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May 17 2016

Real Beauty

As women, we ache to believe that real beauty can be found in the midst of imperfection. We are crying out for permission to lower our standards. ~Myquillyn Smith, The Nesting Place, p47~ I see beauty all around me. I see imperfection all around me. I am looking to my Lord to help me see […]

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Apr 01 2016

Long-distance and Long-time

Five years ago right now, I found out I was pregnant with my ninth baby, who came on the heels of six consecutive miscarriages. Five years ago right now, we began the process of building a home out in the country. Five years ago right now, a friend of mine emailed me a crazy idea. […]

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Sep 01 2015

Irrigating Deserts

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. ~C. S. Lewis~ We need to take special care to tell stories that are ‘not suitable’ for modernists. The Bible contains dragons, giants, principalities, satyrs, and unicorns. Invariably, these get cleaned up in translation so that modernist evangelicals are […]

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Aug 31 2015

Giveaway Winner, #4!!

Like the rest of life, even things like online giveaways don’t always go as you plan or expect! Right after I discovered the winning comment, our power went out… which means no internet (nor lights nor water, etc)… and it did not come back on for over thirteen hours. So, please forgive my tardy post […]

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Aug 24 2015

Not Alone in Grief ~ Giveaway!!

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!! This is a first, I think, for Joyful Domesticity ~ a giveaway!! Please share this giveaway by sharing this post’s link, especially if you know someone suffering the grief of miscarriage. …~…~…~… In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various […]

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Jul 10 2015

Meditating on Psalm 57

This morning I read a nice chunk out of Elyse Fitzpatrick’s book, A Steadfast Heart. It gave me multiple opportunities to think of my grandparents especially, as I know both of them are going through storms in their life as they adjust to new and difficult life situations. Grace withereth without adversity. The devil is […]

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May 16 2015

Second: Resources, Opening My Eyes to See Chronic Suffering

SECOND: RESOURCES, OPENING MY EYES TO SEE CHRONIC SUFFERING … … … … … I wanted to pray but had no idea what to say, as if struck dumb by my own pain. Groans became the only language I could use, if even that, but I believed it was language enough for God to understand. […]

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Apr 06 2015

Easter Lessons

This year, we went out of our way to do a few more hands-on lessons and Easter preparations with the children. The older they get, of course the more they grasp ~ and it is delightful to hear their own 6, 3, and 2 year old sized insights into why we do the things we […]

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Mar 29 2015

Sharp Regard

At the root of many a woman’s failure to become a great cook lies her failure to develop of a workmanlike regard for knives. ~Robert Farrar Capon, The Supper of the Lamb: a Culinary Reflection, p56~     Properly edged and skillfully used, a cleaver will prepare whole meals without the assistance of another knife. […]

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Mar 26 2015

Sipping Light

This is a praiseful realization: love is bit and bridle, despair, the beast. To live well is to learn how to ride, how to lean into grief. That is how one of the opening pages in A Small Cup of Light first introduces you to the author, Ben Palpant, as he opens a window into […]

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