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    How His Love Endures: May 2021

    I set a goal at the end of last month to complete a task by the end of May. I was trying to mentally prepare myself for what would be emotionally draining. At first I thought I was procrastinating and then I realized I just wasn’t ready. Instead, I spent the month pausing and enjoying so many gratitudes in my life.

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    How His Love Endures: February 2021

    The shortest month of the year almost always feels like the longest because it is in the dead of winter for those of us who experience every sense of the season. And 2021 was no different. February felt a bit more challenging in my mental health journey.  F is for…Functional anxiety. Let me explain this type of anxiety as I experience it, because anything attached to that word often is misunderstood. FUNCTION: I have a great exercise routine… I’m active and engaged in my job, volunteering, etc… I enjoy down time on the weekends.. ANXIETY: but I can’t seem to get to bed at a decent hour.  but I struggle…

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    My Word for 2021: Endures

    We have made it to the last few days of 2020! It’s hard to believe and a relief all wrapped into one! I love how this last week of the year is one of reflection and planning. I love the hopefulness and energy to start fresh. God constantly reminds me that I start fresh each day as I wake up to His new morning mercies. Whether it’s a new year, a birthday or just a new season, God provides all that we need to start anew. I looked back and discovered that I’ve been selecting a word for ringing in a new year since 2014. This has been a wonderful…

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    2020 Reflection: Savor

    The season of Advent seem like the perfect time to reflect on this past year and begin to look ahead. Here’s the post I first wrote about how I chose this word and the Scriptural connection. It started rather silly with a gift we purchased for ourselves at Christmas time last year. After we were married, Jack and I decided we would not give gifts to one another for the holidays, but that travel or an experience would be our way to make memories. An unexpected financial donation came to us and we decided to purchase a fancy coffee machine! Each morning that I’ve gotten to use it, I’ve SAVORED…

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    Savor 2020: Christmas in July?

    In early April, I shared this update on my 2020 word, Savor. It’s been three months, and so much has changed as we continue to navigate this strange season of life together. If you are catching up, here’s the first post, as in recent years, I’ve picked a word or Bible passage to focus on throughout the year. We are halfway through the summer and over halfway through the year and we’ve reached the consumer driven celebration of “Christmas in July,” even in the midst of COVID. I think about the amazing news and celebration of Jesus’ birth, and how much Mary must have treasured being a new mom and…

  • Faith & Life,  Holy Land,  Lent,  One Word,  unexpected blessings

    Savor: A Reflection

    Since this strange season began just a few weeks ago, I have been reflecting on how I have been taking advantage of my 2020 word in these first few, long months. In late December 2019, as I selected the word ‘Savor’ for 2020, I imagined the opportunities that would arise. When I selected the word “Savor” this is the verse that came to mind. On January 1, 2020, I woke up in the middle of the tour of a life time of the Holy Land, savoring every moment of that trip. On January 10, 2020, I woke up in my own bed, ready to enjoy 3 more weeks of rest…

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    Savor the Savior

    “ But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19 (ESV) Pictures are powerful. They evoke memories of experiences. They take you back to the time and place and people who were/are a part of your life. This must have been one of the first pictures I took and posted on social media in 2005. It takes me back to my college days and the friends I made. But at the time, I didn’t who care who saw the photo. It was just the new trend to post it for others to see. Remember a time when we lived life, took photos and enjoyed the moments?…