Joy that Pleases God

Welcome to 2018! It’s my hope and my focus this year to be a #PresentPresence. To that end, I’ll be taking a bit of a break and sharing some words of my friends each week here in January. I know you’ll love them as I do and we’ll begin with Gretchen Fleming. I began to …

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Thankful in it All

One of the best lessons of my life has been learning to be thankful in less than desirable situations. This shift of perspective did not come through easy, happy or joyful moments in life, but in the most painful. But this attitude and perspective shift has allowed more grace, peace, love and joy to fill …

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Diligent Decisions

The calendar flips to November and holiday pressures rise as leaves and temperatures fall. Lists, shopping, and party planning shift into full gear. These tasks added to already full schedules often elevate stress and worries to unhealthy levels. This year, instead of releasing our pressure valves by barking at our families (which I NEVER do), …

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Joyful Guardrails

What’s your greatest joy? My children and being their mom brings me more joy than anything else in life. But joy is not the only feeling that comes with parenting. There’s also worry, frustration, fear, even anger blended with the love and joy we experience as parents. How can we minimize these and find more …

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Why We Need to Surrender

I love how God plants similar thoughts with different people. Last week, I noticed a friend’s post on Twitter about letting go and receiving what we truly need.  I immediately agreed as letting go is on my mind and heart this month. Her reply to me?  Surrender = freedom. Yes! Wait, really? It’s the opposite …

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