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Winter Date Ideas for Couples

The dreary, gray days of winter is a great time to up the date nights and keep the flame alive in your relationship.

Here are some great ideas for winter dates....

Setting Goals for a Good Year of Marriage

Resolutions are rarely kept past 30 days, but goals can be life changing. More than good intentions, goals help you put in place concrete steps to create a different life, and a different kind of love. So as a couple, take some time to dream together!

10 Ways to Pray Bigger Prayers in the New Year

If one of your resolutions for the new year is to become a person of prayer, here are some prayer topics that hopefully will stir you to speak with God in deep and profound ways.  

Look to the New Year with Hope for Your Future

This time of year can be hard. It seems all the fun has passed and there is nothing to look forward to. As tempting as it may be, don't let the blues settle in. Fight back! Then look forward!

The Day After Christmas....Now What?

For you, is Christmas about feelings of expectation and euphoria, followed by feelings of disappointment and despair right afterward?  Or is there something more to be gained from the passing of Christmas Day?

7 Reasons Our Attempts at Quiet Time Fail, and What to do About It

Before restarting in NEXT year, perhaps it would be good to do a brief assessment about why our intentions didn’t quite meet reality in LAST year. Here are seven reasons our attempts at having a quiet time can fail — with a few tips on what you can do about it.

Busy Moms and the Holidays: How Do They Do it All?

For me, one of the most challenging and busies times of the year is the holiday season. It is when I discover my overcommitted schedule and endless obligations have created a very underwhelmed soul.

How do busy moms do it all so seamlessly?

For the Busy Mom: A Special Invitation This Holiday Season

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and everywhere I turn there's a tide rising of commotion, preparation, and pinning. It's enough to make my head spin.

But in the midst of it all, I feel a gentle tug at my heart.

"Come to Me..."

 

10 Ways to Grow Spiritually in The New Year

I make a plan every January to ensure I don't end the year in the same place, spiritually, as I was when the year started

New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work: Make a Health Plan

The holiday season’s air is thick with New Year's resolutions; well intended, but far more likely to fail than succeed. So let’s re-frame those good intentions and agree that any time of year is a great time to make changes that improve your health and life.

Light Bites for Healthier Holidays

For all the holiday get-togethers you're planning, it can be to fix something nutritious as well as delicious.  

Here are some excellent ideas to serve to family and friends that will please the pallet and feed the body. 

Manage Grief with Grace This Holiday Season

Holidays are filled with traditions, but when someone you used to share those moments with has died, managing grief during the holiday season can be extremely hard.  Here are some ways to navigate this time - for a friend, a family member, or for yourself. 

Managing The Cost of Christmas Present

What impact on your finances does Christmas make? You'll be surprised to see!

How to Find Peace in the Midst of Holiday Chaos

During the Christmas rush, our homes are far from silent, calm, still, or peaceful. The holiday momentum builds the day after Thanksgiving; the house is noisy, busy, hustling, bustling, and brimming over with activity and stress to the point of near exhaustion.

There is a solution! We can intentionally cut the Christmas chaos this year. The five steps to doing so spell the word PEACE....

How to Lose Weight with Mindfulness

What if I told you that the best weight-loss plan doesn’t cost a dime? It doesn’t involve a new fad, it doesn’t involve you giving up your favorite foods, it doesn’t make you count points or read labels, and it doesn’t involve meetings or expensive, frozen pre-made meals that taste like chalk. It’s true!  Here's how....

5 Tips for Staying on Track in the New Year

While many people often wish maintaining good health was as easy as following an owner's manual, health doesn’t have a start or end date. Once the allure of the new year wears off, it can be easy to let those resolutions go by the wayside. To help stay on track, consider these easy-to-implement ideas....

A One-Word Resolution

Dennis' goal for the year was to pick a single word, just one, and let that word come alive in his life over a twelve-month period. His challenge for me was to do the same thing, to try out a word of my own. 

3 Relationship Tips to Help You Survive the Holidays

Unique personalities, unusual circumstances, and unexpected issues can turn even the most anticipated holiday gatherings into a time of stress and exhaustion.

This Holiday Season, let’s do more than just “survive.” Let’s purpose to enjoy every single moment. It can done! I know I’m determined to make it happen and I hope these tips will encourage you as well...

How to Get Your Kids Fit with Christ this New Year

Kids today are bombarded by information. They are more likely to seek out answers to their questions on the internet or their friends, than ask their parents. 

I want my kids to be thinking about God in their every day lives...

Top 10 Holiday Relationship Tips

Let’s toss out the glossy trappings of the magazine spreads and follow God’s example of making sending love the core of the holiday!  Here are some important relationship principles using the letters of C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S.! to help you...

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