A Year of No Spending

This month I have written about the importance of meal planning to reduce your food budget, buying groceries online to curb impulse buying, and also how to save money by forgoing a gym membership and exercising at home. If after doing all the cost-cutting measures you can think of, you’re still not happy about your … Continue reading A Year of No Spending

Getting Healthy and Saving Money

Happy New Year! I think we can all imagine what it would take to get healthier or what we would need to do to put the breaks on spending money but combine those two goals and we're apt to throw our hands up and give up before even starting. Getting healthy and saving money seems like … Continue reading Getting Healthy and Saving Money

Perseverance

Sometime during this past week, a song entitled "Overnight" performed by musician Amy Grant showed up on my YouTube recommended videos. I had never heard this song before. "Overnight" is from the CD "Somewhere Down The Road" by Amy Grant from 2010. I started wondering what was going on in my life in 2010 that … Continue reading Perseverance

Your Legacy, Curse or Blessing?

The following are the words of a beautiful song by Sara Groves. Her songs speak to me in such a powerful way - I hope they might for you as well. I have the highlighted chorus written on a card that I keep within view to remind me of how my actions and attitude can … Continue reading Your Legacy, Curse or Blessing?

What is “Real Food” Anyway?!

"Real Food" is the newer way to describe what we boomers commonly referred to as "Whole Foods." The change was perhaps needed to differentiate between a philosophy of food consumption and the natural grocer, "Whole Foods™." What is confusing to me, and I believe others, is that there are many definitions of the term "Real Food" and include restrictive diets … Continue reading What is “Real Food” Anyway?!

Rainbows

As a child growing up, my parents would always call us to the window or even outside to see rainbows. There is something so magical and captivating about them. If you are a believer in God or a follower of Christ rainbows are significant. After the flood, as recorded in the book of Genesis, God … Continue reading Rainbows

On Becoming Wise

In Proverbs (24:3), King Solomon wrote: "Through wisdom, a house is built, and through understanding, it is established." Making wise decisions as a married couple is an essential component in allowing your home to be life-giving and not draining. It is so incredibly important that both spouses, individually and together, make every effort to do … Continue reading On Becoming Wise

“The Books”

My husband and I have moved 20 times in 32 years of marriage. To say that our grown children or we have struggled to call any place "home" is an understatement. For those of you who have frequently moved as a family, you understand what I'm saying. When my boys were young, and finances were … Continue reading “The Books”

Doing Great Harm

I recently saw this quote on Pinterest- "One doesn't have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient". (Charles M. Blow, journalist) Have you experienced a significant relationship with someone who lacked empathy and made little effort to understand you? This can happen, even with those … Continue reading Doing Great Harm

Evolving

Have you ever heard someone say, "I'm not going to change!"? I certainly have and may have said that statement myself, on occasion. I've been thinking about the possibility of someone never changing. Throughout our lives, we keep evolving as we experience life. The only way to avoid change would be stubbornness or intellectual laziness. … Continue reading Evolving