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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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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Virtual Bible Study Week 8–God Has Us Every Step of the Way

Virtual Bible Study—Week 8 God will provide. Discussion Guide Scripture: Exodus 16 Isaiah 43:18-19 Philippians 2:14-15   Have you thought of this time as a reset? I know some of you have. How has God reset you or your family or your work or any area of your life for […]

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Virtual Bible Study Week 7–Life Moving Forward

  Rewrite Scripture: Isaiah 43:18-19   While I realize this group was brought together by the virus, let’s do something today other than think about life in it. Let’s talk about life coming out of it. How will we make this time not be a loss but time of gain? […]

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Virtual Bible Study Week 4–What Do You Want Your New Normal to Look Like?

Lesson:Scriptures For This Week’s Lesson: Jeremiah 29:1-14 Jeremiah 17:7-8 Proverbs 21:1   Emily Bedwell is so good to put into words what we are feeling and thinking. She posted this last week and is perfect for what we are discussing today—especially the first paragraph. Thank you, Emily!   What are […]

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The Waiting Room is the Worst–Strength and Purpose for Uncertain Times

Virtual Bible Study Week 3 The Waiting Room is the Worst–Strength and Purpose for Uncertain Times Discussion Questions   Scriptures: Genesis 39-41:16 Daniel 9:1-19; 10:1-14 John 5:17   Does the uncertainty of the times bother you? If so, how? What character qualities did it take for Joseph to take on […]

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My Pep Talk to Myself about Social Distancing and the Coronavirus

I have been silent during the past few days because, honestly, I haven’t known what to think nor what could I add to an already loud conversation. As my family and I find our new rhythm, I am now ready to jump back into my ongoing conversation with you through […]

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Finding Your New Place of Joy and Purpose

In last week’s blog I talked about finding and living my new sweet spot. In order to do this I needed a practice I to get me in the right headspace each day. An idea came to me— First thing in the morning I would write in my little daily […]

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What I’m Learning This Week

My bullet journal* is a constant work-in-progress. And being such is the benefit of a bullet journal—each person making their journal work for their own needs. In the weekly part of my bullet journal I have a section where I list what I’m learning this week. Writing it down during the […]

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