Living in a Bubble of Grace

When our family moved to this Brainerd Lakes area to serve at Camp JIM 14 years ago, I joined a local MOPS group. MOPS stands for Mothers Of Preschoolers.  It was a life line for me.  Being part of a small group of moms in the same stage of life, sharing their ups and downs, […]

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When Suffering is a Privilege

My nearly 13 year old daughter came in to do her morning kitchen chore and began telling me how she used to want to live to be really old {“like, over 100”}, but she changed her mind. “Oh?”  I asked.  Why? Turns out she thinks if she lives long, she might live right into the […]

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Praying God’s Will; Galations, Chapter 2

When I was in high school (In Arizona), my youth group participated in a program called Bible Bowl.  If your teens have the chance,  it is such an amazing opportunity. Every year a committee chose books of the Bible to be studied, and youth groups studied, formed teams, and attended competitions in host churches across the […]

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How to Develop a Working Budget

I recently shared how our family started tithing, and even more recently, how God enabled us to begin giving a portion of what is left every month (a total miracle). In order to be responsible with our finances, I learned to look at our monthly financial picture and devise a budget.  It is the only […]

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