Encouragement

Fulfilling a Broken Vow

Broken Souls

There are days in which broken beats hard against my life forcing me to face what I’d rather run from… running from the pain I hear in words spoken running from the broken pieced back together messy running from the hurt misunderstood and misunderstanding hurt in those I long to help running from the cry of broken God has placed in my life, especially when their needs seem so daunting Running. It would be easy to turn and run fast from the broken lives that mark up my world. Lots of us do it, especially with painted faces, pretty hair, […]

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3 Simple Steps to Stop the Noise

3 Simple Steps to Stop the Noise

Have you ever noticed that life is a lot like the laundry pile? I’m pretty good about gathering the dirty duds and running a load first thing in the morning. On a good day, I’ll shuffle the clothes from the washer to the dryer before noon. On a not so good day, well that’s where the cycle breaks down.  Of course, staying upon the wet clothes is not the challenge compared to maneuvering through clothes baskets that have formed an obstacle course in my den and keeping after the kids to put away their clean clothes before they get mixed […]

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Seventeen Years, Really?

On July 20th, my husband and I will reach our seventeen year milestone in our marriage. Can I have an, “Amen! Woot Woot! Yippee!”? This is a miracle for which God gets the glory! If you could peak inside our story, you’d see that this journey has been marked by an ever-present decision to give up our terms for the sake of our marriage, children, and commitment to God. I’d need 50,000 words to tell you the whole story, but our former counselor sums it up best, “You could write a book with a chapter dedicated to every life issue […]

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How do you know your calling?

Calling...

One of the questions I’ve been asked often is how to figure out your calling. It seems that within Christian circles, there is a compelling desire to define our calling through identifying our God-given purpose. But, I’m not so sure. I wonder if there is too much emphasis on calling and not enough focus on living, serving, and enjoying today. I do believe that God has designed us for a purpose and intends to use us for His good purposes. Philippians 2:13 …for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good […]

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Making a Plan But Letting His Rule

What if our plans aren’t His plans? How exactly do we surrender our plans to His rule? What if His plans are better than our plans, but we’re caught in a cycle of stewing over what we hoped for..in a day…in a month…in a year? Should we give up planning, because quite frankly, our plans never seem to pan out? These are the questions racing through my mind and pricking my heart as I struggle to find balance in a summer rhythm ripe with opportunties for fun and family time, yet with a work and ministry schedule begging for my […]

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Celebrating the 4th of July

4th of July

Join us over at More to Be today where we are praying for the men and women who serve our country on this 4th of July.

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