I Found Baby Jesus, and the Holy Family at Walmart

I found baby Jesus at Walmart by John ThurmanReprinted from last year. Christmas yard art is at an all time low. I see blow up Santa’s, Reindeer, that look more like mule deer, gift boxes, snow globes, and all matter of Christmas merchandise in people’s yards.  Last year, one of my childhood friends from my hometown […]

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Christmas Stress Busting Tips Pt 1

Well, it is a few days after a fantastic Thanksgiving Black Friday is done, Cyber Monday is in the books, and Giving Tuesday is almost done. News Flas,  we are in the “full speed ahead” mode for this Advent Season. Have you ever noticed It never fails, about three to five days before “Black Friday,” […]

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Push Back Stress with Gratitude!

​Push Back the Tyranny of Fear with Dose of Gratitude. Why Thanksgiving is important. Do fear, anxiety, and stress have you tied up in knots? Are you trying to push back the darkness of depression? As a part of my series on Psychological Body Armor, I am going to disclose the cheapest, and one of the most […]

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How to Stay Motivated

This is a repeat off an earlier post that many of you commented on.Maintain Your Motivation Part 1 – Using the Goldilocks Rule to Push Ahead.This article is liberally based on one of my favorite bloggers James Clear Does the name Steve Martin ring a bell? Performer, comedian, movie star, Saturday Night Live Alum, respected […]

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Abe Lincoln and Fear of Criticism

The fear of criticism robs a person of their initiative, destroys imaginations, limits initiative, destroys dreams, steals self-reliance, and does, Lord only knows how much more damage.   Napoleon Hill[i] Abraham Lincoln’s Story During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln was greatly respected and greatly reviled. Blamed for plunging this nation into a civil war, he was the president […]

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Biblical Help for Anxiety

Dealing with Anxiety“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matt. 6:34).– Matthew 6:25–34Despite our attempts to create security for ourselves with savings, insurance, a strong police force, and so on, we cannot eliminate the fears plaguing our society. The potential dangers of terrorism, […]

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911 – Thoughts from John Thurman

Darkness is settling into Albuquerque a little early tonight as a gentle, but rumbling thunderstorm cools the evening. All day today on television, radio, and social media have been several moving remembrances that morning on 9/11 that permanently altered out history as Americans. Even then, as a recently retired Army Reserve Chaplain, I wondered if […]

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Stay Focused and Live Your Dream

Do the bugs on your windshield keep you from seeing down the road? By John Thurman With 37 years of experience as a professional counselor, I have heard these words multiple times a week. ”I want to do better.” I want to feel better.” “I want to have more for my family.” “I am sick and […]

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