A Sense of Wonder

A Sense of Wonder

A friend and I were talking about Christmas last week. We were remembering what Christmas used to “feel” like when we were younger. I remember. To me as a child, there was a very defined “Christmas feeling”; it was so strong it was almost tangible. It was a magical feeling. It was that feeling I got when I woke up in the morning and beheld a new world glistening in white. It was in the smell of pine. It was…

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Praise

Praise

The Magnificat And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud…

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Real/Grace Moments

Real/Grace Moments

KEEPING IT REAL The Baby grabs your coffee off the table and onto your lap. You make oatmeal for dinner. You buy a Costco pack of paper plates to combat the mass of unwashed dishes cluttering the kitchen. After a week of using paper plates you admit it’s pretty cool… The alarm bleeps in your ear. You are faced with two options: sleeping another 10 minutes or getting up to exercise. Bwahahahaha!! The three year old asks to help setting…

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A Brief Morning Prayer

A Brief Morning Prayer

In the quiet of this morning, when anything at all seems possible, secure my heart and my thoughts for you, Oh Lord. My plans, my expectations must fall apart before your sovereign plan; give me open hands and an open heart. When tiny feet sound on the stair, signaling the end of the stillness (and hot coffee!), give me your love for them. May the fullness of my hands cause my heart to burst with reasons to give you glory….

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Left-over Oatmeal

Left-over Oatmeal

Coffee in the mornings. Sweet smell of – (fill in the blank). Days like this…summer colors in full bloom…the innocence of childhood…wearing sandals on the beach, leggings are my best friend, blah, blah, blah… You know what? You clicked on this because you were interested in how I used my left-over oatmeal, not to hear how amazing pumpkin spice is or how much I love that my brown leather boots go with EVERYTHING (except that they really do and that’s…

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Real/Grace Moments

Real/Grace Moments

“By the grace of God I am what I am…” KEEPING IT REAL Your brain is serenaded 24/7 by the strains of the latest favorite animated movie soundtrack. There’s a sticky spot on the table in which you keep setting your book or your hand. Why even bother wearing socks in the house; there are puddles EVERYWHERE. The undone laundry is the towel load. That night, two children throw up…and there are NO towels. Nice weather keeps the kids outside…

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Real/Grace Moments

Real/Grace Moments

Just a few of the things God has done in my busy life this week! 🙂 KEEPING IT REAL You have the house to yourself for a few hours. Looking forward to some rare alone time, you think of all the many things you’d like to do knowing you won’t have time for all of them. You start straightening the house while you try to decide on just one or two things, only to suddenly realize everyone just pulled up…

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Real/Grace Moments

Real/Grace Moments

  I thought it would be fun to take a moment this week to reflect on real-life moments that (although maybe not our favorite at the time) we can look back on now and laugh. And also, to take a moment to count our blessings. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to these! KEEPING IT REAL You don that cute new tee you bought, smiling at yourself in the mirror as you pass by because it’s so much…

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The Rough Road of Motherhood

The Rough Road of Motherhood

~Recently, I was asked to share the devotional at a friend’s baby shower. After much prayer and advice from others, the Lord led me to share a few of the things I wish I had known as a brand-new mother. I hope it is encouraging.~ It’s 2am. Small cries inform you that your baby is awake again and needs you. You fumble in the dark so you won’t to turn on any lights and just manage to get your child…

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The Sunshine Beyond the Fog

The Sunshine Beyond the Fog

How long it has been! The world has changed once again in our home. A healthy, beautiful little girl (we’ll call her Pumpkin) is now blessing all our lives in new and sometimes challenging ways. A birth story is coming…when time allows for me to complete it. 😉 With the cold weather beginning to set in, the darkness staying longer in the mornings, and coming earlier in the evenings, the children and I have tried to find more to do…

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