Why You Should Consider Taking the Mercy Challenge

“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Lamentations 3:22-23 is one of my favorite verses. His faithfulness poured out for me. Never-ending.

Even as I can’t fathom such a thing, I also can’t get enough of it. 

I find its meaning especially rich after a day in which I’ve been stubborn, self-serving, or self-righteous. 

At the end of one of those days, I imagine God pulling out new mercies from His bottomless pocket. Sprinkling them down to completely cover me.

And then, sometimes I wonder why He continues to do it.

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Why Such Great Mercy?

Have you ever pondered the same question?

Day after day, we receive new mercies (thank God, because I certainly need them).

Day after day, God pardons our sins. He forgives our disobedience and obstinate hearts.

Why does He continue to put up with us?

Why does a God of justice give us yet another chance?

Why does a righteous God not tire of our willfulness and sprinkle His mercies on someone more deserving (besides the fact that no one is deserving)?

The beauty of this promise of mercy is that it is for all His children regardless of what we do or why we do it.

If we are His children, washed in the blood of Jesus, then His mercies are ours. Unconditionally!

Why? Because He loves us.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

He doesn’t ask what we’ve done or why we’ve done it. He doesn’t wait until we are good enough. 

God forgives. He offers grace. Because He loves us. Period.

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My Kind of Mercy

Contrast that to my kind of mercy. It’s a kind with reservations. My, he-did-this-so-I-can’t-forgive kind of mercy. My holding-a grudge-because-I’ve-been-wronged kind of mercy.

Not really mercy at all. 

What if the Lord offered that kind of mercy? Forgiveness that has conditions, that requires being good enough or doing the right things. 

Psalm 130:3-4 affords the answer: 

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
(Psalm 130:3)

Consider that. What if the Lord “kept a record of sins” when considering our salvation?  

The Hebrew word for “kept a record of,” ṯiš·mōr, means keep, mark, observe. In other words, take note, remember. 

Oh my, if God would consider our sins, keep them, take note of them, we would have no hope!

But praise the Lord, we do have hope! 

But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm 130:4

In Christ, there is always forgiveness for the repentant.

Forgiveness for us, and forgiveness for us to extend to others, sans conditions. 

Mercy Challenge

So how about it? Do you, like me, need to get better at offering mercy?

Are you ready to take the #mercychallenge with me?

Let’s try it this week. Let’s you and me try offering true, unconditional mercy this week. 

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To serve without asking why we should or why the individual deserves it. 

To empathize, put yourself in another’s shoes, not criticize. 

To love unconditionally. 

Because love is what we are commanded to give…

…and how is it love to place conditions on mercy?

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 

Reflections: What’s one way you can show true mercy today? I’ll go first in the comments, then you can join in. 

I’m thrilled to link up with Suzie Eller for #livefree Thursday and this week’s prompt, “when mercy is all I have.” I love these special linkups. They provide an abundance of great inspiration and encouragement all in one place. Click on the images below to check them out.

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Step Out in Confidence When Uncertainty Threatens

There’s nothing quite like a child’s first steps. She’s been practicing for some time and has finally gathered the courage to let go.

But before long, her balance wavers and her confidence gives out. She plops back to the floor, only to soon try it again. 

It is both beautiful and heartrending to watch. 

Rachel learning to walk.

Rachel learning to walk.

It takes a measure of courage to risk the bumps and bruises that come with learning to take those next steps. Some children take longer than others to become bold enough to give it another try. 

They have to believe that eventually their legs will hold them and balance will come. 

Practicing Faith

And just like a child has to continue practicing in order to grow to be a confident walker, so we have to practice our faith in order to become a more confident Christian. 

It’s not enough to just sing “I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N.” You must live your faith—learn to trust God’s provisions in spite of how things look. 

And sometimes that means stepping out without all the answers.

Stepping Out in Confidence

The young shepherd-boy David didn’t try to find the logic of going against the giant Goliath with no armor and only 5 stones (1 Samuel 17). He trusted God to be His armor and make His weapons powerful. 

It’s when you step out in faith, in the face of giants and mountains, in the midst of the unknowns and uncertainties, that you really see the faithfulness and power of our Lord. 

Unbelief

It’s relatively easy to believe Jesus when things are going well. Our “unbelief” tends to catch up to us when things look differently than we expect. 

