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Three Compelling Reasons To Begin at the Beginning and Move Slowly

When I joined our church 20 years ago, I had never before attended a Sunday School class or Bible Study. Yet, not too many years later, I actually found myself teaching. Our church needed teachers, my children were that age, and so I said yes. But to ease myself into this new endeavor, I chose to…

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How To Complain Less [and enjoy life more]

Negative speak is rampant in our culture.  Everywhere I go I hear complaints about the weather (especially the weather in Iowa in March!),  government, healthcare, food, traffic lights, cashiers, parents, teachers, haircuts, the pebble on the ground. You name it. Whatever it is, chances are I’ve heard it or said it or both.  What such grumbling…

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Is It Time To Change Your Perspective?

A year ago today, I lay on an operating table. It was the day I had my ACL repaired (actually replaced).  Fifty-two weeks, 365 days later I’m preparing to do what I couldn’t then—attend my children’s parade of bands concert. Missing that concert that night was a precursor to months of missed opportunities, painful nights,…

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Five Strategies for Managing Surface Emotions

Emotions are powerful. They bring us to tears, drive us to take action, set us on the edge of despair. Feelings can be stirred by a word, an image, or an experience.   Photo by wikimedia commons/User:Ritchyblack Problems With Emotions Some people bury their emotions deep while others carry theirs on their sleeve. I’ve been blessed to inherit my…

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Help for Feelings Run-a-muck [Giveaway: Unglued]

Red-faced, I clenched my teeth while furiously clicking from one menu item to another on my computer screen, determined to correct the problem with my post. Only the second original post on my new blog site and its link was broken. I’d spent most of the afternoon trying to correct it. Frustration reigned supreme. After…

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Desperate to Affect Real Change

There are areas in my life that I long to change. My critical nature (especially with my family) is a biggie. I’ve tried for years to instigate that change, to be more gracious and long-suffering. Yet it seems I merely do the 1/2-step dance—1 step forward, 2 back. No matter how much I strive, in my…

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Enjoying the Process, Not Just the End Result

As a teenager and young adult, I used to thrive on process. Sure, I wanted to complete a task, but I soaked in the steps along the way as well. For example, there was much joy to be had in, not only knowing the haymow was full of hay, but in the process of working…

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Lessons from Stretch

Do you remember Stretch Armstrong? It was a great toy, meant to be stretched–stretched hard, until its arms and legs were spaghetti-thin. And the amazing thing was it always bounced back to its original look. You couldn’t tell it had even been played with. I used to wonder how that happened. What made the toy…

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

May the posts and pages on this site offer you a measure of peace and encouragement.

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