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Long Expected Jesus

Long Expected Jesus

Expectancy. To expect. To look forward to. To anticipate. Some say that expectations are little more than premeditated resentments. I guess we learn from living in a broken world that it’s safer not to expect too much, not to set our hearts on anything, not to […]

Weeding Wisely to Increase Joy

Weeding Wisely to Increase Joy

I spent most of the day outside, tending my herb and flower garden while my 3 year old played nearby. It’s warm enough now to plant, so I bought a few herbs to replace several that didn’t survive the winter: parsley, mint, and basil. I spent […]

Still, Still, Still: The Missing Key to Adoration.

Still, Still, Still: The Missing Key to Adoration.

There’s no shame in listening to Christmas carols before Thanksgiving in my book. They somehow bring all of the sentiments we hold dear–home, family, faith, hope, love– and tie them all together in one musical, merry package. {And who can lift your spirits like Bing […]

A Newsy, Political-free Post

A Newsy, Political-free Post

This is going to be newsy because I haven’t had much time to blog in a while. I’m staying off-line for the most part because of the drama/hate/turmoil of the election. It breaks my heart to see the lows of humanity and the fact that […]

Are You Accomplishing Anything For God?

Are You Accomplishing Anything For God?

Maybe you’re discouraged today, dear friend. Maybe you’re wondering if what you’re doing matters in the long run. Last week I wondered, too. I was reading over a list of New Year’s questions (meant for personal reflection and growth) from a sweet friend in a […]

10 Ways To Refresh Your Soul

10 Ways To Refresh Your Soul

Looking for ways to refresh this winter? The common theme among my friends is that we are all looking for ways to rest our bodies and revive our hearts a bit after a hectic holiday season. We all know that doesn’t happen automatically. It needs […]

Fear and Faith

Fear and Faith

Senseless violence and killing. Islamic Terrorists. Scenes I never imagined I’d see in my lifetime playing out on the lovely streets of Paris. I spent my Friday night watching my Twitter feed, nervously awaiting news of the hostages in the theatre. I heard that they […]

Contentment is a choice.

Contentment is a choice.

Contentment is a topic that kept resurfacing over and over again this past week, and whenever that happens, I know the Lord is trying to teach me something.   Discontentment can creep into our hearts in the subtlest ways, like the other night when I […]