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The Compassionate Carpenter

No one paints a picture of Jesus quite Max Lucado.  I love this reminder from Max’s first book that compassion drove my Savior from the carpentry shop to the cross…   The heavy door creaked on its hinges as he pushed it open. With a few strides he crossed the silent shop and opened the […]

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The Friend who Understands

I’m reading Jill Savage’s book Real Moms…Real Jesus right now, and I’m delighting in the parallels between my Savior’s life and mine.  In light of yesterday’s post, this paragraph from the first chapter of Jill’s book spoke poignant truth over my life. May you, too, be blessed by the wisdom of this Hearts at Home […]

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The Fragrance of Joy

I can still remember the first time I smelled an orange tree in its fully-blossomed glory. Having left behind a barren landscape of  ice and snow, I’d landed in sunny Arizona  for a spring break visit to my grandparents. While their retirement park was humble, the fragrance that wafted through the open window of my grandparents’ double on […]

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Soul Tending

I’m sticking to the gardening theme today. It’s amazing for me to stay focused on ONE THING for longer than five minutes. I rarely remember what I was doing before my toddler cut the dog’s hair or before I noticed my jeans tattooed with a suspicious brown stain and followed the trail of crushed potato chips to […]

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Dancing with Daddy

  Tonight was a BIG NIGHT in our LITTLE town.    Hundreds of little girls played the part of Cinderella on this warm spring evening; while just as many daddies entertained the role of the prince.  Tonight was the Father-Daughter Dance.  When Rob left the house with two beautiful girls on his arm, I wished […]

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The Antithesis of Courage

Imagine Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane.  The place is familiar; a grove of trees where he often lingers with his Heavenly Father in stillness. But on this night, the mount shakes with the footsteps of soldiers. Armed with torches and swords, a throng of soldiers approach God’s son.  “Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen […]

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Seek First: Day 2- Marvelously Made!

Day Two: Marvelously Made Today’s Treasure:  Read Psalm 100:3 and 139:13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every […]

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Seek First: Something from Nothing

Day Two: Something from Nothing; Today’s Treasure:  Read Genesis 1:1, 26-31, 2:7-23 My kids’ mouths hang open and their eyes are wide. The magician we are watching at a side show during our Adventureland excursion has just pulled a rabbit out of a seemingly empty hat. “Where did that come from?” Lizzy asks in awe as […]

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God’s Girl: The Me God wants me to Be, Part 3

Whose girl are you, Alicia? God’s simple question echoed in my soul for days. I’ve often looked back on that encounter with my Maker and wondered how I had forgotten such an elementary truth. As a little girl, I was introduced to God as my Heavenly Father, and I had taken great delight in loving […]

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WHOSE GIRL ARE YOU? The ME God Wants Me to Be, Part 2

Not surprisingly, as God began to teach me who I was in His eyes, He used the little child in my midst to challenge my shaken identity. When Lukas was just a toddler, we often began our dinnertime routine with a silly little game. “Lukas, whose boy are you?” we would ask as we settled in for a family […]

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