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Finding joy | Jules Suman

I am super excited to read and share the words of my wife. She had taken a sabbatical from writing for the last couple months and I look forward again to reading her encouraging words that can ignite an excitement for thankfulness in us all. 

Sitting here in my dimly lit living room, feet up, my puppy lying in my lap. The furnace hums, having a difficult time keeping pace with the dropping temperatures outside. In the near distance, voices from the hockey game being played on my son’s tv call the play by play. Outside the picture window bright white snow begins to let go of the sun’s reflection and take to take on twilight. I look at the clock excited that my husband will be home soon and we will break bread together. Giving thanks to God for all of it. I add each of them to my list of gifts I have begun collecting. I do my best to capture these tiny moments in my memory to retrieve when joy seems elusive. For when I am too caught up in myself to truly live in God’s grace and feel His joy that is ever present. These little things are beautiful gifts given to me by a God who is full of grace. For all of these little gifts this afternoon I will be thankful and in them I will find joy.

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Let it snow

18881973_s“Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. (Isaiah 1:18)

As I sit here this morning looking at the results of the snow fall last night, I can’t help to be transported in memory to my childhood.

Who doesn’t like snow as a kid?

No school. Sleeping in. Snowball fights and snowmen.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Fruits of the Spirit

19706052_sThen Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

The season is upon us.

Christmastime.

The stress of buying all those gifts. The anxiety of families coming together and maybe the sadness of memories past. Most likely, our emotions will ebb and flow during the month of December and by the time the 25th comes around we are ready to wrap up all the decorations and the tree like a gift not to be opened again for another year.

But what if we approach the season glorifying the Lord by growing in the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Read the rest of this entry »

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