encouragement

BRAVEtogether Manifesto

As BRAVEtogether we agree to… 1 Participate in deep, heartfelt, and honest community 2 Practice compassion in order to create a safe space 3 Honor each other by listening and walking through life together 4 Dream and develop our passions 5 Push each other to grow and be confident in who we were created to…

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3 Truths (and a lie) For When Life Is Ridiculously Hard

If life is really hard for you right now, I wish I could reach through the screen and give you a giant hug. Since I can’t, I wrote 3 Truths (and a lie) For When Life Is Ridiculously Hard; you can print it out and hang it where you’ll see it often so you can…

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Solidarity In Grief: How to Help During Crisis and Tragedy

After the bombing in Beirut and attacks in Paris last week, my heart was so heavy. I’ve experienced the deep pain of losing someone, but my loss was personal, only one loss at a time, and never because of someone’s deliberate actions. I ache for those wading through the first days of grief while still…

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31 Days of Celebrating Real Life [10/12/15]

Caleb found these stickers the other day. He immediately chose the orange “Keep It Up” sticker for himself. I read the other stickers to him so he could choose one for me. He thought about it

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A Really Good Day

It’s not often in the throes of grief or newborn land that you get a really good day. Especially not after a week of stomach bugs and never ending snow. Today was a good day. I got myself and the kiddos dressed at in the car with enough time to only be 5-10 minutes late…

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Hidden Treasures: Encouragement For The Hard Days

I feel like my brain is tripping over itself trying to write this post. The last few days have been such that the memorial service we had for Keith Saturday seems like a distant memory. It has been five days of colds, GI bugs, middle of the night laundry and baths, and not enough sleep….

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A Brand New Day

Sometimes there are days that we are just ready to be done with. Be encouraged, because tomorrow is a brand new day. On those days I always remember one of my favorite Anne Shirley quotes: Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it yet. If today is one of those days for you, don’t…

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In This World There’s A Whole Lot of Trouble

In this world there’s a whole lot of trouble, baby In this world there’s a whole lot of pain In this world there’s a whole lot of trouble But a whole lot of ground to gain In this world there’s a whole lot of sorrow In this world there’s a whole lot of shame In…

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Dear New Mom: It’s Really Hard

Dear New Mom: Today was day #2 of pool time. Caleb loves splashing, but HATES the back of his head touching water. I found him this fun little float thingie and didn’t have to hold him the whole time! And then he got splashed. The combination of being hungry and tired turned the tiny bits…

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I Am With You

From “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young: You can live as close to Me as you choose. I set up no barriers between us; neither do I tear down barriers that you erect. People tend to think their circumstances determine the quality of their lives. So they pour their energy into trying to control those situations….

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