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

Distracted by the Details | Hospitality vs Entertaining

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The scripture about Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 has always troubled me. It goes like this: “Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his… Read More

Christmas in West Kootenai | An Amish Second Christmas

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In An Amish Second Christmas (released yesterday!!), I was one of four authors who was able to share a unique story about Second Christmas. What is Second Christmas? The Amish Christmas is a simple holiday. Families spend time together, but usually only the children receive presents. (One small present per child.) They do not decorate their… Read More

Amish Hospitality | A Special Trip to Amish Country

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Amish Hospitality Recently I was able to make a quick trip to Pennsylvania to see my Amish friend Ruth (fictional name to protect her privacy). I first met Ruth when I was researching A Gift of Grace, the first in my Kauffman Amish Bakery Series. Ruth lives on a dairy farm and has seven children…. Read More

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