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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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The Blessing Box: Cultivating Gratefulness All Year Long

“I’m writing a note to God,” my preschooler announces proudly. She thoughtfully scribbles her message on a 3×5 card, then opens the hinged lid of our ”Blessing Box” and adds her note to the jumbled mess of index cards. It looks disorderly, even confusing, but to me it’s a beautiful mess.  Each of those mismatched… Continue reading The Blessing Box: Cultivating Gratefulness All Year Long

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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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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

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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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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

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Good Gifts Gone Bad

by Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon Sometimes you’ve got to give yourself a time out. For several months, I’ve been very intentional about writing regularly, trying to post here on a weekly basis. But last week, I chose not to write. At all. God told me not to. I had lots of work to do - A… Continue reading Good Gifts Gone Bad

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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