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In these fleeting days⠀ before I transition my home decor⠀ from the beautiful fall colors, to the ⠀ colors of the festive Christmas season, ⠀ I'm sharing a post on my blog -⠀ (link in my profile) ...⠀ "Simple Home Beauty: ⠀ Bringing Autumn Indoors".⠀ ⠀ #simplejoys #iloveautumn #simplehomebeauty #pursuingheartblog

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A Collection: Simple Joys of Autumn . Autumn blends in my diffuser. Coffee with people I love. Fun little souvenir gifts. And a Lied Lodge Getaway. . A new blog post at pursuingheart.blogspot.com (link in profile) . #autumndiffuserblends #gorevive #joysofautumn #ilovefall #pursuingheartblog

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How⠀ do we get to know someone?⠀ Not just superficially, but deeply?⠀ It usually doesn't happen overnight.⠀ And most often, it is very intentional.⠀ ⠀ Just as occurs with our human friendships,⠀ our closeness with the One who created us⠀ and who loves us so very deeply, doesn't ⠀ usually happen overnight ...⠀ ⠀ Sharing some thoughts on my Pursuing Heart⠀ blog ... click the link in my profile to read.⠀ ⠀ #onmyheart #pursuingheartblog

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What is your,⠀ what is my, pleasure and passion?⠀ What is the source of our greatest⠀ pleasure, satisfaction, and happiness?⠀ ⠀ There are many things that satisfy,⠀ that give us deep joy ... too many to count.⠀ The love of family, of friends, the beauty⠀ of the seasons that fill our senses.⠀ And I love it all - all are gifts from God.⠀ ⠀ But what is the driving force that directs⠀ our lives; what is the deepest longing⠀ of our hearts? What is the one thing, ⠀ the only thing that will truly satisfy?⠀ ⠀ "Make God the utmost delight and pleasure⠀ of your life, and He will provide for you⠀ what you desire the most."⠀ (Psalm 37:4 TPT)⠀ ⠀ Loving Lord, may I run to You, draw close to You, quiet my heart to hear from You, and dwell in Your love - continually, every day, today. ⠀ #ourhighestpassion #firstlove #onmyheart #morningmediation #pursuingheartblog

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When the⠀ signs of spring begin to appear,⠀ a quarter of our new year has passed.⠀ The new year that began with fresh⠀ hopes and new goals, resolutions.⠀ ⠀ And as the long, cold winter passes,⠀ a restlessness, a longing arises;⠀ a thirst, a searching for new life.⠀ ⠀ Maybe our dreams have faded,⠀ maybe our hopes have dimmed.⠀ Or have we resorted to depending ⠀ on our own strength and energy to ⠀ accomplish all that we long for?⠀ ⠀ Spring is a time to pause, a time ⠀ to press the “refresh” button⠀ on our life, on our heart.⠀ We need to slow our pace, stop ⠀ our striving, and lean in close.⠀ ⠀ When the hush of spring wonder⠀ arrives, when we find ourselves longing⠀ for new growth, for new life …⠀ let us lean in close to Him. To pause⠀ our busyness, and to listen.⠀ ⠀ More on my blog ... Pursuing Heart:⠀ link is in my profile.⠀ ⠀ #ilovespring #restandrefresh #slowliving #simplejoys #undividedheart #whispersandwildflowers #pursuingheartblog #photofromouritalytrip2011

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It has been⠀ a long, cold winter.⠀ Snow, ice, the bitter winds⠀ have covered our land.⠀ ⠀ A longing for spring⠀ envelopes our thoughts;⠀ a deep heart-felt yearning.⠀ ⠀ And I feel it stirring⠀ in my heart.⠀ It's time to dream,⠀ it's time to ready⠀ my heart for spring.⠀ ⠀ It's time to stir up⠀ the hard ground,⠀ and prepare my heart⠀ to listen anew, to hear,⠀ to receive new life.⠀ ⠀ How do we hear more⠀ clearly, how do we listen⠀ from the heart?⠀ How do we prepare⠀ the soil, how do we prepare⠀ for spring, for new growth?⠀ ⠀ It's a quiet focus ...⠀ a purposeful preparing;⠀ pausing, listening,⠀ welcoming His Presence.⠀ ⠀ Preparing our hearts⠀ to receive from Him.⠀ ⠀ (continued on my blog -⠀ a link is in my profile)⠀ ⠀ #springiscoming #40daysbeforeeaster #preparingmyheart #pursuingheartblog

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To know⠀ His heart is to⠀ know compassion.⠀ ⠀ "When He saw the crowds,⠀ He felt compassion for them,⠀ because they were distressed⠀ and dejected, like sheep⠀ without a shepherd."⠀ (Matt. 9:36 CSB)⠀ ⠀ To know Him, to follow Him⠀ is to seek to have His heart,⠀ to ask Him to open our eyes⠀ to those who need His love.⠀ ⠀ "The harvest is abundant,⠀ but the workers are few.⠀ Therefore, pray to the Lord⠀ of the harvest to send out⠀ workers into His harvest."⠀ (Matt. 9:37-38 CSB)⠀ ⠀ This year, this week, ⠀ and today ... Lord, give me⠀ Your heart of compassion.⠀ ⠀ On the blog - link in my profile.⠀ ⠀ Credit: photo by Joseph Pearson on Unsplash⠀ ⠀ #onmyheart #heartofcompassion #theharvest #readingthroughmatthew #pursuingheartblog

