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Take your garden beyond organic this year for abundant produce!

Ppppsssss.  POP! “Yep…. it’s good!” Some of my earliest memories are of listening for those sounds when my mom would open a can of a fruit or vegetable when preparing a meal.  That sound meant the seal was good and the food inside was safe to eat.  I may be biased, but there’s nothing better …

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Three Things About God’s Goodness That Will Shift Your Perspective.

Are you feeling far away from God?  Has life brought you to a dark valley? Trials and hard times in our lives can tempt us to question God’s goodness and even distance ourselves from Him. With so much emphasis on God’s love and prosperity in mainstream Christianity, it’s easy to become discouraged by the trials …

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What You Need to Know to Escape the Cycles of Defeat

It was said that 2020 leveled the playing field and in a lot of ways, it did.  We all were brought back to family as we figured out how to provide for, get along with, and protect those in our care.  For moms, it got real.  All of our lives collided into one and we had to juggle it all simultaneously. Many of us were forced to reevaluate priorities and maybe restructure.  We longed to escape the cycles of defeat we found ourselves facing as we adjusted to our new normal.

How to Enjoy Winter When You’d Rather Be Gardening

January is a beginning in so many ways. The year begins with rest, beauty, and the beginning of unseen growth. It looks like everything has ceased but there’s still plenty of life in the soil.  Life is hiding, just waiting for spring. Enjoying winter as a gardener is quite a treat and a very different experience than enjoying the summer garden. We are able to observe and enjoy rather than being busy tending. Here are 6 ways we can enjoy winter in the garden, even if we’d rather be gardening in the warm sun.

Is the Good News of Great Joy Still Meaningful Today?

The couch cushions gave way as I sunk into them. It was 5:45 AM and I was trying to wake up. The memory of the day before was still heavy on my mind. Teenage angst had blown up with rage and defiance and that sure destroys a mama’s heart.  I used to sing “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength” under my breath 2 hours into bedtime with this same child when he was younger.  After my patience had been exhausted, it was the only thing keeping me sane for those last few minutes. 
Yes, the joy of the Lord is my strength. To make matters worse, this is the season of Joy. How on earth am I supposed to be joyful…

How to Find the Hope of Christmas Despite a Difficult Year

The season of Advent is here bringing with it the hope of Christmas. The familiar wreath with purple and pink candles has appeared in our churches calling us to a meaningful season with the flickering light of the flame. The first week’s advent theme appropriately puts the focus on hope. Hope in the biblical sense means looking ahead and forward to something God is doing. In the Old Testament the Jewish people looked forward to the birth of Christ, His first coming,  and for us New Testament believers it means looking forward to Christ’s returning, His second coming. John Wiley put it so eloquently: