On Recognizing The Good Times

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I listen with slight irritation as my son sings his ABCs at the top of his lungs while he is supposed to be napping... I'm sure any minute, he'll come out of his room and ask me to tuck him in again.      These are the good times. Half-asleep, I swoop my baby girl out of her crib for the 3rd time in one night so she can fill her belly with Mommy's milk...again.      These are the good times. My husband is working overtime again this week. He does what he has to do to make sure his family is taken care of, but I wish he didn't have to work so much.      These are the good … [Read more...]

A Surrendered Marriage Challenge

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Do you have areas in your marriage that you wish could be improved?  Do you and your spouse have any issues that you just can't seem to work out on your own? Well, I am certainly no marriage expert; but I am certain of one thing - every marriage could be improved by the simple habit of prayer. This is something that has been brought to my attention time and time again lately, but it's still something that I personally feel I need to work on.  Sure, I pray for my husband, but I could do it with so much more intentional direction and focus. That's why I'm joining the Surrendered … [Read more...]

When Life Hands you Lemons…God’s Making Something Beautiful

Sometimes life isn't easy.  Sometimes "life" hands us more lemons than we can handle on our own. We are always told that when "life hands us lemons, make lemonade", right?  Well what happens when you don't have the strength to make lemonade.  What happens when life hands you so many lemons that all you can do is sit and cry.  At times like these, it's time to hand your lemons over to God.  It's time to let Him take the lemons and make something far better than lemonade. When we are overwhelmed...when our minds can't comprehend what we're facing...when nothing makes sense and crying our … [Read more...]

When You’re Feeling Love-Dry {A Date with Jesus}

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Written by Ashlie, Contributing Writer We all crave, want it, and need it - unconditional, unabashed and crazy love. But, let's be honest. Despite our best efforts, many times we come up dry. Even the most doting husband or most romantic Valentine's date can't fill us in a way that lasts. Life rolls in, bills pile up, trials ensue, and it becomes difficult to uncover the glorious in the mundane. There have been times in my marriage when I have been up to my eyeballs in scripture, marriage books, and prayer trying to bring the spark back into our relationship. During one of those … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season to Sing and Let Your Heart Be Touched

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As I sit here listening to a favorite Christmas song of mine by Steven Curtis Chapman, I am finding it very difficult to put into words what I am feeling. The song is called All I Really Want for Christmas, and it has always touched a very soft and tender spot in my heart.  I honestly can’t listen to it without tearing up and feeling a hurt in my heart for the millions of children who will spend Christmas day (as well as every other day of the year) without a family to call their own.  Listen and Let Your Heart Be Moved Please listen to this song and let your heart be touched for … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate His Birth

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Joy to the world!  The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King! Let every heart Prepare Him room And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and heaven and nature sing. What is Christmas? Is it decorating trees with bright lights and shiny ornaments?  What about the catchy Christmas music that plays in all the stores?  Is it exchanging gifts with those we love?  Could the true meaning of Christmas be something more than all of this? The funny thing is, I’ve known from a young age what the true meaning of Christmas is - a time for us to celebrate the birth of … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season to Serve: 7 Practical Ways to Serve Others This Christmas

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I’m so excited to announce a 4-week series for each Monday until Christmas: ‘Tis the Season! I’ll be joining Erin @ The Humbled Homemaker and Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace in discussing the true meaning of Christmas. Today our topic is ‘Tis the Season to Serve. Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year.  On top of the normal, everyday duties, there is also extra shopping to do, gifts to wrap, food to make, decorations to put up, and parties to attend. Whew…just thinking about it can wear me out! With all of the busy-ness of the season, it’s no wonder that serving others can … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

On this day that our nation has set aside as a day of Thanksgiving, I pray that you will find true joy in all of God’s blessings. I am fortunate enough to be able to spend the day surrounded by my amazing family.  We’re starting the day out with our traditional pumpkin pancake breakfast, enjoying a lazy afternoon, and then having a feast tonight with extended family.  I am so thankful for all that I have been blessed with! No matter how you are spending your Thanksgiving, I hope that you are able to feel God’s blessings and give Him thanks! So, from my family to yours…HAPPY … [Read more...]

Finding Fulfillment in Everyday Tasks: The Most Important Little Things

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Sometimes, I get very discouraged with how my days are spent.  I spend the majority of my time each day changing diapers, cleaning up spills and messes, playing peek-a-boo, cooking, and cleaning.  I’m sure you know the drill. All of these “non-important” jobs often seem tedious and almost meaningless to me.  Mundane tasks have a way of wearing on me, and to be honest there are days that I have a hard time getting through my everyday chores.  I would rather be out changing the world, than wiping little handprints off the coffee table. I want to make a difference in this world.  I want to … [Read more...]

Imagine With Me…

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Imagine with me for a moment, a world in which Christ had never lived…a world in which He never arose from the grave. Imagine with me for a moment, the hopeless state that we would be living in…the fear of an unknown future. Imagine with me for a moment, how different your life would be…how different the whole world would be! The point is this.  If Christ had not sacrificed His life for us, what meaning would our lives have?  What would we have to live for?  What hope would we have for the future, for our children, for our world? Lucky for us, this is something that we never … [Read more...]