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A Servant’s Heart: We need Mary’s AND Martha’s! (5 Thanksgiving Survival Tips)

Do you have a servants’ heart? — the world needs Martha’s like you! (Especially on holidays like Thanksgiving — wink wink.) I want you to know, God loves the way you take care of people. The way you put others first. It’s a beautiful thing.  The trick is not letting all those well-intentioned tasks blind us from […] Read more…

My Life Inventory: A stream of memories… the world through my eyes.

I am currently going through a blogging course called Write Your Worth by Alicia Cain. She is guiding us through the process of finding our unique voice and telling our story. This Life Inventory is one of our first activities, which is to go through our memories and document what you saw, felt, did, experienced. Even if your observations were of big world events or something you witnessed happening to someone else, you were still present for them and experienced them, and what you saw became a part of who you are. Here is my list:
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Guest Post : A Heroic Love

Seeing others through the eyes of Heaven

What is really important to you? How to protect it.

One day at a time ~ Living in the moment

You are Loved ~ Happy Valentines Day!

Good Morning & Happy Valentines Day! We had a fun morning at the Willems Home. We don’t normally do a ton for Valentines Day because we have two birthdays, and an anniversary in the same month, but this year with Olivia being almost 2, I wanted to do something a little more special. Read more…

When Tragedy Strikes… Dealing with the Questions

Struggling with heartache as I watched dear friends dealing with the loss of their loved ones this week. 2 tragedies among friends in 48 hours. Untimely deaths… Accidents… Spouses, Children, & Dear Friends left behind. This book has been such a blessing and a comfort to me, and an precious reminder of the fantastically good nature of God and his heart for us.

We ask tough questions, so did Ann after her own heartbreak:

“Can there be a good God? A God who graces with good gifts when a crib lies empty through long nights and bugs burrow through coffins? Where is God, really? How can He be good when babies die, and marriages implode, and dreams blow away, dust in the wind? Where is grace bestowed when cancer gnaws and loneliness aches and nameless places in us soundlessly die, break off without reason, erode away. Where hides this joy of the Lord, this God who fills the earth with good things, and how do I fully live when life is full of hurt? How do I wake up to joy and grace and beauty and all that is the fullest life when I must stay numb to losses and crushed dreams and all that empties me out?”

– Excerpt from Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts

I am loving exploring the answers to those tough questions along with her the past few weeks… and in light of the events of the past few days — just the reminder my heart needed. Praying for the loved ones working through their loss this week. Thank You, God that you have their precious hearts in your hand. Read more…

Do We Bring God Glory When We Debate Controversies?

Fellow blogger, Chelsea Dent at Momma Dent Gets Personal just wrote a great post: “Debating Controversial Topics: Does it Bring God Glory?” She brings a much needed balanced perspective on all the hot button issues surfacing on social media. I have been guilty of this myself, and I am trying to balance out defending the truth with honoring God’s instructions for how we are to get along as fellow believers. Finding that balance between love and truth is easier said than done, but it is important that we let God continue to work on our hearts and show us how to live this out and honor him. Read more…

#SheSharesTruth ~ Spiritual Mothers

Some of these women in particular really invested in me, inspired me, spoke into my life (You know who you are). These “mother” figures gave a SIGNIFICANT amount of their time, invited me into their homes, and encouraged me as a wife, woman, and future mom (I became pregnant with my daughter during my time there). They taught me recipes, inspired me with their home-making, crafting, sewing, thriftiness, the way they raised their kids, loved their husbands, served the church, volunteered in the community, and treasured their quality time with their loved ones. Read more…

Overwhelmed Mommies, Finding Ever-Elusive Balance

A little moment of honesty: It is really hard sometimes to take care of myself and the home as a first time mom. I put everyone else’s needs first. It is so hard to find time to do simple things like shower every day, brush my teeth (I know, yuck), much less do my makeup. And most days my hair is a disaster or the carpet needs vacuuming. I can’t remember the last time I scrubbed the toilet or even attempted a workout. Dishes and laundry seem to never get done. They may seem like simple things to someone else, but everything all together feels overwhelming at times, and so I think some weeks I just check out and stop trying. If I feel like everything as a whole is too much for me to handle, I just let go of all the little things all together. Read more…

My Husband was my First Kiss ~ Part 2

It also helps to keep the philosophy that any boundary you set is very easy to cross over even with the best intentions. We are human and it is in our nature to push things too far and slip up. We all do it, it happens, and though it is not God’s best for us, He does have boundless grace and redemption for even our messiest mistakes.

Knowing how human nature operates, if you decide you want to wait to have sex for the first time until your wedding night, don’t make your boundaries while dating “we won’t ever let ourselves have sex,” because you KNOW we all screw up. Set the boundaries well before you even get close to that point. I guess that is my advice. Read more…

My Husband was my First Kiss ~ Part 1

I had always established in my mind that if and when I ever dated, that I would not kiss a guy unless I knew I could marry him, and I would not have sex until my wedding night. It was not enough for me to like a guy, I had to know his heart. I was taught to be very protective with my heart, and I think this approach protected me from getting attached to people who were wrong for me or would have hurt me…I wanted my first kiss to be with the man I was going to marry. Insane, right? Read more…