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 |

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 […]

3 Ideas for a Thrifty Christmas

Ideas for a Thrifty Christmas

According to a Gallup survey, the average American is planning to spend $781 on Christmas in 2014. That can put a pretty hefty dent in your bank account, especially considering that half of American workers make less than $28,031 per year. That Christmas cash could definitely go toward paying off bills instead, but of course, you still want to have a nice Christmas with plenty of gifts. There are many ways to cut down on your spending this year. Check out these three thrifty ideas below. Regift When You Can It may not seem like you have to spend a lot for gifts this year, but when Read more […]

Plate-Lickin’ Pork Loin

Pork Loin

Image courtesy of rakratchada torsap /   My family absolutely loves this recipe. Ask my kids, especially, what their favorite meal is and they’ll tell you it’s this one. They might not know that it’s Mock Pork Marbella, but they’ll tell you the special ingredients that go in it and then you’ll know what they’re talking about. You can make this for a family of 4- like mine- or a larger family. Just double or triple as needed. Clean up is a breeze. And because it cooks in the roaster, supper is done by noon when you set it and forget it. Get the Recipe Here   Read more […]

What a Difference a Rib Makes

Mars Venus Books

  Guest post by Regina Partain of At the Lake Do you  often think that your spouse is from another planet?  I mean really, why doesn’t he understand what you want and need?  You are speaking the same language, aren’t you?  Or are you?  In Dr. John Gray’s “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” series of books, he explores the differences in the way men and women communicate, how that impacts our relationship and our stress.  Some years ago, using Dr. Gray’s work, I developed a game modeled after the TV game shows and drawing on the scriptures for inspiration, called “What a Difference Read more […]

Feed Your Family Breakfast for $1

1 dollar breakfast frugal

Christmas is almost here and it’s time to find ways to save a little money here and there to stuff those stockings. So if the budget is tight and you need to make ends meet stretch or you simply like to save a buck, well I have some tasty recipes for you! Here are 5 Frugal Breakfasts that I serve to my family of 7 that cost me a total of $1. Not $1 per person but $1 for the whole meal. Yes, you read that correctly for $1 I feed 7 very hungry people!5 VERY Frugal Breakfast IdeasDon’t let the kids go hungry, you can check out these meals at Aspired Living.  and you can check out my ebook a “Simple Read more […]

My Daily Top 10 Cleaning and Organizing Tasks


Can I admit something? Sometimes most of the time I am emotionally allergic to cleaning. In other words, I’d rather be doing just about anything than cleaning my home which is unfortunate for me since I am the main person responsible for the majority of the cleaning.It’s not that I don’t like to have a clean home (I do) it’s just that I find the actual business of cleaning rather… well… boring. It’s mundane, tedious and no matter how much time I spend cleaning, since we actually live in our home, it gets dirty again, sometimes very quickly.It’s an ugly cycle that keep repeating itself over Read more […]

Looking for some reflections this Advent?

Advent reflections

  As we draw near to Christmas, we may consider things like: Buying gifts Preparing menus Getting ready for guests Decorating our homes Increasingly, the real meaning of Christmas is being forgotten in the busyness. It can also be a time of great stress and unhappiness. Advent is a favourite time of year for me. Beginning 1st December, it’s a time for reflection, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of God’s Son, the Word becoming flesh for us (John 1:14). It also gives us the opportunity to give our year into the hands of our God, as we look to grow in our faith, receive Read more […]

Heart-Filled Fridays 22nd Edition {Link-Up Party}


Welcome to the 22nd Edition of Heart-Filled Fridays Link-Up Party!   Hello dear friends and sisters, I feel really blessed and grateful to you, all  the sweet and kind bloggers that have been participating in the Friday Linky Parties. It’s great to read your stories and sharing them with our community,  it’s always great to get to know more bloggers. The Feature Bloggers for this week (readers’ choice) are: Becky with A Spirit of Gratitude Bridget with Finding the Inner Courage you didn’t know you had Alesha with This is War: {Armoring Our Minds with Truth} ABOUT Read more […]

A Truly Frugal Pantry Organization


If you’ve wanted by to see a professional organizer or a pantry organization that involves the Container Store and other very expensive stores then you took a wrong turn somewhere. But if you wanted to see how to complete a Frugal Pantry Organization project  mostly using purchases from the Dollar Store and still have some money in the bank then welcome to Frugalville and and a tour of our pantry . To investigate a Truly Frugal Pantry you can hop on over to Aspired Living. Perhaps you’d like to check out some of the organizing ideas that strike this frugal gals fancy, just follow along Read more […]

Warm Asparagus Tomato Salad

warm tomato asparagus salad

  Doesn’t that Warm Tomato Asparagus Salad look scrumptious? All that color. All that healthiness. All that fanciness. All on one plate. Wow! Healthy eating has made many giant steps forward during the past 8-10 years. Healthy eating is no longer the yucky, deprivation option. Healthy eating is just as delicious as not healthy eating. Without the gut punch. Warm Tomato Asparagus Salad is gluten-free, and can be made dairy-free by omitting the parmesan cheese. It is vegetarian. It is simple and quick. From start to finish, it takes less than 30 minutes. It is perfect for a brunch menu Read more […]