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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

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

Experience the Fullness of God

“Mom did much of the leg work for me. She really did a lot.” Tears sprang to his mama’s eyes as this 6-ft-something 17 year old praised her efforts on his behalf. He didn’t directly thank her. He didn’t have

Posted in Gratitude, Guest post, guest posting, Thankfulness

The Value of This Moment (don’t miss it!)

Whatever it looks like, the moment I’m in has value. When will I remember that? Up to my elbows in suds, I silently huffed about  the lack of help I had around the house during this season. With the older two away

Posted in Blessings, Daily Living, Gratitude, Growth, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Perspective, Thankfulness

The Key to Experiencing Increased Joy

It’s sad how when something is “bad,” it’s bad enough, but when something is “good,” it’s never good enough. Why can’t we accept the gifts as the sweet blessings they are?  Negative Mindset “Enjoy the beautiful sunshine,”the clerk encouraged. “I will,”

Posted in Gratitude, Jesus Christ, joy, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Thankfulness

Why You Need a Re-Attitude Plan of Action

Some weeks you wish you could do over or skip altogether. I’m not sure which category last week fell into, but it wasn’t easy. For most of January my daughter has not been feeling her best. Her school behavior has

Posted in Redemption, Struggles, Thankfulness, Worship

Being Shaken Up and Stirred: Why It’s a Good Thing

No one welcomes trials, but it’s in the shaking up of our ideals and expectations where we learn to lean on someone else. It’s in being shaken up where we discover the One we can always lean on.  Agitated and in

Posted in Struggles, Suffering, Thankfulness, trust

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer (a humble sacrifice and plea)

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time of feasting, celebrating the goodness of the Lord! It’s a day for acknowledging God’s provisions in a broken and battered world. Life isn’t easy and pain-free. But the Lord is real. He is near. He is

Posted in Prayer, Thankfulness

5 Reasons To Celebrate Thanksgiving (even if it’s been a hard year)

Gratitude can get swallowed up in the bitter and hard. It can disappear in the daily grumblings and the acrid tears.  That’s why Thanksgiving Day is vital to our well-being. It focuses us in at least 5 ways:  Reminds us

Posted in Blessings, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Relationship, Thankfulness

When Lasting Peace Eludes You

What a blessing to write the 31 Days of Praise series, but it’s time to move on. If you missed any of the posts in that series, or want to reread them, just click here and enjoy!  “I don’t say

Posted in One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Peace, Praise, Thankfulness

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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).

May the posts and pages on this site offer you a measure of peace and encouragement.

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