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Of the 7 Deadly Sins, which temptation is most likely to strangle the life from you in the upcoming year?

Wait. Let’s back this up.

What if the biggest battle you’re going to face in 2016 isn’t even on the list?

Wait. Let’s back this up even further.

Can you name The 7 Deadly Sins?

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How to Have a Christmas to Remember

Maybe this week hasn’t gone as planned.

Long lines at the store. Grumpy customers. Only a few gifts under the tree. A misunderstanding with your in-laws. The overcooked meal. Overdraft fees. Late dinner guests. An empty home.

The weeks leading up to Christmas are often filled with lists and lines, to-dos and to-don’ts.

If we’re not careful, a season meant to bring the greatest joy, can steal our joy. Continue Reading...


This week, I received a message that captures so much of what many of us think and feel:

Maeghan writes:

“I have a coloring book, and thought I would get started trying to do this as a form of relaxation during my work day. I'm a business office and I have a staff of 11. I’m always bouncing to keep things afloat.

I sat down one day this week to take a break, and couldn't bring myself to color because I WAS AFRAID OF MAKING A MISTAKE.

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Many of the Christmas cards and holiday update letters are collages of the years’ accolades and accomplishments, extravagant purchases, as well as promotions and photos from one-in-a-lifetime trips. But what do you do say when your year has been marked by loss or pain, foreclosure or funerals, divorce papers or a difficult diagnosis?

Difficult life events can make it hard to know what to write.

We stare at the blank page wondering what to say and what’s best left unsaid. Here are 5 tips on how to write a Christmas letter after you’ve had a bad year:  Continue Reading...

When It’s Far, Far More Than You Can Handle

When we’re in a precarious place, some things are better off unsaid:

“Oh, my brother went through the same exact thing once.”

“Honey, you’re still young. This won’t be the worst thing ever.”

And then there’s my most un-favorite:

“Remember, God won’t give you more than you can handle.”

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