you will spend a lot of your time travelling to and from different areas of the world and this is ideal for those of you who aren’t ready to settle down and have a family at this stage in your life.


Great Pay

When you step into a career in the medical industry you can guarantee that the wage you are able to earn will be great and will increase year upon year throughout your life. As you work your wag up the ladder in the nursing industry you can stand to earn a lucrative wage which is only what you deserve after the time and effort you spend studying and saving the lives of people around you. Medical professionals deserve great pay for the work they do, and you can really benefit from this this year.


Opportunity To Travel

As we briefly touched on above, when you become a nurse there are many different opportunities available to you and many different opportunities to travel around the world. For example you could become a nurse for a cruise ship and travel the seas looking after passengers from all walks of life. You could be a nurse for trains or planes and spend your working career traveling the corners of the earth… and you can see and experience so many amazing things.


Ability To Learn

If you enjoy learning new skills and putting yourself to the test throughout life, nursing could be a really wonderful job role for you to do. You will be able to work your way up from an online msn fnp program to a master degree and as you work in your career you can specialise in certain areas and study courses to make your way up to the top rankings in the field. The opportunity to learn and develop both personally and professionally is exactly what you need for a successful career.


Pride And Happiness

When you think about the many perks and benefits of working as a nurse, there is one particular perk which blows everything else out of the water and which is the single biggest privilege of them all: you can help people. Being someone who cares for people and looks after them to keep them happy and healthy is the single biggest draw of becoming a nurse. You will begin to see the patients you treat as friends and family and as you nurse them back to health you can enjoy the pride of being responsible for another person’s wellbeing. It is a feeling like no other and is definitely a great reason to try you hand at nursing this year.

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The Complete Guide To Becoming A Nurse

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nurses_tote__31782.1354915757.1280.1280Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers there is and there are so many great reasons to get into it. You can work flexible hours, no 2 days are ever going to be the same and you can make a real difference to people’s lives. Even though it’s a very tough job and it can be incredibly demanding at times, it’s still the perfect career for somebody that wants to give something back. If you think that nursing might be right for you, here is everything you need to know about getting qualified and finding a job.

Get Qualified

Before you do anything else, you need to get the necessary qualifications that all nurses need. You’ve got a few different options here; if you’re entering education for the first time then you can do a bachelor’s degree in nursing which takes around 4 years to complete. If you’ve already got a bachelor’s degree in a related area then you don’t need to go back into full-time education, you can do an msn degree online instead. This is a good option for people that want to change career later in life because you don’t need to bear the financial burden of going back into education, just complete the course in your own time from home.

Once you’ve got the relevant degree, you then need to take some more exams before you’re fully registered as a nurse. After you graduate, you’ll need to get in touch with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to apply for your NCLEX-RN exam. The exam is taken on a computer and usually consists of around 120 questions which you need to complete in six hours. The things that you learn during your degree will prepare you for this exam. If you don’t manage to pass it (70-75 percent is the usual pass rate) then you’ll have to wait 45 days before you’re eligible to take it again.

Get A License

Now that you’ve got all of the qualifications that you need to be a nurse, you need to get a license to practice. The process varies from state to state and certain places will require extra steps so make sure you get in touch with your local authority to see what you need to do. Most of the time, you’ll have to do a background check before getting your license.

Find A Job

After getting your license, you’ll finally be able to start looking for nursing jobs. Working in a hospital is the obvious choice but there are other options. You should be able to land a job in a hospital fairly easily because nurses are in high demand. But you could also consider working in a nursing home, or for a company that provides home care. The hours are often better in those kinds of jobs than they are in a hospital which is a much more demanding environment.

Once you’ve got your first job, you can start to learn new skills as you work and even seek more education and training to help you progress to more senior positions.

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Leading When You’re Wrong

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leadwhenwrongBrad Washburn, Do the Dad Thing bloggerHere’s one of the famous quotes and jokes from my Dad:

“I don’t make mistakes.  Except for that one time that I thought I made a mistake . . .  but it turned out that I didn’t . . . so that was actually a mistake.”

That’s the point when my sister, my mom, and I would groan.

