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Lift Your Eyes Up

Mothers of multiple children, do you remember juggling an infant, toddler, and perhaps a preschooler into various car seats, wondering why you ever thought caring for one baby was hard? Are you a mother of three? Don’t talk to the mom who has six, because you can hear them roll their eyes at your measly, three-kid hassle. That’s nothing!

Do You Even Want to Get Well?

There often comes a point in a person’s life where she reaches the end of her rope. She is too tired to keep going, too unmotivated to make a change, or too hopeless to move forward. Stuck. Stuck in the past, or present, or future, and reaching her darkest hour, she accepts her lot to be much less than mediocre. This becomes the “new normal” and she is numb. Okay with mediocrity. Okay with going no further. Okay with dull.

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Saying No to Self-Pity

My husband and his employees went out to dinner last night after work, and he invited me to join them – along with our six month-old baby. (One of the cons of living a state away from any grandparents is the lack of free babysitting at a moment’s notice.) Nevertheless, I was looking forward to…

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Why Great Expectations Aren’t Always So Great

It was not quite December 1 and my Facebook status read, “I’m feeling sick, I think I’ll throw up Christmas ALL OVER MY HOUSE #dontjudgeme #joytotheworld #takeitruss.” I airplayed Christmas songs, twirling about with glitter falling from my tree without a care in the world. My justification was, traditionally I “throw up” Christmas after too…

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I Shall Not Want

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. I shall not want. When I read Psalm 23 I stop there: I shall not want (ESV). I shall not be in want (NIV). There is nothing I lack (HCSB).  I have all that I need (NLT). I shall not lack (AMP). Why do I often…

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Seasons of Winter

I live in a place where the climate is considered “seasonal,” meaning, we are able to distinctly see the beauty of all four seasons. When I lived in Southern California for a brief time, I missed the fall and winter seasons of home because it only rained three weeks out of the year and was…

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Worship As A Lifestyle

Have you ever met an eternal optimist? They are incredibly refreshing. Idealists. Joyful. Happy. Content. High-Spirited. Comforting. Just typing those words brings a smile. I know a couple. They can be unequivocally draining when all I want to do is sit and sulk, but I can’t help but be desperate for their perspective. Their energy….

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Joy in Suffering

Last month my family and I celebrated Kade’s 6th glory day. Six years of beholding glory unexplainable, peace beyond understanding, joy beyond measure. I love imagining my boy in the presence of the Lord, his little voice singing hosanna at the top of His lungs, his hands lifted high in praise, his eyes reflecting the…

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Accepting the Unexpected

As I stared down at a positive pregnancy test in the spring of 2011, I was so thankful for the little miracle inside of me. God was giving Matt and I a baby. It would no longer just be the two of us. When I found out I was having a girl I immediately started…

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Facing Your Closet Skeletons

I think and feel deeply. More so than the average “Jane”. As an INFJ, I’m an inch wide and a mile deep, and I like that about myself. I genuinely care about things and am a strong empathizer. All of which can be used for so much good, however, they can also bring damaging toxicity….

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