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Grace in Aisle Seven (Or How God Keeps a Mother Humble))

I didn’t understand grace until I became a mother.    Oh, I’d sung about it on Sunday mornings.    And I’d read about it in His word.   I’d thanked Jesus for it every time I slipped on my golden cross necklace.  And I’d even penned a few poems about it in perfect rhythm and rhyme. […]

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In Celebration of Sisters!

The soli deo gloria girls are celebrating sisterhood today! I’ve been blessed with one beautiful sister by birth and dozens of other soul sisters by faith.I’m immeasurably grateful for all the sisters who have shared life with me over the years— For the women who have sipped coffee with me as toddlers run Hot Wheels across our toes; prayed with me on couches dotted with […]

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The Fight for Baby Jesus (Or Why It’s A Great Time of Year to Share!)

It happened years ago on a cold day in November, the unexpected fight beneath my roof.   My girls no longer remember the heated words and scratching fingernails, but I never want to forget.   Because that was the day that I began to wonder what would happen if the Christmas season became more about sharing than shopping.  […]

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Multitude Mondays: Why Moms are Prone to Blindness

   When I first laid eyes on my newborn son, I didn’t know that I’d be prone to blindness. As I lay ravished by awe in that hospital bed, overwhelmed at the sight of his tiny fingers and toes, I never dreamed that one day I’d have to fight to see him clearly.   When I lost myself […]

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missionary from home

With five kids of my own to care for beneath my roof right now, I can’t hop a plane and go feed starving children.   I can’t sign up for every mission trip that looks enticing and get my hands dirty in the red dirt of Uganda.   But I can send thirty dollars each month to […]

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Multitude Mondays: For the One Who Labors in Love

They wrote thank-you notes to Daddy this morning; turned plain old slabs of construction paper into garlands of gratitude.Their words were simple and sweet, offerings of thanks to the one who labors day after day without complaint. And as they hunched intently over their cards, I pondered that summer’s moment when I’d realized anew the grace of […]

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Multitide Mondays: The Secret of the Hammock and Other Lessons Learned During my Blog Break

  The first wedding gift we opened after returning from our island honeymoon was wrapped in a package the size of a simple shoe box.  I’d shaken it carefully, my eyes fixed on my handsome twenty-year-old husband, and we’d guessed what it might be. Hand towels monogrammed with a fancy B? Another set of country pink and dusty blue […]

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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: Raising Playful Children, Part 2

    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 […]

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How To Start Your Day With A Tiny Taste Of Heaven

I should have known better than to blog about the power of play.    Obviously, when I wrote that I never want to grow too big to play, I should have expected a test of those words.   God stops at nothing to keep this blogger authentic and honest.   So I don’t know why I […]

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