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We went “home” for Christmas (to LaQuinta, that is)

If you’ve followed the latest in the DuBois family, you know we sold our home this summer (rather quickly) and moved into the LaQuinta hotel for a month while trying to figure out what in the world we were doing.  We soon bought my grandmother’s RV trailer, and we’ve been living in it ever since.… Continue reading We went “home” for Christmas (to LaQuinta, that is)

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A living picture of Christmas (by Francis Chan)

This story comes from Francis Chan. Yet this story ultimately comes straight from the heart of Jesus. Josh is a 20 year old guy that I serve with on Sunday afternoons. This past Sunday, he asked me to pray for an elderly, homeless woman he had befriended. She was attacked and beat up badly the night before.… Continue reading A living picture of Christmas (by Francis Chan)

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The reason I’ve quit praying for my husband

Our pastor urged us to beseech God. Lord, teach us to pray. This simple request led to extensive training as I became a pupil of God’s Spirit. I discovered my motives and purposes for prayer were often askew. Specifically for my husband. As I evaluated my petitions on my husband’s behalf, I realized my desired… Continue reading The reason I’ve quit praying for my husband

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Confessions of a holiday harlot

The evil in our desire typically does not lie in what we want, but that we want it too much. (John Calvin) If you read my recent post, Why are you trying to keep Christ in Christmas?, you are aware we can borrow celebration convictions from others, having never allowed God to search our hearts… Continue reading Confessions of a holiday harlot

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Let’s talk GLUTTONY or is now not a good time?

From our spiritual leaders we hear much of our need for surrender. Being yielded completely to God so we’re pliable clay in the Potter’s hands. It seems there is often one area frequently (purposefully?) overlooked. Even quietly accepted. Gluttony. Each Christmas season, I find myself making allowances and compromises on food and drink.  While typically conscious… Continue reading Let’s talk GLUTTONY or is now not a good time?

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Christmas is wherever we are (a reminder to my husband)

There are unique times in this existence when we are allowed to witness a person living out his faith in his God. And I have the privilege of being united with such a man. A husband and father willing to offer his family not what the world tempts him to provide. Rather, he invites his wife and two sons to follow him as he… Continue reading Christmas is wherever we are (a reminder to my husband)

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Before you resort to sniffing oils for curbing your holiday spending…

Our family uses essential oils for many reasons, primarily for healing numerous ailments.  I often receive newsletters from companies selling essential oils.  And, this week was no different. However, this particular email boasted a special claim. Ways to keep your holiday spending in control. With essential oils?  I was curious. One of the biggest things that… Continue reading Before you resort to sniffing oils for curbing your holiday spending…

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Why are you trying to keep Christ in Christmas?

There’s been a buzz in social media outlets about how to celebrate Christmas. Contemplations over trees, stockings and Santa.  I’ve noticed families giving up traditions in the name of honoring Christ.  Children no longer allowed to keep their gifts in order to bless the poor.  Parents declining party invitations in trying to guard their families from… Continue reading Why are you trying to keep Christ in Christmas?

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Less is more (an RV kind of Christmas tree)

Some time back, my friend Tiffany offered me three words of encouragement. Less is more. I didn’t realize, then, I’d be celebrating Christmas in an RV. And living out less is more as a family. This journey is certainly one to be remembered. A path taking our family toward a greater appreciation of the simple.… Continue reading Less is more (an RV kind of Christmas tree)

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Dia de Gracias (Guatemalan Thanksgiving)

We spent Thanksgiving in Guatemala this year.  Our family and our pastor.  I cannot deny the thoughts that came to visit that day.  Images of turkey, dressing and favorite desserts back home with family in Texas.  But, reality was gritty, sweaty, smelly and foreign conditions. Again, just as in all attempts to reject the invitation to… Continue reading Dia de Gracias (Guatemalan Thanksgiving)