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When Instant Gratification isn't Gratifying

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Posted by Xochi E. Dixon on

I opened the refrigerator door. Blink. Blink. Do I really want to go through all the trouble of preparing a healthy snack when there’s a small bag of chips in the pantry, less than 2 feet away? It would be easier and quicker if I snagged some Cheetos instead of taking time to pull out...

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Tags: faith, god, growth, hope, jesus, love

The Master Craftsman

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Posted by Xochi E. Dixon on

"For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~ Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) My father creates custom quivers for bow-hunters. He carves intricate wildlife...

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Tags: craftsman, creator, love

Venom

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Posted by Laurence Maier on

If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. ~ James 1:26-27 Venom. It's a reflex and spills forth without thought. Anger fuels its lethality. Venom. It kills ideas before they take flight. It...

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Tags: love, poem, venom, words

The Secret Grower

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Posted by Xochi E. Dixon on

Pulling into the driveway, I glimpsed the gray rocks, faded rusty bark, and tufts of grass that lined our walkway. A splash of yellow caught my attention. Daffodils? Yes! Sandwiched between two large stones, the cluster of blossoms danced in a slight breeze. I smiled. Six stalks of sunshine...

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Tags: faith, god, growth, hope, jesus, love, seed

The Fuel we Need for the Wait

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Posted by Xochi E. Dixon on

I texted the friend who had called us for help. We’re at the gas station, now. My husband filled the red plastic container designed for transporting fuel. He placed the gas can into the trunk and slid behind the steering wheel. “It’s hot out there.” I handed him a water...

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Tags: grace, preparation, love, sacrifice, helping