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7 Tips for Keeping Christ in Christmas

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I’m sure that expressions like the reason for the season and keeping Christ in Christmas have become cliché, but I would challenge us to live these out this Christmas. Cliché or not, they are Biblical and should be the heart of Christians, not only at Christmastime, but throughout the year.

You see, what is meant to be a time of year that we ponder and celebrate the birth of our Savior, can very quickly become a season of stress, overscheduling, and overspending.

While I am not anti-spending, gift-giving, or Christmas-partying, I do think that the gift of Jesus should be at the heart of the ways that we celebrate.

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” ~Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)

I’d like to share 7 Tips for Keeping Christ in Christmas: Continue reading →

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A Week of Thanks {The Basics}

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I’ve been sharing this week that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and reminding us all of the fact that we have so much to be thankful for.

We’ve looked at the gifts of Salvation & Eternal Life and how much we have been given in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Yesterday, I shared my appreciation for family, friends, church family, and my online community of readers and bloggers.

While I do love living life with a daily attitude of appreciation for these incredible blessings in my life, I never want to take for granted some of the blessings we consider to be smaller and simpler. Yet to those who lack them they are everything. Continue reading →

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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. Continue reading →

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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. 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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birthday-cupcakeHappy Birthday, Young Man!

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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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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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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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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31 Things I Thank God For

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You (or may not) have noticed a 31 Day theme around the blogosphere the past few days. October is the month of 31 Days of Writing for many bloggers. They choose a theme and write on it for 31 straight days.

If you know me at all, you know that I love counting my blessings. It’s a full time job, I tell ya.

Even though I am not participating in this event on my blog, these 31 Day Challenges have inspired me to write 31 things I am thankful for.

My hope is to challenge you to look for the blessings in your own life. Continue reading →

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