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God’s gifts: Reflecting on 2021

Today's guest post comes to us courtesy of my little sister Alexis whom I love to pieces. During the past year I have been humbled by a few of the ‘good’ problems God has allowed me to experience and am grateful for the journey.  Although problems are inevitable in life, some problems are better than... Continue Reading →

Ebenezers

Thank you for contributing this guest post, Jonna Nixon, answering the question: What gifts has God given you in 2021? For many, the past couple of years have been… well, just hard. We all know the reasons. Formany of us, we’ve lost people we love, we’ve been critically ill ourselves, we’ve endured multiplenegative repercussions on... Continue Reading →

Gifts from God

Today's post comes to us by guest contributor Chris Furnell. Thank you, Chris, for giving us reason to pause and reflect not just on what gifts we've been given and blessings God has sent our way but on the entire practice of gratitude, too. When I sit down to contemplate what gifts God has given... Continue Reading →

2021 gift list

Just wheat: Only what matters

Each year, I make a list (sometimes it appears on my blog) of the ways God has blessed me. You know, the gifts He’s given me over the past 12 months. I felt 2021 was full of these things… blessings, moments of awareness, lessons learned, redemptive times.

God gives all of us these gifts. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).

Why do we miss these moments, though, life quickly jetting by? What makes us prone to receive gifts, hands extended and palms up, smiles spread across our faces… then toss those same gifts in a heap, often lamenting what we didn’t receive?

I have done this more times than I wish. I’ve tried to stop behaving this way. And that’s one of the gifts God gave me the past two…

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In Celebration of Caregivers

This guest post is written by Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, one of my former professors who has served as a writing mentor for me for years. I'm so grateful for Dr. Murphy! If you want to hear more about how she's helped me, be sure to check out my podcast about those who add value... Continue Reading →

Getting unstuck

At that perfectly naive, curious age of 15, I sat next to the cutest boy in a red pickup truck on a dirt road. In the dark. On a cold winter night. Stuck. We had genuinely been doing nothing wrong. Just driving around back roads, listening to Tori Amos, enjoying the rain, when suddenly the... Continue Reading →

Beauty on the hour

"Maggie, your sparkly shirt looks so pretty this morning." She climbed over the chest at the end of our bed, the morning sun reflecting off the sequins on her pink t-shirt. Her face beamed slightly, disguising a little smile. "YOU look so pretty this morning, Maggie," I changed my compliment after seeing her little smile... Continue Reading →

Summer Giveaway!

Who doesn't love a good book giveaway? From now through July 30, 2021, my Mama Meditations devotional books and gratitude journals for moms are on sale (only the signed copies exclusively available through my bookstore). So I decided to help promote the sale by giving away a signed copy of Volume II along with a... Continue Reading →

Filling the God Love Space

Looking for love in all the wrong places. Right... I'm pretty familiar with that old tune. And I've certainly been there, done that. Lots. #IYKYK. While sudsing up and tackling a sinkful of dishes a few days ago, I contemplated this age-old dilemma. Why do we, as humans, seek human love so voraciously? Not just... Continue Reading →

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