7 signs you need to spring-clean your mind for focus. Motivation for decluttering and organizing your mind from a special spring cleaning series.

7 signs you need to spring clean your mind for focus

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  Have you ever thought to spring clean your mind for focus? Spring cleaning – I just love the thought of those two little words!  My mind’s eye pictures sun-dappled, gleaming floors; light streaming through sparkling glass windows.  White vases, laden with tulips, flank clean kitchen counters.  A gentle breeze from the freshly swept deck wafts a subtle fragrance of potted …

Why you should join the cast of Tuesday Talk and me and hone your parenting/DIY/faith/crafting/fashion skills!

Why you should join me for Tuesday Talk

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  Good morning, my peeps! Welcome to Tuesday Talk, a link-up geared toward mamas of all ages, with information on parenting crafting homeschooling schooling DIY cooking marriage fashion faith and all things in between! This is a GREAT group of gals who admit to occasional parenting failures, social awkwardness, and recipe flops. In essence:  these girlfriends are the real deal. …

How to make a decision when you're paralyzed by fear. Stop analyzing about making a wrong decision and start moving with these truths from God's Word.

How to make a decision when you’re paralyzed by fear

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  Hi mama.  I have one thing I really want to tell you today. It’s this:  make a decision. Stop worrying, stop analyzing, and stop fearing. Nip it in the bud, Ange. “It’s better to go through the wrong door with your best self than the best door with your wrong self.  Sometimes the way in which I go through …

Comfort when God's simple answer is no. When you have no way out, remember, Christ didn't either.

Comfort when God’s simple answer is no

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“And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, ‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me.  Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.  And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him.”  Luke 22:41-43         Have you ever been stuck in a situation that you wish so badly …

What to do when nothing is going right – 52 weeks

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“The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” Habakkuk 3:19a        Do you ever wonder why the deer is cited so many times in Scripture?  Is the deer that sure-footed that we should want our steps to mimic his?       I asked my husband, the hunter, if a …

How God heals all your diseases – 52 verses

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“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits;   Who forgives all your iniquities,   Who heals all your diseases,   Who redeems your life from destruction,   Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,   Who satisfies your mouth with good things,   So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”     Psalm …

Release Regret and Move Forward – 52 Weeks

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“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14       Chances are, if  you’re human, you have regrets from the past.  …

Do you smell good? – 52 verses

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“Now thanks be to God who always leads us to triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”  2 Corinthians 2:14      I love a good scent, don’t you?  A pumpkin spice scented candle in autumn, all the smells surrounding Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy), my husband’s cologne as he’s …

GOD’S GOT A PLAN – 52 weeks

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“He alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea;  He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south;   He does great things past finding out, yes, wonders without number.”  Job 9:8-10 (ESV)      I am struck with the beauty of this passage.  Almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of the …

WHERE IS YOUR IMAGINATION TAKING YOU? 52 verses

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“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (ESV)     Where are your thoughts taking you lately?       Do you find yourself traveling down roads …