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7 Prayers for Your Home and Family

It’s usually when I watch my children sleep. Or when my tired infant son finally relaxes his on-the-go muscles and snuggles into me as I sway next to his crib. That’s when I pray it.  Like a whispered prayer, one you can’t find all the words for, not when your heart is so full (or […]

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When the One Thing You Really Needed to Get Done….Doesn’t Get Done

I had one thing written on my agenda for that day. One.  Thing. Every other day was packed with wall-to-wall to-do list items. But not that day.  I had just one thing I needed to do and  I needed to be efficient and productive so that I could spend all the other days doing all […]

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Sometimes Love is a Missed School Bus and a Cup of Tea

I woke her up at 8:05 a.m. She had a rough night.  We all did.  With four kids sick with the Great Cold of 2014, I had spent most of my night slathering on Vicks, refilling water bottles, rocking a baby and fetching more tissues. This daughter shone her flashlight on my face at 5 […]

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It’s 3:00 AM, Give or Take An Hour

It’s 3:00 a.m., give or take an hour.  I didn’t look at the clock when I heard my baby’s cry in the night. When I slip into the room, I hear him sniffling through his stuffy nose.  He’s been up several times already tonight.  After this, he’ll probably continue to wake every hour or so […]

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35 Verses on Obeying God

35 Verses on Obeying God—even when it’s hard, doesn’t make sense, is scary, or you just plain out don’t want to…. Exodus 19:5 NIV Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession Exodus 23:22 ESV “But if you carefully obey his voice […]

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Would You Like Some Peas With Your Worcestershire Sauce (And Other Quirky Eating Habits)

Peas were my dad’s favorite vegetable.  This is funny to me because when he ate them, he drowned them in Worcestershire sauce. So, I wonder. Did he really like peas? Or did he like Worcestershire sauce? We have our own familial mealtime quirks. I eat a little of everything, some of this and some of […]

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What I Hate About Being a Mom

“With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall” (Psalm 18:29). We went out early on the first day of school, so full of excitement about the big day that we couldn’t stand in the house a moment longer.  My girls were ready almost an hour early […]

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10 Bible Verses for Labor Day

Exodus 20:8-10 NIV  “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor […]

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Why not riding a roller coaster is really being brave (no matter what anyone else says)

Bravery doesn’t run rampant in this house. Me and my girls 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 […]

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30 Bible Verses on Overcoming Fear and Worry

Exodus 14:13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again (ESV) Deuteronomy 31: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for […]

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prayershomeandfamily

7 Prayers for Your Home and Family

It’s usually when I watch my children sleep. Or when my tired infant son finally relaxes his on-the-go muscles and snuggles into me as I sway next to his crib. That’s when I pray it.  Like a whispered prayer, one you can’t find all the words for, not when your heart is so full (or […]

versesobeying

35 Verses on Obeying God

35 Verses on Obeying God—even when it’s hard, doesn’t make sense, is scary, or you just plain out don’t want to…. Exodus 19:5 NIV Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession Exodus 23:22 ESV “But if you carefully obey his voice […]

verseslaborday

10 Bible Verses for Labor Day

Exodus 20:8-10 NIV  “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor […]

versesfear

30 Bible Verses on Overcoming Fear and Worry

Exodus 14:13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again (ESV) Deuteronomy 31: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for […]

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7 Bible Verses About Praying for Your Children

Bible Verses on Praying for Children Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV  “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children— Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV And these words […]

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Book Review: Dancing on the Head of a Pen

Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of the Writing Life by Robert Benson I’m a little embarrassed to confess this, but Robert Benson’s book, Dancing on the Head of a Pen, is perhaps the first time as an author I’ve braved reading a book on writing.  Maybe I was mistaken, thinking surely […]

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Book Review: The Stress Cure

The Stress Cure: Praying Your Way to Personal Peace by Linda Evans Shepherd I’m no stranger to stress, so I picked up Linda Evans Shepherd’s book, The Stress Cure, with high hopes.  What’s the solution she gives for conquering stress?  Less on the schedule?  Eating right?  Exercise?  Better sleep?  She says the solution is prayer […]

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Book Review: What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On To by Holley Gerth What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days is my favorite Holley Gerth book so far.  It’s a beautiful little book, colorful, eye-catching, well-designed, and I thought it would just be a perfect gift to give a […]

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