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Friday, November 13
IT’S TEMPTING TO THINK THERE’S more to the Christian life than loving people. That there’s more advanced theology in it than that. It’s difficult to understand. More complicated. More confusing. That it’s something we have to study more and argue abo
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Sunday, November 29
MY SON AND HIS WIFE were expecting their third child close to Christmas. Big sister and brother seemed excited about the coming baby but a little uneasy about the change the birth would bring. Our five-year-old granddaughter asked her parents if they
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Tuesday, December 15
SINCE I AM ALWAYS CHASING perfection, I key in on verses like this one that we’re discussing in Sunday school. I begin to imagine myself with no blemishes, no cellulite, and good hair. In my magazine-cover daydream, I am a Pulitzer Prize–winner/super
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New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31
MY FAVORITE MOVIE, ANNE OF Green Gables, has a great line: “Tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes in it!” Sometimes I share that with my students at the beginning of a new semester. It’s a great feeling to start with a clean slate. Making us new is what
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Saturday, November 14
LAST WEEKEND, MY HUSBAND AND I hiked a small section of the Superior Hiking Trail in northern Minnesota. It was late autumn, so the maple forests had already shed their leaves, which added a new challenge to our hike. The underbrush had died, and the
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Monday, November 30
AFTER TOILING ALL NIGHT WITH nothing to show for it, Peter and his partners had to wash their nets and stretch them out so they wouldn’t rot. But after Jesus used Peter’s boat as a pulpit while teaching the crowds, He told the experienced fisherman t
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Wednesday, December 16
AFTER SEVENTEEN YEARS AS A Christian, I’m still looking for a savior. No, not a savior of the spiritual variety. Someone to bail me out, clean up my mess, tell me what to do. Not mere help. Rescue. At times, I’ve cast my husband, a friend, or a famil
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Acknowledgments
Every attempt has been made to credit the sources of copyrighted material used in this book. If any such acknowledgment has been inadvertently omitted or miscredited, receipt of such information would be appreciated. Scripture quotations marked (AMP)
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Sunday, November 15
GOOD FRIENDS ARE LIKE YOUR favorite pairs of shoes. You love them all. However, some friends are suited to walk through hailstorms and rain, while other friends are only suited for sunshine and clear skies. Dee, Lynn, Katrina, and Yvette are good fri
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Tuesday, December 1
I LOVE DECORATING WITH WORDS. Each time I walk by a plaque stamped with an encouraging thought, it gives me a boost. My kitchen wall shouts, Chill . . . God’s Got This. My hallway, hung with a beautiful print of two sparrows perched on either side of
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Thursday, December 17
WHENEVER I VISIT MY MOM, I love it when I can attend Sunday services with her. The minute I walk into the small country church, memories flood my mind. On the last visit, I remembered the time I sang a special duet with the only other girl my age in
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A Note From The Editor
CALL ME LITERAL-MINDED, but I do indeed like to spend my mornings with Jesus, reading a chapter from one of the Gospels while I eat my breakfast. The newspaper sits on the counter, waiting to be devoured, its headlines screaming, “Read me! Read me!”
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Monday, November 16
AS I WRITE THIS, MY treasured business’s future is uncertain, my freelance writing jobs are intermittent, and we’re struggling to make ends meet. Why wouldn’t I worry? Yet Jesus said simply, “Don’t.” In this verse, Jesus pointed out a long list of co
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Wednesday, December 2
John 1:1, 14 (ESV) ONE THING ABOUT CHRISTIANITY THAT keeps me coming back for more: God with us. It’s even what Jesus’s name means: “Emmanuel.” Who can resist a God who became human to be with us? What a mind-blowing concept. In my World Literature
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Friday, December 18
THERE WAS A SPIRIT OF Christmas cheer in the air but one of my friends felt melancholy. It was her first holiday season without her father. She said, “There was traffic everywhere, so I decided to pass the time in Rockwell last night.” Rockwell is on
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Sunday, November 1
I TOOK A DEEP BREATH as I walked up to the podium. I was speaking to a group of alumni at the children’s home where I grew up. Jesus, please help me get through this speech without crying. As I looked at the audience, my mind went totally blank. But
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Tuesday, November 17
JESUS’S HEALING POWER IS REAL! I’m reminded of that every time I see commercials for fibromyalgia medication. Years ago, I was diagnosed with that disorder which causes pain in the muscles and bones. Fibromyalgia also caused me to have insomnia, irri
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Thursday, December 3
TWO COUPLES I KNOW RECENTLY went on a cruise. It was the first time the four of them had traveled together. My girlfriends, one of whom turns eighty this year, were laughing when they told me about it. Their favorite part of the trip was that they ea
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Saturday, December 19
MY SISTER, WHO LIVES NEXT door, is a bit of an alarmist. I can’t tell you the times she’s called me, panicked she’s poisoned our children because she found them munching toothpaste, afraid they’ve been kidnapped only to find them hiding in the closet
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Monday, November 2
IT WAS COLD AND FOGGY that first week of November in Germany. I was visiting my aunt and uncle, and they were eager to give me a tour of the popular spots. They wanted me to experience a Rhine River cruise, but cruises were suspended because of the f
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Wednesday, November 18
MY DAD HAD ALREADY BEEN diagnosed with congestive heart failure and had suffered two massive strokes when his doctor diagnosed him with advanced prostate cancer and lung fibrosis. I lived nearly a thousand miles from my parents for most of my adultho
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Friday, December 4
I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A STORYTELLER. As a child, I would make up stories to tell my friends, sometimes cobbling together a makeshift costume with dramatic flair. As a mom, I’ve told and retold my kids tales reflecting their interests at the time: trains,
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Sunday, December 20
ONE DECEMBER OUR YOUTH PASTOR paid a visit to a church member who’d been hospitalized. As James neared the patient’s room, another door at the far end of the hallway opened and a man rushed out. This man ran down the hall, shouting at the top of his
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Tuesday, November 3
THESE DAYS WE’RE ALL BEING swamped by media storms that threaten to flood us with overstimulation and anxiety. Friends accuse me of hiding my head in the sand because I avoid these media storms. They say some version of what the disciples squawked to
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Thursday, November 19
MY HEART SANK AS I neared the bridge that would take me to my medical appointment in the city. Hundreds of cars were backed up as traffic inched along. On top of that, the steady rain had turned into a downpour; I could barely see the lights of the c
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Saturday, December 5
WE’D SPENT THE MORNING UNPACKING holiday decorations and hanging them on the tree. As I stepped back to view the finished product, memories warmed me from the inside out. My husband and I exchanged smiles. It was time to set up the crèche—our favorit
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Monday, December 21
WE MOVED TO FLORIDA JUST two years ago and it’s been impossible to travel to celebrate Christmas with our family up north. Sure, we’ve had lots of family visits throughout the year, but not at Christmas. It’s been kind of hard. And weird. And . . . u
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Wednesday, November 4
LATELY I HAVE BEEN HAVING some sleeping issues. I keep waking up during the wee morning hours, long before I need to get up for work. My mind starts racing. I worry. I problem-solve. I toss and turn. And finally, exhausted, I get up. The other mornin
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Friday, November 20
ALONG WITH BEING STILL, REST is a theme Jesus has brought to my attention this past year. (Have you found Jesus is always seeking to teach you something?) The way Jesus’s loving intent has come to light is the intersection of my desperate need for re
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Sunday, December 6
THE CHRISTMAS TREE IS DECORATED, and stockings are hung. Carols waft through the air, joining the scent of holiday baking to create a sense of home and love. And giving. Every year, I look forward to this season. I enjoy selecting presents that speak
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