Facing February

My husband and I just returned home from 6 weeks of traveling all over the U.S. It was fun, exhausting, and wonderful – we got to see many people we love – and now it’s really good to be home. Home to our own bed, all the familiar things, and the ability to cook whatever…

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The Music of the Messy Seasons

Isn’t it interesting how music can take us instantly back to certain times and places in our lives, and rekindle the emotion as real as if it was yesterday? It seems like some of the seasons of my life have had their own theme songs — the songs I played on repeat, sang my heart out…

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What I Learned in 2015

You might have read some of my “What I Learned” posts here recently. I enjoy linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky, reflecting back on what big and small things I’ve learned each month, and reading what others are learning in their lives, as well. This month, Emily is encouraging us to look…

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A Prayer for a Busy Day

Dear God, Today is so busy. I have a long list, a lot of distractions, and a feeling of being overwhelmed. Yet as I snatch a few minutes to pray and commit the day to You, I don’t want it to be just a box that I check off. In the midst of all the…

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Christmas Worship

Sometimes moments of spontaneous worship to God come so unexpectedly. Like this afternoon. I was just in my kitchen, making chicken and rice soup for dinner, listening to Amy Grant’s Christmas album and singing along. Then, quite unexpectedly, during the third verse of Hark the Herald Angels Sing, I was suddenly in tears, hands raised, lost…

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The Poetry of God

Sometimes God is so poetic in the way He works. I love this about Him. We see the turns of events, the reversals of destiny, and the seeming dance of details that He lines up so artistically, and realize there is a sense of order in our messy lives. There are fleeting moments when we think, this…

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Glory to God in the Highest!

Glory to God in the highest! and peace on earth, goodwill to men. Why should we wait until Christmas time to say this? To proclaim it, to pray it, to sing it? It was the declaration of the angelic hosts on the night of Christ’s birth, so it’s the theme of many Christmas songs, skits,…

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To Wait, Not Worry

“If I’m not seeing action on His [God’s] part, it’s very likely my flesh will start striving and my spirit will become exhausted from the toiling.”  – She Reads Truth devotion ‘Sparrows and Kings‘   And this is why Scripture tells me to “Cease striving and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) and to “Rest in the Lord…

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Let’s Memorize the Word Together

About a year ago, while we were engaged, Brett and I decided we should memorize Scripture together. We wanted to go with a passage or chapter, so we chose the first chapter of 1 John. We tried memorizing one verse per day. During our morning or evening devotions — whenever we had time to do them…

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What I Learned in August

I meant to link up with Emily Freeman’s “What I Learned” link party for this month, but sadly, I missed the deadline by a few days. How in the world is it September 9th already?! However, I’ve decided to go ahead and write up a post anyway about what I learned in the month of…

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