Anxious for Nothing

Anxious For Nothing

“casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7 The car stopped quickly in front of me.  I applied the brakes and my minivan came to a stop nicely.  As is my usual habit, I checked the rear view mirror to see if the guy behind me was paying attention.  He wasn’t.  At full speed the silver SUV came barreling towards me.  I knew what was coming, and tried to pull the van over a bit to the right, though it wouldn’t have helped really.  Looking up into my mirror a split second later I Read More

Anxious for Nothing

Discovering True Beauty

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”  Proverbs 31:30 I practically ran out of the mall, desperate for fresh air.  Perfumes and fragrances permeated the mall air.  Everything from candles and perfumes, to headache-inducing, nausea-producing lotions, body sprays and soaps were available for purchase, and apparently were continually being sprayed by fragrance-happy women.  The smells filled the mall in one overwhelming stench of aroma, not to mention the constant onslaught of misery-provoking chemicals that wafted off of every passer-by.  Glancing in a mirror I noticed hives on my chin, Read More

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The Treasure of our Heart

“I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.”  Psalm 119:14 What is the treasure of your heart?  Do you have a precious possession?  One, which if lost, could never be replaced?  You know, that one thing that you’d seriously want to run into a burning building for?  Mine was given to me over 20 years ago.  Highlighted, marked up, and falling apart, my bible is my most prized possession.  20+ years of bible study, prayerful searching and early morning quiet times are contained in that precious, treasured book.  Notes, cross-references and spiritual insights Read More

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Along The Way

“And you shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up…to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and hold fast to Him.”  Deuteronomy 11:19, 22 “Whose turn is it to pray first today?”  Every morning the ritual begins anew.  The kids pile into the minivan, backpacks and all, and we hit the road bright and early.  “It’s my turn,” someone says.  After everyone has had a chance to pray, including me, the Read More

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Sacred Trust

“Behold, you are trusting in deceptive words to no avail.”  Jeremiah 7:8 It all started innocently enough.  We had moved to Iowa just a few months prior and had begun attending a church in town.  There seemed to be quite a few young families there, and we were excited about the prospect of finding some good fellowship.  I wasn’t sure, but I was hopeful.  A new young families group had just begun, and it was for all those young families that were now attending the church.  We were welcomed to the expanding group, and as a new stay at home Read More

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Diligent Sowing, Joyful Reaping

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”  Galatians 6:9 I awoke early that morning, and tried to conceal my joy.  It was to be a surprise, after all.  My three elementary aged school children had been independently selected by their teachers as “Leader of the Month” for their kindness, caring and love towards others. None of them knew what lay ahead that morning, and  even their teachers were unaware that each of our kids had been chosen.  I downplayed dressing up that morning…”mommy just feels like Read More

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The Essentials of Meal Planning

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage.”  Proverbs 21:5 Meal time is sacred in our family.  All six of us sit around the table and share about the day, our accomplishments and defeats, our plans for the next movie night or dreams for our next vacation.  It’s a habit and tradition that began when our family was just the two of us, handed down from my mother who loved to cook and gather everyone around to visit.  And it’s one we’ve fought hard to keep. There have been the good years and bad years around that dinner table: Read More

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What’s Your Diet Like? Taking a Hard Look at Spiritual Health & Nourishment

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the Lord.”  Amos 8:11 As we head into a New Year, many women resolve to clean up their diets, eat healthy & get fit.  As the popular saying goes, “you are what you eat!”  Never before has there been such a push to eat clean, organic, fresh, whole foods.  Women everywhere are realizing that a junk food diet can result in dire health consequences.  Has it Read More

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Creating a Laundry Schedule (& why you need one!)

Heaps of  laundry were piled all over the room, some dirty and some clean.  Baskets blocked the narrow walkway of the laundry room that led to our garage.  Someone needed school uniform pants, another needed clean socks and we were already running behind.  I dug through the piles desperately searching for the other sock, wondering how I’d ever survive the laundry nightmare that accompanies a family of six. The laundry nightmare was a monster that snowballed out of control after my fourth baby was born.  With two kids in diapers, another with frequent accidents, not to mention bibs, burp clothes, Read More

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Fresh Plans, Humble Heart

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”  Proverbs 16:9 I spent a few hours over the holiday break searching for a new planner.  I love organization and feel strongly that a little preparation goes a long way toward promoting peace at home.  Maybe it’s the chaos of the holidays in all their glory but as New Years beckons I long to get back to a routine, to a schedule and an organized life and home.  The fresh pages of a new planner each new year remind me there’s so much I can accomplish if Read More