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Thank goodness…

My reaction when my husband asks

Too funny. I’m so glad Emily quickly figured out (1) how to get them free, and (2) how to make money sharing these great products with others.

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The Secret Ingredient

Thirty-One love secret ingredient Emily Page direct sales work at home work from home wahm sahm income employment direct sales enroll sign upYou probably know the “love” chapter in 1 Corinthians 13.  “Love is patient, love is kind…”  It’s a great definition of all that love aspires to be.  But I was struck today by something else Paul was getting at.

Love is an essential ingredient to EVERYTHING we do.

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I Don’t Wanna!

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Are you ready?

With apologies to Ol` Bosephus, I must ask if you are ready for some football?!  In honor of my alma mater kicking off the college football season tonight, I thought I would share that oldie, but goodie from early in that other UNC alumnus Andy Griffith’s career “What it Was Was Football” as well as one of his last works on Brad Paisley’s (we love Brad!) “Waitin’ On a Woman”.

In the meantime, do you have your Thirty-One Collegiate Spirit swag for your tailgate? Contact Emily if you don’t!

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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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Playing in Traffic

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Daisy was my dog.

August 18th is Daisy’s birthday.  It reminded me of that goofy little beagle that adored me.  We had to put her to sleep a few years ago.

We don’t think of dogs as having the same possibilities of developmental delays or disabilities as humans, but I’m convinced that Daisy had some doggie special needs or something.  She didn’t have the highest IQ, but she was incredibly sweet.  She knew no strangers.  She lived to make us happy.  When we were mad at her she was usually confused. God love her, that dog could be dumb.  She would have played in traffic if I ever let her off the leash.  In fact, though she usually got let out in the back yard, on the occasions that I did take her for a walk by the road, I had to make sure our Extend-O-leash was locked in its shortest setting, because she would lunge after moving cars.

I think God must feel the same way about me sometimes.  “Boy, that Ed, he’s so nice, but man he is dumb. Can’t let him off the short leash.  He’d just go get himself hurt.”  I’ve remarked in earlier posts how God has been so faithful to us in ways financial and otherwise and is teaching us to rely on Him, but how short the leash seems to be sometimes.  As I reflect on our time with Daisy, I’m starting to get why that might be. Continue reading

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Copacetic: Being Content

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Emily thinks I’m lazy.  OK, not all the time, and not in all areas of life.  But some things she cares about being done “right,” whereas I am… unconcerned.  My spiritual gift may be the ability to be contented in all circumstances.

Our formerly manicured and tended backyard is currently returning to a more natural, almost feral state.  I tend to allow things around my office to run out, be broken (or if they must work, be jerry-rigged), and do without.  And why not? Besides the obvious downside of an irritated wife, I submit (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) that being content with our current state of affairs is Biblical. 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:

h/t: http://blimeycow.com/

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