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...

  “Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).   This Wednesday night, I happened to pull out the lesson about the Sower and the Seeds to teach to our Summit Bible Club because of the connection to harvest time (Matthew 13:3; Mark 4:3; Luke 8:5).  Little did I know that I needed to hear the lesson as much as, probably more than, the kids needed it.  The lesson was very simple, but so difficult to hear. ...

This was a fun quilt to design.  It wasn’t so easy to piece together, though.  In the end it was worth the effort. I’m in the mood to use up my scraps and stashed fabrics, so I wanted to do something with all of those old jeans I had saved.  The hexagons and triangles gave a nice texture to the quilt.  It gives it a kaleidoscope look.  I really love that!  The hard part was just getting that denim material to cooperate.  Some jeans were thick, some were thin.  Some were stretchy and some...

In my previous post “God Created a Woman”, we reviewed the nature and purpose of women as we studied through Genesis 1 and 2.  I’ve made the point that God created women to be equal in kind to the man, and His purpose for us is to be helpers to the man.  This arrangement, this role, this hierarchy, is a part of God’s perfect creation.  Sin had not entered the picture yet.  Complimentarianism seems to be the only form of male headship...

This hearty soup is hubby approved, and it’s actually pretty easy to make.  It’s creamy, comforting, and so good!  The base of the soup is the tomato parmesan, so if you don’t happen to have the tortellini or the sausage on hand, you could leave those out and it would still be a super yummy dish.  I don’t usually have cream on hand, so I usually substitute that part of the recipe with a roux to thicken it up a bit (you’ll see that alternative at the bottom of the recipe).  However, for...

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