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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Her Man to Lead Her {longings of a girl’s heart}

Submission isn’t a word we love, is it?  Submission is hard.  Especially, I imagine, for those ladies who are the independent, strong-personality type. That’s not really me, but my guess is, if that’s you, the idea of letting your man lead isn’t your favorite. Some people get really offended by this idea, and go to…

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A Part in a Bigger Story {longings of a girl’s heart}

Not only do we seek our purpose – the thing we were made for – but often we long for that purpose, and our lives, to be somehow… Significant. Vital. Instrumental. Part of a bigger story, beyond ourselves. I’m going to allow John and Stasi Eldredge to speak again on this one: There is much…

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Purpose {longings of a girl’s heart}

 “Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.” -Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life Aren’t we all searching for that elusive purpose all the time? Searching for meaning in our lives, the reason we’re here, the big picture? We ask, “What is…

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Children {longings of a girl’s heart}

I’ll be honest, this has been a tough one for me to approach. I’ve avoided it, writing on other topics instead, for several days now. I’ve stared at the blank page, started the draft, then given up, more than once. But it’s time. I don’t know why it’s hard because – just like everything else I’ve…

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