Live This Way in 2019

The stench was nearly unbearable but the words ringing loudly in her consciousness steeled her resolve in a way she was unable to fully understand. She couldn't deny that this place was not at all what she had envisioned. Perhaps a spot under a tree with a portable tent. Or maybe a simple 10 x … Continue reading Live This Way in 2019

The Challenge of the Nativity

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As a child there is no doubt that I experienced more joy in the weeks leading up to Christmas than I did at any other time of the year. I mean, really, so many exciting things were going on: Mom baking cookies (pinwheels and fruitcake cookies!), preparing candy (divinity and peanut butter fudge!) and boiling … Continue reading The Challenge of the Nativity

Joy, India Style

I was never a big Patrick Swayze fan - God rest his soul. The movies in which he starred always seemed pretty shallow and predictable to me - although I must admit, MOST modern movies are, in fact, shallow and predictable. Come to think of it, I am often shallow and predictable. Maybe I'm just … Continue reading Joy, India Style

Delighted Gratitude

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In my experience one of the most effective antidotes for a foul mood is the simple exercise of listing things for which I am grateful.  A thoughtful review of such a list can cure a bout of self-pity like nothing else. Creating real gratitude lists, mentally or in actual written form, is a common exercise … Continue reading Delighted Gratitude

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

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For several years now, I have been getting most of my international and national news coverage from the BBC News website. I must thank our dear friend and missions pastor, Julie Broderson, for steering me to the BBC. Julie recommended reviewing this news source as a way to personally cultivate a global perspective. It is … Continue reading He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Missing Tubby, Tom and Tony

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Football season is here and I'm loving it. The kickoffs during that first week of College football are the first harbingers of my favorite season of the year, fall. I'm definitely a bigger fan of fall than of football. But I do love to watch football. Its not that I'm a rabid football fan; I … Continue reading Missing Tubby, Tom and Tony