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Making the Most of Your Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017 As a kid, my Thanksgiving holiday started with watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV before getting together with family and relatives for a glorious, homecooked dinner. While my mom prepared all the traditional foods in the kitchen, my sisters Amy, Mary, and I would swipe baby pickles and black olives…

Delighting God by Finding Joy in Daily Life

November 13, 2017 I’m a summer girl. Put me on a boat while I soak up the warm Vitamin D and the smell of sunscreen, and that’s my happy place. But each time fall rolls around, I wonder if this summer girl is truly an autumn. I love knit sweaters, fires in the hearth, and…

Feeling the Burden of Responsibility for Our Words

November 6, 2017 Words matter. We know this. We all know that sticks and stones break bones, and that words DO hurt. But do we honestly treat them like they do? I feel like we may have moved into a place where we don’t feel the burden of responsibility for the words that exit our…

Reforming Tradition: Back to the Fundamentals

October 30, 2017 Tradition! I like tradition. I find comfort in the routine and joy in the celebration. I like singing “Take Me out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch, baking gingerbread cookies at Christmas, and indulging in a Ben & Jerry’s mint chocolate chip milkshake before taking off from Chicago’s Midway Airport….

How to Win Hearts and Influence People for Christ

October 23, 2017 We live in a world that’s hurting for Jesus. They just don’t know it. And some of them never will. Recently a coworker shared with me about coming across the reality TV show Teen Moms while channel surfing one night. What he saw hurt his heart. These teenage moms lived in a…