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If I Were 25 Again….

My first child was born just a few weeks after I turned 25. He is quickly approaching 14. I now have to reach UP to hug him. He has the beginnings of a moustache. And when I’m in another room and hear his voice, I think it’s my husband or my brother talking. Yes, the […]

How to Stand Firm in Your Convictions

The Girl Next Door has decided to: homeschool put her kids in public school quit her job go back to work switch to all organic foods start clipping coupons swear off Facebook, blogs and social media start her own blog dedicated to her passion hire a housecleaner fire her housecleaner and start doing the work […]

Laughing at the Days to Come

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. — Proverbs 31:25 Traditionally, I’ve been a worry wart. I’ve gotten better with age. I’ve seen some hard things. I’ve cried tears. While the “worst” hasn’t happened, enough hard stuff has come our way and we’ve survived it, that I’m […]

Having Faith for Motherhood

A few weeks ago I had the chance to attend a conference solely devoted to motherhood. Sally Clarkson was the main speaker. And while I knew only a small handful of the other moms in attendance, it was pretty amazing to be in a large auditorium surrounded by women who wanted to be better moms. […]

Songs that Pull My Thoughts to God

photo source: D Sharon Pruitt Music can do such wonderful things for your soul. It can soothe the anxious heart. It can motivate one to get moving. It can turn our thoughts toward God in worship. Some of my favorites: Your Name by Paul Baloche Everlasting God by Brenton Brown Hosanna by Paul Baloche Mighty […]

Resting in Him

photo source Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. — Matthew 11:28 I’ve struggled recently with injustice. Not against me, per se. But, I’ve been reading and hearing about things that just don’t make sense. Children hurt or hungry. Laws that go unenforced. Criminals that go […]

Pressing On

photo source Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what […]

Be Like The Flowers of the Field – Don’t Worry

photo source Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. […]