1 Degree Matters

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Blog | 34 comments

  Have you ever noticed when the temperature outside goes up one degree? I don’t, yet the thermometer shows it has. It isn’t until the temperature changes by five or ten degrees that I begin to feel it. I notice the cumulative effects of a bunch of degrees, but the individual degrees themselves, go unnoticed.   “Your eyes [God] saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.”  ~Psalm 139:16 ESV On February 2, 2012, I will have been alive...

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Easter: A folded sheet

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Blog | 10 comments

    One of my favorite household duties is folding and putting away our clean laundry. I also love to fold linen napkins and place them in their appropriate spot around our dinner table. Hundreds of bows were folded and secured to the backs of our wedding reception chairs. Order. Detail. Accomplished. Easter. Something new about the Resurrection of Jesus caught my attention this year. I am not the only one who folds linen. Order. Detail. Accomplished. Jesus.     Jesus is not dead- He is alive. The only thing found in the...

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Delighting over our significant image

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Blog, Motherhood, Video blogs | 4 comments

  I posted the following comments on the One Degree Facebook page yesterday and they touched many of you. For those who missed it, I pray the following makes you smile~   I was in the kitchen fixing lunch when I heard my little girl start to squeal and giggle. I found her on top of the bathroom counter, delighting over her image in the mirror.     Friends, what emotion do you feel as you look at your own face and body in the mirror? I will be honest, there are days I do not delight in my face or my body. I evaluate what I see...

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66 in 1 Series: Just an empty cup

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in 66 in 1 series, Blog | 0 comments

  I am attempting to read through all 66 books of the Bible this year. Whenever I am challenged or encouraged by a particular word, verse, or passage, I will share it with you. Welcome to my “66 in 1″ series. Today’s post is a jem from my archives. When I came across this particular passage in the Gospel of John, I immediately thought of this post~ enjoy!     The King: “What are you doin’, kid?” Lightning McQueen: “I think the King should finish his last race.” The King:...

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Whose opinion counts?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Blog | 8 comments

  On March 7th, I traveled to Austin and spent the weekend with a precious group of moms and tweens.     I witnessed moms and daughters set aside their imperfections to worship God, who IS Perfection, together. I heard that a mother and daughter chose to read their Bible during free time, together. Marshmallows melted. Pipe cleaner crowns were paraded around and admired. A grandmother was roped into a harness and flown high above our heads.     I saw the way these almost-teens looked at their mamas as they played and...

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66 in 1 series: Is it a chute or a ladder?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in 66 in 1 series | 4 comments

  I am attempting to read through all 66 books of the Bible this year. Whenever I am challenged or encouraged by a particular word, verse, or passage, I will share it with you. Welcome to my “66 in 1″ series…       Ok y’all- I played Chutes and Ladders with my darling 3 year old. I have no idea what I was thinking. The outside of the box said the game was for ages 3+ ???!!! So I totally thought this would be a good activity for us to engage in. It wasn’t. Katie would spin the spinner and move...

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Images of His Beauty: finding hope and healing in Jesus Christ

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Blog, Eating Disorders, Images of His Beauty, Teen | 0 comments

  This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week~ “According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 75 percent of American women (10 million) battle an eating disorder. One in 200 struggles with anorexia nervosa; three in 100 battle bulimia…Time magazine says 80 percent have been on a diet by the time they’ve reached fourth grade.” (from the book Chasing Silhouettes, page 18) My heart is burdened. Would you please join me in praying for those who struggle with an eating disorder? Would you join me in praying for the families,...

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66 in 1 series: help for unbelief

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in 66 in 1 series | 4 comments

  I am attempting to read through all 66 books of the Bible this year. Whenever I am challenged or encouraged by a particular word, verse, or passage, I will share it with you. Welcome to my “66 in 1″ series…     One of my favorite New Testament passages is Mark 9:14-29. Here, we learn about a distraught father and a disappointed crowd. They wanted a healing; not the Healer. Jesus’ disciples tried to heal the demon possessed child, but failed. So the crowds rushed Jesus, thirsty for another miracle....

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Hope for those who are boy-crazy

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Blog, Motherhood, Teen, Whatever Girls | 2 comments

  I have managed to talk about the book of Exodus, plagues of boils and frogs, and now… the topic of boy-craziness on the blog this week. I  promise I am not losing it.     Burning bushes aside, I assume your brain has fixated on a love interest (or two, or five, or fifty) before. If he or she did not work out, then you eventually moved on to another love interest, right? I recently received a copy of Paula Hendrick’s new book, Confessions Of A Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey From Neediness To Freedom. This book is a...

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66 in 1 series: A willing spirit

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in 66 in 1 series, Blog | 4 comments

  I am attempting to read through all 66 books of the Bible this year. Whenever I am challenged or encouraged by a particular word, verse, or passage, I will share it with you. Welcome to my “66 in 1″ series…     “And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments. And they came, both men and women, as many as were...

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Love: from a 4 year old perspective

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

  A friend posted something on Facebook that stopped me dead in my “scrolling” tracks. Several children were asked the following question: “What does love mean?” The majority of their answers made me chuckle, but one answer spoke to my spirit:   “When someone loves you, the way they same your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” ~Billy, age 4   Whoa. Billy is one deep thinking little guy…   I remember how the Dean of Students said my name as...

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