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What the Church Needs to Know about Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is abusive behavior that takes place within families, often involving a spouse or partner.  As churches, all too often we are silent about these behaviors, which further perpetuates dangerous and completely unacceptable cycles and beliefs. Please...

When Christmas is in Boxes

Moving into a new house a few weeks before Christmas isn't the best timing. Especially when your husband is a pastor and Christmas is his most busy season. Especially when you've just moved to a new church and community and you're trying to learn how things work,...

How to Find Hope When Holiday Depression Hits

I'd rather fast forward past the holidays this year. Bah humbug. The holiday season is meant to be an exciting, wonderful time. Except when it isn't. Friend, if you are not feeling the joy of the holiday season, you aren't alone. Depression and sadness often hit...


Gift Guide for the Person Who Has Everything

Shopping for holiday gifts can be one of the most challenging parts of the holidays. When it comes to finding the perfect gift, there are some people who seem to be impossible to shop for! If creating homemade gifts is not your thing, you’ve still got options. If you...

Gift Guide for the Instant Pot Lover

Are you or someone you love obsessed with your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker? I admit I was skeptical when I first got mine. Could this cooking tool really make that much of a difference? I'm here to say, YES! The Instant Pot makes a huge difference in cooking time and...

Gift Guide of Games and Toys for Gifted Kids

If you are raising a child who is gifted, you understand the joys and challenges of raising a child who looks at life from a different perspective. Keeping your child entertained can be an ongoing challenge. Use this Gift Guide of Games and Toys for Gifted Kids to...


Power-Packed Orange Mango Green Smoothie Recipe

During the hot days of summer, I can think of no better way to replenish your energy while at the same time enjoying a delicious treat than to make a mouth-watering smoothie. Today's Power-Packed Orange Mango Green Smoothie Recipe is sure to hit the spot and become a...

Printable Weekly Exercise Log

What if I told you there was something that for sure would help you with sticking with an exercise and fitness routine, would you do it? This strategy for sure helps people reach success. Research from as far back as the 1970s has proven this true. Track your...

Weight Watchers Food Finds

For those of us who follow the Weight Watchers SmartPoints system, we know finding foods that are low in points and high in Yum factor makes sticking with the program easier for the long haul. Weight Watchers calculates the SmartPoints system so that counting points...

20 Low Carb Instant Pot Recipes

20 Low Carb Instant Pot Recipes

Doesn’t it feel like the best foods are full of carbs? I don’t know about you, but I love bread, pasta, and potatoes. Carbohydrates can be good in moderation, but I've learned that focusing on protein and fats helps keep my cravings at bay. Low carb meals can be...

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The Secret to Savoring the Holidays

The Secret to Savoring the Holidays

I don't know about you, but when I think of savoring the holidays, I think of our favorite traditions that we "just have to do" each year. Instantly I'm transported to... Watching Elf and It's a Wonderful Life curled up on the couch. Decorating sugar cookies and...

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The Secret to Savoring the Holidays

On Being Lutheran

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which has given me a chance to consider, challenge, and reflect on how being Lutheran has changed my life. Please click here to read the blog previous to this one, Growing Up Lutheran.   What is the...

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Growing Up Lutheran

Growing Up Lutheran

For as long as I've been a Christian (which is my whole life since I was baptized as a baby), I've been Lutheran. Growing up and living as a member of the Lutheran Church has influenced my life in countless ways, some I am just beginning to realize as a woman in her...

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The Secret to Savoring the Holidays

Should Children See R-Rated Movies?

Should Children See R-Rated Movies? This question is one about which everyone seems to have differing views. Like - Which came first - the chicken or the egg? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop? Does the refrigerator light...

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