Amish Baptism Classes

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One of the best things about writing is the research I get to do. The internet makes this super easy in most cases, but it can still be a challenge. Still it’s fun to learn new things as I craft my stories. So when I run into a situation when I need more info, I pull up… Read More

Christmas in July

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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”- Buddy the Elf I think we can all agree with Buddy, right? I am going to spread some Christmas cheer this July because I really love the movie Elf, and I also wanted a reason to post some pretty pictures. Hold… Read More

Friendly Mail

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I have a love affair with mail. One year I kept track, and what started out as a Lenten discipline of writing one friendly letter a day turned into a year of sending over 500 pieces of friendly mail to family and friends. I love seeing a handwritten address in my stack of mail! This… Read More

I’m Too Busy to Be Too Busy for God

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I’m busy, busy—dreadfully busy. . .  Most of us are busy, even the Amish. Personally, I’m grateful to be busy putting loads of store-bought clothes in my front-loading washer instead of hand-washing handmade frocks that hang on the line. But there’s something different about the intentionality and pace of their lifestyle and the hectic, hurried… Read More

Swartzentruber Amish | Karen Johnson-Weiner

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I was asked once to talk about the Amish to members of a local church, and, as I debated how to help them make sense of what Don Kraybill has called “the Riddle of Amish Culture”[i], the answer hit me. The Amish don’t study their religion, read learned texts, or debate biblical scholarship. Theirs is… Read More

How to Organize Your Priorities and Keep God First

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It’s a simple thing, really, yet I have to admit it’s the #2 thing that makes me productive. It’s writing things down, five things a day. They are the top five things that I’d like to achieve in a day. If possible I put the hardest thing first. Once that’s out of the way then… Read More

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