One Personal Goal for 2016: Transparency

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So, it's been a while since I last posted. Some things have happened . . . We've moved! To a farm! While I'm usually sharing my list of personal goals for the year on January 1, we spent New Year's Day getting settled into our new home instead, and I have felt the Lord urging me to simplify. Hence no blog posts. I've been preoccupied with other things. However, I would be remiss if I didn't share what God has laid on my heart instead of "Exercise 3 days a week" and "Read 50 … [Read more...]

What Miracles Are You Missing Out on Today?

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As I'm reading through Laurie Bestvater's The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason, I was struck by this quote from Brazilian author Paulo Coelho: You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one; each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle. I've been in a funk lately. People I love are sick and struggling. Plans and dreams continue to go awry. Raising children is wearying. Life is tough. And … [Read more...]

How Making Time for Ourselves Benefits Our Families (& why we should do it)

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When my firstborn was a toddler, a friend who had 2 little ones at the time commented that now, with kids, her interests had essentially been replaced by theirs. Those things that had once been her dreams she was giving up -- at least for a time -- in order to help her children pursue theirs. At the time I was appalled by her statement and, in my arrogance, challenged her on it. Despite the fact that she had not asked for my opinion, I shared my "wisdom" with her, and as you can imagine, did … [Read more...]

In the Waiting

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"I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:13-14 Has there been a time in your life when you've felt stuck in the waiting room? Have you ever felt like God has forgotten about you as you wait? Maybe you're waiting for that much-longed for child. Maybe your health or the health of someone you love has not improved like you prayed it would. Maybe financial … [Read more...]

When You Can’t Control Your Tongue

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"The tongue has the power of life & death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21 My tongue gets me in trouble. A lot. For those of you who know me, you might be surprised that someone so quiet and reserved could have a tongue problem, but my family would tell you otherwise. James calls the tongue "a fire" (3:6), "full of deadly poison" (3:8). It "corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell" (3:6). "No … [Read more...]

When “the Sufferings of This Present Time” Seem More Than We Can Bear

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This world fills me with hurt and anger. My finite mind cannot grasp why the unspeakable happens, why God would allow so much pain to afflict His children, the very ones He formed in His own image. I can't comprehend why life has to be so harsh, often to the most undeserving. Why does a baby die in the womb after months of a mother's love and care? Why must a three-year-old face cancer? How can a young mom with 4 little ones be diagnosed with a terminal illness? Why does a father beat … [Read more...]

Wait for a New Normal

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This is Day 9 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for my information. With the arrival of a new baby, life as you once knew it will never be the same again. Now, you and … [Read more...]

Your Baby is a Blessing from the Lord

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This is Day 5 of our series on “Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn” – part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I’ll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for my information. Sunday is a day of rest, so on the Lord's Day, you will find short posts of encouragement & God's … [Read more...]

What to Do When You’re Weak Yet Full of Pride

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One of my biggest struggles is with pride. Pride shows itself in my (attempts at) perfectionism, and when it's not contained, I feel invincible: I don't need God or anyone to help me. I can do my work -- and God's work for me -- on my own. I've got it all figured out, or so I mislead myself into thinking. Inevitably, I fall on my face -- something I've been doing a lot lately. This season I'm in -- at home, with 3 kids under age 6, about to have child#4 any day, homeschooling, weary, … [Read more...]

For When You Question God’s Plan for Your Life

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Lately, I've been down on myself for not getting everything on my To-Do List checked off. (Am I the only one like this?) I've felt like I should be doing more with my life and have overcommitted (yet again) at a season when I shouldn't have. Why? To feel personal significance (Tell me I'm not the only one.) And the vision I once had of my life seems seriously warped. My plans have been turned upside down, my expectations thwarted. And when your day consists of endless chaos that … [Read more...]