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Sacred Mundane

Hey friends! I’m way late in sharing this, we’re in a super busy season right now, but wanted to share this from over at Simple Homeschool. It’s written from the perspective of helping our kids, but these can most certainly be applied (and should be!) to ourselves first and foremost. Hope this can be h

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She came up after the prayer meeting several months ago and said quietly, “It’s self-pity.” Ah. Yes. I hadn’t thought of that term in ages, but that was it. We had been praying over a situation, and sort of at a loss for what to pray against. Something was unclear. And that was it. A […]

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You know you’re going to an unusual movie when you’re sitting in a fairly full theater and not a single person has food. No munching on popcorn, no slurping sodas. My own cupholder held kleenex. I’d been forewarned that I’d need them. Last night, my friends and I went to see Unplanned. I wanted t

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It was the conversation I never dreamed we’d have: “I don’t think we’re doing enough. School has gotten really easy.” “Yeah, you said we’d be doing more this year, but we aren’t. Can’t we learn some more things?” It was the kind of complaining that’s music to a mama’s ears. Both kids lam

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“Accept people.” That was the last of 4 specific “marching orders” that God seemed to be giving me for the month of January. As I mentioned before, a couple dozen ladies from my church family rallied together to do a group fast, each of us abstaining from or focusing on certain things. I didn̵

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Are you free from the Tyrant? At least a little bit? Now that you’re freed FROM something you’re freed FOR something. Ready? Now that you’re freed from slavery to your emotions, you’re free to enter fully into others’. Say what?! I thought I was just freed from my emotions so I could be happ

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Just imagine: Every single day, as soon as you wake up, the Tyrant comes into your room and starts bossing you around. He insists you immediately go his way, no questions asked. All day long, you are tossed back and forth by his every-changing demands. One minute, he insists on this. The next, it’s something […]

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Burn in hell.  I could scarcely believe the rage that surged up and crashed like an stormy wave over my heart. I couldn’t believe those words actually whispered in my mind, seething words I have never spoken, never even thought before, but there they were, in an instant. I put my phone down and pulled Justice [&#

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This week I had the joy of curling up on the couch across from a dear friend, steaming cups of tea in hands, and a sweet squishy baby between us. It’d been a long time, and it was pure joy to hear her story. In person. Face to face. It’s so much better than liking […] The post

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I recently sat on the couch with another homeschooling friend and discussed the kind of moms we want to be. There’s so much pressure out there to be more and do more, to hustle, hurry, achieve. But I always find myself returning to this simple question that helps center my spirit: If I were a child, […] T

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Last week in the US: 13 mail bombs were sent to political officials. While my husband was in Louisville this week, a white supremacist entered a grocery store and killed two African Americans. A man opened fire in a synagogue shouting “All Jews must die,” killing 11. Approximately 21,000 innocent babies were

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“Mommy, that bird!” Heidi ran down the stairs to the center of the driveway, bent over the broken feathered friend. Truth be told, I had already seen the bird. But I was eager to finish my walk, I was weary from so much brokenness already, and my compassion-well was bone dry. Besides, it was a […]

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The text popped up and my heart sank. Again. What is wrong with this crazy world?! It just seemed that everywhere I looked, things were not as they should be. Why are so many things so very wrong? Why do people make such terrible decisions? Why are children’s heart’s broken?  That morning Jeff preached on

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I love this time of year: My feed is full of first-day-of-school photos. Bright-eyed littles holding sign-boards showing their grade, new clothes and combed hair and eager anticipation of the year brimming with opportunity. I admit, homeschooling is a little anticlimactic in that department. No new clothes nor combed hai

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Perusing my planner is like a form of therapy for me. I love planning. I love calendar squares (I’m a paper girl), and blank spaces (and an introvert), and scheduling out school years and Bible studies and populating those pages with neat-and-tidy plans. Of course the actual days ahead aren’t neat-and-tidy at

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Continuing from part one » How Justice Came: Preparations After sleeping soundly through the night, I woke at 7am Saturday morning with a contraction. Not painful or intense, but definitely a contraction. I had never had them during the day, so that was a bit different from usual. Dutch had just crawled into our bed [&#

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Yesterday, I drove a familiar route and a flood of memories filled my mind. It was the first time on that road since September 16th of last year, when I drove home in a wild mess of bewildered, angry tears. It had been a long 9 months. We’d lost two babies through miscarriage (I wrote […] The post

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He took the phone call outside, but I could still hear. “Yeah, that way everything’s in place, just in case. And if I am there, I can cover that part. Thanks so much, man.” He was happy, of course. He was talking to one of his favorite friends, an elder at Renew, who is more than […] The p

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It was rather anticlimactic, to cross that “due date” calendar square out and still be pregnant. Especially since I’d really thought (for the 5th time) that I was in labor the night before. We had even taken the kids to my parent’s house for the night thinking “this was it.”  Though i

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“Well that was a waste,” I thought to myself when I woke up, blurry-eyed, exhausted, after realizing that the seven hours of contractions from the night before had produced … nothing. There was most assuredly still a baby inside my belly. It was early, the 4th of July, and the night before I’d

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It’s the 4th of July and you know what that means! Wait, do we know what that means?  Of course, it means barbecues, parades, rodeos, and fireworks. Duh!  But what does it really mean? Yes, we know it is Independence Day, but what does that mean? A couple weeks ago Jeff got up in the middle of the night to [

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“If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” —Proverbs 18:13 This last week, I was so grateful for good doctors, midwives actually, who listen. Every time I go to my prenatal appointment, they sit, patiently and attentively, and listen. They ask questions, take notes, and make every effort t

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I remember, so clearly, being about 8 years old, and attending the 40th birthday party of our friend and pastor, Paul Hunter. All the balloons were black with “Over the Hill” printed on them. It was a great party, but I remember asking my mom, “What does ‘over the hill’ mean?” She expl

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We were caught off guard the first time it happened. Our sweet, happy, laid back, never-barked-before dog lunged forward and growled at the little girl slowly approaching. Say what?!  She must have just been caught off guard, we thought. Give it time. But it got worse. For the first week she was here, she was an angel

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“Note to self: By mid-May you are just so done.” This is a memo I left to myself, last year around this time, when I was army-crawling across the finish-line of school, joylessly trudging through the final obligatory lessons. See, when the sun comes out and the natural world awakes, there are a thousand outdoor adv

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Hey friends! Just a quick note to let you know Sacred Mundane is available FREE on ebook today (6/4) and then just $1.99 the rest of the week (Thur-Sunday).  If you haven’t had a chance to read, go snag a copy now, and click SHARE to let your friends know! Also, if you’re like me and […] The po

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His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. —2 Peter 1:3 Her smile flashed as she told me the story. I loved listening to her, her enthusiasm was infectious as she shared about her Savior. She’d […] The po

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I took a deep breath. Patience. This child’s attitude was awful, but I knew there were plenty of contributing factors. New braces. Sore teeth. Just mush and liquids for food for several days. A distinct lack of love for multiplication tables in general. Sun outside and a world awaiting that she’d much rathe

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It’s interesting how few things matter when eternity hovers, gleaming, just over the horizon. When things get stripped away that you thought were so important, and then you chuckle to yourself because you can’t remember why they mattered so much. “All the deciding factors” dwindle down to the dec

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  It was Nature Day, and the kids were happily scattered across the property, smeared with mud, rosy-cheeked from the fresh air, happily lost in the world of all things wild. I came through the back door and into the kitchen to get some water. As I stood at the sink I was vaguely away of […] The post

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