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Flyover: The Stories We’ve Missed

Flyover: The Stories We’ve Missed

  Thanksgiving offers us an annual pause from the pace of life to return to places we do not often visit and gather with people we do not often see. Indeed, I live in what some call a “flyover state” — Minnesota — a placed that many visitors fly over while hopping coast to coast.

How to Make It Through the Holidays When You Don’t Feel Very Grateful

It’s that time of year again. Pumpkins are put away, Christmas décor in beginning to fill the stores, and there’s one more big Holiday to celebrate before the Christmas jingles hit the airwaves – Thanksgiving. As Christians we know we are supposed to “give thanks is all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and “give thanks to

My wife, Pat, and I were spending Thanksgiving week at our son’s home. Soon after we arrived, we talked about where we would go for Thanksgiving dinner. Johnny said, “What I would really like is for Mom to cook the things we’ve always had on Thanksgiving and eat here at my place.” Pat said she would, and it sounded great to me.

Guideposts for Thanksgiving

  The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. — Ecclesiastes 7:8 NIV I want to completely declutter the basement before Thanksgiving,” my wife, Pat, said while we were out for a walk. “I have a lot of stuff going on…. Why do we need to do

What if you wake up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today? When I first stumbled across that question, it stopped me in my tracks. Would I wake up with anything? It’s a humbling and provocative idea.

5 Gratitude Devotions You Just Might Need This Week

  Editor’s note: What a week we’re about to embark on! We thought you could use a few quick devotions to get your mornings started. Despite the chaos surrounding us right now, let’s remind ourselves that it is the season of thankfulness. We hope this season will be the catalyst into a life of thankfulness.

Don’t Forget Thanksgiving

Don’t Forget Thanksgiving

Don’t Forget Thanksgiving Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him. — Psalm 95:2 Have you ever noticed how after Halloween, many stores immediately bring out their prelit trees, ornaments, Christmas wreaths, and candy canes? The weeks between Halloween and Christmas are often a blur of colored leaves and

One Thousand Gifts: Attitude of Gratitude

Bible Study of the Week: Ann Voskamp’s a farm girl. That book she scratched out, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where YouAre, is about what you really want. Joy is possible. Right where you are. Really. This video Bible study based on her best-selling book ponders the question of finding joy in

Fall Celebration

Celebrations mark the pinnacles of joy in our lives. ~ Ingrid Fetell Lee, Joyful I’ve experienced the truth of hospitality. I have never, ever regretted inviting anyone over. Once it’s done, I have never regretted hosting. Welcoming people into our home has never been a waste of energy, time, or resources. In the same way

Relationships: What We Ate and Why It Matters

During this last season, one thing I remember more clearly than anything else is what we ate. The undercurrent of our life was dark and ragged, but my senses remember so much beauty, too, possibly the soul’s way of finding balance or hope. All those flavors and textures and smells are still embedded in my memories, and that feels like

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thankful for the Greatest Gift

    Nick Vujicic stood atop a table and faced a room full of mesmerized high school students. Some of them wept silently as they listened to this man who was born with no arms or legs proclaim joyfully, “I love life.”1 If there is anyone who would seem to have a good reason to

Thanksgiving and the Path to Peace

  Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds. James 1:2 NIV God promises no easy life or days without troubles, trials, difficulties, and temptations. He never promises that life will be perfect. He does not call His children to a playground, but to a battleground. Some people have a

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