The disciples found this when they came face-to-face with a particularly unruly demon. They had previously cast out many demons in Christ’s name; however, this one wouldn’t budge.

In frustration, they took the problem to Jesus.

“Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.‘” Matthew 17:19-21

Some versions use “little faith” instead of “unbelief,” but the points the same: the disciples lacked confidence in what they hoped for and assurance about what they could not see (Hebrews 11:1). 

Oh, my “unbelief” rears its ugly head from time to time too. 

But the Lord has already proven faithful: in our salvation as well as in providing His graces each and every day. We can trust Him with it all.

But on occasion our sin-nature will still weasel it’s way into our heads and hearts. The disciples faced it, all the heroes of the faith faced it (Hebrews 11), all contemporary saints face it and will until we reach our glory.

Yet God will provide here and now.

So when doubt and unbelief creep in, my friends, fall to your knees before the Lord. Admit your weakness. Ask Him to strengthen your faith. 

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Your Faith Is Enough; Believe Him

He will do it. God will cast out our demons, overcome our giants, and move aside our mountains according to His mighty and perfect plan.

 

Jesus says even faith the size of a mustard seed is enough. If you are a baptized child of God, He’s already granted that.

But the question is, do you believe it? 

“Jesus said to him, ‘Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.'” John 20:29

Reflections: How has “unbelief” affected your Christian witness? How has God shown His faithfulness to you? 

I’m excited to continue recording blessings this year. Since beginning over 3 years ago, I’ve counted more than 3,500 gifts in Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare! What a blessing! So here we go in 2015: #3723–3743, read my entire list by clicking here.

  • Short-sleeve weather; Spring winds; Cuteness of the pouty mouth of my girl when she knows she’s done wrong
  • Little everyday blessings: *Undeserved adoration from a pet; *Rach’s love for a decade-old trike; *Jet trail far overhead
  • There is awesomeness found even in a “getting-through” kind of day: *Lenten potato bar for great food and fellowship; *Rich palette of colors seen (there every day); *A listening ear
  • New (more reliable?) Internet service; Attending our school’s Parade of Bands–amazing progression from 5th through 12th grade; Blessing of being friendly–try it, it’ll lift your spirits
  • *Drive time to pray and think uninterrupted; *Being a member of an advisory team to help parents navigate the special education process; *Ending day relaxing to, and being moved by, worship music
  • *Interacting with the nicest store clerk–couldn’t help but leave the store with a smile on my face; *Afternoon spent with my hubby; *Godiva chocolates to celebrate the day
  • Bundled up warm listening to sleet bounce off the window; Perspective that the past offers; Getting to do life with my people

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Slam the Door on Worry

“Worry is a thin stream of fear that trickles through the mind, which, if encouraged, will cut a channel so wide that all other thoughts will be drained out.”
—Author unknown

I like to know what lies ahead before starting down a path. Sometimes, though, God directs me through unknown territory. The twists and turns of the way are unclear. 

But one thing is clear: God always walks along. 

Worry is a thin stream of fear...

Then why do I still worry? 

Worry 

Recently, I committed to attending She Speaks 2015, an annual conference put on by Proverbs 31 Ministries to inspire and equip Christian writers, speakers, and ministry leaders.  I’m both thrilled with the opportunity and hesitant at the responsibility.

Three years ago I attended the same conference, and came away informed and emboldened (read about it here). Yet now, as then, I am tempted to worry about many things.

  • whether family logistics will all work out (arrangements for the children; flights and hotel rooms)
  • whether I will be able to pull together a valid speech to present for critiquing
  • whether I have anything worth saying as I write a book proposal to present to publishers and agents 
  • whether God really said yes or I forced the situation
  • whether I have what it takes to do something with this opportunity

Whenever we embark on an adventure that varies from our current reality, anxiety likes to surface. We forget as God directs, so He goes.

He doesn’t just drop us off to fend for ourselves. We are never in any of this alone. 

So just because worry comes knocking, does not mean it has to be entertained. 

Exchange Worry for Peace

Anxiety and worry zap passion and purpose right out of an opportunity, robbing us of our ability to see things in a productive way.

And although worrying is a natural human response to the unknown, God offers a supernatural alternative to it: His peace. 

We only need to lean into His offering. 

