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Don’t Give Up: A Lesson in Perseverance

Lately, I really feel like God has really been putting the topic of persistence on my heart.  It first came up when I read the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:2-6.  Here's how my Bible reads: "...In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.  And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' For some time he refused.  But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care what people think, yet because…

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4 Reasons I Take My Kids to Work

Well if you don't already know, Take Your Child to Work Day is next week.  I had completely forgotten about this concept until I got married, and my husband's daughters went with their mom to work.  Now that my oldest daughter is 8, she gets to participate as well.  Right now I'm working on a schedule for her day at home as well as a questionnaire that will help her get the most out of her day with me. I've seen a lot of opinions for and against Take Your Child to Work Day.  If you're against it, fine.  If…

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Choosing Just to Be

Today I was all determined to accomplish a host of things. And I did. I spent way more time that I had planned on working on the blog page, worked out, and even enjoyed a walk to the school to pick up Princess Anna from school.Everything went as planned, really, until bedtime.When my niece came up with this fantastic idea for a tea party that we can't attend, which led Princess Anna into a meltdown, because they my sister and niece are leaving on Wednesday and we won't see them again for a year.And somewhere along the way, I had…

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For the Weary

I don't know about you, but I often forget how tired I am. Case in point: yesterday, I fell asleep on the couch while the kids were playing on the Wii.  All I remember: Princess Anna covering me with a blanket, bringing down her pillow and my old stuffed rabbit, removing my glasses, and telling me to let her know if I needed anything.  (My heart explodes with love for that girl.  But I digress...) And today, it hit me while I was in the shower.  I was so busy with the laundry-breakfast-devotions-get-the-kids-ready-for-school-pack-my-stuff-for-the-gym-get-ready-for-work-go-to-work-drop-off-the-kids-because-there-was-a-delay-still-make-it-to-the-gym-and-back-to-the-school-in-time-to-pick-up-princess-anna-and-get-to-the-tax-man's-in-time-and-oh-yes-eat-lunch-and-feed-the-kid-and-pets-in-there-somewhere busy-ness that it didn't hit me until…

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How a Penny Taught My Daughter About Diversity

All this month, because it is black history month, I have been thinking about how might be the best way to talk to my children about race.  My half-brother is bi-racial, and it's important to me that my children be aware that God made all of us the same inside no matter how we look on the outside.  I've constantly been at work with this whenever we see somebody who is in a wheelchair or who has a visible deformity. For instance, last week at the post office, we saw a man who had a severe limp. "Why does that…

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