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- Tuesday, September 27, 2016
I saw a quote today that said, "I finally got to exactly where I wanted to be ... so why won't all these growth experiences go away and leave me alone?"
Despite the humor in the question, we all feel the weight of those "growth experiences" we'd rather not encounter. You know those situations where it feels much nicer to say, "Then I overcame that problem," than it does to express, "This is what I'm currently going through."
In a recent edition of UpWords®, Max Lucado says, "God can make something good out of your mess! The test ...
- Tuesday, August 30, 2016
This year, Max Lucado has shared many times on the importance of God's Word in a Christian's life. In a world where it's just as easy to Google an article or read a self-help book as it is to pick up our Bibles—we can forget there is only one true guide for our lives—God's Word!
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It's a lesson I've had to learn ... and re-learn again recently—to create space for the most important document ever given to humankind. Through the journey, I've appreciated listening to Max's Bible-themed editions of UpWords® ...
- Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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Waking up this morning to news of yet another terrorist attack, I reflected on the first time I heard the word "terrorist." I was nine years old. It was a day, perhaps, that many of us began to more deeply understand the definition of that unnerving term. It was September 11, 2001. I didn't expect acts of terror to become a trend over the next decade and a half.
As we approach the 15th anniversary of the events that seared 9/11 permanently in our minds—and simultaneously navigate the stormy waters of the ...
- Thursday, June 30, 2016
"Mom, is there anything that will make me warm?"
As I sat on my favorite bench overlooking the bay—a cherished reading place—I couldn't help but smile at the family adjacent me.
After an evening of swimming, dusk approached, and the three-year-old son became cold. So he said to his mother, "I'm ready to get out now."
She responded with plans for a hot bath and they agreed to leave immediately to implement the strategy. Not 60 seconds later—as if he'd forgotten everything they just discussed—the son asked, "Mom, is there anything that will ...
- Monday, May 23, 2016
This month at church, we've been teaching the 3rd grade Sunday School class about various components of contentment. In reality, my group of 8-year-old girls has enlightened me just as much as I've coached them. Last Sunday's discussion prompt was, "What do you lose today by focusing on what you used to have?"
I was concerned the kids might not fully connect with the message—assuming they didn't have much to look back on in their lives. After all, they're only eight years old. Boy, was I wrong.
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- Wednesday, April 20, 2016
"Your brain is dead."
Jon's words pierced. In our office, Jon Davis, Manager of Technical Services, often uses medical metaphors to explain computer problems to us. I find those parallels extremely helpful. This week, my PC's hard drive crashed—and in one instant, my daily partner in productivity couldn't remember its identity, perform tasks, or recall the last two years we'd spent together.
Its brain was dead. I was mortified.
After a day of assembling, activating, and programming the new hard drive, Jon had my machine up and running again. All was well.
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But rebellion struck ...