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God Often Disguises the Good Stuff

Hey friend,

As we near the celebration of the infant’s birth, it’s worth noting, as Fred Craddock says, “God often disguises the good stuff.”

+ No one ever expected a fallible man from Ur to become the father of the faithful.

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God’s Best Medicine for the Holiday Blues

Hey friend,

We were overwhelmed with all responses to the post about The Undoing–the idea that in Advent, perhaps Jesus wants to meet you in what you leave undone, as you create space for Him to undo things in you. So many of you are embracing a lower key holiday season and finding the feelings of being overwhelmed are sloughing off.

Now if you’re struggling this holiday season, and believe me, I get it!, we need to rediscover some of God’s best medicine.  

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What if the Secret Gift of Advent is for You?

Sunday kicked off Advent 2022. I want to know how you are preparing your heart and mind in this sacred season of waiting for Christ’s birth.

This year, I sense the Spirit whispering that God wants to meet many of us in The Undoing.

What do I mean? 

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5 Hyper-Practical Tactics to Have the Best Holiday Season Ever

The holidays are here! Grand celebrations and togetherness, generational recipes, and table time arrive alongside personal pain, heartbreak, and age-old grievances (not to mention that crazy uncle who can turn any conversation into a political debate).

Here are 5 hyper-practical tactics to help YOU flourish this Thanksgiving: 

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This ONE Sentence Changed Everything

My dear friend Debbie said one sentence to me that’s changed everything.

Perhaps you are in a place, too, where you need to hear this: 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

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I’m so sorry if I said this to you! Forgive me.

When I was young, I used to pass along this well-worn adage to those facing tough times:

God won’t give you more than you can handle. 

Oh, if I could only take those words back. If I said them to you, please forgive me. I’ve made a horrendous mistake. 

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You won’t believe this photo! God’s love is limitless!

I love that God will do ANYTHING to get our attention and draw our hearts back to Him!

My friend, Chrystal, shared that her 14 year old Yorkie had passed away. She was heartbroken. All you furry pet lovers know that those creatures have a way of snuggling up in the deepest crevices of our hearts. In the midst of her pain, she looked up and saw this. 

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Are we too on edge to recognize God’s blessing and provision?

Recently, I was in the Boston airport.

I watched a Delta gate agent roll out with a snack cart to the gate. (This is usually a sign something has gone terribly wrong with a flight and they’re trying to keep disgruntled flyers placated.) 

Eyes perked up, then fell hard. You could hear an exhaustive sigh flood the room. 

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