Book Review: The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury

The Family of Jesus is a new endeavor for popular Christian novelist, Karen Kingsbury. This is her first Bible study and historical work.  I had no idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised.  I wasn’t sure about the fictionalized account and appreciated the letter Kingsbury included at the beginning sharing this was her interpretation.  She did a beautiful job […]

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Book Review: Hold Up the Sky

I love stories about strong women.  Even more so, I enjoy stories that show the journeys of these women from heartache and pain to joy and victory.  I often find myself relating to these stories and saying “you go girl!” Hold Up the Sky by Patricia Sprinkle is just such a book. Four women each end up at a nearby […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! Mothers and Daughters often have a very interesting relationship.  There are times when the relationship seems like a love/hate affair.  I know when I was younger I didn’t believe my mother knew anything.  Now I find that she is one of the first people I turn to when I need to discuss things.  We still have our […]

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Book Review: Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

Are you the prodigal child?  Are you the parent of a prodigal?  Have you struggled with belonging and acceptance? Bridge to Haven shares all of these themes and much more. Pastor Ezekiel Freeman heart is stolen by the wailing newborn he finds abandoned under a bridge one night.  Abra is a special child and deeply loved by many, but she […]

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Book Review: Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury just released her second novel in the Angels Walking series.  I am looking forward to reading Chasing Sunsets after reading the premiere book in the series. I love Karen Kingsbury’s older books, but had grown disillusioned with some of her more recent novels.  With Angels Walking, she is back at the top of her game. Angels Walking is […]

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Movie Review: Do You Believe?

Do you ever wonder how God is designing His tapestry?  Life can be a mess at times and we wonder if anything matters. Do you believe is a story of a dozen different souls – all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in […]

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Book Review: Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson

Steadfast Heart is the first novel in Tracie Peterson’s new Brides of Seattle series. Kolbein Booth arrives in Seattle, by way of Chicago, looking for his sister.  He believes she may be a student at the Madison Bridal School.  Demanding to see his sister, she is not there.  However, he meets Lenore Fulcher, who believes marriage should be built on […]

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Wellness Tuesday: 9 More Options to Fries

              I shared my struggle with finding healthy options to french fries.  I came up with a few more alternatives. Baked apple chips Squash chips Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon chips Eggplant Chips Spinach chips Baked pickles—I love pickles but I’m not sure about this one.  Again, I’ll try it once. Shamrock chips Baked Polenta […]

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Behind the Hymn Sunday: The Old Rugged Cross

The Old Rugged Cross is often requested during hymn sings. The message seems to be one that everyone can cling onto. Three different sites claim to be the home of this well loved hymn. The hymn was written by George Barnard, a minister ordained by the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Bernard began his ministry in the Salvation Army. While going […]

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Wellness Tuesday: 9 Additional Snack Options

        I’ve been sharing health snack options and healthier choices to choose from.  I’ve come up with a few more I want to share. Granola bar Carrots and hummus Cantaloupe Cranberries and Peanuts  {1 Tbsp each} Strawberries and whip cream ½ Cup Frozen Yogurt 5 Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Kisses Pretzels Crackers and Cheese What do you enjoy […]

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Behind the Hymn Sunday: How Firm A Foundation

How Firm A Foundation was published in 1787 by John Rippon. When it appeared in Rippon’s ‘A Selection of Hymns,’ it was signed simply “K”. All efforts to identify this mysterious “K”, have been fruitless; and the mystery remains to this day. Some reprints show the author was Kenne. Dr. Rippon’s musical director was R. Keene and it’s believed he […]

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Profile of a Hymn Composer: Fanny Crosby

Frances Jane Crosby was born on March 24, 1820 in Brewster, New York. She is best known as Fanny. At the age of six weeks, Fanny caught a cold that caused inflammation in her eyes. Mustard poultices were applied to treat the inflammation, damaging her optic nerves and blinding her. Her father died the same year she was born and […]

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Behind the Hymn Sunday: To God Be the Glory

  To God Be the Glory was written by Fanny Crosby around 1875. She originally titled the hymn “Praise for Redemption.” William Doane composed the music to go with Fanny Crosby’s lyrics. The hymn first appeared in the Brightest and Best Hymnal, which was compiled by William Doane and Robert Lowry in 1875. The song was not much a big […]

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Wellness Tuesday: 12 More Healthy Snack Options

        I discussed some healthy snack options a few weeks ago, but what are some other healthy snack options we can choose from?   I find that I need variety and don’t want to eat the same foods all the time. Apples Cherry tomatoes with goat cheese Chocolate Drizzled Fruit Kebobs Cinnamon Nut Oatmeal Boiled or steamed soybeans […]

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Behind the Christmas Hymn: Joy to the World

Joy to the World is a paraphrase of the Psalm 98. Originally the Christmas Carol was titled “The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom” and first appeared in Watt’s 1719 “Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament” hymnal. The music is believed to be adapted from parts of Handel’s Messiah by Lowell Mason. “And heaven and nature sing” […]

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Domestic Violence Series: Special Edition–Resources for You

In closing this series, I want to provide some resources for you!   National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) www.dvasc.org   Domestic Violence Assistance www.ndvh.org   National Domestic Violence Website www.health-first.org   List signs of abusive relationship http://www.thehotline.org/ www.bwjp.org   Battered Women’s Justice Project www.endabuse.org   National Health Center on Domestic Violence www.ncjfcj.org/dept/fvd   Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Child Protection and Custody   In South […]

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