Hope

What I learned from Hallmark Christmas Movies: Ok, I’ll be really honest – when I heard the Hallmark Channel was going to start 24/7 Christmas movies on Saturday OCTOBER 27, I did two things:  1.) I rolled my eyes nearly out of my head! And 2.)  I immediately called my husband, Greg, because he LOVES these things.  And yes, I have given him some good-natured grief about his love of the ...

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How to Have a Calm and Quiet Soul (from Somebody Who Struggles with It)

Stop. Be still. Rest. That’s from the Bible. Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). But the fact is that you can’t rest unless you have a calm and quiet soul first. I don’t. I’m not a model of Psalm 131. And actually that’s a good thing. Never take advice from anybody about a difficult matter unless he or ...

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Appreciate Your Pastor!

If you’re a parent, and especially a parent of multiple children, you know what an exhausting, thankless job it can be. It seems like someone’s always upset, complaining, or just plain whining about something. And it almost seems like the kids get together and coordinate their timing so you don’t get much of a rest period. But hopefully, at least one day a year when Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day ...

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Effectively Communicating With Your Husband

I've found that communicating with my husband, Greg, can be challenging for many reasons — especially with our current pace of life. There is one speed in our home the majority of the time, and it’s FAST. With four kids, two jobs, several team sports, travel, church involvement and occasional social activities, the intentional attempts to love my husband through my words frequently get lost in the mix.

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Joy in All Circumstances

Do you have joy in your life? Life sure challenges it sometimes does it? We all know what it's like when life doesn't go as planned. Yet, I keep encountering so many people who can say "The Joy of the Lord is my strength," (Nehemiah 8:10) even in the midst of some of the darkest times. I met an incredible woman recently who mentioned she has children. I jumped enthusiastically to my ...

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Let Your Light Shine

I’m sure it’s no big news to you that we live in a youth obsessed culture.  Being a woman in media, I was more acutely aware of it, especially when it came to my job.  You don’t see too many older women in media.  I didn’t celebrate birthdays and I never, EVER, told anyone my age.  I remember when I hit 30 –I thought, “oh, no, I’m so old!  My ...

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