The Rhythm of Grace

“But he said to me,” My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Corinthians 12:9).   Recently, I was hospitalized for 4 days.    The week prior I was…
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Prepare Him Room

December is a unique month. For children this means a school break and sleeping in, Christmas programs and performances…and let’s not forget PRESENTS! For adults, however, it’s a half-and-half split between major stress and somewhat enjoyment. For some, it may even be a time of deep sadness as they mourn the loss of a loved…
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Write Yourself a Letter

Sometimes I have to take a step back and observe myself from a distance. I’m naturally introspective, so this isn’t hard to do. Over the years, I’ve noticed that the thankful, heart-bursting-with-love-Tami of November is quite a bit different than the angsty, low-energy Tami of March. A lot of this has to do with our…
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Gratitude as Evangelism

The holiday season is almost among us, and it’s my favorite time of the year! The aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg, big fuzzy sweaters, time spent cozied up on the couch with the kids watching Christmas movies (far too early), pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream, and of course, the overwhelming feelings of gratitude for…
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Expectations vs. Reality

I’m sure you’ve seen the memes (or maybe the show Nailed It!) where people show the Pinterest inspiration for the gorgeous cake or DIY project that inspired them side-by-side with their attempt, usually a less than Pinterest-worthy result. See Jonna’s example below!   Jenny’s cookies vs. Jonna’s cookies    But have you ever felt this way about…
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In His Arms

Miscarriage is tricky to talk about, to say the least. How and where do you even begin? What’s appropriate to say and what isn’t? It’s hard losing a child, even harder when you feel like you can never talk about it. When people ask me how many kids I have I answer “four,” but in…
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The Thief of Comparison

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15 ESV).   Right in the middle of Romans 12, under the heading “Marks of the true Christian,” is this beautiful little verse. In moments of tragedy when my mind spins around searching for the right thing to say, God has often brought the…
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The Decision to Praise

Recently, I struggled through a season of not feeling God’s presence. For days at a time I would cry out to him and feel nothing back. At times I was hopeless and started to wonder where God was and why he wasn’t answering me.   I felt discouraged and restless.   David describes something similar…
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Come to the Well

Inspired by John 4   The morning was particularly long. Her mind was tormenting her with familiar voices: You’re useless…You’d be better off if you were never born! After all, today she had forgotten to put the leaven in the bread. She hadn’t even realized she’d done this until she was cleaning up and the jar sat…
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Top 5 School Year Hacks

I’m not the most organized person, so when my kids were younger, I usually started out the school year with a bang but fizzled out as the year went on. Here are a few hacks that seemed like a good idea but needed revisions midway through the year.   Hack #1: Teach your kids how…
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