Three Words to Summarize 2020

I’ve always enjoyed words; their definitions, the power they have to describe our feelings, their ability to encourage others and change lives. In 2018, I started a tradition of closing out the year by sharing three words to describe it and found it fitting to continue! You don’t need me to remind you that 2020 was…

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E+DAY December 2020 – Operation Christmas Child

I want to share one of Ry and I’s favorite traditions we’ve done almost every year since we met. It’s a program called Operation Christmas Child organized through Samaritan’s Purse. It’s such a simple way to make a lasting impact on the life of a child. The ability to give, without expecting or getting in…

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E+DAY November 2020 – The Thanksgiving Message We All Need to End 2020

I know 2020 looks VERY different for many, I dare say ALL of us. Plans we had for ourselves, time spent with family, friends, trips and experiences were either changed or non-existent.  There are SO many things I wish were different right now. Heck, I’m a bit mad about it all because I had many…

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Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary

Today we celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. One of my favorite things we did after we got married, was to write down all the special moments that happened throughout the day. We wanted to be able to look back and reminisce about all that happened to make our day truly ours. Below are a few…

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E+DAY October 2020 – Why Being Present is the Best Form of Encouragement

A recent sermon at our church mentioned one of the ways Jesus cared for others was by being present in their lives. It got me thinking how being present can be a form of encouragement to others. While being present may sound simple or even an overused buzzword, it’s one of the most important ways…

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E+DAY September 2020 – Why Encouragement Thrives in the Short Moments

What’s your approach to how you spend your time to accomplish things? All or nothing? Go big or go home? Or is it about the short moments? Lessons from the kitchen Before becoming a mom, I preferred to complete all my tasks at once. Let me explain. If I was going to work out it…

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2 Corinthians 4:10 – What the Death and Life of Jesus Show Us About Conflicting Emotions

2 Corinthians 4:10 – “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” I’ve often struggled with the idea of having hope and despair floating in my heart at the same time. How can these conflicting emotions both be present? Key…

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E+DAY August 2020 – Encouragement in the Whispers

Have you ever felt a subtle, quick stirring in your heart? The one that whispers a specific person’s name to you? That whisper is your invitation to spread some encouragement.  Have you ever had someone’s name come to mind? It’s like a subtle, quick stirring in your heart. You may attribute it to something you…

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Why the Message of Living in the Wait Applies Now More Than Ever

Here’s a truth bomb about waiting, we don’t get to choose what things in life we wait for or how long their going to last. We do get to choose how we wait, though. We’re in a very rare time in history where the whole world is waiting for the same thing. I think you…

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What My Floors are Teaching Me About My Relationship with God and My Daughter

There’s an unlikely spot in our house that’s quickly becoming a classroom, teaching us about relationship building. Get on the same level One of my favorite and most frequently visited places in our house is the floor. You name the room and I’ve most likely traveled every inch of it. You see, I have a…

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