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Muffin Mission: Complete

Today, we have transformed our kitchen table into a muffin station: Blueberry muffins, pumpkin muffins, cinnamon streusel muffins, and triple chocolate chunk muffins. Our teachers and school staff head back to school this week in order to prepare for the start of a new school year, so we decided to bless them with a little […]

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5 Prayers for our Schools

It was one of those statements in a sermon that sticks with you forever. About nine years ago, one of our pastors said, “If when you pray for me all you ask is, ‘God, please bless my pastor,’ then don’t worry about praying for me.” Not pray for him?  Who, after all, would reject a […]

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Cancelling the Parenting Magazine

That means saying no to good things, at times, in order to do the "right thing God has for me."

It means saying no to being like everyone else, to trying to be perfect, to trying to do everything, to keeping up with every great idea on Pinterest, Facebook, and mommy blogs.

It means no longer being paralyzed by everything, so I can do the right things well.

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Epic Failures; Epic Grace

Mom Failures. I’ve had them, had some doozies actually. Anyone else? There was the year my oldest daughter had been pestering me all week with her chattery excitement about an upcoming birthday party for a friend.  The day of the party, I told her it was time to go and double-checked the invitation on the […]

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14 Bible Verses and a Prayer on Waiting

Psalm 25:4-5 ESV Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 27:13-14 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in […]

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This is the Word I Have to Write on a Flashcard to Learn

I’ve said, “No” a lot this summer, not always, but more often than usual for me. Maybe it’s this rambunctious explorer of a baby boy who is helping me learn this.  “No, no,” I say as he reaches for the oven, the lightsocket, the cord, the speck on the carpet.  Some days it feels like […]

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5 Prayers Before the School Year Begins

I stood in the line of nervous parents and excited-though-apprehensive elementary school children at Open House last year.  I was praying….a lot. Sometimes I mess up and treat God like little more than a pagan idol–acting as if maybe if I cross my fingers, rub a rabbit’s foot, do a fancy jig and offer to […]

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What My Monday Soul Needs to Know

My resolution for Monday: To breathe in and breathe out, deep taking in of peace and pushing out of contentment.  No catching my breath in anxiety, hyperventilating stress, and rushing to the point of breathless exhaustion. Just breathe.  Move through the day without giving into the push, push, push of “faster, more, do, accomplish, check […]

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Stopping at the Krispy Kreme

I didn’t even know exactly what to look for.  We were driving back to the hotel after a morning at the beach on vacation and my husband said, “It looks like their sign is on.” Sign? What sign? I leaned forward in the minivan passenger seat to see what this apparently well-known phenomenon looks like.  […]

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How Many Seashells Did I Bring Home from Vacation?

They busied themselves with buckets and shovels, patting sand into castle walls and adding shells and seaweed for decor. I took this one moment, after my daughters had bounced in the waves and come out with their hair stringy and wet, and now here as they settled on a project.  They exchanged ideas.  What if […]

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Scripture

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14 Bible Verses and a Prayer on Waiting

Psalm 25:4-5 ESV Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 27:13-14 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in […]

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12 Bible Verses for a Spiritual Retreat

 Psalm 23:1-6 NASB The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no […]

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15 Bible Verses about Courage

 Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:9 NIV  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord […]

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12 Bible Verses on Freedom

 Psalm 118:5 NLT In my distress I prayed to the Lord,     and the Lord answered me and set me free. Psalm 119:45 NIV I will walk about in freedom,     for I have sought out your precepts. Isaiah 61:1 NIV The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to […]

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14 Bible Verses on Loving Others

Matthew 5:43-44 NIV  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Mark 12:29-31 NLT Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you […]

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Bookshelf

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Book Review: The Good News About Marriage

The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and Divorce by Shaunti Feldhahn with Tally Whitehead After hearing for years and years how 50% of all marriages end in divorce, I couldn’t be more pleased to read the truth in Shaunti Feldhahn’s book, The Good News About Marriage.  She delves into what the […]

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Middle School: The Inside Story, Book Review

Middle School: The Inside Story: What Kids Tell Us, But Don’t Tell You by Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuna I just finished school supply shopping for my oldest daughter as she preps for fourth grade and it hit me all over again how quickly our little ones grow.  It won’t be long before she is […]

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Finding Hope After Divorce, Book Review

The Kay Arthur 40 Minute Bible Studies series was one of my favorite discoveries as a leader of women’s small groups. Years ago when I started a small group for women, we wanted to study God’s Word together and do so with some depth.  But we were busy.  We had young kids, jobs, ministries and […]

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