The Inward Call to the Simpler Life | Martha Artyomenko

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Amish fiction. Jane Austen. The call of the past and the promise of a simpler life draws many of us. Those of us that spend our days surrounded by cell phones, computers, and the latest technological gizmo often think we would love something more or maybe I should say, something less. The draw of the… Read More

Stress . . . Line One

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Is stress calling for you? Stress is defined as “pressure or tension exerted on a material object” or, “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” I reckon we all can relate to having a demanding situation that has faced us. Whether a big situation or small… Read More

When I’m Squeezed, a Little Bit of Amy Oozes Out

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I got squeezed, and it wasn’t pretty. My feelings were hurt and my feathers were ruffled; I was offended and angry. Hateful words of retaliation and blame oozed from my lips. Resentment seeped from every pore, and bitterness slimed the rest of my day. Ugh. When life gives me a good, hard squeeze, all the… Read More

The Importance of Rest: Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Women’s Retreat

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“Come ye . . . apart . . . and rest awhile.” Mark 6:31 I’ve just returned from spending the weekend with more than 100 Mennonite women. What a lovely time we had at the Amigo Centre, a Mennonite camp and retreat center near Sturgis, Michigan. As the speaker for the event, working with the… Read More

Ways I Fuel My Creativity

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Ways I Fuel My Creativity I’m an author of a lot of books and a lot of blogs— 40+ and 3,000+ respectfully! I write a lot. I plot a lot, but one of my biggest weaknesses is in taking time to consider how to fuel my soul. There’s a lot outbound and if I’m not careful I get… Read More

Chasing the Blues

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Autumn is my favorite season. I love cuddling up in warm clothes. I like the heavy stew of flavors that the harvest brings. But I also know there are times when this season can be depressing. Do the Amish get depressed? Of course they do! We are all prone to the blues sometimes. I am… Read More

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