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What is the Purpose of Your Face?

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Friday nights are a favorite around our house. After running full speed all week, each family member looks forward to an evening of doing nothing. Well, not really nothing. We do have plans, but they’re fun plans, plans to stop everything and enjoy just being together. Most of the time, this means gathering in the living room for a family movie night (because anything else requires too much energy for this worn-out mom.) One of our favorite movies is the DreamWorks film Home, about an unlikely friendship between a loveable alien and a scared little girl. At one point in the movie, as they’re looking for the girl’s mom, she becomes furious with her new friend. Confused by her angry expression, he asks in his awkward alien verbiage, “What is the purpose of your face?” He knows her look...

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Without Apology

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

I stood before my mini-version. Blonde hair curled at the shoulders, bright blue eyes sparkled, and a pleased smile lighted her face. Behind her on the wall splashed brilliant colors in what undoubtedly could hang as a Picasso in an art gallery, but instead it splashed all over my living room wall. She was that daughter, the one who could make me tear my hair out one minute and laugh until tears ran the next. She brought out in me a lot of emotions I’d never encountered before, some shameful and ridiculous. Her “Who? Me?” innocence radiated from wide eyes and poured into the silence like audible questions. While I stared at my wall, a battle raged Inside. One side desired a mommy temper tantrum to dwarf all others, and another told me to calmly sit her down in...

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Praying for My Child to Flunk Math

Posted by on Jul 5, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

“For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9 (HCSB) Math is not my strong suit and it never has been. It was the subject I struggled with the most during my school years. But I’ve recently discovered that my view of God is filtered through an algebraic mind-set. And when I first noticed the signs, I went into immediate denial. There was no way it could be true. But the evidence was irrefutable. Without realizing it, I’d put God in a box, bracketing Him inside equations. And I’m betting a lot of you may have as well. Let me see if you’re familiar with these two spiritual equations I’m referring to: Following the Rules + Making the Right Decisions = Living a Blessed Life...

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Happy 4th of July from all of us at Just 18 Summers. Enjoy some fun family time. Celebrate our country. Take some photos. Make some memories. And thank God for the blessing of being an...

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God’s Not Done with You Yet

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I recently spent the weekend at a women’s retreat and the theme was “Under Construction.” It was a powerful message reminding us of God’s work in us and in our lives. He never stops working. We’re never too far gone that He sees fit to simply discard us. God’s not done with us yet.God will never be done with us. This message resonated in the deepest part of my being and I felt an overwhelming peace with it. What a beautiful realization that my troubles of today don’t have to be troubles of tomorrow because God’s still working. What I am today doesn’t have to be what I am tomorrow because God’s still working. I want nothing more than for my children to embrace this same message. I want them to understand without a doubt that God stands solidly...

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