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Dawn Mann Sanders

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The Risks of Giving Into Temptation

The Risks of Giving Into Temptation

We want to pay attention to the more noticeable boundaries where the exceptions are more clearly defined. We also need to pay attention to the other boundaries too because they can kill you—or your hopes and dreams—too, just slower

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The Order of Rest

The Order of Rest

None of us are born fully charged in the sense of fully developed and capable of performing our assignments. We have a lot of resting and growing to do before we can perform fully

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Fueling Your New Life

Fueling Your New Life

Just like Adam is to fuel his body from trees that get energy from the sun (S-U-N), we are to fuel our lives with activities that get their energy from the Son (S-O-N)

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Trees with roots exposed

Getting to the Root

Catastrophic events are like potholes. Most are unexpected, seem to come out of nowhere, and can knock you off course if you aren’t careful

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Choosing Wisely | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Choosing Wisely

The first question was: How will you make decisions? This first decision was foundational to our relationship—because all our future decisions would rest upon that decision

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If I Only Imagine | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

If I Only Imagine

Imagining or forming a mental picture of yourself and your life gives you much-needed vision and direction. As any navigator will tell you, in order to chart a course, you need two things: a starting point and an ending point

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The Benefit of NOT Being First | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

The Benefit of NOT Being First

You’ve experienced a devastating, even catastrophic, event. Now, it feels like the end of the world as you know it. That’s because it did. The world as you knew it ended. But it isn’t the first time. The first happened, you guessed it, at the beginning.

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Harvests & Attacks | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Harvests & Attacks

I should have expected it—the attack. God had already spoken to me about being vigilant when I wrote about spiritual terrorism in response to remembering

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Spiritual Terrorism | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Spiritual Terrorism

Creating a new life in the wake of a catastrophic event is hard. The event we went/are going through “involved or caused sudden great damage or suffering.” Just thinking about the damage and suffering we have endured can make us

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How I Began to Create a New Life | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

How I Began to Create a New Life

I encourage you to embrace the truth that you don’t have to feel bad forever. The truth is you can enjoy your life because life can feel good again—even in the wake of your life-altering event

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A Lost Art | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

A Lost Art

What happened to the lost art of real, genuine brothers in the Body Of Christ? What happened to men who would look after their sisters-in-the-Lord

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A Relationship with a View | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

A Relationship with a View

“I would like us to get to know each other, become friends first, with a view towards marriage.” When Reggie approached me, he immediately let me know his intentions—short-term (to get to know each other as friends) and long-term (marriage)

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Believe Them, The First Time | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Believe Them, The First Time

My grief taught me that the opinions of friends are nice, but what I think about this person is significant. So, when I see behavior that I do not feel comfortable with, I take pause

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What Do You Believe? | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

What Do You Believe?

All too many times, we go by what others say and even by what we see take place with others. This is true even in relationships. And this belief goes both ways

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Where Do You Stand? | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Where Do You Stand?

As you progress through your life, whether alone or together, we hope that you have a clear understanding of where you are every step of your journey

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What I Really Want | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

What I Really Want

“May my next boyfriend love me to distraction.” That was a prayer of mine many, many years ago. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it

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Gifts | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Gifts

The work to get a gift from God does not compare to what you get in return from the gift! I believe God has a gift out there for you—it may just take a change in perspective for you to get it

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Overcoming Trust Issues | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Overcoming Trust Issues

So, I took that step into the unknown trusting God to show me the way. Trusting God that I could one day have a happy, healthy relationship and today I do. And you can too

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Freeing Yourself from Past Pain | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Freeing Yourself from Past Pain

I hope that you will identify what triggers your pain, and with God’s help, release it. So, you can be free. Yes, it may hurt and it will require work, but I am living proof that it gets better—a better life with better relationships

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Tender Spots | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Tender Spots

Tender spots are sensitive issues in our lives, like wounds, fears, or other vulnerabilities. Tender spots are not weapons that we use against each other. Tender spots are opportunities to protect and support each other

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Taking the Initiative | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Taking the Initiative

“Start out the way you want to end up.” This is a wonderful piece of advice that my mother gave me on relationships. It is also the first thing that comes to mind when women ask me who should make the first move in romantic relationships

