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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The Right Way to Feed Your Child

Listen, mamas. I know how it is.   It seems like every time you turn around, there’s more advice about how to feed your children. Puréed baby food, or baby led weaning? Organic veggies cut in animal shapes, or the goldfish crackers they found under the seat of the van?   With so much conflicting…
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I am PROTECTED

When you were a child, were you afraid of anything? I was terrified of drowning. I wasn’t a strong swimmer so pools frightened me. I was especially afraid of the deep end. I clung to the edge with white knuckles.    Now as a mother, I struggle through different waters. One deep water I passed…
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Fully Charged

Our electronic devices get charged on a regular basis or they simply stop functioning and are not there for us when we need them. What about us though? How often do we catch ourselves saying phrases like, “Oh, I feel so drained” or “I’m overloaded” or “I wish I could get a break!” As we…
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I Am LOVED

You are precious and honored in my sight… I love you. (Isaiah 43:4 NIV)   When I read Isaiah 43, it reads to me like a love song. It’s God speaking to His people during an incredibly difficult time in their nation’s history.   They’d been scattered from their homes. They were taken into captivity,…
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