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The only thing I want in life is to be known for loving Christ • Soli Deo gloria

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It’s no wondering I am not getting anything done. Too busy staring at my Christmas tree and sitting cozy by the fire.🎄🔥🕯😍 . Meanwhile I have cards to write, gifts to wrap, cookies to bake...and let’s not even talk about the fact that I haven’t even finished my Christmas shopping.😬🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ . #christmas #cozychristmas #mycozycorner #mycozychristmashome #mycozywinterhome #deckthehalls #christmasdecor #christmasmantle #shareyourcozy #myhyggehomeehome #myhyggehideaway #currenthomeview #itsadecorthing

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One of the texts we regularly hear during the Advent season is Isaiah 9: 6-7: “And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.” This prophecy speaks poignantly about the nature and character of Jesus the Messiah. However, given the current state of our world, we might be tempted toward disbelief about this prophecy—not disbelief about Jesus being the “Prince of Peace,” mind you, but disbelief over whether there really is any sort of peace on earth or goodwill toward humankind as was proclaimed in the first Advent announcement to the shepherds. . And yet, as Jesus lived and loved among the disciples, he worked peace into their lives through the Holy Spirit. Even after Jesus ascended into heaven, their profound experience of Jesus the Messiah as the “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Prince of Peace” and son of the “Everlasting Father” propelled them to resolutely face crucifixion, beheading, and all sorts of torture. Nothing compared to the glory of knowing Jesus. Nothing. Knowing Jesus the Messiah was more important than their very lives. . Today Jesus continues to act in the world and in us. He tells us he is making all things new. One day, when he appears again, he will bring shalom to all things, righting all wrongs. . As we pray, seek, and trust, we can be confident God will gradually grant us the good gift of peace. As we do, we can trust our peace will affect others, institutions, and creation for generations—thousands until Jesus the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, permanently ushers it in at the second Advent. . - Marlena Graves . . . . #advent #peaceispossible #peace #princeofpeace #peaceofgod #thegreatestgift #waiting #anticipation #longing #christmas #christmasiscoming #bestill #reflect #drawnear

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On this #givingtuesday I am reminded that I have already been given the greatest gift possible. I am grateful to be blessed to be able to give. . One of my most favorite organizations is @prisonfellowship which has a number of great programs, one of which is Angel Tree, focused on pouring into the lives of children with incarcerated parents. In their most recent newsletter I read the following story which I loved. Chuck Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship, loved a good Christmas story.🎄 This was one of his favorites. . Just before Christmas, a pastor was putting the finishing touches on his sermon when he heard a faint knock. When he opened the door, he saw three disheveled children. They’d received Angel Tree gifts from his church. Their father was in prison. Their mother was caught up in drugs and prostitution. . “Mister, can we see the church that brought us all those Christmas presents?” the oldest asked. . “Of course you can. Come on,” the pastor replied, and took them on a tour. The children thanked him and left, and he returned to his work. . A few minutes later, there was another knock. The children were back. “What time does church start?” they wanted to know. . “In an hour,” the pastor said. “We’ll be back.” . Fifteen minutes later, there was another knock. . “Is it okay for a person to come to church if his socks don’t match?” . “Of course!” . “Is it OK to come if you don’t have socks at all?“ . “You come just as you are,” said the pastor, sweeping the children into the sanctuary and seating them with a kindly couple. During the service, the couple noticed that the older boy had a paper sack with him. . “What’s in your bag?” the man asked quietly. . “We didn’t know how long the service would be, so we brought our lunch.” . Inside was a single hot dog the three planned to split. . From that day on, the children were part of the congregation. Angel Tree had opened a door. . And that’s what the Christmas season is all about.❤️

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Thankful for today.🦃🍗🥧 For @loc_nessy1 coming all the way from AZ, for @jillj906 making a delicious dinner, for my Gramma being able to join us, for friends-new and old. So many blessings in my life. Grateful to God from whom they all flow. . . . . #happythanksgiving #thanksgiving #thanksgivingdinner #blessings #countyourblessings #thankfulthursday #turkeyday #givethanks #gratitude #grateful #thankful #blessed #family #friends #food #feast #fun #games #love #laughter #tradition #celebration

