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Podcast 008 – “Surviving the Young Mama Years”

Are you a mom of young kids who feels like she’s drowning in comparison, hurried schedules, missing socks, and way too many dirty diapers? The challenges and demands placed on mothers today can be overwhelming! Listen to Rachel and Lisa discuss their own struggles and successes as they reflect on “Surviving the Young Mama Years” in this month’s new podcast. If you live in…

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The last breath was the hardest. We stood by his hospital bed singing hymns, crying, holding his hand, stroking his bandaged forehead. Watching my inlaws and husband say goodbye to one who was so strong, vibrant, full of life, and gut-wrenchingly funny only a few short hours before still haunts me. He was only 18. They moved us into a…

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Dying Well

Dying well every day.   There is no mistaking the fact that the Prince of Life calls to every person,   “Come, follow me towards life.”   The glow of His face, the satisfaction in His eyes, and the way in which He speaks of life draws our hopes to a crescendo. Stepping forward, at the call toward Jesus, is…

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Thriving at His Feet

How on earth did I end up face down on the concrete driveway?! Seriously. I hope your week has been better then mine!   I have a little more on my plate than is truly manageable… and when I am overwhelmed I tend to get a little, how should I put this,  scattered… clumsy… and calamatus. The only redeeming thing…

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Podcast 007 – “Bible Study”

  Walk into any bookstore and you’ll find a plethora of biographies, self-help, and even Christian non-fiction promising to help us deal with life’s daily joys and struggles. There are books on marriage, parenting, friendship, finances, and spiritual wholeness.  But there is nothing (not even one thing) that gives answers like the Bible does.  It is God’s direct message to…

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Enough.   “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day…I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know…

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Loving Our Literal Neighbors

Loving Our Literal Neighbors (and why it took me way too long to do it) Guest Contributor & Writer Kristen Engleking   Four years ago, my husband and I bought our first home. We had high hopes for how we would show the love of Jesus to our new neighbors. We moved into our house in August 2014, and we…

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Poached Salmon with Lemon & Dill Sauce

This recipe transitions perfectly from summer to fall and gives all you Pacific Northwesterners something new to do with the salmon you have stocked up in the freezer!  It’s quick and easy enough to enjoy on a busy school/work night (my family LOVES this for dinner), but is also a fail-proof and simple menu for company. I like to dress…

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“But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. Be angry and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts and on your beds and be silent. Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.” Psalm 4:3-5 ESV   Anger is a part of life. It is an…

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Podcast 006 – “Rose’s Story” – Part Three

Here it is!  The final episode of Rose’s Story!  If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Part One and Part Two, yet, you can find them here on our website or on iTunes ( As we all have the great honor of listening to Rose’s brave and captivating journey, it is our prayer that her experience will grow…

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