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What Sacrificial Giving Looks Like

This an excellent post from The Samaritan Song’s blog. Christ’s example of giving really is the best as she so skillfully points out.

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A woman I know, a longtime family friend, lost her husband recently in a devastating freak accident.

They weren’t newlyweds, but they had decades together ahead of them.  They’d had two children together, now in or just out of college, and lived a happy, loving family life.  The loss was sudden and striking and awful.

And there in my mailbox yesterday, only about two weeks after the life-altering loss, sat a card from her.  A bright, cheerful, happy card with a gift inside, wishing my husband and I well in our new home.

I boggled.  Yes, I was the flower girl at her wedding and yes, she’s known me for most of my life.  But I’m not a family member.  I am the adult daughter of a good friend of hers, whom she sees on the occasions I visit home and attend church with my family.  Simply put: I’m largely…

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5 Things Christians Should do this Election Year

Let's talk for a moment about those two taboo subjects: religion and politics. I'm not going to tell you who to vote for or how to vote. Nor am I here to relay all the evils of socialism or capitalism or any other ism. In our walk with God, all of our choices should be made… Continue reading 5 Things Christians Should do this Election Year

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And the greatest of these is….? (Comparison Cure #5)

It always comes down to love, doesn't it? Do you rejoice when your child does well? How about your spouse? Why? Because you love them!

Christian Living · encouragement

The need for Compassion (Comparison Cure #4)

This is the fifth post in the series on Comparison Cures. To read the previous post, click here. Jenny steeled herself and walked purposefully through the familiar front door. The cozy little house was already buzzing with the chatter of women. Jenny plastered a smile on her face, determined not to be the dark cloud… Continue reading The need for Compassion (Comparison Cure #4)

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Coffee Chat 14 – How do I endure?

We haven't had a coffee chat in forever! I have missed these posts. I hope y'all will grab a cup of tea or coffee and throw in your two cents today! As I have mentioned in several posts, I am working on memorizing Hebrews 12. It's coming along, albeit slowly. At this point I don't… Continue reading Coffee Chat 14 – How do I endure?

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The Humility Remedy (Comparison Cure #3)

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone. C.S. Lewis

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Traveling through the storm

Snow swirled around us in cottony swaths of white as we inched along interstate 40. A light blanket of snow covered the roadway, marred by parallel lines that marked the pathway of the vehicles preceding us. The SUV ahead was a dim charcoal outline illuminated by its soft red tail lights. Another gust of wind… Continue reading Traveling through the storm

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Acceptance: what it is and what it is not. (Comparison Cure#2)

So often we think we've been dealt a bad hand. We see God as unjust and unfair---though I daresay we only think it in our heart. The truth is, Satan is trying to pull us away from God by any and every means possible. Satan will use wealth and prosperity to create pride, apathy and complacency. He inspired concentration camps to create despair and hopelessness. He destroys families, feeds loneliness and abandonment so that people will seek help outside of God, falling deeper into his clutches. God is not unaware of what goes on, and we are never beyond his reach. God is able to transform any agonizing trial into something glorious if we accept the situation and allow Him to work.