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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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How Dust Dwellers Can Soar

We had packed a picnic and settled into the green grass, our eyes glued to the blue above. The sun began to sink slow, the lake swallowing its orange shadows like a beggar consuming a Thanksgiving feast. The air hung hot and heavy. Children grew restless. Are you sure we can see them from here? […]

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When Freedom Becomes Complacent

I read her words this morningas I chugged my first cup of coffee in a groggy fog and peered out the window at the burned out glow sticks and sparkler rods scattered across the brittle grass. Our freedom was never meant to become our complacency. Yesterday we had celebrated Independence Day with gusto. We’d strung streamers […]

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Tuesday’s Tips: The Book Bucket List (Or a basket of great summer reads)

Have you ever wished you had a treasure trove of great ideas for those days when motherhood feels draining and mundane?    Ever longed for just one tried and true tip that has actually been used successfully by REAL MOMS with REAL KIDS? Me, too!    That’s why I’ve created Tuesday’s Tips–  a weekly post designed to reduce frustration and multiply inspiration in the […]

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Why Motherhood Makes You Queen

Photo credit I used to believe that motherhood was a detriment to my faith walk. After all, how was a woman steeped deep in diapers and sleep deprivation supposed to carve out time for prayer or Bible study?  How could a mom be still and know when her toddler never slowed his break-neck pace for an […]

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When We Long to Hear His Voice

  They were squatted in the tall grass, still as lions waiting to pounce.    Hannah lifted her index finger to her pursed pink lips as I drew near. “Shh….” she said, “We’re listening for God.”   Her little brother, green eyes wide with expectation, stared at the soil beneath his feet as if he […]

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Third Thursdays: Caterpillars and Pretty Plates- One Mom’s Quest for Balance

I’m delighted to once again be participating in the Third Thursday Thoughts Hearts at Home blog hop. Hearts at Home seeks “to encourage, equip, and educate every mom in every season of motherhood using Christian values to strengthen families.” Today, we’re sharing tips we’ve discovered that help us achieve that elusive state called “balance.”    I knew my life […]

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Walk with Him Wednesdays: When I’m Tempted to Leave Easter Behind

He discovered the purple egg as he snuck through the tall grass on Monday morning. Armed with a butterfly net and the will of a seasoned hunter, his eyes were on the flutter of orange wings, not on the dirt beneath his feet. Until he heard the crunch.  The sound stopped his fast feet in […]

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When He Invites us to Linger Near

    As Good Friday draws near, my soul cries out for time with my Savior.    His disciples may have had no idea what was going to happen after they shared that final Passover meal with Jesus, but I know exactly where this story is going.    I know what is still to come. The […]

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When You Wonder if That Voice is His…

Last night Lizzy asked me if I had ever “heard God’s voice in my ears.” I smiled at the distinction made by this child who was once the proud owner of special ears.  I confessed that I’d never heard God’s voice audibly and admitted that I was afraid I’d fall flat if God’s voice ever did […]

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