Through Mary’s Eyes

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Share this Post   Our youngest child, a boy, was born in December. The doctor said he would be born in early January, but the little guy just wanted to surprise us by arriving before Christmas. Our celebration was a little different that year. On Christmas Eve, we drove forty miles to a church service. For the past several months, we …

Christmas: How Important Are Our Traditions?

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Share this Post Christmas has as many meanings as Santa has reindeer. Maybe more. Christmas certainly has a varied and colorful history. From the original pagan feasts, to the Catholic church creating a special mass on the December 25 holiday, to the peaceful reflections of Advent, to the commercialism of today, there are many reasons both to celebrate and to not …

When Giving Thanks is Hard

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Share this Post I must confess. I get pretty sentimental about the holidays. I love the food, the smells, the family gathered around the table… Oh, wait! We live 2000 miles away from our family. That kind of ruins a big part of my sentimental dreaming. Our first Thanksgiving after we moved up here was HARD. But before I go into …

Jesus FIRST—Unity in Diversity

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Share this Post As a preschooler, I remember a book that had a picture of a fainting princess. The illustration showed her arms and legs in strange positions. My preschool mind assumed that fainting meant that your arms and legs traded places. How wrong I was!! Fainting has no ability to change the locations of your body parts. What a …

Jesus FIRST–Church Revisted

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Share this Post Church. The word evokes many different emotions…reverence, boredom, tradition, security, belonging, restoration, repentance, freedom, awe, judgment, condemnation, unworthiness, love. The list could probably fill a few books. Most Americans probably view church as that building down the street that opens up on Sunday mornings for nicely dressed families and sweet old ladies. Some may look at church as …

When Everything Falls Apart

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Share this Post My husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Valentine’s Day in 2014. To say that my life was turned upside down would be an understatement. In the days between the initial Emergency Room visit and the surgery to remove his tumor, I had to face a decision. MANY people prayed for healing from all over the …

Jesus First…Be Active!

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Share this Post The Christian life has become so passive. We go to church each week and passively listen to a message that someone else has prepared. We read the blogs that appear on our newsfeed, hit “like”, and move on. We view our pastor as our main source of spiritual food, when he is supposed to be a shepherd. …

Jesus FIRST

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Share this Post The girl climbed the stairs of the old farmhouse. The house suddenly shifted beneath her feet. This was no earthquake. She paused to look out the landing window. Outside, she could see the floodwaters threatening to float the house off its foundations. Upstairs, a man was meticulously repairing flawed items in the house…banisters, woodwork, etc. The girl …

Truth or Tradition?

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Share this Post I was alone in our family room with the television one summer evening in 2011. My husband was working late. The kids were in bed. On the TV screen, I witnessed story after story of abuse scandals in a group of churches. I was astounded. I had grown up hearing men from these very circles teach God’s …

Pain is Pain

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Share this Post We are liars. Not necessarily to other people, but to ourselves. We tell ourselves some big whoppers. We tell ourselves that our pain isn’t a huge deal. Someone else’s pain is bigger, so ours isn’t anything to worry about. We think that because our pain looks different than someone else’s, it must not be valid. We tell …