Category: Encouragement

BEGIN AGAIN

BEGIN AGAIN

With complete amazement, I recently shared on Facebook, “I am thrilled to announce that I just signed with Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency to write my first book. My heart is beyond overwhelmed by God’s great grace.” I can hardly believe it myself! How can this be? “There will come a time when you…

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UPSIDE DOWN AND BACKWARDS

UPSIDE DOWN AND BACKWARDS

As I jotted the last word in my fifteenth journal to God, I grabbed a new one from the bookshelf this week. New journals always inspire and delight my soul. Pages lay empty. Line after line waiting to be filled. Love Himself meets me here and our relationship is deepened. Free to pour from the…

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IN BATTLE

IN BATTLE

  “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight Eisenhower I planned to take Elijah to the EOE specialist today. His appointment was scheduled nearly two weeks ago and since then, I’ve watched and listened as he moaned in pain. Daily reminding him we were one…

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LOOK UP

LOOK UP

Someone I know and love is hurting today. I am sure you can think of such a friend too. Hurting people are all around us aren’t they? She’s a sweet sister in Christ. She’s a mother of rough and tumble boys – just like mine! Her heart is the size of Texas. She gives until…

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FOR THE RECORD

FOR THE RECORD

I often notice and secretly envy those who seem to have it all together – all the time. You know who I’m talking about. For starters there’s the mother who speaks patiently to her children and never seems to raise her voice. The beautiful woman next to you in fitness class who holds a plank…

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BROKEN

BROKEN

“Mommy, he sobbed, it’s broken. My favorite toy is broken!” Toy pieces took turns falling out of his hands as he attempted to bring them to me for repair. This scene has unfolded many times in my house especially when the children were little. In some cases I was able to fix what was broken…

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THE PERPETUAL DO-OVER

THE PERPETUAL DO-OVER

How often I have longed for do-overs at various points in my life. I can close my eyes and think of several instances. No matter how bad I’d like to, I can’t go back in time and change the past. We each have only one life to live but could it be that each day…

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THE BLANK CANVAS

THE BLANK CANVAS

Have you noticed that God often gifts us with truths wrapped in packages that we can intimately understand? He did the same with his disciples as he spoke to them in parables common to their own lives at the time. Artistic creativity is definitely a package I love to open! Writing, sketching, painting and crafting…

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TIME

TIME

Looking out the window I smile as the snow gently covers the beautiful pine trees that line my backyard.  I smile because of its radiance but also because it serves as an excuse for me to stay in my pajamas all day and go nowhere. It seems to take something unforeseen and perhaps even out…

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THE END OF A THING

THE END OF A THING

Have you ever gotten down to the very last bite of your favorite candy bar, the last spoonful of the ice cream you love or the final sip of that savory cup of fresh brewed coffee? This is the perfect time by the way for you to go and get your own cup and come…

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