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01 // what my social media sabbatical taught me this summer

Sabbath is part of the creation story, what God did on the seventh day not because He needed rest but to model a behavior of rest to us, His chosen and loved people. While my sabbatical has been an extended break over the summer, my hope is to continue this action of pressing pause once a week as my family transitions out of summer and into our fall schedule. Even though my sabbatical has come to an end, I look forward to receiving the gift of Sabbath in the weeks ahead.

Read more in today’s post about what my sabbatical taught me this summer and how you can take a sabbath break too.

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why I'm taking a summer sabbatical from social media

This summer, I’m going off-line and taking a sabbatical from social media.

A sabbatical is a short term break that can produce long term results. A sabbatical is another form of practicing the Sabbath, which is typically a day of rest. People will often take sabbaticals from their professional careers for a month or up to a year so they can travel, study, or write. Our souls need sabbaticals so that we can live life in the Spirit. To live in the Spirit, we have to rest in the Spirit.

Read more in today’s post about why I’m choosing to take a sabbatical from social media this summer. Hey, you might just want to take one too!

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how to say goodbye to the ones you love {a tribute to my grandfather}

Today would have been my grandfather's 85th birthday. 

He's been gone now for nine days, and it is still hard to comprehend that he's gone. The thing with death is that it always comes before we are ready to say goodbye. We all long for just one more day, one more hour, one more second with those we love. But death, like so many other things in this world, is not something that we can control. I can't live in regret, and neither can you. What we can live in is the memories that we shared with the ones we love. We can celebrate their lives and believe that we are made for #connectionnotperfection. 

Join me on the blog today as I pay tribute to my grandfather, a Veteran, an athlete, a man who loved the Lord. As we celebrate his life, I pray it gives you comfort in saying goodbye to the ones you love. 

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how baking cakes connect generations

I'll be the first to admit that sometimes it is easier to buy a cake from a store rather than making it from scratch. For some occasions it is totally worth the money to pay for a cake so you don't have to stress. But sometimes nothing beats mixing together flour, butter, eggs, and cream. There are memories (and messes!) to be made cooking in the kitchen and it truly is a great time to connect with your family or friends.  

In today's post, I share the story behind the cover of my new book, Invited, and how Raleigh's Nan Nan taught me the true value of living a life of #connectionnotperfection.

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how prayer prepares our kids for going back-to-school

As mothers, we work hard at preparing our kids for school. We buy school supplies, new uniforms, and teacher gifts. We pack lunches and schedule carpool. We attend orientation meetings and read e-mails from our kids' teachers. Prayer is not one more thing on our already long back-to-school to-do list. No, prayer helps us have peace with going back to school. Let us prepare our kids for school with prayer.

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