Faith Like Bartimaeus

Last night at chapel service with the other camp staff (summer staff orientation is happening this week), the speaker talked about the story of “blind Bartimaeus.” Interesting, isn’t it, how we tag him that way? He’s got a label – not just Bartimaeus, but Blind Bartimaeus. It makes me pause a bit and wonder how…

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Lessons Learned in a Long Distance Marriage

Hi girls! I’m excited for you to read this post by my long-time friend Andria. Due to job reasons, she and her husband have been living partially long distance for almost a year. Andria’s message is painfully honest but full of hope and encouragement. Read on! This is the fourth post in the Long Distance Love…

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Sisters and Such

Last night, I put my baby sister – who is almost 16 – on an airplane headed back home to Tennessee. She spent eleven days here with my husband and me at our home in Alaska, her first solo visit! It was priceless… great memories, some Alaskan adventuring, and lots of fun! Being the oldest…

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A Coloring Book for Your Soul

When it comes to loss, we all grieve in unique ways. Grief in itself is a process, a journey, and it has no definitive ending point. Losing a baby or a child is a special kind of grief, one that can’t be understood until it’s experienced. And while the mourning process is still unique to…

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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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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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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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To Learn, Grow, Become {longings of a girl’s heart}

Children are constantly growing – physically, mentally, and emotionally. The amount of material we learn in the years of our childhood is astounding, from learning how to crawl, how to ingest food, and how to comprehend and speak an entire language, to learning long division and world history and how to recover from a broken…

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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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