Finding Grace Amidst the Mess

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Somewhere at the beginning of this day there was a plan. Honest. No one told me there would be days like this as I sat in my French literature class at the university. No one prepared me for this part of homemaking. I meant to help my five-year-old son clean his room. He needed a… Read More

Why I Refused to Love My Neighbor (Plus a Giveaway!)

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When our daughter outgrew her swing set, we sold it to an acquaintance who struggled to find a truck and some buddies to help haul it away. We weren’t home when his plan came together, so we told him to go ahead and get started. They removed the swings and were dismantling the slide when… Read More

A Prayer for the Week Ahead

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Last week during my Bible study, a verse jumped out at me.  Funny, isn’t it, how you can read a passage countless times and then one day, the words come alive in a new and powerful way? I shared the verse on Instagram and on Facebook. And the words burrowed deep into my heart and… Read More

Spring Makes My Heart Want To Sing!

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Spring is creeping in. The trees are still rather bare but it’s coming … the burst of the next season. I see buds. Bright pink, green, and yellow flashes of color are all around. And after the hard winter we’ve had the change in the weather makes me want to sing. I’m not the only… Read More

May Day Ideas for Your Neighbors

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Spring is when Amish communities generally share communion together (also in the fall), and they do this outside of their regular church services. After communion, they wash one another’s feet in a sweet gesture of servitude, humility and kindness. For those of us who are not quite Amish, we can take delight during this lovely… Read More

Sing Your Way Home

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In primary school, my class learned an old song that goes as follows: “Sing your way home at the close of the day, Sing your way home, drive the shadows away. Smile every mile, and wherever you roam It will brighten your road, it will lighten your load If you sing your way home.” Singing… Read More

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