abiding in Christ, freedom, friendship, grace, growing in Christ, knowing God, ministry, rest, serving, Uncategorized, Walking by Faith

A Matter of Focus

Sometimes I get distracted. Sunday night, hubby came home from a week-long business convention in Pennsylvania. We stayed busy while he was gone – the big kids went to STEM camp each day, our littlest enjoyed several play dates with her besties, and I wrote lots and lots of words. When the weekend rolled around,… Continue reading A Matter of Focus

Family, growing in Christ, parenting, Uncategorized

Knock Knock

Knock, knock, knock. Inwardly I cringed just a little. Outside that door, my husband was caring for our kids so I could spend some much-needed time with Jesus before starting the day. I relished the stillness as I quietly sipped my coffee. But my preschooler was awake and she missed me. I answered her knock.… Continue reading Knock Knock

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Ministry That Doesn’t Look Like Ministry

"Alleluia. Alleluia!" The words of our song echoed through the Russian cathedral. We stood in the balcony, enraptured by the polished beauty surrounding us. We were playing tourist that day, taking time off in the middle of a mission trip to Siberia. Our team didn't plan on singing. There was no audience, at least no… Continue reading Ministry That Doesn’t Look Like Ministry

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Why I Went Away

Well, hello there. It’s been a while. I’ve written a lot over the last few months but have been a bit absent here. Let me fill you in. In February, I took a break from blogging, sharing here only what I wrote for Just18Summers. Discouragement and self-imposed deadlines had turned my writing journey into a… Continue reading Why I Went Away

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Passing on Hope

“I’m glad we’re #christians,” said my pre-teen daughter. I asked her why and her response still echoes in my heart. #hope #faith #parenting #motherhood #kids

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Memorable Mealtimes

“I’m glad we eat together as a family,” said my pre-teen daughter as she served up a second helping. Her comment warmed my heart. I, too, love our shared moments around the table. Sometimes they’re rushed as we squeeze in a meal before Wednesday night AWANA or some other obligation. But most often, our dinners… Continue reading Memorable Mealtimes

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Being Still in the Storm

Yesterday our family took an exotic trip. Well, sort of. We went to the zoo, where we saw some very exotic animals. It rained a little during our drive in, but the light drizzle cleared up before we left the parking lot. The sun came out a few hours later and bathed the animals and their habitats… Continue reading Being Still in the Storm

Family, growing in Christ, knowing God, parenting

A Mother’s Legacy

Ding! A new text message lit up the screen of my iPhone. I opened it to find a long note from my mom containing a list she’s compiled of over 350 names and attributes of God. The day before she and I had chatted about my fascination with learning God’s names as a means to… Continue reading A Mother’s Legacy

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On Questions without Answers

By Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon Why, God? Why? Has that question ever haunted you? Does your faith flounder when life deals a low blow, like our punching bag shuddering before my kids' Kung Fu fists? Mine does sometimes, especially when logic goes unsatisfied and cliché answers just won't do. It's been one of those seasons for me lately… Continue reading On Questions without Answers

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On the Bad Days

By Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon Yesterday was not a good day. Everyone in the Mills house woke up tired from a busy weekend. And busy weekends make for long Mondays. The kids and I took a field trip which involved a lovely nature walk in the autumn-colored woods. An impending thunderstorm held off and the temperature… Continue reading On the Bad Days