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Finding Complete Contentment

It’s funny that I am charged to write this month about contentment when I myself have been feeling a stirring of unsettledness lately. Now, it doesn’t help that at this moment, the world is beginning a season of Christmas frenzy, a sheer display of a world yearning for contentment and looking in all the wrong […]

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When Contentment is a Struggle

Contentment is something I struggle with. I’m blessed to have a loving husband, a home that’s not huge or fancy but that is perfect for my family, three great children, plenty to eat, the ability to work from home, and so many other things! Yet, I seem to have trouble being content with what I […]

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Contentment When Your Situation Doesn’t Change

Oh, friend!  Are you in the midst of a situation that you have prayed over for hours and hours? If you are, you are not alone. I truly believe these are some of the most trying moments in our lives that can turn into the biggest blessings and sources of contentment if we let them. […]

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God’s Plan, Your Sanctification

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5–6 Whenever Christmas rolls around I think of that John Lennon song that comes on the radio every year: “And so this is Christmas… and what […]

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Contentment that Amazon Can’t Buy

This time of year requires a fair amount of shopping.  The holidays bring me into far more stores than I would normally be in, and Amazon and I know each other pretty well right now. It’s so easy to feel far from the contentment my heart longs for.  There are SO many amazing products and […]

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The Gift of Contentment

Ever heard the phrase “first world problems”? I’m pretty sure that’s an euphemism for “how many ways can we define our discontentment?” There are many way to describe the average American, I’m pretty sure discontent would have to be at the top of the list. Americans constantly chase more, bigger, better, faster; they seek superlatives yet […]

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Purpose When Your Plans Fall Apart

You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21 I’ll never forget the day I had to deliver news that I knew would break my child’s heart. For many years my oldest son had set his sights on joining the military and being a member of the special forces. I have […]

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Finding Purpose Amidst Diapers

After spending a decade babysitting other people’s children, I couldn’t wait to jump head first into Motherhood. I had a rose-colored dream of the days I would spend raising my own children and the kind of mother I would be. Motherhood turned out to be a lot more chaotic, messy, and draining than I ever […]

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You Need Not Leave the Shire to Find Adventure

When I think of purpose, as I am sure is the case with many others, I think of accomplishments. As in, I am supposed to accomplish a particular goal in my life and live in that “purpose” joyfully and intentionally throughout my life. I looked it up, and “purpose” is: “the reason for which something is done or created, […]

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A Pleasing Aroma

Happy Thanksgiving! Isn’t it interesting how we associate certain aromas with specific times of the year? Pumpkin spice signals a season of thankfulness; cinnamon, pine, and peppermint usher in the season of giving. Some smells are so lovely and inviting we automatically inhale deeply as soon as we detect them. (Yes, Starbucks, I’m talking to […]