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Still Human!

…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31

In the Scriptures, the great miracle of the incarnation slips into the ordinary life of a child; the great miracle of the transfiguration fades into the demon-possessed valley below; the glory of the resurrection descends into a breakfast on the seashore. This is not an anticlimax, but a great revelation of God.

We have a tendency to look for wonder in our experience, and we mistake heroic actions for real heroes. It’s one thing to go through a crisis grandly, yet quite another to go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no limelight, and no one paying even the remotest attention to us. If we are not looking for halos, we at least want something that will make people say, “What a wonderful man of prayer he is!” or, “What a great woman of devotion she is!” If you are properly devoted to the Lord Jesus, you have reached the lofty height where no one would ever notice you personally. All that is noticed is the power of God coming through you all the time.

We want to be able to say, “Oh, I have had a wonderful call from God!” But to do even the most humbling tasks to the glory of God takes the Almighty God Incarnate working in us. To be utterly unnoticeable requires God’s Spirit in us making us absolutely humanly His. The true test of a saint’s life is not successfulness but faithfulness on the human level of life. We tend to set up success in Christian work as our purpose, but our purpose should be to display the glory of God in human life, to live a life “hidden with Christ in God” in our everyday human conditions (Colossians 3:3). Our human relationships are the very conditions in which the ideal life of God should be exhibited. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 3-4; Hebrews 11:20-40

5 Biggest Cities Along the Mississippi River

To say that the Mississippi River is massive would be an understatement. Stretching a lengthy 2,350 miles, the Mighty Mississippi runs from northern Minnesota all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. From point to point, there are plenty of pleasurable stops along the way. As Mark Twain wrote, “The Mississippi River towns are comely, clean, well built, and pleasing to the eye, and cheering to the spirit.”

Curious about some of the notable cities along the second-longest river in the U.S.? Here, we’ll take a look at five of the biggest cities along the Mississippi. Population numbers are based on 2018 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

5. St. Louis, Missouri

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Population: 302,838

Known as the “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis is located near the border of Illinois along the western bank of the Mississippi. It has a population of about 302,000.

You may know it as the home of the famous St. Louis Arch, but what you may not know is that it was also the birthplace of some of America’s favorite foods, including the ice cream cone and the hot dog, which are said to have debuted at the 1904 World’s Fair.

4. St. Paul, Minnesota

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Population: 307,695

Located right next to Minneapolis (see below), St. Paul is the second-largest city in Minnesota as well as the state capital. Together, St. Paul and Minneapolis are referred to as the “Twin Cities.”

While Minneapolis might be more famous, St. Paul has plenty to offer. For instance, this city of about 307,000 is home of the legendary Minnesota State Fair (fried food on a stick, anyone?), and it boasts more miles of riverfront along the Mississippi River than any of the other cities on this list.

Oh, and it’s worth noting that between Minneapolis and St. Paul, there are 23 different bridges that allow you to walk over the Mississippi River!

3. New Orleans, Louisiana

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Population: 391,006

Music, Mardi Gras, voodoo, and po’boy sandwiches … what doesn’t New Orleans have? This city is truly unlike any other, with a unique convergence of French, Creole, African-American, and Spanish cultural influences.

With a population of about 391,000, it’s the largest city in Louisiana and has plenty of incredible attractions for tourists. Whether you’re enjoying beignets and chicory coffee at the world-famous Cafe du Monde, attending the city’s famed Jazz Festival, or living it up on Fat Tuesday, there’s plenty to do and see in NOLA.

2. Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Population: 425,403

Minnesota may be famous for its cold winters, but there are plenty of reasons to make a jaunt to this northern state’s biggest city.

With a population of about 425,000, Minneapolis is a major metropolis with a bustling arts scene, beautiful architecture, great food and plenty of incredible outdoor scenery. Oh, and did you know that legendary musician Prince was born and raised in Minneapolis? The house from the film “Purple Rain” remains a popular tourist destination.

1. Memphis, Tennessee

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Population: 650,618

With a population of over 650,000, Memphis is the second-most populated city in Tennessee (after Nashville). Located near the borders of Mississippi and Arkansas, respectively, this riverside town is packed with culture and history.

Musically speaking, it’s famous for both blues and rock n’ roll, with musicians like Johnny Cash, B.B. King, and Elvis having strong ties to the city. While Elvis passed away many years ago, he’s still alive in the hearts of his fans. Thousands of tourists per year line up to visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion. And for foodies, Memphis offers a unique brand of barbecue. Slow-cooked over a spit and served either “dry” or “wet” (with plenty of sauce), it makes the city destination-worthy in its own right.

