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When Heaven Intrudes Upon Earth

I can’t believe the twelve days of Christmas are upon us. Soon we will celebrate the miracle of Christ’s birth.  But I don’t want my Christmas accolades to be contained to one day. I want Christmas to interrupt my life. I want the hope of Heaven to break through the piles of laundry demanding to […]

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Third Thursday Thoughts: When Giving Up Means Great Gain

Today I’m linking up with Hearts at Home to ponder this question:  “What have you given up so your family can have more?”    I’ve been musing on this thought for weeks and feel nearly guilty for writing anything at all.  Quite honestly, what I’ve “given up” along the way seems small and insignificant. My […]

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When Spreading Your Wings Too Wide Leaves You Crippled

I’ve said “yes” to too many things this month. Good things. Noble things. Perhaps even God-things. But my “yes month” is draining me dry. I’m feeling edgy. Cranky. Apathetic. All I really want to do is just curl up at my Savior’s feet, quit being a Martha and embrace the Mary buried somewhere under all the […]

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Remember to Forget…

   One time when Hannah was a preschooler, I lost my playful daughter during a routine game of hide-and-seek.  I found the other three kids within mere moments of hollering, “ready or not, here I come!” But Hannah’s hiding place was elusive. After ten minutes of looking for my four-year-old, I began to holler her […]

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When You Just Need A Glimpse of Your Father

  I close my eyes as the bell choir fills the sanctuary with angelic chimes. I turn from the daunting pulpit reserved on this morning for me, and I focus on breathing deep the peals of peace. My churning stomach refuses to comply. You have nothing worth saying, the Enemy taunts as I pray for […]

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Why Jesus Gave Us Mommies

We were savoring autumn’s end at a playground near the lake when my middle-born asked, “Mommy? Could we take a little walk in the leaves?”   I would have been content to remain seated in the sand at the bottom of the slide, and to continue applauding my toddler’s bravery each time she plunged down […]

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The Mark of the Master, part 2

  Thanks for stopping back today to enjoy the end of the parable God long ago prompted me to write for parents. If you missed yesterday’s post, please take a moment to read part 1 of this little story.  I ‘m praying that God will speak tenderly to your mommy-heart through this simple story just […]

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The Joy of Remembering

    Several years ago, my husband and I took a little trip to Menards.  Now usually a meander through a man-store is not my idea of a fun-filled outing, but on that particular day, we were on a mission of great interest to a mother with an empty backyard. We were hoping to buy our […]

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Camp Rainbow

        My firstborn was packing his duffle bag for church camp on Sunday night when Joshua walked into the room and asked,    “Where are you going?”   “To  church camp.”    “Like Hannah?” Joshua asked, remembering his big sister’s good-byes just over a week ago.   “Yeah, but I get to […]

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The Road that Leads to the Rock

When I was sixteen, I accepted a summer babysitting job to fill the long days that stood between tenth and eleventh grade.  My job description was simple. I was to provide “good old fashioned summer fun” for two rambunctious nine-year-olds.  Filled with energy myself, I was up for the challenge.  Bike rides down obscure country […]

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