It’s Real, And It’s Very Near

Pushing back the curtain, my eyes struggled to focus in the flood of brightness. Gradually adjusting, I saw a story book scene covered in a blanket of freeze. It was breath-taking. Very still. Untouched. No snow falling. Just morning moments frozen in time.

A misty steam lifted from objects as the sun brushed across them. Trees wore perfect-fitting ice gloves. Every tiny twig was transparently encased. Long, slender pine needles were hugged by individual translucent sleeves. Everything hung in united beauty and silence.

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Fear of the Lord: What Exactly Is It?

Do you ever feel you just can’t get your act together? Do you sometimes doubt what you bring to the table? Maybe you think you simply don’t have much to contribute. You do love the Lord and want to serve Him. You want your life to make a difference in this world. However:

  • Eloquence – thinking on your feet – is not your native tongue.
  • You lack wisdom.
  • Blaring in your face is your weakness, not your strength.
  • Although you trust God, you find fears nesting in your heart. Fear of failure, pain, what people will think, missing God’s best, exposing unattractive character in yourself or someone else, hurting or letting someone down, your past haunts future progress.
  • The task before you is overwhelming. You tremble at what God asked you to do.

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Shadows of Things to Come

This next year will be filled with many blessings, lots of challenges, and probably some losses for many people. Such a mix of experiences.

We love the blessings. We sometimes don’t mind the challenges. In fact, some of you really enjoy challenges. But most of us would like to side-step the losses.

The difficult part for most people is facing the future with all the unknown components. So often you don’t know how to prepare, what to do, how to respond, where to find the answers. Your life is filled with shadows and you don’t know how to navigate through them.

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Live Between the Dots in the New Year: 7 Tips

The end of one year morphs into a new one by the simple passing of time. Days slip by all year, but when the passing of days end one thing and begin another, they are noteworthy.

 

Your life is a line, not a dot.
Your life line is made up of segments of time – spaces between 2 dots where time passes. You live your life in these segments with your to-do lists, goals, responsibilities, dreams, plans, ministry, etc. Segments of time are:

  • Seasons
  • Months
  • Weeks
  • Days
  • Minutes.

You are living between 2 dots right now in this special week sandwiched between Christmas and the New Year. It’s significant. This week ends one year and begins another. You need a whole new calendar! In this critical week, I encourage you to be thoughtful about 7 things:

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Steps to “Turn the Corner” in Your Loss During Christmas

It’s hard to manage a life loss at Christmas. A season that should be filled with joy, cheer, and hope. But for you – it’s just not! You may feel you are drowning in sadness . . . cut off from good things . . . observing others’ joy as a dream . . . wanting so badly for hope and cheer – yet not wanting to let go of your loss. So, what can you do?

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God Cares About Your Losses Even at Christmas Time

Last article we talked about Depression and the Holidays. It’s hard to jump into cheer and joy when your heart is hurting. But Christmas is still going to come. How do you get through the holidays if you are grieving or depressed?

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Depression and the Holidays

Christmas has so many wonderful moments. Unfortunately, strands of loss and grief alter Christmas joy for many each year. Approaching Christmas is hard when your heart is breaking.

Depression is experienced by many people during the holidays. If you are one of them, you are not alone. Life is hard. You may have had a terrible loss, a deep disappointment, a health issue, or something else that has pierced your heart this past year. It’s possible the painful life event even happened some years ago. You are not unhealthy for still feeling the sting, but you may need to find some healthy responses to move forward and be a balanced, hopeful person.

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Here is Your FREE Gift From Intentional Living!

We have been building your anticipation with some promises.

NOW IT’S TIME!!

 

Intentional Living has been working hard to give a FREE Christmas gift to you, your family, friends, church, and community. It is our way of saying thank you, we care about your relationship with God and – – Merry Christmas! Now – open your gift . . .

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Incredible Blessings

Did you know your choices about thankfulness reflect your relationship with God? They reveal your level of commitment and love back to God. They measure your trust in Him. And they determine whether you will follow through in 2 things: obeying Him and resting in Him. All these show how much gratitude you have and what kind of perspective you live with daily.

If thankfulness tells this much about you from your inside out, what can you do to get more of it? And how do you live unafraid to show who you really are?

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‘Sup With God’s Word? 5 Super Good Choices

I have to admit something. My heart skips with joy when I see a child bursting with life . . . overflowing with passion . . . dancing with delight – and no apology for the display. Beauty, adventure, energy, innocence, faith, possibilities.

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