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How To Best Support One Another (be honest)

“I’ve always thought you had it all together.” My incredulous look followed her into the sanctuary. Me? Having it all together? I’m the one who forgot her son at church … not once, but two Sundays in a row. I’m

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Be Comforted in Your Pain (you are never alone)

“Don’t let them hurt me!” My young son’s words broke my heart. Although his immunizations were necessary, it wasn’t easy to listen to his cries. Through my nearly 23 years of parenting, I’ve found myself in the doctor’s office countless

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Why I Count Blessings (remembering His love)

Why is it so hard to walk in God’s love for us? Instead we give into fear and desperation.  What believer (or even nonbeliever) hasn’t heard it … God loves you? We all have. It’s often the first thing you will hear or read

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Experience God’s Peace in All Its Fullness

Who among us doesn’t script for ourselves a life of relative ease and unending happiness? I’m certainly guilty.  Yet the years never unfold according to our perfectly laid plans. From scary diagnoses to financial burdens to strained relationships, life has

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The Thing To Do When You Feel Lost at Sea While Still on Land

I wonder how many others feel the way I do. Adrift. Like I’m walking in a fog. A bit uncertain of the direction I am to go. I’m tempted to give into doing what I’ve been doing. Running on the crazy

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Sometimes Pressing Pause Is Necessary

I’m hitting the pause button.  I hope you had a joy-filled, Christ-focused Christmas: one of awe and wonder as you reflected on the immensity of God becoming a human baby. All so you and I could live with Him forever!

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Grace Delivered in the Birth of Christ (Merry Christmas!)

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”  Luke 2:11 The Good News! Grace has been delivered in the Babe. The Prince of Peace. The Lamb of God.  The

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Jesus Reigns in Our Mess (A Christmas Confession) #AdventReflections

I expected this Christmas to be different. I planned for this Christmas to be different. To be quieter … simpler … slower.  And then life kicked in with a vengeance. The busyness of the holidays — no, my own ideas

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Messy Is Real, but One Day Only Beauty Will Remain #AdventReflections

It’s all messy, but one day only beauty will remain. This is the week serene images of the first Christmas will be displayed everywhere. They will feature Mary, the mother of Jesus, Joseph the Christ-child’s adoptive father, shepherd and wise

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Put Down the Bonds: Jesus Came To Set You Free! #AdventReflections

I have a tendency to imprison myself—to become shackled by my own expectations. I tie my worth to my accomplishments. I attach my holiness and righteousness to my outward actions. I align my happiness with my situation.  Be Free It’s one reason I

Posted in Advent Reflections, Freedom, surrender

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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 12:9).

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