Through The Fire….And Coming Out Refined

Through The Fire….And Coming Out Refined

Christian Living, Life Lessons, Refining, Sanctification, Trials
Being refined. Stripped of all that I knew...All that I held on to. Often thinking to myself "I'll be ok once I know what my new-normal is"....only to realize there wasn't such a thing. Purifying.....Sanctifying....Refining..... The title of this blog series first came to me when my late husband Matthew was in the hospital after brain surgery that had not gone so well. I was speaking to a newspaper reporter who had contacted me regarding Matthew's situation and prognosis. Really, at the time I didn't know WHAT the prognosis would be. All I knew at that point was that life seemed completely flipped upside down to me. I was coming off of a year of medical uncertainties with the birth of my fourth child who was diagnosed, to put it…
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From Broken To Blended… Must Have’s For Success

From Broken To Blended… Must Have’s For Success

Blended Families, Life Lessons, step family, Successful families
  Most of us are familiar with the ever-so-popular Disney movie The Parent Trap (if you're my age, you remember the original one). The tale of two young parents who divorced when their twin girls were just babies. Conveniently, there were two kids so each parent took one and raised them.  Apparently all of the young girls' lives they never asked about their mom or dad until they attended camp one summer where surprisingly they met and then.....wait for it.... Switched Places   The plot thickens as the girls get to see what it is like to have a chance with the parent they had been missing all of their lives. It even gets a little sticky when a "soon-to-be" step mom enters the picture. Right away this was seen…
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The Simple Life

The Simple Life

Life Lessons
We All Long For It.... But What Does It Really Look Like??     I might be wrong, but I think in today's culture we tend to look at the Simple Life as less responsibility, fewer time constraints being free to do as we wish when we want to, or possibly even not being tied down to one particular place, job, or person. I would like to challenge that picture of Simplicity if I can. It is something my husband and I mention and joke about, to be honest, as we are busy in the hustle and bustle of our daily grind (which in my home can feel as though it is grinding DOWN on us)......"don't you just wish we had a simple life babe?". I have to admit, the…
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