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The Thank You Note in the Tree

I was picking up toys strewn across the grass when I spotted it, a bright splash of blue propped in the naked limbs of that spindly tree in our back yard. I shuffled closer, and my heart smiled at the familiar handwriting scrawled across the small envelope. To: JesusFrom: HannahAnd then, the address:Heaven, everywhere,In the […]

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The Prayer God Refused to Answer

She was the first of my babies who cried day and night.  Before she was planted in my womb, I’d begged the Lord for just one more.  But six weeks after bringing Hannah Faith home, I’d revised my plea. Could I just have a different one, Lord? Maybe one with fewer tears? It was three o’clock […]

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When You’re Waiting for Morning to Come…

I would hear the pitter-patter of his sleepy feet before his voice woke me. No need to look at the clock on my bedside table– I knew it read 3 A.M. For years, that was his waking time.  His squinty eyes and slurred speech would confirm that he wasn’t rested, but my three-year-old’s odd sleep rhythms always […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: The Word that Changes Everything

The Word that Changes Everything   Before you said yes,  my house was full,  but my stomach was empty.   Before you said yes, my heart was soft  but listening to my mama cry at night was hard.   Before you said yes, my dreams were quiet but my worries were loud.    Before you said yes, I […]

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How to Live The Best Dream for Your Life

    Eight of us were crowded around a table-for-two in my grandma’s small farm kitchen when Hannah spoke the words that spurred my prayer.    The kids were sipping Coke straight from the bottle and leaving a cookie crumble mosaic on the old wooden tabletop, and Grandpa Jim was leaning in close so his near-deaf […]

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How to Change the World One Small Smile at a Time!

When I went to that Mercy Me concert eight years ago, I wasn’t planning on falling in love.I was just a weary thirty-one-year-old mama looking for a night out with my husband and hoping to snag some inspiration in the process. My Romeo was singing at the top of his lungs right beside me and […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: How to Invigorate Family Prayer Time

  For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -Hebrews 4:12     Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays!  As the week winds down and I anticipate more family time over the weekend, […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: How to Invigorate Your Family’s Meal Time Prayers

                For the word of God is alive and  powerful.  It is sharper than the  sharpest two-edged sword, cutting  between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost  thoughts and desires.                                 […]

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Why Every Mom Needs a Superhero Besides the One on Her Little Boy’s Briefs

I am folding underwear at eleven o’clock when he finally walks through the door in his blue scrubs.    The black rings that bridge the gap between his cheek bones and his blood-shot eyes testify to the nineteen hour work day he’s just finished.    But the sparkle in his weary smile is one I’ve […]

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Why I’d Rather Be Buying Bubble Bath…

 I was sniffing guy deodorant when our eyes met. She probably hadn’t meant to stare as she squeezed past me in aisle seven, her cart piled high with diapers and baby wipes. But it’s not every day that you spy a thirty-nine-year-old woman conducting fragrance assessments in Walmart. It’s crazy what we’ll do for our […]

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