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Hey there, fine person! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Krysten. No claim to fame here. I’m a wife, a mom, and a teacher. I’m also the owner of a little jewelry business where I create pretty things for a good cause. I’m a regular gal with self-diagnosed ADD. I use writing as a cheap, personal therapy. I love words, Jesus, beautiful food, and people who feel like sunshine.

I wrote for years at my first blog, but decided to update this space to narrow my focus on what I’m interested in the most: freedom. It’s a common thread in the things that keep my attention in life, and I’m up for pursuing it in every way.

It seems to me that most folks would like more freedom in their everyday lives. From talking with people, it sounds like we’d like to be free from unrealistic expectations, from lies we’ve believed. Free from addictions to everything from misplaced desires to the approval of others. We aren’t trying to run away from our problems and call it freedom. Whatever our hang-ups, we want the same basic thing: just to be a little more free. 

I think there are ways to make that happen. I suspect they might have something to do with things like a slower pace, practicing gratitude, and all-the-time authenticity. We all have these completely ordinary lives to live. But what makes them extraordinary is living them out in real freedom. Let’s figure out how to make it happen.

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. -Galatians 5:13-15

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