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We all have so much to balance - family, marriage, motherhood, home, career. These stories share ideas and life hacks to help you set priorities on your most hectic days, have fun, and live a life of satisfaction and abundance.
Overcoming Weaknesses When the Best You've Got Isn't Enough

September 1, 2014

It has come to this. My two-year-old, Charlotte, ate cookies for lunch. We have officially limped over the finish line of one of the longest summers in history, and that was the best I could do today. Summer break began on May 23rd, and the start of the new school year has been long in coming, [...]

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Getting Out of a Funk with Some Good For Your Soul Music

July 1, 2014

Disclaimer #1: I realize that I was a teensy bit stressed with my rodent issue during my last post. You truly deserve an upbeat, life is PERFECT message for this happy month of July, but I'm writing this when I'm a tad bit peevish.
Disclaimer #2: I also realize that sarcasm is a very low level of humor, [...]

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3 Tips for Keeping Above Water When You Feel Tested

June 1, 2014

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is 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. [...]

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The Elf on the Shelf is Stressing My Spirit. You Too?

December 1, 2013

Dear friend,
The Elf on the Shelf is stressing me out. For those of you who haven't noticed this little fellow in the stores, here is his happy little story:
“The Elf on the Shelf® is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. [...]

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Why We Need Jesus

July 1, 2013

Dear friends,
In my writing and speaking, I often quote other authors in order to more succinctly illustrate a point I am making. After receiving feedback from the July Positively Purposeful message, I feel it's important to say that the selection of a quote does not indicate an endorsement of everything said or written by that person. [...]

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How We Own Our Mess? We Confess Our Sin

June 1, 2013

When, when, when am I going to learn? I am certain that God is wondering just how many times it's going to take for me to get it through my head that there is a limit to what I can stick on my calendar and actually get done with a sweet spirit. [...]

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Remain Steadfast

May 1, 2013

As I stood in the checkout line at the grocery store today, I noticed the woman behind me showing her daughter the delicious deli-prepared meals in their cart. I looked back at my two bulging shopping carts and thought ahead to the hours it was going to take me to make the meals for the week. [...]

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Coasting on Fumes: Practicing Spiritual Discipline

March 1, 2013

A risk we all run when we love others lavishly is neglecting to take care of ourselves. What begins as a passion of the heart-a pure desire to help-can actually place us in a dangerous position where we find it hard to stay faithful. When we coast on the fumes of a life that lacks spiritual discipline, [...]

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Unexpected Gifts Hiding in the Advent Calendar

December 1, 2012

“All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.” James 1:17
As Christmas approaches, I'm freshly inspired to create the perfect Advent setting in my home. I picture beautiful arrangements of greenery and berries by my front door, a lovely tree by the roaring fire, [...]

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