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52 Blessings are Flowing Your Way

Last week as I closed the chapter titled 2017, I clearly remembered its mayhem. But could I also remember its miracles? Could you? If next December 31st you were able to recall 52 blessings from the year, how would that change your perspective, deepen your faith? Hold that thought. Happy flu year, read my friend’s […]

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A Do-Over, for Those Who’ve Lost Their Christmas Peace

It was that Tuesday morning I’m sure you well remember, when we all lost sight of our peace.  While my kids slept, I picked up where I’d left off the previous morning in my chronological Bible reading. There are over 31,000 verses; here’s the one I finished on: Although this was sixteen years ago, I […]

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The Art of Cheerful Expectancy

Five days before Christmas, I sat in a booth with a marble table, swallowing a bite of mint-chip ice cream I’d barely tasted. “Okay,” I said. “Let’s schedule it.” Garth’s eyes danced. “We’re gonna have a baby tomorrow?” I smiled. “We’re gonna have a baby tomorrow.” We’d been huddled in our favorite ice cream parlour […]

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A Simple Christmas Starts with a Simple Advent

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already observing Advent, even if you’re not sure what Advent is. In the 1960s, kids like me growing up near Pacific Grove, California had something major to anticipate in addition to Christmas Day. We didn’t have snow, but we had Candy Cane Lane. Every year, my parents chose […]

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The Telling Thing

  My unseen actions and attitudes, this is the telling thing. Lord, turn my face toward you today, that I might be faithful in every thing, especially the small and seemingly insignificant. Where there’s no earthly accountability, help me still to take the next step in devotion to you. *My graphics are always free to […]

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Joy for the Day After Christmas, and the Day After That

  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. -Romans 5:5   On this 20-degree day after Christmas, a little boy across the street bounces with glee, chasing a remote-control truck up […]

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A Christmas Longing

Surely your goodness and love will follow me     all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord     forever. –Psalm 23:6   Before my dad lost his battle with lung cancer, he helped me memorize Psalm 23. The year I graduated from high school, he died. In December. And […]

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From How, God? to Hallelujah

  Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen?” -Luke 1:34   It’s morning as Garth and I stand together at the kitchen window, cradling glasses of fresh-pressed juice and watching the snow fall. “You have to make your health priority one,” I say. “Yeah,” he says. “But how?” We both think we know […]

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