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Can We Really Trust God?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

As a Christian, you would think this scripture would be easy to follow. Trusting God – that’s easy, right? He’s our Creator. Our Protector. Of course we can trust him.

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So why don’t we? Why don’t I? Continue reading “Can We Really Trust God?”

Does Reading Restore a Sense of Wonder?

Different people read different things for different reasons.

The stressed, overworked, single mother of three may sigh as she turns the page of a romance novel in the dark hours after the kids have gone to bed.

The analytical young dad may crack open the cover of a military adventure, likely having to force down a grin and a fist pump as he revels in the battle victory of the hero.

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God’s Treasure

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This is a journal entry from a year ago.

Yesterday was Easter service at my church, and instead of preaching the typical Easter story, our pastor taught on Psalm 118. He read from verses 8 and 9. “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in Princes.”

This hit me particularly hard, because the day before I’d essentially had a meltdown.

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Voyage to the Star Kingdom

Grab your wallet, some tissues, and order this book.

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In the small community of Village-Upon-Stone, a storm settles solely over the house of a beloved family. Instead of leading their normal, happy life, the family—a father, a mother, and three young daughters— must battle fierce winds and torrential rain. The other villagers come to the family’s aid, but it’s no use against the rapidly rising waters. The family and their neighbors pray to the Star King for relief. They know he is good, but they have never endured such a storm; what if he does not send help?

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When the Going Gets Tough, Get Outside.

It’s tough sometimes to raise a family.

Okay, it’s tough all the time.

The messes, the fits, the fighting.

But then there’s the cute moments, discoveries, the wonder, the harmony.

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Today We Built a House

Today we built a house.

Okay, so it was a tiny house. It was a tiny house for toy cars. But whatever. We built it.

Both of my Boy Critters were board (see what I did there?) so we came up with the brilliant idea to make something. A real something, with a hammer and nails. As I dug out the supplies from my husband’s shop, I thought to myself, How hard could it be? It’s just nailing a few boards together.

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Big Critter was super excited, until I nailed the first two pieces together.

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Haunted Places near Birmingham

The Magic City is a fascinating and interesting city in which to work, live and play. But she has a dark side.

Anywhere from bangs and clangs to ghostly apparitions, Birmingham is full of paranormal “hot spots” that draw enthusiasts from miles to investigate.

Here are 9 of the most haunted places near Birmingham. Read if you dare.

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What Will You Focus On?

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ROW80 Goals for this week is to revise 5 Chapters per day of A Time to Haunt. It will be general LIGHT revision as a first pass to get reacquainted with the material.

The Things You Get Used to With Boys

Having two boys keeps me on my toes. I’m not the girliest of girls – I can play in the dirt with the best of ’em – but there are a few things I’ve quite gotten used to.

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Photography by Amanda Moses

Like Wesley (age 4) making more sound effects than words.

Like Caleb (age 18 months) always, ALWAYS having a dirty face.

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Laundry: the Minimalist Way

Laundry: such a daunting word to so many people. It’s that necessary task that most of us dread because it seems like there’s always a mountain of it and it’s impossible to get to the bottom of it.

I use to be completely swamped by my family’s never ending mountain of laundry. So much so, that I would go to do it, feel overwhelmed by the amount that needed to be done, and then quickly leave the laundry room to go do a more outcome-promising task. We would run out of clothes to wear once everything was dirty. I went out and bought myself 20 pairs of socks because I never seemed to have any in my drawer. Just like all the other areas in my life, I was defeated by the amount of stuff I had in my laundry pile. Even though I had way more articles of clothing…

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