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Cord of 6 exists to help families grow closer to God and each other. Every day families are faced with conflicts that threaten to unravel the family cord. Marriages are struggling to survive. Parents are stressed and overwhelmed.  As we grow closer to God we also grow closer to each other. 


He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

I’m Valerie, a busy Christian mother of four energetic children ages 13, 10, 8 and 6. I’ve been married to my husband Tim for 20 years. We are a family of 6 that loves deeply and strives to stick together. We are frayed but forgiven, and held together by our Savior. I pray as you visit here you will find hope and comfort in whatever trial you are facing. 

5 Ways not to be the Broken Light

My six-year-old pleaded with me to put the Christmas decorations up a month early. She wanted to play with the “little people” from the lighted Christmas village I display in our kitchen. When it came time to tackle the task of crawling into our shallow coat closet...

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Top 5 Star Books: My Favorite Books of the Year

*This post contains affiliate links One of my favorite blessings of having a blog is being able to review new books. I love memoirs and books about growing deeper in faith as well as resources to learn how to study the Bible. It's my joy to share with you some of my...

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How to Decorate Your Heart With Joy During the Holidays

I love Christmas! But every year I struggle to find the will to decorate for the holidays. Honestly, the whole process overwhelms me. I remember being 8 months pregnant and crawling underneath the coats of our shallow hallway closet shoveling out containers and...

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These are a Few of My Favorite Things: Great Gift Ideas!

*this post contains affiliate links See my disclosure page here I'm so excited to share with  you a few of my favorite things! This post was so fun to write because I'm sharing items  I love and the reasons why I love them! Since Christmas is just around the corner,...

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Fanning the Flame of Thankfulness

Rust-colored leaves scatter from the trees, layering the ground with hues of orange, yellow and brown. The crisp, autumn breeze mingles with the aroma of a crackling fireplace. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, college football and crockpot recipes are all reminders that fall is...

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Why Blogging is a Great Ministry

When I started this blog over a year ago, I had no idea the impact it would have on my own faith and the incredible opportunities it would open up for me to share the gospel. I really believe we need more faith bloggers on the internet spreading the hope found through...

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The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp: Book Review

What do you do with your one broken heart? This is the question Ann Voskamp asks that weighs heavy on my thoughts as I turn every page in this powerful, thought-provoking book, The Broken Way. From my tear-stained pages of the first chapter, it is not until the last,...

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Shaken by Tim Tebow: Book Review

Has your world ever been shaken, your plans and dreams left shattered, leaving you confused and discouraged?  After 6 years of infertility, the day after rejoicing over the miracle of my first positive pregnancy, the doctor told me the words that would  shatter my...

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How to be Spiritually Fit

Every Friday, I drag myself to the gym and stand in line for the most intense workout of my week—cycle class. It’s here that I know I’ll be pushed to my limits. I feel like I’m literally going to die or fall off my bike because my heart is going to explode from...

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How to Love Your Spouse Through the Busy Parenting Years

As time goes on, the beauty of loving our spouse looks different with the changing seasons in life. As my marriage has progressed over the past 20 years, each season has brought its own joys and struggles. If I could describe our life with four young kids in the house...

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5 Ways to Remember to Pray for Someone

"I’ll pray for you." How often have you told someone these 4 powerful words and then forgotten to actually pray? I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve let these words slip off my tongue without the discipline of follow through. So I’ve been trying to only speak these words...

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8 Life-Changing Prayers To Deepen Your Faith

I was reading Paul’s letter to the Colossians and realized how deeply he prayed for others. When I pray for others my heart is usually burdened for their trial.  My prayers usually consist of my pleas for God to take away their pain. Sometimes I even get lost in their...

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For Better or For Kids: Book Review

20 years ago my husband and I said our vows in a chapel next to a beautiful stained glass wall of Jesus praying in the garden.  We vowed to love each other... For better or worse Richer or poorer In sickness and in health As long as we both shall live  I’m pretty sure...

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Stepping Into A Dream

Friends, I can't believe I'm celebrating my 1 year blogoversary! I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to have the honor of guest posting on God-Sized Dreams today. I would love for you to read about what God has taught me about pursuing my Godsized dream of...

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How to Pray the Promises of Scripture

My 5-year-old loves me to pray for her every night.  “Mom, are you going to pray for me?” I’ll be honest. Sometimes she’s gotten into so much mischief during the day that by the time bedtime rolls around I don’t always feel like praying. So one night I asked her if...

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My Favorite Blogging Tools!

I usually don't post about the specifics of keeping up my blog. But since I'm celebrating one year of blogging, I wanted to share some of the resources I use and love. I hope you'll stay tuned for some future posts where I share what I've learned through blogging.  I...

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Dear Mad Mom, You Have the Tools to Change!

*This post contains an affiliate link. See my disclosure page here. I felt defeated. I just finished my devotions and spent time in God’s Word. Praying for patience. Praying for the ability to control my temper and not yell at my kids. Less than 30 minutes later,...

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