Trekking Through Hobbit Holes "You…have set my feet in a spacious place." Psalm 31:8

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Valentine’s Day is never easy for a Single, Unattached Person. I was in a relationship for half of 2016 that ended under extremely abrupt and traumatizing circumstances, and while I’m confident now that things turned out for the best in the end, it’s still easy (occasionally, anyway) to feel sorry for myself and wish I […]

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Ta-da!!! What do y’all think? Formidable Courage has received a major and much-needed makeover, just in time for 2017. Something this drastic begs an explanation, of course… In my last post I alluded to 2016 being an exceptionally difficult year. So many things have happened that I didn’t feel comfortable talking about here…which is why I’ve neglected this […]

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I am a compulsive worrier. I know worrying is wrong because I serve a God who wrote my life story before the creation of the world, and nothing takes Him by surprise . . . but sometimes it’s really, really hard to take my whirling, fretful, chaotic thoughts captive. Some days are better than others, […]

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They may seem random and disjointed, but these are some of the things I’ve been pondering recently. Here’s hoping they’ll be thought-provoking for you too! ___________________________________________________________ ambassador |amˈbasədər, -ˌdôr| noun : an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country; a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified […]

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It’s about that time of year again: time for a recap of the past year! This is always so fun. I love remembering what momentous things happened and thinking about how I’ve changed over a year. Truly, I think I have changed in twelve months. A year ago I was still smarting from the 2012 election fiasco. I […]

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 “God gives God. That is the gift God always ultimately gives. Because nothing is greater and we have no greater need, God gives God. God gives God, and we only need to slow long enough to unwrap the greatest Gift with our time: time in His Word, time in His presence, time at His feet.” […]

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He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our […]

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A♥ via Compfight I am now officially old enough to buy a gun and have a concealed carry! (*throws confetti*) That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, I am now twenty-one. And to be honest, I was dealing with a bit of depression over it last week as I approached the big day. However, praise God I was […]

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I’m sorry, but I simply couldn’t resist 😉 In all seriousness, though, I have two choices today: either I can “get the mullygrubs” because I’m celebrating Han’s style–OR I can focus on the right spirit and perspective. Which, of course, is always the best of the two options! God knows exactly how many single Christian men […]

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Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing! Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns; Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and […]

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It’s wonderful when . . . . . . everything drips with cold dew in the early morning, even tiny spiderwebs in the grass I wouldn’t have seen if they weren’t laced with tiny beads of water . . . . . . I find a French Bread recipe that costs 50 cents a loaf […]

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I have two new History Friends who’ve blessed my life recently. Probably most of you know them already–I can’t believe it took me nearly 21 years to read their story in detail–and to be honest, I always “knew about” them. What homeschool kid growing up in a Christian home doesn’t know about Jim and Elisabeth […]

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When I feel impatient, anxious, frustrated… When I wrestle with being a people-pleaser… When the world around me seems to be falling apart at the seams… When it seems like I’d be better off banging my head against a brick wall than actually trying to make a difference… When I find myself listening to that […]

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He was twenty-one in 1944 He was hope and he was courage on a lonely shore Sent there by a mother with love beyond her tears Just a young American who chose to rise above his fears And as I watch him struggle up that hill Without a thought of turning back I cannot help […]

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I want to extend a big “Thank you” to everyone who encouraged me last Thursday! I’m feeling somewhat better today in spite of a fearsome cough, but I can say that I’m in a much better frame of mind. 🙂 I’m sure it’s fairly obvious to everyone that my biggest struggle is the battle of discouragement […]

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“I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We’re in one, or course; but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside, or read out of a great big book with red and black letters, years and years afterwards. And people will say: ‘Let’s hear about Frodo and […]

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My brother and one of my cousins got me started on Pinterest. I heard one time that Pinterest was a place where girls planned their weddings before they even had a prospective husband, and I found that remark extraordinarily amusing. But after seeing some of the great photographs of, say, landscapes, costume designs, and food […]

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My brother said yesterday that I use the phrase, “There’s a sermon in that scene!” way too often. He’s right. I like to dissect movies and books, which often sounds something like this: “Oooh, that is so cool and here’s why, because this moral conflict produces this result, and isn’t that just like [insert Bible story […]

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