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Turn Up Your Soundtrack

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The music of a movie is what makes us brave, gives us hope, and helps us take that next step. Don’t tell me you aren’t ready to climb five million stairs when you hear the theme song from Rocky. Admit it. It just gives you courage to do an impossible thing.

The music — what you hear while the action is going on — can change your interpretation of the scene. It changes how you feel about what’s going on.

Maybe the music playing in this scene of your life is a bit ominous, maybe it’s a bit sad, maybe it’s just too quiet.

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda: It

Tomorrow we celebrate the glory of Jesus’ resurrection, his triumph over sin and death. Not only are we freed to live a life worthy of the hope and calling of God, but we know that death cannot hurt us once this life is over. We can live eternally with Him. That’s big. I am humbled […]

9 Ways to Lean Godward This Week

9 ways to lean Godward

This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps support this site. So thanks! We are entering Holy Week, a special time set aside to think of Jesus’ long […]

Leaning Godwards

windmill sky

Years ago, we memorized “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” as a family. So cute to hear my kids lisp those words. Part of a mostly “praise song” tradition, I found the memorizing of hymns to be fascinating, especially so when I learned old, albeit archaic vocabulary and sentence structure. As a language student, I […]

Turn Your Failures into Victories

Turn Your Failures into Victories

From the archives: I tend to be the optimistic/Pollyanna type of person. (You’ve figured that out already, huh?) I can dream big dreams and envision such fun, exciting projects. Sometimes, those big dreams don’t exactly come to fruition, though. And when they don’t? Oh my. Stand back. Because you’re gonna have one disappointed girl on […]

He’s in the “What If”

rainbow and cross

Late Friday I found myself in the car, running errands about town in the rain. We’ve had heavy rain for two days now which is a total blessing, especially in light of the drought we have going here. I hate to say it, but Californians drive like idiots in the rain. I was born and […]

The Importance of Face Time

The Importance of Face Time - "the real life, spending time with your child doing something for fun" kind of Face Time.

Last week’s highlight for FishChick5 was when FishPapa took both girls on a Daddy-Daughter Date at Chick-Fil-A. Their evening included table service, flowers, live music, the gift of a silver bracelet, and a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. It made quite the impression on FishChick5. She talked about it all the following day, all the […]

You’re Defined by Your Love

treasure heart

There are all kinds of pressures and challenges in this life. If you spend your days in the workplace, you might know the struggle of balancing work and home responsibilities. If you’re in the church, you might struggle with the spoken (and unspoken) expectations folks have of what a wife and mom should be. If […]