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Anticipating Rest

Rest is yet another subject that has been coming to my attention for the last few months. I needed it for sure when I lost my job in August. God provided. I got a new job, and I imagined it would be busy. But God provided rest. At times while working, He has blessed me with rest with classes that weren’t so intensive. But right now, though I am not stressed at work, I am stressed with my current classes. So much reading, so many detailed assignments. But as of today, I have two more assignments to complete—and four days…

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On the Other Side of Pain

As we approach Christmas, awaiting the gifts from Santa underneath the tree, but most importantly, awaiting the celebration of the birth of Christ, I am seeing more and more each day the word "anticipation." I reflected on anticipation during an advent experience about two weeks ago. I've heard it in church. I've seen it in magazines. I feel as though this is something ordinary that has been discussed every year. Somehow, I feel as though I missed it in years past. This year, that word-it is standing out to me as I await new things. Yet sometimes what we anticipate…

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24 Books to Read in 2017

In keeping with tradition, I had to share my reading plans again this year.  I reached my goal last year, but since I'm looking for a full-time job, I've kept my goal the same.  I hope to read at least 24 books this year.  Here's what's on my list (some not yet released): Living Forward by Michael Hyatt Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard by Jennie Allen Beloved Mess: God's Perfect Love for Your Imperfect Life by Kimm Crandall Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts by Sara Frankl Perfecting 7: A Practical Guide to…

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48 Books I Read in 2016 (And the 3 That Changed My Life!)

At the beginning of 2016/end of 2015, I announced that my goal for 2016 was to read 24 books--two books a month.  While I didn't blow my goal out of the water with 66 like last year, I still was able to get a lot of reading done and ended up doubling by goal by reading 48 books. As a recap, here are the books I completed in 2016: Animal Farm by George Orwell The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear.  Take the Leap.  Live on Purpose.…

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One Word 4.0 {with a FREE Printable!}

Because I am a creature of habit, I decided once again that I must choose a word for 2017 and attempt to live by it as my focus for the year. While the purpose of One Word 365 is to skip the resolutions and focus on the one word, I continue to set goals but keep my focus on this one word throughout the year and continually gauge whether I am on track or not and whether or not my goals align with this one word. I failed miserably last year.  My goal was to live out my year as…

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