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Alleviating Tension

Setting Aside Time in our Daily Lives  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”” – Jeremiah 29:11-13 "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - JRR Tolkien Have you ever tweaked your back as you roll out of bed in the morning? I have. And if it’s a particularly painful spasm, it might last a day...

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Finding contentment through Christ in the monotony of every day  “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” –Philippians 4:4 (NIV)  I have found a certain freedom in painting, a sense of being wholly me. Have you ever experienced this? In my 47 years, I’m not sure I have. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy life tremendously and have (sadly) expressed myself without abandon for years (see my blog on Expression)! But I wouldn’t necessarily say there was freedom in that expression, only self-absorbed narcissism.  The freedom I'm talking about is like when the characters on the bow of the Titanic spread their arms wide, screaming WOOOO HOOOO in exhilaration; a freedom you don’t typically get in...

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Trusting God During the Journey “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” –John 14:1 “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson I am a card-carrying Type-A, control freak. That means I tend to have trust issues, which is in stark contrast to my Christian worldview. Let me see if I can unravel this war going on inside my head and heart and explain what it has to do with Expectation. I spent my early adult life expecting that something amazing would occur, and it did. At 25, I was already married, at the top of my career and owned a house. Because I had already...

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