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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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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To Be Worth the Wait {longings of a girl’s heart}

Back in the late 90’s when Rebecca St. James was one of the popular Christian rock artists, she had a song called “Wait for Me,” written and sung to her then-unknown future husband: Darling, did you know that I, I dream about you, Waiting for the look in your eyes When we meet for the…

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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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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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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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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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