If Jesus Gives Me Healing, Why Do I Need a Doctor?

Healing comes through many avenues

It can manifest in the form of doctors with western medicine, all natural herbs and remedies, lifestyle changes, or a pure miracle of God. No matter the way, I believe that all healing comes through God.

I will declare every day of my life that Jesus took my sickness and death in His body, and nailed it to the cross right along side my sin. I receive my healing because of what He did at Calvary. “By His stripes, I am healed.”

But, you know, I’ve never really had to put that part of my faith to the test until now.

God has a specific design and plan for each avenue of His healing power. Doctors do serve a unique purpose in His design and most certainly have their place in our healing progress, without becoming a hindrance to our faith.

Enter, Chronic Disease

Recently, one of our kids was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a rare autoimmune disorder. Since the diagnosis, we have been slammed with test after test to help determine the right treatment plan. We’ve found ourselves watching for the smallest symptoms, questioning past medical problems, learning a whole new vocabulary, and researching the best treatment plans.

We’ve prayed for healing and the right direction to take. We praised God that His timing was perfect, since He had just planted us right in between two of the best hospitals in the nation. He led us to a neurologist who I put my full trust in. But then, as the weeks passed by, I found myself feeling somewhat like I had betrayed God by putting our kiddo through all of these tests, and not simply waiting for a miraculous healing to manifest.

After a particularly challenging day last week, I found myself asking God if I was walking in doubt and unbelief? I cried out to Him with questions like, “I know you said he has already been healed, so why am I still taking him to the doctor? Scheduling these tests and juggling our schedules to get him to them is overwhelming, when will it end? Do I really need to have him on this medicine every single day? Why is he still having these symptoms if he is healed? Is he getting worse, or am I going crazy? How long will all of this last? Am I denying your truth by trying to seek his healing in the world?”

Those questions really troubled my heart. Maybe you’ve been there too?

God has a specific design and plan for each avenue of His healing power. Doctors do serve a unique purpose in His design and most certainly have their place in our healing progress, without becoming a hindrance to our faith.


 God came through for me, like He always does in His time. He reached right down from Heaven to comfort me in my time of trouble. Instead of letting me get all wrapped up in worry and fear, He brought the story of the 10 lepers that Jesus healed to my mind.

“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him – and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Here’s what I took away

  • The men seek Jesus first for healing.

    • I need to seek Jesus first for all of our healing needs, too.
  • Jesus sends them to the priests.

    • The priests during that time were very similar to our doctors today since the priests were the ones who had the power to declare someone “clean” or healed. Proof that sometimes Jesus does in fact use doctors as an avenue for declaring our healing to the world.
  • The men obey, and THEN their healing manifests.

    • I need to listen for what God is specifically speaking to our situation, and obey. If He says to see the doctor, then I will go. If He says to stay, then I will stay, trusting in Him all the way, no matter how long it takes.
  • The man who returned praised God loudly.

    • When he came back shouting praises to the Lord, you better believe the crowd witnessed that moment and it brought glory to God! I too will praise the Lord during the entire journey, which will in turn bring glory to God. And anytime I bring glory to God, I will trust that He uses that moment to reveal Himself to someone who desperately needs Him, like maybe a doctor, or someone following our journey!
  • Jesus healed all 10 men, but only says to ONE that his faith has made him well.

    • Isn’t that just like God? He has compassion on all people, whether they realize it or not. God heals them all by way of the priests regardless of how big, small, or even non-existent their faith is. But to the one, He says YOU’VE been healed because of your faith in me! Gosh, don’t you think that if we live out our faith like that, then when our judgement day comes, we’ll get to hear God say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”? I sure hope so!
    • And what if its possible that the other 9 were healed by default simply because they were fortunate enough to be in the presence of someone whose faith was activated? I am so blessed knowing that people around me are touched by the hand of God simply because I walk by faith.

The moral of the story

God does in fact use doctors as a way to bring healing. The Scripture didn’t say how long it took for the healing to manifest, but it does say that the men had to obey before that happened and go show themselves to the priests. Then it makes a perfect case for the idea that God used the priests to bring glory to Himself, and point people back to Christ. God can and will use our doctors for the same beautiful purposes!

Blessings and love,


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God has a specific design and plan for each avenue of His healing power. Doctors do serve a unique purpose in His design and most certainly have their place in our healing progress, without becoming a hindrance to our faith.

Is God Your BFF? Part 3 Getting to Know the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, God IN You

He is one of God’s greatest gifts to us, the power of God, living right inside you. How well developed is your relationship with the Holy Spirit? Do you know who He is, what His purpose is, or that He is your constant helper? This week is most definitely my favorite of the series. I can’t wait to share more with you about this incredible Power you have been given.

We’ve been talking this month about fully developing our relationship with God. We’ve learned that the way to do that is by cultivating the key qualities that make any good friendship last: quality time, good communication, and knowing Him FULLY as Father, Spirit, and Son.

Today we’ll dive in to the final part of a  3 part series helping us understand why quality time and communication with each member of the Trinity is important. 

During week 1, we talked about cultivating a relationship with God the Father, check it out here. Week 2 we explored exactly who Jesus is and how to grow your relationship with Him, read that here. Finally, this week we get to dive into developing a mighty friendship with God living right inside you, the Holy Spirit!

The Holy Spirit

He is your personal counselor, your teacher, and constant helper. The magnificent gift of God, poured out on you.

So why get to know Him better? Because He is God’s most personal gift to you, His own mighty power living in you! He’s your all access pass to all of the fullness and glory of God. He embodies God’s strength, might, comfort and rest, all at your fingertips. When you become a born again, spirit filled Christian, then the Holy Spirit takes up residence right inside you. He is with you wherever you go, doing whatever you do. Seeing everything you see, hearing everything you hear, feeling everything you feel.

