Posts in Category: Encouragement

A Minute's Time

Author: Mike Sonneveldt
I don't get to read enough in my life. Most of my time is spent in the educational realm, and this usually means I'm reading a lot of various informational pieces/books, or I'm doing research in order to build a case for a Podcast or presentation. Needless to say, when I sit down to read for “enjoyment”, I'd rather take in a book of fiction or at the very least historical fiction. However, when I do end up finally purchasing a book, I so often decide on something in the sphere of history or science. But the one that I find myself always on the look-out for is more akin to self-improvement. I love pouring over studies, theories, anecdotes and suggestions on improving everything from habits to deeply embedded character traits. Buying books like this as opposed to pleasure reading may … read more

Family is More Important than You Think

Author: Mike Sonneveldt
I had a couple different topics to write about popping around my head. The theological ones, political ones, and even the fitness ones. For a moment, I almost embarked into the theological, considering a debate which seems to be kicking up on the graffiti-wall of Facebook. But I chose a different path. A lighter way and one that transcends the debates and winds of doctrine. The joy of what God has given us continues to be a favorite topic of mine. If you follow this blog at all, you'll probably remember my writings on the many tiny little blessings we get to experience each day. Not every moment is horrible. And if we are absolutely miserable, sad, and devastated 24/7, 365...then it's a heart issue that sorely needs to be checked and fixed. The joy in particular that I'm… read more

Education is the Problem

Author: Mike Sonnevedlt
Recently, Bruno V Manno wrote an article at RealClearEducation describing the changes in education that have happened as a result of the Covid madness kids were forced to live through. While Manno describes many of these factors as a tragedy, I can't help but see the opportunity in this. No stimulus is stronger than a negative stimulus, and if it's painful enough, it makes people run the other way very quickly. Our school systems as an institution have been wobbly, shaky, failing centers of “education” for decades, and the system at a national level sat entrenched in its own refuse. It felt no compulsion to change things up or pursue different avenues. After all, why would they? Money flowed in by the billions for decades, and landed in the pockets of many of the most influential… read more

Be Faithful with the Small Things

Author: Mike Sonnevedlt
Be faithful in the small things It's easy to run after the big things. There's glory in the big, massive successes and few men can resist what that glory brings. But, glory is something that doesn't last. Just as quickly as it comes upon you, it leaves you stranded, alone and forgotten. Maybe some of you don't want glory. You don't want to have to even think about a major, world-changing success. While I could point to your lack of confidence as the source of that, what I will say is: I know you want at least a contented, purposeful life. You want something that fulfills you and gives you a reason to rise in the morning. That alarm clock is much easier to stop or beat to the punch if you have something burning inside you to work on and bring to completion. Heck, you just… read more
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