That’s right, when worry threatens, as it will at some point, send it away by leaning into God’s peace.

Here’s how:

  1. Pray. Seek God and His strength. Search for the Lord and for His strength; seek His face always” (Psalm 105:4).
  2. Ask the Lord for help. Lay your concerns before the God of the universe. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). 
  3. Give thanks in all. In the obvious blessings and the not so obvious, the Lord is still there, He’s still working. Worship Him with thanksgiving. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
  4. Trust Him in the beginning, middle, and end … on the entire journey. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:13)

Walk in His Peace

Three years ago, I arrived at She Speaks 2012, excited yet uncertain I should be there. God met me in my need. 

I left convinced that He had a purpose for my writing ministry and convicted to take the next step in obedience. 

God will provide for this adventure as He had for the last. He alone knows all that will come from it. 

And He will continue to provide in each of our journeys, day by day. He is faithful to meet us in our coming and our going.

He only asks that we take the next step in obedience.  

It’s not nearly as easy to practice as it is to type. But the Holy Spirit will help.

So, in whatever the Lord lays on your heart, seek Him first, and then walk confidently in His leading. 

When we trust in our own strength, worry is certain, but trust in the Lord and peace will be our constant companion. 

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself.” Matthew 6:33-34

Reflections: What path is God asking you to walk down in obedience? What have you done to send away the worry that threatens to follow?

As I spend the next few months preparing for this next leg of my journey, I’d appreciate your prayers. 

I’m thrilled to link up with Suzie Eller for #livefree Thursday and this week’s prompt, “Why worry?” I love these special linkups. They provide an abundance of great inspiration and encouragement all in one place. Click on the images below to check them out.

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Forgiveness Is Yours; Accept It

“I’ll never be a non-stumbler. I’ll be a forgiven stumbler, but never a non-stumbler.”
∼TobyMac

Too often I wring my hands in discouragement as once again, despite all my good intentions, I slip into self-pleasing behavior instead of God-pleasing.

And in that place, I tend to carry around guilt and condemnation, asking scathing questions:

“As a Christian who loves the Lord, shouldn’t I be past this?”

“What is wrong with me?”

“How can God love me when I continue to mess up?”

Maybe you find yourself asking the same questions. 

You and I are in good company in the struggles with our flesh. 

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In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul wrote passionately about his conflict with his sin nature. 

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” Romans 7:15, 18b-19

Does this sound like your own battle? 

Forgiveness, a Gift

In her book Embrace Grace, Author and speaker Liz Curtis Higgs offers us comfort based on God’s truth. She reminds us that condemnation has been removed for all who are in Christ, not as a result of any good thing we’ve done, but because of the best thing Jesus Christ did for us.

I love how she puts it:

“With God, it’s always Christmas.
And always Easter.
The gift of his Son’s birth.
The gift of his Son’s blood.”

Forgiveness, a gift, for you and me, for all who believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior … even when we mess up.

We don’t have to wait until we have it altogether. We don’t have to get our act together first. God invites us to “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). 

Messy.

Weary. 

Hesitant.

Sinner. 

but

Forgiven!

What a glorious act! The Master of all, the Creator of the universe Himself, forgiving me and you. Dirty and stained we arrive, white as snow we will be.  

No, we shouldn’t be happy when we stumble, but we should be ecstatic that in our stumbling, we are forgiven.  

God promises; so go ahead, believe Him, accept His forgiveness. It’s yours; a gift that cost the Giver much. 

We all are stumblers, but in Christ, we all are forgiven stumblers. In that state, join me in echoing Paul’s words of freedom: 

“Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:25

Reflections: Have you found it difficult to accept God’s forgiveness? How would you define a “forgiven stumbler”? 

I’m excited to continue recording blessings this year. Since beginning over 3 years ago, I’ve counted more than 3,500 gifts in Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare! What a blessing! So here we go in 2015: #3702–3722, read my entire list by clicking here.