Have you ever been in a situation where you had a roomate? Maybe as a kid you shared a room with a sibling, or had a roommate in college? If you’re married, you have a lifelong roommate in your spouse. To have a successful relationship with your roommate, you need to talk, interact, and cooperate. Imagine how lonely or outcast you would feel if your roommate never acknowledged your presence? What if they never talked, interacted, or consulted with you, but instead just lived every moment as if you weren’t even there?

How would that make you feel? I’m guessing pretty lonely. Maybe even useless, or unloved?

That’s exactly what we do to the Holy Spirit when we live our lives apart from Him! When you have the literal ability to tap into the Supreme Power of God, anywhere, any time, why would you ignore it?

How to Spend Quality Time with the Holy Spirit

  • First and foremost, acknowledge His presence! EVERY DAY!
  • Talk to Him. Ask His opinion about things you encounter.
  • Listen to His promptings, and follow His leading.
  • Consult Him with your day to day choices.
  • Seek comfort in Him in your daily troubles.
  • Celebrate with Him in your daily triumphs.
  • Pray with Him, tapping into His power.
  • Be purposeful to include Him in your day to day, minute to minute life.
  • Treat Him like He’s like the best friend you’ve ever had, because He is.

How to Have Good Communication with the Holy Spirit

  • Read the Word and learn to recognize His voice as He speaks to you.
  • As you’re seeking to include Him everyday, listen to His promptings. Part of His job is to quicken your spirit to make you aware of the things of God.
  • Seek counsel in Him, and heed his advice. Just like you would do with an earthly counselor, lay out your troubles and trust Him to help you.
  • Let Him teach you the ways of God. He holds all of God’s wisdom and is ready and able to share it with you.
  • Let Him pray for you. You have your own unique spiritual language, and when you don’t know what to pray, He will take over and pray for you.
  • Trust that the Holy Spirit will always lead you in the direction of God’s will for your life, and follow where He leads.

Scriptures to Help You Get to Know the Holy Spirit

Click here for a printable list of these Scriptures.

Walking hand in hand with the Holy Spirit every day will bring you so much closer to the life God intended you to live. I hope you are feeling empowered and ready to embrace all that God has for you!

Blessings and love,


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Is God Your BFF? Part 2 Getting to Know Jesus

How well do you know Jesus?

Is He your best friend and constant companion? Do you think of Him as Messiah, teacher, Savior? Or is He just some really nice guy that lived a long time ago? Maybe you’ve heard He’s the Son of God, but don’t know much more? Whether you’re a curious bystander, a fence straddler, or someone totally sold out for Jesus, this week’s message about developing that relationship has something for you. So let’s jump in because I can’t wait to share it!

We’re talking this month about fully developing our relationship with God. And in order to do that we have to cultivate the key qualities that make any good friendship last: quality time, good communication, and knowing Him FULLY as Father, Spirit, and Son.

To fully develop a relationship with God, cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. How well do you know Jesus?

You’re joining me today for the second part of a  3 part series to understand why quality time and communication with each member of the Trinity is important. Stick around to get practical tips for developing each one of these relationships.

Last week we talked about cultivating a relationship with God the Father, if you missed it, check it out here. Then next week we’ll dive into developing a mighty friendship with God living right inside you, the Holy Spirit! As for today, I am so excited to explore just who Jesus is with you, while we work on developing a personal relationship with Him.

Jesus, the Son

Jesus Christ, Messiah, the anointed one. He is the long awaited, prophesied promise of a deliverer and Savior.

Fully God, and fully man. Born of a miraculous hypostatic union between a teenage girl and the Holy Spirit. Finally, God made flesh! Its awe inspiring, and completely unique to the Christian faith, that God would lower Himself and take on the form of a man. But Praise God, He did, and He did it to save us all.

So, why do we need to know Him and develop a personal relationship with Him?

Because He is the ONLY way to God. Knowing and accepting Jesus as your Savior is the ONLY way to seal your eternity in Heaven. He became a man so that by living a sinless life, something no other man is capable of, He could forever wipe our slate clean. Because of Him we are made right with God. We can connect with God the Father again through the sacrifice of Jesus. He’s our redemption, our Savior.

We also find our hope in Him and in the example He set for us. Every possible situation we find ourselves in, every emotion we experience, every trial we face, every joy we celebrate brings us closer to Him because He has been there too. He’s experienced our pain, shared in our joy, and drown in our sorrows. The Rock is our strength when we have nothing left. Emmanuel, “God with us” carries us through our valleys. Our Victor lifts us up on our mountain tops. And the Unwavering One stays with us everywhere in between.

Getting to know Jesus is, has been, and always will be the best experience of your life.To fully develop a relationship with God, cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. How well do you know Jesus?

How to spend quality time with Jesus

Get in the Word! The book of John states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14, emphasis mine)

Jesus IS the Word! Your Bible IS Jesus right in your hands. Read it! Jesus is revealed in every book, in every chapter, and on every single page.

The absolute best way to spend quality time getting to know Jesus is to read the Word.

See Him revealed in every book of the Bible

In Genesis He is the Creator & promised Redeemer, in Exodus the Passover Lamb, Leviticus the High Priest, Numbers the water in the desert, and in Deuteronomy He becomes the curse for us. Then in Joshua He is the Commander of the army of the Lord, in Judges He delivers us from injustice, in Ruth He is our Kinsman-Redeemer, 1 Samuel all in one, He is the Prophet/Priest/King, 2 Samuel He is the King of grace & love. 1 Kings He is a Ruler greater than Solomon, 2 Kings the powerful prophet, 1 Chronicles the Son of David that is coming to rule, 2 Chronicles the King who reigns eternally.

In Ezra He is the Priest proclaiming freedom, Nehemiah the One who restores what is broken down, Esther the Protector of his people. Job shows Him as the Mediator between God and man, Psalms our song in the morning and in the night, in Proverbs He is our wisdom, Ecclesiastes our meaning for life, Song of Solomon the Author of faithful love. Isaiah calls him Suffering Servant, Jeremiah the weeping Messiah, Lamentations He assumes God’s wrath for us, in Ezekiel He is the Son of Man.

