Be ready—even when you don't know why

Ever experience something you’re just certain must be a message from God, only you can’t figure out what the message is? That’s what happened to me this week. For the second time in less than seven days, I found myself on the roadside of an interstate to help the victim of a bad car accident. On being ready.

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Owning the label I once spurned

It took me a long time to own up to being a Christian. I believed in God and willingly accepted Jesus as my Savior—all that was fine. But I didn’t want to be lumped in with some of the other Christians I knew, and frankly didn’t like very much. Now I know better.

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Loving God by loving my guy

I have a cute little game I play with my husband, only I’ve never actually told him about this. Every day, I try to out-do him in kindnesses. You know, those small things that make everyday life go more smoothly: I empty the dishwasher or fill up the gas tank. I tell him he is hands-down the most handsome guy in the world (he totally is). The basic theory is to one-up him in generous love. After all, I’ve figured out that when I win, he wins.

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On Jesus and National Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day

Yay, it’s National Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day! (Sorry to all of you who’ve just made “no more chocolate” resolutions for the New Year.) But even chocolate is no match for the living water Jesus provides.

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Getting over myself this New Year

Here’s what I’ve learned over the years: the only thing we can be is ourselves. And there’s only one way to achieve the so-called Best Version of Ourselves… not by mimicking others or cultivating some fake lifestyle or starving or molding ourselves until we look or act or appear just like what we desire. We can be all we can be only through Christ. (How’s that for a New Year’s resolution?)

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On ‘Christmas letdown’ and finding yearlong joy

It’s Christmas! I should be so excited! I mean, I am excited, mostly. And yet there’s a letdown, too, isn’t there? I hate to admit this, even to myself. On Christmas joy, Christmas sorrow,, and remembering the best part about Christmas is that the gift we receive is JESUS—an eternal gift that keeps on giving.

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A holy circle

This year, I’ve found myself craving quiet more than anything—the solitude of the morning, the sunlight streaming through the trees, that peace and wisdom and love that comes from true, all-consuming rest in authentic relationship with my Lord. That soul-hunger has shaped what I have been trying to do this year with Advent: spend these weeks trying my best to push aside all the noise to focus only on my connection with God.

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