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I Was Just Thinking

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stinking thinkingThinking is not my strong suit by any stretch of the imagination. Every time I start thinking, I either get a headache or get into trouble. I’m not sure which is worse, the headache or the trouble.

In my normal pursuit of life, thinking sits in the backseat. If there is an emergency, thinking may come forward and help out. However, in the meantime, thinking is not something I like to do on a regular basis.

That is my side. On the other side, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is always thinking. Most of the time, she is thinking about jobs I should be doing. I don’t know how she does it, but she can come up with a list of “honey-do’s” that will occupy all my time. Of course, I must confess, while I am doing these “honey-do’s” I am thinking, but not thoughts I would like to come out into the public arena.

I do not really have to think that much because my wife thinks for me. How she does it is beyond me, but she knows what I am thinking three days before that thought enters my head. At least, that’s what she tells me and she would not lie to me.

I have learned through the years that there are several questions that I should never ask my wife. One is, “Honey, what are you doing?”

You would think after decades of interaction with her I would know what to say and what not to say. Because I don’t give much to thinking, I usually speak without thinking, which always gets me into trouble. If I could think through something, I just might escape the trouble that I get into.

Just the other day I came home from working at the office and my wife was sitting in the chair and I asked “the” question. “Honey, what are you doing?”

My wife knows how to ask questions and is very skillful at asking the right question. The other side is that she knows how to answer questions to such a degree that gets me into difficulty. How she manages this is beyond my wildest imagination. Of course, if I would think about it, maybe I could come up with an answer, but who has time to think these days?

Without any delay, she responded to my inquiry by saying, “I was just thinking…”

As soon as she said that, I knew I was in trouble. Why don’t I keep my questions to myself? Why must I always fall into that trap she lays for me?

“I was just thinking,” she said without giving me any opportunity to respond, “that we ought to go to the mall this afternoon and do a little bit of shopping.” Read More→

If you have experience working in the healthcare sector, as a doctor, nurse or administrator, you may have dreamt of one day starting your own healthcare practice. Running your own practice means you get to set your own hours, help people your way, and experience the great sense of satisfaction and pride that only comes with working for yourself and being successful. Starting your own practice can be tough but, ultimately, incredibly worthwhile. Here’s a look at what you need to get started.


Even if you already have a degree and have spent time working in the industry, it’s a good idea to make sure your knowledge and training are fully up to date before you get started. The healthcare field is advancing all of the time so, a degree such as an online MHA degree from ADU Online could be perfect. An online master of healthcare administration in strategy and innovation would ensure you are ready to lead the industry in the right direction.

A Business Plan

While most people go into healthcare wanting to help people, there’s no denying that it’s also a business. To get financing and be successful, it’s important that you have a business plan. If this isn’t something you have experience with, look online for templates and guides.


To start any business, you need finances. Even if you’ve managed to save for things like premises and marketing costs, you may still need a bank loan to help you get started. Make an appointment with your bank and remember to take your business plan.


When searching for premises you need to consider things like location, a large reception area, private rooms, staff areas, and ease of access. Make a list of everything you need, in order of importance, before you start your search.


To be compliant, you will need certain licenses and documentation. These can change so check with your local government to find out what you need; in most cases, you can apply online.


As with most new start-ups, you may end up doing a lot yourself, to begin with, with just a few doctors and a nurse. But, you’ll need to plan what staff you will need going forward. What kind of services do you want your practice to provide? You’ll need doctors and nurses qualified in these fields.

Electronic Record Systems

Most practices now have electronic systems for keeping records and renewing prescriptions. This makes things much easier, safer, and faster. You’ll need to do some research to find which system you want and they make sure all your staff is fully trained using it before it goes live.

An Online Presence

The internet is fast becoming a huge part of our lives and how we do things. If you want your practice to do well, you’ll need an online presence. You will at the very least need social media accounts and a basic website. To increase your presence, consider a YouTube account and a regularly updated blog.

This might seem like a lot, but don’t be put off. Starting your own practice is a very real possibility. Just take your time and work through this list bit at a time and you’ll soon be behind the desk in your very own practice.

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If you are thinking of getting your medical laboratory science degree, why not consider doing it online?  Today, we are going to learn more about three key advantages that going to college online can provide you.  Let’s get started, shall we?

Better School Options

There are many different online medical lab science programs out there today, including one from the prestigious University of Cincinnati.  These online degree programs offer a comprehensive learning program that is recognized by companies around the world.  So if you live in a location that does not offer many school options, you might want to think about going online.  By doing so, you will have many school options to choose from and finding a school that meets your needs will be easy.  

