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Giving thanks for obvious blessings is not difficult. Giving thanks for the tough stuff, the things that look like anything but blessings, takes real faith. I’ve written on another Thanksgiving about giving thanks for what I call “disguised gifts” in Abundant Gifts. I wrote that when we give thanks for things that don’t seem on […]

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Lessons in Seeing

“I can’t find my boots! Where are my BOOTS?” This was, of course, a crisis because we were dealing with a 15-year-old daughter who absolutely needed her boots RIGHT THEN because at the football game, they were supposed to dress as “cowboys or Indians.” And of course her ride was about to pick her up […]

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Soft whiteness Falling from the sky Changes barrenness to beauty Covers potholes, cracks, scars with peace. Just like the grace That fell from the sky To be born in a stable.

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When the Red Sea saw you, O God, its waters looked and trembled! The sea quaked to its very depths. The clouds poured down rain; the thunder rumbled in the sky. Your arrows of lightning flashed. Your thunder roared from the whirlwind; the lightning lit up the world! The earth trembled and shook. Your road […]

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It was Jesus’ suggestion to get into the boat and cross the lake one evening. He settled down, head on a cushion, ready to turn in for the night. Suddenly a fierce storm blew up around the boat. The waves crashed around the boat, and the disciples were terrified. Someone thought to go find Jesus. […]

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I hope you enjoy this story from Abundant Gifts, appropriate for Christmas. May the life-giving light of the Savior, Jesus, shine in all your darkness, and bring you the gifts only the Savior can give: love, joy, peace, hope and abundant life forever!икони

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I was frustrated, not for the first time, by a particular person. Someone who does things very differently than me–in my opinion, too slowly, or without enough regard for reality. This person was unconcerned, in my mind, about what was important, and focused only on the negative. I did not want to deal with the […]

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