10 days before Christmas

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There are 10 days left before Christmas! One of the many things I appreciate about Hilary, and something I’ve learned from, is her childlike wonder. It’s a HUGE part of what attracted me to her in the first place. She’s really like a big kid. Which is a spiritual advantage over people like me who run the risk of taking …

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11 Days before Christmas

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There are 11 days before Christmas! I’m using these days to help prepare you not to miss the main things this Christmas season. If you’re not sure what “the main things” are, I’m going to tell you. Main Thing: Jesus arrived. He came. He showed up—God, in skin. BTW: Technically, it was 2,000 years ago. But “a thousand years is …

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12 days before Christmas

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There are officially 12 days before Christmas! I know, I know… The song is “The 12 days of Christmas,” and, technically, it starts with Christmas Day and goes the next eleven. But that doesn’t make any sense. We look FORWARD to Christmas. And when it’s done, we’re looking to the New Year. My wife has the tree and lights down …

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Couch to floor

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Do you have kids? Or are you around your friend’s kids, or volunteering where kids are? You should be. And there’s no better time than around Christmas.  It’s like how I feel about funerals. I believe you and I need to attend a funeral at least a couple times a year. Funerals remind us: life is short, so make the most of …

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Candy cane bouquets

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On May 1st my wife likes to hand out flowers to friends. She does this thing where she goes to a friend’s front door, rings the doorbell, leaves the flowers, and runs away. Like our kids, who are usually participating, she giggles and eliminates any chance of surprise or anonymity. But it’s a beautiful tradition.  At Christmas, candy cane bouquets are …

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Journal

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Journaling consistently shows up on the “how to start your day” recommendations of gurus and grandmothers, alike.  “The Lord gave me this answer: “Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance.” ” -Habakkuk 2:2 Writing it down does several important things: It helps you deepen your understanding. Moving from …

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All you need

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“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” -CS Lewis Do you feel like you’re lacking? Like something is missing? I agree with CS Lewis—we were meant for another world… or for a new, restored experience of this one. So there’s a …

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Fasting

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I’m always thinking about ways to use one habit to integrate my body + mind + heart + soul. Fasting can be one of those habits. Once a year, Hilary and I do a longer term fast—3 to 10 days. We’ve done water only, juice cleanses, Master Cleanse, and others. I’m not a Dr. and you might want to consult …

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Years and days

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Do you feel like you’ve been waiting a long time for something? For that person… For that place… For that opportunity… For that change… I do. I feel that. There’s a sense in which I trust a picture of the future that is somewhat clear but not totally. And we’re not there yet. I see it. Others have said it. I …

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Vacation

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Do you have a vacation scheduled? If no, that’s step one. If yes, I’d invited you to think about your upcoming vacay a little differently. A) Always have one scheduled. This is significant for two reasons: 1) It gives you something to look forward to and an activity plan with whomever you’re traveling. 2) Life flies by, and by the time …

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