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How to Re-Emerge After Being Knocked Down

There have been many times in my life, where I have been abruptly interrupted and thrown into a state of trepidation. Moments where I have gone from enjoying a peaceful day, awaking from a restful slumber, or even celebrating a joyous event, only to be thrust into the reality of a devastating blow. An email informing me of my employment separation, a doctor telling me of a difficult diagnosis, encountering the presence of a vile perpetrator, and worse of all, a phone call . . . the kind that everyone fears, from a tearful, grieving loved one, with unexpected heartbreaking news. I have experienced them all. Each traumatic event, each with its own unique impact and pains. And yet my response to them all was the same. SHOCK. FEAR. DEVASTATION. When shook by such intense emotions, my body, mind, and spirit are too overwhelmed to handle life’s unexpected moments, and
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My Crown of Joy

We can all struggle with the tendency to become annoyed with people.  Little nuances like; how a person chews, clicks that pen in a meeting, drives, or whistles all day long can make you feel like someone is running their nails on an old fashioned chalkboard. As Christians, we strive to keep our cool, and keep ourselves in check. We know we are to “love our neighbor as our self” (Matt. 19:19), but some days, frankly, that can seem far reaching. We know we should “value others above ourselves” (Phil. 2:3), but it’s just that it! It is our “self” that gets in the way, where selfishness can take over, pushing the other person’s needs and desires aside. I came across a verse when reading in Philippians one day.  It may have been one we have all glossed over in the past. An introductory phrase, yet, I know that every
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The Way in a Manger

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6 (NIV) The years prior to Jesus being born were very dark. Isaiah says that people looked for light, but all was darkness. God had been silent for many years, and people were desperate for direction. There was confusion, distress, and yet – hope. In the midst of great darkness, God’s light is unmistakable. God uses the most difficult of circumstances to show his grace & love to the world. A season of trial leaves us empty handed, stripped down, and humbled by life. There is no worldly comfort to hold on to. And yet, we can have hope. We can have hope because God has promised us good things. John 10:10 says, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (KJV). That means that even in our darkest
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Finding YOUR Place

When you travel a lot, you find some pretty interesting places.  While driving through a rural area in the south, I saw a restaurant with this sign attached “There is no place like this place, so this must be THE PLACE.”  The name of the restaurant was “The Place” so the sign made perfect sense.  You might be thinking, “oh how I wish it was just that easy to find the place God has for me.”  If God would provide a ‘sign’ or a GPS signal, a map or a ‘star’ would make it so much easier to know for sure you have arrived at the place where God wants you. One thing is for sure, God wants us to be in the right place.  He has promised to direct our steps and lead us to the place of fulfillment, opportunity and service.  But, we do need His guidance, instruction
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Beholding Jesus

Until I met Dan, I had only flown in cabin of a plane, never in the cockpit. We started dating a short time before and dating a pilot came with a whole lot of crazy!   For one of our first dates, Dan needed to deliver a plane to Memphis.  The plane he was flying had no passengers so he invited me to sit in the co-pilot’s seat. Being seated in the cabin, a distance from the captain, gives us a small, limited view, a partial perspective of where we are and what is going on around us, but on this trip, I had been repositioned.  As I sat next to the captain, my eyes were opened to a new, larger perspective.  I was amazed at the view from the cockpit   It was wide and expansive.   The captain had invited me closer, and my perspective changed because all of a sudden,
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Christmas Bucket List

As a child, it seemed like most of the month of December was spent waiting for Christmas to finally get here. Did anyone else count down the days and imagine what that magical morning would look like with all the gifts under the tree? Then when Christmas Day came and eventually passed, it was suddenly over and so began the waiting for next year. A few years ago I decided that I wanted the season to be more than just waiting for one day and I wanted it to be about more than just getting presents. Yes, the anticipation is fun and I love seeing my children’s excitement grow a little more each day. But I wanted to get more out of the entire month of December and really create a season of Christmas, while also helping my children to focus outward and not just on what was on their
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Surviving Christmas

Congratulations!!  You survived Thanksgiving.  Barely? You may be realizing that you have already gotten into an unhealthy holiday craze of scheduling, meeting family and friends’ expectations, over-spending, or just working tirelessly to fill an empty void.  Your anxiety may be increasing now that you’ve realized that you’ve over committed and over extended yourself to make this Christmas “The Best Christmas EVER!” and you have no idea how you’re going to pull it off. Or…you just survived the most catastrophic family gathering from which you left wounded and broken and would be perfectly fine to avoid seeing any of those crazy people again till next Thanksgiving! You’re licking your wounds and cowering in the corner hoping to hide out till the New Year. Regardless of which scenario you relate to, you still have time to regroup and regain control of your holidays to make them more meaningful and enjoyable. If you
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