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45 Bible Verses on Joy

  1 Chronicles 16:27 ESV Splendor and majesty are before him;     strength and joy are in his place. Nehemiah 8:10 ESV Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do […]

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Recycling Crayons for Operation Christmas Child (and a lesson in restoration)

“Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!” (Psalm 80:3, ESV). Broken crayons drive me crazy. So do crayons with the paper torn off. And, while we’re on the subject, Play-Doh with all the colors mixed together. Every year my daughter and I choose a project to make for Operation […]

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Are You Talking to Me?

I thought the note was for some other mom. Years ago, my daughter toted a note home from preschool.  Now that they had all learned their phone numbers, they were working on their address.  Could we please practice at home? I reviewed our address with my four-year-old until she could rattle it off like a […]

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35 Bible Verses on Perseverance

Psalm 138:8 ESV The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;     your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.     Do not forsake the work of your hands. Matthew 24:13 NIV but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13 NIV Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who […]

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Praying What You Really Don’t Want to Pray

Afraid. Sometimes I’m afraid to pray those ‘dangerous’ prayers even when I know deep-down that’s what I should pray for. But it’s like giving God permission to interrupt my life, letting Him move on into my heart and mind with cleaning supplies and uncover all the dirt I’ve hidden away. So, I sat there holding […]

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How to know what really matters

Some days, you must choose grace. Not just choose to give grace, but choose to receive it, take it in, soak it up past the superficial skin and let it seep down deep into your soul, into the places of self-condemnation.  Let it erase the records of wrongs, mistakes and imperfections. Like when you shop […]

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10 Bible Verses About Snow

Psalm 51:7 NASB Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 147:16-18 NASB He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes. He casts forth His ice as fragments; Who can stand before His cold? He sends forth His word and melts […]

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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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The one Valentine you really need

My fourth grade daughter tells me the news while we chatted about Valentine’s Day in the school cafeteria.  Some of the kids in her class are dating. I leaned across the table to make sure I heard correctly.  I’d come for a casual lunch at the school, just some ‘us’ time for me and my […]

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Book Review: Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood

Walking With God in the Season of Motherhood by Melissa Kruger If anything reveals the deepest roots of selfishness or impatience in us, it’s being a mom.  And yet, it’s so often during this season of mothering that we grab time with Jesus whenever we can.  We’re rushed.  Our schedule is not our own.   […]

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Scripture

versesjoy

45 Bible Verses on Joy

  1 Chronicles 16:27 ESV Splendor and majesty are before him;     strength and joy are in his place. Nehemiah 8:10 ESV Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do […]

romans 12-12

35 Bible Verses on Perseverance

Psalm 138:8 ESV The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;     your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.     Do not forsake the work of your hands. Matthew 24:13 NIV but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13 NIV Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who […]

versessnow

10 Bible Verses About Snow

Psalm 51:7 NASB Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 147:16-18 NASB He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes. He casts forth His ice as fragments; Who can stand before His cold? He sends forth His word and melts […]

verseslovingothers

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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12 Bible Verses on God’s Love for Us

Psalm 86:15 (NIV) But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 103:8 NIV The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalm 136:1 NIV Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Isaiah 30:18 Yet the […]

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Bookshelf

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Book Review: Moms Raising Sons to be Men

Moms Raising Sons to be Men by Rhonda Stoppe I had settled into my life as a mom to three daughters when I had my son, so I’m always eager to read books about how to parent my little guy.  Rhonda Stoppe’s book, Moms Raising Sons to be Men, combines Biblical wisdom with practical tips […]

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Book Review | Need You Now

Need You Now: A Story of Hope by Plumb with Susanna Foth Aughtmon Christian music artist, Plumb (AKA Tiffany), tells us that her story as told in her book, Need You Now, is a story of hope, and it is.  Her memoir is a quick and easy read with stories from her childhood, her rise […]

walkingwithGod

Book Review: Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood

Walking With God in the Season of Motherhood by Melissa Kruger If anything reveals the deepest roots of selfishness or impatience in us, it’s being a mom.  And yet, it’s so often during this season of mothering that we grab time with Jesus whenever we can.  We’re rushed.  Our schedule is not our own.   […]

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