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    Waiting in Expectation: The Advent of Our Lord

    We are just a little over two weeks away from Christmas. Are you waiting in expectation? The commercialization of the holiday season has caused so many of us to skip the Advent season and crash into Christmas exhausted from planning, preparing, and attending events. I know I am guilty of that most years. However, probably for the first time in years, I have been able to set aside the anxiety of preparation and have been able to sit in quiet expectation. How? I’m intentionally taking moments to remember who He is, why He came, and what He has done. Expectation is a “strong belief that something will happen or be…

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    Christmas Faith Traditions

    I have many fond memories of Christmas growing up. There were all the decorations and getting to help my mom set them all out, the Christmas program at church, getting together with both my mom’s family as well as my dad’s family, and the holiday baking. The one tradition that I remember well was going to Christmas Eve church service and getting to sing all those traditional Christmas songs (What Child is This, Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem) to name a few. We did have presents which I remember but to me, that’s not what sticks out in my mind. My parents did a great job in their…

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    Finding Joy in Family

    As I am writing posts today, I am keeping close to my sick kiddo. So many bugs are going around, who really knows which one he has. He kept me up most of the night tossing and turning, and the “cuddles” he wanted were more like a spinning, sweaty tornado.  However as I sipped my cup of coffee this morning, all I felt was blessed. Blessed that I had a kiddo to watch over. My husband and I were unable to have children for 14 years. We became just two old shoes who answered each other’s sentences. And now we are a trio of endless possibilities! Family for me is…

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    Finding Joy in Self: A New Creation in Christ

    Contributed by Liz Hunt From the title of the post, you might be thinking, “How does this fit with living a humble life for God? Doesn’t this put our focus on us?” I will use part of an Oswald Chambers quote to begin my response, “Stop being self-conscious, stop being a sanctified prig…” and rejoice that you belong to the Lord! Having joy in self has nothing to do with self and everything to do with what Christ has done for us and in us.  As I said in the last post, I have long struggled with living a life of ceaseless joy. I have good intentions, but I often…

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    Finding Joy in Your Faith: Growing in Christ

    Contributed by Liz Hunt This morning I sat down at my desk and made a list of to-dos. I divided them into two columns 1) must do today, and 2) should do today, but can wait until later this week. I had the usual culprits on the list including paying bills, washing sheets, writing my blog posts, and walking the dogs. A few non-regular items made the list including making fruit pizza for my niece’s confirmation celebration, checking to see if my sauerkraut is done, and reading a couple of magazines that came in the mail. At about 11 am I realized that the magazines would go in the pile…

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    Faith Expectations: Learning to look heavenward.

    Contributed by Liz Hunt We have spent this month talking about expectations. We have defined them, looked at day-to-day expectations and family expectations. Now we turn to faith expectations. As Christians, what should expectations should we have for our faith. Romans 8:25 says, “But if we wait expectantly for things we have never seen, then we hope with true perseverance and eager anticipation.” Clearly, the focus of our expectations should be eternal. When our expectations are oriented toward the heavenly we rest in the hope of forever with our Lord. I have to be honest here. I get sidetracked from the heavenly and get stuck in the earthly quite often.…

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    Right expectations.

    Webster’s Merriam Dictionary defines expectation as anticipation, assurance, or something expected. I have alternatively heard expectations referred to as “premeditated resentments”. Have you ever expected your spouse to do something and they didn’t? Or your coworker to hold up their end of a project and they didn’t? Or your child to pick up their room and they didn’t? Our reactions often include resentment, disappointment, and frustration. But, is it wrong to have expectations of our spouses, coworkers, children, or others in our lives? No. In fact, God’s word clearly defines expectations for a number of roles including spouse, employee, and parent. The word also outlines expectations for how a believer…

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    How Do You Know When You Have Reached Your Goal?

    As we head into starting a new school year, I am reminded of the sometimes endless charts we try to run our lives with. The book log, the chore chart, the goal chart, and soon we will have the weight loss chart after the holidays. Some charts require adding a sticker for each item. Others we see the results of new clothes or a trip to buy new books.  Each of these provides a measure of accomplishment and a milestone that we can share with others. However, do we know how to measure successes biblically? We go through many actions and activities without the thought of who or what we…

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    The Road Map is There

    Earlier this month we took a quick trip over Labor Day weekend. We had an amazing time getting away from all the craziness we have in our everyday lives. We didn’t travel far but we did at times use the GPS to find our next stop. We live in a time that we rarely use a fold-out map anymore. However, having the ability to understand a map and how to use it is so valuable, otherwise, it is easy to get lost.  Our walk with God and having an understanding of how to use our Bible is just the same as the road map for travel. Our Bible has all…