Eternity in Our Hearts

Bringing what endures into everyday life



Welcome to Eternity in Our Hearts. I’m Renee, and I’m a Christ-follower, wife, mom, and writer.

The title of my blog comes from Ecclesiastes 3:11 – God has made everything beautiful in its time and has set eternity in our hearts.

“We were born to hope. The inner drive to hook our hearts to something beyond the moment, beyond ourselves, is the yearning of heaven in our souls.”  – Joseph M. Stowell, Eternity (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1995)

I like to write about holding onto enduring hope and investing our lives into legacies that will last beyond our time on this earth. I hold a Master’s degree in Christian counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and my heart is for those, like me, who are in need of grace and second chances. My prayer is that this site and its community point us to Jesus – our Redeemer and Hope-Giver.

Now this is eternal life: that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” ~ John 17:3

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I’m grateful that you’ve stopped by ~ Thank you!


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14 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Renee
    Thank you very much for following my blog. I really appreciate it. It is such a great blessing for me know you in the blog world. I am impressed read your about. Especially knew you as Christians counselor. I have big burden and yearning to take study in counseling as well. Till now still pray and struggling about my decision. Once again thank you for following. I will follow you back:) Blessings.

    • Thank you, Katrina! I look forward to reading and sharing with you. It is a blessing to have these opportunities to grow and connect with fellow bloggers. May God richly bless you!

  2. I’m so thankful for blogs like yours. There are precious few people I’ve met who have not encountered brokenness in one way or another. Your words of hope and encouragement are much needed at this time.

    May the Lord greatly bless your labor and grant a tremendous harvest for the love you pour into others.
    Thanks for following Lessons by Heart. 🙂

    Love in Christ,
    Praising Jesus who is our Healer!

    • Thank you so much, Tami, for your encouraging words. I am grateful for the opportunity for fellowship with bloggers like yourself. Thank you for sharing through Lessons by Heart – I look forward to reading along and finding encouragement though your reflections.


  3. Hi Renee!
    Thank you for stopping by and for your encouraging comment. I must say, you’ve got a great and beautiful blog here. Really appreciate the connection and I’m looking forward to reading more of your post. Richest blessings and more!

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  6. Hi Renee! Thanks for following my blog, The Pondering Woman. I know another person with the same name and only just realized you are a different Renee Ratcliffe. Glad to meet you! I’m in North Carolina as well. Maybe I’ll have to get you to do a cake for me sometime. Cake decorating is one of those things I’ve always wanted to learn but never have. 🙂 You have a beautiful blog… Keep writing! Blessings!

    • Wow, another Renee Ratcliffe?? (I don’t hear either my first name or last name very often!) Thanks, Lisa, for stopping by. It’s fun to connect with like-hearted sisters (and fellow North Carolinians!) I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving 🙂

  7. Hi there! Fellow Christ-follower, mama, bible studier and writer. Enjoyed perusing your work. Looking forward to more! Following.

  8. Renee, welcome to Thought-Provoking Thursday! I am actually leading an online study of Ecclesiastes right now, and I smiled when I saw the name of your blog. I look forward to reading more from you in the weeks ahead.

  9. About 30 minutes ago, I found out that my fiance and his siblings are planning an 80th birthday party for their mother–a woman I dearly love and have always loved for 46 years. I saw and loved the 80th Birthday Prayer while Googling–as a true Christian you have to know that was NO ACCIDENT! Bravo, Renee!!!

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