Tis the Season… For Hope

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You guys. The holidays. They’re here. Tis the season for fun and laughter and memory-making and thankfulness and present sharing and snow and families snuggled up tight together and caroling and turkeys and shopping and cocoa. Except it is also a season for sadness for so many people. I have had my share of sadness around holidays past – loved … Read More

The Beauty Of Brokenness

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Can I sit down on this virtual couch and unpack my big feelings to you for a bit? Yesterday I sat in a hospital room, watching my middle daughter sit – pale, quiet, and listless – with wires surrounding her and things beeping and test results that only a cardiologist can read pumping out of the top of the machine she … Read More

My Lighthouse

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It all started with a song. It was stuck in my head and burning in my ears for days. You know when you hear the lyrics and it’s almost as if it was sung exactly for you—in that moment.   We were in the middle of a massive remodel project and our tiny condo was rattling all day long. It … Read More

A Prayer for Sleepless Nights

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, Insights, Inspirations3 Comments

Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. Psalm116:7 I find it so funny how kids can pass out in almost any place if they are tired enough? I wish I had mastered that life skill! Especially lately when the days are so long and by the time I crawl into bed it … Read More

Silent Night

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As much as I wish that I could say that my Christmas season centers around peace and thanksgiving, the truth is, those are the things I have to fight for! It’s that time of year when schedules seem packed, the to-do-list seems longer, and most evenings seem anything but calm and bright. In my heart I know it’s the most … Read More

Oh Coffee – I Am Thankful For You

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I may not be from Seattle anymore, but coffee is an integral part of my day. To be honest, it’s an integral part of multiple parts of my day. To me, coffee represents more than just something to wake me up and get my engine revving for whatever the day holds. (And if I am totally honest, coffee really does … Read More

But Above All, Be Brave

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So last week I wrote about getting rid of fear and the importance of shining light on those things that give us anxiety so that their power is removed. Ironically as I hit publish on the post about our daughter’s epic health scare a few years ago I felt a TON of anxiety and fear. What is up, Lord? I … Read More

Let’s All Agree To Give Fear The Boot, Okay

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It’s that time of year again…Halloween. To be honest, our family kind of lives under a rock when it comes to this holiday – we rarely dress the kids up, and if we do, we head to a church or school harvest party instead of trick or treating. I don’t have any major issues with trick or treating or dressing … Read More

Awake O Sleeper

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Oh my friends, the truth is: I’m tired. Something about this last week of gray days and my ever graying hair has kept me feeling a bit low. This whole up all night/up all day scenario is hard! At the same time though, I can think back instantly to two separate times when my babies were in the NICU and … Read More