Unlike my Dad, I DO make mistakes.  I made a big one a few months ago.  It was my job to handle the tithe portion of our budget.  Every month I take our tithe amount from the budget and PayPal donate it.  It’s not a big job.  I usually just set an alarm in my calendar, then on the designated day, send some $$ through PayPal.

But, I did some reformatting of my email, and, then reinstalling of my e-mail management program . . .  and lost my handy little calendar reminder.

You readers might have great capacities for memory, but I would actually lose my head if it wasn’t attached.  So, you can see where this is going:  Three months I forgot to send out the tithe.

Doesn’t sound like a big deal yet?  But you have to understand, the Washburns aren’t sitting on piles of dough.  My work in ministry and writing doesn’t put us on the Fortune list, and my wife’s steady (thank God for steady) job doesn’t either.  So that designated tithe money sitting in the account . . . got spent.

Yes, yes, the fact that I can’t tell you from our budget where that money was spent is probably also my fault.  I’m lumping it all into the same screw up.

But the point of this article is that I still had to lead even though I screwed up.  And being a good Christian Dad leader means that we tithe.  So that sacrifice of our first fruits of paychecks was still required.  But yet we had spent the money.

. . . and that’s when the fight started.

Actually it wasn’t much of a fight.  All my wife’s accusations of me mishandling funds and calendar were true.  But that fact that the Washburns had to come up with 3 months of tithe, because of my screw up . . .  Yes there was some ‘heated discussion.’

My fellow Dads, this is where I can’t emphasize enough that it’s really tough to lead, to ask your family to ‘dig deep’ and sacrifice, when we ourselves are to blame.  But there is NO WHERE in Scripture that says we quit leading just because we made a mistake.  We are men, and heads of family and marriage whether we are perfect or not.  So my only ‘take away points’ are ones that I’ve learned the hard way:

Admit it.  Take responsibility when you are wrong.  In this situation the resulting fight would have went on a LOT longer if I was unnecessarily trying to defend myself.  This is a great thing for our kids to see also; taking responsibility in a mature way.

  1. Remember that as Christians and Dads we are not alone.  God is with us.  Just like He promised the Israelites in Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
  2. Remember that as Christians and Dads our family is “our people” — when Solomon prays for “wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1 Chronicles 1:10), he’s not just talking about the nation of Israel; he’s’ talking about families like ours.  Your people are yours and you are not alone — even if they complain.  Yes, even if they complain a LOT
  3. The Bible is pretty clear that being a Christian and a Dad is going to be tough.  The Devil’s schemes are against us (Eph 6:10), and we are encouraged to not be weary of doing good (Gal 6:9) — why would we need such encouragement if God didn’t know that it was going to be hard?
  4. You will come out of it and it will be better.  Yes, we finally paid the tithe I had missed.  We are still surviving, and, as my waistline is showing, no one has starved to death.  In fact, we all noticed some unexplained blessings that made the extra financial amount easier to handle during the last several months.  I can honestly say it was an example to my wife, and to me, of how God has a Master Plan.

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Review: CSB Study Bible for Women

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I adore this new CSB Study Bible for Women. It is beautiful – with a soft blue and cream linen cover, and bright spring colors sprinkled throughout the interior. It  has so many great features, such as Character Profiles, Word Studies, and even a place to keep track ofSpiritual Mentors in your life.

I appreciate the CSB translation. It is modern, straightforward, and easy to understand. It’s written in such a way that I can sit down, read, and comprehend what God is conveying in each passage. The CSB Study Bible for Women also takes it a step further by providing study tools throughout, which allow me to learn more about what I’m reading without leaving the page.




Now available in the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) translation with revised and updated content and a fresh, new interior design, the CSB Study Bible for Women will equip you to reach deep into God’s Word. As the most comprehensive study Bible ever prepared for women and by women, the most powerful aspect of this Bible are the “threads” of specialized study thoughtfully woven throughout pointing you to God’s larger story and allowing the Holy Spirit to write His revealed truths on your heart. In the CSB Study Bible for Women, you’ll join a host of other women, all academically trained in the original languages of the Bible and passionate about God’s Word, for an intimately deep dive into Scripture that will equip you to unlock the riches and majesty of His Word, and ignite a passion to mentor others in your life to do the same.

