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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

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

There is a Reason to Be Grateful

No matter how bad things get, there is a reason to be grateful. Recently my daughter began communicating, “Thank you, Lord,” with a combination of sign language and vocalizations. She says it often throughout a given day. However, she won’t say it

Posted in Gratitude, Thankfulness, Uncategorized

Learn the Art of Other-Centered Living (Listen, Love, Repeat review)

Proverbs 31 Ministries Author and Speaker Karen Ehman just released her new book, Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World. It’s a lovely, practical, creative guide to putting others first.  And it has a simply wonderful message: listen well

Posted in Book review, giveaway, love, Serving

When You Want Thanksgiving to Replace Your Grumbling

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” 1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV “This is so dumb! Nothing ever goes right!”   I say it, and then I duck my head, ashamed as

Posted in Gratitude, Guest post, guest posting, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Thankfulness

Dance Before the Lord (a Christian’s distinct honor)

We act like fools for our sports teams, our favorite political candidates, and even our children’s activities. Yet when it comes to rejoicing in our God we play it safe. Where we wildly celebrate a World Series win, we become anemic in our

Posted in Christian walk, Praise, Worship

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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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