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The Best ADVENTure

  • Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Max Lucado - In the MangerGrowing up, one of my favorite things about the holidays was counting down the days until Christmas.  The best part was using my chocolate Advent calendar from Trader Joe's.  Each morning, my sisters and I compared our chocolate pieces, discussed which cardboard compartment was veiling the candy that day, and cast our predictions for the next day's Christmas candy shape.

This year, I counted down in a new way.  I journeyed through Max Lucado's In the Manger, which is both an Advent devotional and the emphasis for Max's daily feature, "UpWords®", this month.  Daily, Max shared ...

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Alphabetize Your Blessings

  • Mon, Dec 1, 2014

Alphabetize Your BlessingsI'm thankful for ... 

A cquired tastes.

B eds ... specifically, having my own bed.

C hloe.  One of my three sisters, she has taught me about unconditional love, hard work, and forgiveness.

D octors ... and the care I have access to in the U.S.

For as long as I can remember, my dad's Thanksgiving tradition has been to share his annual "Top 10" list.  Each year, the thankfulness list "debuts" for his church on the Sunday before Thanksgiving—with an invitation for those in the congregation to create their own "top 10" lineups.  It's always a fun ...

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The Journey of Prayer

  • Mon, Oct 6, 2014

max-lucado-before-amenLast Wednesday, "Before Amen" launched on airwaves across the nation.  In the week leading up to its debut, the Lord prepared my heart to pursue deeper—and more frequent—conversations with Him.  At church, my pastor talked about prayer.  In staff devotions, we discussed prayer.  During weekly small group, we studied prayer.

This is one of those beautiful times where God persistently nudges my heart in a specific direction.  He's pursuing my attention and inviting me to seek Him more extensively than I historically have.

Prayer is a spiritual discipline that has always intimidated me.  What do I have ...

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