2017: Year of Transformation

How was your Christmas? Ours was wonderful. We spent time with family, and although not a lot of snow, it was a white Christmas. Now it’s time to reflect. That’s what I do each year after Christmas. I think about accomplishments, goals, adversities, the tears, laughter, pictures, I take it all in. I consider the word of the year and how it played out, and what word is coming up…

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Defining Thankful by Sue A. Fairchild

DEFINING THANKFUL By Sue A. Fairchild Merriam-Webster’s dictionary describes “thankful” as being “conscious of benefit received.” For me, the definition doesn’t seem to say enough about this word. Being conscious of a benefit we have received is a good thing. It helps us to say “Thank you” and to show appreciation. It helps us not to dismiss important events in our life and assists us in seeing the good when…

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Thankful for Home and Family by Laura V. Hilton

Thankful for Home and Family by Laura V. Hilton I signed up to write a Thanksgiving post, and then life hit. This went wrong, then that went wrong and I’m still reeling from the blows when I get an email notice—oh, I need to write a blog post. And it’s due yesterday. Guess I’d better do it. So I’m sitting here in my living room looking around. My youngest daughter…

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Five Tips for Flexible Family Faith Time by Stephenie Hovland

Five Tips for Flexible Family Faith Time by Stephenie Hovland   Guess what? There is no such thing as a perfect Christian family! That means there isn’t one perfect way to devotions. In fact, I’m thinking the word “devotions” might need to go. Think of this as family faith time.   Let’s go through five tips to make your family faith time work. Remember to revisit these ideas regularly. As…

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Savoring the Not-So-Perfect Life by Michelle Rayburn

Savoring the Not-So-Perfect Life by Michelle Rayburn   (For September 10 – National TV Dinner Day)   When I was young, my mother cooked most meals from scratch, baked six loaves of bread every week and canned enough vegetables to feed the neighborhood if we ever had to retreat to a bomb shelter. But on occasion, we had TV dinners when she worked the evening shift at the hospital and…

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Answered Prayers by Darlene Franklin

Prayer. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Prayer is our means of communication with God and God’s given requirement to watch him work. We read stories of men and women of prayer who pray(ed) 2 hours a day and feel like the disciples who couldn’t spend an hour in prayer with Jesus in the garden. All my life I’ve felt like such a stumbling fool when it comes…

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