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Margin in Christmas: Doing

Confession. The last two years, a day or two after Christmas, my husband and I have gotten in a fight because I’m burnt out from a week straight of nightly events. I’m an introvert and gatherings drain me instead of energize me. And honestly, the fact that Christmas can be weeks long on nightly celebrations can take a toll on even the biggest extrovert. Every year we all talk about the busyness of Christmas and how we are going to

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Margin in Christmas: Expecting

What are your expectations of Christmas? Do you expect it to snow (or at the very least if you’re in South Louisiana, get to wear a long sleeve shirt)? Do you expect your husband to give you something that is the trifecta 1 – perfect for you, 2 – a complete surprise, 3 – within budget? Do you expect your family to get along or kids to behave? Welcome to Christmas. The holiday that bears the weight of the expectation

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What is your biggest spiritual pain point?

One of the questions I get asked the most related to the journals is “what journal should I get?” I thought it was time I shared the process that I recommend when thinking through these journals. And bonus? We FINALLY created a free printable so you can test out the monthly format! (More info below!) But back to the process. Let’s start with this question: WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SPIRITUAL PAIN POINT?   What makes your heart ache? What do

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7 tips for making the most of church

A few weeks ago we chatted about how to get the most of sermons each week when you attend church and as I compiled my list of tips, I inevitably came up with several that weren’t specific to the sermon but to church in general. When the question came up about going to church or if listening online is ok, I knew I had to write this post. K-Love talked about it the other day too. Is it necessary to

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Introducing The VMP Society

As our tiny team gathered last week to talk about the future of Val Marie Paper, one thing was clear. We want to encourage y’all to create a deeper connection with the Lord. Doi, right? But we soon identified one major hole. We are sending you out into the world with a product and not keeping you accountable or educating and encouraging you in how to use them. I kind of just assumed every journal that went out landed in

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