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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

When Serving Is a Chore Instead of a Delight

How often do I agree to do something for someone and then walk away muttering about it? How often do you?  Our exchange wasn’t that different from the many my husband and I have each day. Yet for some reason,

Posted in Christian walk, Daily Living, Freedom, love, Reflect Christ, Serving

The Ultimate Freedom To Celebrate

In the United States, people celebrate  the 4th of July with great intentionality and fervor. Annual traditions form around it. Get-togethers are planned from one year to the next.  Patriotic decorations and clothing, as well as fireworks, are purchased. Plans are made

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

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

Find the Strength to Take the Next Step (review)

Deep, dark sorrow met me as a twenty-something. In the loss of my baby’s life, I refused to believe there was any hope left. So I remained frozen in my grief.  Weary and disillusioned, I couldn’t take the next step, the

Posted in Freedom, Hope, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Struggles, Suffering

This is So Hard, but Necessary to Live Free!

This, my friends, is so hard! In fact in our culture, choosing to store up heavenly treasures instead of earthly is often met with ridicule. But, oh, is it freeing!  I’m talking about detaching ourselves from “stuff.” I’m talking about leaving the comparison game

Posted in Christian walk, Daily Living, Freedom

How To Be Generous and Joyful Even Though You’re Miserable

I’m an emotional person; I cry easily (thanks Mom!). In fact, after I hit send on a short email recently, I began to weep. No, it wasn’t a sad or difficult email. Really, it just said “You’re welcome. :)” So

Posted in Freedom, Grace, joy, One Thousand (or more) Gifts

Love Well: Emulating Jesus’ Ultimate Sacrifice in Honor of the Service Men and Women Who Never Came Home

“Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16 It’s easy to say we love. Even if we don’t like using the word “love” itself,

Posted in Freedom, love, Sacrifice

Forgiveness Is Yours; Accept It

“I’ll never be a non-stumbler. I’ll be a forgiven stumbler, but never a non-stumbler.” ∼TobyMac Too often I wring my hands in discouragement as once again, despite all my good intentions, I slip into self-pleasing behavior instead of God-pleasing. And

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

A Sure Way to Become Spiritually Depleted and 2 Ideas to Help Avoid It

Overfilling our days: We see others do it and often do it ourselves. And just as a suitcase eventually bursts at the seams (zippers) when overpacked, something will give in our lives too if we continually stuff. Often it’s our spiritual

Posted in Daily Living, Fear, Freedom, Uncategorized, 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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