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We prayed for the blessings, that seeds sown would bear fruit. And the Spirit instructs, When the gift is then given, you will lay it down. My heart recalls the choice to lay it down. The gift was given like the start of a promise. No sooner could we say baby – and it was…

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 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?— Isaiah 43:18-19 New life sprang forth as certain as a sapling sprouts up from the ground. She grew within me strong with vitality, like a bulb that lies beneath the…

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For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. — Zephaniah 3:17 Peace greeted me one evening in Spring. Our nightly routines were in rotation,…

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Where do I begin? They say in telling a story you begin at the beginning. As an English teacher I know that is not true. Some stories reach a defining moment for the character in the middle of the action and that is where the story begins. In medias res. I had put off writing…

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I recently finished a nearly two year challenge, following Ann Voskamp through the journey of One Thousand Gifts. Actually, I have not even finished the counting of 1,000 daily blessings yet, but I did finish the book! It took me so long because it truly was like therapy as I would read a few pages…

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