Because the story doesn't end with Christmas! We mostly ditched Christmas a few years ago. Not out of Scroogish tendencies, but because of the increasing materialism. Each year it became harder for us to find true meaning and spirituality among all the commercial trappings. So for several years we did little during the holidays. Then I … Continue reading Advent: the Missing Piece of Christmas
Remember that everything involves a tradeoff... Life can get pretty complicated, can't it? So why add a messy house to the mix? That's what I tell friends when they comment on how clean and tidy they always usually find my house. "But how do you do it?" they wonder. By following my Golden Rule of … Continue reading The Golden Rule of Simplifying
For a less materialistic holiday that helps the planet too! Do you find Christmas somewhat tiring and stressful? Especially finding perfect gifts? Then why not try a 5-hand Christmas this year? It's a simple and down-to-earth gift-giving policy that could (finally) take the stress out of your Christmas gift-buying! Have a Five Hand Christmas this … Continue reading Have Yourself a Merry Little 5-Hand Christmas!
Most downloadable, and all free online! Having the right tools is essential to productive Bible study. They can really help bring the Scriptures to light and keep you from groping in the dark. And in this day of plentiful free resources online, it's easier than ever! 7 Basic Bible Study Tools 1. Good, reliable translations … Continue reading 7 Productive Bible Study Aids
And find the silver lining in even the darkest of clouds... This was our scenery today. Dark, gray, gloomy, foggy. And drippy everywhere we looked. Only my husband, camera in hand, can seem to take such gloomy days and turn them into beauty! I can't say that I share his talent or his optimism. I'm sun-loving … Continue reading Ten Ways to Beat the Rainy Day Blues
To connect you must first disconnect... If you've walked with Christ for any length of time you have probably experienced dry spells. You pray, you read, you attend church, and seek fellowship. But it seems you're just going through the motions and get little out of it. God seems far off, the heavens closed. I've … Continue reading 4 Steps to Quench Dry Spells and Enter Renewed Abiding