Christian Living

How to live in the world without being of the world. Topics to affirm truth, grow faith, and help you polish your spiritual armor.

Christmas Tradition and Family Heirlooms

Usually you think of heirlooms as things, valued either intrinsically or as inspiration of generational family lore. One lady changed my concept of family heirlooms when I delivered Meals-on-Wheels as a Rotarian. Mrs. K, a lady with too-black hair, greeted me from a wheelchair, her footman a remarkably fat and contented gray cat. She stayed by the door while I

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7 Tips to Maximize Your New Year – Pace the Race

My first resolution for 2019 is to Pace the Race. Life is a marathon with mile markers between the beginning and end, some accompanied by squeals of delight while others peel the skin right off whatever hits first. Wins and losses are by-products of living. If all you experience are blessings, you’re likely spoiled and insufferable, entitled and conceited – and

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The True Spirit of Christmas – It’s So Much Better to Give Than Receive

  I discovered this story years ago. May it bless and inspire you as it has me. Miraculous transformations, like Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch, are possible once we realize it’s so much better to give than receive. Scrooge: “Bah, humbug!” Narrator: “Oh! but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!”

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Discovering New Reasons to Celebrate Christmas – Recovering from Humbug

  Thirty years ago I loved everything about Christmas, firing up seasonal songs the first of November, singing along with off-key gusto when no one could hear, searching out the perfect gift for each special person on my long list. Some years my decorations were photo worthy, often designing gift-wrapping as personal to the recipient as the gift itself –

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treasure in heaven

Storing Up Treasure in Heaven – Maybe You Can Take It With You

  Acquisition is a basic human concept, we’re born with the desire to get, to receive, and to have. Depending on the circumstances, this completely natural tendency can spark wars or inspire remarkable displays of altruistic service and generosity. Curiously, the topic of treasure in heaven popped up several times in recent conversations. The one that inspired this post was

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Persistent Myths – Santa Claus and Giveaway Grace

  Christmas is three weeks away, barely enough time to shop, create menus suitable for diabetic Uncle Ralph and gluten-intolerant Cousin Sally, re-home dust bunnies, and drag out boxes of decorations. Unless the heart of your celebration is little kids, it’s doubtful Santa plays a significant role in your 2018 holiday plans. Because Santa isn’t real, with no connection to Christ

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The Truth About Change – Faith and Worry Don’t Socialize

Jesus makes it perfectly clear that Faith and Worry don’t keep company. Faith usually chooses Joy as a dancing partner. Worry never leads and looks to Temptation or Distraction for a good time. Change happens; managing it well is a faith process. My husband and I are getting older. So are you. So is everyone. Some just start sooner. We

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spiritual warfare

Transforming Evils into Bouquets: Posy-Plucking

Ring-a-round the Rosie, a pocketful of posies. Grass burs are little evil posies. Spiritual warfare comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. I pick bouquets of posies several times a day. The posies in my photo aren’t soft, fragrant, or belong anywhere near my pocket. Ouch! I’d love to seldom see them, with discovery a rare occurrence. Never would

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