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Tears Water the Soil of Our Hearts

A natural crier, I often wish I could stop up the tears that seem to come so easily. Yet maybe it’s the tears we shed that water our parched hearts, preparing them to receive the seeds of growth God plants.

Posted in Daily Living, Disability/Special Needs

Hope for When You’re in a Hard Place

Many of the hardest things in life prove to be the most valuable. It’s Hard! I once thought parenting would be easy. It’s not. Lately I’ve been thinking about how truly inadequate I feel for this job, even after nearly 23

Posted in Christian walk, Daily Living, mothers, Parenting, Perspective, Uncategorized

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 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

Posted in Christian walk, Daily Living, Ministry, Purpose

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!

Posted in Christian walk, Daily Living

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

When You Want to do Great and Glorious Things (Delight God)

Can I be honest with you? I have a history of feeling I’ve not done enough or not done something well enough. In response, I strive to do more. In fact, if I’m not proactive, my daily to-do list becomes miles

Posted in Christian walk, Daily Living, Faith, Worth

Find Satisfaction in Your Day

Everyday life has a way of zapping the joy and peace right out of a soul. If we’re not diligent, satisfaction will flee and we’ll be left living a hollow existence.  About a month ago, I jotted down a Scripture verse

Posted in Daily Living, joy, Peace

Why We Need To Get Rid of the Junk (in our hearts as well as our homes)

Letting junk accumulate in our hearts keeps us from living in the freedom Christ has secured.  Rummaging through my clothes pile, I frantically searched for the mate to the shoes I wanted to wear. It had disappeared into the black

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

Our Abilities Are Insufficient (why that’s okay)

A Christian’s influence should never be measured by her abilities but by God’s.  These past few weeks have provided ample opportunity for me to experience my shortcomings in full color.  I’ve struggled with major overload trying to juggle kid’s school events, doctor

Posted in Daily Living, Faith, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, trust

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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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