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A Week Of Thanks {Family & Friends}

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This week, in honor of my favorite holiday, I am sharing the things I am most thankful for. (If you missed yesterday’s intro post, you can click here to read that.)

Yesterday, I shared that “We have been given an incomparable gift in Jesus Christ for which we should be eternally grateful for.”

Today, I’d like to share my thankfulness for my family, my friends, my church family, and the incredible community that I have found since I began blogging.

My husband isn’t perfect (as if any of us are!), but he is perfect for me. Even as I type this, we are in the middle of a stress-induced spat, and yet, I wouldn’t trade him for the world. He is a gift from God and one that I appreciate immensely. He is my best friend and I am honored to be his wife. Even today.

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined with his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” ~Genesis 2:24

Just today I asked my firstborn the familiar, “Do you know how I know God loves me?” question. While my children often give me a silly answer to this question, they know that the right answer is, “Because He gave me you.” My children are an incredible blessing to me and I will be eternally grateful to God for allowing me to be a mother to them. Even on the hard days.

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”~Psalm 127:3

I don’t live near most of my family anymore and I miss them immensely. I do think of, pray for, and attempt to keep in contact with them on a regular basis as they truly are dear to me. I love the idea that while we don’t usually get to choose our family members, I would choose them. Well, most of them, anyway. :)

While we don’t usually get to pick our family members, we do get to choose our friends. We must have a knack for that because we have some really wonderful friends. All kidding aside, God has abundantly blessed us in this area of our lives. I pray that we would be as good of friends as so many have been to us.

“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” ~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

A perfect blend of family and friends is our church family. Not only are we incredibly thankful for the opportunity to live in a country where we are free to gather for worship and study with other believers, but we are thankful for those people who choose to fellowship with us.

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” ~Colossians 3:15

Since beginning my blogging journey just over 6 months ago, I have met some truly wonderful people. I am incredibly thankful for my readers. I know that your time is valuable and I appreciate every minute that you choose to spend reading my words. Thank you for your support and your encouragement. I have heard from many of you about your struggles and I appreciate you sharing your hearts with us. I have met some wonderful fellow bloggers and deeply appreciate the community we are building together.

“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:11

Please know that I…

“do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers”       ~Ephesians 1:16

What do you think? What are you most thankful for this week?

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A Week of Thanks {Salvation & Eternal Life}

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I know what you’re thinking, but it is not because of the food. Really – it’s not.

That’s the second reason. Oh, how I love a Thanksgiving dinner! But I digress…

Thanksgiving is my favorite because it is more than a holiday for me. It is a way of life. It’s a way of choosing how I see things. In that way, every day is Thanksgiving.

This week, in honor of my favorite holiday, I’d like to share some of the things I am most thankful for.

The first, and most important, thing I am thankful for is the salvation and eternal life I have in my Lord Jesus Christ.

I know that many people believe that if you are good enough, you will get to heaven. While that is a nice sentiment, it is not a Biblically accurate statement. The mark is just too high. God’s standard is perfection, not “good enough”.

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” ~Romans 3:23

That’s the bad news, but the good news is that…

“…He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” ~2 Corinthians 5:21

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” ~Ephesians 2:8-9

We have been given an incomparable gift in Jesus Christ to which we should be eternally grateful for. This gift is found in Him and in Him alone. The enemy of the cross would have us believe otherwise, but Scripture is clear.

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we may be saved.” ~Acts 4:12

As a result,

“…I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” ~Romans 1:16

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~Hebrews 4:16

Because of my relationship with Jesus Christ, I not only have peace and provision for now, but hope for the future. It is my prayer today that you can say the same.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ~Jeremiah 29:11

Jesus said,

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” ~John 10:28

Is this statement true of you? Oh, I pray today that it is!

If not, could this statement be true of you?

“behold, now is the day of salvation.” ~2 Corinthians 6:2

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, would you consider inviting Him into your heart today?

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men”           ~Titus 2:11

For those of us who have wrapped ourselves in His priceless gift of salvation, eternal life, and hope for the future, may that be the center of our celebration this Thanksgiving. I can think of no greater reason to be grateful, today or any other.

To God, alone, be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

What do you think? What are you most grateful for this Thanksgiving?

If you do not know Christ as your Savior and have questions, please consider starting a conversation with me via my Contact Page. I’d love to talk.

All Scripture verses are from the New King James Version

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Attitude of Gratitude: Thankful for Singleness {Guest Post}

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Today I am pleased to share a Guest Post with you from Erin at It All Matters Mom. 

I had a plan.

