5 Tips for Making and Meeting Goals in the New Year

6 tips for making and meeting goals

A new year inevitably brings forth new dreams, resolutions and goals. Why? A new year is an unmarked canvas, full of possibilities for the future. You can and should dream big on January 1. There’s no reason not to.But, how do you avoid the almost as inevitable resolution failure that comes January 10 or 21 or February 1? How do you make goals and dream big, and actually fulfill your dreams and meet your goals?1. Take a good look at the Big Picture. What exactly do you want to accomplish? Do you want to fit in a size 10 by next Christmas? Do you want to run a marathon? Do you want to take a trip Read more […]

Introducing Mom’s Scripture Fellowship

Mom's Scripture Fellowship

Mom’s Scripture Fellowship is a group of Moms that meet at Aspired Living on Monday’s to share what they have read over the week. To work on their memory verses and to share our walk with each other.Mom’s Scripture Fellowship is guided by 2 Timothy 3:16-17:All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God[a] may be complete, equipped for every good work.Mom’s Scripture Fellowship is an accountability group, not a Bible Study. Though I will occasionally share scripture or quotes from great Christian Read more […]

Making (and Meeting) Goals for Your Kids

making and meeting goals for your kids

One of the joys of parenting is the opportunity to help shape another human being. This shaping of another human being is also a great responsibility. Sometimes it is almost overwhelming in its burden and scope.Parents want to see their kids succeed. To be wise and successful and marry well. Christian parents also want their kids to grow up to love and serve Jesus. We all have goals for our kids. My goals for my kids include them accumulating certain life skills and beliefs. Mr. Hippie and I make plans for our family’s activities and schooling that are steps to accomplishing these goals. Meeting Read more […]

Top 5 tips to make fitness a habit and stay fit for lifetime

Top 5 tips to make fitness a habit and stay fit for lifetime

Your past habits are more or less responsible for your current state of health and similarly your current habits will mould your future health. The research has stated that most of the health ailments in old age are caused because of negligence of health during the young age and fitness is usually the outcome of the years of healthy lifestyle and disciplined fitness regime.   Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at FreeDigitalPhotos.net You can also be fit for the lifetime by adopting fitness as a habit and not as the compulsion. The following few tips will help you imbibe fitness as your habit Read more […]

5 Tips for Delicious Coffee Every Morning

5 Tips for Delicious Coffee Every Morning

Brewing a great cup of coffee can be a complex process for such a simple pleasure. There are several factors that go into creating the ideal flavor in a cup of coffee, and more often than not, the results of hastily brewed coffee leave a lot to be desired. Fortunately, these simple tips can ensure that every cup that comes out of your Breville coffeemaker is good to the last drop. Get Good Coffee It may sound obvious, but a good cup of coffee never starts with bad beans. Many value brands of coffee are simply inferior products, and no amount of attention to grind consistency or brewing Read more […]

Top Ten Most Popular Posts in 2014

Top Ten Most Popular Posts in 2014

Hello friends and sisters! Hope you are enjoying this holiday season :) This will be the last post of the year. Just to close up 2014 I’m sharing the 10 most popular posts in 2014. I’m very grateful for your support and company through this year. So very thankful to the amazing team of contributors for sharing their hearts and story in this community blog. I’m really excited about what God has in store for 2015! New bloggers joining the team (BTW You’re more than welcome if you’re planning to expand your personal blog too! the doors are open for like-minded, Christian women who Read more […]

A Come to Jesus Moment

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 As we are entering this holiday season, my thoughts wander to all the people who came to Jesus when he was a baby.The socially awkward shepherds. Stinky. Dirty. Humble. Salt of the earth.The wise men. Rich. Influential. Wise.Anna. A widow. Old woman. Waiting. Prophetess.Simeon. Expectant. Righteous. Devout.All came. All worshipped. All were changed by their encounter.Oh come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.Jesus is still calling people to come. To come as we are. What is standing in your way? Your goodness? Your badness?To read more, click over to Barefoot Hippie Girl. Come. Read more […]