  • My understanding family as I scrambled today; Having one of my big guys home; Fun of a brainstorming session playing with words
  • An afternoon of outside play; Rach finally bonding with our dog after 6 years; A little mud play for my girl
  • *Hiking with two of my favorite guys; *Spying on our resident eagle; *Rachel initiated joining church youth group for the first time–she insisted Mom shouldn’t go with her!
  • *Morning sun’s rays warming the couch; *Breaking out Rachel’s tricycle for a walk; *Bubbling sound of pre-spring runoff
  • *The grocery store is packed with food for me to purchase; *My church doors are open for me to enter throughout the day; *My children are healthy enough to laugh and play
  • 3 hen pheasants flying over the prairie; Parsnips dug and ate and magnolia trees moved; Night of games on the eve of Zach’s return to college
  • 5 hours of undivided time with Zach as I returned him to school; Lovely color palette of the evening sky; Brilliance of a cityscape at night

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Words of Empowerment for When You Feel Inadequate {printable}

My frustration grew. The school van drew near, yet my daughter struggled to get dressed because her fingers kept slipping through the holes in her shirtsleeves (yes, believe it or not, manufactured holes!).

No matter how much I coached and reminded, she just couldn’t seem to keep from slipping into those holes.

Wow, can I relate!

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I seem to slip into holes daily. Holes of anger. Holes of criticism. Holes of jealousy. Holes of self-absorption. Holes of failure.

All, holes of inadequacy. 

You see, I walk an insecurity tightrope. There are moments sandwiched between other segments of time when I actually feel capable and confident, secure in the Lord’s strength and support. 

Yet, if I’m honest, more often than not, I slip into feeling inadequate for the roles to which I’m called. 

  • There are far more kind, gentle, and giving mothers. 
  • I’m not nearly bold enough to be a leader or generous enough to be an encourager. 
  • As a Christian, I’m far too self-absorbed to make a good disciple. Oh, I love the Lord, but I am desperately lacking in the “living for Him” life. 
  • And as far as my other roles, I’m forgetful, impatient, and an introvert of sorts. 

But I know that when we are weak, He is strong for us. 

I know that where we lack, God adds. 

I know that in my inadequacy is found His abundance. 

Replace Inadequacy with Empowerment

So let’s replace those words of inadequacy with the Lord’s words of empowerment. 

In Christ,

I am not a failure; I am a conqueror (Romans 8:37).

I am not a mess-up; I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I am not worthless; I am forgiven and redeemed (Colossians 1:13).

I am not abandoned; I am a child of God (John 1:12). 

I am not a mistake; I am His workmanship, fearfully and wonderfully made (Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 139:14).

I am not weak; I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).

I am not irrelevant; I am appointed (John 15:16).

I am not inadequate; I am empowered (Acts 1:8).

I am not condemned; I am saved (Romans 6:23).

I am not___________; in Christ, I am __________ (Matthew 19:26).

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God Is Enough and That Is Enough

No, in and of myself, I’m not enough. At the risk of sounding mean, neither are you. 

After 20 years of mothering, I still don’t get it. After 25 years of marriage, I still muddle through. After 33 years of knowingly following the Lord, I still struggle regularly with walking well as a Christian.

However, I’ve been living in grace long enough to know that I’m not supposed to be enough. God is enough. He handles our inadequacy for us.  

I don’t always see that. I don’t always feel that. But I know it to be true. 

And for now that is enough. 

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39

Reflections: What areas of your life do you battle the feeling of inadequacy? How would you fill in a blank phrase of empowerment in Christ: “I am not___________; in Christ, I am __________. “?

I’m thrilled to link up with Suzie Eller for #livefree Thursday and this week’s prompt, “Shame-less.” I love these special linkups. They provide an abundance of great inspiration and encouragement all in one place. Click on the images below to check them out.

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Find Peace in the Midst of the Messy (Michele Cushatt’s Undone book review & giveaway)

More often than not, life doesn’t roll the way we expect.

Yet some of us (yes, I’m guilty), try to force it to conform to our belief of how it should be. We try to control the inner workings and the outcomes.

We wear ourselves out by trying to reconcile our idea of what should be to the reality of what is.

We foolishly think we can improve upon God’s plan for our story, failing to trust that He has a hand in the good and bad of our days.

We believe God is sovereign and capable, just maybe not in the middle of our mess.

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That reliance on ourselves to “handle it” prevents us from experiencing God’s daily grace and inevitably leads to fear as things seemingly spiral out of control.

As Author Michele Cushatt puts it in her new memoir, she turned “God into Santa Claus, a childish fantasy and a work of fiction. I still believed in him. I just didn’t believe him. I didn’t count on him to be the powerful, rescuing, interested God in the middle of my crisis. Mine was a belief that looked good on paper, but didn’t work itself out in reality. And flimsy belief gives birth to fear, not courage.”

