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14 Reasons Why Fall Is My Favorite Season

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Even though September 1 does not mark the beginning of the astronomical fall season, it does mark the beginning of the meteorological fall season. I’ve always sided with the weather man’s definition of my favorite season. It’s fall, y’all! I get unexplainably giddy every year at this time. (Smile.) Wondering if giddy was the right adjective to describe how this season makes me […]

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God’s Reminder on Our Mountain Vacation

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There’s just something about the mountains. When we’re thinking “vacation,” sandy white beaches and theme parks never enter our minds. It’s almost as if we hear God whisper, “Come and get away from your daily routines and just rest.” “Rest in Me.” “And receive.” “Allow yourself to be inspired.” “Let Me love you unconditionally.” “Be […]

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5 Signs the Christian Song You’re Listening to Is Polluted

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If you subscribe to my blog and/or have been following my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, then you probably already know that I’m a devoted fan of the Christian band MercyMe. They have recently made headline news due to the fact that the movie based on the story behind their smash hit single, “I Can Only Imagine,” […]

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Why This Hit Song Turned Movie Means So Much to So Many

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Lately I’ve been contemplating the phenomenon behind “I Can Only Imagine,” the best-selling Contemporary Christian song of all time. Bart Millard, the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, wrote this song in 1998, seven years after he lost his dad to pancreatic cancer. The song’s title and lyrics reflect Millard’s imagining what his dad […]

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Why Many Christians Aren’t Enjoying Intimacy with Christ

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Over the last fifteen years, I’ve enjoyed leading several Bible studies focused on how to enjoy greater intimacy with Christ. At the beginning of the opening session, I ask the participants complete a questionnaire so that I can find out what they hope to gain from the study. The last question is: “In your life, […]

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What the Resurrection Has to Do with You

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Today, on Good Friday 2018, Christians around the globe are commemorating the passion of Jesus Christ—the suffering He went through to pay our sin debt in full with His blood and to give us new life in Him. Good Friday isn’t a national holiday in the U.S., but it is a state holiday in Connecticut, […]

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That Time Those Dogs Ganged up on My Beagle

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So, this past Monday, March 12, 2018, National Napping Day was celebrated in the United States. This was the day after most of us reluctantly moved our clocks forward one hour. I hadn’t heard of this national day, but since I was feeling particularly sleep-deprived that morning, I decided to join the celebration. And I did that […]

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You Are Invited to My 1-Year Blogiversary Celebration!

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Have you ever been so excited about something, you thought you would burst if you didn’t share your news with someone else? You know, like lickety-split? That’s how I felt last year at this time when I was getting ready to launch my blog, A Happy Christian’s Secret Life. I smiled as I revisited my launch day […]

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What God Wants Most This Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and many are thinking of ways they can best express their affection for those they love. Whether your beloved is a spouse, significant other, friend, or family member, there is probably a Hallmark card out there with their name on it, just waiting to be bought, signed, […]

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Groundhog Day & Grace

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Happy Groundhog Day! I’m not sure which will be more on the minds of most Americans today: the hilarious 1993 movie starring Bill Murray or whether or not Punxsutawney Phil, that famous 132-year-old furry forecaster, saw his shadow this morning. Just in case you don’t know, Groundhog Day is not a national holiday. It became […]