Life Skills Development Archives - N. J. Lindquist

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Creativity: the Gift We So Often Neglect

At the heart of Christmas is the celebration of God’s most precious gift to us—His Son. But God has given us many other gifts, including one we often neglect. Maybe more than neglect. It sometimes seems as if we re-wrap it and hide it in the back of a dark closet. What am I talking […]

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Memories of my Involvement with Write! Canada and The Word Guild – How It Began

The road taken… – by N. J. Lindquist A few people have been talking about what they took home from this year’s Write! Canada conference this year.  (E.g. Janet Sketchley’s blog) What did I bring home? Memories. Most of us are familiar with the Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken,” with its famous ending, […]

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My Current Works-in-progress and How I Keep Them All Going

Okay, this is actually pretty funny. The topic I was given was: “My current work-in-progress.” But I don’t exactly have a current work-in-progress. I have at least six. I suppose I could just pick one and tell you all about it. But instead, I thought I’d give you a glimpse at how this writer is […]

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Nice to Be Recognized as a Canadian Christian Woman Who Leads

I just got a sweet Valentine’s Day surprise! One of my Facebook friends shared a link to an article she was mentioned in, and I kind of randomly clicked on it, only to discover my name was there too! It was a list of 100 Canadian Christian women who are leaders. Mark Peterson of the […]

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My writing targets (and how I plan to hit them!)

Anyone who knows me well is aware that I have “To Do” lists I refer to on a daily basis. I’ve used everything from notebooks, to pads with printed numbers, to journals, to pages I created and printed to put into a binder, to random lists, to sticky notes. I frequently read books on being […]

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Most people actually like to be needed

One day while planning my next book, I realized I needed more information than I could get from books or the internet. I needed to talk to a real, live person with some experience in either handing out or being on the receiving end of certain medications. So I sent a note to one of […]

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What Gives You the Right to Criticize Me?

“You think I need to control my temper, do you?” Steve glared at his wife. “Well, what makes you think you’re so perfect?” Janice sighed. “I just don’t think you should get so angry with Gary because he didn’t like your idea. You—” “That’s the last time I’ll tell him anything!” “Steve, why can’t you […]

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Help! I need somebody…

Jeannie cringes as a wave of anguish sweeps over her. How could I have missed that? What’s wrong with me? Tears well up in her eyes. I’m hopeless. Why can I never seem to get anything right? And why does Sam always pick up on it when I miss something? Yes, the results will be […]

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My greatest fear

Over the years, I’ve been afraid of many things. Having a flat tire on a freeway. Or worse, having a flat tire at night. The result of this fear is that I avoid driving on freeways whenever possible. Losing a small child in a large shopping mall and not finding him for an hour (other […]

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Wanted: companionship

It seems to me that if we really knew God the way he wants to be known, we’d be falling all over ourselves trying to introduce him to others. Unfortunately, many people’s relationship with God goes like this: “I’ll believe in you, live a fairly decent life, and attend church when I can; you’ll see […]

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What to do when God appears to change his mind

I love coming up with ideas and starting things. Unfortunately, it’s all-too-possible to start more things than I can realistically finish. Part of the problem is that I often fail to think through everything that’s involved in a project before I dive in. On the other hand, when I honestly believe God’s telling me to […]

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How are you, really?

“You know you’re a writer,” said the toastmaster at a banquet I attended recently, “if, when you ask someone how they’re doing, you actually listen to the answer.” But even though I am a writer, I don’t always listen. I live, as you do, in a busy, multi-tasking world where the art of listening to […]

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