Valentine’s Day, Singleness, True Love, and a Little History

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I know what you’re thinking, but I’m not planning on writing another one of those posts about Valentine’s Day and true love and being content as a single person. That would just be cliche upon cliche. Plenty of those kinds of inspirational articles exist already.

Not that it’s not a good topic to think about–I mean, it is important to be content as a single person even on Valentine’s Day when you’re dreaming about your true love and everything.

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List of God’s Promises on Various Issues – PDF Download

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List of God's Promises on Various Issues - PDF Download

Hey everyone!

A few months ago, I wrote a post on how God loves and accepts you for who you are, and that because of that, we can love and accept ourselves no matter what lies the devil is throwing at us. I mentioned that I took the bulk of that post from the notes for my cabin devotions that I gave over the past summer. Continue reading

Quote of the Week | Be Yourself

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In case you haven’t noticed, I really like Emerson. He had a lot of really poignant and apropos things to say about life and society. The observation he makes in the above quote is no exception.

Isn’t that one of the truest things about our modern culture? Have you noticed how difficult it is these days to be valued for who you are, as a unique and special individual?

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Quote of the Week | Intimate or Intimidated?

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“A man who is intimate with God is not intimidated by man.”
~ Leonard Ravenhill

You only have enough room in your heart for one thing: fear or faith. If you have faith in your heart, there’s no room for anything else.

And how do you find this faith?

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Quote of the Week | Enjoy the Little Things

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“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.”

– Robert Brault

I’m a highly introverted person, which means that often I can get so caught up in my own inner world of thoughts and ideas that I miss things going on in the external world around me. I can be oblivious to the little joys and details and intricacies of life and nature.

Not to say that my inner world isn’t full of its own small happinesses and enjoyments, but a lot of my time is occupied by obsessing and analyzing over the big things of my life, the huge, monumental aspects of life that I’m aspiring to or dreaming about.

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Learning How to Love the Unloveable Throughout the New Year

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One of my personal areas of focus for the New Year is learning and growing in my love and compassion for others, especially for the people around me who are neglected/unloved, and those who are a little harder to love.

I’m sure we all struggle with loving those unloveable people around us. It might be unintentional on their part (or it might not), but that doesn’t make the job any easier for us. And we know we need to love them. After all, that’s what a true Christ-follower would do.

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Happy 2017! | Inspiration for the New Year

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

 

Happy New Year, everyone!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the beginning of a new year. I have a lot of resolutions and aspirations for this year, things I want to get done and things I want to avoid in order to make this a better year than 2016, but I think in the midst of all this planning and dreaming and wishing, it’s the courage to continue on, no matter what, that is one of the key ingredients for ultimate success.

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Slow Down and Live in the Moment

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As the saying goes, Time waits for no man, and every year that passes makes me more painfully aware of that fact. I remember the first year that I actually became aware of the time flying past me. It was the year of 2008, and at the end of it I realized for the first time what it feels like for time to fly by. Sadly, not a single year of my life since then has slowed down the smallest bit; instead, each successive year has flown by faster than the year before, and the year of 2016 was no exception.

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The Story Behind “Silent Night”

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Merry Christmas to all my wonderful readers!

Silent Night is one of the world’s best-loved and most well-known Christmas carols. Ever wonder what the story behind it is? You’ve probably heard of some rendition of the story about the organ in a church being broken and the pastor scraping together a last minute Christmas song for the church with the organ player and a guitar. The details of the story have been somewhat obscured by time, but here is what one writer and historian has researched and put together about the true origins of that famous song. Continue reading

Having a Merry Christmas All Year Round

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Merry Christmas to you all!

I haven’t done a Christmas post yet, so here is a random thoughts Christmasy post for you to read. I’ll warn you–my Christmas life is sort of lacking in excitement and festivity at this point. But I do have a few Christmasy thoughts rattling around in my head.

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