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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

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

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

When You Have More Questions than Answers

Do you have a seemingly never-ending stream of questions you are seeking answers to? Me too. One question leads to another and the answers seem elusive. It’s not even the big why’s I’m trying to answer but the smaller ones: What

Posted in Christian walk, Daily Living, Faith, trust

When the Burden You’re Asked to Carry Is Far Too Heavy

Sometimes we’re tasked with carrying a burden too heavy to lift. It’s in those impossible assignments where we discover we’re not alone. Impossible Burden When God asked me to take on the job of parenting a child with special needs, I felt inadequate

Posted in Faith, Rachel, Struggles, Suffering, trust

How to be an Influencer (a lesson I didn’t want to learn)

Seven hundred women prepare to make their way to Concord, NC, this week for Proverbs 31 Ministries’ She Speaks conference (for aspiring Christian influencers). I won’t be among them. One minute I’m fine with that, the next my heart longs to be

Posted in Faith, trust

Why You Should Strike ‘Never’ from Your Vocabulary

Some things we think we could never handle. Some things we give up hope they’ll ever happen. The factor we leave out in both scenarios is God. I look at a friend who moved her family to a country in turmoil to

Posted in Christian walk, Daily Living, Faith

7 Steps to Growing a More Humble Heart

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).  I don’t think of myself as a selfish or conceited person. I’d venture to guess many of us don’t. Yet the Apostle

Posted in Daily Living, Faith, trust

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

What To Do When You Feel Inadequate and Overwhelmed

My daughter turned 18 yesterday, but I received the greater gift. Each year I do. Year after year I’m blessed with the love, joy and innocence of this precious young lady. And I’m incredibly grateful. Yet, at the same time,

Posted in 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).

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