SC031: Convivial Means Life
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What sort of elderly person will I be? Of course a large part of the situation will depend on circumstances and what my particular physical or mental ailments will end up being. But what of the different temperaments? Will I be a sweet old lady, grateful and encouraging up to her dying day? Or will I be a fault-finding, cranky old lady? When whatever my infirmities will be come upon me — no matter the age at which it happens … Read More

SC030: Convivial Means Keeping in Fellowship
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Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Keeping short accounts leaves no room for resentment, no room for bitterness. It also means that even in the midst of argument, I am more careful in how I express myself, or where I let myself go — better to not sin in the first place than have to ask for forgiveness and make it whole and right … Read More

SC029: Convivial Means Obedience
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When the Bible says things like “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” God means it. It’s true. It’s what we are to strive to attain, and what we need to confess when we fall short. There are no excuses, only repentance. There are times it’s more difficult, for sure, but then again, God’s promises are … Read More

SC028: Convivial Means Choosing Your Attitude
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I don’t feel guilty for not doing the things that I have to do, I feel persecuted that I have things to do. The pesky homekeeping tasks should just all evaporate and leave me be, leave me to do whatever I want, whatever I feel like, all day. Stupid housework. Down with housework! Up with play! Housework is boring. How can I harp on my kids when I do the same thing with my own work? Read the original post: … Read More

SC027: Convivial Means Lighten Up
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Sometimes “purposeful” and “intentional” can turn into “taking oneself too seriously.” Anything that doesn’t go as planned (and isn’t that usually most things?) is a temptation to discouragement or at least to the laser-eye of analysis. Instead, it might just be a reminder that God is in charge and we are not, and we need to be willing to laugh at ourselves. To create a convivial home, we must lighten up. Read the original post: Making a Convivial Home: Lighten … Read More

SC026: Convivial Means Enjoyment
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I wanted answers, a formula, a guarantee. Do this. That works. This will guarantee results. I thought it was a dichotomy. Either what I do as a parent will guarantee certain results or how I parent doesn’t matter, is inconsequential. It was either find the Right Answers or give up. The answer I got instead was, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto thee.” But what does this mean? What does it … Read More

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