Archive for December, 2016

Tradition

Tradition

One day Steve and I were listening to a news broadcast about family traditions.  They mentioned a lot of big traditions like always eating Easter dinner at Grandma’s with the entire extended family, or a family reunion every year.  And for a bit, we lamented over the fact that we didn’t have these big ingrained […]

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  December 31, 2016   No comments
Finding Joy in Simplicity

Finding Joy in Simplicity

Molly Beattie once said, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings […]

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  December 24, 2016   No comments
Truly He Taught Us

Truly He Taught Us

Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love, and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother; And in His name, all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we; Let all within us praise His holy name. As we prepare […]

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  December 22, 2016   No comments
To Forgive is to Extend Grace

To Forgive is to Extend Grace

I can be so petty sometimes – especially when driving. I find myself wanting revenge when another driver cuts me off. Recently, I realized that I do it in other situations of my life, too. It’s that whole “eye for an eye” mentality. I’m doing it. Or maybe it’s the mentality of I couldn’t possibly […]

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  December 20, 2016   1 comment
The Magic of Generosity

The Magic of Generosity

I just saw a video that offered several children of poor families an opportunity to share any gift they wanted for Christmas.  Then they got to talk about what they would give their parent for Christmas if they could  The kids dreamt big and went for it.  X Box.  Doll sets.  You name it.  They […]

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  December 15, 2016   No comments
A Giving Heart

A Giving Heart

In my late 20’s I was in Industrial Sales.  I was out driving through Chicago with another salesperson, Michael, and on the side of the road there was a man asking for money.  Michael immediately rolled down his window, in a not so great part of Chicago, and handed the guy $5 and said “God […]

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  December 6, 2016   2 comments