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Sometimes We Need to See Differently (like these high school students did)

Sometimes appreciation only comes when we choose to see differently. Although my daughter is 18 years old, she speaks with the aid of an iPad. Rachel cannot tie her own shoes or completely dress herself. She has been diagnosed with significant intellectual

Posted in Disability/Special Needs, God, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Perspective, Rachel

How To Find Beauty in Your Broken World

Brokenness just keeps coming, doesn’t it?  Listen to the news. Walk into a school classroom and observe the kids. Get out of bed for another day.  Brokenness is present in the way we speak, how we act, and what we

Posted in Jesus Christ, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Redemption, Struggles, Suffering

Everyday Praise Book Release Day! (What Success Looks Like)

It’s book release day! If you haven’t heard yet, today I launched my first book into the big, wide world. It’s a small, image-rich devotional called Everyday Praise: Walking in Greater Peace.  I Didn’t Want To Self-Publish Can I be honest

Posted in book release, Christian walk, Everyday Praise, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, surrender, Uncategorized

The Only Sure Place to Anchor Your Heart

Too many of us tether our heart to the wrong thing.  Unhealthy Attachments I’ve always been deeply attached to the farm I grew up on in northeast Iowa. I loved the peaceful countryside checkered with timber, cropland, and pastures. I love the memories

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

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

Three Actions To Take When You Feel Ill-Equipped To Pray

The blessing of prayer should be nurtured and exercised by all God’s children.  Ill-Equipped Confession time, I struggle with words. Sometimes they spill out a jumbled mess, leaving me feeling ill-equipped to properly express myself.  It’s a bit ironic to admit

Posted in One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Prayer, Relationship, Uncategorized

Faith Trumps Fear (Step Out in Confidence)

Have you felt compelled to do something yet found it far easier to drag your feet than fully commit? I discovered my procrastination was driven by an underlying fear. It began for me last September. I accepted a challenge to

Posted in book release, Christian walk, Everyday Praise, Fear, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Praise

Develop a Grander Picture of Our Global Family (#BookGiveaway)

It’s far-too-easy to get caught up in our own little world and forget we’re a part of a grander picture. Early in my editing career, I obtained a freelance job with a company that published travel guides. This position allowed me to

Posted in Book review, Christian walk, giveaway, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Witnessing

A Psalmist’s Cry During Times of Unrest (#free printable)

When the unthinkable happens and the world spins out of control. When life is overwhelming and your strength is waning. When your stomach is in knots and you don’t know how to unravel it. During times of unrest a psalm can

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

The Ultimate Freedom To Celebrate

In the United States, people celebrate  the 4th of July with great intentionality and fervor. Annual traditions form around it. Get-togethers are planned from one year to the next.  Patriotic decorations and clothing, as well as fireworks, are purchased. Plans are made

Posted in Freedom, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Salvation

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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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