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THE TROUBLE WITH OVERTHINKING AND WHAT TO DO INSTEAD

The human spirit is so weak that when it would look too curiously into the causes and reasons of God’s will it embarrasses and entangles itself in the meshes of a thousand difficulties, out of which it has much to do to deliver itself; it resembles smoke, for as smoke ascends it gets more subtle,…

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HAVE YOU HEARD?

Have you heard about Jesus? He’s everything, you know? The Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, and Friend. He’s the Healer, the Great Physician, and the Lover of your soul. He’s God’s Son. His favorite child. His only begotten one. He’s the Savior! Have you heard about Jesus? No, really? Have you heard?…

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HOW I’M OBSERVING LENT AS A SOUTHERN BAPTIST

What are you giving up for Lent? As a Southern Baptist girl from small town Alabama, I’d never been asked that question until we moved to New Orleans. Other than what I’d learned as a religion major at Samford University I knew very little about Lent but I was interested in learning from those who…

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WHEN OBEDIENCE IS AS EASY AS PIE

Ever have those days when you don’t feel like doing anything? Well today is one of those days for me. There are lots of to-do’s on my list but no motivation to-do any of them. I seriously consider a Netflix marathon in the comfort of my bed and then I try what millions of us…

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FAVORITE PHOTOS FROM MY TRIP TO AFRICA

Going to Africa last year was an amazing experience. But if you ask me, “How was your trip to Africa?” I’ll likely share very little. For a woman who’s never been short on words, even I’m surprised that I haven’t had more to say. Like a cherished love note, I’ve held my journey to Africa…

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WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT MARRIAGE FROM A MARATHON

I didn’t know how hard marriage would be. It’s not that no one told me. It’s just that I thought ours would be different. In the Beginning We married in 1987 as I was finishing my junior year at Samford University. I was a full-time student, commuting 1.5 hours one way, and working a part-time…

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TWO RECIPES: ONE FOR YOUR HUNGRY FAMILY AND ONE FOR YOUR HEART

Do you need a new recipe that’s an easy, crowd-pleaser in a bowl? Of course, you do! But you’re probably thinking, “New recipes take a little extra time and effort and often require new pantry ingredients.” You’re right. But I promise this one’s worth it. It’s a family favorite around here and a regular in…

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Creating Space for Intimacy in Every Season of Marriage

A marriage cannot thrive without intimacy. Husbands and wives crave intimacy and if we attempt  to satisfy our God-given needs in unhealthy, unrealistic ways we end up hurting ourselves and those we care about most. As a happily married wife of 30 years and a mother of  5, I want to share what I’ve  learned…

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The Accidental Homemaker: Part 1

After 14 years  of marriage and three young children, I left the work I loved to be a stay-at-home-mom and full-time homemaker.  I’d earned 3 degrees and had years of experience in my field but I was unprepared for a life at home. A Woman Plans Her Way I was a committed Christ follower focused…

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