Archives for November 2014

Introducing A Heart Wide Open Christmas

There is much that I love about living in the south. 50-degree weather in December, sweet potato pie, and ‘bless her heart’ are a few. But what I love even more are southern women who love Jesus. They don’t know how to contain their love for Him. It oozes out, just like their “y’alls”! For the next week I’m going to be co-writing some blogs with my friend Shellie Rushing Tomlinson. Shellie is the Belle of All Things Southern ( {Read More}

Holiday Gift Guide for Parents and In-Laws

Part four of my gift guide is dedicated to parents and in-laws. Couples’ gifts can be tricky, but I think I’ve found some good ones that your parents or in-laws would enjoy. Other options might include a magazine subscription, a gift card for a nice dinner out, or a handmade keepsake. Help my readers out! What are you getting your parents or in-laws? Let each other know in the comment section! For Parents and In-Laws Teavana PerfecTea Tea Maker Grandma’s Brag {Read More}

Holiday Gift Guide for Readers and Writers (Plus a Giveaway!)

I pretty much love everything in this gift guide! These are such fun gifts for the reader, aspiring writer, or published writer in your life. These are fun twists on gifts that aren’t your typical fiction or nonfiction books (although those make great gifts as well). If you want more ideas, I also shared another list over on Inspired by Life and Fiction! Click on the photo of any item to see where to purchase it! For Readers and Writers The {Read More}

Happy Thanksgiving!

For me, Thanksgiving brings on childhood memories of going to my Grandparents’ mobile home for a family dinner, sitting at the kids’ table with my brother and two cousins, eating until my belly was full, and then sitting around and talking. Or rather listening. While my brother and cousins used to play outside, I’d listen to the grown-ups talk. I was interested in their world, their stories. Now I’m the grown-up. I’m the one in the kitchen. Times change, but {Read More}

Cheer for the Children – Tips to Give a Military Kid a Merry Christmas | Sarah Sundin

Christmas can be a difficult time for the children of deployed members of the military. The holiday focus on family, tradition, and home highlights the fact that a beloved family member isn’t home, traditions may be disrupted, and the child may be in a new and unfamiliar town, far from friends and extended family. As Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and I wrote Where Treetops Glisten, we were struck by how hard Christmas can be for deployed service members and their {Read More}

Holiday Gift Guide for Husbands and Wives

Part two of my holiday gift guide series is dedicated to spouses. I find the men in my life are the hardest to shop for, so I had fun scouring the world wide web (and my husband’s Amazon wish list) for inspiration. Feel free to pass this list along to your husband, too, if he’s having trouble thinking of a gift to get you. Click on the photo of any item to see where to purchase it! What would you {Read More}

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids and Teens

Christmas time is nearly here, and while I’m sure your kids have already created their Christmas wish lists, it’s fun to surprise them with something not on their lists. If you need a little help with ideas, I’ve curated a list below of some presents your kids and teens might like! Now is the perfect time to add them to your watch lists to see if they go on sale after Thanksgiving (or if you’re really on top of things {Read More}

Christmas Cleaning + Cleaning Supply Printable

Christmas Cleaning + Cleaning Supply Printable Christmas means company. Company means cleaning. There is nothing worse that coming home with your nutmeg, evaporated milk, and 100 other items and realizing you forgot the cleaning supplies! Christmas means company. Company means cleaning. @TriciaGoyer shares her cleaning supply list! Click To Tweet I have favorite cleaning supplies that I’ve used for years. (Let’s call them “classic cleaners.”) I keep a list inside the cabinet in my cleaning closet inside a plastic sleeve. {Read More}

Give Thanks! | 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Saturday Scripture   1 Thessalonians 5:18   Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.   Prayer Father God, you have blessed me in countless ways. Thank you for the love of family, for deep-belly laughs, for hot drinks on cold days, for little hands that hold me tight, for tasty meals made with love, for the support of friends, for breathtaking sunsets. And most of all, Lord, thank you for {Read More}

7 Prayers to Say for Your Children

7 Prayers to Say for Your Children So many times I find myself praying for the same things for my children. That they are healthy. They they are safe. That they are obedient. The other day I was reading the Bible, and I came upon Philippians 1:9-11: I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you {Read More}

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