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The Biggest Mistake of Caregivers

Margaret —  December 19, 2014 — 3 Comments

Margaret and Leif Oines

My husband, Leif, never imagined after a decade of marriage that he’d wake up and find his role had shifted from spouse to caregiver.

In the wake of a difficult diagnosis, he spent long hours driving me to hundreds of doctors’ appointments, watched me endure brutal medical treatments, and took over countless everyday tasks when I could no longer care for myself.

Leif has been my rock through the past painful 15 months. But, as any caregiver understands, it hasn’t come without a price. You’ll catch glimpses of this in the Fight Back With Joy and Bible study releasing January 6. Pre-order your copy today and receive some awesome gifts.

I asked Leif to share a bit of his wisdom: Continue Reading...

Giveaway: 5 Fun Facts About Scouting the Divine to Celebrate the 5th Printing

Sweet Friends,

I am humbled, honored, and downright thrilled to announce that Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey has entered into its 5th printing! To celebrate, I wanted to give a few extra special gifts. Continue Reading...

Need a Boost of Joy? Here's 1 Surefire Trick

The calendar flipped to November in a blink. Seven Saturday’s until Christmas. A handful until Thanksgiving. The to-do lists jog onto two, even three pages. Life’s abuzz with the excitement of the holiday season—a season of joy and gratitude and God’s goodness.

But in the busyness, joy can slip through our fingers. Continue Reading...

5 Creative Ways to Celebrate Halloween

To celebrate Halloween or to ignore it?

That is the question Christian families have been asking themselves for decades. Halloween has become almost impossible to completely ignore due to the media and consumer hype behind the princesses, ghosts, and snack-sized Snickers bars.

The origins of Halloween connect back to the Celtic celebration of Samhain-which marked the end of the harvest.

The harvest festival showed traces of celebrating death and Irish mythology. This holiday has pagan origins. Now, Halloween is a real celebration for followers of the Occult and Wicca. It is no doubt that for that culture-Halloween is a chance to celebrate evil spirits and death.

In the seventh century, Pope Gregory III instituted another holiday in substitution of Halloween: All Saints Day (celebrated on November 1st). Designed as a day to pray for the saints who have already passed, this holiday was created to combat the pagan rituals of Halloween.

Throughout the centuries Christians have tried to find alternatives.

Here are five creative ways to celebrate October 31st:

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Let me introduce you to Sarah. Sarah Francis Martin is a wife, mother, mentor, and author of Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous. She has a passion to ignite this generation to get up off the couch of complacency and do life differently for God’s kingdom. When she is not typing away at her laptop, you can often find Sarah on date nights with her husband, rough housing with her young son, or getting her hands messy with craft paint.

This fall, I've invited a few friends to share what God is teaching them. I hope their words are an encouragement to you as you continue to awaken to the joy and delight that comes with being a child of God.

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by Sarah Francis Martin 

A whole lifestyle of praise. Sounds like a lofty idea, right? I thought so, too.

But after recognizing some captivating benefits of said lifestyle, I’ve come to crave it. I’ve come to depend on it.

Making Jesus famous with every square inch of our lives brings us to a place of benefit. (And some benefits are self serving, because isn’t our God so kind?) The ultimate benefits of a life of praise lie in a renewed sense of the ultimate reality:

Jesus is ever worthy of our praise, even when we don’t feel like praising His name. He is worthy.

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