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Jesus on Your Playlist: Mainstream Songs That Remind of Christ

During the holiday season, symbols of Christ surround us.  Christmas decorations, traditions, and music on the radio all point to the Savior.  The spirit of the season sometimes seems to fade once January rolls around, and the music is switched off, but types, shadows, and symbols of Christ surround us beyond December 25th. 

Gentle Grace

As I sit here, Bible in hand,
reading about the birth of Christ,
I see in my mind’s eye, Mary,
and the tenderness in her eyes.

The Babe upon her shoulder,
her own face turned t’ward His.
A hallowed moment as her lips
just brush Him with a kiss.

Gratitude—More than We Think

"Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done."

Gratitude is powerful. It has the power to shift our thinking and attitudes. I’ve always loved the saying: “I used to complain about my shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” There will always be people worse off than you. Focusing on what we do have however, the good within our circumstances, can have powerful outcomes.

Doubt, Perspective, Belief

Yesterday I had the kind of day where stress coiled my right shoulder and neck into a tight, angry thing. I couldn’t sleep well. I was tired and burdened. It was just a lot to internalize. I’m not being specific, but it was the kind of day that makes me say, “Oh hey, world. I really love you, but wow, you aren’t the easiest thing to navigate, are you?”

How to Suffer Successfully

I have recently been introduced to the world of podcasts and, wow, what a world! One show that I have enjoyed is called The Art of Manliness. Topics range from relationship research, fitness and financial tips, and leadership techniques, to the meaning of beards. So, man or woman, clean-shaven or scruffy-faced, there is really something for everyone. Episode #345 focused on Ed Latimore, an author who has recently found success with the telling of his life’s trials and how they have helped him become successful. One of the highlighted steps to success was knowing how to suffer.