Five Good and Perfect Gifts

This year has been hard. And good. And perfect.

My view in the Jeep

This Christmas season when I have actually had time to reflect, I keep coming back to one of my favorite verses.

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. ~ James 1:17 NLT

I’ve had some good and perfect gifts come down from heaven this year.

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One of Those Did That Really Happen? Kind of Weeks

Let all those who fear the LORD repeat: “His faithful love endures forever. In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes the LORD is for me, he will help me. ~Psalm 118:4-7 NLT

I am finding myself crawling out of one of those “did that really happen?” kind of weeks.

You know the kind?

The kind that leaves your head and heart spinning.

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Cracks in the Pottery

I’m showing you some of my mess today. My cracks in the pottery. Everything seems so disorganized right now. My table at home looks like this:

and my desk at work looks like this:

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Finding Inspiration One Year Later, God Keeps Showing Off

This week I am finding inspiration everywhere. I don’t even have to look for it. It keeps popping up. It is almost like God keeps showing off. It’s OK. He is God. He can show off whenever He wants to.

It inspires me.

He took center stage earlier this week at my kitchen table. It looked like this:

Remember how I shared How God Used Ann Voskamp to heal my heart? I was becoming a bitter nasty person that August day a year ago when I walked in to a Christian bookstore and picked up One Thousand Gifts. Just because the cover was pretty. Deep, I know.

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Book Review: Thin Places by Mary DeMuth

Last week my world got rocked. One of my long-time Twitter friends, and contributing editor over at The High Calling, Cheryl Smith introduced me to the work of Mary DeMuth. Cheryl had recommended her book Thin Places. I’m a little embarrassed to say that as much as I read, I had not come across any of DeMuth’s work before now. I felt like I had been living under a rock. I can’t believe what I had been missing!

Starting to get a summer cold that was floating around, I stayed home from work one day and thought I would catch up on some reading. I was not expecting this book to wring me inside out the way it did. It totally grabbed me by the throat. Mary’s story had such weight and urgency to it, and even more than that—her spiritual wisdom and depth shone a flashlight into the hidden hurt places of my own dark heart. This allowed for God to whisper to me about my need for His continued healing and growth from past grief and disappointments. Never fun, but always necessary if as a Christian I truly am seeking a crucified life through Jesus.

This book also gave me insight into my work that I was not expecting.

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A Grace Filled Mother’s Day ~ Encourage Single Moms Through A Special Tea

Some days God just gives you an extra dose of blessing. He allows you to step in where He is already working and join in on the fun. This Mother’s Day weekend I was asked to speak to a group of single mothers who gather as a support group through a local church.

My time spent with them at their special Mother’s Day tea was beautiful.

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