Friday Night Meatballs: The Simplicity and Beauty of Sharing a Meal with Friends

The Simplicity and Beauty of Sharing a Meal With Friends {Friday Night Meatballs} - Intentional By Grace

Psst! Don't miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post for one of my favorite ways to make Friday Night Meatballs easier! It's Friday morning and I'm gathering ingredients to make spaghetti sauce. I chop onions, mince garlic, and add them to the large pot simmering on my stove. I saute and chop some more. The celery and parsley go in and the aroma fills the entire house. Soon the crock pot Continue Reading

A Recipient of Extravagant Grace

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By contributing writer, Ami By now I’m sure your Christmas preparations are well underway. Twinkling lights, trees, wrapping paper, cookies, hot chocolate, wreaths, ribbons, shopping, carols, traditions… It’s a delightful hustle and bustle. I love it. I absolutely do. But sometimes I start to forget the main thing. Maybe you do too? Well, come sit for a minute, grab a cup of coffee, and slow Continue Reading

Missions Are Not Just Overseas

Missions Are Not Just Overseas |

By contributing writer, Jane I've always had a heart for missions. I used to dream of moving to India or Asia and spreading the Gospel of Jesus to souls in need of Him. But long story short, life took over, and traveling overseas has yet to happen. Maybe it will someday, but in my current season of life, I feel a million miles away (literally and figuratively) from international Continue Reading

On Sin and Joy and the Power of the Gospel

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"And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." ~Nehemiah 8:10b The joy of the Lord. The joy of the Lord. When I am weak, the answer is joy. When I am grieved over my sin, the answer is joy. Joy of and in the Lord. On that shower floor, nearly twenty years ago I confessed my sin before God and asked Him to save me. By my confession and by the grace of God in the person and Continue Reading

Intentional Living Monthly Checklist for December

Get organized and be intentional with this monthly checklist from!

Each month I share a monthly intentional living checklist to help you stay on track with meeting your goals and being intentional. I find these monthly checklists helpful in making sure I take care of important tasks around my home. I'm really looking forward to tackling this month's list. I can't believe it's December and the last monthly checklist that we'll need! December Intentional Living Continue Reading

I Am Concerned for God’s People

I am concerned for God's people. I am concerned for our nation.

The cop who killed Michael Brown went free. Protests are taking place all over the United States. My news feed is full of news and reports of this current day event. This morning I woke up with a heavy heart. I want to stick my head in the sand. I want to look the other way. But I can't. I am concerned for God's people, and I'm also concerned for our nation. This current event has uncovered Continue Reading

4 Ways To Beat Discontentment

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Image from By contributing writer, Jane For much of this year, I've struggled with a general feeling of discontentment. I've spent most of my time hoping and praying for new things to happen: a new baby, a new house, new friends, a new church, restored health. I've shared all the desires of my heart with God and waited in expectation. But as weeks, then months, went by without Continue Reading

Not My Will but Your Will Be Done

When you come to the end of the day, can you say, "Not my will, but Your will be done"?

"If you are not living in touch with God, it is easy to blame Him or pass judgment on Him. You must go through the trial before you have any right to pronounce a verdict, because by going through the trial you learn to know God better. God is working in us to reach His highest goals until His purpose and our purpose become one." ~Oswald Chambers At the end of the day, when I close the computer Continue Reading

Get Organized for the New Year Before You Get Busy

Get organized for the new year before you get busy!

This post is sponsored by Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner. All opinions are 100% mine. It's time to start thinking about the new year! Can you believe it's November already? I can't. I really can't. This year has flown by! Every year around this time, I begin thinking about the upcoming year. The New Year comes and we're all ready for a fresh start. We reflect on the previous year, we Continue Reading

8 Ideas for Family Prayer When You Don’t Know Where to Start

8 ideas for family prayer when you don't know where to start. |

I'd never met them. They came in road weary and tired. We shook hands, talked about where they'd been, and where they were going. We laughed as their youngest spoke in her matter of fact way and nodded with knowing as their preteen son answered questions as only a boy would. When the water glasses were empty, it was time for bed. But not before family prayer. Not before they linked hands and Continue Reading