In Faith, Motherhood on
3 May, 2017

Trust in You – A Real Life “Call The Midwife” Story

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Hi friends! You may have noticed that lately I’ve been sharing a lot of guest posts, and you may be wondering why. So – before I share today’s post by my friend Valerie – I wanted to give you a little insight into why that is.

I think it’s important to talk about life. And I don’t just mean “what I ate for lunch” or “my favorite drink at Starbucks” or “that’s a super cute shirt” type of conversations. Sure, those things are fun to talk about, but I mean really talking about the struggles in our journeys. The purpose of this is two-fold: 1) to encourage others, and 2) to remind ourselves of all that God has done in our lives.

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In Faith, Home Decor, Lifestyle on
27 April, 2017

Loving The Space (And Place) You’re In

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“It was such a blessing to find myself thriving in the middle of the pain. Unless you find a way to do that, there’s always going to be this fake illusion that once you get there–wherever “there” is for you–you’ll be happy. But that’s just not life. If you can’t find happiness in the ugliness, you’re not going to find it in beauty, either.” Joanna Gaines

In January 2016, something really exciting happened for me and my husband – we closed on our very first house! We were so excited (and a little stressed), but it’s safe to say we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.

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In Friday Favorites, Lifestyle on
21 April, 2017

Friday Favorites (No. 2)

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Wow, what a week it has been! I mean, honestly. This was one of those weeks when I got to Tuesday evening and was already completely wiped out (not to mention ready for bed by 8:00 pm). Please tell me I’m not the only one!

This week I read The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines. To be honest with you, up until this week I had only ever seen one episode of Fixer Upper! I have just been on such a kick with watching period dramas on Netflix or Amazon Prime, and I haven’t been in the mood for that type of show. However, on Sunday evening my husband’s grandma suggested I read The Magnolia Story and she let me borrow her copy. I have to say, I loved it so much! And now that my husband and I actually have cable, I can start watching their show on HGTV! My plan is to start from season one and work my way through to the current season.

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In Faith, Motherhood, Trials on
19 April, 2017

My Journey with Postpartum Depression – God’s Story

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Have you met my friend Helen Gentz from Helen’s Corner? Well, today you’re in for a treat! Helen is here to share with us her journey with postpartum depression. She has such a beautiful story to tell, and it honestly brought me to tears when I first read it! My prayer is that you will be encouraged just as I was. – Jen

It was a Sunday evening.

My 2 year-old son was fast asleep. And my 7 month-old daughter had finally gone down for the next few hours. It was my husband Joel’s prime time to decompress after a full day of teaching, preaching, and hosting friends. Mine, too, but I didn’t need to decompress because it was Sunday evening. I needed to decompress because it was like any other day. There I was, sitting in our TV room. Arms crossed. Anger. Tears. And my dear husband sat by me, unaware of how it got this far…this bad…this desperate.  

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In Friday Favorites, Lifestyle on
7 April, 2017

Friday Favorites (No. 1)

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Happy Friday! I am so excited that it’s Friday for two reasons: 1) It’s going to be super warm outside this weekend, and 2) I am starting a new Friday ritual here on the blog!

I’m aware that this is probably not a unique idea in any way, but in order to connect with my readers more I am starting something called Friday Favorites! A couple of times per month on Fridays, I will post a random update on my life, sharing my favorite moments from the week as well as anything good I’ve seen, read, watched, listened to, etc. In return, I would love for you to comment with your own Friday Favorites so we can learn about each other!

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In Authentic Beauty, Faith on
6 April, 2017

Faith, Fitness & Freedom in Christ

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Happy Thursday, friends! Today I have the joy of passing my pen to my friend Marsha, who is sharing with us her struggle with body image. Ladies everywhere, I pray you will be encouraged just as I was. – Jen

My testimony starts as a Jesus-loving young girl consumed with how she looked. I watched my mom struggle with her weight, and she desperately did not want me to deal with the same issues. Unfortunately that made me (and her) hyper-focused on it, and I began to believe I was fat, ugly, not good enough, and would never find anyone to love me.

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In All Things English, Lifestyle on
29 March, 2017

10 Period Dramas to Watch if You Love Downton Abbey

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If you know me, you know that I love nothing more than a good period drama. (Okay, that might be an exaggeration – there are, in fact, things I love more than I love period dramas…but not many!)

It’s no secret that my favorite period drama of all time is Downton Abbey. But we all know that Downton ended more than a year ago. So, what have I been doing since that dreaded day in March 2016 when we said goodbye to the Crawleys? Well, I’ll tell you…

Today I’m sharing with you ten of my favorite period dramas that you will enjoy if you loved Downton Abbey. In reading this, you may think I watch way too much TV; however, an episode here and there does add up, and many of these shows have short seasons. Plus, I personally consider anything not from my country of origin nor my time period of living to be educational. So there’s that. 😉

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In Faith, Motherhood, Trials on
23 March, 2017

Trusting in God When Your Child is Sick

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Today I have the honor of hosting my friend Liz from Plunge Deep Climp Steep! I am excited to share with you her story about how she learned to trust God more through the difficulties with her son’s health. I hope you will be just as encouraged as I was. -Jen

He was two years old, blond hair, blue eyes. I felt frozen in time as I watched him go backwards off his chair and onto the wood floor. I gathered him in my arms on the floor as he went from shrieking to shaking, convulsing for about 30 seconds before I was able to talk him down to calmness. My voice seemed to help him gain control.

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In Faith, Marriage & Love on
16 March, 2017

Above All Else: What It Really Means to Guard Your Heart

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

As much as I love these words from Proverbs 4:23, “guard you heart” is quickly becoming my least favorite advice in Christian circles. While I am sure it often comes from the mouths of well-meaning believers, I think the majority of us presume all the wrong things about what it means to follow this command. Too many times, we assume this verse suggests we should protect ourselves from getting hurt, but I don’t believe that’s what this scripture implies at all.

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In Faith, Trials on
7 March, 2017

Taking The Small Steps – Guest Post by Paige McGoldrick

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Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday! Today I have the pleasure of hosting a very special guest blogger, my friend Paige McGoldrick. I have known Paige for a few years now and her family has a very special story, so of course I got really excited when she asked if she could guest blog for me! I pray you are encouraged by her words today, just as I was.

In some seasons God doesn’t call us to move mountains, He just asks us to take baby steps every day. Almost 4 ½ years after watching my father die, I am finally able to look back and see how faithful God was during the excruciating time of terminal sickness, death and grief. And as I look back, I see not only how my whole life was changed drastically from a major life event, but also how God was guiding me through the little steps every day.

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