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An Introduction to the Grace-Paced Life (Refresh, Intro & Ch.1)

An Introduction to the Grace-Paced Life (Refresh, Intro & Ch.1)

We’re one week into our 10 week Refresh book study and I wanted to recap the Introduction and Chapter 1. In the introduction to the book, the frantic life and the grace-paced life are contrasted and placed before us as two opposing options. We all know […]

10 Ways to Grow as a Person This Year

10 Ways to Grow as a Person This Year

Want to grow as a person and better yourself this year? Think you don’t have time to learn a new skill or break a bad habit? Take a look at these 10 small ways to grow and learn. They are painless, but practical! Learn something […]

How David responded to a rebellious child.

How David responded to a rebellious child.

I’m journaling through the Psalms this winter, and this truth shot out at me like never before. It was the little phrasing before Psalm 3: “A psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.” A rebellious child. Could anything break the heart of […]

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 […]