A More Comfortable Learning Environment

If you get nervous in public environments then going to school in person is probably stressful for you.  Even sitting in class can make some of us uncomfortable.  So if you suffer from social anxiety or you just like to learn alone, then a medical laboratory scientist program online can help.  You can study and do your classes from the comfort of your own home, which will allow you to focus more on your work.  This will eliminate any social distractions and the best part is you can go to school any time of the night or day!  A brick and mortar school can never offer this much comfort and convenience. But remember, you will need a quiet space in your home to do your school.  For more information on how to create a special space for learning, please check out this link.  

You Will Avoid the Commute

One of the worst parts of going to college is the daily commute.  Sitting in your car even for a short period of time can really put a damper on your day.  So why not go to an online college and avoid commuting altogether?  This will help save you lots of time and money as well.  The money you will spend on gas can be used for other things like taking yourself out to eat or paying for those expensive college books.  Also, by commuting less, you will help keep your car in tip-top shape.  The less you drive your car, the less you will have to worry about replacing the tires, changing the oil and paying for expensive repair costs.  Additionally, you won’t be putting miles on your vehicle that can bring down its overall value.  To learn more about the cost of commuting, please check out this helpful website.

These are just a few of the benefits of getting your degree online.  As you can see, going to school from the comfort of your own home can reduce stress.  Plus, you will not have to worry about the expense of daily commuting.  So if you are thinking of going back to school soon, why not check out the many online options that are available to you?

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1913 Marital Advice

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I oldcouplehave this book called “Don’ts for Husbands, Don’ts for Wives” written in 1913.  I thought I would share some of the advice given.  I’d really like your comments on them too, so feel free to leave them!

Don’ts for Husbands:

Don’t look at things solely from a man’s point of view.  Put yourself in your wife’s place and see how you would like some of the things she has to put up with. (p.5-6).

Don’t condescend; you are not the only person in the house with brains. Don’t omit to bring home an occasional bunch of flowers or a few chocolates.  Your wife will value even a penny bunch of violets for your thought of her.  Don’t rush out of the house in such a hurry that you haven’t time to kiss your wife ‘good bye’.  She will grieve over the omission all day. Don’t belittle your wife before visitors.  You may think it a joke to speak of her little foibles, but she will not easily forgive you. (p.11)

Don’t forget your wife’s birthday.  Even if she doesn’t want the whole world to know her age, she doesn’t want you to forget.

Don’t for Wives:  

Don’t take your husband on a laborious shopping expedition, and expect him to remain good-tempered throughout.  If you want his advice on some special dress purchase, arrange to attend to that first, and then let him off.  Men, as  a rule, hate indiscriminate shopping.  Don’t allow yourself to get into the habit of dressing carelessly when there is ‘only’ your husband to see you.  Depend upon it he has no use for faded tea-gowns and badly dressed hair, and he abhors the sight of curling pins as much as other men do. He is a man after all, and if his wife does not take the trouble to charm him, there are plenty of other women who will. (p. 137-8) Read More→


Random Acts of Happiness

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Finding Simplicity as a SAHM by Adrina Palmer Now we all know the best part of waking up is coffee in our cup, but the second best part of waking up is sweet notes from our children, spelling errors and all. My vanity table in my room has a note from my son and one from each of my daughters. The note from my youngest says, “I love you mom,” with a smiley face. The one from my son says, “I hope you get a perfect coffee and you are fun, loving, caring, and an overall good mother.” My son’s note is signed anonymous, which cracks me up! Like I don’t know his handwriting and would sit there for hours trying to figure out who left me such a thoughtful note.

My middle child made me a giant card out of purple construction paper that says I am the world’s greatest mom (mind you she has limited knowledge, as I am her only mom). Inside the card are pictures of me flying, drinking coffee (big surprise right?), and a poem about how I am her hero. One time for Mother’s Day at school, my daughter was given a list to fill out about me, and the part that had me rolling on the floor was, when asked what food I cook best, she chose salad. At some point maybe I can take a chance and put together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or maybe make some toast!

This morning I woke up to a note from my youngest telling me I am a sweet mom, along with a ticket for a coffee. Let me tell you these notes fuel my life. When I walk into the the laundry room and find shoes on the floor along with dirty clothes preventing the door from shutting, or their rooms are a mess again, or their mess is trickling down the stairs, I begin to wonder if my children hate me. Then I get these notes and know my little ones love me and just need more training and practice. They do love me; they are just little heathens.

