Faith

When People Hurt You

We all know life is hard. Many times our fallen world leaves us hurting. Health. Work. Finances. Death. But it seems particularly hard when our hurting is directly caused by someone else, when the effects of the Fall are staring back at us with two actual eyes. When people hurt you, Allow yourself to hurt.  When people are mean or dismissive or scornful it's painful. And that's how God made…
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Loving Others

Grandpa

You were a stubborn man. And that got passed down to all four of your kids and most of your 19 grandkids, including me. We learned many lessons living alongside you: work hard, help others and take regular coffee breaks. We watched you share your faith without fear or regret. We joked about the long, drawn out way you said "well." We watched you make mistakes, own them and move…
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Personal Growth

Reach Out

When life feels so hard it almost takes your breath away, reach out. If you're suspicious you're experiencing something more significant than postpartum blues, talk to your doctor. If a loved one is dying, let your friends bring you meals. If your kids are making choices that break your heart, confide in a trusted friend or seek advice from your pastor. If you're facing one of life's complicated situations that…
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Personal Growth

Mindset for Moms: Chapters 6-10

I'm going through Mindset for Moms by Jamie from Steady Mom this month and sharing here how it's changing my mindset (see my thoughts on chapters 1-5 here). This week was a rough one for us, and I must admit my attitude veered toward the negative. BUT, I was able to reel it in and make changes faster than usual by applying some of the principles I learned last week.…
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Stand Firm

"Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Cor. 15:58 (NIV) This verse first jumped out to me when my husband was preparing a sermon on 1 Cor. 15. It went on our white board and pretty soon we had it memorized. Even our two-year old knows the…
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Personal Growth

Mindset for Moms: Chapters 1-5

  I ran across the Steady Mom blog while in desperate search of someone who had the same basic ideas about parenting and was ahead of me on the learning curve of motherhood. Jamie's story and personality resonate deeply with me as I have found myself in similar places and with similar struggles. I have derived much comfort from her blog and was excited to get Mindset for Moms when it came out.  I…
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Parenting

Sick Days

    You know how it goes. My daughter got sick first, probably picking something up from the church nursery. And for some inexplicable reason, I got sick too. I'm sure her breathing, sneezing and coughing in my face had nothing to do with it. Now I've been up since 4am because I can't breathe through my nose, my face feels like it's going to explode and my mouth is…
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