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Enjoying the cozy fall feels before Friday rolls around and the party’s over. With the snow globe world we’ve had going on outside for awhile now, I’m especially ready for tree trimming and Christmas tunes. And also egg nog. Give me all the egg nog. . . . . #fall #fallfeels #fallstyle #falldecor #fallfireplace #autumn #cozy #candles #pumpkinsandplaid #november #almostthanksgiving #mycozyfallhome #mycozycorner #shareyourcozy #pocketofmyhome #myhyggehome #currenthomeview #homedecor #smallspacedesign #itsadecorthing #heyhygge #lovewhereyoulive #readyforchristmas

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Thanks, @halfbakedharvest for this excellent recipe! (Pecan Pie cookies with Butter Pecan frosting👌🏼) . I was told they were the best cookies ever repeatedly tonight during our small group, so I’m hoping my neighbor feels the same and is enjoying his thank you treat!! . I’ll stay cozied up inside baking and deliver him cookies every time we get hit with a snow storm, if he wants to come unbury my driveway!!❄️👍🏼💁🏼‍♀️ . . . . #cookies #pecanpie #butterpecan #baking #sweettreats #nocalorieshere #butterisbetter #fallbaking #halfbakedharvest #yummy #nomnom #thankyoutreats #november #eeeeeats #imsomartha #feedfeed

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“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” - C. S. Lewis . . . . #quotes #quoteoftheday #cslewis #cslewisquotes #pain #godsmegaphone #speaklord

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Another exhausting, but fun Halloween with these ladies in the books.🖍😊🤪😴 . Sadly I hurried home, only to have zero trick-or-treaters.☹️ That is except for my dear friend @nat_hupp who stopped by with her cute little crew.❤️ Apparently my jack-o-lanterns and decorations were not a good enough clue that I was open for business...🤷🏼‍♀️ . And for this #wastefreewednesday, I bring you my homemade leaf wreath I put together last weekend. Too bad it was a bunch of shriveled, crunchy leaves by today. I will have to think about other possibilities for next fall... . . . . #halloween #happyhalloween #halloweencostume #crayons #kindergartenteachers #zzz #tired #busyday #wewillsleepwelltonight #pumpkins #jackolanterns #halloweendecor #falldecor

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Mood.😴 Why do weekends fly by so quickly???! . That delicious sunshine tho.☀️ . . . . #sunshine #sunny #sunnysunday #sunday #weekend #sleepy #rest #pumpkin #cat #catsofinstagram

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The lake was wild tonight.🌊🌊 Sheer power in the wind and waves. Beautiful to sit and watch. Surfers were out and at it when I was leaving. . The whole time I was sitting there watching, I kept thinking about verses that describe God’s power over the wind and the waves, and how glad I am that same God is also perfectly good and holds my life in His hands. . “You rule the swelling of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭89:9‬ . . . . #wind #waves #windy #beach #beachcombing #sun #sunset #chasingsunsets #superiorsunset #lakelife #lakesuperior #ilovemi #thegreatlakestate #puremichigan #naturalmichigan #906life #keweenaw #outdoorlife #adventurepine #greatnorthcollective #pineandwater #getoutside #goodforthesoul #optoutside #outdoors #greatoutdoors #fall #autumn #october

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One of these nights I’ll have time to sit and enjoy a real cozy fire. For now candles will have to do. Why does it get so late so quickly?! Excuse me while I turn into a pumpkin.🎃😴 . Also, if anyone wants to come help me figure out how to arrange my furniture so it all fits, let me know!🤔🤨🤷🏼‍♀️ . . . . #fall #fallfeels #fallstyle #falldecor #fallfireplace #autumn #cozy #plaidblanket #candles #pumpkins #october #zzz #timeforbed #mycozyfallhome #mycozycorner #shareyourcozy #pocketofmyhome #myhyggehome #currenthomeview #smallspacedesign #itsadecorthing #homedecor #lovewhereyoulive

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Happy #plaidurday from Miss Johnson’s Kindergarten class, where we celebrated with fun, festive flannels and some white stuff.🖤❤️❄️ . . . . #plaid #october #friday #firstfriday #flannel #fall #fallfeels #cozy #festive #fallstyle #906life #keweenaw #coppercountry #yoop #yoopers #upperpeninsula #howwedo #snow #firstsnow #kindergarten #theyreexcited #menotsomuch

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