Be Kind to the Woman in the Mirror kindness loving jesus self-care the glorious table

We preach kindness to our children. We seek to show love, compassion, and respect to the people around us. Too often, though, we’re unkind and neglectful to one of God’s cherished creations: the woman we see in the mirror every day.

I’m not talking about manicures and massages...

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Sometimes choosing your identity is as easy as walking the plank brave choices labels nametags purpose

“Mommy, come walk the plank with me!” Splashes, squeals, and laughter surrounded us as Matt tugged pleadingly on my arm. We spent Spring Break this year on a cruise, welcoming the heat and sun as we escaped from snowy Ohio. And on this particular day, while the ship was moored in...

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Created to be: Posting at The Worthy Walk disability down syndrome joey loving jesus the worthy walk trusting god's plan

Although I originally posted this article here about two years ago, it came to mind as I was listening to the most recent podcast on The Worthy Walk. The story of Joseph (the guy in Genesis, not the earthly father of Jesus) is one of my very favorites. I couldn’t help but share...

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When you can’t sing, hum: A Glorious Table post encouragement hope loving jesus the glorious table trials

Several months ago, my family went to war. Okay, maybe “war” is a little dramatic, but that’s what it felt like. Over the course of about three weeks, we went from being the happiest and healthiest we had been in a long time to fighting battles on every front. All five of us...

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When words fail: 10 ways to refresh your spirit, mind, & body creative outlet finding hope refresh

We are six weeks into 2018, and can I say, “HALLELUJAH!”??? I mean, I can’t say 2017 was all bad. After all, 2017 brought us this:

family hike

girl time

my favorite baker

 

And this:

joey's big pitch!

soccer superstar

And especially this:

tubing with my sweet boy

look at that air!

 

Oh! And the release of my first book…!

 

That was a highlight for...

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Standing firm in the everyday: A Worthy Walk post loving jesus perseverance spiritual armor stand firm the worthy walk

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over...

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Finding Jesus: An excerpt advent christmas finding jesus the worthy walk

“Mom, we lost baby Jesus. I can’t find him anywhere!” You’d think this statement would have come from one of my kids, but no, it was me, a 30-something grown-up, calling my mom to cry about a missing Fisher-Price toy. Somehow among the decorating, baking, shopping,...

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May I have your attention please… book christmas devotional finding jesus loving jesus

Hello, old friends. It’s been a while. I’ve missed you! I hope this holiday season finds you well and full of anticipation for the weeks to come.

As you may know, it’s been a tough season in the Epling house. I have missed this little corner of the web we share here, but my time...

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I surrender some: Learning to let go loving jesus

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give.
I will ever love & trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all.
I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

As I sang these words this morning, a vivid picture came to mind: I was handing things over to...

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How are you? loving jesus

“How are you?”

It seemed like a simple enough question. If nothing else, it’s a familiar one. How many times a day do we repeat those three words? To friends, coworkers, even strangers on the street.

I knew the easy response. And I knew that’s all she expected. But it...

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