Depression, Family, fear, growing in Christ, hope, Hope in the Midst of Heartache, knowing God, Loneliness, pain, parenting, rest, thankfulness, Uncategorized, Waiting, Walking by Faith

Camouflaged Blessings

For us, this is a time of weakness. Yet over and over again, God reminds me that it's good to be in need.

Depression, Family, fear, freedom, growing in Christ, hope, Hope in the Midst of Heartache, Loneliness, pain, parenting, rest, Uncategorized, Victorious Living, Waiting, Walking by Faith

When Depression Moves In

What happened to my joy? The question tugged at the corners of my soul as I trudged through each day. A dark cloud hovered over every waking moment. And sleep? That was a struggle, too. I had one bed-wetter and another child with night-terrors, so the sleep I did get was often fragmented and restless. How I… Continue reading When Depression Moves In

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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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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

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An Anchored Soul

Panic gripped my heart as I read the text from my sister – “Emergency Alert: Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” My sister and her family moved to Hawaii three weeks ago. Just in time to enter the path of a ballistic missile. I fought back tears… Continue reading An Anchored Soul

Christmas, grace, Hope in the Midst of Heartache, knowing God, ministry, pain, Uncategorized, Waiting, Walking by Faith

Just a Taste

Samples. They're my kids' favorite part of shopping at Costco. (They might actually be mine, also. I'm just too grown up to admit it.) Just a taste. Enough to make you rush over to that cooler and grab your own box of goodness to take home for dinner. Jesus' coming at Christmastime was a bit… Continue reading Just a Taste

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When Life Hurts

by Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon Sometimes life is really hard. As a nation, we've experienced some tragic events lately - from the Las Vegas massacre to hurricanes and wild fires leaving destruction in their wake. Closer to home, several dear friends lost loved ones in the last few weeks. We attended one funeral on Saturday - a dearly loved husband and father. Unexpected.… Continue reading When Life Hurts

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When Life Eclipses God

by Meredith Mills @dazzledbytheson We saw it, and it was dazzling. Like millions of other people, we traveled into the totality zone of the Great American Eclipse. We spent the afternoon camped out in the heat, hanging with some of our dearest friends, eating Moon Pies and Sun Chips and Cosmic Brownies. A sense of… Continue reading When Life Eclipses God

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Pondering Perfection

“Please don’t let me mess up. Help me not to make a mistake.” I stood in front of our church congregation, filling in as a member of the worship team. I would be leading out on the next song. My stomach was in knots as I thought through all that could possibly go wrong, things… Continue reading Pondering Perfection

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The Gardener

I have a garden this year. I love saying that. It feels so…earthy. So…natural. So…not me. You see, I’m not really a gardener. I want to be. I try to be. But I get a bit lost when plants don’t just...grow. I put the seeds in the ground, so now they should do their thing.… Continue reading The Gardener