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  • Grace Calls You Forward

    Sin. It beckons us back to the place of shame; back to the place of doubt; back to the place of self-destruction. Over and over it calls us by our wrongs and tells us that’s who we are and will always be. Come back. It fools us into thinking we had it all, have it all, in that moment. It clouds our perspective and tells us this is all there is. This is the best that will ever be and it won’t get any better. Come back. It skews our vision of blessings that are right before our eyes. It causes us to think that we need to look for more, that it’s not enough and we need to create the good things in life ourselves. And we go back. We go back to the place of doubting what is good, what is true, what is honest and lovely. We
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    Daddy’s Princess

    Growing up, one of my favorite movies was the 1995 version of the story, “A Little Princess”. I had seen the Shirley Temple version a couple of years before and enjoyed it, but the ’95 adaptation captured my heart. In this story, a young girl named Sara, who was adored by her father, was sent to a boarding school while he went away to war. She was popular and loved and treated like royalty until news arrived that her father was killed in battle. Now an orphan, suddenly Sara’s world changes overnight. She is no longer the star pupil, but forced to work as a servant at the school to help cover the costs that her care incurred.  My favorite thing about this movie is how Sara handles this horrible change in her life. She continues to hold her head high and her spirits higher. She is still loved dearly
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    A Waste of Time

    Longing for the NEXT while forfeiting the NOW! There have been many times that I longed for the end of a season.  It wasn’t that I didn’t appreciate the gift of the season I was in, but when something was unpleasant, I looked ahead to when things would be different.  I had no idea how quickly those moments would pass and a new season would begin.  It never dawned on me that once that season was over, I couldn’t go back to relive it. It takes weeks, months to prepare for Christmas.  But once Christmas is over, winter weather drags on and I am longing for the budding of Spring flowers and warmer temperatures. When pregnant, I counted the days for the baby’s birth.  It came, eventually! Loved those midnight feedings, but looked forward to a little more independence. It came!  Loved having my kids at home but anticipated when
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    Mothering Mess

    I was thinking yesterday about being a mom and what I wish I had known earlier in my imperfect stint as a mother of three. The first thing that came to my mind was “the personalities.” Discovering this concept started me on the long journey to self-acceptance and knowing my true identity. I was eventually released from the comparison syndrome, performance trap and the self-worth roller coaster. Whew! Was I ever glad to get off that ride. Not that the enemy doesn’t try to ensnare me again but I’m much wiser to his tricks. You’re probably wondering, “What does that have to do with being a mom?” Well, it takes a lot of energy striving to be something you are not. Striving robs you of energy that could go toward being in the moment with your children, having fun and being creative. Being a perfectionist is time consuming, exhausting and anger producing. That’s time being
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    Self Preservation or Brave Determination?

    I have a natural tendency towards self preservation. I suppose we all do, it’s an inborn instinct with the design to prevent harm and ensure life. On the surface it doesn’t sound like a bad thing. We make choices, what appear to be wise choices, to keep ourselves safe. We drive carefully, we avoid dark alleys at night, we park in well-lit areas, and hopefully we follow laws meant to protect us. All wise choices, all done to play it safe. But what happens when our playing it safe mentality transfers to our spiritual walk and keeps us from experiencing the miraculous? One my favorite women in the Bible is the woman with the bleeding issue. For twelve years she suffered with prolonged bleeding, and although she spent all her money on physicians, none were able to heal her infirmity. At that time, because she was considered ritually unclean according
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    Squad Goals

    A few years ago, my husband had been battling a nasty virus that had him in bed several days and feeling pretty weak. By the third day or so, he wanted to try moving around and attempted to take a shower. He probably should have taken it easy a little longer, because he ended up passing out and hitting his head. I heard the commotion and ran to the bathroom to find blood from where he’d hit the edge of the counter. We spent our Saturday morning in the ER so he could get staples to close the wound. It wasn’t how either of us would have liked to start the weekend, but I was so glad that I was there when it happened because he was too weak to take care of it himself. Recently, I was having a very difficult time while grieving the loss of a loved
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    An Open Letter to Single Moms (and any mom who needs encouragement) on Mother’s Day

    Dear Friend and Mom, I wanted to take a moment this Mother’s Day to say “thank you”. I know you  don’t get the consistent affirmation or accolades that you deserve for all that you do. And even on Mother’s Day, when moms all across America are being honored and celebrated, you may not get breakfast in bed or have a collection of hand made cards presented to you. You may not get the “day off” from cooking or taking care of the kids. And I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but you probably won’t get to sleep in like you often dream of. There probably won’t be anyone to tell you that you’re doing your job right and celebrate the positive influence you have on your kids, but that is not a reflection of the job you are doing. Today, I want you to know
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