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Carried Close to His Heart

“The Great I AM is not frustrated by our frailties or impatient with our humanity. Instead, he willingly takes the place of a shepherd to lead with us through our earthly journey.”

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Twenty Questions with a Stranger

Twenty questions with a stranger

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Grace, and Why It’s Amazing

What comes to mind when you hear the word grace? Do you think of a formal church service? Maybe a girl’s name? If asked to define it, what would you say? Those who grew up in Sunday School might remember the acronym: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Maybe you’ve heard some other catchy definition. Maybe you… Continue reading Grace, and Why It’s Amazing

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An Untidy Christmas

Maybe it’s an echo of Eden or a yearning for things to come, this drive I have for perfection. I long for things to be just so, for everything to fit in neat and tidy boxes, for the day to go as planned and all our stuff (aka clutter) to stay neatly organized. Christmastime is… Continue reading An Untidy Christmas

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Let’s Go Back: Returning to Rest when Life Won’t Slow Down

And just like that, summer is over. Summer vacation, that is. The heat is forecasted to stick with us for a while yet. The kids are back to their studies and our weekly routine is becoming more…routine. I’m not sure what happened to the lazy days of summer, but we didn’t see many of them… Continue reading Let’s Go Back: Returning to Rest when Life Won’t Slow Down

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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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Slowing Down

Saturday is our family’s favorite day of the week. From Sunday through Friday, we’re busy with school, work, church, sports, music, playdates, and the general busyness which accompanies family life. But on Saturday, we take a breath.  We eat waffles for breakfast and the kids listen to radio adventures on a local Christian station. Most… Continue reading Slowing Down

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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

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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

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Subduing Sin

By Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon Why can’t I just say “no”? I was a slave, bound by my own desires and cravings. Food was my master and I regularly did its bidding. Hungry or not, it didn’t matter. Delicious food or mediocre, it didn’t matter. I couldn’t stop myself. I was powerless to change. And I… Continue reading Subduing Sin