In Daniel He is the stranger in the fire with us, in Hosea a faithful husband even when we run away, Joel He is sending His Spirit to His people, Amos He delivers justice to the oppressed. Obadiah He is the Judge of those who do evil, in Jonah the greatest missionary, in Micah He casts our sin into the sea of forgetfulness, and in Nahum He proclaims future world peace we cannot even imagine.

Through Habakkuk He crushes injustice, Zephaniah He is the Warrior who saves, Haggai He restores our worship, Zechariah prophesies a Messiah pierced for us, and in Malachi He is the sun of righteousness who brings healing.

And on into the New Testament

Matthew calls Him the Messiah who is King, Mark the Messiah who is a Servant, Luke the Messiah who is a Deliverer, and John the Messiah who is God in the flesh. Acts says He is the Spirit who dwells in His people, Romans calls Him the righteousness of God, 1 Corinthians He is the power and love of God, 2 Corinthians He is the down payment of what’s to come. In Galatians He is our very life, Ephesians the unity of our church, Philippians the joy of our life, Colossians He holds the supreme position in all things.

1 Thessalonians calls Him our comfort in the last days, 2 Thessalonians He is our returning King, 1 Timothy the Savior of the worst sinners, 2 Timothy the leader of the leaders, Titus the foundation of truth, and Philemon our Mediator. In Hebrews He is our High Priest, James He matures our faith, 1 Peter He is our hope in times of suffering, 2 Peter He is the One who guards us from false teaching. In 1 John He is the source of all fellowship, 2 John God in the flesh, 3 John the source of all truth, Jude He protects us from stumbling, and finally Revelation reveals Him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, The Alpha and the Omega, The Beginning and the End, He is coming again and the One who makes all things new.

How to have good communication with Jesus

  • recognize who He is in your life, and give thanks continually
  • praise Him as your Holy Intercessor (*Did you know that God knows your requests before you even ask? And Jesus is sitting at His right hand right now praying for YOU. Before you even mutter a word, Jesus has already pleaded before God on your behalf! If you’ve ever felt like no-one was praying for you, you couldn’t have been more wrong. The most powerful prayer warrior in the history of the world has taken up your cause, and He prays with out ceasing. Be thankful unto Him!
  • live, move, and have your entire being in Him, as if you are locked inside the person of Jesus Christ. Going where He wants you to go, saying what He wants you to say, believing what He wants you to believe, doing what He wants you to do, being who He wants you to be, praying what He wants you to pray.

Scriptures to help you get to know Jesus

Click here for a printable list of these Scriptures.

Getting to know Jesus personally is the best decision you’ll ever make, I hope you’ve got some great ideas for cultivating your greatest relationship. Let me know how your journey is going and any other helpful tips you might have in the comments below!

Blessings and love,


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Is God Your BFF? Part 1, Getting to Know God the Father

Have you ever met someone that you really liked?

How about your best friend? Did y’all have an instant connection? Or maybe you had a rocky start? Have you been friends for a long time, or is your relationship still in that new “honeymoon” phase? No matter what your story is, I’m quite sure that you didn’t become bff’s with that special person from just one meeting. While every friendship story is unique, I bet they all have at least one thing in common. You must have made a choice and a commitment to take the time to get to know each other, resulting in an ever-growing, blossoming, and lasting relationship.

To be blessed with the kind of friendship you have, you must have cultivated your relationship. You’ve made time for each other, you do things together, you talk frequently, you share important details about your lives, you help each other, you support each other, you depend on each other. There’s no doubt that quality time and good communication have become the foundation of your relationship.

One other key thing to note about your bff… you probably don’t know just one side of them. You know them completely. You know them at work, at home, at play. You know every side to their personality. The good, the bad, and everything in between, you know, you accept, and you love.

To fully develop a relationship with God, you must cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. First up, God the Father.

Our relationship with God is no different! The key to cultivating a great relationship with God is found in quality time, good communication, and knowing Him FULLY, every part of Him.

Enter the Godhead, or the Holy Trinity

Its a concept that can be really hard to grasp, and the truth is, I fully believe this is one of those things that our finite minds just cannot fully comprehend. The best way for me to explain the trinity is to think of it like a family. For example, the Young family is ONE family, with 7 members (mom, dad, and 5 kids). Each individual person uniquely equipped with their own gifts, talents, and personalities, but all connected, acting together as a single family unit. The Trinity, is ONE God, manifested in 3 separate and unique persons, all acting together as a single unit.

To fully develop our relationship with God, we have to take time to cultivate a relationship with all three persons of the Godhead; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

To fully develop a relationship with God, you must cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. First up, God the Father.


Join me for this 3 part series to understand why quality time and communication with each member of the Trinity is important. And get practical tips for developing each one of these relationships.

Today, we’ll talk about cultivating a relationship with God the Father. Next week we’ll explore just who Jesus is, and work on developing a personal relationship with Him. And in two weeks, we’ll dive into developing a mighty friendship with God living right inside you, the Holy Spirit!

God, the Father

We call Him the Creator, Almighty God, Powerful One, Abba, Father, Alpha and Omega.

He spoke creation into existence, He is a planner, He loves unconditionally, and He forgives completely. His holiness, His power, and His love transcend time and space. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, His ways higher than our ways. The Bible declares there is no one good except God, not even one!  He upholds us with His righteous right hand, gives us promises of protection and blessings, passes out grace freely, curses those who curse us, and calls us His own.

Why do we need to know Him and develop a personal relationship with Him?

Because He created you! He knew you before you were ever conceived, and set you apart with a plan and a purpose. His promises of blessing are waiting to be lavished on you. He wants to be your Shield and your Protector, and He wants to lead you into His righteousness, to show you how you can live in His presence from here to eternity. His love for you is unconditional, He fights for you, He wants what’s best for you.