Parenting is hard. Adulting is hard (I do enjoy this new trend of turning nouns into verbs). Do not miss the moments that make all the rest of raising children worth the time and energy spent. The notes are great, but I love when my kiddos give me hugs and kisses. I am not much of a cuddler, but I do love affection. I adore when my kids share freckles with me (I have none, they have plenty). All of these wonderful moments of random happiness are the sand that fills the jar. Read More→

The BibleSome Christians who have taken the plunge and placed perhaps just a little bit more faith in God than the rest of us often find that their vocation and their faith are rarely in conflict. However, regardless of one’s political leanings, the gradual drift towards a more ‘modern’ and liberal society is bringing with it unprecedented challenges and previously unseen scenarios for men and women of faith who wish to balance respect for other beliefs with their own sincere convictions.

It is when presented with these dilemmas of faith that many of us turn to the teachings of the Bible, but it is not always practical or possible to do so. For those day to day conundrums, we rely on our best judgment in the absence of higher authority.

As a small business owner, it can be hard to find the most suitable balance between your faith and your finances. Fortunately, you are not alone in this conundrum and there are a variety of people and organizations happy to share their own take on the matters. Here is a selection of both specific pieces of advice with broadsheet applications, and words of general guidance from those who have successfully navigated the minefield.

Open More Doors

Having qualifications under your belt is a tremendous boon when looking to attract potential employees to your business, as well as when presenting yourself to the public at large. Of all the qualifications available, many of which can be obtained for little to no cost, and in some cases without even leaving the house, only a small fraction will be relevant to your chosen vocation.  

This doesn’t mean other qualifications can’t add considerable value to your CV and you as an employer. Remember that the cost of a qualification is a poor metric for measuring its real world usefulness and when considering your educational and training options. There are many options for those looking to supplement their existing contributions to the community by studying, for example, an online MHA degree such as that offered by Ohio University gives students a formal training in healthcare administration, this an area that is currently poorly represented despite its vital importance.

Training and qualifications that allow you perform additional work on the side also give you the opportunity to increase your spiritual and financial contributions to your life and work. An online master of healthcare administration in strategy and innovation is also the kind of degree which will retain its value for a long time and potentially open a variety of doors for you.

Support Good Causes

As a small business, supporting good causes, particularly local ones, is a fantastic way of making inroads with the local community and helping to build your brand as a part of the local fabric. Charitable and other ventures put your company’s name at the front of people’s minds when organizing local events. Read More→

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question manThere are all kinds of questions in this world of ours. Most are rather annoying. It would not surprise me in the least if there were a gang of hooligans somewhere hired to make up silly questions. If I could find this gang, I would disperse them immediately, without a question.

Of course, there is the fact that the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is in cahoots with these question-maker-uppers. Every once in a while she comes up with questions for Yours Truly.

It is not the questions I object to but rather the answers I am supposed to give in connection to the questions. My wife has a silly notion that the answers I give should be in direct correlation to the questions she asked. Who made up this rule? Oops, that was a question. Sorry about that.

It is my opinion, and mine alone, especially in my home, that if I am asked a question I should have the option to give the answer I want to give whether it relates to the question or not. My wife insists my answer should be a response to her question.

More times than I care to admit, when my wife is asking her second question, I am still thinking about her first question. By the time she had gotten to her sixth question, I have formed an answer for that first question. And when she asks her tenth question, I am answering her first question.

It is all very confusing to me because she always says, ”That was not what I asked you?” It was but she was so far ahead of me that it is virtually impossible for me to catch up. So, if I cannot catch up, I catch flak.

Last week, for example, she put to me a very penetrating question. ”What is that awful smell?”

I would not have taken offense to the question so much, but she was looking straight at me when she posed it. What I took from the question was that I, for some reason unbeknownst to me, smelled pretty bad. Even though it was not Saturday night, I took the hint and marched my raunchy body to the bathroom for a bath.

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appleIt’s pretty natural for people to hate their jobs and wish that they could do something else. After all, very few kids grow up dreaming about working in an office, putting numbers into a computer every day. But that leads a lot of people to the next question: what can you do instead? After all, it’s one thing to decide that you don’t want to work at your current job and to go and do something else instead, but what comes next? If you’re not careful, you could just end up bouncing from unsatisfying job to unsatisfying job without ever really finding anything that you enjoy. If you want to break that cycle, then one of the best things to do is to find a job that you find really satisfying.

