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Dealing with Disappointment

Dealing with Disappointment

Experiences in life...may turn out to be a great disappointment or perhaps they may be full of enchanting surprises.

Mary Wesley 

As my hubby sat making hotel reservations one evening for an upcoming conference in Milwaukee, he asked if I wanted to tag along. Pictures of quiet strolls on the River-walk and a little shopping trip in the up-and-coming Historic Third Ward soon filled my head. So, of course I said, “Yes!”

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Barbara
As Ann said we sometimes have to be a pessimist before we can see the positive. Thanks for your perspective and I'm glad you went... Read More
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 12:41
Julie Miller
Life throws us curveballs now again, both large and seemingly insignificant...like my room with no view. Thankfully, our precious ... Read More
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 16:17
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In Over My Head

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“I’m going to need that.” I stood next to her bunk and held out my hands for the item.

 Tracy continued to lay strewn across her bed nonchalantly carving into the wall with her machete.

 “Hand me the knife.” I said more firmly.

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Barbara
Amazing story of courage and perseverance. One often times never knows who a person touches while being obedient to His calling!... Read More
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 17:11
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Hints of Heaven

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Today you will be with me in paradise.

Luke 23:42

Paradise: A place of extreme beauty, supreme felicity and delight / a country or region of wonders and marvels / a place where one experiences perfect happiness, joy and bliss...heaven

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Barbara
That was beautiful Julie. Thanks for sharing.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:32
Julie Miller
Jeannie, It's the hope we hang on to this side of heaven! Love you friend!
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:04
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Leadership Lessons

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Follow my example, just as I follow Christ’s.

1st Corinthians 11:1 

My Grandpa Simey was a gentle man of few words. In today's dog-eat-dog world his quiet leadership would probably be overlooked. But, a child's heart is drawn to quiet leadership like a moth to flame. At least that was the case for me. And judging by all of our old black and white photos - it was the case for my unc' as well. It didn't matter where Gramps was or what he was doing, we wanted to be there in his shadow.

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Judith C Evans
What a sweet story and beautiful tribute to your Grandpa. Have a blessed week!
Monday, 07 April 2014 21:06
Barbara
Thank you Julie...
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 19:44
Barbara
Julie, I'm, hopping belatedly over from Ann's link up, and was instantly caught up in your story, since I was close to my grandp... Read More
Friday, 11 April 2014 21:15
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The Gift of Friendship

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A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. 

Walter Winchell

I can’t imagine what life would be like without friends. My life has been so incredibly enriched by the vast variety of friends God has blessed my life with over the years. And it’s precisely that variety that I love most about friendship. Each one is a marvel and a gift...uniquely and divinely God-designed. Just like snowflakes, no two friends or friendships are the same.

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Barbara
Julie, Nice to meet you. I'm hopping over from Ann's link up to count gifts with you, but was amazed to see that we share MN and... Read More
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 15:08
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Ugly!

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Heart Matters Publishing is a team effort. There's not a blog that I write that is posted without my Editor, LuAnn Adams, loving eyes perusing it first. She not only dot's my i's and crosses my t's, she adds beautiful insight and suggestions that are a gift to me. So... it is with joy that together we post this collaborative effort. I am delighted to lift up not only LuAnn's editorial skills, but, her writing skills, as well.

Enjoy and Be Blessed Friends!

Julie

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A Trudge through the Snow

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Winter is on my head...and down my boots...but eternal spring is in my heart. (my paraphrase)

Victor Hugo 

Winter blew in another foot of snow onto our already knee-deep supply. I'm beginning to think spring will never come. In fact, I can't help but wonder, after two miserable winters in a row, if we might not be entering a new Ice Age!!

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Love Spurned

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We have become accustomed to traveling through life at lightning speed. The alarm clock rings and we hit the floor running. We fill every waking moment scurrying in three different directions. And we’re intentional about everything…we take business lunches so we can kill two birds with one stone. Even taking walks these days has morphed into exercise…no more leisurely strolls for us…we speed walk! For all of the time we spend penciling in our calendars and uploading our iPads and smartphones, somehow we still seem to be forever running late. And if you have kiddos, add in their piano lessons, play practice, ball practice and homework to squeeze in there somewhere. If we can find time to sit down together as a family for supper, we end up rehashing all the details of our chaotic lives, as we shovel our meal in as fast as we can, so we can all get to wherever it is that we are going to next. 

In his book, Time Wars, Jeremy Rifkin states, "We are a nation in love with speed. We drive fast, eat fast...we’re obsessed with breaking records. We digest our life, condense our experiences and compress our thoughts. While other cultures might believe haste makes waste, we are convinced that speed reflects alertness, power and success. Americans are always in a hurry."  

But, according to James Bryan Smith, the author of the book, The Good and Beautiful God, hurry is not a part of a well-lived life. He says that the #1 spiritual sickness in our day is hurry sickness. 

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Barbara
Beautiful! I have not heard of our hurry up world described as the hurry sickness but it is so true. In our busyness and our sched... Read More
Monday, 10 March 2014 16:45
Julie Miller
It's not easy to do, is it Mary? But, think of all the precious conversations we miss with God when we don't still ourselves long ... Read More
Friday, 14 March 2014 12:39
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Gray Days

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God spreads snow like wool...who can endure the freezing cold? Then God gives the command and it begins to melt. He breathes on winter - suddenly it is spring

Psalm 147:16, 18

Gray days. Subzero temperatures. Wind-chills. Snowstorms. And polar vortex’s. I think even the heartiest of winter enthusiasts are beginning to pine for brighter days when temperatures climb back up above zero for good.

