Family, Home, Homeschool, Parenting, Spiritual health

Media Choices

What we view on TV impacts how we think, and if we are not careful we are going to fill our hearts with things we shouldn't.

Keeping up Appearances Some time ago my daughters danced with glee while watching a Barbie movie. I do not like Barbie, and was hesitant about letting them watch the silly thing at all. As I watched them get excited, and dance along with the characters on the screen,  and get anxious and nervous as the tension rose, I was reminded…

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Spiritual health

Discipline

This past week has been a week where I often want to say, “I just don’t feel like doing ________ today.” When I was single I had a lot more freedom to get away with that sort of behavior. I could go days and weeks using the excuse, “I just don’t feel like doing __________” and not do much of…

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Spiritual health

Cultivating Contentment

Do you struggle with having a joyful heart? I have struggled with depression on and off for years, and in the process of these ups and downs of life I can find that my joy is gone. I begin to feel sorry for myself and spend too much time having pity parties. I am learning that there are things we…

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marriage, Spiritual health

Learning to Love our husbands.

As a young lady I believed so many of the fairy tale stories that always ended in, “And they lived happily ever after.” I wanted that happily ever after.  I thought that once I was married life with my husband would be the easy part.  I didn’t pay attention, or I wasn’t really told that life after the wedding was…

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Spiritual health

You Can Trust Him

“My Heart is confident in you, O God; No wonder I can sing your praises! Wake up, my soul! Wake up, O harp and lyre! I will waken the dawn with my song. I will thank you, Lord, in front of all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations. For your unfailing love is as high as…

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Bible Study, Spiritual health, Suffering

Proverbs Week 1

I have a birdhouse hanging on my front porch. I really enjoy watching that birdhouse each Spring. We have house finches that come and nest there. It is a rustic little birdhouse that originally was simply the color of the tree branches that it was made from. A few years ago my children and my husband decided to paint the…

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Spiritual health, Suffering

Kindness in the face of hate

On a Wednesday night while people sat praying and seeking God, a man who sat among them stood up and began shooting. My mind struggles to comprehend how someone who can sit listening to prayers and than is able to act out so much hate. Scripture does give us a clue though. “These things I have spoken to you, so…

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Spiritual health, Suffering

Day By Day

Yesterday I stood outside in the heat of a June afternoon and watched a man say good-bye to his wife. The sky was that lovely blue of a warm summer day, and popcorn clouds floated dreamily across. The grass of the cemetery grounds was the perfect shade of green, evidence of the abundant rains we have seen over the past…

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