The above image brought tears to my eyes. 1998 is a long time ago in many ways, but the memories are still there. Many people who know me, don’t know. Miscarriage is private grief that many experience, but few talk about it. My experience led to me write and enter the following story in a…

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I’ve decided that I will read some classics in 2015. Fellowship of the Burning Heart came highly recommended, so I purchased a copy. It sat on my table until a few days ago when I picked it up and started reading it. Fellowship of the Burning Heart is a collection of 10 sermons by A.W.…

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Five Minute Friday: Notice

What do you notice when  you go somewhere you’ve never been before? People? Natural beauty? Houses? Flowers? Something else? What about when you meet someone you’ve never met before? What do you notice? Hair? Eyes? Shape? Smile? Personality? Gestures? We all notice different things. Ask five eye-witnesses what they saw at an accident site and…

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The above picture was taken last year, but this morning the view out my window is similar. I need to leave for work in 30 minutes and have many things I could be doing right now, but God has impressed on my heart that I need to write this post. Maybe it’s for you. As…

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I’m happy to announce that Uplifting Devotionals for Parents is now available as an e-book. Have you ever wanted to resign from parenting? The responsibility is overwhelming some days. Thankfully, we don’t have to parent in our own strength. God walks with us each day, strengthening us, guiding us, and giving us wisdom – if…

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Psalm 32:8

As some of you know, my parents were missionaries during my early years. This meant that we often spent time in other people’s homes with different rules and expectations. My siblings and I knew we were expected to be on our best behaviour at all times. We learned to keep our focus on our Dad.…

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If God is your partner, make your plans BIG - D.L. Moody

There is a lot to be discouraged about in this world. We don’t have to listen to the news long to hear about wars, violence, destruction, and every sort of evil. Instead of focusing on the negative, today I’m choosing to focus on God. I hope you’re encouraged as you join me in celebrating our…

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Sometimes we just need to step back from our everyday life and take a deep breath. Some days we need encouragement, a fresh perspective. If that’s where you are today, this post is for you. 1. Take time to read God’s Word and let it nourish you. Here are some of my favourite passages: Psalm…

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“Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. … He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf I’m enjoying another Proverbs 31 online…

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Vision Statement ruthlsnyder.com

Last week in our study of Limitless Life by Derwin L. Gray, we discussed work and were challenged to write our own vision statement. If you’ve never written a personal vision statement, try the process outlined below. If nothing else, you’ll learn more about yourself and what motivates you. Hopefully you’ll also come up with…

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