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Stay in Your Comfort Zone

That old mantra: get out of your comfort zone. And it occurred to him, what is so bad about staying in your comfort zone? A comfort zone actually sounds kind of nice. Is it possible we’ve been getting it wrong all along?

I thought that was pure genius.

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We’re All In This Together

I simply have to write about this cool thing that happened, because it’s one of those most beautiful kinds of stories that bring hope into the world. And if your committee meetings or Facebook feed or nightly news are anything like mine, you could use one of those stories.

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Finding Joy in a Messy Life–a guest post by Dianne Neal Matthews

Sometimes the innocent wonder of a child points us back toward what’s really important. As December approaches, we can feel pressured to put together the perfect Christmas. That drive for perfection steals our joy and piles on the stress whenever our holiday, or when life, gets messy. We can truly experience Christmas by looking past the messes in our lives, focusing on the Child in the manger, and worshipping Him as the One who was called “Wonderful” hundreds of years before His birth by the prophet Isaiah.

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Thanks for Your Weirdness

Weirdness is what makes us unique. It’s those little things that are off the grid, not always easy to understand, impossible to replicate. Weirdness is us in our rawest forms. Unpolished. Honest. Hopefully open to interpretation, growth, and change, but weirdness is our truth. I would argue it’s the magic that draws us to someone or something—when we recognize another’s weirdness matches up with ours, and we are not alone. Anne of Green Gables might call those people kindred spirits.

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Baby Steps

So, this is sort of a guest post. My brother, Jim Ford, put this on Facebook the other day and I loved it so much I asked him if I could use it on my blog. I was planning to elaborate and embellish, one (two?) of my specialties. The thing is, every time I start to do that, it’s not as good as when I just leave it alone. So, here it is, in all of its sparse, wise, glory:

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What Christmas Is

When I started writing this blog, I set myself the goal of two entries per week. I thought that seemed reasonable. And I met that goal pretty well for awhile. Then life happened over the past ten days, as it tends to do. And like running, that other pesky discipline that keeps me healthy, blog writing went straight out the window.

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That Ship Has Sailed

There’s a recurring theme in my life called not being very good at boundaries. I’m getting better, but I used to be really bad at it, especially with people I love. And so even if someone disrespected me and hurt me really bad I might keep going back for more. It seems the more I cared about the relationship, the longer it would take me to create a boundary so as not to be hurt. I thought I could make it better if I kept on trying. I wanted to fix it. As a Christian I had a bit of a mixed-up notion of what it means to turn the other cheek and forgive seventy-times-seven and all of that. I believed it was wrong to walk away.

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Thanksgiving Therapy

I read an article once about Thomas Hardy called “The Uneasy Victorian.” I remember that the writer compared Hardy to other Victorian authors, saying that out of all of them, he felt the most anxiety about the world they inhabited. And there is less hope, more sense... read more

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