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The Constant to Cling To When Facing Seasons of Change

It can be difficult to move on in the midst of life changes, but God’s a constant we can all count on.  In Iowa we have a saying about the weather: If you don’t like it, just wait a minute, it’ll change.

Posted in Change, Christian walk, Daily Living, God, God's attributes

The Best Way to Begin a New Chapter

Focusing on the promise of God’s work in our lives allows us to savor the sweetness of the past, experience the beauty of the present, and anticipate the adventure of the future.  Hard Change A bit over a month ago, my boy graduated from

Posted in Change, Freedom, One Thousand (or more) Gifts

When Change Threatens to Zap Your Joy

Change can zap your joy, until you remember what each future moment holds: more Christ.  Lately, I’ve been feeling sad more often. Plainly and simply sad. There’s no big catastrophe to bring it on. Oh sure, there are always a

Posted in Change, Daily Living, Faith, trust

The One Truth About Each Moment You Don’t Want to Miss

I couldn’t sleep. Tears flowed as I reflected on the past years with my children. Now they were flying the coop. Two off to college; the last two in high school. Vacations all different. Family dynamics skewed. No more seeing

Posted in Blessings, Change, Daily Living, Faith, Family, Parenting, trust

You Don’t Have To Be a Victim To Unexpected Change

Despite meticulous planning, some (or is it many?) days just don’t go as expected.  It’s not unusual, but it is disheartening to have a day so thrown off kilter. A morning like this one, which was flipped upside down with

Posted in Change, Daily Living, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Perspective

When It’s Time to Say Good-bye Again (A Prayer for When They Leave)

I cried when each child entered kindergarten. Sweet innocence seemed to be sneaking away. Changing Roles of Good-Bye Fast forward (and I mean fast forward!) to today and those childhood days are precious memories. Today, I sent my youngest to high

Posted in A Prayer, Change, Family, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Parenting

Walk into the Future with Confidence

Each endless hard day and each sweet lovely day melded into one glorious period of about 14 years, when nothing seemed to change. Yet in reality, everything did. Those were the years when life swirled around my four children.  Although

Posted in Change, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, trust

Remember This When Letting Go Is Too Hard

I cried and took pictures (not in that order) when my children went off to Kindergarten. In the last 15 years nothing’s changed much there, I still cry as each one moves on to a new stage. Letting go has

Posted in Change, Faith, Struggles

Questions to Ask on the Journey to a Beautiful Heart (& the Hope that Follows)

I was certain I was a good person. I knew I’d also be a good wife and a great mother.  In those early years of marriage I never thought I needed to change. And quite honestly, I didn’t want to. 

Posted in Change, Endurance, Finding Spiritual Whitespace, Growth, Hope

Everything Changes, but One Glorious Thing Never Will

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” “Prince Caspian” (1951), C.S. Lewis  Isn’t it funny how a minute can last forever, but a lifetime goes by in a blink… Me

Posted in Change, Heaven

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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).

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

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“Don’t you know that
day dawns after night,
showers displace
drought, and spring
and summer follow
winter? Then, have
hope! Hope forever, for
God will not fail you!”

— Charles Spurgeon

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