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What’s the Root of Your Resolutions?

(Photo by Wicker Furniture) Like many of you, I’ll step on a scale on Jan. 2, 2014, and think, “OK. Its back to leafy greens and carrots for you!” Then, I’ll make a resolution to change my wayward eating habits. And while I’m at it, I’ll look at my monthly budget and adjust it to save […]

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Need a Coffee?

  After the holidays, it’s not unusual to take a dip in energy and need a nice cup of coffee to get you going. Coffee is a drink that people on the other side of the world appreciate as much as Americans. In Ethiopia … in the community of Sasiga, coffee is said to be […]

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Education and Happy Endings

I love happy endings. It’s why I judge a book by its last two pages. And it’s the reason I’m emotionally attached to the stories I came to know through Food for the Hungry (FH). As a young girl growing up with very little resources in the Philippines, all I wanted was to be in […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Self-Control

During the whirlwind of holiday festivities between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, few of us are focusing much on the idea of self-control. In fact, for many of us, this is the time of year we entirely reject it, encouraging excess and indulgence. “Hey, it’s the holiday season!” we proclaim, justifying another slice of pie […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Gentleness

Gentleness. There is not a more poignant illustration of the discipline of being gentle than holding a newborn baby. Do you remember what it feels like? First, you look adoringly at the beautiful child as she lays. Then you contemplate the best way to slide your hands underneath her, and you ever so gently lift […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Faithfulness

Faithfulness is a defining character that God always looks for in His people. Knowing this helps me take periodic stops from the busyness of life and ask myself these questions: Does God find me faithful? Do I have the kind of faith that pleases Him? Can God trust me with His mission? I can get […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Goodness

Goodness is a fruit of the Spirit that I see in bloom especially during the Christmas season. Motorists seem friendlier. Shoppers try to be more patient. And store cashiers, though visibly tired, have ready smiles. Similarly, I am more prone to give and be sensitive to those in need around this time of the year. […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Patience

Like millions of people, I love to celebrate Christmas. Unfortunately, it also can be a very stressful time of the year. Patience – loads of it – is what I need, so I don’t lose my joy in this happiest season of all. I find that many of the things that test my patience are […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Peace

So how do you enjoy peace during this season of parties and shopping? When days blur by and you feel like you’re running behind schedule as Christmas approaches? How about spending some quiet moments between you and the Lord while driving? I call it…drive your way to peace of mind…rather than driving to lose your […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Love

It’s Christmastime and all of us are whirring around, frazzled and distracted. Today, I invite you to join me and pause. Take a deep breath to focus on something simpler and more dazzling than anything you may or may not have wrapped yet. After all, we give gifts on Christmas to mirror the love expressed […]

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