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Jennifer Collins (GracefulMess)
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A messy life... full of Grace.
A messy life... full of Grace.

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I really needed a chuckle this afternoon and found some comic relief in a small text exchange between a couple of friends. One of our friends has been home sick with the flu and apparently had a little down time on her hands, so naturally that led to some…

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“If you were to die today, are you certain of your salvation? Do you know for sure that you’d go to heaven?” That question and many variations of it have been uttered throughout my life in church services, at revival meetings, summer camp, and even at…

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“Mama, I hate it when your eyes look like that!” “Why are you making that face, Mama?” “Mama, why are you being so quiet??” “Daddy, where’s Mama?” On any given day, I go through such a range of emotions when it comes to my children that it makes my head…

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It is a beautiful cycle: that of being first a daughter, then a mother, and then a grandmother.  A cycle steeped in love, understanding, tears, comfort, joy, pain, fear, pride, beauty, and bound by even more love.  Ideally. When that cycle is broken, we…

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It’s early October and unless you are living under a rock you know that this kicks off a month-long awareness campaign for breast cancer. PINK, PINK EVERYWHERE! What was once a singular month of pink ribbons, walks, and fundraisers has turned into a full…

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My little girl is starting 4th grade next week. I don’t know why, but I have been more excited about having a 4th grader than any other year before this one. Maybe I’m just weird like that, but I do have a few reasons. I loved 4th grade. I look back on my…

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I am admittedly not the greatest housekeeper in the world. I could blame others for this problem of mine.  At times I actually have blamed genetics or habits picked up in childhood and even the people who live under our roof. The inhabitants of our home…

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There is no moment more peaceful than a quiet one spent watching your child sleep. Eyelashes laying softly on their cheeks, complete tranquility radiating from their sweet face. As a first-time mother with a very restless baby girl I lived for those…

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School is starting soon and like many parents I am beyond excited. I’ve never really been able to relate to the mothers that tearfully drop their kids off on the first day of school. Yes, I may have shed a tear or two as I drive off from campus, but my…

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