The Transforming Power of Snow

Here in the south, we get pretty excited about a snow forecast. One little mention of the S-word is guaranteed to clean out grocery store aisles, cause a run on hardware stores, and generally send people racing around in full-tilt prep mode, even if the forecast is only for a light dusting of the white […]

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The Paralysis of the Past

The new year is like a clean slate, a blank computer screen, an empty journal page yet to be filled. For some, a new year is exciting and refreshing, full of potential and possibilities, but others view it with dread. What holds us back, makes us fear, and prevents us from moving forward with joy […]

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Where’s the Joy?

Joy to the world. Peace on earth, goodwill toward man. Be of good cheer. These phrases are often mentioned in conjunction with Christmas, but do we actually experience any of these during December? I’ll confess, some years, I struggle to experience joy because the Christmas season feels like more added to the already burgeoning to-do […]

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Elfing Around

One of my fondest memories of Christmas is secret gift missions with my father, adventures that we referred to as “elfing around.” I remember the year my dad decided to have a local craftsman make a grandfather clock for Mama. Once the clock was finished, the challenge became how to get it home and keep […]

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Renovation and Restoration

Over the last five months, our house has been a construction zone. We lived through the demo and reconstruction or several major areas and experienced unforeseen circumstances, delays, miscommunications, reassessments, errors, and do-overs.  But we’ve also seen the work of skilled craftsmen who care about quality and pleasing the customer. Now, we are enjoying the […]

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Perfect!

  Have you noticed “perfect” is the new overused cultural word? You place a food order and no matter what you select the server’s response is “perfect!” You speak to a customer service rep, and regardless of the issue, the answer is “perfect!” Actually, if everything were perfect, you wouldn’t be calling customer service in […]

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Remembering Thanksgiving – The Forgotten Holiday

Sandwiched somewhere between Halloween and Christmas is a Thursday holiday that is rapidly losing prominence in the minds of millions of Americans – Thanksgiving. If you search hard, you might find a slim 50% off section of Thanksgiving cards, autumn decorations, and a turkey platter sandwiched amid multiple aisles of Christmas decorations. For many, Thanksgiving […]

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Holding on to Hope

In the days following the presidential election, social media blew up with angry rants. People engaged in verbal fisticuffs, demonstrated, and threatened to move to Canada. But amid all the outrage and verbiage, the missing element seemed to be hope; hope for the future and trust in the God who is able to use anyone […]

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