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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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The Gift of Peace

The winter of 1975 was anything but peaceful for me.  While studying at Northwest College thousands of miles from family and friends, I faced multiple trials that rocked my world.  I experienced challenges at school, my job seemed uncertain and several family members at home were hospitalized with serious conditions. I had to make some tough decisions on my own and was unable to help those I loved who were so far away.  Leaving for our Senior Class Retreat to the mountains was a welcomed relief.  However, the snow and icy conditions at the camp set me up for a whopping back flip and a cracked elbow.  Surgery was scheduled but until then, my arm was in a cast and I was facing finals with sleepless nights in writhing pain.  On my way to class, carrying my books in my good arm, a storm raged with winds strong enough to
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What If You Didn’t Struggle?

Have you ever just had “one of those days”? You know, the kind where you sleep through the alarm clock, you’re late for work, you accidentally dress in two different shoes, the kids are arguing and complaining, and you get to work only to realize that you forgot your coffee! It is not even 9am and you are ready for the day to be over. Sometimes it is just “one of those days”. But maybe for you it has been one of those weeks, or maybe even one of those years. Whatever the situation, you find yourself in, I want to ask you this… What if you didn’t struggle? Usually, when we find ourselves in the midst of a struggle we really don’t want to be there. However, thinking back on my life, where I am now, and who I am today, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have
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