freedom to feel

Mourning and Dancing. I mentioned recently in a post on pursuing God, that I would be doing a #shereadstruth Bible study this month on Mourning and Dancing. Have any of you ladies joined in the study as well? It has been very good so far, and it’s not too late to start reading along! Over…

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How I’m Pursuing God

We all know it, there are seasons when it’s difficult to pursue God, or to maintain a growing relationship with Him. For whatever reason – whether it’s busyness, pain, distraction, or complacency – we somehow get off track, and it takes a lot of focused effort and intentionality to get back on track again. I’ve…

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My Reminder

I just woke up that morning feeling discouraged. I felt lonely after moving from town out to camp for the summer. I felt isolated from my husband because he was working so much. I wanted my body to do things right for a change, but thanks to PCOS, that doesn’t happen often. I just felt…

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Lord, Send What It Needs!

I’m using Streams in the Desert as my daily devotional these days. Yesterday morning, this little story was part of the devo: “I need oil,” said an ancient monk; so he planted an olive sapling. “Lord,” he prayed, “it needs rain that its tender roots may drink and swell. Send gentle showers.” And the Lord sent…

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Pour out your Heart

Did you realize that “pour out your heart” is commanded in the Bible? “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8 I forget this sometimes. And I fail to do it. Do you? “Pour out your heart” makes me think of complete…

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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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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 Waiting Heart at Christmas

Dear waiting heart, It’s hard to be in a waiting season during Christmas, isn’t it? I know. You enjoy the festivities of the season and the beauty of the day, but there’s a shadow, hovering over your heart. There’s a hole, like something is missing. While you rejoice in the wonder of Christmas, at the…

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When Church Hurts Because I Don’t Have Babies

[image source] You – mama with a baby in your heart, but not in your arms – I’m guessing you know what it’s like. You want to be part of a church. You love the corporate worship; you long for sweet fellowship with other believers. You know it’s important to be a participant in the Body…

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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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