Do you want to know who you really are, and what your purpose in this world is? Why not get to know the one who created you and find out?

To fully develop a relationship with God, you must cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. First up, God the Father.

Ways to spend quality time with God the Father

  • reading the Word
  • worshiping Him for who He is
  • practicing gratitude to Him
  • quiet time spent listening to His voice
  • daily devotionals
  • prayer

Ways to practice good communication with God the Father

  • pray without ceasing
  • present every request to Him
  • praise Him in every circumstance
  • be still before Him, listening to His still small voice
  • listen as He speaks through the Word
  • listen as He speaks through others
  • obey His commands

Scriptures to help you get to know God the Father

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I hope you’ve got some great ideas now for how to cultivate a personal relationship with God the Father. Let me know how your journey is going and any other helpful tips you might have in the comments below!

Blessings and Love,


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Tips for Directing Your Little Ones During Homeschool Hours

Homeschooling definitely isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done! It’s hard enough trying to teach multiple grade levels, but throwing a few toddlers in the mix can make things downright crazy. Directing the little ones while trying to still be productive has probably been one of my biggest challenges over the years.

Each new season of homeschool brings a different dynamic and its own unique challenge. This year’s challenge for us: three kids in school, two that aren’t yet school age, and before the year is up we will add another little one to the mix.

Admit that you need help

We all need help! Its not a bad thing either, because its the best thing for us! The first thing I do when entering into any situation is admit my need for God. Directing little ones in what they should do is no different! Take a quick look at this passage from 2 Corinthians.

“…I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”                                                                                                                                                  2 Corinthians 7-10

I’m not saying my toddlers are a messenger of Satan, but man oh man, of all the times in my life when I feel weak, parenting toddlers tops the charts! This Scripture is my lifeline because it reminds me not to even try to carry that difficulty on my own shoulders. Its a hope filled life giving verse that reminds me that we will all do better when I admit my weakness and let Christ carry us. Praise God that when we are weak, He is strong!Directing little ones is a challenge in every homeschool, especially when they are energetic. But with thoughtful planning your days can go much smoother.

How I plan our day

So, to keep things moving forward for us, I plan our school day in sessions to break it up. I do it mostly for the little ones, since they have such short attention spans. It helps keep their attention focused, but it has also shown to be beneficial for everyone else.

We start our day with breakfast and clean up time, then get ready for the day. We have our first big work session from 9-11 in the morning, followed by group PE time, a break, and then lunch. After another quick clean up, we put the littles down for their naps and get started on our second big session for the day, from 1-3.

Our youngest naps during both sessions, and our 3 year old usually naps during the afternoon session. (We didn’t just luck into that nap schedule by the way. It was very purposeful, and took a lot of discipline on my part to accomplish.) Doing school while the littles sleep is a HUGE help.Directing little ones is a challenge in every homeschool, especially when they are energetic. But with thoughtful planning your days can go much smoother.

How directing little ones during the wake time hours looks for us

  • It’s really helpful for us to break up our big sessions into smaller ones, with lots of singing, stories, and memorization that they can participate in.
  • Each kid, even the little ones, have their own backpack filled with crayons and construction paper that they can use whenever they please.
  • I keep lots of books in the schoolroom for them to quietly look at, and for us to read together when I have a few minutes of downtime from working with the other kids.
  • Every morning, when we come downstairs to begin school, the little ones get to pick one special toy to bring downstairs. (For the rest of the day, toys are only allowed upstairs.)
  • I keep a locked cabinet in the school room full of toddler friendly puzzles, games, and busy bags that I can easily grab when I need to.
  • And when all of the above fails, I don’t let myself feel guilty about turning on a kid friendly show in the next room! (Luckily, that hasn’t had to happen very often.)Directing little ones is a challenge in every homeschool, especially when they are energetic. But with thoughtful planning your days can go much smoother.

How will directing little ones help your homeschool days?

I hope you are getting lots of good ideas to help direct the liveliness of your youngsters. What are some new things you will do to help keep the peace in your house? Do you have anything to add that has worked well for your family?

Remember to keep lots of engaging things close by, be patient, and flexible. Then your little ones will enjoy school time, and best of all, so will you.

Blessings and love,
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How to Make Time for the Word When Your Life is Crazy Busy

We recently moved across the country for my hubby’s job, something we’ve become rather accustomed to. Moving definitely has its challenges, but this time around I have been so grateful for the perspective shift that it brought with it.

How “busy”-ness slowly crept into our life

Our last season was really great for so many reasons. But it was also BUSY!

My husband was enrolled in school working on his Master’s Degree while working insane hours where we rarely saw him before 8pm. And that’s when he was actually home, and not out of town for work. We had 4 small kids, and also welcomed our 5th baby during that season. Two of our kids were school age, two younger. In addition to homeschooling the kids, I also started and operated a small business.

We served at our local church in the kids ministry every Sunday morning, at the info center on Sunday afternoons, Wednesday evenings with the youth, and in the kitchen on Thursday afternoons. Then there was our lifegroup which we led every Friday night in our home. Towards the end of that season we also took in a very sweet family who lost their home, and regularly babysat the youngest while her mommy was working. Add in a few kids activities every week and that made for a really exhausting schedule!

We didn’t set out to have so much on our plate, it just sort of happened. In hindsight, it was a season where we just didn’t know how to say “no”, even to the good things.Let a shift in perspective help you become unapologetic in prioritizing your time to put the reading of the Word above everything else in your life.

Getting a new perspective

By the time we moved, I was pregnant with #6 and knew it was time to slow down. As we geared up for a new season, I spent a lot of time in prayer, really asking God to help me prioritize my time. I realized that even though we were doing a lot of good things, we weren’t super effective at any of them because we were spread too thin.

