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True Grit: Lessons from the Blessing Basket


By. De Andrea Nichols

Image via blessingbasket.org
As a graduate student studying social entrepreneurship at the Brown School of Social Work, I often hear the stories of many successful entrepreneurs, student ‘treps, and more throughout classes, networking, and local St. Louis events. In many cases, the narratives are similar, the goals are generally similar,


So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to creep in and take root in their lives. Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold us back. Fear is not from God. Scripture tells us that fear brings torment.


“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:2, NIV)
In life, we all go through a pruning process. God will prune our lives so that we can bear much


Why are these people smiling? Because they are adjacent to the First Lady, yes, but also because volunteering is fun. Find a National Day of Service event near you—going on all day today.


Get enough sleep
Just one extra hour’s sleep per night in the run-up to a major event can make a huge difference to your physical appearance and your general mood.
Drink water
Water is vital to feeling and looking better, and I recommend that my clients drink at least eight to 10 glasses

Spark Good with Me.

In life, we all need both jerks and sparks to move us along our paths in our calling. It is effortlessly easy in our society to become jaded, apathetic, and complacent to the concerns of the world. Even those of us who may know our calling, mission, purpose, or passion

Big God. Small Problems.

There is power when you magnify the Lord and exalt His name. When you magnify the Lord, you aren’t changing Him, you are changing the way you see Him. You are making Him bigger in your life than your problems and circumstances. So many people today waste time and energy