Ready to Follow The Mighty Mississippi?

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The Mississippi River is not only one of the longest river systems in America but one of the most important river systems in the world. Running through 10 different states, there are plenty of interesting stops along its impressive course. How many of the biggest cities along the Mississippi River have you visited?

5 Reasons You Dread Thanksgiving—And Why You Don’t Have To

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It’s that time of year again: Thanksgiving. Time for family, football and pumpkin pie. But what happens when the very thought of the holiday sends you running for the hills? When giving thanks gives you a headache? Here are 5 reasons you might dread Thanksgiving—then scroll down to see what you can do about it.

Family drama. This isn’t one of those commercials where smiling families pass dinner rolls across a neatly adorned table. You’re just trying to scarf down your food so you can get out of there.
>> How can we keep the peace among relatives? Read Billy Graham’s response.

All the work falls on you. You’re the one carrying Lysol in one hand and a turkey baster in the other. (Just don’t get the two mixed up.) You’re in a tizzy by the time the doorbell rings.
>> “Preparing for Thanksgiving is a real burden.” Read these short suggestions.

Travel takes time and money. Maybe the family could come visit you for a change. OK, bad joke.
>> This time of year can be stressful. These 10 Billy Graham quotes can help you get in the right mindset.

You’re at work. Thanksgiving is just another day—maybe busier. Can’t a person catch a break?
>> “How can I look on the bright side and be an encouragement to others?” Here’s some guidance.

What do you have to be thankful for? It’s been a tough year, and you don’t feel like pretending to be happy. Even the word “Thanksgiving” leaves you grumbling over your mashed potatoes.
>> “I don’t have much to be thankful for this year.” Read Billy Graham’s response.

The good news: it doesn’t have to be like this. Here are 5 ways to make Thanksgiving better this year—along with some Biblical encouragement.

1. Seeing family can be a good thing. It shows you care. Bless others by being a good listener and encourager. Reconnect with ones you don’t see regularly.

“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.”
—Ephesians 4:29

2. Thanksgiving prep is no small task. Make a list of what you need to do and when. If you can bake or freeze anything ahead of time, do it. Ask family and friends to help you, and if that’s a no go, opt for a smaller meal.

“You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.”
—Exodus 18:18

3. Traveling can be stressful. Set aside time to be alone and stick to it. Enjoy these moments of calm, and ask God to keep you from getting upset if things don’t go as planned.

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”
—Psalm 62:5-6 

4. Maybe you’re stuck working on Thanksgiving, but you can still face the day with a positive attitude. Look for ways to uplift people around you. Tell co-workers what you appreciate about them, or bring in some homemade goodies.

“So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”
—Romans 14:19

5. Problems are real, and you don’t have to pretend they aren’t. But don’t let problems block out everything else in your life. What can you be thankful for? Your health? Your family? Your home? How about small things you might take for granted? Make a list.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:18

Here’s one more challenge for you: this holiday, discover an even greater reason to be thankful. That reason is the freedom found in Jesus Christ. With Christ, we have hope and guidance, not just on Thanksgiving, but every day.

Let this be the greatest Thanksgiving ever by asking Christ into your life today.

Wandering Sheep

NIGHT LIKE FOR PARENTS

“If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine… and go to look for the one that wandered off?” Matthew 18:12

I f you are parents of small children, you know exactly how the shepherds mentioned in the Bible felt as they watched over their flocks. Even for a mother with “eyes in the back of her head,” keeping one active child from wandering off can seem as big a challenge as corralling a hundred sheep!

Jesus is called a shepherd, too, but His flock is all of humanity and He watches over us day and night. That’s why He called Himself the Good Shepherd. He came to earth to die so that not one soul would have to be lost. During His earthly ministry, He was always on the lookout for lost souls. He stayed up late to talk to Nicodemus (John 3:2). He wouldn’t let Zacchaeus hide unnoticed in a tree (Luke 19:5). And when the Pharisees were about to stone a despised adulteress, Jesus intervened with a message of forgiveness and direction—“Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11).

Every day, we have divine appointments to lead others into God’s flock—not just our family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers, but also people we’ve never met before and may never see again. God’s wisdom and power are at our disposal. We just have to keep our eyes open.

Just between us…

  • Do you see Jesus as your Good Shepherd? Why or why not?
  • As a couple, are we watching for “lost sheep”?
  • How can we be more watchful for opportunities to reach unbelievers? Is there anyone “lost” with whom we can talk this week?

Lord Jesus, show us how to demonstrate Your great love and compassion to those around us. We, too, want to be shepherds of lost souls. Amen.

From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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