Marking Milestones in a Pandemic

Last week marked one year since launching Bloom Book 3. But instead of feeling joyful, I found I had more mixed emotions than expected. As I started to dissect why I was feeling this way, I realized those thoughts could have some value for others as we move into a month known for marking milestones: end of the school year, graduations, weddings, etc. You may not get to mark those milestones in the way that you’ve anticipated, and for that, let me pause and say I am sorry. From my own experience, I want to encourage you to find some
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April Favorites

April was a blur, and not in the sense that it went by fast. Fast it was not. But there were a few things that made this month a little more bearable. Enjoy some links to my April favorites! Reading for a Change podcast, especially this episode The Next Right Thing podcast, this episode A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner This tea is making me think of summer! This throwback song, but so right for this moment in time.
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Bible study for girls

Bloom Book 3 is One!

Bloom Book 3 is one today! The last year has flown by and it’s been so wonderful getting to share this third book in the Bloom series with all of you. If you’re looking for a Bible study for some young girls in your life, these books are a great place to start! If you’re new around here or new to the Bloom books, welcome! Bloom is a three-book devotional series for girls ages 9-14. Mirroring the growth of flowers, the series starts in Book 1 with a girl’s relationship with God and blooms outward in Book 2 (friends and
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Trusting the Promises of God

What do moving a safe and trusting the promises of God have in common? More than you might think… Not too long ago, my husband and I were moving a large safe from the front of the garage to the back of the garage into a storage room. Kurtis asked me to help tip the hulking piece of metal onto a dolly and then he would wheel it to its new home. On the first try, I was too hesitant because I was afraid the momentum of the massive safe would push the dolly out. I was afraid my husband
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A Simple Prayer for Midweek

Dear Lord, we come to you and offer this simple prayer for midweek. Our strength and creativity may be flagging. So where we are tempted to trust in our own resources, let us lean into your strength and trust you for support (Psalm 20:2). Where we are tempted to focus on the negative, let us rehearse your goodness in our minds (Psalm 145:7). For in rehearsing your goodness, your faithfulness, and your love, our minds and hearts are strengthened against the attacks of the enemy. At midweek, Sunday can already seem so long ago. Let us not forget how you
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A Simple Prayer for Sunday Evening

Toward the end of 2019, I was struggling with falling asleep. Especially as I would try and fall asleep on Sunday evenings heading into a new week, my heart would be overwhelmed with processing all the interactions from church earlier in the day and sorting through the tasks awaiting me Monday morning. My heart would race. My mind would ping from a conversation I had to a book I read to the manuscript still needing more editing, ending up in a discouraging place that was not conducive to rest. And yes, I would pray and reflect on Scripture and avoid
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Marking Milestones in a Pandemic
Last week marked one year since launching Bloom Book 3....
April Favorites
April was a blur, and not in the sense that...
Bloom Book 3 is One!
Bloom Book 3 is one today! The last year has...
Trusting the Promises of God
What do moving a safe and trusting the promises of...