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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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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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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Dear Walmart... special needs parenting the special needs mom

Dear Walmart…

Dear Walmart,
Six years ago, my family was forever changed by the birth of my son Joey. He is sweet and funny and has a smile that lights up a room. People are drawn to his amazing personality, his...

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Consider this… down syndrome joey loving jesus the worthy walk trials

“Now then, consider from this day onward…” Haggai 2:15

“Consider from this day onward…” Haggai 2:18

Seven years ago, my world was turned upside down when my three-month-old son was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Hearing that my child would struggle to grow and...

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Gift ideas that don’t add more stuff to your house the everyday mom

I love buying presents for my family. I carefully mull over gift ideas my husband or kids will love. I thrill at knowing a good secret. I adore seeing the look on someone’s face when they receive something they’ve been pining for… or even better, that thing they...

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Dear Moms – Posting at The Glorious Table encouragement mommyhood motherhood the everyday mom the glorious table

Dear moms of babies,

You are exhausted, I know. You aren’t getting enough sleep. You’re in the thick of all of the mommy wars—breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, cloth or disposable diapers, pacifier or thumb—and all you want to do is love your kids well and not mess...

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Lessons learned by LIVING through trials the everyday woman

I never thought I’d be walking my daughter through a sickness where we don’t just get to “move on.” Her medical chart no longer says “acute pain”—it now says “chronic” instead. We have moved into a chronic pain situation. With our 11-year-old....

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How to Teach Your Kids to Help Others the everyday mom

As a mom, one of the most valuable gifts I can give my children is to teach them to serve others. But how do we serve with young children? Most organizations have age limits for their volunteers, and while donating money is a legitimate way to help, a more tangible lesson often sticks better with...

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Building Community: Why you need to find your tribe community everyday woman friendship hope support

This post is part 2 in a series. Check out part 1 here.

I am fully aware of the variety of personalities out there–introverts, extroverts, talkers, thinkers, feelers. We are not a “one size fits all” species for sure. But I maintain that a healthy and active tribe...

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