Wes & me…
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“One of satan’s strategies is to blind us to the lies we have bought into–to make us assume that because we know the Truth, we also believe the Truth.”
nancy leigh demoss

Hindrances

Dear Sisters, A truth I’ve come to highly value in my life is this: Life’s Greatest Hindrances are its Greatest Teachers!

More and more I find that what I used to consider my greatest hindrances were, in fact, actually my greatest teachers. I used to believe that all my troubles were attributable to lack of finances and consequently, thought all of them could be solved by a surplus. I considered all the disadvantages and often almost totally overlooked the great trust and creativity I was developing

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He Is For You

He is for you… Signed, sealed, delivered: He’s Yours!

Dear Sisters ~

I am thinking of you today as I do most every day. I ask the LORD to bless and care for the needs of the sisters… the women who subscribe to these letters, visitors to our website, blog, etc. For I recognize more and more that each visit or each visitor is a story… a life with innumerable experiences, memories, needs and hopes. And so, it is with that in mind

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Valleys

Dearest Sisters—

I thought to encourage you this morning as the LORD has encouraged me. I’m attempting to carefully guard my thoughts as it seems these days are days of uncertainty and despair all around us. It’s as if the LORD is very quiet and a slow darkness is hovering over the land – well, that’s sort of how things look in the valley: a dim covering threatens to hide the light.

A valley can be a very encouraging place – it

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New Beginnings

Dearest Sisters –

It’s been quite some time since I sent you a letter and so I thought I’d write to you this morning to share a bit. I trust the LORD is guiding, blessing and providing for all that concerns you.

So, here’s what’s been on my heart. Life has many peaks and valleys – joys and sorrows, achievements and disappointments and some years seem to be more productive than others. You see, I say this bcz I know this to

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mama's journal @ the welcome home

Tidying. You’re Still You.

The problem with attempting to make dramatic changes, or to carry out new resolutions, or most anything, really, is that we’re still the same people with the same proclivities, habits, personal styles, bents. The tidying, or in my case, the project of eliminating clutter, only lasts as long as the determination/work/project continues. No matter where you are in the project of eliminating clutter or tidying, you’re still you.

You’re still you. I’ve had to repeat this to myself many times in the last couple of weeks as I

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Clutter is Relative

There’s a saying, One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I kept this in mind from time to time as I proceeded through my month-long activity of eliminating clutter in our home. I also had in mind a couple of other thoughts that sort of guided my process: I’m doing this for me and our family and clutter is relative! After an initial confrontation, I purposely blocked out a couple of thoughts: cost/origin of the item and other’s opinions/style. I kept in mind the goal of eliminating clutter,

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Open Space

One of the challenges I’ve been experiencing as I have been going through closets, cupboards, and drawers specifically — and rooms, in general is newly exposed space: open space! If you’re either a Queen Of Quite A Lot or a Saver Of Quite A Lot, you just might find yourself in a quandary. No, not the first day, not the second day, but a couple of weeks after you uncover OPEN SPACE in your home, your natural tendency will be to FILL it! Fill it back up. Quickly.

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