Though Your Sins Be as Scarlet

The sun is setting on this March 31st.  This is the view outside my sun-room window. It is cold and the wind is calm. We’ve had a foot of this white stuff the past few days.  This is the first year I can remember not being able to have an outdoor egg hunt on Easter.  […]

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How to Develop a Working Budget

I recently shared how our family started tithing, and even more recently, how God enabled us to begin giving a portion of what is left every month (a total miracle). In order to be responsible with our finances, I learned to look at our monthly financial picture and devise a budget.  It is the only […]

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Growing in the Fruit of Gentleness

When our first son was born, after having 5 girls, it didn’t take long to begin noticing the ways boys and girls are inherently different.  I was amazed by how much bigger his hands were, even as a little baby, and there was a huge difference in strength.  As you can see, big and heavy […]

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Tithing and Hilarious Giving

The first ten years of marriage, my husband and I gave to the church, but we didn’t tithe. Tithing traces back to the Old Testament, when God commanded his people, the Israelites, to give ten percent of what He gave them back to Him.  This tithe provided for the tribe of the Levites who served […]

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The Danger in Comparing

  Our girls have always sung: all over the house, at church, in the store… it shouldn’t have surprised me.  I was the child who clogged through every store my mother took me. I remember our oldest 3 girls singing VBS songs in a grocery store and getting a bit loud, I thought, to serenade […]

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