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This is what I do every week.  There are so many things that come my way that need to be tracked or worked on or engaged with.  Generally, I’m an organized person even though I have four little saboteurs buzzing around me every day.  But every year as my children grow older and they become more considerate and helpful around the house, my happy little list-making self is becoming more and more productive.   So I just wanted to share with you something that has been a HUGE help to me in the last year.  It...

I seem to be on an organizing kick lately.  It’s probably because of a book I’m reading that I will review shortly when I’m done with it.  At any rate, I wanted to share another super helpful little thing that has been really good for me. An on-going challenge for me is to do more in my prayer life.  While I do have regular prayer time throughout my day and especially at my devotional time, this year I sought to be more organized with my prayers....

In the political world and in our culture, there’s a new term called the “snowflake” generation.  It has become one of Collins Dictionary’s 2016 words of the year, and it means, “the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations”1  There is a wider connotation to mean that these are young people (teens through early adult-hood) who not only are offended easily, but seem to think it’s ok to melt down in a...

How to be a follower The humility and discipline of submitting to those over us has a subtle and unique power.  It is not power over the leader, but power over self. Power over selfishness.  To place my desires and perspective and opinions below that of another person (husband, parent, pastor, teacher, rules, etc.) Is not only a freeing thing, but an empowering thing.  Modern feminism, even “Christian” feminism, rebels against this.  This militant...

America fought not just one war for independence; it fought two.  The War of 1812 threatened to be the downfall of our fledgling nation, but John Quincy Adams and his wife, Louisa, were instrumental in raising her up from the ashes.   Although the author used simile and metaphor much too much, I still enjoyed the journey through the Adams’s correspondence and diaries.  Some of the important points of diplomacy and treaties were witnessed by John Q. Adams. ...

Reading through the whole Bible ought to be a basic discipline for every Christian.  This is the Book we love.  It is our basis for life and godliness.  How can we live in the way God wants if we don’t read it?  This year,  I chose the chronological schedule, and loved it!  Years ago I had read through a printed Chronological Bible but had forgotten how helpful this method was.   Job is read toward the beginning of the year since Job lived...

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