Not Losing Heart!

Not Losing Heart!

November arrived, but the calendar in my head hasn’t caught up. It seems like everything in our lives came to a standstill way back in August, when LeRoy first entered the hospital. The world has moved on, summer ended and school semesters started, but in some ways, LeRoy and I are stuck in a “timeless” and somewhat solitary season. But even though I’ve been stuck back in August, the calendar tells me that fall arrived more than a month ago. And I don’t want to miss it. Fall is my favorite time of year, I love this season more than any other.

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Learning to Live With an Open Hand

Learning to Live With an Open Hand

Being a planner is my nature. Things go much more smoothly when I’ve got a plan. It’s never fun to start a meal and realize you don’t have half your ingredients because you didn’t plan well. Especially when my children were small, it helped the day run well if I looked ahead and had things prepared for the day. As a young mom, I was forced to become an organized planner. But I’m realizing that this new life we’ve entered means letting go of my planner to some extent. I’m learning to live with an open hand.

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More Steps for Growth

More Steps for Growth

It had been a few decades, at least three, since I’d seen it. When my mom placed the small binder in my hands, I didn’t even recognize it at first. How could I have forgotten about something that was so significant? This little black binder, filled with: colorful pages, handwritten notes, Scriptures, praises, worship, instruction, yearnings and dreams, and had started me on a journey of growth that has been rich.

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7 Steps for Spiritual Growth

7 Steps for Spiritual Growth

When she put the stubby three-ring binder in my hands, I didn’t recognize it at first. I was at my mom’s house helping her look through her closets and pick out clothes for our big trip (see this post). She handed me the small black binder and said she’d come across it some time ago and kept forgetting to mention it, thought I might want it. At first I didn’t even recognize it, but as soon as I started turning pages, the rush of memory brought everything back.

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Live Motivated by Joy

Live Motivated by Joy

On the second day of 2017, I invited you to experience joy. Coupled with that invitation came the challenge to seek God for a spiritual focus you should intentionally pursue this year. Several times in this short year, I’ve already strongly encouraged you to develop a daily discipline of spending time in the Word with a plan for study. But my prayer is that none of you will take that course of action because of guilt. Jesus didn’t call us to a guilt-ridden life, but invites us to daily joy!

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