Delayed Gratification

It’s spring and my mailbox is filled with catalogs offering warm-weather clothing, kitchen accessories, outdoor furniture, seeds, gardening supplies and farm equipment, among a multitude of other offerings. There’s a slight lull in January and February, but by March and April the barrage of slick advertisements is coming on strong, drawing buyers into pages filled […]

Six Steps to Intentional Marriage

Corporations and organizations spend time and money on developing strategic planning processes. After all, if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you get there? It seems only logical to do it for the most important institution of all—marriage. Early in our marriage, my husband and I started a tradition we keep every year […]

A Time for Everything

“There is a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4 A season of mourning used to be practiced in our country as a time set aside for people to show the signs of grief outwardly. Most of us are only able to picture […]

Keeping it simple: Money matters and words from the heart

Keeping it simple: Money matters and words from the heart Many years ago, I went through a Compass Financial Ministries small group study. There are many good resources out there on how to manage your money according to Biblical principles, but Compass helped me understand the “why?” One of the lessons was on how we […]

21 Days of Favorite Family Recipes | Day 12 – Chess Pie

Chess Pie is southern specialty made with simple ingredients most of us have on hand in the pantry these days, but sugar is one staple that wasn’t always so available. In fact, it was quite a rarity in the late 1700s and early 1800s. If you were fortunate to have it, the sugar was kept […]

Stretching the Summer Garden

The autumn leaves are in full color, the walnuts and hickory nuts are on the ground, and the first light frost has nipped at the plant leaves in my garden. It is a beautiful time, I tell myself, but nevertheless this season brings me a tinge of sadness. The abundant produce of the summer vegetables […]

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