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About This Time Every Summer

About this time every summer, I go into a funk. Vacation is over. So is July 4th fun and my birthday. It’s too hot and humid to enjoy outdoor living. So I go into summer hibernation. I hunker down inside until the temperatures turn more livable. But then I thought—I […]

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I’m Not Whining, But. . .

To be honest, I’m having a hard time writing this blog because no matter how I reword it, I sound like I’m whining. I’m not. Really. I’m sharing what’s in my heart at the moment. I’m wondering if anyone ever feels this way except me. Right now, weeks past vacation, […]

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Me at 60

Yesterday I applied for a new ministry opportunity. They asked for my bio. I reviewed my most recent bio and I thought, “That’s not me anymore.” The facts hadn’t changed. Everything I said about myself was true. But something didn’t sound right as I read it. It felt like I […]

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When Your Kids Keep Making Decisions You Don’t Agree With

Yep, it happened again. One of my kids made a decision that I didn’t agree with. In fact, I was absolutely against it. When she shared her plan with me I gave her my reasons why her plan was not a good idea. My wisdom did nothing to change her […]

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How I Found Happiness Amidst Struggle

If there’s one thing I learned in the difficult season my family recently went through, it’s that the key to happiness is not found in carefree, perfect days all strung together as far as the eye can see. That’s not reality. If we wait for the perfect string of days […]

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What I’ve Been Thinking About This Week

  The past couple of weeks I have been devouring Austin Kleon’s latest book, Keep Going; 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Time and Bad. This week I’ve been camping out in certain sections and I want to share a few excerpts with you. Let me know what you […]

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More “Words I Could Hear”–from an Unlikely Source

I get the biggest kick out of it when God uses something secular to reinforce His Word to me—totally unexpected. He did that last week. Gene and I were watching a silly sitcom. One of the characters is eccentric but every so often he will say something profound which. Of […]

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Words I Needed in a Way I Could Hear

Often when I pray for someone in a hard situation I ask God to speak to them in a way they can hear. In order for each of us to understand anything it must be presented to us in a way that we can understand. The ability to communicate in […]

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If I Could Say One Thing to You in the Midst of Your Trial . . .

My loved ones and I are going through a hard time. I won’t give details for two reasons. One because they are not mine to give. And two because if I give my details the temptation is for you to turn your focus from your life to my situation, ignoring […]

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A Conversation with the Family Looking Up Moms and Myself–Loving No Matter What

Last week I was delighted to be a guest on the Family Looking Up podcast. These three mamas–Andrea, Camille, and Beth–have thirteen kids (my best count from their pic) ranging in ages from baby to high school. They have lots of hands-on mommying experience. All of this contributed to our […]

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