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Encouragement

Gratitude Adjustment

November 26, 2015

“For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:15-16 Today, I thank God for you. I am filled with gratitude that you are seeking to be a better mom. I am humbled that you are reading these words. I…

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Celebrating the Holidays When it Hurts

November 17, 2015

Guest Post By: Lisa Appelo I usually love Christmastime. I love the smell of a Douglas fir in the living room and holiday music on the radio. I love all the baking and cooking of Christmas and shopping for that one present that I know will bring a wide grin to my child. But four years ago, we were facing a very painful Christmas. Six months earlier, my husband, Dan, and the amazing father to our seven children, had suffered a…

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messy balance
Encouragement

How to Find a Messy Balance

November 10, 2015

I confess that I am by nature a messy.  However, I am also highly productive. Being messy and productive is like having two beasts at war within.  You see, I love to take on lots of creative challenges which can lead to jumping  from one thing to the next. And jumping creates a messiness; messy drawers, messy closets, messy desk, messy car, messy purse… An overall disorganization can set in that creates a huge roadblock to my productivity.  It took…

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Encouragement

Fighting the Lies We Live By

November 3, 2015

Lies have a really sneaky way of disguising themselves as truth. Once we hear a lie in our head enough times, it begins to convince us that it is right! Then we unknowingly accrue a list of lies we live by. Don’t believe me? Think about a few of these lies we live by, or at least I live by and I am fighting not to live by! Lie #1: “No one notices what I do” Truth: “You are LOVED” As…

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Encouragement

How to Chain, Tame, and Train Your Tongue

October 20, 2015

  When was the last time you said something you didn’t mean? Spoke before thinking? Hurt someone with your words? Let a careless comment slip? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done all of those things! And I know I’m not the only one who struggles with my words. Why is it so easy to say things we regret?  The book of James has an answer for that. James 3:2-6 tells us, “For we all stumble in many…

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too serious to laugh
Encouragement

Are You Too Serious to Laugh?

October 2, 2015

“Mommy, what’s wrong?” “Nothing, why?” “You never laugh anymore.” My kids can read me like a book. I have heard these words several times. We all have stress, but when stress exists for long stretches of time, it can become the norm. And we become too serious for laughter. During those periods, a mom can forget how to laugh. And that is bad. In fact, it is probably worse than we think because it can affect our relationships. When I think…

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Peering Into Eternity

September 10, 2015

I can still clearly remember the day my heart stopped. At only 17 years old, I had a cardiac arrest. I was a cheerleader for my high school, and our football team was playing for the district championship. It was an intense game. I was on the sidelines, willing our team to victory. Feeling every play. My senses on high alert. The clock was running out, the game was on the line, and a huge upset play turned the outcome…

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