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Beauty in Every Broken Christmas

Where are you spending Christmas this year? Maybe the more important question is,where is your heart this Christmas? Are you hurting, alone, grieving?

You can experience joy this Christmas.  Let us give you something to reflect on....

25 Joyful Prayers to Ready Your Heart for Christmas

As we focus our hearts on Jesus this Christmas season, we can offer Him one prayer each day, focusing on who He is and all He has done for us! When we are reminded of who Jesus is, and turn our eyes to Him, in an ever-changing world, we are reminded that He truly is the Savior of the World.

Should Christians Take Medication for Mental Illness?

The Christian community is somewhat divided on the issue of taking medicine for mental health issues. There is even division over whether “mental health issues” are even biblical. Yet the Bible seems to present a balanced view of both medical and spiritual approaches.

How Would Jesus Celebrate Christmas?

Most years I tend to lose sight of Jesus somewhere between the deals of Black Friday and the dawn of a new year.  As I fight to carve out the time to consider the sacred, I keep wondering how Jesus would celebrate His birth.  If Jesus were still walking the earth, what would He be doing this Christmas? Here's my best guess.

5 Simple Tips for Reclaiming Family Time

I assumed that once the diapers came off the busyness of life with kids would begin to settle down.  Boy was I wrong!

It’s actually more like: we immediately filled the water bottles, put on the cleats and leotards, and headed to the gym or the field!

If this describes you, here are 5 handy tips to help us refocus and reclaim our time!

Does Christmas Make You ‘Wonder’ or ‘Ponder’?

When the shepherds came to the manger and told everyone about the supernatural announcement of Christ’s birth, there were two distinct reactions – “Wonder” and “Ponder”.  Those in attendance wondered at what the shepherds said, but Mary pondered what they said in her heart.

So how about you?  Are you a “wonderer” or a “ponderer”? 

Light Bites for Healthier Holidays

For all the holiday get-togethers you're planning, it can be to fix something nutritious as well as delicious.  

Here are some excellent ideas to serve to family and friends that will please the pallet and feed the body. 

Why You're In Debt and What You Can Do About It

Debt has become such a normal part of life that many people never question it. So many of us believe that debt is just a normal part of life and there is not much you can do about it.

However, I think that's ridiculous....

The Thing About Casting Cares: You Have to Let Go

Even though we know God carries our burdens, how often do we keep carrying all that stuff around - the worries, the uncertainties, the burdens - in our minds, in our hearts...

How do we finally get rid of those cares and carry trust instead?

12 Ways of Christmas for Family Discipleship

It’s Christmas time, but unfortunately it’s all too easy to lose focus on Christ even though we’re supposed to be celebrating his birth. This season can bring both stresses and joys, and it also can bring many opportunities for family discipleship. Here are my “Twelve Ways of Christmas.” Consider including a few of these into your Christmas season—and enjoy the gifts that come from family discipleship.

5 Ways to Have a Merry Christmas in Your Marriage

It’s wild how the holidays can bring out such intense sides to our personality.  In our marriages, the rush, the expectations, the schedule and the cookie induced sugar buzz can really make for some stressful—potentially explosive—situations.

All families struggle with the extremes the celebrations bring out of and on us! Here’s a few tips to help you navigate the season...

Manage Grief with Grace This Holiday Season

Holidays are filled with traditions, but when someone you used to share those moments with has died, managing grief during the holiday season can be extremely hard.  Here are some ways to navigate this time - for a friend, a family member, or for yourself. 

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