Category: Holidays

6 Quotes to Welcome the New Year

It's New Year's Eve! For some people, reflecting on the past year gives them a feeling of triumph—they've made great strides, accomplished important goals, and overcome many challenges. But for others, reflecting on the past year can feel wearisome, filled with regret and disappointment. Here are some quotes to help you look up instead of ...

Christmas: Joy in the Midst of Suffering

As much as we'd rather sweep things under the rug and hope the sparkle of sequinned dresses and Christmas lights can distract us, the Advent season does not make us immune to stress, pain, mourning, loneliness, illness, and suffering. Life does not suddenly stop throwing curveballs just because its Christmas. No, life keeps on rolling, ...

Relationships: An Investment You’ll Never Regret

Valentine's Day might seem like a cheap marketing trick designed to make singles feel worse about themselves (and maybe it is), but it also reminds us of something simple yet profound: that all relationships, romantic and non-romantic, are truly worth celebrating. We need people. This seems obvious, but 'independence' and 'individualism' are so prized these days ...

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Living in Abundance (Part 3): ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs "Joy comes to us in moments--ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary." - Brene Brown  The fine line between what is "enough" and "not enough" depends solely on our willingness to practice GRATITUDE. Nothing else. Neither our circumstances, possessions, nor ...

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Finding Meaning in Suffering

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsExactly a year ago from today was the first time I considered possibly having clinical depression. Since then, it's amazing how much of a difference God has made in my life in the span of a year. Every time I think of it, I am speechless.. completely in awe. I could ...

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Valentine’s Day: Let No One Go Unloved

"I am going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump." - Quote from The Bridge Unfortunately, the person who said those words did jump. No one smiled. A life was lost. I hate to be such a downer on the week of Valentine's Day, ...

What if Christmas Only Required Honesty?

I don't even have to tell you about "the true meaning of Christmas" -- we all know what it is. Go to church and the scriptures tell it beautifully. Even the holiday movies sometimes get it right, with themes of 'joy' and 'celebration' and 'forgiveness' and 'family' and 'giving'. So what happens? We do what ...

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