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Why We Distract Ourselves With Things of Pleasure
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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Years ago a psychologist named Viktor Frankl stood up to Sigmund Freud. Freud was teaching what man wanted most in life was pleasure. But Frankl believed man wasn’t seeking pleasure as much as he was seeking a deep sense of meaning. In fact, he went on to say “When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.”

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How to Deal With Your Inner Grinch
Amena Brown Owen
By Amena Brown Owen
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The Advent season is a time of remembering the miracle of birth, how Jesus entering the world became the greatest plot twist ever written. It’s a time of turkey, family, sugar plum ferries, ornaments, Christmas trees, and Charlie Brown. What do we do when we find it difficult or nearly impossible to be thankful during the season of gratitude?

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When You Can’t Find Joy in the Christmas Season
Scott McClellan
By Scott McClellan
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One year at a time, one conflict at a time, one fa-la-la-la-la-la-la at a time. Eventually, anticipation gives way to dread. Excitement gives way to anxiety. Revelry gives way to humbuggery. I still don’t resonate with the tinsel and trappings and the mess we’ve made of Christmas, but I’ve begun to experience the beauty of Advent: the hope, the peace, the waiting, the longing. Advent is an invitation to celebrate the hope of the Incarnation even as we strive and struggle and wait for the world to be set right.

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Why the Most Magnetic People in the World Aren’t Flatterers
By Donald Miller
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9 Important Tips for Sometimes Writers
By Justin Zoradi
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You Should Give Yourself a Little More Grace
By Donald Miller
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Channeling the Anticipation of Advent
By Susan Isaacs
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How to Deal with Pain You Can’t Fix
By Rick McKinley
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How Codependency Holds Both People Back
By Donald Miller
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Why You Need a Mid-Life Crisis
By John Richmond
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The Best Way to React When You’re Scared
By Dean Nelson
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