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Dana’s Story: Faith, Marriage and Motherhood (Pt. 2)

At this point in the conversation we were joined by a teething Ava as we discussed what it’s like watching Ava grow, meeting her husband Alex, and how they have gone on to grow in faith as a family. So, I know from reading your blog that you had two losses before having Ava – I can imagine that finding out you were pregnant yet again must have been a difficult experience to say the least. Do you think there was a moment when you really exhaled? When you put your fears aside and said, ‘this is going to be OK – she’s going to be OK.’? Gosh, I think my exhale moment with Ava was when she was born. It was such a long drawn out thing – I was actually in the hospital for a while before she came. Because I had lost two pregnancies before her, I…

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Beautifully In Over My Head

One of the reasons I try my very best to stay away from large, expansive bodies of water is my completely rational fear of drowning. I have no shame in admitting this lol. There is something unstable and unpredictable about water as a force of nature – and a force that is uncontrollable is generally one that I want no part of. At the same time, having lived long enough, I know that the fear of drowning is not restricted to situations that involve bodies of water. Life itself can prove to be an even greater expanse with its own threats of going under. It is not at all uncommon to find ourselves overwhelmed and gasping for air as life’s many waves crash over us: bills, family crises, bad relationships, bad choices, job demands and hurting hearts, just to name a few. So how do you survive drowning? How do…

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Find Your People

Growing up I went from being the loner who mostly kept to herself to being the girl who was consistently in the midst of people. Getting closer to God meant becoming less self-conscious and more sure of my identity and my value, which in turn meant better relationships. But even as I grew less and less self-conscious, I grew more and more self-aware – aware of how situations and things and people affected me. I became more sensitive to the actions and inactions of others and how they in turn shaped my reactions and actions, both present and future – I even became more sensitive to my own failures and shortcomings and imperfections. I am aware now more than ever that people have the ability to retard your growth and take you back to a place of confusion and fear and doubt, and sometimes without ever even knowing it themselves. At the…

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Simple Scones Recipe

Ingredients 2 cups floor 1/3 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you like it a little sweeter) 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 stick of frozen butter 1/2 cup raisins and/or other dried fruit 1/2 cup sour cream 1 large egg Instructions Preheat oven to 400 In a medium sized bowl or mixer bowl (I use a Kitchen Aid mixer stand with the kneading attachment) mix dry ingredients Grate in frozen stick of butter using the large grating holes. Mix together with hands or mixer until fine crumb texture is obtained Add dried fruit In a small bowl, whisk egg and sour cream together and mix gradually into dry ingredients until ball of dough is formed Place dough on lightly flour-dusted surface and pat it out into circular shape about 1/2-3/4 inch thick Slice into triangles Take out cookie sheet and cover in parchment paper Transfer triangles…

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Withstanding the Drought Pt 2: Provision

God then told Elijah, “Get out of here, and fast. Head east and hide out at the Kerith Ravine on the other side of the Jordan River. You can drink fresh water from the brook; I’ve ordered the ravens to feed you.” Elijah obeyed God’s orders. He went and camped in the Kerith canyon on the other side of the Jordan. And sure enough, ravens brought him his meals, both breakfast and supper, and he drank from the brook. Eventually the brook dried up because of the drought. Provision is central to the human existence. Almost every action we take is in someway or another tied into our desire and need to provide for ourselves and for those we love. We go to school so we can get an education so we can qualify for a job so someday we can provide an education for our children so they too will have…

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Withstanding the Drought Pt 1: Go Hide

Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, “As surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!” Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River.  Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.” If you haven’t read the story of Ahab in 1 Kings 16, I can summarize it by telling you that he was the worst king Israel had ever seen, and did great evil in the eyes of God. Along with his wife Jezebel, he destroyed God’s temples and set up new ones in honor of other pagan gods, and he killed hundreds of God’s prophets who would try to…

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Withstanding the Drought

“And then this happened: Elijah the Tishbite, from among the settlers of Gilead, confronted Ahab: “As surely as God lives, the God of Israel before whom I stand in obedient service, the next years are going to see a total drought—not a drop of dew or rain unless I say otherwise.” About a year ago I wrote a series called ‘The Message in the Storm’, where I spent 5 days talking about different storms in the Bible, and the messages from God that we could take from each of them (you can find them through the ‘storms’ tag or through searching ‘Message in the storm’). It was one of the more powerful ways God spoke to me about walking in faith and trust and understanding in the storms of our lives, and I hope if you read it, it spoke to you too. This morning as I meditated on just…

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Dana’s Story: Faith, Marriage, and Motherhood (pt. 1)

My own story speaks of a singular narrative: of a single Ghanaian-American woman in her mid-twenties pursuing Christ and all he has for her in this season. But there are many people in other seasons of life – and God is speaking to them too. I’m excited to share this first part of an interview I did with Dana, wife to Alex and mother of the beautiful baby Ava and puppy Bentley. Her story is one of strength, perseverance, humility, and grace in the face of challenge and loss. She, like all of us, is striving to be attentive to everything God is teaching her in the season she’s in, and I hope her narrative blesses you as much as it did me.    I’m sure people reading this want to know: Who is Dana?  Dana is passionate. I’m passionate about the people and things that add value to my life….

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