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The Best ADVENTure

  • Monday, December 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

  • Monday, December 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

  • Monday, October 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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It's Time for the Challenge

  • Monday, September 8, 2014

max-lucadoLately, I've been thinking a lot about prayer.  Partly, that is because the team here at AAA is working on a few big projects that focus on prayer.  But, it's also because God's been so good in my life that I've been prompted to reflect on my relationship with Himand how much sweeter it could be if I talked more with Him.

If you're like me, too often we pray when we need deliverance from an unwaveringly difficult situation, or when God's blessed us beyond our expectations and we just have to stop ...

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Before Amen

  • Monday, August 11, 2014

max-lucado-before-amenI'm reluctant in things relational!  A slow-starter.  Not the first responder.

And those who know me well are likely to agree.

Over the years that trait has caused me consternation when it comes to prayerthe ultimate relationship!

How do I possibly relate with an All-Mighty God?  Relate in ways meaningful to Him?  That was my dilemma.  So I set up "rules of engagement"
no asking "why?"; no asking for myself; no complaining or hinting that He might not understand; use Scripture more than my own words. . .  It was quite a list.

And these "rules of engagement" worked well ...

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How to Give, Unsolicited

  • Friday, August 1, 2014

money-guyGrowing up, I was one of those kids who had a "sharing problem."  I refused to share my toys with my younger sisters.  When I got a new Barbie, she was mine and mine alone.  No one could touch her, no one could play with her, and the only way my sisters could look at her was through her box, which I laboriously placed her back into after each play session.

Have you ever done the same?  As adults, we can fall into the trap of measuring our lives by our possessions.  And we guard those possessions scrupulously when they ...

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