A Contrite Heart (Honesty Before God)

The song I want to share with you all has become such a precious reminder to me how much it pleases God when we take personal responsibility for our actions and are genuinely heartbroken over our failures.

God loves each one of us – warts and all. His only prerequisite to fellowship is not perfection, but repentance. And repentance is not even promising it won’t happen again. It’s just confessing and being broken over whatever it is that we’ve done.

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Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara

This post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Clinique has some great mascaras and at very fair price points. For a long time, I used their Lash Power mascara. It’s a mascara that wraps tiny tubes around your lashes. It ‘s not difficult to remove, but I would say very different than other mascaras. You splash water on your lashes and gently rub the tubes off with your fingertips.

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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 finances, you may need to entertain an idea that my spouse and I are implementing this year.

If you, like us, find yourself in a downward spiral of spending more than you’re comfortable with or perhaps you’ve even gotten perilously close to having more money going out than coming in, you may need to put the brakes on your spending.

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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 allowed me to miss this popular song.

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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 such as Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan.

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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 we should feel deeply loved by; parents, siblings, and even spouses.

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Reprogramming Our Default Mode

We each think we have the corner on the market regarding truth. I remember hearing a pastor speak years ago about how the church (regardless of our denomination) may hold certain views today as non-negotiables but may have a new set twenty years from now.

Our parents, with a clean conscience, believed certain things and passed those beliefs down to us. Even though we may have gone through a period of our lives where we verbalized complete disagreement with those beliefs, as time passes those same views somehow become our default mode.

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