Everyday Ordinary Story: Life is in the Messy Bits everday ordinary story

by Jennie Denney

An older woman was once asked by her grandson, “Wouldn't you have loved to skip over the messy bits of your life to this beautiful moment we find ourselves in right now?

She laughed and shook her head as she said, "Oh honey, life IS the messy bits."

How often have I wanted...

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Everyday Ordinary Story: Waiting Expectantly (Without Expectations) everday ordinary story

by Jodie Pine

Mom!” my teenage son cried out, unable to sleep with uncontrollable leg tremors and heart palpitations. When he uttered the words that he thought he was dying, I began throwing the essentials into his well worn hospital bag for another trip to the ER.

Three months...

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Have you been with Jesus?

Do you want to live a life of significance? Do you long to know you matter? Let me tell you a little secret, friend…

What we need is not a degree, a title, money, power, or fame. We need him. “His divine power,” Peter wrote, “has given us everything we need for a godly...

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Significance for Ordinary People
Sometimes I wonder if I’m good enough… if I’m doing enough… if I know enough. Sometimes, if I’m being honest, I wonder why anyone on earth listens to what I say (or reads what I write). After all, who am I? I’m not an expert. I don’t have a degree or a...
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Keep planting seeds

I spent so many years trying to control my kids. Every misbehavior, every bad attitude, felt like a direct reflection on me. Clearly I had failed. Clearly I was a failure.

This is toxic thinking, friend, and it is not from the Lord. He knows just as well as we do—better than we...

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Living in the tension of Lent
Listen, this is going to be a little uncomfortable, but it needs to be said. Are you ready?
 
Resurrection is always preceded by death.
 
Triumph comes out of hardship. Spring follows winter. Beauty comes from ashes.
 
We see this pattern in nature, in stories, in our own lives....
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Lent & lament: Why bother fasting?

Lent is an uncomfortable season. By design. Before the joy and light of Easter, Lent reminds us of the grief and darkness that came first. As we prepare to celebrate Christ’s victory over death, we should be reminded of the brokenness that preceded the defeat of our enemy. We should...

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5 Tips for Disciplining Your Child with Love & Grace apologizing apology discipline grace motherhood parenting

“I hope when the kids are grown, the mom they remember is the one who took them to the zoo and played board games and baked cookies with them, not the one who completely lost her cool over the dumbest things,” I laughed to my husband. But the joking tone couldn’t completely mask...

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Want to love your friends? Try this one simple trick encouragement love your friends

I have to tell you… I cried a little when I saw this picture. Like, real, actual tears.

love your friends kids

No, it’s not because I love Hobby Lobby that much. (I DO love the Lobby, though. I’m not gonna lie.) And it’s not because Grace was coming home with more art supplies. (OK, maybe a...

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Honoring God with our rocks: What God really wants from us accomplishments gifts honoring god parenting

“Mommy, look! Look what I have for you!”

No sooner had I heard the opening of the front door than my kindergartner’s voice filled the house. He was absolutely bursting with excitement, his face alight with joy and love. He had brought me a present. He had brought me… a...

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