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From Reginald Sanders | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

From Reginald Sanders

The devil is about to find out that you are stronger than he thinks, and that any man that steps towards you will have to step correct and godly. God will send godly people to be of help and assistance to you. God will take wonderful care of you

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Rise Above: Changing Your Thinking | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Rise Above: Changing Your Thinking

Instead of trying to change the other person (which you don’t really have the power to do), why not focus on the one person you can change—yourself? And not just with words, change yourself by changing your thinking

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Rise & Shine in the Morning | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Rise & Shine in the Morning

No matter what time I wake up, I purpose to rise AND shine. Because starting my day off right is a crucial step in creating and living a life I love. That means I have to have a good morning

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Miscarriage & Mother’s Day | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Miscarriage & Mother’s Day

Not every woman feels like celebrating or her joy is bittersweet. For many women who have experienced a miscarriage, Mother’s Day is a painful reminder of our losses—and most women suffer in silence

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Are You Resisting a Rest? | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Are You Resisting a Rest?

I evaluated my fear of rest reducing my productivity and found it to be unfounded. Rest is part of the cycle—growth, productivity, and accomplishment have a beginning, a middle, and an end

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Coping with Grief During the Holidays | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Coping with Grief During the Holidays

Most likely this holiday will be different than previous holidays, because you are different. So, don’t expect you or the holiday to be the same. Try to remember that different doesn’t have to mean ruined

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Mary Jane It Up | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Mary Jane It Up

Referring to the main character of the BET series Being Mary Jane played by Gabrielle Union. Union’s character places yellow sticky notes all over her house, with positive affirmations and quotes that she reads every morning before going to work

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Want An(other) Extraordinary Life? | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Want An(other) Extraordinary Life?

Here I am trusting God. My new extraordinary life (my next big thing) has not arrived yet, but I finally want it and believe it is on its way. I’m on a journey to find/create/build it because there is still hope

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The Key to Knowing What to Do | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

The Key to Knowing What to Do

“I lost myself,” stated a former student of mine. That is easy to do following a life-altering event. We focus so much on the doing that the being gets lost. At least, that is what happened to me

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Are You Ready? Part VI | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Are You Ready? Part VI

These tips on growing spiritually have served my whole family well over the years. No matter where you are in your faith, Scripture is a weapon you can use to overcome a multitude of challenges

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Are You Ready? Part V | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Are You Ready? Part V

Money is a tool, one I want in my toolbox. That way, I am ready to move when opportunity knocks. Having the money on hand makes it easier to not hesitate when God prompts

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Are You Ready? Part IV | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Are You Ready? Part IV

I wasn’t ready in the past and almost missed my blessing. I don’t want to put another blessing at risk. That is still my reason, but when it comes to physical health, it goes deeper than that

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Are You Ready? Part III | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Are You Ready? Part III

As your emotional health improves, so will your life by making you a happier, healthier, more positive person—positive people are more likely to attract other positive people and things in their lives

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Are You Ready? Part II | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Are You Ready? Part II

I encourage you to make improving your relationship skills, and ultimately, your relationships, an ongoing part of your self-improvement process whether you are waiting for a blessing or not

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Are You Ready? Part I | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Are You Ready? Part I

Whatever my next blessing is, I want to be ready to receive it. Rather than focusing on what you are missing, focus on what you can do to prepare for your blessing when it arrives, be patient in waiting and avoid distractions

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What Does Beauty Look Like? | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

What Does Beauty Look Like?

Widely held perceptions of beauty and perfection can have a deep and lasting cultural impact. Let’s better understand potentially unrealistic standards of beauty and to see how such pressures vary around the world

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An Unexpected Benefit of the Unknown | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

An Unexpected Benefit of the Unknown

No longer knowing who I am anymore, makes it difficult, if not impossible, to know what the future holds for me—but the blessing of a clean slate allows me to rewrite my ending, one glorious chapter at a time

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Welcome to My Blog | Dawn Mann Sanders | Christian Author and Motivational Speaker | Biblical Relationship Advice

Welcome to My Blog

My goal is to open a dialogue about how to navigate the challenges, struggles, and obstacles, we encounter in life, and ultimately, not allow these experiences to define us. I look forward to conversing with you as we navigate life together

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