Advent Waiting: Waiting Without Preconceptions

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Advent is a season of waiting. A time of anticipation. A period of preparation. For many in our culture, the preparation for Christmas is limited to planning get-togethers and buying gifts. Children anticipate opening those gifts. Everyone is waiting for holiday programs, plays, and parties. But for believers in Christ, Advent also means waiting for […]

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3 Ways Abiding in Christ Can Change Your Life: Remaining

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When my husband graduated from seminary, his first call as a pastor was to a church in Missoula, Montana. He had asked for placement in the northeastern part of the United States. So naturally, the powers that be thought Montana would be perfect. When we first arrived in the city, we immediately wanted to leave. […]

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Learning To Give Thanks When It’s Easy And When It’s Not

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Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 106:1 Sometimes it’s easy to say those words. Sometimes it’s easy to be thankful. Life is good. Everyone is healthy. There is enough money in the bank account to pay the bills But sometimes it isn’t so easy […]

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3 Ways Abiding in Christ Can Change You: Keeping

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I have three grandsons. They are all born to the same parents and they all live in the same household. Yet they each have a distinct personality. One of the ways they differ is in their “cuddle factor.” One grandson prefers to be loved from afar. You need to grab a hug and then let […]

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3 Ways Abiding in Christ Can Change Your Life: Connecting

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Abide. Every year I choose one word to focus on. One word to guide the next twelve months. At the beginning of 2017, I chose “abide.” I hoped that studying and meditating on that word would help me understand it better. I kept asking, “What does that word mean, exactly?” “How do I abide?” “How does […]

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Why the Reformation Matters

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500 years ago today Martin Luther nailed 95 Thesis to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. And we might be thinking, “So what?”  Luther himself probably did not realize the importance of this simple act. The church door in a German town was like a public bulletin board. Along with Luther’s document outlining the corruption […]

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4 Keys to Finding Enough: Go to the God of Suffiency

God makes us capable of longing so that we come to Him to fill those longings.

Why is contentment so difficult to attain? Why do we always want more? This post is part of a series on finding enough. When my husband, John, and I were first married, our vehicle was a used Dodge Polara–nicknamed the tuna boat. It was a huge car and not very attractive. But it got us […]

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4 Keys to Finding Enough: Reject the Myth That More Stuff Equals More Happiness

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Why is contentment so difficult to attain? Why do we always want more? This post is part of a series on finding enough. A while ago a local charity called and asked if I had any clothing or small household goods that I would like to donate. Of course, I did. In fact, I had […]

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4 Keys to Finding Enough: Watch Out for Satan’s Lies

Satan works overtime to spoil our appetites and too often we fall for his lies.

Why is contentment so difficult to attain? Why do we always want more? This post is part of a series on finding enough. When I was a kid, my dad had a habit of pushing back from the table after a delicious and enormous feast and saying, “I spoiled my appetite.” Of course, he spoiled […]

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4 Keys to Finding Enough: Recognize Your Broken Wanter

Could it be that the amassing of things is stuffing our closets but emptying our souls-

Why is contentment so difficult to attain? Why do we always want more? This post is part of a series on finding enough. When my husband and I were first married, we moved all of our belongings into our first apartment by loading used furniture onto a borrowed snowmobile trailer. (Can you tell I’m from […]

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