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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

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

How To Wait Well When You Don’t Like What You’re Expecting

Sometimes we struggle to wait because the excitement of what awaits consumes our thoughts. But sometimes we agonize during the wait because we dread what’s expected.  That’s when it’s difficult to wait well.  Recently my youngest son expressed the dread of

Posted in Christian walk, Hope, One Thousand (or more) Gifts

Be a Faithful Witness to Your Script: “And It Was Beautiful” (a review & giveaway)

When I stumbled on Kara Tippett’s blog several years ago, I couldn’t get enough. Drawn in by the vulnerable yet hope-filled updates of her battle with terminal cancer, I drank deep of the wisdom God imparted to her through her

Posted in Book review, Daily Living, giveaway, Hope, joy, Peace, Struggles, Suffering

Why You Should Never Suffer in Silence

By hiding our suffering, we suppress the evidence of God’s faithfulness as well. Recently a lady who is going through a terribly difficult season confessed her feeling of isolation. She said she knew others cared and at times became overwhelmed with the love

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

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

When You Feel Helpless (the beginning of healing and strength)

Getting to the end of “me” allows for the beginning of deep healing and supernatural strength. Doing It All From the very first diagnosis of a cleft palate on the day Rachel was born nearly 18 years ago, My husband and I

Posted in Hope, Rachel, Receive, Struggles, surrender, Weakness

10 Reasons for Hope in a Hopeless Situation

Read very far into my blog and you’ll know what I believe. That no matter what kind of hopeless situation you find yourself in, there is hope! That may sound a bit simplistic and out of touch with reality for some.

Posted in Faith, Hope, trust

Why We Can Have Hope in the Midst of Our Worst Circumstances

Sometimes life looks much different than we expect. Sometimes situations seem hopeless. Yet looks can be deceiving! We can have hold onto hope, even in our worst circumstances. The Worst Circumstances Job discovered this. (If you haven’t yet, you must read the

Posted in Hope, Jesus Christ, Life

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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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