What you find satisfying in a job will be very personal, but a lot of people find the fact that they aren’t doing anything to improve the world around them to be one of the most frustrating things about their current jobs. If you feel that way then why not look into the kind of industry that allows you to help people more directly than just about any other: medicine. The medical industry is filled with different careers for people of all skill types and levels of qualifications, but the one thing that they all have in common is that you would be spending your time actually helping people and improving the world around you. With that in mind, here are some medical careers that you might want to consider.


Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first, shall we? Plenty of kids grow up saying that they want to be a doctor and why wouldn’t they? You get to help people, diagnose and treat illnesses, develop new treatments and generally make the world a better place. Of course, the most common reason why a lot of people tend to grow out of that dream is that it’s one of the most difficult career paths to pursue. If being a doctor is something that you can truly imagine yourself doing then you need to be willing to put in years of hard work before that can even be close to a reality. Getting a medical degree can often take you the better part of a decade including placements, specializations, and a whole lot of hard work. Not only that but the first few years of being a qualified doctor are going to involve a lot less pay than you might expect combined with some seriously grueling hours. If you’re planning on becoming a doctor because of the promise of a fat paycheck, then you’re in it for the wrong reasons. Instead, make sure that you’re pursuing it for the love of helping other. Otherwise, the obstacles that you face are going to tough to get over.


After a doctor, the most common career that people imagine in the medical industry is that of a nurse. Nurses are sort of the unsung heroes of the medical industry in a lot of ways. Sure, doctors are the ones who get all of the recognition, thanks, not to mention the money, but without nurses, most hospitals would completely grind to a halt and fall apart completely. Nurses are often the ones running around behind the scenes treating patients directly. Where a doctor might be the one pulling the strings and setting up the treatment options for patients, nurses are the ones who are on the ground actually making that happen. Once again being a nurse will require a pretty serious amount of study on your part, though not quite as much as becoming a doctor. You can find more information on the kinds of things that you need to become a nurse, not to mention the earning potential, from this source: Again, this is a career that you need to embrace for the love of it. Being a nurse can often be an incredibly difficult, thankless job. But when you’re faced with patients who you have been directly involved with improving their quality of life, you’re likely to find that it’s all worth it in the end.  

Home care aide

A home care aide is one of those medical jobs that is incredibly important and often highly fulfilling, but you don’t carry quite the same level of glamor as being a doctor or a nurse which means that you tend not to hear about it quite as much as those careers. A home care aide is someone who works with elderly or disabled people who are unable to take care of themselves on a day-to-day level in their homes. This means that your duties will include everything from cooking meals and making beds, to general household maintenance, to assisting with physical therapy and advising families on how to best deal with an elderly relative or someone with disabilities. This is an incredibly appealing position for a lot of people because you generally don’t need nearly the level of qualifications and training required to become a doctor or a nurse, meaning that it’s a much better entry level career for many people. Not only that but, unlike those careers, you have the chance to become much more closely connected to the people in your care because you’ll find yourself spending every day with them on a pretty consistent basis, building a strong relationship with them over time.

Medical assistant

Just because doctors and nurses are the ones interacting directly with patients doesn’t mean that they’re the only people who keep a hospital functioning properly. A hospital is a vast, complex system and without the proper administrative support, the whole thing could easily fall apart. Because of that medical assistants are some of the most important, if often unrecognized, people within a hospital setting. As a medical assistant, you’ll generally be tasked with a lot of administrative duties such as answering the phone, directing patients to the correct wards, updating medical records, and keeping the hospital’s books up to date. However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll miss out on the one-to-one interaction with patients that other medical professionals get. You’ll often be tasked with things like taking a patient’s blood pressure, assisting during minor procedures and preparing patients for exams. Once again this is a great entry level position for those who want to be a part of the system that keeps a hospital running without having to worry about going through a decade of degree level education just to get their foot in the door.


If you’re the kind of person who does well under pressure and thrives in an incredibly fast paced work environment then being a paramedic is the career for you. As a paramedic, your role will mostly be to provide on the spot treatment, first aid, and revivals to people who have suffered some kind of accident or sudden illness. After that, it’s your job to get them to the nearest hospital as quickly and safely as possible. Now, there is a lot of training involved in becoming a paramedic, but a lot of it is based around direct on the job training rather than education. Because of this, it’s a good job for those without degrees, but that doesn’t mean that it’s an easy job by any means. In reality, it’s one of the hardest, most high-pressure careers that anyone can pursue. There is a huge amount of pressure on you to help people in emergency situations, and it’s important that you’re sure that that’s something that you can handle before pursuing a career as a paramedic.

