Mary Lost Jesus too

Imagine the scene. You and your family take a vacation up north to unwind in the sunshine and lakewater air. You eat good food, laugh until your cheeks hurt, and make so many memories you need five picture books just to hold them all. As you pack up to leave, you reflect on how full your…
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The Wonder of You

I love all the fall things: pumpkins, crisp air, apple orchards, cozy blankets, bonfires and of course the “Minnesota uniform” — plaid. Today while I was driving my son to school, I found myself awe struck at the beautiful countryside. I couldn’t help but notice the amazing variation of colors. As I turned my worship…
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Finding Friends in Church Crying Rooms

As a young mom of a 3 and 1 year old, I felt desperate for female friendship — to know and be known. Life was so crazy busy and I was still trying to figure out who I was (let alone what it meant to be a stay at home mom!) I felt lonely and…
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God is Smiling

Several months ago, I asked my daughter to draw a picture of what she felt God was saying to her. She drew three emojis (yes, she is a tween). A smiley face, a heart, and a thumbs up. I smiled inside and thought – she gets it. Children see the heart of God so clearly—God…
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Let It Go

Recently, I’ve felt a gentle conviction to reexamine my definition of stillness. You see, my current season has quickly become one that has me “letting go” of almost all of the expectations I place on myself, and therefore, all of the anxiety that surrounds me when I strive to meet them. Moment by moment I…
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Be a Peacemaker

As a young mom of four, I was fiercely protective of my kids. I would have happily thrown mattresses in front of them for the rest of their lives to keep them safe, if I could have. And here I am, decades later, and that instinct hasn’t changed! I want to protect them (as well…
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Do You Trust Me?

“Do you trust me?” If you’re like me and you spent a large portion of your growing up years in the ‘90s, you’re probably familiar with this iconic line from Disney’s Aladdin. It comes when Aladdin, pretending to be a prince, is inviting Princess Jasmine to ride his magic carpet. It’s the point where she…
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The Ultimate Self-Care

A few weeks ago, I was standing in line at Target. After loading my things onto the belt and containing my kids by offering them free stickers, I noticed a photo of Jennifer Lopez on the cover of a magazine with the caption: “J Lo, Better than ever at 49! All her secrets and her…
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Out of the Blue

Recently, my gentle-hearted 3-year-old grandson came to spend a few hours with me.  He walked in the door with a big smile and after quietly saying, “Hi Mimi!” he went straight to the play room.  I know he likes it here. He feels safe, and oh how I treasure that delightful little boy spending time…
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Honor Precedes Blessings

When I was 22 years old I was blessed to live in Thailand for 2 years and soak up Thai culture. Oh how I love experiencing different cultures! They stretch me, get me out of my comfort zone, and help me see life from a different world view. (Plus, let’s just be honest. Eating authentic…
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