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Provider

One of God’s many attributes and names is Jehovah-jireh. Inherent with this name and character of God is His desire to provide for His people. In Hebrew, jireh means “to see.” When paired with God’s covenant name, Jehovah, this name literally means that Jehovah will see to it. He sees and foresees. He is omniscient—He…

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Burden-Bearer

Hello! Even though it doesn’t quite feel like Fall, October has arrived. I don’t know about you, but sometimes toward the end of the year things can get a bit crazy. Between making it through the summer months and now looking forward to the holidays, it can seem like there is too much to do.…

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant

I’ve heard hundreds of times that “God works in mysterious ways,” and I know it’s true, but I never expected to see His caring love while watching guests at a Disney World attraction. Three weeks ago, I was waiting for my family to finish riding the Dumbo ride when I spotted an odd group. There…

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Blue-Eyed Boys, Long Lashes & Letting Go

Never will I forget January 3, 2000. Alex and I awoke at 5 AM with bags packed and baby carrier in tow. The only thing missing—a baby boy, who nestled comfy in my tummy. After many, many, many hours of waiting, pokes, prods, and pushing, out popped our eight pound, one ounce bundle of joy!…

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Beauty in the Blurry

To some I’m considered young, to others old. I’m the age where I can remember tape cassettes, dial phones, VHS players, and television sets with antennae. I can remember going to the store and my mom paying for groceries by writing a check, or when we were lost in the car and actually had to…

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Lost and Found

I don’t know that there’s anything else that boils my blood like not being able to find something I KNOW I know where it should be… like – full-on insanity mode. Losing things is so frustrating to me – but with mom brain and multiple little hands in the house, it happens a lot! (and…

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Flint for the Fire

“You’ve lost your spark.” I was told this once after a rather long and grueling swim practice. The years of training had kept me going, I had finished the set, but it was true, my spark was gone. There I was, an experienced swimmer with more than twelve years under my belt and thousands of…

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A Lesson In Leavin’

If you’re a 2000’s country fan like myself, you most likely started humming Jo Dee Messina’s hit. Rather than dive into the mushy details of this hit breakup song, I’d like to dive into the details of leaving God’s will – ouch. Not too long ago, I received some of the wisest wisdom on God’s…

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Reaching Out to What Lies Ahead

Philippians 3:13b* challenges us -“[it is my one aspiration]; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…” So how are you reaching out to what lies ahead?  What exactly are you straining forward to do? Perhaps this is one of the great challenges for Empty Nesters.  We’ve raised our families and some of…

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Happy New Year

Um…wait a minute. The days are still long(ish). The weather is still hot. Bathing suits are still acceptable all day long. Pumpkin spice latte and peppermint anything hasn’t found their way into everything yet. And Christmas decorations are already full price everywhere. So, maybe I’m not talking about the beginning of a new year, but…

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This is How I Fight My Battles

In her book, Fervent, Priscilla Shirer says, “If I were your enemy, I’d disguise myself and manipulate your perspectives so that you’d focus on the wrong culprit—your husband, your friend, your hurt, your finances, anything or anyone except me. Because when you zero in on the most convenient, obvious places to strike back against your problems,…

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Letting Go to Spring Forth

My hand aches from clenching my fist as the phlebotomist tries to find a vein. He sees the one he wants and goes for it. “You’re going to feel a pinch,” he says. I brace myself but don’t look away. Watching appeals to me for some odd reason. Much to my surprise, I feel nothing—not…

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When God Says ‘No’

Last week a mom spoke to me about her recent heartache and I believe Empty Nesters will understand.  Her adult child was hospitalized, and everything in that mom wanted to take off and be fully available to help.  However, circumstances made it impossible. There’s something in a mama’s heart that wants to get to the situation and…

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The Bucket List

A friend sent these words by Steve Bezner to me, and I must say, they were enough to stop me in my tracks. “Sometimes I joke about what I’d do if I had one day left to live. Eat junk, go crazy, etc. Today it hit me: Jesus knew. And He washed feet.” Do you…

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Light My Path

It would be really bad if I tripped and hurt something.  No sooner had the thought run through my mind then my ankle gave out and I fell to a knee. There was a moment of pause as I assessed the situation and realized nothing was truly hurt—maybe my pride, but nothing major. It was…

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The Trust Fund

The word “trust” has two different meanings. One is a verb, to trust, which is an action. It means to rely on or place confidence in someone or something. The other is a noun, trust, which is an asset managed by a third party. For purposes of this essay, it is a combination of the…

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The 360 View

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” – Psalm 18:10 Where do you turn when you’re in need? What do you do when you’re afraid? Who do you talk to when you have a problem? These were questions my friend, Holly, asked a group…

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Digging Deeper

Summer is a perfect time to try something new or find relaxing rhythms that might last until next spring.  Whether you read more, cook more, get outside more with your kids (who are home all the time, eat everything, and are always asking “are we there yet?”), the longer days of summer are full of…

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You Will Walk Free

I’m a visual person. But not in the way you’re thinking. Perhaps there is a term for it that I’m unaware of—but my form of visual learning comes through words that create pictures. It is no shock to me as I tend to view and see things in this way. Perhaps it is a way…

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R.E.S.T.

Solitude. Quiet. Sleep. Freedom from busyness. An unhurried and peaceful way of living. All of these words paint a picture of rest to me. Lazy afternoons. Unhurried mornings. Hours and hours to read, write, or think. But those kinds of days—they make movies, not my calendar. On the precipice of 2019, God entrusted with me…

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