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All posts tagged joy

How to Choose a Year of Deliberate Grace

deliberate grace, forgiveness, patience, love, joy, gentleness, Fruit of the Spirit, Jesus, God's love, extending grace, overlooking discomfort, sin

I’m going to choose a year of deliberate grace in 2018. My world needs it. I need it. God stresses it. It will make the people I love happier–in part because the peace which passes all understanding should reign. Right? What is deliberate grace? A choice to extend grace to an individual, organization or event […]

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Happy Launch Day, Mrs. Oswald Chambers

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Forgive me, but I must say, “Happy launch day, Mrs. Oswald Chambers!” After four years of research and two years of writing, countless blog posts, discussions, and amazing serendipities, the book finally arrives. We’re celebrating and I hope you’ll join us. (Many of my loved ones are rejoicing I may finally move on to a […]

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Joy in Serving the King

Joy, joy in serving the King, God, spiritual growth, faith, Bible, Bible study, Jesus, forgiveness, missionary work, missions, self-sacrifice

“There’s joy in serving the King. Haven’t you heard that?” Kristin’s eyes met mine in the high school bathroom mirror. I was a new believer. I hadn’t heard that before. Her mother, however, taught my high school girl’s Bible study. Kristin would know. She spoke those words 44 years ago, and they have stayed with me […]

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A Candle for Advent Peace

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The second Sunday we light a candle for Advent Peace. Peace is an interesting word with many possibilities: world, personal, shalom, spiritual. I love the Advent peace candle because it reminds me of the first year I understood who Jesus really is. Who is Jesus? “Peace on earth, good will toward men,” the angels sang […]

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Here’s to you, Punxsutawney Phil

Why no, it’s not snowing in Sonoma County. We’ve got a beautiful blue sky and 65 degrees. The windows are open and the house is flooded with light and warmth. I feel sorry for all of you romping in the freshly fallen snow back east. Which brings me to Puxatony Phil, a critter I’ve never […]

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