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Affirmation: My Personal “Resolutions” for 2013

I have written four posts here at 1Glories that specifically relate to how I do New Year’s Resolutions. I encourage you to read the first three here (part 1), here (part2) and here (part3) because you probably would not realize the full impact of the what follows. But, if you don’t want to read through them, no worries, I think (and pray) it will be of at least some inspiration. After another year of pursuing a better me, and praying that better me is truly guided by God and not my egocentric ambitions, I have developed my 2013 Personal Affirmations. […]

Affirmation: Building Upon the Past

affirmation: 1. the act of affirming or the state of being affirmed; 2. a statement of the existence or truth of something; assertion If you want to make a change in your life – do it. Don’t wait for a man-made calendar holiday that is commercialized. In 2011, I made my first list of “Affirmations”. They became the theme for which I will attempt to better myself, my life and the lives of others. They represented the change I felt needed to occur and were desired by God inside of me that year. Focus your eyes. Free your mind. Color […]

Affirmations: Live Extraordinarily

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. ~ Philippians 3:12 ESV In issue number 60 of Relevant Magazine, there is a nice little write up called, “10 Ways to an Extraordinary Life: Bob Goff’s Field Notes from a Life Well-Lived.” I really enjoyed reading this the first time and each time I’ve perused it thereafter. His advice ranges from the simple, “Don’t Let Anyone Go to Voicemail” to the peculiar “Be Incredibly Inefficient at Love” to the life changing “Take the Next […]

Affirmations: A Better take on New Year’s Resolutions

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed ~ 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 If you had told the 13 year-old me that the 30-something me would be sitting in a 4-season room next a cozy fire and listening to Christian music the day after Christmas while tapping out a blog post on a Kindle, he’d first ask what a blog and Kindle are. When you told him he’d be living in a home that is in a neighborhood he once resented, that he’d be enjoying […]

Advent 2012: Santa, Gifts and Giving Year ‘Round

Dear Santa, Sorry I didn’t write to you last year. I almost didn’t do it this year either, but I just felt compelled to do so. Every now and then, there are revelations that become a muse of sorts, and I just experienced the culmination of several elements into just such a must. Let me tell you about it. I suppose it started when I began doing this Advent devotional from Desiring God. It’s been very much about the supremacy of Christ and the significance of His coming to Earth. It truly is more than just a story. It’s a […]

Joy! Unto the World

Joy grows up thinking that she had no real joy in her life. Through a change in her heart, joy is revealed to her as she learns to both be joy and bring joy to others. Along the way, she shares lessons from John and Romans. Download Joy! Unto the World now. If you enjoy it and/or feel the title would be well received by others, tweet it (use the hashtag #1gjoy), share on Facebook or email it directly to them [hint: use the share buttons below for easy sharing]. Featured Scriptures: John 15:11 ESV – These things I have spoken to […]

Advent 2012: Magical and Majestic

Last night, I was doing a very brief test drive of my vehicle following a repair. I only had time to drive around the block near our house, but it was impactful. As I drove, Jeremy Camp’s rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was playing on the radio. Taking a little pleasure in the fact that my repair had worked as intended, I soon became wrapped in the quiet melody as I peered at the many Christmas lights on the homes of my neighbors. I soon became an 8-year-old in my mind. As I neared my house, entrance, […]

Advent 2012: Ancient of Days

Ancient of Days Here’s a phrase I have heard many times over, but given little thought to the meaning or significance. Until today. I’m pondering it because in today’s devotion, it says: The person—not the body, but the essential personhood of Jesus—existed before he was born as man. His birth was not a coming into being of a new person, but a coming into the world of an infinitely old person. Moreover, the text points out that Jesus, though born unto this world, was not a creation, but rather an incarnation. Interestingly, in Scripture, “Ancient of Days” is found  but just […]

Advent 2012: Boring Through the Ashes

Throughout the Midwest , we are slowly losing our trees because of a bug.  Emerald ash borers have infested and plagued several states for many years as they methodically annihilate ash trees, leading to the depletion of forests, the removal of perfectly healthy trees from landscapes and statewide bans on the transport of firewood from unsanctioned sources. These bugs seem perfectly harmless, but their destruction is massive and silent. Planting new ash trees after the old have been removed really is no option either. Just as the seedlings begin to mature, the bugs return and feast again. Kind of reminds me of sin. Some […]

Advent 2012: Genuine Freedom

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. —Hebrews 2:14–15 We’ re growing closer to Christmas and the conclusion of the Advent season. As I survey the world around me in the context of freedom, I can’ t help but think about what true freedom represents. It’ s not lost on me that the supposed end of the world is even […]