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Don’t Give Up On Your Daydream: Pursuing God’s Plan For Your Life

When I first started my blog, I quickly realized that this had been my “daydream” for a long time. I was finally living out what I believed was God’s plan for my life. I prayed for everything that I wrote to be nothing more than a reminder: a reminder to every single person who reads that they are valued, cared for and loved by an amazing and gracious God. I wanted to use the comfort that I had received from Him to comfort others – and that meant being vulnerable and open in areas that I didn’t necessarily wish to be.

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in Lifestyle

4 Practical Tips For Raising Grateful Kids

“My sons are 2, 8 and 10. In no way have I finished raising my kids nor do I know exactly what will make them “great people.”  I am in the trenches with you, figuring it out as I go, desperately leaning on God for wisdom and guidance on how to raise these little beings – with the goal of helping them to become awesome men who will live their lives wholeheartedly for Christ!
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A Letter to Singles: Marriage Doesn’t Suck

When I first got engaged, I assumed that everyone would be as excited as we were. I was absolutely out of my mind in love with a man who had been my best friend for years. The word fiancé giddily rolled off of my tongue and our long-awaited wedding day couldn’t come soon enough (it was actually only a five month engagement, but it felt like forever!) The idea of marriage was a dream come true for me – but based on many people’s words and opinions, I was beginning to question if it was actually as bad as they made it seem.

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in Food

Blackberry Cobbler with Sugar Cookie Crust

When I was growing up, my cousin and I would bake our favorite blackberry cobbler recipe and eat the entire thing in one sitting. We added a few scoops of ice cream as soon as it was out of the oven and drizzled (poured) honey on top. Oh, the nostalgia. Such sweet moments at her dinner table with zero worries in the world aside from getting our dessert out of the oven at the perfect time.

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in Hope

How To Make New Friends and Create Life-Giving Friendships

It can be incredibly difficult to meet new people and make friends as an adult. We don’t have classes to go to or study groups to join. We no longer have sororities and fraternities or dorm roommates.
It is now up to us to meet people, and sometimes it may seem a lot easier to stay in, eat frozen pizza and binge-watch Netflix by ourselves.

But that’s not how it has to be. We have the opportunity to make new friends and create life-giving friendships.Continue reading

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Emotionally Simplifying My Life: Getting Rid of Control

A few months back, I wrote a post about the importance of Simplifying My Life and why I have chosen to do so. Since then, I have found that, above all – above simplifying my wardrobe, organizing my clutter or getting rid of any toxic relationships  the number one thing that I need to simplify are my emotions – specially my tendency to control everything around me.
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If God Appoints Leadership, Why Do I Vote?

I was having a conversation with my brother-in-law this evening about the debates and the act of voting. We talked about the fact that our county as a whole has begrudgingly accepted the fact that we are being asked to choose between a sly, calculating individual who has consistently lied to our country and a narcissist who seems like he may blow a fuse at any moment. (Does Gary Johnson actually have a chance? That may be another topic for another day.)
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