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Jesus is Why

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A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and he […]

Trials of Various Kinds

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Photo Source: Denis Defreyne If you keep up with me and my craziness on Facebook or on Twitter, you might already know that I’m dealing with my first (and I hope my last) mouse invasion. Not sure where he came from or when he checked into this fine establishment, but over the last few days, […]

Booking It! The July Update

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I’m hanging my head in shame this month. There’s just been so much going on that I haven’t been “booking it” as much as I thought I would. I started two books that I didn’t finish before they were due back at the library. I enjoyed the first third of My Life in France by […]

To Be More Joyful: Be a Yes Mom

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Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Ain’t that the truth? I don’t know about you, but for me, crabby can manifest itself in a […]

Sock Matching and the Mystery of the Lost Socks

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Where, oh where could their socks have gone? Where, oh where can they be? Singing the Sock Matching Blues Are you singing this song while you do laundry? I am. It’s an occupational hazard in “life as MOM.” Socks will go AWOL. I have this childhood memory of a huge duffle bag bulging with mismatched […]

Read the Bible in 90 Days?!

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Photo Source: kelsey_lovefusionphoto Reading the Bible has blessed me over the years. One of the most poignant memories I have of my time in France was a morning I spent just reading the Bible. My friends thought I was nuts that 4 hours of Bible reading would be enjoyable, but it was. Over the years, […]

True Freedom

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Photo Source: Michael Caven Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed….” John 8:34-36 May your Fourth of July […]

To Be More Joyful: Get Out of the Kitchen

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Years ago I experienced an incredibly busy day at the end of which I had a major epiphany. I found a way that helped me be more joyful than I had previously been. My to-do list had been bigger than huge, trying to get four kids packed and off to friends’ houses so that I […]