George Bailey Meets the Twilight Zone

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My favorite Christmas movie happens to be It’s a Wonderful Life. A few years back I wrote about it, well at least about how I feel such a great kinship with the character George Bailey. Don’t we all relate to George Bailey on some level?

I love so much of the subtle underlying messages that come through in this story, as well as the characters portrayed. However, in order for there to be more connection to MY wonderful life, there would have to be a collision with The Twilight Zone. I thought I’d revisit this post from the archives.

Here’s the way I see it…

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A Question to Ask on Black Friday Or Any Day

When is Enough Enough?

by Dawn Paoletta



When is enough, enough? 

When your life is stock full of stuff?

When your heart cries, “More!” 

and you run to the store

 seeking what lies behind the door.


When is enough, enough?

When ends meet or are stretched or defined?

Knowing ourselves means facing the truth

and seeking His face and mind.


When is enough, enough?

If less is best will we pass the test

waiting in quiet trust?


We are not defined by the days and times

but by that which we believe-

Contentment comes when we become One

 with our faith, not deceived.

Enough is enough as we give thanks,

and by the world remain unfazed.


 





When You Need a Spiritual Reboot (Empowering Truths to Set Captives Free)

As Christians we are encouraged to count our blessings. Most of secular society agrees that focusing on what we have instead of what we don’t is a safe bet toward a better mind set. Medical Research supports thankfulness and an attitude of gratitude has physical and mental health benefits.

But what do you do when you find yourself slowly sinking into a murky swamp of apathy because of the circumstances of your life, regardless of how hard you try to keep your head above water-spiritually, or otherwise?

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Journaling through the Book of John: A Journey for Lent and Beyond

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It’s been a while since I have attempted any consistent blogging schedule. It’s been longer since I have done an online Bible study or devotional book group. I’ve pretty much felt like I have fallen into blog negligence over the past few years as I’ve juggled various other commitments, roles and opportunities.

BUT…I”M BACK!

 

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God’s Will in Six Stanzas

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“To choose suffering makes no sense at all; to choose God’s will in the midst of our suffering makes all the sense in the world.” – Oswald Chambers

 

A few thoughts from my morning meditations…

There is a trend toward believing life with God is easy, and I would argue it is…and yet, easy is a relative term- we need context. If something is easy, it needs to be clearly shown- easy like …a walk in the park? Easy, like Sunday morning…like running water in the faucet. Easy like, gunshots NOT outside your door, like peace, like safety? By definition easy means without difficulty, painless. I do not find life with God to be “easy”. But synonyms for easy are serene, peaceful, and tranquil. I have found that life with God may not be “easy”, but the peace – the easiness in my soul because of the One who resides there brings stability in an unstable world that continuously offers a variety of reasons to feel shaky…and uneasy.

May I present to you God’s Will in Six Stanzas- yes, 6. For the obvious reason. I pray you know this One who brings easiness, peace and safety to the soul.

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