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Monitoring Your Spiritual Health

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January is the perfect month to take a pulse on your spiritual well-being. Here are a few things that I ask myself periodically. I pray that they will prove 

      What are you feeding your soul with these days? Are you subsisting on empty calories of excessive TV and movie watching, the Internet, Facebook, talk or sports radio, romance novels, etc.?

*Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:33-34 that if we fill our hearts with unhealthy things, it will inevitably be exposed by our attitudes and speech. What comes out of our mouths reflects what we’ve taken into our hearts.

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Losing Daylight

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You made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun always knows when to set.

Psalm 104:19 

It's happening again. Just as it happens every autumn here in the Upper Midwest. We're losing daylight. Shadows are lengthening. The sun struggles to brighten the morning sky. And, before we've had much chance to relish it, it quickly slips away again into the evening.

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Fall and cold is put into perspective... and you have made it clear how wonderful slowing down and enjoying relationships can be!... Read More
Thursday, 31 October 2013 18:24
Barbara
I am a summer person. My husband always teases me that I really should live in Florida. And I agree. (And he would prefer Alaska, ... Read More
Friday, 01 November 2013 13:57
Barbara
Absolutely...I am excited for daylight savings time to end! Think positive at the coziness of indoors! Thank you Julie! Love you b... Read More
Friday, 01 November 2013 16:45
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Gardening 101

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Living in the Upper Midwest, we know that winters can be long and harsh, but as tough as winters are on our gardens, summers can be equally harsh, if not more so.Under a blazing sun day after day with limited rainfall, our plants can quickly shrivel and die. That is why it is important to take this wonderful opportunity spring time gives us to equip ourselves to be garden-ready.

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Barbara
I love the comparison between our gardens, with all the pesky problems & our hearts, with all the trauma's. Seems life is full of ... Read More
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 18:19
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The Lenten Season

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In the dormancy of Lent

we can take our cue

from fallow fields,

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Two Turtle Doves

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Words to Ponder and Put into Practice

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Love: Live Jesus’ selfless heart out in your little sphere of influence

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A Letter to Alyn

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A letter to my precious friend Alyn... in heaven. 

Do the heavens open for you to see all that's happening here in Haiti at Grace Village, Alyn? Surely they must, for when I stand on that hill, I am certain it is the place that heaven touches the earth. 

Where heaven touches earth...

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Looking into the face of Jesus

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Thank you sweet Savior for allowing me to catch a glimpse of your face during this holy month of your Incarnation... as I looked into and smooched the faces of the precious children of Haiti!

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Count Your Blessings

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Throughout the years, it has been my habit to keep a Faith Journal.  I call it a Faith Journal because what I have written on those pages... when my faith is firm and the eyes my heart are open to see the various blessings that God has touched my life with... have been the greatest source of encouragement to me when my faith is especially thin and my eyes so clouded with tears that I have a hard time seeing God's presence anywhere.

As I flip through that journal, I am reminded that yes! God has walked with me through every twist and turn along life's way.  He has whispered my name on the wind and touched my innermost being with beauty. He has embraced me through the hugs of friends and spoken deep into my heart through His love letter, the Bible.  And even when He has led me through shadows and sorrows, I can look back and see that He never left me alone...

One of the best gifts you can give yourself to encourage your soul..is to carve out time to get alone with your Savior and begin your own Faith Journal.  There is nothing like counting your blessings to lift our eyes off of our momentary circumstances and onto the beautiful face of Jesus!

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Hi Jul, I just spent about an hour with you.... or I should say your "Heart Matters" writings. WOW! Your thoughts and words reach ... Read More
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Glimpses of God

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15 This people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.  16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear... 

Matthew 13:15-16

When was the last time you noticed God's fingerprints in your life?  When was the last time you sensed the Savior's voice whispering to you on the wind?

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  • Julie

    Julie

    I’m turning 62 this year. I can hardly believe it myself. But, I’ve decided that I no longer want to live comfortably. I want to live with a spirit of adventure like I had in the past. To be unafraid of what’s new or different. I want to remain so open to the Spirit of the living God that his love compels me to go wherever he leads me.
  • LuAnn

    LuAnn

    I am passionate about people leaning into all that Jesus is. You. Me. Us. Journeying together with God. This is my greatest blessing. And now that my kiddos are out on their own, I’m learning to navigate my new normal. And I am finding there is life after little ones and teens after all!
  • Emilie

    Emilie

    I am currently finishing my degree in relational communications and plan to graduate in the spring of 2020!! I am thankful I have had time to grow, heal, appreciate a slower pace of living, and to invest more time into relationships with family, friends, and God. Through this process I am learning what I want to prioritize in my life and figuring out ways to make that happen. Most of all, I am figuring out that life is all about process, taking steps closer to where I want to be and celebrating the little victories but also accepting that there will be setbacks and disappointments along the way.
  • Sally

    Sally

    Sally Cranham is a singer and writer from the UK. She uses biblical narrative and her own experience to write deeply into the heart of the human condition. She currently works as a volunteer for SourceMN as their Arts Outreach Coordinator and has lived as a Residential Volunteer at Source’s anti-trafficking transitional annex alongside women who have come out of the life of prostitution.
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