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Paths to restoration

Thank you, Rhonda Bletsh, for sharing your heart through words in this guest post. On 3/16, at 4:41 in the afternoon, 2021, Bruce’s soul left his Earthly vessel. With it, hetook a piece of mine. In that moment when I watched him take his last breath, my new life was beginning. Ijust didn’t fully comprehend... Continue Reading →

5 Ways to relish spring

Are you genuinely enjoying this spring? Spending time outdoors (unless it's raining), breathing in the fresh air, taking walks, picking or planting flowers, planning your garden, taking a drive with the windows down? If not, and you're able, seize the day! Spring flies by every year. Let's enjoy it wholeheartedly while we can and reap... Continue Reading →

Grief & gratitude

Today's guest blog post is written by my friend, mentor, and former boss, Rhonda Bletsh. Thank you for sharing the depths of your grief, love, and gratitude with us, Rhonda. As the one year anniversary of my husband’s death approaches, I find myself reflecting on all that I have. In those first seconds, minutes, hours,... Continue Reading →

Loving our kids in spite of them

Today's guest post is shared anonymously by a mom who knows what it means to love someone in spite of their behaviors, choices, and flaws. To love someone regardless of whether the love is reciprocated. I hope this post helps other moms feel less isolated in their feelings and circumstances. I want to share some... Continue Reading →

Love in a pandemic

Today's blog post in the love month series comes from fellow writer/blogger Toi Thomas. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Toi! You can follow Toi here: https://linktr.ee/toithomas. The past two or so years people have struggled to express and feel love. Many have felt confined by the limitation of COVID restrictions and struggled... Continue Reading →

February 2022: Love covers us

Tomorrow kicks off the month of February. You know, the love month. The month when the sugar-coated Hallmark movies, teddy bears, roses, and chocolate hearts overwhelm even the most sentimental. The month when those who are single stock up on 50% off chocolate on February 15. The month when lovebirds coo at one another even... Continue Reading →

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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