The Privileged Life: A Lenten Time to Declutter

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 With Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday behind us, Lent is here—a season of reflection, sacrifice, and preparation for the holiest day of the Christian calendar, Easter.  If... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Bread Maker

“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’” John 6:35 Who knew making bread at home would become so popular last year? If you haven’t jumped on the baking bandwagon yet, there’s still plenty of time.  At least... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Saying Good-bye to a Friend

“His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22b-23 Have you recently lost someone you loved? The grief can be overwhelming, especially after this devastating pandemic that continues to linger. We’ve all experienced the sorrow of losing loved ones to cancer, heart disease, and other tragedies. How do you say good-bye? For good? We... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: An Appeal to Reason

“And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” Acts 5:42 Ever have one of those profound moments when your Scripture reading for the day lines up with current events? This morning, on the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, my read-through-the-Bible schedule arrived at Acts 5—sometime after... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: The Sounds of Silence

“But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him.” Habakkuk 2:20 When my sweet dad was a Scout leader, he was honored one year at summer camp by being “tapped out” to join the Order of the Arrow. This esteemed cadre of Scouters required its members to go through an “ordeal”—24 hours of complete silence, starting with sleeping... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: A Word for Year 2021

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 I just reviewed my post from the beginning of 2020, wondering what I said 52 blogs ago. My tone for the new decade was optimistic, enthusiastic, promising!* But here we are, one year later, looking back at 2020 in the rearview mirror…as if we’re leaving... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: A Prayer for 2021

“You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 Looking out our windows right now, I marvel at the crisp snow, groomed by hundreds of footprints and sledding tracks in our neighbors’ yards. We had an extraordinary blizzard, the most snow I’ve ever experienced in my life for Christmas Day…what a blessing... Continue Reading →

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