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Settling Our Differences

Philippians 4:2 (NLT)

Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement.

RayMcDWhen my brother and I – or my sister and I – or my brother and sister would have a disagreement – even an argument – my parents would remind us that we were siblings and that we should get along. The argument might have been over what TV show to watch (we had one TV in the whole house). The argument might have been over who’s turn it was to ride our loan bike (me and my sister before we got our own – see here). Whatever it was about – it wasn’t worth siblings being upset with one another for sure. We would settle our disagreements and move on.

Carolyn and I would remind our daughters the same thing. We would often tell them – that no matter how hard it might be at times to get along – your sisters (we had three daughters) – would always be there for you. Often – they would be your best friend(s) in life. They had some doozies at times – but they patched things up and carried on – loving each other. They settled their disagreements and moved on with life. Continue reading

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Who Or What Brings You Comfort?

2 Corinthians 1:4

…who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

112015 Ray McDonaldWho or what brings you comfort? I was talking to a church member yesterday and they mentioned how they had a warm and fuzzy moment with their child – a child that is fast growing beyond regular warm and fuzzy moments. They had been away on a trip and the child – who is showing all the signs of growing older and becoming independent – became tired toward the end of the trip and curled up in the parent’s lap and lay their head on their parent’s shoulder. It was a very touching moment and that parent will cherish that moment for a long time for sure.

Who or what brings you comfort? Do you have a comfort food – something that is your go to when you are depressed or when you are worried or stressed? Something like ice cream or pizza or warm bread or something that you enjoy and can take your mind off of whatever is troubling you. It isn’t the healthiest – I promise you – but many of us gain comfort from food. Continue reading

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