Lord, Magnify My Efforts

I sat staring at my computer screen one day as it spun and spun, trying to open files and internet browsers. After a couple of crashes, I ran some cleanup tools, and then I was able to start working. But those extra issues turned a one-hour project into a more than four-hour project. I had … Read more…

Five Minute Friday: Simplify

Five Minute Friday instructions: Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.  Go! Simplify Oh, that word brings about visions of clutter-free counters, pristine closets, organized shelves and, for some reason, sheer white curtains … Read more…

Will You Experience Your Life This Year?

Of all the New Year’s trends, picking one word for the year has been one of my favorites. More than just a checklist goal, picking a word helps me change my perspective. If I had to pick a word for this year, it would be experience. This is twofold: I want to have new experiences, … Read more…

Five Minute Friday: Motivate

Five Minute Friday instructions: Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.  Go! Motivate The New Year always seems to bring about the desire to try something new or achieve certain goals. Possibly ones … Read more…

Will You Accept the Christmas Gift of Jesus?

I am a last-minute Christmas shopper. Well, not exactly last minute, but I like to wait until late December. Sometimes being a last-minute shopper has been a necessity—that is, when the budget allowed for Christmas shopping. But even with a less-demanding budget, I still like to shop for Christmas presents close to Christmas Day. I … Read more…

A Front Row Seat to the Glory

Unpacking the Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving is always a fun tradition at our house. I love pulling out old ornaments and reminiscing about Christmases past and reminding my children how little they used to be as we place more than fifteen years’ worth of handmade ornaments on the tree. While we treasure the … Read more…

No More Littles

It hit me the other day that I am no longer the mom of littles. I guess the fact that 2/3 of my children are taller than me, my oldest is driving and preparing for college, my middle child will be in high school next year, my youngest spends time with friends on her own … Read more…

On My Bookshelf: Loving My Actual Christmas by Alexandra Kuykendall

Christmas is a time of wonder, joy, and celebration. It can also be a time of busyness, stress, and loneliness. Alexandra Kuykendall addresses all of these feelings in her new book, Loving My Actual Christmas. I love Christmas and I really look forward to it each year, but sometimes, while striving to make Christmas perfect, … Read more…

Devotion: The Lord Is Our Strength

“The Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights.” ~Habakkuk 3:19 I hate heights. They make me feel unsafe and insecure. One time, I was prepared to forfeit a weekend’s rent on a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains because I got … Read more…

Are You Prepared for Change?

I dislike change. I really do. I like everything to stay the same. I enjoy predictability. Well, I used to dislike change and enjoy predictability. Lately, however, I have been feeling a strong urge to make a big change—what that change is, I don’t know. I have prayed about it, and I feel like the … Read more…

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