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We Celebrate Courage in This House (Because We Aren’t Naturally Courageous)

Bravery doesn’t run rampant in this house. My girls and I freak out about bugs. We grab for a dry towel when water splashes into our eyes. We talk through all possibilities and potential scenarios so we won’t freak about what’s new and different. We inch into doorways when there’s a room full of new people. […]

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Why I Was Sprawled on the Floor of the Wal-Mart

There’s one item every year. Every single year. There was the Elmer’s glue one year that could not be “no run ” Unfortunately, Wal-Mart stocks a million bottles of “no run” glue and keeps a small, more expensive supply of the other kind of Elmer’s hidden away on back shelves. And there’s the fact that […]

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15 Bible Verses and a Prayer for 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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25 Bible Verses and a Prayer for Rest

  Well, friends, our family pushed through the month of July with all of its busyness and made it to the other side.  To August.  And to rest. And we’re ready for rest. I’ll be taking some time to relax with my family, to regroup and refresh.  Here are 25 verses and a prayer for […]

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Hope has a Name

I froze on the sidewalk in the scorching summer heat with a six-year-old by my side and a toddler in the stroller. We had popped into a grocery story 45 minutes from our home on a whim and then just as spontaneously decided to walk down to the Subway for lunch. Nothing about this day […]

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The Prayers of a Stranger

That moment that someone you don’t know rests her hands on your back and leans down to pray for you, your soul feels a little laid bare. How will they know what to pray? They haven’t peered into the hidden corners of your heart. They haven’t watched you toss from side to side in the […]

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50 Bible Verses on Compassion

Exodus 22:27b NIV When they cry out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate. Exodus 33:19 NIV And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have […]

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When You’re Not The Best Mom Ever

“Thanks, Mom.  You’re the best mom ever.” It was a casual minivan conversation.  She climbed up into her seat after preschool.  I promised to make her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with strawberries and pretzels for lunch. She bestowed on me the title of “Best Mom Ever,” clicked her seatbelt, and then asked if […]

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When It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Playdate protocol. That’s what I review with my daughters in the last 5 minutes before we exit our minivan and enter their friend’s home. Do not fight with each other. Say please and thank you. Clean up your messes. Do not fight with each other. Do show respect to her mom and call her Mrs. […]

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20 Bible Verses and a Prayer About Handling Change

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, […]

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15 Bible Verses and a Prayer for 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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25 Bible Verses and a Prayer for Rest

  Well, friends, our family pushed through the month of July with all of its busyness and made it to the other side.  To August.  And to rest. And we’re ready for rest. I’ll be taking some time to relax with my family, to regroup and refresh.  Here are 25 verses and a prayer for […]

verses-compassion

50 Bible Verses on Compassion

Exodus 22:27b NIV When they cry out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate. Exodus 33:19 NIV And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have […]

verses-change

20 Bible Verses and a Prayer About Handling Change

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, […]

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20 Bible Verses for When You Need God’s Light

Psalm 27:1 ESV The Lord is my light and my salvation;     whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life;     of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 119:105 ESV Your word is a lamp to my feet     and a light to my path. Psalm 119:130 ESV The unfolding of your words gives light; […]

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9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage

Book Review | 9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage

9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage by Sheila Wray Gregoire Sheila Wray Gregoire’s new book, 9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage, accomplishes something quite difficult: Saying something fresh about marriage.  After reading and/or reviewing so many marriage books that focus on male/female communication and seeing the world as either pink or blue and […]

Brave Enough

Book Review | Brave Enough

Brave Enough by Nicole Unice In Brave Enough, Nicole Unice tells us a little secret: “We’re all a little scared.” Being afraid, though, doesn’t mean you can’t live with courage.  It doesn’t mean you can’t be brave.  She writes, “Courage is the will to move past fear and get out of our own way, to […]

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Book Review | The Miracle in the Middle

The Miracle in the Middle by Charlotte Gambill Waiting. No one is a big fan of waiting, and we talk a great deal in Christian circles about how difficult it is to wait on God.  In her book, The Miracle in the Middle, Charlotte Gambill writes about this season of waiting as being “in the […]

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