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What Do You Have in Your House?

by Ruth Puleo Relocating has been an adventure. We sold 2/3 of everything we owned in preparation for our move, not knowing what type of housing we would find. God provided a beautiful rental home with much more square footage than we anticipated. Now I was faced with the challenge of filling those spaces without taxing our budget. After several months of struggling to put rooms together, my daughter arrived for a visit. With her decorator’s skill, she quickly assessed my needs. Then she shared with me her “Decorator’s Survival Tip.” She basically said, “don’t buy anything until you have looked at what you have in your house.” I thought, “I have sold everything!” But, apparently not. We rummaged through the garage and found an unfinished shelf used to store tools. After some TLC and paint, it now adds the finishing touches to our sitting area off of the kitchen.
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I Am Not Enough- Learning to Overcome Inadequacy

On most days I battle with feeling like “I am not enough”. Pick any area of my life. My role as a wife, a mom, a friend, a writer, and I will show you a woman who wrestles with feelings of complete inadequacy in all those arenas. Daily, words lunge against me off the mat in my mind, forcefully filling in the same sentence over and over again . . . I am not ______________ enough. Smart enough. Strong enough. Good enough. Disciplined enough. Talented enough. Skinny enough. Pretty enough. Kind enough. Calm enough. The list of words that clog this blank space flow from a reservoir that has no end. These statements pull me under, pinning me down in an intimidating place of uncertainty. There I question why God would call me to such positions of responsibility, when I so obviously lack the required talents and abilities. The pressure
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It’s Time to Take Out the Trash

by Jennie Puleo I grew up singing the beautiful song, “I Surrender All”. Ya know, the one that goes…“All to Jesus, I surrender, all to Thee I freely give”. I never really took into account what that meant. Surrendering all seems so nice. The idealistic approach to Christianity of “Letting Go and Letting God”. No more worries. No more stress. Be Blessed and Nothing Less!!!  That’s a lovely idea. And there is an element of truth there when you finally arrive at the place of peace and rest in Christ, but often getting there is PAINFUL!! The holiday season is right around the corner, and so many are trying to get back on track with some things that have gotten lax over the course of the year… get organized, eat better foods, exercise, stick to a budget. These are all great things to add to our lives and are certainly
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Let It Go

by Tiffany Miller My husband and I have taken a liking to home projects. Last year we converted an old dresser into a TV stand, and this year we decided to build a farm table. After a couple of weeks and more money than we thought it would cost, we were SO close to finally having it finished. Then we noticed a few stray brush marks in the top coat of polyurethane. What started as a molehill became a mountain as we tried to correct the problem, only to create more problems along the way. Our beautiful table is still not completed and now has sanding marks that will require us to sand down and begin again. This frustrating situation already had me stressed a little, but then I went to have my hair recolored (hello gray hairs at 30), only to leave with a MUCH darker color than I
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Stay Focused, Breathe Deeply

by Ruth Puleo John and I arrived with our pillows in hand to the birthing class in preparation of the arrival of our first child.  It took fear of the unknown to succumb to the humility of panting and breathing lessons on the floor with twelve other pregnant women and their partners.  However, I must admit that the simple lessons I learned of relaxing breaths and finding focus have calmed and steadied me during many other painful and fearful situations. Our teacher instructed us to find a “focal point” in the room and to keep our eyes on that one spot while doing several different breathing techniques which ended with a ‘cleansing breath.’  These simple truths actually did help me stay on task during the births of our three children even though they were all different and varied in intensity and urgency.  Years later, when the dentist was drilling my
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Ungrateful

by Jennie Puleo As I took a look at Adam and Eve’s time in the garden, I realized that they were the only people in the world who ever really “had it made”. Their food was provided daily and they walked and talked with God openly in a perfect garden setting. They were surrounded by all the most beautiful things God ever created and lived in a world without shame, guilt, condemnation, fear, financial pressures, disease or pain. I started to wonder “what on earth was their problem?!” It seems that they grew accustomed and immune to the beauty they had right in front of them to the point where they just couldn’t see it any more and it suddenly wasn’t enough. It’s hard to imagine that perfection and peace wasn’t enough. However, in our human nature it is easy to understand that when the enemy of our souls dangles
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Many Mamas Are Getting Ready- Launching Your Child to College

Many mamas are getting ready. Over these last few summer days, mothers that have once held their sweet, little babies in their arms, will get ready to release these now full grown children into the next great unknown phase of life… college. It’s a unique time with a mixture of emotions. Feelings of pride in your child’s accomplishments combine with fear of how they will do in the future, away from you. You wonder, “Will they remember everything I taught them? Will they follow in the ways they were raised? Will they navigate through the tempting years of college life, and emerge at the end with honor?” These questions, these emotions, are enough to stretch any strong mama’s heart. As I once again face this season in my life, now with our second daughter, I feel my heart go down this familiar path. I remember these fears, and I find
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