A Few Thoughts on How We Grandparent

  Recently a friend asked me (in a card) if I had a grandparenting devotional that I used and liked. I hadn’t even thought of looking for one. I look forward to answering her question in person, but instead of disappointing her with a “no”, I will share with her […]

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What Helps Me When 2020 Kicks My Butt

For me yesterday, for all intents and purposes, was fall. Yep, it’s still warm and sticky here in central Illinois and very, very few trees have started to turn into their magnificent fall wardrobe. But for me the page has turned—two of the kids left Saturday to go back to […]

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Be Kind to Yourself

I’m tired more than I used to be. Is it menopause, one of the consequences of living in a pandemic, keeping up with two young grandsons, or life in general—or most likely a combination of all three? Whatever the cause, one thing I’ve learned is that God gives me stamina […]

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Two Questions to Help You Live Purposefully in This Pandemic

During the ongoing pandemic my schedule has been severely pruned. At times it felt like I’m not doing much for God or anyone else. It has taken me quite a while to figure out and adjust to my new normal. Doing life one day at a time was all I […]

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How Change and Disappointment Bring Us New Opportunities

  Note: I understand the difficulty parents face when deciding on what “back-to-school” will look like for their family. What I share today is our family’s experience. I respect what each parent decides is best for their family. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to parenting.  This August I […]

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Two Lists that Help Me Find Joy in the Midst of the Negative

This summer I’ve been making two lists. The first list I actually started in the spring. It is a sad list of what I didn’t get to do as a result of the pandemic. The second list I started after I finally accepted the reality of our new normal—at least […]

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The Importance of Knowing God is God

One thing God has taught me in this pandemic is nothing in our earthly life is guaranteed (It never has been, I know.) And for this reason, I need to enjoy and savor every moment. That’s a big assignment but pausing in as many moments as I can makes it […]

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Create Space for Inspiration and Joy in Your Life

In last week’s blog I talked about finding God’s joy, peace, and comfort in the gifts He brings into my life and in His Word. The need for this became evident to me when I recently examined my gianormous tomato plant. I had neglected it for a few days and […]

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Who Else Needs a Little Peace and Joy?

With everything going on in the world lately, I find myself often unsettled and needing God’s peace and comfort more and more. I also find myself wondering where do I go to find it? God has shown me a couple of ways to return to His joy and peace. ~Be […]

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6 Simple Attitudes and Actions to Stay Close with Those You Love When They Choose a Different New Normal

Gene and I went to Lowe’s a couple of weekends ago. It was a mish-mosh of some people wearing masks and others walking around like they had never heard of the coronavirus. This weekend we went to our niece and nephew’s high school graduation party. My sister did a great […]

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