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Knowing God

Knowing God

One of my favorite mentors* reminded me that "...no matter what is going on out in the world, we have this stability, this fruitfulness, this life, this goodness, when we have Christ." Oh my goodness, how true that is! 2020 was a year of massive struggle and massive spiritual growth for me, and this season isn't over yet. But it's funny how those two things-- the struggle and the growth--often go hand in hand isn't it? I just want to pass on a great resource that has helped me weather this past year-- J.I. Packers "Knowing God". If you've never read this book, treat yourself with a copy! The audio version is really nicely done, in case you like to listen while yo

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Imagine Yourself As A House

Imagine Yourself As A House

"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps you can understand what He's doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of-- throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cot

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Bringing God’s Light Into Our Darkness

Bringing God's Light Into Our Darkness

Passing these long, cold January days at home with lots and lots of paper art and collaging in an effort to stay sane! Even though we've been back to a semi-normal home school schedule for a couple of weeks, it still feels like we're transitioning from the holidays (I keep thinking all the decorations are down but also keep finding more haha, not to mention the massive influx of new toys). Meanwhile, I've been picking up Sally Clarkson's "Awakening Wonder" to get inspired. Here's a short excerpt just in case you need a little pep in your step! "At times it feels like every moment is a battle. Perhaps it seems too idealistic to imagine diving into life every day s

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2021… Oh My

2021... Oh My

Well, 2021 is off to a roaring start. The Capital riot was the incredibly sad grand finale of all of the violence that's been happening all year. Politics and the media have both lost their minds. Nothing is objective anymore. And at this point I think we all need to just resolve to let our gaze turn from this increasingly unstable world and onto our good and sovereign God. As crazy as 2020 was, I'm thankful for everything it taught me. I think the biggest and best lesson of all is that God is a good Father--my Father, our Father--and that we can trust Him through it all. We've had a lot of very heavy health trials as a family, and as these gloomy days linger, H

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Decluttering Our Souls for 2021

Decluttering Our Souls for 2021

Happy New Year! And boy, what a year it was. We had a lot of ups and downs in our family (didn't we all?) and I'm really thankful for a fresh year and a fresh start. The state of the world certainly won't change overnight, but there's hope just in looking back at how far we've come and shifting our focus to what's ahead. While we're crossing the bridge into 2021, here is a practical guide for "decluttering our souls" from Sally Clarkson-- if this is helpful, you can read her whole post HERE. ONE. Check your heart for any guilt or unconfessed sin. I have found that letting God erase my weight of real or false guilt, helps me to admit with God that I need Him, H

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Winter Mittens

Winter Mittens

Winter Mittens | Colored Pencil on paper | 6x9 inches

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Ella’s Prescription for Contentment

  • December 24, 2020
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Ella's Prescription for Contentment

Along with her husband and children, Ella worked as a missionary with tribes in Central Africa for fifty-two years. She had left her country, her family, and all that was familiar. Challenging didn't begin to describe her living conditions in the scorching heat of the African bush. Electricity, air-conditioning, and other modern conveniences were only a dream. Some days it was so unbearably hot that she had to bring the thermometer inside because it couldn't register past 120 degrees without breaking. Ella's daughter, Mimi, is my friend. Mimi wondered how her mother had done it--how she had lived a life of contentment when her circumstances would have caused the

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The Mind a Battlefield

The Mind a Battlefield

Here to share some incredibly helpful insights about the mind and how it functions within the spiritual realm. If you've ever struggled to understand or to implement "taking every thought captive" (2 Corinthians 10:5) or "being transformed by the renewal of our mind" (Romans 12:2), this is for you! Also, don't miss the last few posts on the same subject. | The following are excerpts from "The Spiritual Man", by Watchman Nee. Volume III, Part Eight, "The Mind a Battlefield", pages 13-17) | The bible declares emphatically that we must "be transformed by the renewal of our mind." (Romans 12:2) If we carefully examine the mental experiences of a Christian we sh

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The Restful Life: Part III

  • December 21, 2020
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The Restful Life: Part III

| An excerpt from "The Spiritual Man", by Watchman Nee, pages 221-223. | The Lord Jesus speaks to His disciples saying: "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Mathew 11:29). "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Mathew 11:29) The Lord knows that His Own people must pass through many trials, that the heavenly Father is going to arrange for them to be lonely and misunderstood. As no one understands Him except the Father, so no one will understand His disciples (v.27). Jesus knows that the heavenly Fa

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The Restful Life: Part II

  • December 20, 2020
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The Restful Life: Part II

| An excerpt from "The Spiritual Man", by Watchman Nee. Pages 220-221 | Once he loses his heart for "self" the believer can be wholly God's. He is ready to be molded into any form God wishes. His desire no longer strives against God; nay, he relishes nothing but God. His life now becomes quite simple: he has no expectations, no requests, no ambitions other than to be willingly obedient to the Lord's will. A life of obedience to His intent is the simplest kind on earth, because he who so lives seeks nothing but to quietly follow God. After a person has forsaken his natural longings he obtains a genuinely restful life. After a person has forsaken his natural lo

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