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My Favorite Books of 2019

This past year, 2019, was a weird one. It began in utter darkness and hopelessness. I was in year six of a chronic illness. I had lost everything and had no reason to believe things would change. But things did change. I won’t go into the hows and whys. I …

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Self-Care is NOT Selfish

Suffering is life’s greatest teacher. I don’t know why this is true. But it is. For the last five-plus years, I have been suffering’s reluctant student. I am still inching out of the darkness of a chronic illness, and I haven’t unearthed all the lessons learned. But one lesson presented …

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Out of the Darkness, Into the Life

Life is weird. I could use a different word there, a more truthful one. Maybe I should. In my mind, I already have. But I’ve been out for a while, so I’ll keep it between the lines. I lived like a normal human most of my days. I graduated college, …

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Does God Love Introverts?

I wish I were an extrovert. My wife, Tiffani, is an extrovert. She has so much energy, enough for two normal humans and probably enough for three or four low-functioning ones. She thrives in group settings. She is magnetic. She can plan big, fun gatherings and parties. She is intentional …

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5 Reasons You Really Need To Slow Down

In 1967, experts on time management delivered a report to the U. S. Senate. These experts believed technological innovations, satellites, and robotics would present a big problem for the American workplace in the years to come. The problem? People would have too much free time. Here’s a quote from the …

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CHOICE (Advent – Day 24)

SCRIPTURES Colossians 1:15-20 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see …

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SUFFERING (Advent – Day 22)

SCRIPTURE Matthew 2:13-18 “After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to …

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INDIFFERENT (Advent – Day 21)

SCRIPTURE Hebrews 6:11-20 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. When God made his promise to Abraham, since there …

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WAKE UP (Advent – Day 20)

SCRIPTURE 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. THOUGHTS  “Powell! Keep your head on a swivel! …