Features include:

  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Two-column text
  • 8-point type
  • Extensive commentary notes
  • Word studies
  • Answers to hard questions
  • Doctrinal notes
  • Biblical womanhood articles
  • Character profiles
  • “Written on My Heart” applications
  • Extensive book introductions
  • Presentation page
  • In-text maps
  • Charts & timelines
  • Concordance
  • Full-color maps, and more.

The CSB Study Bible for Women features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.


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Mutiny In The Ranks: Avoiding Morale-Based Challenges In Business

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Being an employer is an incredibly heavy responsibility. In this position, you will not only be in charge of the company you’re running, but will also have to work hard to keep those working for you happy. A lot of employers struggle with this sort of issue, and it can cause huge issues when your team decides they’d rather be doing something else. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the easiest ways to keep the people in your business satisfied with their work. First, though, it will be a good idea to consider what would happen if you ignore this part of your company.


In most cases, people will choose their job based not only on what they will be doing, but also what they will make from it, but this doesn’t last for too long. After they have been working for you for some time, their focus will change, and it will become more important than their job makes them happy. People can’t work for years doing something they don’t like without feeling bad about it. If people are experiencing this sort of emotion, they won’t work anywhere near as hard for you, and may even change their job for something better. In extreme cases, this can cause bigger problems which will hurt your business going into the future.


Of course, it’s never good to think too much about the bad side of a problem like this, though, and you should spend some time working on action to make it better. The first part of this is going to involve some simple observation. It should be easy to tell what is going wrong in your business when you watch your employees, with issues being commonly discussed, and the side-effects of strains being easy to spot. For example, people will get stressed if they don’t have enough breaks, and this can be characterised by those fidgeting and finding it hard to focus.


Along with watching the people working for you, a little bit of honesty can go a long way, and talking to your employees can be an excellent idea. For the best results, it could be worth taking a double-pronged approach. On one side, you should invite people to come and discuss their concerns with you, making it known what they dislike. On the other, they should also have the chance to submit their ideas anonymously. This will give both those confident enough to offer direct feedback and those a little shier to have their voices heard. Even before you start working to iron out their suggestions, you will make everyone happier by being available like this.


Once you have an idea of the issues being suffered by your employees, it will be time to start taking some action to solve it. Online MBA HR programs can be invaluable when you’re holding this sort of work. Not only will they teach you the skills to keep people happy, but they will also give you the chance to learn how to spot when people are feeling bad. Below, you can find some examples of the common issues faced by people at work, along with the additional tools you have to help you out.



  • Breaks: As mentioned earlier in this post, breaks are very important to the people working for you. Without enough time to relax, it will be hard for people to handle their work in an adequate fashion, potentially losing the company a fortune. To solve this issue, you should always be looking for the latest research to give you an idea of how many breaks people should be having at work.




  • Hostile Environments: Being surrounded by arguments, foul language, and other hostile elements will make work very unpleasant for a lot of people. For some, banter and laddish behaviour is very fun. Unfortunately, though, for those on the outside of it, it can be very hard to live with. This is very important in the field of employee rights, and most companies will be will to work hard on it as a result.




  • General Morale: Not being paid on time, being patronised, and all sorts of other general morale problems can be caused when you aren’t being careful. This will be harder to solve than the other areas in this post. With the right time and effort, though, you should be able to start making a difference. To help you out with this, it could be worth getting some morale coaching from another professional.



Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the way your employees feel. It can be hard to make progress in this area, especially when you’re not aware of how your employees feel. This is something every company should be working on.

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Why You Should Choose A Career In Dentistry

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When thinking of a career, a person may feel excited and worried at the same time. This feeling is common, as you make a significant decision that impacts your future. For medical career seekers, dentistry presents some promising scenarios as a career. If you want to pursue your career in this field, it is essential to understand what benefits and advantages you will attain. This article will present you all benefits associated with dentistry, so that, you can confidently pick this career. Some of them are amazing and will persuade you to pick dentistry. So, have a look below.

