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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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12 Days of Christmas: Joy

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!” Thus starts one of my favorite Christmas carols, partly because if you sing alto like me, it’s got a great harmony line. But I also love the theology in the carol, which resonates with the joy that comes from reconciliation. “Let every heart prepare him room/And heaven […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Humility

There are no snow days in the task of parenting. No vacation days. No sick days. Each day and season brings new non-stop challenges. One such challenge is teaching children the meaning of humility. On one hand, every parent wants their child to know that they are valuable, precious and unique. We long for them […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Perseverance

Perseverance is a mark of a Spirit-filled life. It should be evident in how we as believers manage our daily affairs. Yet, we often lose it in a world that demands comfort, convenience and compromise. Just the other day, as I was shopping for some Christmas gifts, I gave in to the lure of buying […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Kindness

“Stay out!” she yells as she slams the bathroom door closed. Her sister grabs the knob to open it and barge in. As I arrive, door tug-of-war is in full swing. By the time bedtime rolls around, things like patience and the desire to understand have worn thin. Of course, the problem  would have been […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Faith

How fitting that the first post in our 12 Days of Christmas series is about faith. It’s what the Baby Jesus represented: fulfillment of the Jews’ faith that a Messiah was coming. I read about a Christian woman who was so heavily burdened that she questioned her faith. She commented to her Jewish high school students that […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Notes of Encouragement

Encouragement can be given to you in words, an act or even a blog. The resulting affect should help you feel confident, hopeful and more likely to do something you might not otherwise do. For these last 12 days until Christmas, Food for the Hungry (FH) staff will send you notes of encouragement through our […]

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