The Fight For Joy {Psalm 5}

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{Today’s Good Morning Girls reading is in Psalm 5.} Psalm 5:11-12 “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” I remember when I got to high school, suddenly I started struggling to be the cheerful little girl I once was.  I smiled on the outside but on the inside I was sorting through my faith, boys, grades, and finding my path […]

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When You’ve Lost Your Joy In the Midst of Marriage & Motherhood

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The tag line of my upcoming book is Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids and Your Home. If you have followed me for more than 3 years you know that long ago I touched on the subject of depression just slightly.  The series was not well received because I personally have never suffered from clinical depression…so I deleted the series and decided that I would allow other women who have walked through this valley speak to this tender subject. And though I have never been clinically depressed, like most,  I have had sad – very sad – […]

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When the Bottom Falls Out

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Last summer, my husband was walking down our deck stairs holding my daughters hand… they stepped on one stair (these are higher up than they appear in the picture) and it gave out – then they stepped to the next stair and it gave out too!  Thankfully my husband had my daughter by the hand and she did not fall through.  He strong armed her onto the 3rd step down but he got injured from gripping the railing – the wood punctured his hand and later developed an infection – it was just a mess! The bottom fell out literally for him that day. But I think […]

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Sometimes I’m a Critical & Cranky Wife

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Sometimes I can be cranky…especially when my husband parents differently than I do. For example, I like an early bedtime and lately my husband has been allowing the children to stay up late…too late for mommy’s patience! lol!  And when I get cranky…I get critical… It’s easy for me to slip into the role of teacher and judge to my poor husband. I think as wives, we see our husbands faults and point them out – but does taking that role ever bring a woman marital bliss? Nope! We know that when our husbands fell in love with us it was NOT because we were wonderful […]

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My Reflections on the Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are this weekend.  It’s the famous ones who walk the red carpet.   It’s the honored ones who walk the red carpet.   It’s the beautiful ones who walk the red carpet.   It’s the talented ones who walk the red carpet.   It’s the wealthy ones who walk the red carpet.   It’s the gifted ones who walk the red carpet.   And I…I am about to walk the red carpet!   Every morning, I walk the red carpet right up to my sink where I rinse the morning dishes. I am honored to have a […]

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry

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Thursday I went to a dinner party at my dear friend Kelly’s house.  The table was beautiful and the food – perfect. This is one of my troubles with the holidays…everywhere I go the food is perfect.   I have this terrible love/hate relationship with food in December.  I seem to not be able to restrain myself very well…a nibble here and a nibble there and by New Years Eve I don’t fit in my jeans! lol!   But sweet Kelly had served a healthy meal of soup and salad and then off to the family room we went to talk and laugh and enjoy one another’s […]

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Motherhood is a Huge Time Zapper!

I remember when my son lost his very first tooth. A funny thing happened, he swallowed the tooth – which made for a little pickle when I tried to figure out how we were going to do the whole “tooth fairy” thing! Daddy wrote a note to the tooth fairy explaining the situation and – good news – the tooth fairy did indeed show up!  But not without my husband and I first having a discussion about the going rate for a tooth these days. My husband suggested a pretty high price – I on the other hand tend to be […]

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I Am About to Walk the Red Carpet!

The Academy Awards are this weekend. It’s the famous ones who walk the red carpet. It’s the honored ones who walk the red carpet. It’s the beautiful ones who walk the red carpet. It’s the talented ones who walk the red carpet. It’s the wealthy ones who walk the red carpet. It’s the gifted ones who walk the red carpet. And I…I am about to walk the red carpet! Every morning, I walk the red carpet right up to my sink where I rinse the morning dishes. I am honored to have a husband and children to take care of. […]

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Considering Your Trials a Joy

Last night my Good Morning Girls enjoyed a Girls Night Out. (We are missing 3 ladies in our picture)There are 11 women in my group emailing each other each morning after we have our quiet times – I LOVE it! We are now at over 1,000 Good Morning Girls Groups and at over 150 Groups from around the world! It has been SO exciting to see women from nearly every state in the USA including Hawaii and Alaska plus from around the world in Croatia, Australia, Korea, Austria, Germany, Scotland, France, and Canada. Some of the ladies have joined me […]

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Failure

Who likes failure? Not me!!! Back in June I shared with you the planting of our very first garden. It truly was a joy to plant and the hope of juicy fresh veggies was on everyone’s minds. Well…let me be honest…I failed. We had very heavy rainfalls for 10 days straight after our planting – and moss began to grow in our garden! Uh oh – I knew that couldn’t be a good sign. Then weeds began to grow and I couldn’t tell a weed from a seedling – uh oh! That can’t be good either. So I let the […]

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Teaching Our Children Self-Denial

It’s link up Wednesday over on Raising Homemakers! So on July 3rd, I began to prepare Alexis (age 5) to be my junior hostess for our 4th of July family picnic. Her role was to greet everyone at the door with a hug, kiss and offer to carry their things into the kitchen. Rather than running off to play with the first child who came through the door – she was to stand post and be ready to warmly greet ALL of our guests and serve them. We read together pg. 299 of Polished Cornerstones and then read from Luke […]

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