Recently a client of mine received a one-star review from a person who had obviously created a Google account with a fake name for the sole purpose of leaving the scathing rant. It was clear to us, based on the facts noted, who this person really was. I can only surmise why he felt it … Continue reading Would Jesus post a one-star review?
Ladies, you can probably already feel it -- the teeth-grinding, stomach-churning sensation that creeps in about this time of year. Charlie Brown may have made November and December out to be all sunshine and peace, but we never saw his mom in the kitchen and at the mall, did we. Of course we want to … Continue reading Simple, effective ways to de-stress the holidays
As I was writing Prayers for the Mother of the Bride, one thing that struck me was the imperative duty we have as Christian women to affirm each other. It’s no secret that the enemy of our souls bombards us all with fiery arrows intended to damage and destroy self-esteem. Everywhere we turn, our daughters face false images and … Continue reading Beloved daughter
Wedding ideas for the bride-to-be, mother of the bride, or mother of the groom One of the best parts about being an author is connecting with others who have the same interests and passions. While promoting Prayers for the Mother of the Groom I have come to know two of the most interesting women with hearts … Continue reading Pray and prepare with these Christian wedding supplies
Almost every Christian mother of a son will face the day he and his beloved burst through the door with grins and dreams and a shiny ring on her finger. From that moment on, life becomes a blur of to-do lists, calendar negotiations, fancy meals, and dressing rooms. We hope for blissful bonding times … Continue reading Prayers for the Mother of Groom
Unless your faith tradition has strict rules and accountability for observing the Sabbath as a day of rest, your homeschooling family may struggle with the concept. What does God's admonition to "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy" in Exodus 20:8 even look like in our modern world? Of course, most of us go … Continue reading Embrace Sabbath rest in your homeschool
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When I became a grandma, I bought an iPad for the sole purpose of downloading colorful Kindle books and engaging apps for babies. It has been surprising and encouraging to me that my two grandbabies actually prefer real books. Happily, we are prepared for hours of reading courtesy of all our children's books which have … Continue reading A dozen classic books to save for your grandkids
Have you ever considered the great courage Joseph displayed as his young family was formed and began to grow? This Christmas season, take a fresh look at his indomitable faith and courage in the face of the unknown.
Read Matthew 1:18-2:23.
We rarely hear sermons preached on great faith or courage with Joseph the husband of Mary as the central example. Sadly, his role in the Christmas story has become almost a caricature we tend to skim over at other points on the Christian calendar.
Consider what this key New Testament figure endured in the short chapter and a half of Matthew where his story appears:
- An angel of the Lord appeared to him in dreams not once, not twice, but three times.
- He was told to believe that his fiancée’s pregnancy was the result of a miraculous conception and not an indiscretion.
- He was also told that the child was the long-awaited Messiah, and was instructed to go through with the marriage as planned.
- He kept his new bride a virgin until the child was born.
- Exotic foreign visitors made an unannounced appearance at his home…
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(Reblogged from the Midwestern Parent Educators blog post I was honored to write recently.) MPE provided numerous resources and blessings during our 20 years of homeschooling, but none as important as our small cluster group. Each family in our little group planned and executed an annual field trip or activity, and by the end of … Continue reading Twenty field trips for KC homeschoolers