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How to Grow Closer in the Most Important Relationship

What is the most important relationship in your life? If it is God, do you want to learn how to quit wishing for a closer connection and get one?

What is the most important relationship in your life? If it is God, do you want to learn how to quit wishing for a stronger connection and get one? As Christians, our heart’s desire is to draw closer to him every day, but we find when we look back many times we have hit a plateau where we have quit growing. But before you get all down on yourself or praising yourself for where you are – remember growing closer...

When Holiday Traditions Hurt to the Core

Do you love the sweet rituals that the holidays bring but what happens when you find yourself in a place where the holiday traditions hurt?

Maybe you are a little bit like me, and planning for the holidays and creating lasting traditions is just who you are. Do you love the sweet rituals that the holidays bring but what happens when you find yourself in a place where the holiday traditions hurt? Maybe circumstances have made the traditions impossible, or someone is missing from the celebrations. Traditions once loved can now feel unbearable to carry on. Back in 2008, my heart ached at every step...

What to Do When You Want to Skip Christmas

I am already exhausted just thinking about it. Is anyone else caught up  in that place where you are asking – “Can we please just skip Christmas?”

Christmas will be here before we know it. It is exhausting just thinking about it. Is anyone else caught up  in that place where you are asking – “Can we please just skip Christmas?” As I sit here organizing my long Christmas to-do list, gifts to buy and people to see, I am wondering how on earth I can add more to my already overtaxed schedule. As I get down to the 99th item, I realize only – One thing...

When You Know Holidays Will Be a Struggle

Does the mere mention of the upcoming holidays cause you to gasp for air, sweat profusely, or wish the season was over before it begins? Maybe you know up front the holidays are going to be a struggle; which makes it hard to look forward to them. However, understanding what helps can make a world of difference. What is your biggest struggle or challenge of the season? Skip the pat answers and go deep. The difficulty will be unique to...

Do You Have An “Attitude Of Gratitude?”

Do you ever have that morning where you wake up, and life just stinks? The last thing on your mind is an “attitude of gratitude.”

Do you ever have a morning where you wake up, and life just stinks? The last thing on your mind is an “attitude of gratitude.” In your mind, you ponder how life is unfair, or how you got the short end of the stick. It can be a dangerous place to reside for too long. In the blink of an eye, life’s negativity can overpower us, especially if we are in the midst of unwanted circumstances. When that happens to...

Why Grateful People Are Happy People: Guest Post by Wendy de Jong

Do you ever wonder why grateful people are happy people? Well, you are in for a treat today as my friend Wendy de Jong who blogs at “The Gratfulist“ shares with us some nuggets of truth about gratitude.  I love the tools she leaves us with to start a gratitude practice. She continually inspires me with her words to want to live a life that starts with being thankful. ...