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Why I Won’t Be Snarky About my Kids – Kids deserve respect.

What the Church and Christians Need to Know About Suicide and Mental Health – “when the church isn’t for the suffering, then the Church isn’t for Christ.”

I Used to Think God Wanted a Lot From Me – “The only thing God wants from you are the chains that are holding you back.”

Why Miscarriage Matters When You’re Pro-Life – Very thought-provoking post about the difference in how pro-lifers treat aborted babies vs. miscarried babies.

Five Surprising Reasons Wive Lash Out at Their Husbands

Millennials – A millennial’s take on millennialism.

Unsolicited Comments – Mark As Spam – I love this analogy on how to handle unsolicited comments.

 

 

When God Changes Your Dream

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I had the privilege of writing my first guest post for a fellow blogger.  The Rosevine Cottage Girls were doing a series on how to trust and follow God when your dreams are changed or taken away.  I immediately thought of our dreams for a large family.  The path God has taken us down looks nothing like the dream I had for years.  It was (and is) a challenge to trust God with the new dreams He is bringing to us.

So here are a few thoughts from me about what to do when God changes your dream.

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December 22, 2011. I put on the most beautiful white gown and walked down the aisle to say “I do” to the man of my dreams. We were so happy that day. So insanely happy.

Since before we were married, my husband and I had thought that we would like about six children. We agreed that we would take it one child at a time, making sure that we were doing a good job parenting as unto the Lord before adding another child. But we thought the end result would probably be us having about six children.

After marriage, we moved into a 250 square foot apartment. It was tiny, but cozy and perfect for our first love nest. A baby would make it tight, but we knew we could do it for a few months until we moved out.

The months started to pass. We weren’t preventing pregnancy, so every month made me a bit more confused and discouraged as another negative pregnancy test greeted me.

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The Truth About Grieving for Your Child – “The truth about grieving for your child is that your grief will run concurrent to everything else, forever.”

What Not to Say to Someone Struggling with Depression – Great list here!

How To Support Your Favorite Blogger (Even If You’re Only a Reader) – Love these ideas!  I know as a blogger I appreciate the support from readers.  And I want to be an encouraging reader to other bloggers as well!

Mindful Eating – What about those times when you are just craving that chocolate cake?  We tend to have a pull yourself up by the bootstraps mentality where we just need to try harder and deny ourselves harder.  What if we didn’t?

 

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Being Still When God Makes You Wait –  Don’t push for answers.  Just be still.

Choosing the Struggle – “In those times when we can’t find it in us to choose joy, when we can’t count our blessings for the crashing waves before us, when we feel incapable of making a choice at all, maybe it’s enough just to choose the struggle.”

 

2 Views – A powerful poem about two ways to view life.

Confronting the Lie: God Won’t Give you More Than You Can Handle – “Not only am I okay asking those questions (of God), but I think there is something holy and sacred in being courageous enough to ask them. Don’t be fooled, those questions are only to be asked by the courageous. It is easy to spout trite Christian platitudes designed to make people feel better with bumper-sticker theology. But insipid axioms do little in the face of the actual brokenness of the world.”

On Letting Go – Another really great poem about letting go and embracing change in your Christian walk.

Resent or Embrace – How to respond to your spouse’s seasons of life…especially when their season of life looks better than yours.

How Good Parents Miss Child Sexual Abuse and 5 Questions to Change That

Top Posts of 2015

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2015 was a big year for my blog!!  I took some big steps and I am glad that I did!  Thank you to everyone who has joined me this year!

These are my top 10 most popular posts from this year!

top 10Posts

  1. Do Apps Help You Or Just Waste Your Time?
  2. To the Woman who is TTC
  3. Care Package Ideas: Miscarriage
  4. 31 Days of TTC
  5. Making Babies and Giveaway
  6. A Christian’s Journey Through Doubts, Discouragement, and Depression
  7. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
  8. The Stealth of Legalism
  9. Drowning in the Questions
  10. Resources for Those who are TTC

-Bonnie

Oldie But Goodie Link-Up December Edition

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Welcome!  Thank you for stopping by Life With You to visit our link-up.

2015 is rapidly drawing to a close!  Only a few days left.
How time flies.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas
and enjoy your New Year’s festivities!  Do you have
any fun New Year’s Eve traditions? I’d love to hear below (even if
you don’t enter the link-up 😉 ).

Oldie But Goodie link up

Do you have an old post that still gets a lot of traffic?  Or do you have a post you loved that got buried in the archives?  Link up here!  Share your oldie but goodie!

A few rules –

1.  Link up as many old posts as you would like.  Make sure you share the link of your actual post, not just your blog.

2. Visit at least one other post in the link up and leave a relevant comment.

3. It is not required, but it would be great if you would grab my button to include on your post or link back to my blog.

4. Make sure you come back next month to link up and check out other posts!  The link-up will go live on the last day of each month.

Oldie But Goodie link up

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Be You Well: The Freedom in Forsaking Comparison – Not everyone is gifted in all the same ways.  But you are still fearfully and wonderfully made!

Little Voice – A powerful post about the lives of the unborn killed by abortion.

5 Ways to Pray for Couples Struggling to Conceive – Awesome prayer targets.

I Have the Perfect Body – It is so common for moms to feel terrible about their bodies.  I love this woman’s perspective on the issue!

Just Two Kids. And That’s Okay. – Very refreshing perspective on the fact that God doesn’t have a cookie-cutter size for families.  “Can we stop counting our kids and comparing our lives?  Can we embrace families of all sizes as ordained by the God we serve?  Can we extend grace to all?”

Your Child is Your Neighbor – “Children are people….If children are people, they are also our neighbors.”