A Modern day Quilting Bee! Wanna come??

Wanna color together?? And Grow a bit in your faith at the same time? Today I was coloring for some downtime and thought about how fun it would be to color together around my kitchen table.   While we can’t literally do that, we can color virtually and maybe even grow a bit along the… Read more »

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Grace Changed Me

“Be amazed that God’s Grace can take a broken girl and put her back together again!” Once human trafficking victims are rescued, there is a long road toward restoration. But with Christmas it’s possible! He loves, he redeems. He puts all of us back together again. It is a love story that should be celebrated more than… Read more »

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Finding Rest

“There is a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea.” These words thrill my heart and quiet my mind. Mercy in the original bible languages can also be translated Grace, Steadfast love, Unfailing love. And there is a WIDENESS in it from God to us. Plenty of Grace Steadfast love as vast… Read more »

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What if Struggle is Necessary?

Yep, you read that right. What if struggle is a necessary part of our growth in Christ-likeness, faith, and even more importantly, to draw all our eyes to God?  I have wrestled this question for years, not wanting to yield. What if struggle is a necessary part of our growth in Christ-likeness, faith, and even… Read more »

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What will you wear?

Clothed in strength and dignity. Covered in Grace. Clothed in Christ’s Righteousness. Wrapped in Love. Cast off garments of fear, insecurity, judgment puddle at her feet. Naked, ashamed, afraid of being seen, she trembles. Clothed in Grace? Wrapped in Love? “Yes,” He whispers, “They are yours.” “My Gift to you.” Robes of righteousness, beauty, and belonging swirl around… Read more »

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Oops, I did it again!

Remember that catchy tune?  Oops, I did it again… that thing I said I would Never do. What’s on your list?  You know you have one… We all do! It’s full of things that were easy to say, “I’ll never do that,” about –  until we got into the same situation!!

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What You Need to Know about Name Calling!

What names do you call yourself?  Life giving names: Lovely, strong, enough, wise, blessed, forgiven, beloved?  Or  shaming names: clumsy, foolish, fat, ugly, not enough? It matters…a lot. This is something I struggle with; that’s probably why I write, speak and teach about it so often. The journey from living in shame and self contempt… Read more »

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How can we describe God’s love for us?

Steadfast Love is the English translation for the Hebrew word “hesed” God’s hesed is one of my favorite concepts in the Old Testament that requires multiple words and ideas to understand. Hesed is rich Hebrew word for which there is no exact English equivalent.  It is too big a concept for a single word to… Read more »

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Where do you find your value?

You know that feeling- sweaty palms, heart racing, stomach in knots when you know -you’ve been found out, caught, and you’re in trouble!?  I hate that feeling. It is perfectly described in Lam 1:20  and it assaults me when I know have done something wrong,  been rebellious or crossed the line between right and wrong, obedience and… Read more »

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When Life Throws You Curve Balls

A while back John and I were talking about this time of transition in our lives, as well as some worries and decisions that were on minds. He commented that even in the midst of the worries and decisions we were facing, he felt the last 10 years had been good ones. I scoffed and… Read more »

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An Audience of One

That’s my nametag.  That’s your nametag too. No matter what, this truth remains.  And that is enough.  if… we allow it to be. John coached our daughter Emily for years and I remember watching the young girls on his soccer team bloom under his kindness, encouragement and instruction.  They reveled and rested in his delight in them… Read more »

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