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When You Don’t Feel Ready for a New Year

Early each January or often even in the late December days between Christmas and New Year’s I see so many posts, photos, and stories in blogs and in my favorite social media feeds talking about goals and plans for the new year. And each year I think I feel about the same. While I commend […]

God With Us

Today’s post is written for the link-up at Five Minute Friday, where the word of the week is with. ***** “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 New King James Version (NKJV)     In that simple phrase, […]

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What I Learned this Fall

  This post is written for the quarterly link-up with Emily P. Freeman, and contains some of the various things I’ve learned this fall. Enjoy!   ****   1. I was surprised to discover how much I like The Greatest Showman! Since I work at the library, I tend to see what books and movies […]

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Are You Who You Want to Be?

This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link-up, where the word of the week is who. ***** I’ve always liked a song by one of my favorite alternative Christian music bands. Some of the lyrics are, “This is your life. Are you who you want to be?”  Sometimes it’s a challenge to love life, […]

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The Things We Want to Share

Today I’m joining in with the bunch at Five Minute Friday, where the prompt of the day is share. ***** Since we were little we learned that it is good to share. As a mom of two sons and eventually a teacher’s aide, I often taught the art of sharing.   But as an adult, […]

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What I Learned this Summer

It’s time again to write about What We Learned and link up with Emily P. Freeman‘s post to share what we learned this summer. This is one of my favorite times to reflect back on the important, fun or even meaningless things I have learned over the past quarter of the year. 1 Tom Longboat […]

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The Key to Living in Freedom

    I’d like to share two seemingly unrelated things from my quiet time this morning which actually go together quite nicely.   One is this quote that jumped out at me from my devotional reading (from A Moment to Breathe, devotional from the (in)courage community): “The actions we take in honoring the people in […]

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Thirteen: Unlucky Number or Baker’s Dozen?

Today’s post contains my thoughts about the Five Minute Friday link-up prompt, thirteen. ***** The number thirteen conveys so many different things. The first aspect of thirteen is that it is the “unlucky” number. People feel so strongly about this that it has created many superstitions, even causing many tall buildings to not even have […]

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How to Take a Vacation

Today I’m linking up with the folks at Five Minute Friday, where we are writing on the prompt vacation. ***** What is a vacation? It’s a special break that can be taken near or far away. It can be a brand new adventure in a place we’ve never been, or coming “home” to someplace familiar, […]

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Choose Your What Ifs

For today’s post, I’m linking up with the gang of writers at Five Minute Friday, where our prompt of the week is if. ***** It’s easy in life to think of all of the what-ifs, and come up feeling mostly regret. What if I had made different decisions, or done things differently? What if I […]