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5 Promises for the Graduate

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Dear Graduate,

Congratulations on your achievement!

I don’t doubt that you have worked long and hard for this day and that you have anticipated the moment of your graduation with fervor, awe, exhaustion, and perhaps a bit of trepidation.

I don’t know what plans you have.

You might have the perfect internship lined up, perhaps you are already working at your dream job, or maybe you have no idea what tomorrow holds in terms of your future career.

Whatever circumstances you find yourself in, there is one thing I can promise you.

The future is uncertain. Continue reading →

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A Day of Giveaways {& a B4AC Update}

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I love gifts!

I enjoy being the recipient of a gift and I really, really enjoy being the giver of gifts.

It must be one of my 5 love languages.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. You are not obligated to make any purchases, but when you do through one of my links or the Amazon search box to the right, I will make a small percentage on the sale. Thank you for supporting my site.

And while the greatest gift the world has ever known has already been given...

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. ~Luke 2:11 (NKJV)

…this is a season of giving. 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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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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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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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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WHAT iF…

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What if?

What if we lose our business and our home? What if someone gets hurt or sick and we can’t afford the medical bills? What if we can’t buy groceries or repair our truck?

What if something happens to one of my children or my spouse? What if something happens to my parents or to me?

What if? 

If you’re like me, you’ve spent a lot of time thinking, planning, analyzing, and being concerned for a situation that could happen.

If you’re like me, you’ve spent too much time worrying about things that never have, and may never, come to pass.

Yep, I tend to be a worrier. Continue reading →

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a million little ways

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I have a friend who is a very talented artist. She has a degree in art, she teaches both adults and children in our community, and she astounds me with her abilities.

I used to look at her with envy appreciation and think that I have nothing to offer when it comes to art. Sure, I am other worthy things, but I am certainly not an artist.

One day, as she was teaching the children of our community at one of her “Summer Art Camps”, she asked the kids to raise their hands if they were artists. She explained to the kids that we are all artists. We may not all be painters or sculptors, but in one way or another, we are artists.

My thoughts went to our Creator. We were created in the image of God, and He is the ultimate artist of the universe. I, too, must then create art because my Maker created me to do just that. It is the same for all of us, whether we realize it or not. Continue reading →

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Messy Beautiful Love

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I just finished Darlene Schacht’s brand new book, Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages.

I am passionate about beautiful marriages and read as much as I can on the subject. This is one of the best books I have read on marriage.

“In an age when wives pride themselves on being right, Darlene shows the power of doing right. The timeless truth in this book will help any marriage.”                        ~Arlene Pellicane (author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife)

Using wit, personal examples, Scripture, and a very honest look at the pain that results from choosing less than God’s best for us, this book is an incredible encouragement to any married couple.

She reminds her readers that

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Dancing on the Head of a Pen

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I had the privilege this week of reading Robert Benson’s short, yet beautifully penned book Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life.

In a quest to answer the often asked question “Can you tell me how to write a book?”, he has written an almost poetic manual for the writer who attempts to do just that. In a style that is a joy to read, yet easy to understand, Mr. Benson takes the reader on a personal, yet helpful, journey in his art of putting pen to paper. Continue reading →

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Flax & Chia Egg Replacers

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I have chickens, but I also have teenagers.

For our family, fresh eggs are a frugal protein source and something we eat a lot of! So, while we have chickens in the backyard, I sometimes find myself running low on eggs.

What is this mom to do when the mood to bake strikes, but the egg supply is less than stellar? I have borrowed a trick long used by vegan bakers. Enter flax and chia egg replacers. Continue reading →

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the good news about marriage (and a giveaway!)

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good-news-bookI recently had the privilege of reading Shaunti Feldhahn’s new book the good news about marriageAs the subtitle reveals, this book debunks “discouraging myths about marriage and divorce”.

Through groundbreaking research, this best-selling author shares surprising news about marriage. She shares that the actual divorces rates are often projected, inflated, and misrepresented. Shaunti offers many surprising studies that challenge the statistics we have all come to accept as fact.

Most marriages, she writes, not only last a lifetime, but they are happy. Shaunti also presents evidence that remarriages are much more successful than we’ve been told. Continue reading →

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Blogging For A Cause – An Update

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“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”                                        ~Matthew 25:35-36 (ESV)

Just after starting my blog, I posted about an idea of how this blog could be used to raise money for one of my favorite charities. If you’d like to read that post, click here. Go ahead, I’ll wait for ya.

Would you like to know how much you’ve helped me raise? Continue reading →

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The Only Tool You Need For Perfectly Boiled Eggs

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After my Grandmother’s Memorial Service, my mom, aunts, cousins, and I were going through her room cherishing our time together, sharing memories of her, and claiming the items that meant the most to us.

Among many precious things, my Aunt Patrice found a package with an egg timer in it. She laughed as she recalled how Grandma made sure all of her daughters had one in each of their kitchens. When I asked what it was, my aunt was surprised that my Grandma hadn’t given me one, so I got to bring that one home with me.

After using it for the first time, I was hooked. In all my years of cooking hard boiled eggs, I gave it my best, but I inevitably ended up with the greenish hue of the overcooked egg or a mushier-than-I’d-like center. Since using this timer for the last almost year and a half, they have come out perfect every time. Continue reading →

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Blogging For A Cause

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Today I am going to stray from my usual format because I have an announcement to make.

Yesterday, I stumbled upon a blog called Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids. (Click on highlighted title to visit her blog!) She has a section called “Comments for a Cause”. Val donates a set amount for each comment she receives on her blog to a new charity each month.

After reading her story, I went out to water and weed the garden. When I am alone in the garden, I often spend my time there in prayer. I prayed about how I could implement this system into my own blog, not just for God’s glory, but so that others would benefit. Continue reading →

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If You Go To Do The Laundry

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I went to fold clean clothes on my bed when I realized I hadn’t made my bed.

I put the clothes back in the dryer and went to make the bed.

On the way to make the bed, I saw tortillas on the counter. This made me remember there’s a family at church I need to cook for, so I started making enchiladas.

While I was making enchiladas, I got an email. I went to check it out and realized I needed to add something to the bulletin for church the next day, so I sat and worked on the bulletin.

While I was at my computer, I saw my checkbook and decided to work on balancing my accounts.

While I was balancing the accounts, my kids told me they were hungry. This reminded me of the enchiladas I was making. Continue reading →