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One Simple Way to Incorporate Gratefulness in Your Parenting

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A life of gratefulness will grip you like nothing else and, through you, your children. Living a life of gratefulness in your home probably sounds to you like a good thing, something to aim for, but there are few things I’ve found to be as universally missing in the home and as critical to raising god-honoring and well-balanced children. Children that you want to be around when they become adults. In counseling I’m learning that the prescription for healing our spiritual problems frequently includes a healthy dose of gratefulness. It’s not just the latest in the counselor’s bag of tricks. . .
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Giving Thanks for More Than Just STUFF

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Giving Thanks for What We’ve Got We often think of giving thanks as being happy about the stuff we have: the warm house, hot lattes, and our new iPhone. While that is a part of thanksgiving, it may be the smaller part. A spirit of thanksgiving does more than smile contentedly as the platters of turkey and candy-coated sweet potatoes come around. It is good and right to openly express our gratitude for the stuff which makes our lives more pleasant and the people who have loved us through the ups and downs of the last year. These are very. . .
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The Cure for Ingratitude

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What We Need My in-laws have just completed the long and painful renovation of their home in anticipation of selling it and moving closer to their nine grandchildren in Bristol, Virginia. In doing so they were in constant communication with their realtor who was advising them on paint colors and features that she knew her buyers were looking for. Of course, the whims of buyers are constantly changing but not as much as since the advent of HGTV. Home and Garden television (mostly home) is the cable channel dedicated to inflaming the lusts of each and every American woman. Features. . .
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The Gospel Learned & Re-learned

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The Gospel Learned & Re-learned

I have been listening to my teachers and pastors speak about our relationship with God for some years now and slowly the drip, drip of this Gospel teaching is wearing through the hard rock that is my heart. The tape that we all have in our heads runs a certain default message again and again through our minds and it can be a blessing or a curse depending on the message. Unfortunately for most of us the message is negative and we spend our lives trying to change the messages or simply get the messages to stop. My reoccurring message. . .
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Seasons (not) in the Sun

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Seasons (not) in the Sun — Thankful

Something has been lost. Don’t we often have a nagging feeling within us that something has been lost? It’s not our glasses or the grocery list most of the time (unless you have small children or dogs or both like I do). What I’m talking about is deeper, more the core than the apple. In the movie, The Matrix, the protagonist, Neo lives with this nagging feeling that things are not as they should be and while there are clues to the dilemma, there are no answers. Until someone tells him the truth that his “life” was nothing more than. . .
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Latest Basement Tape now available . . .

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Our Basement Tape conversation, Godliness, Contentment and Great Gain (#141)  is now available for purchase as either a CD or mp3. “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:31-33).  

Basement Tape #137: V is for Vim, Vigor, and Vitality

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The Reformed are pejoratively known as the “frozen chosen,” Christians in general seem to lack the joy of their salvation, we all know what it's like to lose the bounce in our spiritual step. And yet we have been given the pearl of great price, the answer, life eternal! Join us as we have a conversation about our lack of vim and what we should do about it.

The Spirit of Thanksgiving

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Thanklessness Imitates the World The spirit of thanksgiving invaded some of our homes this week. It is queer how, while knowing we ought always to be thankful, the habit is so little practiced. I am like you. We are all busy, distracted might be accurate. Life, in its multi-facets careens around us. Ohhhh, shiny object, look what I bought! See ya, I am off to work, or, finally home – gotta snack? Life rolls past and somehow in its daily clutter we rarely remember, or better, discipline ourselves, to give thanks in all things. In this respect we are imitating. . .
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