Grasping the Promises of Christmas

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Despite what some people say, promises are not meant to be broken. In fact, we look to God for all truth, and He is one to always keeps His promises! What a comfort this is in a world that’s otherwise unstable in its guarantees. One example of God’s promises came to us in the form […]

Home[bound] For the Holidays?

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“Home for the Holidays” is one of the best Christmas songs ever recorded. I don’t know of many other lyrics that bring such a warm and cozy feeling straight to the heart—unless, of course, you’re not going home for the holidays. Ever been there? It was the winter of 1998. I was a fairly new […]

Breathe In Thankfulness. Breathe Out Stress.

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Life gets busy, bills pile up, schedules seem endless, and there are never enough hours in the day. Stress starts to build and the tiny, insignificant things suddenly become substantial and earth-shattering in our thoughts and feelings. When stress increases and life becomes overwhelming we often ask ourselves questions like, “When will this all slow […]

The Scarcity of Abundance

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  Soon we will begin to hear about Black Friday shopping and the anticipated early morning rush to department stores that will likely result in injured customers and destroyed merchandise. The madness of anticipated scarcity is a powerful force that drives people to push, shove, yell, and grab like it is the end of the […]

Say YES to a New POV

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What a wonderful time of year to be grateful for all the gifts and blessings in our lives! Good health. Employment. Family. Food. Shelter. So much for which to be thankful. But if this is true, then why do so many of us criticize—rather than express gratitude—for the good things going on all around us? […]

Trouble Sleeping? Try Counting Your Blessings!

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How do you most often think about thankfulness? Around this time of year, we often have images of families giving thanks around a big meal being served. It’s an image of peace and connection with our families, which is a great thing! But I want to suggest a non-traditional approach to a practice in gratitude […]

Does Thankfulness Really Matter?

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We’ve all heard the saying: “Have an attitude of gratitude!” But why bother? After all, some days we just don’t feel thankful! Besides that, can feeling grateful—or showing thankful actions toward others—cause any real beneficial impacts for anyone? A few years ago, I heard one man’s testimony that did just that! This man is like […]

How to Prepare for the End

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As little girls, we start thinking about our wedding day around the first time we hear the story of Cinderella. What should our dress look like? What colors should we would use? How will we would fix our hair and makeup? What types of flowers will we carry in our bouquet and have placed on […]

Teaching Kids the Importance of Forgiveness

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Are you familiar with the childhood game often referred to as “Got you last”?  The object of this game is to tag someone and then run away from them as fast as possible while yelling, “Got you last!”  The final person to be tagged is considered the loser until they tag someone else. This game […]

Blending Families | Our Experience  

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Peter’s Perspective: When Deb and I married in 1995, minimal thought was given to the fact we were blending two families. Deb had been married to Al and was co-parenting two sons.  I had been married to Sue and was co-parenting a son and a daughter. Deb and I married because we were in love, […]