  1. Working flexibility and freedom will help you live a happy life

Dentistry is not like other stressful fields in the medical industry. You get ample chance to spend time with your family and satisfactorily balance your life. Your work never comes in the way of living. You can work as your boss, then, evolve as a researcher. Dentistry allows you to start your private practice and get easy working hours that suit your lifestyle.

  1. You get multiple specialization choices to match your interests

Dentistry is a vast field that allows you to choose among many specializations. For instance, you can become a dentistry cosmetic expert and make change people’s lives with your art and techniques. Or, you can decide to invest your efforts in research work to find solutions for different kinds of oral diseases. Options are plenty, and the rewards are even more. So, you get a vast playground to play in.

  1. You can travel and educate all around the world

Being a respected profession, dentistry allows you to receive global recognition as your experience grows. Your working experience becomes a pathway for upcoming professionals in the health industry. That is why renowned universities call experts from all over the world for seminars and lectures. So, you can teach students and travel in the process too. Along with that, you will get many chances to interact with the public and educate them about healthy oral habits. Read More→

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Yes, Mom You Should Set Goals

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by Alyssa Dees Avant

Sometimes as moms, we get the crazy idea that because we have become responsible for the lives of precious little children, that we should focus solely on them and leave our own thoughts and ideas for ourselves behind. This should not be the case. We as moms should be true to ourselves, use the passions and gifts that God has given us and set some goals for ourselves.

These goals will not only benefit us, as people, but also our families as well. Its kind of like the old saying, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Naturally, our children, husbands, families and others around us will benefit from us taking care of ourselves and doing things that will help us to feel more productive and successful.

The Lord also expects us to use the gifts that he has given us. He tells us in Scripture that without every part of the body of Christ functioning at its best it will not work. If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

“The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” Read More→

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Excerpt from Everyday Holy by Melanie Shankle

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In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We
do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit
himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.


Now that I’m more than a decade down the motherhood road, I’ve realized that being a good mom doesn’t mean being a perfect mom. A perfect mom puts sand in a plastic box so her toddler can have a meaningful sensory experience and doesn’t care about the mess. A perfect mom plays board games for hours on end and makes hot chocolate bars with candy cane stir sticks and makes sure the milk is organic and the chicken nuggets are made only from chickens who were allowed to roam free in sunlit barns. She never loses her patience, never checks her text messages while her child is around, and is the president of the parent/teacher association while managing a Fortune 500 company before returning home to prepare a delicious, nutritious meal for her family.

In short, the perfect mom doesn’t exist. And if she did, we would all hate her.

The perfect mom is a unicorn, mythical at best. But a good mom is the velveteen rabbit, a little worn from use. And while I’m not confident in a lot of areas of my life, I’m confident that I’m a good mom—because what ultimately makes a good mom is the part that requires showing up. I’ve held back hair as she’s thrown up over the toilet and, I regret to say, all over me. I’ve wiped her bottom and her feverish forehead. I’ve stayed in the school parking lot long after she’s walked through the school doors, praying and hoping that today would be a better day. I’ve sat in the rain and the cold and in heat that rivals the surface of the sun to watch her play soccer. I’ve cried when she’s overwhelmed by joy, and I’ve cried
when disappointments have her down. I’ve yelled too much, lost my patience, and seen how many mornings I can get by with Frosted Flakes for breakfast. I’ve driven more carpools than I can count, attended Taylor Swift concerts, and spent many weekend nights with my house full of tween girls with high-pitched squeals who think cleaning up after themselves means putting half-empty soda cans under the bed. I’ve looked at my phone too often, set the clock ahead an hour so I could tell her it was time for bed, and pretended to have an upset stomach just so I could have a few minutes alone in the bathroom.

But I have no doubt that she knows she is deeply loved because I have faithfully shown up for the job for the last fourteen years. It hasn’t been perfect, it hasn’t always been pretty, and nobody is likely to turn our story into an award-winning movie. Being a good mom doesn’t really make the highlights reel because there is very little glamour in packing another peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. It’s just about being faithful with what has been entrusted to you for such a short time. Read More→

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