You have so much to do that taking care of yourself might not be your top priority. How do you take care of the whole person, body AND soul?
Since Christmas Eve is just a couple of days away, we thought it would be encouraging to share a few of our favorite Christmas Eve traditions for keeping Christ at the center of Christmas, and even more important, at the center of our lives.
By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer When I was little, we always attended my grandmother’s church on Good Friday. They were Lutheran, and it was a somber, holy service. (Except for the time we sang a hymn with the line “I am but a worm” and we giggled all the way home. Until we were punished…) Anyway, the part I will never get out of my head, as long as I live, was the end of the service. The room would get completely dark, and my uncle would […]
By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer When my son was 18 months old, I put him down for his afternoon nap. Nothing unusual, except he had a bad cold, and was feeling yucky. Thirty minutes later, I heard him wake up, uncomfortable. When I walked into the room, I was shocked at what I saw. He was coughing – not just coughing – gasping through every breath. His ribs and neck muscles were retracting. He was trying to talk, but had to gasp before every couple […]
As we began settling back into our home area last month, we found all sorts of mail and packages that had arrived for us while we were gone. Coming home from being gone a year is fun that way. Like Christmas in February. The contents of four of those packages wound their way into my heart, and onto my bookshelf. They came from sweet, real-life blogging friends. They were their very own books, finally published, there in living color. I held them in my hands […]
By Diana, Contributing Writer Hi! I’m Diana from My Humble Kitchen. I’m a brand new, full-time, stay-at-home mama. I’m just smitten to be able to write that, and I am looking forward to the day when I am able to shake someone’s hand and confidently tell them that my full-time career is home educating my children and serving my family. It was a long road traveled to get here. My husband and I worked on smashing our debt, living simply and, through it all, finding joy […]
By Michele, Contributing Writer From Day 1, fear can be a huge temptation in parenting, although the specific fears may change from season to season. I continually try to remind myself that my children belong to God, and they are in His hands. He created them and placed them into our family for a reason. Meanwhile, God continues to mold me, instill a greater foundation of faith, and refine my own character, too, through this journey of parenting. As I seek to train up my […]
I’d Like to Introduce You to—Yourself YOU are a WEMMICK. Now before you click away thinking I’m off my rocker, let me just say that what I’m about to tell you could change the color of your world, and doesn’t that sound interesting? So let’s get to know yourself, but before we do, let’s talk about where I get this Wemmick thing from. Max Lucado has written a series of books for children that all revolve around these adorable little wooden creatures called Wemmicks. They […]