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What Suffering Is Doing for Me (and can do for you)

Suffering is simultaneously breaking me down and building me up. And it’s both incredibly hard and amazingly glorious.   On a particularly difficult Sunday, I confessed through my tears to my pastor’s wife. “I don’t know how to raise Rachel. I can’t

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For Better or Worse …. Staying Committed In Marriage and In Matters of Faith

For better or worse.  Little did my husband and I know what those words would mean when we repeated our marriage vows nearly three decades ago. Worse wasn’t just one deep valley but many strung together to become a deep

Posted in Christian walk, Endurance, Faith, Marriage

Real Hope After Pregnancy Loss (book review)

When people ask how many children I have, I still sometimes hesitate. Do I only mention the four I’ve raised over the past 23 years? Or do I include the five babies I lost in early pregnancy? Should I say

Posted in Book review, giveaway, Miscarriage

Find the Power You Need for a Chaotic Life by Being Anchored In (& a book review)

When my daughter was little, her  “after school” future seemed far away. Not so anymore. We’re likely within a half year of that future being her present (although she “graduated” with her class last year, she is still attending classes).

Posted in Book review, Christian walk, Daily Living, Disability/Special Needs, Rachel, surrender

Every Christian’s Purpose (no need to keep looking)

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”  ― Robert Bryne Have you ever questioned your worth? Your purpose? Why you were born into this world in the first place?  I have. And more than once.  What do you have

Posted in Calling, Christian walk, Christianity, Purpose, Worth

Receive Your Beautiful Inheritance – a Free Gift

“Indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance” (Psalm 16:6b). Not long ago, I passed a lady walking on the side of the road. Slim and toned, she seemed so put together.  I didn’t know her, but my mind began to taunt

Posted in Blessings, Christian walk, Daily Living, Faith, Jesus Christ, Salvation

When You Beg God To Change Your Circumstances and He Doesn’t, Remember This

If we could only remember who’s in charge … and trust.  How often we besiege God about something we desperately want! We beg Him to change our circumstances. We implore Him to bring something to fruition.  Sometimes, however, God says no

Posted in Christian walk, Faith, God's attributes, trust

Grow to Trust God Even More

God’s ways are often a mystery, but we can always trust they’re for our best.  The Lord has filled the Bible with truth and instruction, insight and encouragement. It guides, convicts, informs, directs, exposes, empowers, saves…. It endures forever.  Each

Posted in Faith, trust

The One Thing a Strong Woman Needs To Remember

The danger of being a strong woman is forgetting where our true strength lies. My hand in hers, I bent over her bed and rested my head on a pillow. I slumbered fitfully, waking often to nurses entering the room

Posted in Daily Living, Disability/Special Needs

What To Tell Yourself When You Wonder If You Are Enough

“We are all born originals—why is it so many of us die copies?” -Edward Young My early morning jog began as usual: cellphone on, earbuds in, audio version of Bible Gateway playing. Then I met her at the top of the

Posted in Christian walk, Daily Living, Worth

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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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