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Category: scripture

The Secret to Comfortable Conversation {18 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6 In 2006 I gave up New Year’s resolutions and decided to live a word instead. That year I learned to live grace. It wasn’t an easy word to learn, but it changed me. Forever. I learned grace is an art, and in order to live it I had to give up thinking I knew the way everything should go and how people should… Read more The Secret to Comfortable Conversation {18 of 40 Stories}

Guarding our Shine {17 of 40 Stories}

For the Lord God is a sun and shield:  the Lord will give grace and glory:  no good thing will he withhold  from them that walk uprightly.Psalm 84:11 We are called to shine. Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone did the thing they were created to do? What if we all shined?It is a risk to shine. I think that’s why I like the image of God being both a sun and shield. He provides sustenance and strength. He provides light and protection. He provides… Read more Guarding our Shine {17 of 40 Stories}

Be Strict With Me {16 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. Recently I have been asking God to be strict with me. It isn’t best for a child to have loose boundaries. It also isn’t good for a child to set her own boundaries. I don’t just want to live a good life according to the world’s standards, but I want to live the life I was created to live according to Gods’ standards. Please be strict with me, is a brave prayer. As a recovering perfectionist, I don’t like to do things wrong. This prayer… Read more Be Strict With Me {16 of 40 Stories}

Run the Route {15 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. God is always, always, working on our behalf. He is always, always, working for good. He wants to give us good gifts. Why, then, does it sometimes seem like our prayers fall on deaf ears? Why does it seem like the God who created the universe gives us desires and then withholds things from us? It can be a child, a spouse, a job, a friend, a hobby, a home, a grade, a goal, a rehab — it can be anything, the thing we’ve been… Read more Run the Route {15 of 40 Stories}

Share Your Story {14 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. When Sam was in preschool he planted a tiny seed in a dixie cup and watched it sprout. He brought the sprout home and we planted it in the flower bed. I have a naturally black thumb — death black, in fact — when it comes to gardening. So I felt compelled to give a warning. “You can’t count on me to take care of your sunflower. You’ll need to be responsible for getting it what it needs,” I said solemnly. “I will,” he said… Read more Share Your Story {14 of 40 Stories}

Tiny Faith is Enough {Story 13 of 40}

Click here for the backstory. This scripture keeps tapping me. Consistently, it shows up in my reading. Threads of the verses weave their ways into my thinking and into my prayers. I’m often left feeling like I have too little faith. Just like the disciples, I want to beg, “Increasemy faith, Lord!” The thing is, they didn’t need more faith. If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, it is enough.  It’s not about me and how much faith I can muster. A little faith is enough for… Read more Tiny Faith is Enough {Story 13 of 40}

By Faith {Story 11 of 40}

Click here for the backstory. Last week marked the sixth year of our forever family for our daughters. Walking in the front door for the first time as a family of five, I think I was the most awe struck of us all. I didn’t expect to be there – standing in our entry way with two new daughters and a two year old on my hip. I imagine my eyes to be a bit wild, my curls not quite contained, and the family I always imagined seemed like a… Read more By Faith {Story 11 of 40}

In Training {Story 10 of 40}

Click here for the backstory. A few weeks ago, I asked Hannah, “Would you like me to help you learn to run?” She looked up from her book. “Why would I want to run? You know I hate running. You get sweaty and it hurts.” Smiling, because I expected this answer, I said, “I know some of your friends are in cross country and since you are going to the junior high next year, I thought you might want to learn to run. I’d hate for you to not join… Read more In Training {Story 10 of 40}