Seeking God helped me to set the priorities for my new season. God first, homeschool second, good food third. And that was it! So, we moved and I started to focus on my three things and only these three things. I thought I would be missing something by focusing on so  little, but what I actually found was some long lost (and much needed) peace and contentment.Let a shift in perspective help you become unapologetic in prioritizing your time to put the reading of the Word above everything else in your life.

Being unapolagetically dedicated to the Word

Why is it that we can so easily shift our God time around to serve every one else’s schedules? I think its because we don’t always view God as being physically present, and we want to meet the needs and demands of everyone (or thing) calling for our physical attention. But you know what? God IS physically with us! Even more so than all of the other people and things in our lives. If we are spirit filled Christians then the Word says that His Spirit lives and moves and has his being in us. He’s ALWAYS there, PHYSICALLY. So, remind yourself of that!

Would you apologize for spending time playing with your kids? Or for spending a few hours watching a movie with your husband because he asked you to? Would you apologize for helping a stranger, or for grabbing coffee with a friend? Would you apologize for working hard to complete a project, or for making phone calls that move your business forward? NO! Of course you wouldn’t because its good to spend time with the things and people that are important to us. So don’t apologize for spending time in the Word, getting to know the best friend you’ll ever have. Instead, make it a priority, and protect that precious time, no matter what!Let a shift in perspective help you become unapologetic in prioritizing your time to put the reading of the Word above everything else in your life.

How I carve time for the Word out of my schedule

What I found out, is that you can’t “carve time out”, instead you make it the priority. I purposefully dedicate my evening time to reading God’s Word. That’s the time that works best for me, when I am focused, and can really commit to what I’m doing. I also use my early mornings before every one is up (or at least while they are still mostly quiet) to do a short devotional. These two times in my day have become non-negotiable. My family is not allowed to interrupt. It was a learning process for us all, but it has paid off. If you truly want to make time for something, you will make a way.

I had to re-shift my perspective so that reading the Word wasn’t something I “made time for” but instead, became the thing I lived for and shaped my life around. I don’t schedule things now that will interfere with this time. If my kids wake up early and want my attention, they have to wait. If my hubby gets home late and needs to talk, he has to wait. GOD COMES FIRST, and I am unapologetic in this priority now.Let a shift in perspective help you become unapologetic in prioritizing your time to put the reading of the Word above everything else in your life.

What time of day will you dedicate to the Word?

What do you need to move around in your schedule so that you can commit to a regular time to spend reading God’s Word? Can you move some things around, or do you need to eliminate something all together? Is it time to take a look at your priorities? Maybe its time to re-evaluate some things, so that you can give up what is good for what is BEST.

Blessings and love,
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How to Use Your Daily Quiet Time Wisely so that You Reap the Benefits

Gosh, we live in a busy world, don’t we? It can really be a challenge to find any quiet time at all, so I want to make sure that when I do, I use my time wisely.

My days start at the crack of dawn, literally, and I run, run, run all day long. Chef, dishwasher, maid, chauffeur, teacher (for 3 different grade levels), caregiver, wife… these are just a few of the titles I dawn week after week.Using your quiet time wisely helps you reap the benefits of the Word every day. Renewed strength, soul cleansing, and revelation of God's will can be yours!

Women take on so much! By our very nature we work our fingers to the bone meeting the needs of those around us before thinking about our own needs. Its a blessing and a curse, really. Its a gift we have been given to be naturally bent towards a servant-heart. But it quickly becomes a curse when we get emotionally, physically, and spiritually drained from a lack of fulfilling our own needs.

Addressing our spiritual need

I’ve heard it said that we are all born with a “God shaped hole” in our hearts. That hole needs to filled, and re-filled constantly with Jesus so that we can operate in our highest and best.

I have been in that place where my daily need for God’s Word was not being met, and it takes a toll on every other area of my life.  Ultimately, when I’m not filling myself with the Word, I get grouchy, emotional, short tempered, lazy, and procrastinate…

On the other hand, when I re-align God’s Word as a priority, I find strength, patience, restraint, joy, kindness, and peace. Then, I find I’m more resilient, look on the bright side of life, and my endurance becomes supernatural. My family and I are both much happier when my spiritual needs are being met.

So, for the benefit of everyone in my life, I purposefully plan structured time every day that is designated to reading the Word.Using your quiet time wisely helps you reap the benefits of the Word every day. Renewed strength, soul cleansing, and revelation of God's will can be yours!

How I spend purposeful time in the Word

I choose to block off the evenings for my time to study the Word.  I’ve tried to do it early in the morning, but lets be real… I have 5 kids so my mornings are never quiet. (Plus it usually takes me a few cups of coffee to become fully alert!) Therefore, I never seem to soak in as much as I want to when I study in the morning. On the other hand, in my house, all is pretty quiet by 8pm, so I capitalize on that time.

I shut myself in my quiet bedroom, and spend the next 30 minutes to and hour just soaking up the Word of God. Sometimes I will also read a bit of a Christian book, or work through a devotional. But no matter what, EVERY SINGLE TIME, I pick up my Bible and read.

I do love to supplement God’s Word with good solid teaching, but I never ever underestimate the fact that the Bible is the BEST tool at my disposal.  If I only have time for one thing, the Bible is what I reach for. Every time.Using your quiet time wisely helps you reap the benefits of the Word every day. Renewed strength, soul cleansing, and revelation of God's will can be yours!

The wisest way to spend your quiet time in the Word

You will do yourself the BEST service if you will commit to READ the Word of God every day. Not a book about the Word, read the Word itself. There really is nothing more important you can do. I promise it will pay off, so commit to it, and jump in!!

So go block off that sacred time and enjoy the peace that follows.

