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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 […]

REFRESH Winter Book Study Details!

REFRESH Winter Book Study Details!

It’s that time! I wanted to give you the details about our online winter book study. We’re reading Refresh: Embracing a Grace-paced Life in a World of Endless Demands by David and Shona Murray and we start JANUARY 15th! JOIN OUR PRIVATE FB GROUP HERE! […]

How God blessed our family in 2017. Looking back in thankfulness.

How God blessed our family in 2017. Looking back in thankfulness.

It’s 2018 and I wanted to share a few of the blessings of 2017. I told you last month that I would share some of the ways God has been faithful to our family, though I hardly know where to begin except to say that […]

This year, you won’t find the fix for your broken.

This year, you won’t find the fix for your broken.

Try as we might, plan as we may, this year, we won’t find the fix for our broken. All of our planning will not make us perfect. All of our will-power won’t fix our undesired circumstances or wrongly affectioned hearts. We might better ourselves in […]

Faithfulness in the  Small and Slow

Faithfulness in the Small and Slow

It’s that time of year, when everyone is thinking, writing, and making new resolutions for another year. I’ve been praying over what the Lord would have me this learn, change, be, and do this coming year.  Though I haven’t nailed down my exact resolutions for […]

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 […]

What I’ve Been Up To This Christmas

What I’ve Been Up To This Christmas

I can hardly believe that my son, Matthew, will be home in a few days for Christmas vacation. The anticipation of the season has been sweet. We’ve purposefully marked our calendar to include times of rest and solitude which has made this Christmas the most […]

Be still: resist the Christmas urgency.

Be still: resist the Christmas urgency.

The Christmas season tends to scream URGENCY, from the way marketers flash goods in our face like theres a scarcity of products and we must grab them all up before someone else gets them, to the jam-packed calendars we cram full of good things we […]

The Holidays Are Not All About Me and Other Grounding Truths for the Season

The Holidays Are Not All About Me and Other Grounding Truths for the Season

It’s mid-November and I nearly hyperventilated last week in Target. I was shopping with my Mom and she asked if I could pick out a few toys for our little guy. I walked up and down the aisles, my eyes glazed over at the toy walls […]

How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

I’m having so much fun making these sweet quilt-work looking Scandinavian Stars. I love anything  homespun or handmade,  so when I saw these online, I knew I needed to sit and make a batch. I used a few cute fabrics I found at Wal-Mart, but […]