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5 New Year’s Resolutions Worth Making (and Keeping)

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always do the best with New Year’s Resolutions. I go strong… for about two weeks. By the time February rolls around, the goals I made in January are far gone from my mind.

Instead of making a resolution you won’t keep in 2014, resolve to lay hold of joy every day.

Resolve that every day will be marked with laughter and happiness and levity and winsomeness and mirth and gladness and gratefulness. No matter what adversity you are facing, will you choose to lay hold of joy each day?

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How to Live Free

Margaret —  October 27, 2013 — 1 Comment

Find Freedom in Forgiveness

Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts God gives us. A friend of mine once stumbled on a sign that read:

If we had needed healing, God would have sent a Physician.

If we had needed knowledge, God would have sent an Educator.

If we had needed information, God would have sent a Scientist.

If we had needed money, God would have sent a Banker.

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 4 Secrets to Finding Joy Today

Throughout this battle, I am choosing to fight with joy. To lay hold of happiness in every situation. To choose to laugh despite circumstances. To pursue gladness with every breath.

I’m taking on this Goliath battle, not with a handful of stones, but a balloon of joy. In the midst of the darkness, we will laugh and play and celebrate.

Will you join me?

No matter what you’re experiencing, what circumstances you’re going through, you can lay hold of joy beginning right now.

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21 Days of Wonder: Forgiveness

Margaret —  January 20, 2013 — 7 Comments

21 Days of Wonder FORGIVENESS

Unforgiveness holds us back from fully experiencing God’s wonder. Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself. Take fifteen minutes to prayerfully consider any things you’ve had a hard time forgiving yourself for. Record them on a blank sheet of paper. Then take a few moments to forgive yourself for each one. After you forgive yourself, rip up the sheet of paper as a sign of keeping no record of wrongs. Continue Reading...

Wonderstruck by Forgiveness: My Global Apology—I’m So Sorry! 34,492 Times Over

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed that sometimes my emails disappear in cyberspace. I send someone an email and they claim they don’t receive it. I resend with the time stamp. On other occasions, people have promised to send some important information, and I never hear from them. Those moments have sometimes led to frustration and disappointment.

As a result, I check my spam folder every 1 to 2 days. I don’t want anything falling through the cracks. Occasionally, I’ll find an important email—but mostly the contents are junk.

Just recently, Leif was spending some time in the backend of our website adjusting some email settings when he discovered a junk file that he’d never noticed before associated with his email. He discovered more than 3,000 emails he’d never seen from the last three years. Many were junk, but some were notes from churches, friends, and family members. He remembered times when he’d grown frustrated because of nonresponsive emails—and now he found those emails.

“You have a file like this, too,” Leif said.

“How big is it?” I asked. Continue Reading...