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Three Reasons for Our Negative-Sightedness and How To Improve It

Too often all we can see are the hard things in our days–the struggles, valleys, pits, and roadblocks. Yet no matter what our circumstances, goodness and beauty are just a look away. If that’s so, why don’t we take better notice?  Negative-Sightedness

Posted in Grace, Gratitude, Multitude Mondays, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Thankfulness

You Are More Than Known, You Are Chosen

We all want to be known. To be acknowledged as someone. It’s an age-old desire. Likely you’ve longed for that very thing at some point. Perhaps you are now. A desire to be mentioned by name—like Susanna in the Bible was.  Susanna? Yes,

Posted in Multitude Mondays, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Worth

What It Really Takes To Be Brave (and free Scripture printables)

My boss knew with one look: something was wrong. As a teen I nearly always sported an upbeat attitude, so he noticed my dark mood immediately.  I didn’t try to hide it, but openly admitted the problem I had. Sharing somehow made

Posted in Courage, Daily Living, Multitude Mondays, One Thousand (or more) Gifts

Asking for Understanding and Grace While Setting Priorities

Intentions may be good, but sometimes they become misguided. Afternoon threatened to become evening as I continued to drop berries into the bucket that hung around my neck. My self-imposed quota hung heavy as the goal—at least one full bucket. No

Posted in Daily Living, Ministry, Multitude Mondays, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Perspective, Self-Control

Three Things To Do When You’re in the Dumps for No Good Reason

There are days when my life is going well. Nothing is really off kilter. The kids are healthy. Only minor things are broken (like the clothes dryer). Yet I’m in the dumps.  There is no reason for my doldrums. I should

Posted in Daily Living, mercy, Multitude Mondays, One Thousand (or more) Gifts

A Reminder For When You Feel Small

Never live as less than who you are: A child of God made in His image. One of our kittens went missing a while ago. One night, Rachel and I went searching for it. Every few minutes we called its name, to

Posted in Multitude Mondays, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Worth

Truth for When You Are Tempted To Hide from God

We can never be hidden from God, and that really is a good thing.  Have you ever tried to hide from God? I have. Perhaps you did something you knew wasn’t right. Maybe you were exhausted and just wanted a

Posted in Daily Living, God's attributes, Multitude Mondays, One Thousand (or more) Gifts

When You Feel Alone Remember, You Are Never Alone

As a teen, I often traipsed through the woods alone. The company of the woodland critters was enough.  So I guess Rachel comes by her propensity to be with her critters (her stuffed critters, that is) naturally. Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Clifford, or one

Posted in Daily Living, God's attributes, Multitude Mondays, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Relationship

11 Reasons I Can’t Quit Teaching Vacation Bible School

Perhaps I should have taken a break from teaching Vacation Bible School this year. It would have been justified. But despite a schedule that made my head spin, I couldn’t say no. Every year, our VBS runs during the mornings for five

Posted in Growth, Multitude Mondays, One Thousand (or more) Gifts

The Truth about Pain and Redemption from My Daughter’s Parched Lips

We often shy away from what’s ultimately best for us because the process to get there hurts too much. But when we power through the pain, we discover healing and growth. Before Rachel turned a year old, she underwent surgery to

Posted in Multitude Mondays, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Rachel, Redemption, Suffering

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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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