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Faithful

I live in Minnesota and we have had quite a wintry March.  We had several feet of drifted snow everywhere we looked, and temperatures in the single digits as the calendar flipped past March 21 . . . Spring!  It is hard to believe in the promises of Spring when Winter is still lurking all about.


But I had a friend remind me that things are not always what they seem.

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A fog lifted...

fogThis morning I woke up to a very dense fog. It was so foggy, in fact, that I could not see my next door neighbor's house. I knew that it would not remain like that forever but it sure was gloomy and difficult to get on with the day when I couldn't see past my front yard.

I knew the sun was still shining somewhere beyond the dense cloud cover.  I didn't doubt it's existence or the power that it had to heat the day and light up all the shadows. But while the fog was sitting heavy it was very difficult to imagine a beautiful day.

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Seek Him

Saturday morning my family and I awoke feeling very cold . . . our furnace was out, brrr!   We checked into having it repaired and realized it would be better to replace it entirely.  But the earliest day they could install our new furnace was 6 days out, so that meant we would need to rely on our fireplace to heat our home.

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Orlando . . . Here we come!

The January 2013 Orlando Legacy Retreat will kick off tomorrow!   This year, we have 16 families from around the country including: Arizona, North Carolina, New York, Indiana, California, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oklahoma, Florida, and Pennsylvania.  Similarly, our loving and servant-hearted volunteers are from Florida, Georgia, Colorado, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Maryland.

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Joy to the World!

Joy to the world!

The Lord has come:

let earth receive her King!

Let every heart

prepare him room

and heaven and nature sing.

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Puzzled

A snowstorm left my family and I stuck at home, which gave us time to put a puzzle together.  As we sorted the pieces, I found myself wondering what we all must wonder when the puzzle is still completely fragmented . . . “How are these pieces going to fit together to make any sort of sense?”

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Oh Christmas Tree!

Last week the amazing tree in Rockefeller Center was lit for all to see, decorated with 30,000 lights and a Swarovsky crystal star on top.   Beautiful!   The sight of a lit tree at Christmastime evokes a response in just about all of us.  I was intrigued when I came upon this explanation of the origin of the tradition . . .

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Thankful

thankfulThe calendar still says November, but most everyone’s attention has turned to Christmas.  I love Christmas!  Time together with family, sweet treats, beautiful lights, lovely music, and gift giving to honor the greatest Gift ever given . . . Jesus Christ.

But I find myself not quite ready to let go of Thanksgiving yet . . . there are so very many reasons to be thankful, the season deserves to linger.  Even in the midst of really difficult times . . . whether it be health related, financial, relational or something else entirely . . . there is always something for which we can be grateful.

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NYC...Here we come!

Times SquareThe November 2012 New York City Legacy will kick off this Sunday.  This year, we have 16 families from around the country including: Indiana, Texas, California, Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Dakota, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nebraska, and Washington.  Similarly, our loving and servant-hearted volunteers are from New York, Indiana, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Maryland.

Here are a few of the highlights these families can expect:

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An Instrument of Peace

St. Francis of Assisi largerEarlier this week, my family and I were walking on the grounds of a chapel in St. Augustine, FL.  While strolling through this beautifully manicured piece of our nation's history, I came across a statue of St. Francis of Assisi, who is highly revered in the Catholic church.  Next to the statue was a prayer that is often associated with St.Francis.  As I read the prayer, my heart was immediately grabbed by how closely this prayer parallels the heartfelt service offered by Inheritance of Hope volunteers.

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