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Hope Can Be Found in Even the Darkest Days (‘Hope Prevails’ Book Review/Giveaway)

“When walking in the valley, the only way out is up. He is our only path out of our despair.” ~Dr. Michelle Bengtson, Hope Prevails Some of us find ourselves trudging in deep valleys, others journey through shallower ones. Regardless,

Posted in Book review, giveaway, Hope

A Surprising Suggestion for When You Are Unable To Move Forward in an Area

Sometimes to move forward you must step back, occasionally even step aside.  Paralyzed You may have noticed I’ve been rather quiet on this blog for a while now. It’s not that I don’t want to encourage you.  In fact it

Posted in Christian walk, trust, Writing

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

What Faith in God Brings To My Life (and can bring to yours)

In the hard parts of my days, I often find myself saying, “I don’t know how people do it without faith in God.”  But what do I really mean by that? What does faith in a living, breathing, almighty Creator who

Posted in Christian walk, Faith

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

Grace Delivered in the Birth of Christ (Merry Christmas!)

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”  Luke 2:11 The Good News! Grace has been delivered in the Babe. The Prince of Peace. The Lamb of God.  The

Posted in Christmas, Hope, Jesus Christ

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

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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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