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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

Three Things to Consider When Suffering Makes an Appearance

As believers who love the Lord and long to share in His resurrection, we know we must share in His suffering as well. Most of us, though, want to choose the form our suffering will take. We plan, scheme, beg and bargain to avoid the worst of

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

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

When You Are Desperate for Jesus to Act on Your Behalf

Even when an answer to prayer is a long time coming, we can trust God is working behind the scenes. Desperate for an Answer Jesus says “ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14).  I’m asking. I’m

Posted in One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Prayer, trust

I Will, Will You? (a faith prayer)

I want to follow God wherever He asks me to go, but it can be so hard. In the middle of chaos and the weariness of life, I can forget that it’s always safe to say “I will” to God. That’s where

Posted in Faith, Prayer, 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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