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What Scars Tell You

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Photo Source About twenty years ago I flew over the handlebars of my bike and face planted on the pavement. I banged up my knee, busted my chin open, and broke my jaw. About two months ago, I flew over the handlebars of someone else’s bike and face planted on the pavement. I banged up […]

Do YOU Make a List?

Gift candles

Recently, in a book that I can’t find now in order to quote it, I read the recommendation that we as moms should make sure that we make our gift wishes known. It said we need to make it clear to our husbands and children how they “can love us best” by giving us the […]

Booking It in December

I have to admit, if it weren’t for your accountability, I would not have read half of the books that I read this year. Thanks for booking it with me this year! As we come to the end of the year, I encourage you to go back through the year and see what books you’ve […]

Acceptable to Him

Confession time. I am, by nature, a very competitive person. This is good when it pushes me to accomplish a big hairy goal. But, it is bad when it prompts me to compare myself to a standard that isn’t what God would have for me. Whether in my mind or in reality, it’s all too […]

5 Educational Gift Ideas for Children

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Gift giving is a tricky thing. We want to bless our kids and buy them gifts they like, but we want to encourage healthy pursuits as well. Sometimes those two don’t always agree. But, I’m convinced that a good gift is good for the recipient, challenges the mind, and encourages the child. Gifts that Teach […]

10 Easy Ways to Give to Others

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Photo source I watched a newsclip last week about Oprah’s Favorite Things segment of her television program. I’ve never watched the Oprah show, but evidently, once a year, O gives a ton of stuff to everyone present. The segment topic is always a surprise and the show’s audience doesn’t know until it starts that they’ll […]

Preparing for Advent: Where Will I Look?

gingerbread nativity

Depending on when Thankgiving falls in the month of November, it’s just a matter of days before December — and the countdown to Christmas — begins. When I was a child this was all about the presents. Yes, yes, it was. I wasn’t a Christian then and while I knew it was “Jesus’ birthday,” that […]

Enough is as Good as a Feast

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Photo Source One of my life’s mottos is borrowed from Ma Ingalls: Enough is as good as a feast. Since I’m an “all or nothing” kind girl, I can tend toward excess. So, if I’m planning a birthday celebration or a holiday feast, my mind goes leaps and bounds ahead of what is realistic. I […]