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Just the Good Stuff #1 (July Highlights)

Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Psalm 55:22 NASB The past month was filled to overflowing. I’ve been neck deep in July and end of summer break stuff so it’s taken me a week to get this post finished. We’ve celebrated…

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5 Ways to Find Joy in Corporate Worship

I’m troubled by the trend among Christians of critiquing the church service—the form of corporate worship— as if we’re all judges on America’s Got Talent. But here’s the thing: Corporate worship isn’t a spectator sport and we’re not there to be entertained. I’m not saying the form of worship is irrelevant or should never be…

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Sisters, 80’s Hair, and the Desires of Your Heart

Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 I’ve had some trouble with that verse over the years. It’s a love-hate relationship with 15 words, really. So I want to tell you a story with a few pictures and more words that might explain how I’ve come to…

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When It Feels Like Everything Is Falling Apart

My daughter, Maddie, is a student at Leavell College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Recently, she called to share what she had written in her journal after a particularly difficult few days and weeks. I was greatly encouraged by her words and asked if I might share them here with you along with her photos…

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Make the Ordinary Come Alive

I love the sentiment expressed by William Martin in “The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents”. As I read it I couldn’t help think of the best advice I’ve ever received. Ancient Advice for Modern Parents “Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but…

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This morning as I was reading Numbers 16 about Korah’s rebellion, I couldn’t help but realize how easy it is for us to lose our perspective when life feels hard and our circumstances aren’t quite what we’d hoped. The temptation to complain and grumble and blame others might be an old habit we’ve justified for…

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Empty bedrooms.  For years there were more kids than bedrooms and then I blinked. I never thought I’d see the day I’d have a dedicated space for guests. But I’m thrilled to finally reveal how I pulled together a guest room on a budget. A New Season of Life A new season of life is…

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Of all the spiritual disciplines, prayer is the one I struggle with the most. Each year I resolve to improve my prayer life but never feel satisfied with my progress. Last year, I got honest with myself and most importantly with God, about my desire to deepen my prayer life. I confessed my frustration to…

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