Blessings and love,


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A Love Story You Will Want to Fall In Love With

Today I want to share a little love story with yall

But this is not your typical love story between two people, it’s about the love of an entire community. It’s a story that has both inspired me, and changed me. And I hope it will do the same for you.  [bctt tweet=”Take a break and join me to hear an inspiring story about the love of a community.”]

In the beginning…

This love story began on a Spring day in 2014. We were in the midst of a devastating storm in our family that felt as if our lives were unraveling all around us.  The path that God had sent us on had suddenly taken a drastic detour into what felt like it must have been the very pits of hell.

Some days were so bad, I could hardly breathe. We turned to the only place we knew to go, our church family. And they tried to help, in the best way they could.

They mentored us in a very personal and meaningful way. They led us when we needed leaders and they were our friends when we needed companionship. Because of them, we were able to put our lives back together and mend the broken pieces. Things were looking up, and feeling better than they had in a long time. We were excited for the future and were certain that our next year was going to be the best one yet.This is a story of the unconditional love of one community that will encourage and inspire you to love bigger and better every single day.

And then the orders came… unexpectedly

It was time to move again. To say the least, I was devastated. I had so many plans for the upcoming year and so many things left undone. The last thing I wanted to do at that time was move away.  Nonetheless, when the Army says “move”, you move.

So we made the best of it. We got everything in order, made plans, packed up our entire lives, said the saddest goodbyes ever, and headed south to a brand new season.

We got here on a Monday. Our rental house wasn’t ready because apparently there had been a mix up about the dates. There was no fence, which we had been told there would be, and the entire house was trashed, and full of spiders, and mice!

My MIL had come up to meet us and help with the move that day, so we ended up spending that first day in her tiny hotel room, waiting for our rental to “hopefully” get move-in ready.

We spent the rest of that week unloading, unpacking, organizing, and doing a lot of driving around to familiarize ourselves with this new place that we were now calling home. And for some reason, even with the bad start, we just really liked it. We couldn’t decide exactly why, but it just felt like home.

Our first Sunday, we headed off to church. We didn’t want to skip a beat, so we jumped right in. That day we got signed up to start volunteering, joined a lifegroup, and headed to an event to learn all about the church that very night. We liked the church, BUT it just didn’t seem to compare with the one we thought we had just been ripped away from.

I questioned God about that decision, a lot.

Our new church was nice and all, and it had a pretty awesome Pastor, but it just wasn’t the same church we knew and loved.

I wanted my church home back

I was also really upset that God had called us to enroll in Bible School the previous year, but then pulled us away right in the middle of it. I desperately desired that intimate training because I was missing it so badly and just couldn’t find it at our new church.

After a few months, I told my husband that I just wasn’t sure we were at the right place (even though we were already pretty active members by this point), and that we should try out another church that I had been researching online.

So, the following Sunday, we headed to the other church first thing in the morning, but by the end of that service, we couldn’t get to the parking lot fast enough!! We knew without a doubt that I had been wrong and this was not the place God was calling us to.

We loaded the kids into the car and immediately headed across town to the next service at the church that we had already been planted in, this time, knowing for sure it was where God wanted us to be.

Armed with that assurance, I really started to pursue God, asking Him what it was the we needed to learn about here, that we couldn’t learn anywhere else.

And I soon got my answer!

We decided to start our own lifegroup, so I went to a special worship night, hosted by the church, for lifegroup leaders. That night I felt God move in a brand new way (I know I say that a lot, lol, but its true!  These are some of my favorite moments in life!).

Something was different about that room of people, I didn’t just feel God’s love in that room, I felt the love from all of the people too.  Every.  Single.  One.  Of.  Them.  Most of these people were still complete strangers to me, but I just felt the most powerful love radiating in that room that night.

That night, one of our pastors told a sweet story about a young guy who had a cup of tea sitting on the floor by his chair.  During worship time, it accidentally got knocked over and tea flooded out, covering the floor of the next several rows in a sticky wet mess.  But before he could even do a thing, a whole team of volunteers were there ready and willing to clean up the mess.  And then, the best part was when this young man looked at them, horribly embarrassed and trying to apologize, the girl standing there happily handed him a fresh cup of tea and simply said, “Are you kidding me, we get to do this!”

Man, there’s something about that story gets my heart every single time…  “We get to do this!”  I just love that!

The rest of the night was filled with story after story just like the one I just shared.  I left that night with so much hope and an incredible vision from the Lord.

Up until this point, we had been so filled with the knowledge of God, but now it was time to be filled with the unconditional love of God

From then on, I couldn’t help but notice how people in our new church loved others on a whole different level than anything I had ever experienced.

Later that week, I remember standing in the lobby at church talking to one of the pastors about this new-found revelation of how great our church loves, when we both got to experience it first hand.  As we were talking, we saw a man walk in from the other side of the building, I don’t even remember what made us notice him at that moment, but the pastor began to tell me a little about him.  He said that this man comes in occasionally, usually when he’s feeling down, or having a hard time.  And then out of nowhere, another member of the church walked up to the pastor and said, “Hey, you see that man over there? (As he quietly points into the sea of people to the very man we had been speaking about.)  What more can we be doing for him?  We need to step up our game for him.”  And then he laid out an entire plan about what he wanted to do to help this man out, then just as quickly as he walked up, he walked away, directly to the man, to initiate the plan he had just laid out!

I was completely amazed!  I had never in my life seen something like that.  He wasn’t just talking, he was doing something, he was ready to make a change right then and there in that moment.

I looked right at my pastor and said, “See, point proven, who does that?  I mean it, who seriously loves like that?”  He just smiled as we looked around and continued to witness one act after another of over the top love right there in the lobby of our church.

The thing that really stood out to me was that this kind of behavior was nothing at all out of the ordinary, it’s just who these people are.  I am blown away time and time again watching these people live out unconditional love, but they never seem to understand what I have to be so blown away about, it’s just they way they do life.

I’ve seen so many acts of kindness, generosity, and love among these people.  And there’s just something about the heart behind it that takes it to a whole other level of humility and grace, simply for the sake of loving on people.

