Spiritual Growth, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

Rouse My Soul | Encounters with God on the Dusty Road

I jolt up out of bed fumbling to turn off the alarm. I woke earlier, but decided to rest my eyes for another fifteen minutes and must have fallen back to sleep. I quietly grab my glasses from the nightstand and slip into dining room. The notebook covered table makes me smile. This is my… Continue reading Rouse My Soul | Encounters with God on the Dusty Road

Journaling, Spiritual Growth, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

Lessons Learned on Horseback | Stay Close on the Trail of Life

Last summer Hawk and I took a trip out west for our anniversary. We hadn’t ventured far enough away to justify purchasing airline tickets since our honeymoon, so we saved and splurged a bit on a trip to Colorado Springs. As soon as I booked the trip, I started plotting our itinerary. When I discovered… Continue reading Lessons Learned on Horseback | Stay Close on the Trail of Life

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In My Bag & On My Table | My Favorite Journaling & Study Tools

My husband and I fondly refer to our first date as The Inquisition. Neither of us were casual daters, he had only one prior girlfriend before me and I had zero before him. We were friends for almost a year before he asked me out - so we had a good idea about each other… Continue reading In My Bag & On My Table | My Favorite Journaling & Study Tools

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Slime Slinging and a Woman Named Damaris

My son recently discovered the joy of building blocks. He painstakingly gathers both pieces in his chubby baby-not-quite-toddler hands and angles them together to connect. Sometimes the ends don't fit and he grumbles in frustration, but when they do, he looks up with his big blue eyes to see if anyone noticed. He'll hold up… Continue reading Slime Slinging and a Woman Named Damaris

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The Bountiful Benefactor

My dad and I have this thing where we read the first sentence of a book to each other and then we rate it on a scale of average to awesome. If the first sentence grabs us, it's usually a book that will keep us enthralled through the end. The more the suspense, the better.… Continue reading The Bountiful Benefactor

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Tithing Your Time | A Free Bible Reading Resource

I’m a wordy.  I fell in love with books in middle school. I’d check out a stack from the public library and a stack from our church library and have them read in a week. I’d return them only to leave with more stacked tall. There's a running joke in my family when my teacher… Continue reading Tithing Your Time | A Free Bible Reading Resource

Journaling, Spiritual Growth, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

The Thing About New Year Resolutions, Word for 2019, and the Book that Revolutionized My Year

I once had a boss who would write reminders on her hands. We'd be in the middle of a meeting when something said would trigger a thought and she'd grab a pen and write a word on her palm. Toy - to reminder her to bring a toy to a birthday party for her friend's… Continue reading The Thing About New Year Resolutions, Word for 2019, and the Book that Revolutionized My Year

Journaling, Spiritual Growth, The Motherhood Chapters, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

Pick Up Your Pen | The Treasured Work of a Heaven Scribe

I found out I was pregnant on Christmas. Well, sort of.  The second pink line indicating a positive was ever so faint, I didn't believe it. I swayed between hope and doubt so much so that I put the test in a bag early Christmas morning and stuck it under the tree only to have… Continue reading Pick Up Your Pen | The Treasured Work of a Heaven Scribe

Spiritual Growth, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

This Is Advent | The Stretched Out Threads of Grace

The tree is in the corner of our living room. Its lights are bright and the ornaments are high so a certain little boy doesn't mess with them. I splurged on embroidered stockings last year and they hang off the blanket ladder to the right of the tree. All gifts have been ordered and wrapped… Continue reading This Is Advent | The Stretched Out Threads of Grace

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My Great-Grandfather’s Well | A Legacy of Faith

The Bible sits on one of my mom's bookshelves. It's red, normal looking. Doesn't have an interesting design on the cover. Doesn't even have a name imprinted on the lower corner. I was ten when he died. My great-grandpa on my mom's side. She asked to have this particular Bible after his death. Inside the… Continue reading My Great-Grandfather’s Well | A Legacy of Faith