Michele’s not the only one who has viewed God as that jolly bearded man. How many of us do the same?

It’s easy to fall into the trap of trusting God for our salvation but trusting ourselves to get us through each day. Eventually, though, we get to the end of ourselves.

Undone, the Book 

Undone, Michele Cushatt

Michele’s timeless book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life, takes us on a 2-year journey where she comes to that end. Where she eventually discovers that complicated can be beautiful, joy can replace fear, and the unexpected is really an invitation for adventure.

Her memoir chronicles a journey through cancer as well as unexpected turns in motherhood and marriage. Yet, this book is not just about the author.

Michele’s story is our own. A story of unexpected twists and turns in a messy life and the faithfulness of a sovereign and loving God.

In all honesty, the events in Undone at times feel disjointed as references to cancer surgeries and doctor calls pop in to set up the next scene. The jumping around in time left me a bit confused. How many cancer diagnoses? Where did the littles fit in the timeline?

But then again, I guess that is often how real life seems.

Michele Cushatt’s memoir is vulnerable, captivating, relevant, and inspiring. I found myself nodding along as she described yet another scene of being undone.

Find Peace

Not just a book on surviving cancer or the messiness of parenting, Undone is a treasury of experiences that all point to one eventual realization, there is beauty and peace to be found not in conquering this difficult and messy life, but in the midst of it.

A gifted writer, Michele led me into her story and showed me how it applied to mine. Her thoughts and revelations matched what I’ve felt but didn’t have the words to express. The lessons she has learned through her unexpectedly messy life, although gleaned while walking a vastly different path, still somehow parallel each of ours.

She writes raw and honest, with profound insights.

“Somewhere in my thirty-nine years, my love affair with this life had eclipsed my anticipation of the next. Living had become my idol, more the object of my worship than the Lifegiver himself….To think only of heaven is to miss out on the gift of life. And to dwell on this life is to miss out on the grandeur–and anticipation–of what is yet to come.”

Throughout this journey with Michele, I rejoiced in her break-throughs and wept in her struggles.

And coming out the other end of the book, I found my spirit emboldened to embrace this adventure God has planned for me. Not in a naive, whatever-will-be-will-be way, but in a real, vulnerable, let-go-and-trust-the-Almighty-Provider one.

Undone has ignited in me a desire to allow myself to experience life, not control it. To allow myself to enjoy the adventure God’s leading me on. To trust Him with both my forever and my now.

To invite God in to “show me [His] glory.”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Reflections: Where in the messiness of your life is God showing you His glory?

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I’m excited to continue recording blessings this year. Since beginning over 3 years ago, I’ve counted more than 3,500 gifts in Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare! What a blessing! So here we go in 2015: #3681–3701, read my entire list by clicking here.

  • Friends that are stepping in when needed; Comfort of chicken noodle soup; Service providers who help out with Rachel when I need a break
  • *Box of tissues: the greatest invention of all according to my youngest son (who has a cold); *Receiving a lovely birthday necklace from my oldest son; *When I vented some frustration over a computer issue, Rachel pulled a cross out of her toys and held it out to me–she knows what matters most
  • Rachel’s accomplishment of stringing together a sentence on her communication device–of course we had to play; Sun glinting off treetop ice; Singing “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” in church tonight
  • *Attracting birds with our suet feeder; *Night out with my man; *Full moon illuminating snow-covered fields
  • *Bent toothbrush to fit in little mouths; *Late lunch with a Chicago friend; *Safe travels getting Zachary home from college for a week
  • *Great jazz performance by Joey’s middle school band; *Long hike to see mama eagle incubating her eggs; *Full moon, brilliant through the trees
  • Smiles on the faces of so many Special Olympians; Amazing young lady helping Rach at Special Olympics; Sound of laughter as the boys hang out with friends

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Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's BLESSINGS to get lost in its HAPPENINGS. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 10:9).

May the posts and pages on this site offer you a measure of peace and encouragement.

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“I have learned to kiss the wave that slams me into the Rock of Ages.”— C. H. Spurgeon

One Word 2015

One Word 2015

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One Word 2014

One Word 2013

One Word 2013
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