Archive for December 2016

The 2016 Rundown

I look forward to 2017 with even greater anticipation than I did 2016. And 2016 didn’t disappoint. It was a wonderful year of growth and I did a lot of new things. In one of my January posts, titled Rising, I reflected on the amazing things I saw because I made a change and decided…

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Hardy

These muscadine vines were planted by my dad. Years later we get to taste the fruits of this rugged plant that needs minimal attention. The vines thrive so well here in the hot and humid conditions of Alabama that we had to cut some of them back this summer. They were overtaking the nearby pear…

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Wonderfully Wild

When I was young I thought I knew exactly how I wanted my life to be. I dreamed and planned and prepared the best way I knew how. Not that all of it was for nothing. It wasn’t. Plans are good. We should know where we’re going and how we’re going to get there. But…

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Welcome

I have a welcome mat on my front porch. Most of us do. We like to think we’re welcoming people. But are we? Really? I’m sometimes guilty of welcoming only those I feel comfortable welcoming. Or those that are most like me. I sometimes shy away from having those that are very different from me…

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Joy

Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King Let every heart Prepare Him room Jesus came that we may have life and have it abundantly. This life is the kind that has a joy so deep, a joy so real, that it’s indestructible. Not that we won’t go through trials…

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Keep Track

He knows us far better than we know ourselves…….that’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.      Romans 8:28 (MSG) How we look ahead has a lot to do with how we look back…..how we keep track of where we’ve…

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O Come

“O Come Emmanuel” is one of my favorite Christmas hymns. O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. I imagine the nation of Israel crying out for hundreds of years waiting on the…

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