IF:Gathering: Finding My Messy Community

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In the fall of 2013, I was invited by one my closest friends Lindsey Nobles, to attend a retreat with 60 other women in Austin, Texas to hear about the vision of a new ministry called IF:GATHERING. I had no idea what to expect or who would be there and to be honest, I really didn’t want to go. I was in the midst of some major changes for me…

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Seasons of Change and Letting Go

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Recently, Justin was sifting through photos and found this gem of our three young boys from one of our favorite vacations to date!   The picture below is just four years later! Countless pounds and inches have been added to our family (unfortunately not all of them by my boys, but that’s for another blog post). I was so taken back at the contrast not only in the physical appearance…

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Everyone Wants to Be Picked

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One of the best stories in sports happened at the 2014 NBA Draft. This is a reminder that belonging is a powerful thing. No matter who you are, no matter where you’re at today, Your Heavenly Father has picked you. You belong. You matter. You are chosen. Rest in that today.

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Life Is Hard

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I often forget how hard life can be. I mean, I realize it and live in it, then I get comfortable and complacent and get surprised by it. Friendship is hard. Marriage is hard. Integrity is hard. Parenting is hard. Leading is hard. Family dynamics are hard. What God brought to my mind today is who ever said it would be easy? God never promised easy, He promised His presence. God…

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30 Something Things I Love About Trisha Davis

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20 years ago, we fell in love. The boys and I love doing life with you! Happy 30-something birthday my love! I love you Trisha and I am so grateful for you. Here are 39ish 😉 of the 3.9 million things I love about you. 1. I love your beautiful blue eyes. 2. I love that you believe in grace and second chances. 3. I love your sacrificial heart. 4. I love the way…

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God Never Promised Easy

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There is a reality that all of us face every day…life is hard. It’s only when I try to escape that reality that I am blindsided by the difficulty of life. Friendship is hard. Marriage is hard. Integrity is hard. Parenting is hard. Leading is hard. Family dynamics are hard. I’ve been praying through a decision I have to meet my biological father before he passes away. I am reminded…

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How To Bring Life To Every Relationship

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The words we say have power. They have power to breath life into a relationship. Words have power to build up a marriage. They have power to inspire a child. They have the power to shape a soul. Words have power to destroy as well. They can wound a heart; they can damage a marriage; they can create hurt that lasts for years. Words can build up and words can…

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It’s Not Rocket Science

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When we started dating our spouse, the time we invested in that relationship was huge. We carved out time to talk; we talked for hours on the phone; we spent money we didn’t have to buy flowers; we drove long distances just to see them for a few hours; we went out to dinner three times a week. We’d call in sick to work just to spend the day together. We…

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Re-Subscribing to RefineUs

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Hey friends! Those of you that consistently follow blogs may know this, but Google Reader is no longer in existence. As a former Google Reader user, I’ve had to adjust this week to this service no longer being available. (Secretly I’m hoping like Hostess is doing with Twinkies, Google will bring back Google Reader at some point.) Since it is a holiday weekend and you may have some extra time…

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What Everyone Wants But Few Experience

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There is something everyone wants more than money. There is something everyone desires more than fame. In the quiet place of every human heart, lives this universal desire: Transformation. Everyone wants the ability to change. If we experienced change based on intentions or desire, we’d all be who we want to be. But that isn’t the way transformation takes place. You can’t buy it. You can’t wish it into existence. You can’t…

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