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I Don’t Wanna!

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Killing My Self

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The concept of “dying to self and living for Christ” is well-known in the church today, but sounds awfully drastic to those who are not schooled in church jargon.  To be clear, the idea is that we have competing desires within each of us, a sinful nature and a soul that craves God and His will.  A gross over-simplification is the old image of the devil and angel sitting on our shoulders.

I fully accept that we are saved by faith in Christ alone.  That said, I also know that having received that gift that I am called to become more like Him through the aid and grace of the Holy Spirit.  The hard part is stamping out that selfish devil.  I know what to be on the lookout for: Continue reading

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Just Friends: Breaking Up with Carolina

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This is the hardest letter I’ve ever had to write.  It’s not you. It’s me.  We’ve been together as long as I can remember.  Those high school and college years… whew… the passion was amazing. But we’re just in different places now.  I’ve settled down.  I’ve got to reassess my priorities.  And let’s face it: you won’t miss me.  You’ve got plenty of other guys.  Can we just be friends? Continue reading

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Foolishness and My Dog (a different proverb)

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We usually shut our 15 year old beagle in the living room when we leave the house.
He’s old, he’s lethargic and sleeps all the time, and he hates his kennel.  He behaves perfectly well in the living room.

But he’s the Tasmanian Devil in the kitchen.   He got in it today while we were at church. Continue reading

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Blimey Cow: Ten Things I Love More Than God

I’m a big fan of tongue-in-cheek humor and a frequent user of sarcasm and satire, so this was right up my alley.  Prepare to get called out and convicted:


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Why v. And then…

page turner ask God why Thirty-One Thirty One proverbs gifts work at home stay at home husband H.O.T. business opportunity income employment jobI’ve been reading Harry Potter to the girls after bedtime devotion and prayers.  They’re fun reads, with good vocabulary and great themes of bravery, good v. evil, selflessness and the power of unconditional love.  Leah, my eight year old, has a bad habit some nights of interrupting a particular section and asking “Why?”.  I find this more frustrating than I should.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve already read the whole thing before and I know that the “why” she wants is usually irrelevant to the story, or is often answered by what happens next.  If she’d just listen and enjoy the ride there’s a great and exciting story with a happy ending to follow.  Getting caught up in “why” just interferes with hearing the story.

There has been a lot of tragedy going around our corner of the world in the last 6 months.  It is easier to see the potential workings of God in some of it than others.  The loss of a job could mean a better job around the corner and more time with family now.  A severe injury can lead to miraculous healing, or inspiring others through God’s provision and endurance.  A young person or parent with young children contracting terminal cancer is a lot harder to comprehend.

It’s easy to get consumed with wanting to know why God would allow such a thing to happen.  In times like this, it can be good to remember Leah.  Refuse to get sidetracked in the why of your story.  Instead, concern yourself with what happens next.

“And then, she did the bravest thing imaginable…”

“And then, for the first time, he completely gave his life over to God’s will…”

“And then, she understood her need for God and salvation through His Son Jesus Christ…”

“And they were adding to their number daily…”

We know how the story ends.  We know Jesus is the hero. We know that His side wins. We know that those who believe in Him shall not perish.   Keep in perspective that all of life’s triumphs and tragedies are a part of HIStory, and be determined to be more concerned with the “and then” and leave the “why” to Him. (And then, He will give you the strength to do it.)

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Knowing v. Trusting

I have a pet peeve.

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And yet, I do that with God all the time.
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Silver linings

We here in Lee County in central North Carolina just got some bad news:  the Lee County Economic Development Corp announced that the unemployment rate rose from 11.0 percent in May to 11.2 percent in June while the labor force declined from 26,887 to 26,818.  Honestly, these statistics merely confirm the feeling of economic malaise that pervades this area of the state.   Even sadder is how many folks are not part of these statistics because they’ve given up looking for work or because they do have a job but it’s not what they want.

I wish these folks could know Silver Lining Playbook Thirty-One 31 Thirty One unemployment employment income work home mom stay opportunity sales income Emily Page senior directorthe joy we’ve come to know in our family the last few years. We’ve been so blessed in our family that Emily found Thirty-One Gifts, which allowed her to build a business, quit her full-time work, stay at home to be a mom to our girls, and even earn us trips to Disney World, Cancun, and Dominican Republic.  I just want to stand outside the unemployment office and sign people up!

See Thirty-One’s Income Disclosure Statement here: IncomeDisclosureStatement

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Being a Thirty-One Husband

Emily and I just got back from the Thirty-One Gifts 2013 National Conference in Atlanta.  16,000 hootin’, hollerin’ consultants and a handfulof husbands.  I loved this video they showed of some of the husbands taken during last year’s Leadership Incentive Trip to Cancun.

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Life Sucks Sometimes

Christians try really hard to honor God, to remain grateful and humble, to be patient and trust and rely on Him.  But the truth is, even when you do all that, life can still really suck sometimes.  *Gasp!*  I know, it’s not cool to admit that in certain circles.  Some modern Christian churches preach a God that takes away all pain and suffering if you just have enough faith.  But the truth is, our God allows suffering.  He lets life suck sometimes.  Check out the life of Joseph:
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