On Change, Bitterness, and Standing on the Rock

Things have been getting more real over here on the blog lately. I don't enjoy writing about things that I can wrap in beautiful paper and tie up with a bow because it's not real life. That's just not how it goes, and I don't always want to write about my highlights and list the …

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The Belt of Truth

"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth," (Ephesians 6:14a) What is the Belt of Truth? The word girded comes from the word gird, meaning "to encircle or bind with a flexible band (as a belt);  to make fast (as a sword by a belt or clothing with a cord)" (source). It's related to the word …

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How I Use My Simplified Planner

I've been using my Simplified Planner for almost a year now, and I LOVE it. It's helped me sort out my thoughts and plans and lists and generally just kept me more sane than I was before I had it. (By the way, her 2017 planners just debuted, so check them out!) I've thought about writing …

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How Exercise Can Be a Spiritual Discipline

For me, exercise has been encouraging in more ways than one. I'm always going to be encouraged to push myself further in my exercise routine and in my everyday routine when I exercise. It's a natural energizer because it's working to keep my body healthy. But I've also found that it can help me spiritually. …

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This World Is Not My Home

A re-post from April 19, 2016.

Speaking the Truth in Love

We sang this hymn Sunday morning with the church where my husband and I have been attending since we moved to Arkansas. It was even mentioned in the sermon that morning as a bullet-point about Christians’ true citizenship. It’s one of my favorite songs because of the picture it paints in my mind of reaching the true end goal. Here are the lyrics below if you haven’t heard it before (by Albert Brumley):

This world is not my home I’m just passing through
my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
the angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door
and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

They’re all expecting me and that’s one thing I know
my Savior pardoned me and now I onward go
I know He’ll take me through though I am weak and poor
and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

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Our Memorial Day Trip & Mini-Vacation (Part 2)

This where the next phase of the trip begins. Leah arrived in Auburn in time for services Wednesday evening, and we transferred all of my things into her car. Then we left an hour or two later for Destin, Florida, where we would stay for the next (almost) four days. Leah is a veterinarian, and she …

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Our Memorial Day Trip & Mini-Vacation (Part 1)

This series of posts is mainly for my own documentation and for family or friends who are curious to keep up with what we've been doing. Just to make my trip post a little more bearable and cut the read time in half, I'm going to split it up into two parts. Today you'll see …

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On Singleness, Dating & Marriage

This is going to be a long post, so if you're interested in this topic, please stick around! But if you'd rather not read over 2000 words about singleness, dating, and marriage, feel free to move on - I understand! I've written several posts in which I talk about what I'm learning from marriage and my …

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