I Refuse to Believe He Will be Conquered

Last week, I highlighted the following quote in Oswald Chambers’ devotional My Utmost for His Highest: “Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered.” What does this mean…

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The One Year

Tomorrow is February 18th. The due date. Since the due date that has already come and gone once since our miscarriage, this time it’s not just her due date, but her first birthday. One year. Our baby would have been one year old this weekend. It’s kinda surreal. Sometimes I try to imagine what life…

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He Still Thinks I’m Beautiful

It was one of THOSE mornings… you know the ones I mean, girls.  It was one of those mornings when you just wake up feeling ugly and grouchy, for no particular reason.  I’d slept so hard that I probably had pillowcase-lines on my face, and my hair was a royal wreck.  My husband got up and…

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Psalm 13: How Long, O Lord?

This morning I was in the shower, praying about what topic I should write on today. But I was coming up blank – zero inspiring ideas. Finishing my shower, I pulled on some comfy fleece leggings and my favorite tshirt, snuggled cross-legged into my glider chair (yes, I’m such a grandma), and opened my Bible…

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How to Help a Friend Going Through Miscarriage

A few months after we lost our first baby, a friend sent me a private message on Facebook, asking my advice about how to encourage another friend of hers who had just suffered a miscarriage. “I’m sorry if this isn’t an appropriate question,” she wrote, “[but] I’m curious as to what were the most encouraging things other people…

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Ways I Want to Grow in 2017

Goals for the new year… New Year’s resolutions… do those statements make you cringe? Or do they get you excited and motivated? Are you a person who enjoys setting goals for the coming weeks and months? Or have you given up on resolutions as useless? I’ve always liked to write out some ambitions for a new…

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The Collateral Beauty

Merry Day After Christmas, friends! I hope each of you, lovely readers, had a Christmas full of peace, joy, and good memories to cherish. Wherever you are today on The Day After – back to work or still relaxing with family – I hope you keep savoring the laughter and the spirit of yesterday even…

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Jesus {longings of a girl’s heart}

There’s just something about that name. The sweetest name I know. You may not recognize that you long for Him, or admit that you need Him… but yes, my friend, you do. There is a Jesus-shaped hole in your heart and in mine that absolutely nothing else can fill. You may have every other longing…

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To Nurture {longings of a girl’s heart}

Why do most women gravitate toward babies, and naturally know – better than men do – how to play with and console them? Why do we feel so fulfilled and proud of ourselves when we rock a baby to sleep or keep a plant alive? Why do we have the natural inclination to take care…

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To Be a Warrior {longings of a girl’s heart}

In her Bible study book on Esther, Beth Moore makes a statement which, though I can’t remember the exact quote, the idea has stuck with me for years. It’s something along the lines of this: “We are not fragile flowers. We are the Warrior Princesses of God.”  What does she mean by this? Well, I don’t…

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