Pre-Plan for Stress-Free Dinners

How many times have you left work or are running late from appointments or other obligations and realized you had no plan on what to serve your family (or yourself) for dinner?

About that time of day, you’re likely tired and the last thing you want to do is stop by the grocery store to grab ingredients you’ll need for a healthy meal. So, you give up and pick up your family’s meal at a drive through or order pizza.

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Over-Parenting: Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

This is a somewhat uncomfortable subject, but there seems to be a concern these days over parents who “do too much.” The problem of “learned helplessness” has reared its head lately, as children struggle to be independent after having everything done for them. Are you over-parenting? Are you doing too much for your child? How can you tell?

First of all, be easy on yourself. Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty or condemned. Just take a look at your parenting and check out these tips, and make adjustments where you see fit.  And of course, above all, keep safety as the first consideration.

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What You Can Learn From a Family Reunion

Do you know much about the history of your family? If you’ve done any genealogical research, you may know quite a bit. Have you passed that along to your children? Family reunions are often held in the summer. If you’re going to one, take along some paper and a pen – you never know what you can learn from it.

As family members get older, their memories soon begin to fade. When your own family comes, you may be ready to learn something about your family history. Include your children in your discussions with older members of the family. They may have a different perspective of what’s important to learn than you have.

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What is Meant by Hinds’ Feet in the Bible?

Habakkuk 3:19 King James Version (KJV)

The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

I love to take a Bible verse and “dissect” it, or as Dr. David Jeremiah would say, “unpack” it.  It’s amazing how much wisdom is in one single verse.  There are layers of meaning in many Bible verses and they are exciting to discover!  I researched what was meant by “hinds’ feet,” and found some excellent descriptions.  The websites that these came from are linked under them for further reading.

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Attract Butterflies to Your Yard

Did you know that in the United States alone there are 750 different types of butterflies? And globally there are about 17,500 species of butterflies. It’s amazing how many butterflies exist and you’ve probably never seen them. By adding a few butterfly-friendly plants to your landscape and making your yard appealing to butterflies, you may be able to experience nature at a whole different level.  Here are some suggestions on how to attract butterflies to your yard.

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Quick and Easy Scrapbook Layouts

One of the best things about scrapbooking as a hobby is that you can take as little or as much time as you like. On those days when you have plenty of time, you can while away the hours creating your scrapbook masterpieces. However, when you don’t have as much time to spend, you can still create quick and easy scrapbook layouts you can be proud of.

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4 Tips to Spruce Up for Less

(StatePoint) If you’re looking to make a big change around the house, tidying up can make all the difference.  (sponsored post)

Spruce up your life — from your wardrobe to home décor – with these tips from the discount experts at Dollar General.

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Are You in a Wilderness in Your Life Right Now?

For the past several months, at least, my life has been undergoing major changes.  I was telling my husband that I felt like I was lost in a wilderness.  God, in His love and goodness, knew how I felt.  Last night, I was listening to one of my favorite authors, Stormie Omartian, on Youtube.  It was as if she was speaking directly to me about this.  Of course the Lord knew what I needed to hear and it was no coincidence that I happened to land on this particular video of hers.

She said this, [pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”A lot of times we’re in a place where we think we’re in the wilderness.  And maybe we are.  But if the wilderness is where God wants you, that’s where He is going to bless you. We forfeit so many of God’s blessings by not being where He wants us to be and doing what He wants us to do.” [/pullquote]

If you would like to listen to the complete video, here is the link:

I made a sheet of bookmarks with her quote so I could be reminded.  They are free printables if you’d like to have them too.  Just click on the image below.


Free Printable Scrapbook Tags – Butterfly Weed

This is a set of eight printable scrapbook tags. The size is 2″ by 3.5″. You can make as many copies as you wish and share them as long as credit is intact. They are for personal use only. Just click on the image to enlarge, copy, and print.

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Bible Study Form – Free Printable


As I was having my Bible study this evening, I was reminded of the acronym that Rick Warren uses called SPACEPETS.    It stands for:

S – Sin to confess

P – Promise to claim

A – Attitude to change

C – Command to obey

E – Example to follow

P – Prayer to Pray

E – Error to avoid

T – Truth to believe

S – Something for which to praise God

I made myself a printable, and I wanted to pass it along to you.  I changed it a little, adding a couple more items, which were “attributes of God” and “something for which to thank God.”  Please feel free to use this if you would like for your personal Bible study or for a group or class study.

Click here for the free printable

An Organized Home Can Mean a Happier Family

Experts agree that clutter is costly. It’s costly not only in the amount of time it takes us to find the things we need, but also in hurt feelings among family members who don’t like clutter. They may want to entertain but feel they can’t because your house is too cluttered. When you remove the clutter you’ll have an organized home and a happy family, and you’ll enjoy your home much more.

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6 Major Reasons People Procrastinate

Do you procrastinate? Are you constantly putting things off, even when you know accomplishing them is the best thing to do? If so, you are certainly not alone. Everyone procrastinates or shirks responsibility at some time or other. The problem is that chronic procrastination can damage your health, ruin you financially, and create a rash of mental and emotional problems.

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