It was a good one, too. I’d seen it work out so many other times, so I decided I was all in.

I was going to go to college, fall in love and then get married. Continue reading →

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Even If…

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A few days ago, I shared about losing a precious aunt to cancer and about others in my life who have survived it. (You can read Locks of Love…A Story of My Aunts & Uncles in a new window by clicking here. Go ahead… I’ll wait for ya!)

After losing her, I found myself in the middle of the biggest crisis of faith I have ever faced. Years of fervent prayers by countless people left us all with a huge hole in our lives.

Frankly, I was angry at God. He failed us. He let us down. He wasn’t there for us when we needed Him. Why should I spend my life loving, worshiping, and serving a God like that? Continue reading →

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Locks of Love…A Story of My Aunts & Uncles

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Today marks the 10th Anniversary of one of the most heartbreaking days of my life. My beautiful Aunt Sharon ended her two and a half year battle with cancer and entered the arms of her Savior. She was such an integral part of my life that not a day goes by that I don’t miss her still.

About a year after her passing, I was missing her so much I could hardly stand it. I wanted with all my heart to do something. I knew I couldn’t bring her back, but I felt that I didn’t know how to move on. Continue reading →

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Creamy Vegetable Soup

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This soup is a favorite in our home because it is healthy, frugal, and delicious. You can follow my exact recipe or experiment based on your own preferences and with what you have on hand.

Soups are pretty adaptable and forgiving. They are also an excellent way to use up leftovers.

Without any further ado, I give you my… Continue reading →

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My #1 Tip For Trimming Grocery Spending

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If you’ve read my blog, you’ve probably heard me say that our bills may not be negotiable, but our grocery receipts usually are.

When finances are tight, often the only area we can control is our food spending.

While my husband works hard to bring the money in, my job is to make it go as far as it can while feeding our family healthy meals. With two growing teenagers, that task isn’t always easy, but it is possible.

Today I’d like to share what works for our family.

I’m honored to be sharing this post today at Family Balance Sheet. Kristia’s blog has been an inspiration to me as she is “a mom on a mission to help families live well on less.” She shares “money-saving tips and ideas about family finances, food, home management, & family life.” 

To continue reading this post on her site, please click here.

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Light Up The Sky

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As I stood in my kitchen the other night listening to this song, I fought back tears as I thanked God for the ways He has moved in my life.

Songs have an incredible way of bringing back memories don’t they? Though it has been a few years, I remember it like it was yesterday.

I can recall how my heart raced with fear as we heard the news. How we simultaneously cancelled plans and packed the car while trying to have faith and trust God. Continue reading →

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A Letter To Our Son

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When Solomon was given an opportunity to ask for God anything that he desired, he chose wisdom. By that very request we know that he already possessed a great dose of it, don’t we?

One of the greatest gifts we can give to you is to share the wisdom and knowledge of things we have learned in our lives. It is in that spirit that we share these with you.

These are the things we want you not just to know, but to live out in your life: Continue reading →

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The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle – 96% Off – 5 Days ONLY!

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If you know me or you’ve been reading my blog, you know that the Bible is my favorite book to read and my True North.

That being said, reading is one of my favorite hobbies so when I’m not reading my Bible, I’m usually reading another encouraging Christian book.

From finances, family, marriage, business, Christian classics, devotions, parenting, or reaching the lost, Christian books easily make up the majority of my reading material.

That’s why I’m so excited to introduce this incredible offer to you! Continue reading →

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Free From Sin

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Romans 8:1-5 (Click the red text to read the verses)

This morning’s reading took me into the Book of Romans. It’s a place where I spend a lot of time soaking up the Word of God and reminding myself of what it is that God has done for me through His Son.

While this is a passage that we sometimes go whizzing by, I think it appropriate that we pause this morning to read it through three or four times to get the real flavor of what Paul is saying. Continue reading →

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Shining Light In The Darkness – 31 Scripture Verses

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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. ~Psalm 119:105 

But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.~John. 3:21

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. ~John 1:5

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” ~John 8:12 Continue reading →

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Expect To See God

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Remember when you first fell in love with your spouse? They could do no wrong. You know as well as I do that that is not the case. The truth is that we chose not to see it when they did.

Conversely, when there is someone we don’t particularly like, isn’t it true that all that we will see in them is the negative?

When we seek to see the good in people, we will. When we seek to see the less than desirable, that is exactly what we’ll find. Continue reading →

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The Easiest Brownies You’ll Ever Make (w/ a Surprise Healthy Ingredient!)

