For the Lord delights in his people;     he crowns the humble with victory. 5 Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them.     Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds. 6 Let the praises of God be in their mouths,     and a sharp sword in their hands—              Psalm 149:4-6 This past year has held significant disappointment…

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Many of us have experienced surprising joy by simply adopting an attitude of being thankful. While it is more natural to have an initial “screaming meemies” response to difficulties, navigating to the other side of the issue generally elicits relief and gratefulness. That was where the Pilgrims found themselves after a devastating first year in…

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My father and my husband’s father were part of what was known as “the greatest generation.” Both served our country during World War II, practiced sacrificial devotion to their families, and were men of quiet strength and tremendous integrity. They were men of moral character that was reinforced through their actions. Even though they lived…

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Henny Penny is a character from an English fairy tale that we know better as Chicken Little. This little chick gets hit on the head by a falling acorn, and mistakenly believes that a piece of sky has fallen.  The disintegration of the sky is extraordinarily alarming – not to mention dangerous – so in…

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Some of the most dramatic rescue video I’ve watched featured strangers linking arms to form a human chain to rescue a person who had fallen over the edge of a cliff.  The most inspiring thing was the way a diverse group united at great personal risk to accomplish what one individual alone could not.  No…

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Fear is a many-tentacled monster that slithers its way into almost everything – very often, without being detected.  Most of us are good at recognizing common, more obvious fears, such as phobias and life- or health-threatening situations.  But we might fail to see that our angst behind which party wins the election, or managing family/work/school…

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Biblically speaking, the desert represents wilderness, hardship, isolation, basic unmet needs, feeling lost, etc. Christ-followers typically use the analogy to describe difficult spiritual, emotional and physical times. None of us likes feeling that we’re in a desert, and a major goal becomes getting out. The longer our desert experience continues, the more likely we are…

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The biblical Jacob was known as a schemer who bought his brother’s birthright with a cup of stew, and stole His father’s blessing by pretending to be his brother, Esau.  The account of his life is a continual demonstration of self-sufficiency where not only did he succeed through deception, but he was also the brunt…

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