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It's not⠀ an effort - the fragrance flows;⠀ a natural overflow from within.⠀ ⠀ The very present, natural ⠀ evidence of being deeply connected and deeply and completely loved⠀ by He who is the Vine.⠀ ⠀ Blossoms, beauty, fragrance⠀ from within. From the⠀ Treasure within. From Him.⠀ ⠀ His sacrifice. His love.⠀ Our greatest treasure.⠀ And our greatest joy ...⠀ we are the fragrance⠀ of Christ.⠀ ⠀ "Stay so close that the⠀ fragrance of His grace may ⠀ linger wherever you go."⠀ (Ruth Chou Simons)⠀ ⠀ On my blog, link in my profile.⠀ ⠀ Credit: Photo by ORNELLA BINNI on Unsplash⠀ ⠀ #fragrance #beauty #within #pursuingheartblog #gardenoftruth

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In the⠀ midst of resting up,⠀ cleaning up, and⠀ treasuring the memories ⠀ from our wonderful and very⠀ memorable Family Christmas -⠀ just three days ago - I am thinking⠀ about this brand new year ...⠀ ⠀ In a world of so many things,⠀ so much to pay attention to,⠀ so much to do, how can I (and you)⠀ keep a clear focus? How can we use our precious days and moments to⠀ nurture what is most important to us? How can we keep from being frazzled and used up? How can we care for our own souls, and in turn, be able to give our best to those we care for the most?⠀ ⠀ (For my first blog post of the new year, go to: pursuingheart.blogspot.com /link in profile) ⠀ Wishing you a very Happy New Year! . #happynewyear #2019 #wordoftheyear #pursuingheartblog #onmyheart #photofrompixabay

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Every⠀ month on my blog⠀ I share a few pages from my fun⠀ hobby of digital scrapbooking.⠀ This time ... three pages from our⠀ amazing New England Fall Trip!⠀ I took so many, many photos ...⠀ it will take me awhile to ⠀ scrapbook all my photos and⠀ memories from the trip, but⠀ here are my first three pages!⠀ (Link to my blog in profile.)⠀ ⠀ #digitalscrapbooking #newenglandfalltrip2018 #littlestoriesofmylife #simplejoys #pursuingheartblog

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These⠀ words have been⠀ grabbing my heart⠀ over and over again⠀ in the past few weeks.⠀ ⠀ And my thoughts⠀ have overflowed into⠀ a new blog post ...⠀ ⠀ "Make your life a prayer."⠀ ⠀ "Make your life a prayer.⠀ And in the midst of everything⠀ be always giving thanks⠀ for this is God's perfect plan⠀ for you in Christ Jesus."⠀ (I Thess. 5:17-18 TPT)⠀ ⠀ You're invited to go to my blog⠀ pursuingheart.blogspot.com⠀ to read more ... ⠀ (see link in my profile)⠀ ⠀ #onmyheart #frommyjournal #restandrefresh #pursuingheartblog

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How can⠀ a mother's heart⠀ be in so many⠀ different places?⠀ ⠀ Last week ...⠀ my heart was in Omaha⠀ helping a daughter pack⠀ up her kitchen, her life,⠀ as she made a move 300 miles away, with her dear hubby⠀ and two sweet kids.⠀ ⠀ And after going along⠀ and being part of the excitement⠀ of the move, of the settling in,⠀ this same mother's heart⠀ overflowed with tears⠀ as we said good-bye, and left to drive 300 miles back to our home.⠀ ⠀ The very next day,⠀ my heart was in San Francisco - (where it is every other day, as well), as a dear son celebrated his birthday. And I wished to give him a warm hug, and an “I love you”. . And now, two days after that day, my heart is making preparations - to welcome another dear daughter, her hubby and two of her kids for a sweet visit from Texas. . And as my heart is overflowing, and is tearful, and is grateful for these two daughters, and son - it is also stretched across the miles to another dear son in New York, and to two precious daughters who live nearby. . How can a mother’s heart be in so many places? . Only by God’s grace ... held so close by the One who is Love, and the One who holds all things together. ⠀ (Also at:⠀ pursuingheart.blogspot.com link is in my profile)⠀ ⠀ #amothersheart #blessedbyfamily #littlestoriesofmylife #onmyheart #littlemoments #pursuingheartblog