25 Christmas Movies You Won’t want to Miss

christmas movies

We love everything about Christmas including Christmas Movies. so here is the  Ultimate Christmas Movie List to help you make it through the Christmas Season warm toasty and full of popcorn!   So here is a wonderful list of Christmas Movies in no particular order! (I put a * by  movies our family watches and enjoys!) I also want to specify I am not giving every movie on this list my family friendly seal of approval, just the ones with the *.  This Christmas movie list is meant for families to enjoy together so some movies have been purposely excluded. Enjoy! So you can dash on over to Aspired Read more […]

Creating Meaningful Traditions+ Giveaway

meaningful christmas traditions

Tis the Season to be Jolly….   Maybe. Every year around this time, I start to see the lights go up, the sale signs emerge, the advertisements begin and the joy seeps out.  If this is the season of joy and happiness, well you’re going to have to create it yourself.  Every family needs to have something that is unique to them and what becomes meaningful. Since my oldest (now 20) was little I have been baking cookies on Christmas Eve.   Some years are better than others but every year there is cookies.  Sometimes from scratch sometimes from prepared dough but every time Read more […]

Is Your Heart Ready for Christmas?

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As Christmas time comes into focus don’t let the things of the world rob you of the excellent things of God.Be Thankful…The word tells us to be thankful in all circumstances. Sometimes during the rush of Christmas activities and purchases we can lose sight of truth.”Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18Be Praiseful…Recognize that Christ has given us an amazing gift that we cannot repay, he has freed us from sin and death. Praise him for his life, death and his suffering on the cross which gives those of us who believe the Read more […]

The Most Important Christmas Tradition

The Most Important Christmas Tradition of All | WomanhoodWithPurpose.com

Ahhh… the Christmas season is in full swing. I love this time of year! As I’ve become a mother, this season has become even more magical as I get to experience Christmas again through the eyes of a child. Their wonder and excitement spills over to me as I get to watch them delight in the decorations, the baking, the activities and all of the wonderful activities the season brings. While there are so many fun things to see, hear, enjoy and participate in this Christmas, we need to remember one thing… the MOST important Christmas tradition. Traditions are so important for each family. They Read more […]

Hospitality and the Holidays + Giveaway!

hospitality and hoidays

According to the lyrics of one Christmas song, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Which is true for a lot of us. And it’s also not true for a whole lot of us. Holidays often amplify the grief of those who’ve lost a loved one. Holidays accentuate the loneliness of the alone. Holidays magnify the stress levels of the distressed. Is there a way to counteract these things and practice hospitality this holiday season? What exactly is hospitality? How do we get beyond simply holding parties to extending hospitality to those in need? Hospitality…the friendly and generous reception Read more […]

6 Gifts That Will Blow Away the Special Man in Your Life

Christmas gifts for Him

Are you trying to come up with a fabulous gift idea to get the special man in your life? If you’ve had a few years together, you don’t want to give an expected gift. Below are six unusual gifts that are sure to blow his mind. Some are pricey, and others are quite affordable.1. The Gift That Keeps Giving Image via Flickr by xlordashxA popular gift option that many have signed up for recently is a subscription service for food or beer of the month clubs. Nothing is exciting in knowing exactly what you’re going to get the following month. So change things up with a gift that will keep on giving Read more […]

‘Tis the Season

Tis the season

Yes indeed, ’tis the season to receive tokens of overwhelming affection from our beloved ones, yippee! We are just hoppin’ happy with expectation of receiving and giving presents, no matter what they are.Well, I take that back, some gifts are really hideous, and are exchanged, re-gifted, or used as target practice for that new flame-thrower you just got. My poor husband, before I ever knew him, was gifted by a “loved” one with a lime-green leisure suit.  Just look at that color. Don’t ask me how THAT shows love, I wasn’t there.  I had to promise him I would never-ever buy him a colorful Read more […]

Do We Really Mean What We Say?

The Most Dangerous Word a Christian Uses

  The Maker of Heaven and Earth hears my petitions. My cries. My heart. He wipes my tears. He holds me tenderly. He loves me. Are we really praying in a way that honors Him? Are we boldly going before the Throne of Grace in confidence thanks to a Savior who died for us? If not, why? If we think we are, are we really? Read the Post here     Read more […]