RECEIVE

The annual Christmas card from our sponsored child in Bolivia arrived the other day. I think I might have been reminded of something really important by this tiny little girl across the world.

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MULTIPLY

Remember learning your math facts?  Your times tables?  The easy ones like 2 x 2= 4 and the not-so-easy ones like 7 x 8 or 9 x 7?  I kind of liked the idea…almost like a magic trick once I figured it out.  Multiplying 3 x 8— it became so much faster than adding 8+8+8. Pretty cool according to my third-grade self. And still pretty cool when you think about the word multiply.

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TROUBLE

I really don’t like the word “TROUBLE”. Nothing feels good about being in trouble, experiencing trouble, or causing trouble. At the first sign of this uncomfortable word, I run the other way as fast as I can. I remember clearly the first time I got in trouble at school.

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UNFOLDING

Fear. We all deal with it. We are afraid of things real and imagined, now and in the future. I think my friend Claire said it best the other day when she shared that she gets anxious about things that are “unpredictable”. 

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HALFWAY

What do you think of when you hear the word halfway? Do you ever feel like you are only halfway to God? Like you are stuck in the middle of the street that leads to the life He has for you? 

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INVITE

We can trust Him to come in and bring good. To be with us, to be deeply involved in what is happening in our lives and hearts. To restore and create and heal. That's what He came to do for us.

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JOY

What makes you happy? What makes you smile? It's fun to think about those things. But what about the days when we don't feel "happy?" When sadness overwhelms, the answer is "no," the results are not good...

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SET

He wants to treat us to His very best--no expense spared, no detail overlooked. Exactly what we need and more than we could ever hope for will be on that table.

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WILD

Maybe this love our God wraps us up in is wilder in its scope, its strength, its passion than we have dared to believe. Maybe we need it to be wildly strong enough to hold us when we feel like we are spinning out of control.

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ANYWAY

Hopeless?  Wondering how this pain, this struggle, this impossible situation can possibly work out? Do you want to believe that it will...even if you have every reason not to?

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ROOMY

What about the ones who just go to school, work, church (or not), and just try to find Him in our regular lives? Don't we just all blend in together? How could He possibly make space for us all? 

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FRESH

He rose on Easter morning and crushed the power of death to give us a fresh start. Together with Him we can be made clean and new and different...free from the things that drain us of our energy and joy.

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