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Encouragement

How self-reliance can become God-reliance

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Encouragement, Following God | 0 comments

I am survivor. I am a doer. I’m also self-reliant. Survivor is a badge I wear proudly. Surviving multiple things such as domestic violence, health issues, and upheaval of community has lead me to become self-reliant. Most of the time, I’m pretty proud of my self-reliance. While being self-reliant, I’m also a doer. Doer’s have a hard time sitting down and not doing anything. These fine qualities can help you navigate life well, but if you’re unhealthy, they can become very detrimental. Being self-reliant in this culture is something people pride themselves on. But what if these qualities...

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Finding freedom during health issues

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Encouragement, Health | 0 comments

A few weeks ago brought another health challenge. As we walked through another possible surgery, I kept thinking of all the amazing gifts we’ve been given. My family and I can walk, talk, see, and hear. The older we get the more our bodies can resist harder workouts. I love to workout, but sometimes we’re reduced to walking. And guess what? That’s okay. I can still hike, snowshoe and ski, but in the midst of health hardships, how do  you keep going? Put one foot in front of the other. You get up each day and make the decision to keep moving forward. My mentor has a saying, ‘you keep on,...

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The Backside of the Mountain

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019 in Book, Encouragement, Following God | 0 comments

Recently I met with a dear friend and we caught up. She wanted to get together and hear how life was going. This is a trust-worthy person because she is a mentor and cares with kindness. As we caught up, she kept saying this phrase which I had never heard before. She said ‘you’re on the backside of the mountain’. She explained you’ve been strategically placed in solitude in order to prepare you for His work. The backside can also be a place of transition and pruning. Yikes! Those are all the words I’ve been fighting against for the last year. What does the ‘Backside of the Mountain’ look...

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Growing into 2019

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Encouragement, Health, Kids, Relationships | 0 comments

Here comes 2019! 2019 is going to be a year filled with anticipation and hope. Hope of how we’ll continue to grow during the good and the bad times, and for all the adventures ahead. However, 2018 was a year of growth for me and my family. Each area of growth has led us to hope for the good each day. We grew spiritually. Being a part of BSF each year, studying Romans and listening to Alisa Childers podcast has led to incredible growth. The amount of direction and pruning has been overwhelming, but also welcoming. We also took time to really invest in what the kids are learning spiritually....

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Giving All Year: Our Holiday Traditions

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Encouragement, Kids | 0 comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again. Andy Williams sang it best letting everyone know there will kids jingle belling, parties for hosting and hearts will be glowing. Loved ones will be near and it will the happiest season of all. I’m going to be super honest here and say I only care for certain parts of the Christmas season. What? Yes, it’s true. Hang with me here. There’s too much pressure to get Christmas right. We stress at getting all the gifts ready, Christmas cards out the door, baking cookies, and not to mention teacher gifts. We have the most amazing teachers, but...

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