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If I sent you a Christmas card, this is what I’d say.

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If I sent you a Christmas card, this is what I’d say.

I gave up sending Christmas cards years ago. I tried for a long time but it came to feel too much like an obligation. Sending Christmas cards takes so much time and is hard on the budget. And for something that would probably get tossed when the Christmas décor came down? Nah, not worth it. Cards and stamps are not cheap!

I love getting Christmas cards, though, so if anyone sends me one, know that they don’t get tossed. I keep them and on years when I can keep track of them in the middle of moving from place to place, I keep them out, rotate them off and on and pray for each person or family who sends me one. This is not the point of this post but I did want to acknowledge all you do-gooders out there. Your efforts are not wasted on me. I know there was sacrifice involved. I wouldn’t be offended in the future, though, and I would actually applaud you if you chose chocolate for yourself instead of a stamp for me.

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I Wish I’d Known… That the Best Kind of Life is the One That is Lived

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I Wish I’d Known… That the Best Kind of Life is the One That is Lived

I’m joining up with the #FridayFive again today. It’s been a while! As I’ve pondered the writing prompt for this week I’ve struggled to come up with 5 things I wish I’d known. Why? Because I’m realistic enough to know that I’m hard headed enough that I probably wouldn’t have listened even if someone told me.

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Saturday Share #LinkUp 3.12.16 {Focus: Favorite Encouraging Videos}

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Saturday Share #LinkUp 3.12.16 {Focus: Favorite Encouraging Videos}

This week’s Saturday Share is centered around my favorite focus – encouragement. Although I’m a writer I’m not so much of a reader. This is why I understand when people don’t read my blog posts. Give me a powerful message of encouragement and motivation in a song or video and it takes root in my soul.

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Saturday Share 12.12.15 #LinkUp {Focus: Encouragement in Pain}

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Saturday Share 12.12.15 #LinkUp {Focus: Encouragement in Pain}

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that so many people are struggling during the holiday season. I’ve been one of them more times than I’d like. It’s such a season of contradiction at times. Life is still happening but for some reason we think it all has to stop and we have to happily sip our hot cocoa. I love how more and more of my writer friends are writing about their struggles in this season. But what I love more is how they freely offering not only their story of struggle or pain but they are offering encouragement to others on how they made it through.

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Five Holiday Traditions That Need To Be Tossed! {And Ones To Replace Them With}

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Five Holiday Traditions That Need To Be Tossed! {And Ones To Replace Them With}

I’m following my own advice in writing this post and keeping it simple. No fluff here. I don’t have time for that today but I do have some words that I know someone out there needs to hear with their “eye ears”.

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When You’re Tempted To Quit – Don’t

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When You’re Tempted To Quit – Don’t

When the assignments are too arduous, the emotions too burdensome, the schedule too packed, the future too uncertain, the enemy too fierce… when you’re tempted to quit, hopefully, you’ll have a friend who tells you not to. They’ll tell you to keep breathing. And you’ll be inclined to listen.

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The Rain Keeps Falling

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The Rain Keeps Falling

It’s been raining here for a solid 24 hours. Not a heavy rain, not even a storm. A steady trickle. It’s amazing to me how a steady trickle of rain can bring a flood.

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Saturday Share {!!LINK UP!!}

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Saturday Share {!!LINK UP!!}

I want to welcome as many of your stories as I can so on this Saturday, and if it works out, all the Saturdays to come, I’m hosting a link-up post sharing extravaganza.

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Here, Fishy Fishy…. {Fish, God, Adam & Michelangelo}

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Here, Fishy Fishy…. {Fish, God, Adam & Michelangelo}

lake ducksWe live on a retention pond with ducks and fish and turtles bobbing their little heads up out of the water. We have water fountains. It’s peaceful. The sun rises over it. It’s quite beautiful. We call it our lake. But alas, it’s a retention pond.

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EPFH’S FIRST GIVEAWAY!!! Enter to win Through Waters Deep by Erin Shafer

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EPFH’S FIRST GIVEAWAY!!! Enter to win Through Waters Deep by Erin Shafer

TODAY IS THE DAY!! I’ve been waiting for this day! I’ve had these 5 little books, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, in my hot little hands for weeks now just waiting to give them to 5 of you lovely readers. Yes, 5! Not just 1 of you, but 5 of you!

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