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"I am⠀ about to do something new.⠀ See, I have already begun!⠀ Do you not see it? I will⠀ make a pathway through⠀ the wilderness. I will create⠀ rivers in the dry wasteland."⠀ (Isaiah 43:19)⠀ ⠀ Sometimes I long for ⠀ something big, some ⠀ big momentous change,⠀ a pathway that is ⠀ marked and visible.⠀ Do you do the same, as well?⠀ ⠀ But maybe the pathway can come⠀ in a very quiet way,⠀ on a very ordinary day ..⠀ the beauty enveloping our souls⠀ in the grandest sort of way.⠀ ⠀ " ... sometimes God will set the⠀ stage to move our hearts and minds closer to Him as we embrace⠀ His purposes afresh."⠀ (Tim Keller)⠀ ⠀ On an ordinary day,⠀ as we quiet our hearts,⠀ and spend time listening to⠀ His Words. Even these days can⠀ bring life-giving rivers -⠀ as we embrace His Words, His heart,⠀ and allow His Spirit to flow⠀ through the innermost⠀ places of our souls.⠀ ⠀ Lord, may I watch⠀ with expectancy, each day,⠀ for You at work ⠀ in my heart, in my world.⠀ ⠀ #onmyheart #pursuingheartblog #ourveggiegarden #simplejoys #summerdays #morningmeditation

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Always, just for fun - sharing some digital scrapbook pages on my blog today. On this last day of April, sharing three pages with memories from March! Even though it has been a long cold winter, this year seems to be going by so fast!! #pursuingheartblog #linkinprofile #digitalscrapbooking #projectlife

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My latest⠀ post on the blog ...⠀ my favorite dinner roll⠀ recipe - Dilly Rolls!⠀ I love this recipe because⠀ it turns out every time,⠀ and because it is so good!⠀ ⠀ #pursuingheartblog #linkinmyprofile #dinnerrolls #dillyrolls

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Do you ⠀ grow weary in your prayers at times?⠀ Tired of waiting for answers,⠀ sometimes even doubting if there ⠀ will be answers?⠀ At least, the answers that we're longing for?⠀ ⠀ I do, so often ... it is hard to wait,⠀ heart-breaking hard.⠀ ⠀ But just maybe, there is a bigger picture ...⠀ ⠀ (continued on my blog⠀ pursuingheart.blogspot.com)⠀ ⠀ #onmyheart #pursuingheartblog #prayer #yourpowerfulprayers #linktobloginprofile

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It's time⠀ for another recipe post⠀ on my Pursuing Heart blog.⠀ ⠀ This one is good⠀ for any time of the year ...⠀ Cranberry Chicken Wraps!⠀ ⠀ #inthekitchen #simplejoys #lunchmenus #wraps #pursuingheartblog #linkinprofile

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The words⠀ are slow to come,⠀ for how do you know what to⠀ say, or even what to think,⠀ when heartbreak⠀ rises up, uninvited.⠀ Uninvited, and unwelcome.⠀ ⠀ There's so much ⠀ heartbreak in the news,⠀ all around the world.⠀ We see it on our screens;⠀ and we hear of it. Every day.⠀ ⠀ And then when⠀ it hits close to home,⠀ like it has for me -⠀ with a heartbreaking diagnosis⠀ for a dear sweet friend.⠀ What are we to do;⠀ what can we even say⠀ when our worlds fall apart?⠀ ⠀ When we have no words⠀ maybe it's okay⠀ to just be still,⠀ to listen closely, and listen often,⠀ to give a hug, to share our tears,⠀ and to help in any way that we can.⠀ And ... to hold onto His Words.⠀ ⠀ Lord, we put our hope in You.⠀ For You are our help - and our shield.⠀ In You our hearts can still rejoice,⠀ for we trust in Your holy name.⠀ Let Your unfailing love⠀ surround us, Lord, for our hope is ⠀ in You alone.⠀ (From Psalm 33:20-22)⠀ ⠀ #onmyheart #ourhope #heldsecure #lovemyfriends #pursuingheartblog

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This is⠀ one of my favorite ⠀ main dishes.⠀ ⠀ It made it onto our⠀ Christmas Dinner menu⠀ this past December ...⠀ and it just may stay there⠀ for future years, too.⠀ ⠀ It's good all through ⠀ the year, too ...⠀ you don't need to⠀ wait until Christmas.⠀ ⠀ Sharing the recipe⠀ on my blog today.⠀ ⠀ #creamymeatballs #inthekitchen #christmasmenu #littlestoriesofmylife #simplejoys #pursuingheartblog #linkinmyprofile

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The ⠀ cold winter continues on,⠀ and the harsh realities⠀ press into our daily moments.⠀ For our actual lives are full of⠀ the beautiful, and also the⠀ challenging, and the unknown.⠀ ⠀ But there is a safe place;⠀ a strong and secure place.⠀ A place to dwell, to live,⠀ to lodge in, to stay ...⠀ to settle into, to reside in,⠀ to pull in and cozy up close in.⠀ ⠀ "He who dwells in the shelter⠀ of the Most High⠀ will abide in the shadow ⠀ of the Almighty.⠀ I will say to the Lord⠀ 'My refuge and my fortress,⠀ my God, in whom I trust.'"⠀ (Psalm 91:1-2)⠀ ⠀ What does this look like⠀ to me? To you?⠀ This morning, and today -⠀ I will pull in close,⠀ through the moments⠀ of this week ...⠀ I will focus my sight,⠀ my thoughts, my heart⠀ on Him.⠀ ⠀ #quietmyheart #anewweek #firstlove #morningprayer #littlemoments #warmthofwinter #pursuingheartblog

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