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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

Posted in Advent Reflections, Christmas, Daily Living, Jesus Christ

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

Posted in Advent Reflections, Christmas, Jesus Christ, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Redemption

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

Discover the Beauty of the Season, Even When It’s Hard #AdventReflections (#Giveaway)

The holidays can hold great joy but also deep sorrow. What or who is missing from our lives becomes hyper clear at this time of year. Focusing on the not here makes it difficult to be joyful at a time when we should

Posted in Advent Reflections, giveaway, Gratitude, One Thousand (or more) Gifts

The One Reason We Can Face an Overwhelming Future Without Being Overcome #AdventReflections

My friend and I struggle with looking too far into our daughters’ futures. It can be frightening. She because her sweet Taylor has been given a shortened expected lifespan. Me because my sweet Rachel may well live a half century

Posted in Advent Reflections, Grace, Jesus Christ, Rachel

Come Lord Jesus, Come! Our Advent Hope #AdventReflections

Recently, I’ve been reminded anew how fragile and precious life is and how tragic this world can be. I’m struggling to process the sad reality of  young men who see no hope and end it all—most recently a friend of my

Posted in Advent Reflections, Hope, Jesus Christ, Struggles, Suffering

What You Need to Know When Life Knocks You Down #AdventReflections

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a rather strong person, a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps kind of person. Generally, I can see the next step and take it. Yet there’s been plenty of times when I’ve felt out-of-control and inadequate to handle a situation.

Posted in Advent Reflections, Endurance, Faith, Hope, Weakness

When Slow and Quiet Is Not Your Reality #AdventReflections

In the past, I jumped from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Like many, I’d bypass the intermediary season of preparation, expectation, and anticipation. Yet slowly through the years, I’ve begun to realize what I’ve been missing.  Advent specifically focuses on Christ’s “coming.” His

Posted in Advent Reflections, One Thousand (or more) Gifts

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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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