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A Holy Experience

A Holy Experience
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Amish Forgiveness (Part 2) The Amish response of forgiveness in the wake of the tragic schoolhouse shooting of ten Amish girls at Nickel Mines in Southern Lancaster County shocked the world. Forgiveness quickly became the big story, eclipsing the story of violence. In part one of this series, I described some of the traits of Amish forgiveness. But why did the Amish forgive? I searched for answers to that question in interviews with some three dozen Amish people in preparation for writing Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy. As I spoke with Amish people in the weeks following the tragedy, I asked, “What led you to forgive Charles Roberts?” More frequently, however, Amish people referred to the Lord’s Prayer found in chapter six of Matthew’s Gospel. The Lord’s Prayer holds great significance for the Amish because it is their central liturgical prayer. Thus for the Amish, forgiveness is a high and holy virtue that is directly tied to salvation.

A Grace Plan: A Doable Life-Change Plan for a New Year, A New You: With Printable So I’m a mess and we’re all failures — at least all the honest are. And the truth is, no one ever runs before they take baby steps. So I scratch down these 25 points, like my own sanity manifesto, and there are a thousand ways in a thousand seasons to make a life glorify God. I scrawl out mine, which would be different than yours, and make a place for it on the fridge and it’s not a law, but a scaffolding for the shaky, struggling days. I don’t write it as a checklist, like these are things I have to do, one right after another, but I write the manifesto, fluid, like limbs on a tree, to reach for just the next one I need right now, whatever that is. And I write it in big letters, right at the top, what I need to whisper on the days when I don’t know how to keep going because everything’s going wrong: Forward! Because I keep bungling the day and it’s what that piano adjudicator said when Hope-girl muddled through her piano piece: “So you forgot some notes! Forward! 1. 2. 3. 4. Find your music.

Jenna Lucado Bishop - Blog Make Way Partners How Much Does it Cost to Travel the World For a Year? The single most frequently asked question I get about my travels concerns the cost of budgeting for a solo round the world trip. While understanding how I pay for it all tops the list of questions, the actually cost of traveling for a year around the world is the big unknown. I had no idea how much my RTW trip would cost when I left—some people reported around $10,000 (which seemed absurdly low) while others have spent upwards of $40K to travel a bit more luxuriously. So I thought of it as a grand adventure. Over that year, I tracked every single dollar I spent on the road. My full tally is complete and I traveled around the world for for 328 days (11 months) through 15 countries and tracked what I spent, what each and every country cost, and where I could have done better. Just want the cold hard figures? While admission to the Taj was pricey, everything else in India was crazy cheap. Many people have asked me, “How can you afford to travel around the world?!” That’s it?! That figure.

Blog It’s the “Out with the Old, In with the New” holiday, my favorite time of year. Before the Christmas cookies had cooled, I was already dreaming about all the purging and planning I was going to do this week. I could hardly wait to make a new schedule, find new recipes, and buy new packs of multi-colored gel pens. But I’ve come to believe that the best New Year’s resolutions are to keep the old ones. For most of us, sitting at Jesus’ feet only happens if we wake up early enough to make time to sit. Rising early is an ancient habit, indeed, explains Charles Spurgeon: Early rising has the example of Old Testament saints to recommend it, and many modern saints having conscientiously practiced it, have been loud in its praise. Too many “disorderly days” have driven me back to this old resolution for the New Year. We started The 5 O’Clock Club for this reason: because we all need accountability and encouragement to keep this most important habit. ~from the archives Emmanuel has come to us 52home

The Blog Population: 13,005,000 Language: Khmer, Cambodian Religion: Buddhism (89.82%) %Christian/%Evangelical: 3.2%/1.7% About: The Central Khmer inhabit the western and central portions of Cambodia, and make up the majority of the country’s total population. The Central Khmer speak an Eastern Mon-Khmer language called Khmer, or Cambodian. The Khmer Empire, which flourished between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, encompassed present-day Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and southern Vietnam. In 1969, Cambodia suffered bombings by the U.S. and invasions by the Vietnamese; events that threw the country into turmoil. In 1975, the Khmer Rouge regime nearly destroyed Cambodia. Before the war, the majority of Cambodia’s inhabitants lived in one-third of the country, along the two main waterways and their tributaries. Sadly, bombing, civil war, and war with the Vietnamese decimated a once thriving agricultural economy. In the villages, Buddhist rules of conduct maintain social control. Prayer Points

Live Thoughtfully Posted by Kirsten Dickerson on What does it mean to live thoughtfully? I think about this often in regards to ethical fashion as it drives the core mission of Raven + Lily to empower women through design. This past year I started applying this in our family lifestyle as we decided to radically embrace the tiny house movement and living in nature. And this holiday season, I’m going to think of what it means to really live thoughtfully and give thoughtfully in all the ways we celebrate. Full confession: as I sit down to write about the theme of our “Live Thoughtfully” holiday campaign, I’m feeling overwhelmed from a busy and stressful week. The stress I felt today seemed like a precursor to what may lie ahead this holiday season unless I take the reins and slow down. This is an overflow of my conviction that each new day of life is a gift, and we should treat it as such. #livethoughtfully Photo credit: Katie Jameson Photography

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