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Encouragement

Love Your Child Enough to Let Them Hurt

March 29, 2016

When you love your child, nothing hurts more than seeing your child in pain. As a mom, I can hardly bear to see my kids in any kind of distress, whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual. From skinned knees to serious medical issues, squabbles with friends to messy breakups, parents have to help their kids through plenty of painful times on the journey to adulthood…and beyond. Naturally, parents want to help remove pain from their child’s life. But is…

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Encouragement

Looking Back, Moving Forward

January 28, 2016

I’m not often an introspective person. I would rather be doing than sitting around contemplating things. I’ve always been a girl of action! The downside of being quick to action is that I have been known to act and speak before I think. The upside is that I am someone who looks ahead, takes leaps of faith, lives in the present, and anticipates the future. But after making it through one of the craziest years of my life, I think a little bit…

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Encouragement

Gratitude Adjustment

November 26, 2015

“For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:15-16 Today, I thank God for you. I am filled with gratitude that you are seeking to be a better mom. I am humbled that you are reading these words. I…

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Encouragement

Celebrating the Holidays When it Hurts

November 17, 2015

Guest Post By: Lisa Appelo I usually love Christmastime. I love the smell of a Douglas fir in the living room and holiday music on the radio. I love all the baking and cooking of Christmas and shopping for that one present that I know will bring a wide grin to my child. But four years ago, we were facing a very painful Christmas. Six months earlier, my husband, Dan, and the amazing father to our seven children, had suffered a…

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Encouragement

How to Find a Messy Balance

November 10, 2015

I confess that I am by nature a messy.  However, I am also highly productive. Being messy and productive is like having two beasts at war within.  You see, I love to take on lots of creative challenges which can lead to jumping  from one thing to the next. And jumping creates a messiness; messy drawers, messy closets, messy desk, messy car, messy purse… An overall disorganization can set in that creates a huge roadblock to my productivity.  It took…

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Encouragement

Fighting the Lies We Live By

November 3, 2015

Lies have a really sneaky way of disguising themselves as truth. Once we hear a lie in our head enough times, it begins to convince us that it is right! Then we unknowingly accrue a list of lies we live by. Don’t believe me? Think about a few of these lies we live by, or at least I live by and I am fighting not to live by! Lie #1: “No one notices what I do” Truth: “You are LOVED” As…

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Encouragement

How to Chain, Tame, and Train Your Tongue

October 20, 2015

  When was the last time you said something you didn’t mean? Spoke before thinking? Hurt someone with your words? Let a careless comment slip? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done all of those things! And I know I’m not the only one who struggles with my words. Why is it so easy to say things we regret?  The book of James has an answer for that. James 3:2-6 tells us, “For we all stumble in many…

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