5 Tools I’m Using To Plan For A Successful Year

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  2017 is right around the corner. As in 2 days away.  Are you ready for it?  Have you made resolutions for 2017 or have you made a list of things you won’t do in 2017?  Either way, I’m sure you have started to think about what you want 2017 to look like in your head.  And if you want to take it a step farther and write them down, I am sharing with you today 5 Tools I’m Using To … Read More

My 5 Star Reads of 2016

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  Sharing about books is one of my favorite things to write about.  I get giddy just thinking about this post – getting to recall all the amazing books I read throughout the year. So without further ado, here are my My 5 Star Reads of 2016.   Love Does Love Does by Bob Goff was by far, my most favorite book of 2016.  Additionally, if I were to make a list of my top books of all time – … Read More

Joy for All People

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  One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is get up early, snuggle under a cozy fleece blanket with coffee cup in hand, and gaze at our Christmas tree as it dimly lights the room. In Michigan, more often than not the ground outside the window is covered in white, glistening snow. The peace and joy I feel as I sit there, looking at my tree in the quiet of the morning, warms my heart.   … Read More

Wishing You Hope and Joy This Christmas

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  Dear Reader, I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know how thankful I am that you have allowed me space in your lives and have taken a few minutes here and there to read my words. It has given me great joy this year to start this blog and share my heart with you.   Wishing You Hope And Joy This Christmas I thought I would share our family Christmas card with you all.  If … Read More

Waiting for a Zip Line

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  When my husband and I were newly married 12 years ago, we purchased a starter home that we planned to live in for five to seven years. It was meant to get us through until we were ready to build our dream home. The one that my husband had imagied designing and building since he was a young boy. We are now more than half a decade beyond that original timeline, our family has grown to six people, and … Read More

Jesus Versus Stuff: The Real Battle We Face at Christmas

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    The holidays are here. I know this because my mailbox is overflowing with sale ads and circulars every single day. Sometime during the last decade, “Black Friday” turned into “Black Thursday Afternoon.” Stores used to open early at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, then some went to midnight, and in the last few years stores started opening at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Some people have protested by not shopping on Thanksgiving. But why is there even a need … Read More

A Call For Us To Listen and Love

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  As you know, launch teams are my jam. I very much enjoy the process and the excitement that being on a launch team provides. This post is inspired by my recent participation on the launch team for Listen Love Repeat by Karen Ehman.   A Call For Us to Listen and Love This launch team was my first introduction to Karen Ehman. Although Karen is a New York Times best-selling author, I regrettably had never read her words before. … Read More

5 Helpful Resources To Build Character In Your Children

  One of the perks of homeschooling is that we can focus on non-traditional subjects.  Sure, we do our reading, writing, and arithmetic, but we also invest time in other areas of education.  In our home, we hold one’s character in high esteem.  I can teach my kids their multiplication tables and addition facts all day but if I do not instill in them the importance of having good character, as a parent I have missed the goal. Today, I … Read More

What Does The Bible Say About Being Thankful

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Why me, Lord? Why is this happening to me? Why do I have to be going through this circumstance? What is my future going to look like? How am I supposed to give you thanks when I am in so much pain? How am I to praise your name when I feel so alone? Giving thanks and praise to God in the midst of hurt, pain, and suffering is hard work – Hard. However, it is precisely what the Bible … Read More

5 Simple Ways To Count Your Blessings

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  Counting our blessings is a way for us to stop and give thanks to God for all the gifts He has poured down on us.  Today I am sharing with you 5 Simple Ways To Count Your Blessings.   Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. {James 1:17 NIV} 5 Simple Ways To Count Your Blessings   Keep a Journal So simple, … Read More

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