Behind the Christmas Hymn: Away in a Manger

This popular Christmas carol was originally thought to have been written by Martin Luther for his own children and later passed on to German mothers. That legend has since been disproven. The first two stanza’s of the song first appeared in the Little Children’s Book published in 1885 by the John Church Company in Philadelphia. In the hymnal compiled by […]

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Topic Monday: Domestic Violence Series–3 Safety Precautions in leaving Domestic Violence Situation

Leaving an abusive situation is dangerous.  Often the abusive partner becomes enraged and the abuse is even more dangerous and at an all-time high. When leaving, take every precaution necessary. This includes: Leave when the abusive partner is not at home—if possible Set up a signal with a trusted neighbor or friend If spouse will be home—contact the police and […]

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Topic Monday: Domestic Violence Series–7 Benefits of Abuse Shelters

Abuse shelters are there to help women and children escaping an abusive relationship.  Unfortunately, many work on minuscule budgets and staff.  The shelters want to do more but are unable to due to financial concerns and lack of staff. However, shelters offer many wonderful resources.  These include:   Privacy—privacy is of the utmost urgency. A safe place– abuse shelters do […]

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Behind the Hymn Sunday: Have Thine Own Way, Lord

Have Thine Own Way, Lord was written by Adelaide A. Pollard. Born in 1862 Iowa, she had a gift for writing prose, poetry, hymns and even articles. Her birth name was Sarah, but she strongly disliked the name and changed it to Adelaide. She spent her life in ministry, teaching at schools, working with evangelist and serving in missions overseas. […]

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Wellness Tuesday: 9 Effects of Diabetes

I’m NOT diabetic or pre-diabetic, but realized when I recently took my blood sugar that I was close to being pre-diabetic. I’ve seen the negative effects of diabetes on others. I know I don’t want to be diabetic, or even pre-diabetic.  In order to prevent this, it means making serious life changes. The most important ways to do this are […]

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Topic Monday: Domestic Violence Series–Why Counseling and Communication Can Make a Difference

      I’ve been discussing plans on leaving and financial tips to leave a domestic violence situation.  Today, I want to discuss staying in a relationship. I know…you’re shaking your head and wondering why. I’ll tell you…although I don’t believe anyone should live in an abusive situation, I also believe that marriage is sacred and a gift of God.  […]

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Topic Monday: Domestic Violence Series–10 Steps to Planning to Leave a Domestic Violence Situation

Planning to leave an abusive relationship can be very scary.  There are so many questions and so much fear playing on already frayed emotions. So how can you safely prepare to leave? Pray and ask God for wisdom–God helped me out of my situation in a way that only He could accomplish Financial planning—beginning putting small amounts of money aside […]

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Wellness Tuesday: The Effect of Stress

I recently wrote about my visit to the doctor.   There is more to the story I want to share. When I went to see the doctor, I was stressed out.  I was waiting for word on several different decisions that could be life altering.  Waiting through this period was very stressful for me. I thought I was hiding my stress […]

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Topic Monday: Domestic Violence Series–5 Steps to Financial Planning in leaving a Domestic Violence Situation

One important factor that prevents women from leaving a domestic violent situation is finances.  They have no way to provide for themselves and their children and feel they have no option other than to stay.   If possible, begin financially planning your escape as far in advance as possible.  I realize this isn’t always possible, but there are a few […]

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Behind the Hymn Sunday: There Is A Fountain

Have you ever been under so much stress that it caused a mental breakdown? That’s what happened to William Cowper {pronounced Cooper} while preparing for his bar exam. His breakdown was so complete that he was admitted to an insane asylum until he recovered. During his time in the asylum his life was forever changed when he came to know […]

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Book Review: The Widow of Saunders Creek

The Widow of Saunders Creek is another book by Tracey Bateman, author of The Color of the Soul and Freedom of the Soul.        Corrie Saunders is mourning the loss of her Army husband, Jarrod.  She has left her life of privilege to return to the home Jarrod inherited in the Missouri Ozarks.  She hopes by moving back Jarrod will […]

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