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Hope for When You’re in a Hard Place

Many of the hardest things in life prove to be the most valuable. It’s Hard! I once thought parenting would be easy. It’s not. Lately I’ve been thinking about how truly inadequate I feel for this job, even after nearly 23

Posted in Christian walk, Daily Living, mothers, Parenting, Perspective, Uncategorized

When Your Child Graduates (for parents, graduates, and my son)

It’s difficult to let our graduates go. Yet we can confidently release them, knowing God has them in His care. I’m now officially a mom of a college graduate! At the risk of sounding cliche, where has the time gone?

Posted in One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Parenting, surrender

The One Truth About Each Moment You Don’t Want to Miss

I couldn’t sleep. Tears flowed as I reflected on the past years with my children. Now they were flying the coop. Two off to college; the last two in high school. Vacations all different. Family dynamics skewed. No more seeing

Posted in Blessings, Change, Daily Living, Faith, Family, Parenting, trust

Two Critical Steps for Finding the Best in Our Days

How do we raise children well in this media-driven, instant-gratification, fast-paced, never-sleeping world? How do we find peace in such days? “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 As I look back to

Posted in Daily Living, giveaway, Parenting, Peace, Rest

When It’s Time to Say Good-bye Again (A Prayer for When They Leave)

I cried when each child entered kindergarten. Sweet innocence seemed to be sneaking away. Changing Roles of Good-Bye Fast forward (and I mean fast forward!) to today and those childhood days are precious memories. Today, I sent my youngest to high

Posted in A Prayer, Change, Family, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Parenting

Happy Father’s Day: A Tribute to Godly Fathers

Often us wives expect too much from their husbands. We want them to be kind and  sensitive, yet strong and decisive. We want them to know what we want, yet be willing to hear us out. We want their time, attention,

Posted in Faith, Family, Parenting

Seven Strategies for Raising Teenagers

It’s official! This morning I became the unprepared but grateful mom of four (yes, that’s 4!) teenagers. My youngest turned 13 today, and my oldest won’t be 20 until June 20.  I’ve vowed to milk this next 2 months for all the sympathy I

Posted in Family, mothers, Parenting, Relationship, Struggles

Why You Should Breathe Deep of the Moment

A week in a warm, dry climate without children or household responsibilities refreshes and rejuvenates. It also gave me pause to reflect on my family back home as I took quiet early morning walks and went on long sight-seeing drives. 

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

There is Reason to Rejoice in Our Children Growing Up

It can be bittersweet for parents as children age and activities fade to memories. Yet God promises good plans for us. So we can rejoice in what will be. A live version of Sound of Music aired last night. Sadly I missed

Posted in Change, Daily Living, Family, Parenting

Don’t Miss the Adventure

Soft tweets, chirps and rustling indicate a new day is dawning. A day drowning in promise. I’m ready to take on the challenge. The to-do list is long, but I have a plan. He comes behind and chatters as I

Posted in Daily Living, Parenting, Uncategorized

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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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