These people here, they have that saying, “we get to do this”, but it’s so much more than just something they say, it’s a way of life that they live out each and every day, not just at church, but in the community, and in their day-to-day lives.  That is what sets this community apart for me.

The love of God permeates everything here, there really is no escape.  And let me tell you, I am so HAPPY to get to be a small part of it!!

So I want to share with you some easy ways that you can be a beacon of love and face the world with an “I get to do this” attitude:

Always be willing to go the extra mile.  “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”  (Matthew 5:41)  If you really dig into that section of Scripture you will find that Jesus is talking about how to treat those who treat you poorly.  But I love this simple vision and how we can carry love over in every part of our lives; at home with our spouse or children, with our parents and siblings, with our boss and co-workers, with our fellow servants at church, with the barista at our favorite coffee shop, the checker at the grocery store, and the stranger on the street.  What if every time we did something for someone else, instead of doing the bare minimum, we gave 200% effort?  How would that change your heart?

Do every thing you do for God.  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”  (Colossians 3:23)  Every thing you do, from the smallest most mundane tasks, to the biggest ones that have the potential to impact on the entire world, do it for God.  We shouldn’t show love others in order to satisfy people, we should do it because we love God.  We should do it because we are daily being transformed into the image of Christ, who lived only to do the will of His Father in Heaven.  Therefore, we live to do the will of God, to spread the hope of Jesus to the ends of the earth.  Every thing we do matters, and the love in which we do it will change the world, for better or for worse.

Remember that you are working for an eternal glory.  “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17)  Don’t fix your eyes on your current situation and what you see before you, but instead fix your eyes on Jesus.  When we see the world through His perfect lens, we see with eyes of compassion, and we are filled with the unconditional love of Christ that we are then able to pour out onto those around us.  We don’t have to know all the answers or understand all the reasons why, we just need to know Jesus and trust that HE works all things for His glory.  And we get to be a part of that.

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So let’s go love on people this week, because after all, if we haven’t got love, we have nothing

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”  ~1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Blessings and love,


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How to Find Amazing Friends Who Help You Soar to New Heights

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”  Proverbs 27:17

The NLT says, “so a friend sharpens a friend

We all have friends who sharpen us in one way or another.  But, have you ever stopped to ponder exactly what it is that you’re being sharpened for?

Are you being sharpened to use as a weapon that brings destruction and death?  

Or are you being sharpened as a life-giving soul ready to bring goodness, grace, and truth?

On the surface, it’s not always easy to tell.  Most of us love our friends, the good, the bad, and the in between.  And that’s good.  We should show love and grace to all people.

But we should also take a good inventory of the people we are allowing into the inner most parts of our lives.  Are those people helping to build us up and encourage us in God’s truth?  Or do they encourage us to believe the lies of the world?

And are we truly an encouragement to them?  Do we sharpen them to be warriors for the Kingdom, or are we sharpening and enabling their worst qualities?You will be "sharpened" one way or another by the people closest to you. Learn some sure fire ways to find amazing friends who will draw you closer to God.

It’s so important for us all to find a few close friends who will encourage us, pray with us, pray for us, build us up, and check in on us.  Friends who we can share our dreams with, no matter how silly they feel.  Friends who we can turn to when we need help.  Friends who will guide us in truth.  Friends who will constantly point us back to Jesus.

These friends are not to be taken lightly, and they are not always found easily

So, here are 5 ways to find amazing friends who will become those “iron sharpening iron” people in our lives.

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5 Ways to Find Complete Freedom When You Worship God

Have you ever been to one of those churches with the contemporary Christian songs, lights flashing, music blaring, people jumping up and down, throwing their hands in the air, and shouting praises to God?

How did it make you feel?  

Were you right there with them, loving every second?

Or were you standing in the back thinking they had all lost their minds and you must have walked into crazy town?

If you are in that second camp, this post is for you!  I hope to share a bit of my story and tell yall how I found the biggest freedom of my life when I surrendered to the “craziness” and then give you 5 ways to find your own freedom in worship.Have you ever felt pulled to worship God on a deeper level, but held back? This story is sure to help you push past the fear to find freedom in worship.

My Story

When I first started on my Christian journey, we were going to a tiny little church.  I loved worship time there.  It was small, quaint, and peaceful.  We had an organ, sometimes a guitar, and our worship leader with her microphone.  We all sang along to 2 or 3 really traditional gospel songs, then we sat down and listened to the message.

There was one little old lady that always stood in the front, and always raised her hands (both of them) and just seemed to be on a whole other level with God.  I got to where I would seek her out to watch her because, honestly, it was weird.  She was the only one who did it, and boy did she ever stick out!  I couldn’t figure out why anyone would ever want to stick out for a weird reason like that…  I know I sure didn’t!

So, even though I was completely drawn to her, always wondering why she did that, I avoided her like the plague!  I was terrified to talk to this lady because I really thought she would try to recruit me into some terrifying and freaky cult life.  I never did meet her, to this day, I don’t even know what her name was.

Then, God moved us across the country and called us to a completely different kind of church experience.

The first time I walked in to our new church, I had an overwhelming sense that we had found our home.  Even so, some things still seemed very strange to me.  First of which, was worship time.

This particular church was huge, we had an auditorium style sanctuary that seated several thousand people (a far cry from the 50 we had been used to).  The first night we went, we sat about 3 rows back from the front of the stage.  When worship started, I was both terrified and delighted at once!

They turned the lights way down, and turned the music way up.  People on every side of me began to worship God in a way that I had never witnessed before.  Hands went up everywhere, some people danced, some people jumped, some stood still, and they all carried a look of peace and total freedom on their faces.

Even though I had this rush of panic over what was happening all around me, I also had this incredibly calm peace somewhere inside me whispering that it was going to be okay.

