Ten Ways to Beat the Shut-In Blues

And find the silver lining in even the darkest of storm clouds…

Storms and difficulties of all kinds and sizes come our way. From simple gray spells or times of discouragement, to life’s big storms and even pandemics. And they can really start to get us down. A lot of life’s problems are extremely serious, like this COVID-19 that is currently afflicting the world. And it can be really difficult to not worry.

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Our Tiny Italian (Dream) House

Although to us owning our own home seemed an Impossible Dream, we serve a God who is the Lord over even the impossible…

We had long dreamed of owning our own home, which with our lack of regular income seemed like The Impossible Dream. But in planning our move to Abruzzo nearly 10 years ago, we learned that property values in these inland villages of the south are unbelievably low. 

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Advent: the Missing Piece of Christmas

Because the story does not end with Christmas. It is only the beginning!

We mostly ditched Christmas a few years ago. Not out of Scroogish tendencies, but because of the increasing materialism. Each year it became harder for us to find true meaning and spirituality among all the commercial trappings. So for several years we did little during the holidays. 

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4 Benefits of Continual Prayer

Ongoing prayer can redeem life’s trials, frictions, and nuisances, and make them work for our good and God’s glory…

Pray without ceasing. What an impossible task this seems! And while it is often said that Paul meant we should have an attitude of prayer, I think he also intended us to pray much more than we do.

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The Most Dangerous Ways to School [Saturday Spotlight]

A ten-part documentary service recounting the dangerous paths children in various nations undertake just for the chance of an education…

Most of us went to school as kids, and knew the way so well we could almost follow the path eyes closed! But few of us could have imagined taking the extremely long, ardous, and danger-frought paths the children in these documentaries follow.

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Giving Thanks Even for Fleas {Corrie ten Boom}

God wants us to give thanks in all things because everything comes from his hand. And because he can work through anything, even fleas…

Can we ever be too thankful? I think not, and I believe Scripture backs me up. Yet life is often hard, and it becomes so easy to fall into the habit of fretting, complaining, or even despair.

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4 Helps for Dealing with the Unwanted

How can we handle the unwanted? Unwanted people and events? The happenings none of us would ever want in our lives? Abandonment, separation, division? Those crushing and heartbreaking events which threaten to drain our life’s blood away?

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