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On Fresh Mercy and Quiet Grace

Each day begins white as snow. Each day gives us a do-over. Each and every day starts with fresh mercy and new grace. Guilt doesn’t have to enter the picture. There’s no big party to welcome a new day, no sparkly orb or bands playing, no confetti tossed. New days dawn...

On the Most Wonderful & Difficult Time of the Year

John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else? Matthew 11:2-3 ------ It's Christmas Eve. A day of...

On Christmas Cookies: a Recipe Link-Up!

It's Christmas week!! We've got Bing Crosby crooning on vinyl, stopping only to swap him out for Nat King Cole. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, my favorite candles are lit, and twinkle lights have replaced the nightlight in the kids' room. Our halls...

On ‘Nog Bread’: a recipe for eggnog quick bread

Tis the season for this perfectly delicious, lovely nod to Christmas, not overly sweet or noggy loaf! In our house we affectionately call it 'nog bread', and after sharing it with you I'll have to bake a pan of it for our family =) Husby loooves this stuff and he's...

On This Season of Christmastime

Tis the season, my favorite season, and truth be told I've been living it up since October. Maybe even September. But not like I used to think of living it up at Christmastime. In this season of my life, this blessed, busy, overwhelming, wonderful season of my life,...

On Christmas Coming into Our Real

Sunday morning after a weekend away for Thanksgiving, I was looking forward to going to the first Advent service at our church, which I knew would be decked out with twinkle lights, tall trees, and a manger waiting for its Baby. We'd arrived home late the night...

On the Ways We Display the Word in our Everyday

*affiliate links used below  “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are...

On Slow-Cooker Chicken (or turkey) Taco Stew

This was delicious, and I think would taste fabulous using leftover Thanksgiving Day turkey. With a nice side of cornbread... yum. If you make it with leftover turkey, just stir the diced, cooked meat into the stew about ten minutes before serving. And if you haven't...

On Ferguson and the Thing that Has to Be Enough

My son attends two separate day programs, both at churches. One Lutheran, one Baptist. My son and daughter are in a MOPS program at another Lutheran church. The three of us attend in a community ed. Early Childhood class at a local school. Our family belongs to a...

On Warm Memories & Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Growing up, on special days my mom would pull a tube of refrigerated cinnamon rolls from the fridge and bake them, filling the house with the scent of sweet cinnamon and dough. She made them on every first day of school, Easter and Christmas mornings. That smell...

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I'm Anna Rendell - social media coordinator at (in)courage, speaker, writer, latte lover. Wife of Jared and mom of Sam (5), Josie (2), and Clara Grace (1). Join me at the picket fence and let's talk real life, real mothering and real encouragement.

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