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The Promise of New Year

The Promise of New Year

I’m going to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Don’t you see it? –Isaiah 43:19 On New Year’s Day, I turned over a new leaf—literally. I had been reading from Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, a collection of short devotionals for each...
The Best Choice for Thanksgiving

The Best Choice for Thanksgiving

What is your greatest Thanksgiving challenge? For my family it is choosing where to eat—and not with which relatives, but which restaurants. The question came up one Thanksgiving when my kids were very young, my husband was on the road, and everyone else was engaged...
Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Milestones are a fundamental part of life’s journey. Only last month, I reached a pretty significant milestone. Try as I might, no matter how creatively I tried to camouflage it, that “half-century” sign was a mile marker just too big to be ignored....
Confessions of an Advent Conspirator

Confessions of an Advent Conspirator

For the past few Christmases, my family and I have joined our church in Advent Conspiracy, “a movement designed to help us all slow down and experience a Christmas worth remembering.” Fellow “conspirators” are encouraged to: worship fully spend less give...
Counting Blessings

Counting Blessings

Foreword: Did you know that giving thanks is actually good for your health? Research confirms that gratitude benefits mental, emotional and physical well-being. People who regularly inventory their blessings are less stressed or depressed, and more alert, energetic,...