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If you know me, you know 2 things:

  1. I make most things from scratch and very little from a box or can.
  2. I’m not perfect.

As a result of #2, you will occasionally find a boxed brownie mix in my home. The idea is that I have something on hand for last minute baking for church, company, or a visit to a friend’s home.

That’s how it works in theory. Continue reading →

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3 Things We Wish We Had Done When We Had More Money

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Things have not always been as tight for our family as they are now. They’ve always felt like they have been, but as our income has consistently declined over the last 8 or so years, we’ve had to learn to make do with less and less.

In retrospect, we had it pretty good before. We had consistency and reliability. Now we have neither. I wish we had realized then how good we had it. Instead, we focused more on how little we had.

They say hindsight is 20/20, right? I’m sharing this personal information in hopes that you can learn from our experience.

Here’s what we wish we had done then: Continue reading →

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SHINE Blog Hop #22

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Today I’m breaking from my usual format to co-host my first SHINE Blog Hop with my wonderful blogging friend Jennifer from The Deliberate Mom. She is kind enough to offer a place for bloggers to SHINE by linking up their posts and for readers to find some great new blogs.

Thanks for joining us today! I’ll let the ever-talented Jennifer take it from here… Continue reading →

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5 Ways To Show Your Children You Love Them

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As parents, we all want our children to know that we love them.

Here are my top 5 tips on how to do just that.

1. Listen to them.  

Look them in the eye as they speak to you. If they are little, get down on their level. Very often, my kids come to chat with me when I am busy at a task. Sometimes I remember to stop my busy hands, look up from what I am doing, and make eye contact with them.  It is important that we take the time to show our children respect in this way.

Today, I am honored to be sharing this Guest Post over at The Deliberate Mom where Jennifer blogs about faith, parenting, and homeschooling. I hope you’ll spend a little time there being blessed by her words. Not only is she an inspiration to me, but she has a kind heart and a warm personality.

To continue reading this post, click here…

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The BEST White Chicken Chili

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Most recipes I remake. Sometimes it is to make them healthier. Other times it’s to make them more frugal.

There are two notable exceptions, however. One is the enchilada sauce I use in The BEST EVER Enchilada Soup and the other is Eat, Live, Run’s White Chicken Chili. Feel free to hop on over and check out her recipe. Mine is a slightly adapted version.

I will make a pot and eat it for several days. Trust me, it will be eaten before it has a chance to go bad.

Here is how I make my version: Continue reading →

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The Art of Getting

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“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” ~Proverbs 11:25 (NKJV)

These past few weeks during our move back to the Great Northwest, my wife and I rediscovered the blessing of those who were willing to put themselves out for us. These people were willing to put a hold on their own world to enter our world to provide some needed help, and at a time when we could not give back. I thought of this Scripture. Continue reading →

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When All You Can Do Is Pray

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There are many times in life when those we love are hurting.

When we would do anything to ease their suffering, solve their dilemma, or just have the perfect words to comfort them.

Sometimes all we can do is pray.

Today I wonder if there is much more to that simple statement than meets the eye.

Recently I was listening to a sermon on prayer by Charles Price and this is what he said,

Prayer is not something we do for the work of God, prayer IS the work of God.”

This statement made me think about prayer and how often we underestimate its value in our walk with the Lord. Continue reading →

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Make-Ahead Meal: Easy, Frugal Freezer Burritos

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When I make these burritos for my family, I serve them fresh as well as make extras. I then freeze the leftovers for quick future meals. My kids love these. They are easy, quick, frugal, and healthy.

I’m going to show you how I made them last, but please know that this recipe is extremely adaptable. Any filling can be used. Any type of tortilla can be used. Follow my recipe word for word, or use this as a guide to make them your way. Continue reading →

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The Divine Make-Over

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Oatmeal Apple Scones w/ Coconut & Chocolate Chips

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Hands down, my favorite breakfast food is a warm, fresh scone. Carbs and butter – what can I say? Don’t let the high price of butter make this hard to swallow. Trust me, these go down just fine.

When my dear friend gave me apples from her tree and I stumbled upon Naïve Cook Cooks’ recipe for apple scones, I knew what needed to grace my breakfast table. Using an adaptation of her recipe, I came up with these beauties. Continue reading →

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Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death (A Giveaway!)

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Do you have a clear picture of life after death?

Do you know where you are going to spend eternity?

This subject is a very hot topic among believers, non-believers, and everyone in between.

I believe this is an important question for all of us to reconcile in our minds and in our hearts. What we believe about our eternal lives directly affects our earthly lives. Continue reading →

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