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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 […]

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Sisters are for Encouraging

We have a lot of sisters at our house. Four to be exact. And that is just the right amount to produce a lot of fun sister activity. Unfortunately, it also produces a lot of not-so-fun sister activities; fighting, tattling, bossing, comparing, complaining, telling someone how to do it the ‘right way’…my list could go […]

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When Can I Start Doing IMPORTANT Things?

Several years ago, I remember pondering my purpose as I was standing in the middle of our living room with a stunned look on my face. I was holding a crying toddler who had painful molars breaking through her gums. My feet were surrounded by toys that had been dumped (for the fifth time that […]

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How to Fulfill God’s Purposes for Me

Psalm 57:2 “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.”  How do we fulfill God’s purpose in our lives? I believe it comes from when we allow ourselves to not only hear God’s word; but apply it in our lives when we are experiencing the tests of circumstances. It […]

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His Purpose For His Sheep

The Good Shepherd loves His sheep. He tends, leads, guides, cherishes, feeds, and protects a flock. He’ll even lay down His life for their protection. As Christians, Jesus is our Good Shepherd and He did more than just dying for us. He set up a plan and purpose for each of us because He knows […]