For a long time after that, we would sit up high in the auditorium and experience worship as more of a “spectator sport”.  We would sing along, but mostly we were watching everyone else engage in this strange, but intriguing style of worship.

After several more months passed by, I stopped paying so much attention to everyone else and really started to let the words I was singing minister to my own heart

That was my first breakthrough.  

I felt walls start to come crashing down as I let the truth I was singing really wash over me.  It sunk down deep to a place that it stuck.  Those words had SO MUCH TRUTH and SO MUCH POWER!

That was at a time when I was still very distant from my Bible, I had read a little here and there, but not much.  I certainly didn’t have God’s Word rooted deep inside me yet.  Those songs were the thing that first started to help me hide God’s Word in my heart.  [bctt tweet=”When you’ve got God’s Word hidden in your heart, things start to change.”]

Try it for yourself, check out this video, listen to the words, and let them really minister to your heart.

Fast forward about a year…  I had been perfectly happy with the level of worship that I had achieved.  I sang along and I really felt like I was praising and honoring God when I did.  I didn’t feel the need to do anything more, or so I tried to convince myself.

I started to notice that during worship I would have this strong urge to raise my hands and cry out to God.  BUT  I had an even stronger urge for “self-preservation”.  I was terrified of what everyone around me (especially my husband standing right next to me) would think.  It was that thought that held me captive for another year!  A YEAR!

(And even though the major thing holding me back was that fear factor, I also had a heart-felt desire for “genuine worship”.  I desperately did not want to put on a show or an act for other people and I was so scared that if I began to worship in that way, I would be doing just that.)

Then our Pastors did a series on worship, and they would have breaks during the middle of service to give us an opportunity to find our own freedom.  MY SPIRIT WANTED FREE SO BADLY!

It was a dreadful battle for me between soul and spirit.

My spirit wanted freedom… my soul wanted dignity…  and my body sided with my soul…

Just after that series wrapped up, our church hosted their annual women’s conference.  I went, by myself, and sat near the front determined that night would be my next breakthrough.  I was ready for a spirit victory.  There was no one I knew anywhere near me.  When worship started, I let the music wash over me and I gave in and let my spirit have its way.


And that’s when I finally got the point of worship.

It’s not about me, or the songs, or the manner in which I worship… it’s all about Him.  

It’s about letting my spirit be free to praise Him for who He is, for who He’s been, for who He will always be.

My heart broke into a million pieces that night.  It was yet again, one of those moments where I left with “ugly tears” because God had finally won me.

I finally realized what it meant to surrender my entire life to Him and trust in Him to pick up the pieces.

My pride was shattered that night as I surrendered everything I was afraid of and holding back in order to put God first.  And I have never been the same.

I found my freedom in worshipping my Saviour with every ounce of who I am, throwing all of my sin and wickedness on the altar at His feet and magnifying His glory and mercy.

There really are not enough words to describe that level of freedom.  My prayer for you, friends, is that you will find it and then spend the rest of your lives being changed by it.

Psalm 51 from the message Bible captures freedom in worship perfectly.  This is a psalm that David wrote after he had been confronted by Nathan about his affair with Bathsheba.

“Generous in love—God, give grace!  Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.  Scrub away my guilt, soak out my sins in your laundry.  I know how bad I’ve been; my sins are staring me down.  You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen it all, seen the full extent of my evil.  You have all the facts before you; whatever you decide about me is fair.  I’ve been out of step with you for a long time, in the wrong since before I was born.  What you’re after is truth from the inside out.  Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.  Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.  Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing.  Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health.  God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.  Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me.  Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!  Give me a job teaching rebels your ways so the lost can find their way home.  Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God, and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.  Unbutton my lips, dear God; I’ll let loose with your praise.  Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you.  I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered.  Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.

5 ways to find your own freedom in worship

  1. Let the words minister to your heart – Don’t just sing without listening.  And listen carefully, I would caution you to only sing songs that are speaking truth.  Remember, these are words you’re speaking over yourself, so you should be sure they are Truth.  Once you are sure of that, then let that truth sink in deep and minister to your heart.
  2. Let His spirit be in the lead – when you feel that prompting on the inside to go a little deeper, to take the next step in your worship, listen to it.  You can be sure that is the Holy Spirit prompting you to find a deeper level of worship; I promise, the devil’s not going to “trick you” into worshipping God!
  3. Forget about everyone else around you – worship’s not about them, and it’s not about you, it’s about Him.  Focus solely on Him and forget everyone else.  Close your eyes if you have to, move to a different seat if that helps, get to a place where you can worship by yourself if you need to.  Do whatever it takes so that you can stop focusing on everyone else, and start focusing COMPLETELY on God.
  4. Don’t force your worship “Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you.”  God’s not looking for your best performance, and He’s certainly not looking to see how well you “out-worship” your neighbor.  He is looking for a pure heart ready to rejoice in Him.  John 4:24 says, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  Let your worship be honest and real and led by the Spirit.  He will guide you into all truth and He will show you the best way to honor God in your worship time.
  5. There is no perfect way to worship – God has uniquely designed each and every one of us with different gifts, talents, and quirks.  If we were all to worship the same way it would be meaningless.  Worship doesn’t even always come through singing, it can come in many other forms, such as dancing, writing, or painting. Whatever your way, worship God with all that you have and all that you are and let that be enough.  He will continue to guide you and shape you.  There will always be a next level of worship.  Stay open to it, but don’t force it.  Let Him lead you in His timing and in the meantime, worship Him with everything you have.

When you  have reached that point of freedom you will know it because you will be transformed and then you will never be the same again!

Don’t shut yourself off from God out of fear and doubt.  Instead, find the ultimate freedom and catapult yourself into the next level of your relationship with Him!

Now go and break free in the best worship session of your life!

Here’s another of my favorites to help you get you started

Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you.  I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered.  Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.

Psalm 51:14-16 (MSG)


Blessings and love,


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