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Good Things Continue to Happen.

Yesterday, Ashley and I (Hannah) were walking down the stairs after having a few hard conversations. “Awh look. The daffodils are up.” We looked outside at the courtyard where daffodils were planted last year. They were in full bloom. How did that happen? When? By no doing of our own, good things continue to happen. __ I’m not sure what it was. Maybe it’s that spring doesn’t really feel like spring this year. Our normal ques are off. Driving past an empty stadium parking lot, Easter dinner outside with just three of us. Celebrating my step mom’s birthday by video call. It all feels off. And yet there are many things that are the same. These things are an invitation to remember a bigger, full

The Battle is Already Won

Dear Heavenly Father, We come to you with humbled hearts and appreciation for your forgiveness and love that you shower on us. Father, you know our hearts and we come to you touching and agreeing because you said two or more gathered in your name you shall be in the midst. Father God we ask you to spread your wings and protect us from all pestilence and from all harm Lord God. Father whatever is not of you we ask you to rebuke it in the Name of Jesus and let your Spirit reign to and fro. Oh God, thank you for being our provider, thank you for being our shield from all things that are not of you. We come to you the only way we know how through prayer and supplication and ask that you bless Ho

My Feel Good List.

There isn’t a lot of “feel good” energy out there today. Our routines changed. We were collectively weighed down and left to deal with it detached from one another. Now, it’s easy to feel alone. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with today’s burdens. But, God will take on even our heaviest burdens. He loves us so much that He takes on the weight of each of us and all of us. It’s hard to feel alone knowing that. We are oh so supported by God, and still His load is light. Jeremiah 17:7 says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Father, I pray that you open our eyes, so we can see you more clearly. With you our burdens are light and we can feel your grace. We

A New Normal

Since Day #1 of the “Safer at Home Order” I have been begging for things to go back to normal. I was frustrated by: · Meetings being postponed. · Having to do grocery shopping for a week or two at a time...who does that?! · The anxiety that came creeping back in like my long lost friend. · Having to be 6 feet from people (I could really use a hug, that’s not Brooke’s thing). · Not being able to just pop in to say “hi” to close friends. Simply, not being in any sort of control of what is happening around me. “Back to normal” seems to be best. However, when I really stop to think about what was unhealthy in my "normal" and what this time allows for me to change, I realize.... · I used to

Joy in the Midst of Chaos.

I think it is safe to say we are all waiting for the day that things can return to “normal”. March quickly took a turn that I could have never for seen. The month started off just about as “normal” as I could’ve asked for. I started off the month getting to celebrate my birthday with family and friends. The following weekend I took a trip to Nashville with my closest friends. The weekend after that I returned to Michigan to spend time with even more of my friends! For me, March seemed to be headed in such a positive direction.  It is strange, sad, and a bit confusing to see where our country stands today. It’s sad how all of our lives have somewhat been flipped upside down in a matter of da