God Calls Us to Obedience, Even When It’s Inconvenient!

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I have been making a lot of excuses lately. They have been somewhere along the lines of: I can't wake up early because I work late. I can't get things done around the house because I work late and can't get up early. I don't have time to do x, y, and especially not z.  This morning though I was excited because I was able to get off work early and go to church--and not exhausted like most Sundays! I should have realized that God would make it a teachable moment for me. That's how He gets me every time. There is nothing I dislike about my church. From the worship service to the sermons to the people... I feel good when I go. I … [Read more...]

Letting God in on Your New Year’s Goals

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Well  2015 has arrived and many of us wonder what this year will bring.  New beginnings, a new you, a new job, a new home – the list can go on and on forever.  The idea of something new or a change about to happen is appealing because we desire something other than what we have now. We want to begin again. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”  John1:1-2 Talk about excitement happening when the world began and there was a vast nothing.  The possibilities for God are endless. People look at a new year with possibilities that are endless.  As we think about … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Madness: Food & Fun for the Perfect Party

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 Game Day Party Ideas by Home Made Interest Taco Seasoned Snack Mix by Frugal Mom Eh Bacon & Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups by Mom's Messy Miracles Black Bean Hummus by Healthy Seasonal Recipes Football Party Printables by Second Chance to Dream  Wings and Ranch Dip - Kids in the Kitchen by From ABCs to ACTs  Gameday Recipe Football Bean Dip Cups by Generations of Savings Pecan Bacon and Ranch Cheeseball by Sweet Pennies from Heaven  Chipotle Chicken Goldfish Crackers by Whimsy & Hope Bacon Queso Dip by A Mom's Take  Crispy Broccoli & Carrot Fritters by Five Spot Green Living  2015 Super Bowl Bingo Cards … [Read more...]

Remember When, Lord? : Giving My Past Hurts to Jesus

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I know that you are reading this well into the New Year, but as I write this, today is Christmas Day 2014. Christmas’ past have brought me much anxiety.  Thankfully, with age comes wisdom and I’ve learned how to be proactive and nip that in the bud.  We no longer over do the decorations (seriously, who needs more than one Christmas tree?), we have scaled back our gift giving to one another as a family, and, one of my favorite things, we’ve started placing more focus on giving to the less fortunate.  All of these things are great and have been much needed, welcomed changes in our family. However, from time-to-time I’m still caught off guard … [Read more...]

Moving Forward in Spite of My Thorn

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…Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  (2 Corinthians 12:7-10) Let’s face it.   As women, we struggle with things.   We struggle with who we … [Read more...]

Reading Revival

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One part of motherhood that I was not prepared for was how much time it really took to be a good mother. This involved giving up my own hobbies and pursuits for several years in order to free up that time for my children. One of those interests that was put on the back burner was reading. I had always been an avid reader. I loved reading the classics: Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Sir Walter Scott, etc. I still read as a mother, and my reading still consisted of the classics. Only, the authors had changed. I was now reading and re-reading Dr. Suess, P. D. Eastman, and Margaret Wise Brown among others. I still read those with my youngest from … [Read more...]

God Calls All to Serve–Even if You’re an Introvert!

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  Do you consider yourself an introvert? I am. I find social situations to be very exhausting. I can enjoy social settings. Sometimes it is easier to enjoy them than other times. There are times social events are something I dread. There have been times in my life when I lived almost as a hermit. Not fully solitary, but I would go days without speaking or even seeing another person, except maybe from a distance. That was a very important time of healing in my life emotionally, but it also showed me how being alone all the time, and doing only what I want to do and the way I want to do things can lead to some really unhealthy … [Read more...]