When the Holidays are Over

Gone are the lights, the food, the songs, the parties, and the gifts. The sense of something shared by the whole community has slipped away and the disconnect returns.

But we don’t need to feel alone or abandoned if we remember the Christ of Christmas. His name is Immanuel - God with us. He did not come for a season. He came to stay.

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Who's the Boss of Me?

I realized that I have developed a habit of dwelling on hurts and conflicts. I allow an argument from 7:00 to live on in my mind, so that it spoils 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and beyond. 

Too many times, I take my sulking one step farther and behave based on my ‘how I’ve been wronged’ script. Even if I’m not talking, my message at these times is loud and clear, “You are in charge of my level of peace or contentment today. Your choices determine how I act. You can be the boss of me.” 

 

 

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Am I Still Beautiful?

This kind of beautiful has a different magnetism. The women who have nurtured it carry the confidence of an identity that cannot be taken away by the years or by the shallow evaluation of others. To those who have spent any time with them, these women are irresistible, because they have the gift of helping others feel beautiful too.

 

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Nothing Left to Give

As I look into the eyes and listen to the words of other women, I think many of us are emptying our baskets too soon. We each want to make a difference in our corner of the world. At first, we think we have more than enough to offer to everyone. Generously, eagerly, we give away our time, our ideas, our organizational skills, our knowledge… until suddenly there is little or nothing left.

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Jesus, Don't You Care?

There is not one thing we can walk through that Jesus doesn’t share. The pain, sorrow, and loneliness that come our way touch him too. After giving his very life for us, he sent his Spirit to empower us. That means his presence with us is a fact. No matter what.

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When We Want a New Look, but Need a New Heart

Though we know better, we want to brush on a quick coat of personality to fix the problem. How wonderful it would be if we could scatter a few laughs or a couple of kind gestures like throw pillows, and freshen up our relationships. It would be a breeze if we could change a behavior or two, and launch the updated version of ourselves without a hitch. But, like it or not, the groundwork can’t be skipped. There is heart work to be done.

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Why, God?

David was moved by gratitude to think about God’s character and motives. Sadly, the occasions that lead to my questions about God reveal a very different attitude. When I ask questions it’s not really about needing answers, but about demanding my way.

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Learning to Stay on the Boat

God invites us to take time to reconnect with him and with one another, and to rediscover the joy of moving at a slower pace. Yes, there is obedience and trust involved in God's direction to take a sabbath. But it is meant to be a gift, not a burden. Rest renews us. Time away from our tasks helps us gain perspective.

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I See You

As an introvert, I don't always find it easy to break through the barrier between 'stranger' and 'acquaintance', or move from 'customer' to 'friend'. But life sure feels sweeter when I do. Maybe you've observed it too, as you've seen a face brighten when you walk through the door. The simple art of noticing can make all the difference.

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Me First

There are a lot of situations where a Christ follower should gladly put others first. But when it comes time to take responsibility for a problem, to apologize, or to be willing to improve our attitude, I think we have permission to jump up and say, "Me first!"

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There's a Place that Only You Can Fill

We don't have to make headlines to make a difference. And we don't need to look very far for important work to do. Each of us has a ready-made place in the ministry of presence. If you are unsure, ask God to show you who needs your love and care. What feels like a small gesture to meet their need may be the biggest thing you do today.

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When the Storms Come

Out of the blue on a sunny day, the right (or, really, wrong) combination of conditions can turn things upside down in our world. 

Fear grips us as we realize we can’t head off the storm and we can’t outrun it. It will blow through our lives, and at the time we don’t know its strength or the damage it will leave behind.

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