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Off to a Bad Start

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The morning started off as any other. That is, badly. The kids were whiny. They didn’t want what I’d made for breakfast. Complaining abounded. They were being mean and insulting one another. I was irritated and prone to snap at them. It was not a great start to the day, and I certainly didn’t want to continue into the rest of the day with these attitudes. Something had to change, but I didn’t quite know how to go about that.

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When You Don’t Get Anything out of Church

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“I didn’t get a thing out of that.”

These words were spoken by a resident of a nursing home some years ago when I was in college. A group of students went to a local nursing home every Tuesday evening to sing with the residents and lead them in a short devotional time. One week after the Bible message, a man who was hard of hearing turned to his neighbor and announced rather loudly, “I didn’t get a thing out of that!” We laughed about it then, and it still brings a smile to my face now. Clearly, he meant he couldn’t hear the message. But have you ever felt that way after church or a devotion? Like you didn’t get anything of substance out of it? And that begs the question, is it even worth it?

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Taking the Gospel for Granted

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Familiarity breeds contempt.

So goes the old expression. And we get the basic premise; At first, everything is new and exciting, but over time that excitement fades and one tends to take for granted what once was  an amazing blessing. Whether this plays out in a marriage, a job, or even possessions, we can all think of examples. But what happens when you find yourself feeling this way about the Gospel?

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Disastrous Devotions

I don’t know why I even bother with devotions.  Almost without fail, something disastrous happens.  Family devotions are never peaceful and reverent.  We have at least one child complaining about doing them in the first place, another who is interrupting, another who wanders away, and one who obviously isn’t listening to a thing.  Inevitably, either Mom or Dad gets mad and yells at them to listen.  Not exactly how I envisioned  our “quiet time.”

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New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!  Have you started thinking about New Year’s resolutions yet?  Don’t worry, I’m not talking about the ones you make at the beginning of January.  I prefer to start thinking about them now, as we get close to the beginning of a new Church year with Advent.  I don’t make resolutions on diet or exercise.  These are spiritual resolutions, and Advent presents the perfect opportunity to instill new traditions in your home.  So what are some Advent resolutions you can make?  I’m glad you asked.  Please, join me for a sampling of ideas.

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One Thing Needful

One Thing Needful

Hello, dear friend. Let me introduce myself. My name is Martha. I have a sister named Mary and a brother named Lazarus. We are good friends of Jesus of Nazareth and His disciples. I’m sure you know us well. Yes, my brother was the one whom Jesus raised from the dead. It was amazing. Words just cannot describe that scene. Shortly after Lazarus came back to life, my sister Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume as an expression of deep gratitude. And what is recorded about me? You know the story well. Look it up in Luke 10:38-42. Yep. That’s me, complaining about my sister not helping me enough. What a legacy. Continue reading “One Thing Needful”

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