Being an Intentional Friend

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I have learned a lot about friendship in the last 20-ish years of my life. I remember the clique phases of grade school, junior high, and high school. I know how hard it is to stay in touch with your high school friends when you attend different colleges. I know what's its like to make lifelong … [Read More...]

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Being an Intentional Disciple

"Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and … [Read More...]

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Me Time in the Midst of a Busy Season

I get it, we're all busy. And while I would love to be less busy and I love the idea that we stop glorifying busy, it also doesn't mean things can slow down for some of us right now. Maybe you've got small kids at home that demand all of your time. Or work is busy right now and you've got to have … [Read More...]

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Being an Intentional Neighbor

"You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27 My family moved to where we currently live almost two years ago. We bought a house in a wooded, secluded area of the private … [Read More...]

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Intentional Life – Back and Better Than Ever

Intentional.  Purposeful.  Deliberate. Live a little, learn a little, and your realize that being intentional is a lot more about what you say "No" to than what you say "Yes" to. And for a while, quite a few of us have had to say "no" to blogging to truly be intentional living. We are … [Read More...]

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Friends :: The One With the Spontaneous Girl

The scene opens on a small town library, in a room with that familiar book smell, but a bit louder than the rest of the library. It is filled with young parents and their small children. We're sitting on the oversized carpeted steps that go around the room and up like amphitheater seats. We're … [Read More...]

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Friends :: The One with the Lone Ranger

The scene opens on a quaint coffeehouse called, "Central Perk," in New York City. Three girls and three guys are sitting on the worn rose colored sofa and a couple chairs. Oversized mugs of warm coffee occupy their hands as they joke, laugh, share, cry, and sometimes give a whack upside the head of … [Read More...]

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New Mercies

There is something so fresh and wonderful about the start of a new year. As I jot down a few goals and plans, it's like I am getting a fresh start. A new year. A chance to change what I didn't love about last year. January always feels full of life and hope. There is nothing I love more than getting … [Read More...]

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What I Want My Children to Love about Christmas

Christmas time is my favorite time of year, and as far as I can remember, it always has been. I always looked forward to Christmas time. I remember doing an advent calendar with my parents, and getting to be part of the advent readings at church. I remember matching Christmas Eve dresses, going … [Read More...]

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Living Faithful

Have you ever thought about how being strong and being faithful are intertwined? There are non-believers who think that faith and religion are used as "crutches" by weak people. Guess what? We're all weak people. A Bible study I was doing recently looked at the difference between strong and … [Read More...]

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How to Prep Your Home for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK, and we all know that Christmas is right around the corner. It's hard to NOT see the amount of Christmas decor, Black Friday ads, and depending on where you live, the cold weather. (Every year I question why we live in Illinois!) The holiday season can be a busy time, but … [Read More...]