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When The Inspiration Won’t Come – Ideas To Help You Get Going

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Jill Hart - Mixing Faith & Business blogI love those days where I can lie down at night and think back over all I accomplished throughout the day. Unfortunately, those days are pretty few and far between.  Many days I stare at my to-do list feeling completely overwhelmed trying to figure out how I’m going to get something – anything – accomplished.

Not long ago, I got so frustrated with this process that I decided to make a list of things that helped me get my forward momentum back when I feel stuck. Here are a few ideas that I came up with.

Make a New List

We all have a to-do list, but how about making a things-I-love list? Or maybe a things-I’m-grateful-for list? Sometimes just changing our perspective can help kick start our productivity. When I’m looking at a list full of what needs to be done, it can be hard to remember all the good things happening around me. But when I take the time to look beyond my to-do list I am flooded with gratitude for all that God has given me. Those blessings become the inspiration to get back to work and to do the next task on my to-do list … with a better attitude.

Borrow a Brain

When I’m working on something new or trying to come up with a solution to a problem in my business, I often find that I simply can’t do it alone. When times like these hit, I dial up a friend or colleague and schedule a brainstorming session. Whether we meet over coffee, on the phone  or via Skype, I always come away from meetings like these with great new ideas and inspiration. Talking with others when you’re stuck is a great way not only to help solve the problem, but to gain motivation and determination as well.

Glean Excitement

Watching the successes of others has always inspired me. When I began working on weight loss, I often read stories of people who had gone before me and conquered their weight. Not only did I learn how they did it, it also helped motivate me to do the same thing. The same principle holds true for me in business. When I watch videos or read stories of other entrepreneurs and their successes, it makes me want to dream bigger and work harder.

Change Directions

Another way that I “trick” myself into getting to work is to completely ignore what I’m working on. That’s right. I change direction and work on something new. There’s something about changing my focus that helps my mind relax and (sometimes subconsciously) think about the project that I’m stuck on. Sometimes I start a fresh project, other times it’s as simple as checking and answering email. Anything to job my brain in a new direction and get those creative juices flowing.

So, if you find yourself stuck today or simply overwhelmed by your to-do list, try these tips and tricks to get your motivated and inspired!


About Jill
Jill is the founder of Christian Work at Home Ministries ( She is the author of Do Life Different and co-author of So You Want To Be a Work-at-Home Mom and speaks to audiences about faith, business and leadership topics.

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Can Two Walk Together, Except They Be Going to the Same Store?

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After about a million days of toil, sweat and aggravation, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I decided to take a few days off and relax.

I am not a real expert when it comes to relaxing. I have not pursued a PhD in relaxing and therefore it is a foreign theme to me.

Of course, I have advised many people to chill out, relax a little bit and not get so excited about things. What doctor do you know who takes his own medicine? Or, what pastor do you know that listens to his own sermon?

I could preach a sermon to beat all sermons on relaxing and not getting so uptight about things. You would think after listening to some of these sermons that I was an expert in this area. My expertise is only in telling other people what they should be doing. I do not have time to listen to my own sermons.

My wife and I realized a month or so ago that we have not taken a day off in over six months. Actually, we were trying to figure out the last time we did take a day off.

“I think,” my wife said most reflectively, “that we should take a day off and relax.”

It has been my policy throughout my marital life to not disagree with my wife. This was one of those times when I was in full agreement with her statement. It doesn’t happen often, when it does, it is time to celebrate.

For us, a couple days off takes a couple months of planning and when I say planning, I mean planning.

We had to coordinate the date with the rest of our family, and with the church schedule.

I fully understand that the church will run quite well without me, but I have conned myself into believing that it can’t. That means, I have to make special plans for when I take a day off.

It did not take me long to rearrange my schedule, but it was a different story with my wife.

She had to coordinate her schedule for a couple days off with both of the daughter’s schedule because she watched the grandchildren while the parents were working. It took several months for her to coordinate all of the schedules and finally, voilà, we arranged a time that we could “leave Dodge,” and head to St. Augustine for a couple days off.

We left after the Sunday evening service and our plan was to return Wednesday before the Wednesday night service. If you plan something right, it all comes together.

We left that Sunday night and headed for our motel to settle down for several days of rest and frivolity. I do admit that I have a PhD in frivolity and so I was ready to for frivole. (Pardon my French).

When we woke up Monday morning, I began to realize that my definition of rest was not exactly the definition my wife embraced. Read More→

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