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Alone With My Faith

In 2021, Harry Connick Jr. released a new album titled Alone with My Faith. I leaned in and listened intently as Connick shared the backstory of his album on Annie F. Down’s That Sounds Fun Podcast (Episode 288). This new album resulted from his need to process the...

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When Life Hands You Scraps Make a Quilt

“When Life Hands Your Scraps, Make a Quilt.” I chuckled at this quote hand-painted on a wall in a Chesapeake, VA sewing shop. I love the twist on the cliché, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” This cheerful scrap of a quilt square is my reminder that one day; God will use all my scraps to create a beautiful quilted tapestry for His glory.

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When Life Hands You Scraps, Make a Quilt

I’m April Dawn and This is My Month

There's always been a bit of fun, joking, and curiosity behind my name. So today, on April Fool’s Day, I thought I'd plunge into some interesting notions surrounding me and my name. My name is April Dawn, but I was born in July. No, my parents are not hippies. What’s the story behind your name?

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April Dawn This is my month
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When Your Heart Needs a Friend

Where do you turn when your heart needs a friend? I’m not talking about the gym friend or the book club friend. Instead, a friend who’s walked through hell and still has a hallelujah in their heart. When your heart needs a friend, you need someone who’s been where you are, fought similar battles, and survived with joy? A friend who will listen without trying to fix the situation, but rather encourage along the way.

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Stop the Stampede of Negative Thoughts

How do we stop the stampede of negative thoughts? If left unrestrained, negative thoughts will gallop through our minds, like wild mustangs on the open range. When doubts and anxious thoughts stampede our minds, we can lasso negative thoughts to the truth of God’s Word
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5, ESV)

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Stop the stampede of negative thoughts

New Year’s Queso Mishap

I stumbled into 2021 with a New Year’s queso mishap. I think I lost a powder-dipped fingernail in the queso. I took a short cut in the set-up process. How we set-up our morning and plan our day will determine our attitude, outlook, and whether or not we have fingernails in queso.

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God Does Not Change

Unlike us, God never changes. He never has an off day. His mood never fluctuates. He never wakes up on the grumpy side of the bed, because He never sleeps or slumbers (Psalm 121: 3-4). He does not have bad days, dreadful weeks, or hormonal changes. In this time of uncertainty, one thing is certain; God Does Not Change.

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4 Lessons from the Sunflower Farm

Last fall I photographed my niece’s senior pictures at a sunflower farm. The sunflowers, which earlier faced east, now faced west toward the setting sun. Upon reflection, I discovered four lessons from the sunflower farm.

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5 Trustworthy Promises for Hard Times


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