How the Smallest Acts of Kindness Can Change a Life

I’m an early riser. When I wake, it’s usually dark. I like to lie there, listening to my husband breathe, and let my mind wander for 10 -15 minutes. I reflect on people, situations, and memories, and I pray. This morning two memories came up: In 2009 my daughter spent a semester in Maastricht, in The Netherlands. It was part of a study abroad program through Baylor University.   Besides...
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How My Community Helped Me Forgive

    “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.” ~Louis Smedes   For years I had been consumed with venom towards a special enemy. To protect the person involved I won’t go into the specific details. Our family had been generous to a woman, Jane, who was going through a hard time. After a long period it began to feel like our generosity was being...
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What Are Your Friendship Expectations?

I financially support  New Life Ministries so they mail me a CD every month. I love those CDs because they contain a variety of callers and Godly, psychologically based speakers. This month’s CD featured Dr. John Townsend of the mega-bestselling Boundaries books.   He said some people just fall into relationships without ever asking what they need from a relationship. They get married or...
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A Few of My Favorite Things – Christmas Ideas for Men

Yesterday I shared a few of my favorite Christmas gift ideas for women. Today I’ll add some ideas for men.   I saw these on FOX News the other day. Man Crates are boxes filled with high quality items of your choosing. Many of the crates get four or five stars reviews. You pick items related to food, beer, grilling, etc. The best part of this gift is watching your man use the crowbar to...
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A Few of My Favorite Things – Christmas Ideas for Women

In July, I asked my Facebook friends if they had one album they could play one thousand times what would it be? For me it would be Brandi Carlile’s Bear Creek. My friend Kim Hill, herself an incredible musician recommended The Highway by Holly Williams (daughter of Hank Williams Jr).  I got the album and she was right! A few months later I even got to meet Holly and her famous Nashville...
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A Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Thanks for coming here friend,   Just a reminder that Thanksgiving is about thanking God, and being with friends and family.   Here are my top three tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving.     1. Print out the FlyLady’s PDF. She shares traditional recipes and even gives you the recipes and day by day, hour by hour timeline. I used this every year.   2. Read Shauna...
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