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Whether it's a snack, lunch, or a light dinner, here you'll find 9 recipes for serving two that are perfectly proportioned and quick to make. 0

Quick Recipes for Serving Two Created for Grace Church

I recently created a series of recipes for serving two to be posted on my church’s blog. If you ever attend a service at Grace Church, you may hear about the Way of Discipleship. It is an intentional, time-bound relationship focused on learning and embracing 11 practices essential to following Jesus Christ. It’s one person walking with another on their journey of learning about these essential practices. Two people. Sometimes, these two people like to eat when they meet together. You’ll find plenty of examples of sharing meals and breaking bread in the Bible. Eating together is a wonderful way to...

7 Ways to Reset Your Happy Button 0

7 Ways to Reset Your Happy Button

Do you ever have a moment when you wish you could just push a happy button to reset yourself? I get into funks. I consider myself a generally optimistic person, but I can get stuck in a funk like it’s my job sometimes. When sadness or anxiety gets a grip on you, it can be hard to break away. Maybe it’s something terrible that’s happened in our lives, or simply negative vibes that have creeped in and settled when we didn’t even realize it. I think we’ve all been there. Some of us have been there for a long time....

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Harness the Power of Kindness to Multiply Happiness in Your Life

I never thought I would be a blogger. The first time it was suggested to me was three years ago. It was suggested by a sales rep for a web development company we were interviewing for a project at the company where I worked. I’m pretty sure I laughed at him and said, “Yeah, that will be down the road for us. A blog isn’t much of a priority for this company right now. We just need to focus on a new website.” To be honest, the thought of trying to manage a blog scared me a little. I didn’t have one clue how...

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5 Reasons I Started Meditating and So Should You

Honesty time. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. They set us up for failure. Every year, it seems people are focused on changing their body physically. I try to focus on fitness throughout the year, but I’ve never really sat down to think about what I need to be doing for myself mentally. As women, we tend to focus on ourselves last which can be downright detrimental to our health. I’m not immune to this taking care of everyone else before I take care of me. It causes me terrible stress and anxiety. When I feel this way I start...

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5 Days that totally changed the course of my life

Looking back on my life, I see quite a few distinct forks in the road that were pivotal milestones. Based on decisions I made or the circumstances that arose during those times, the course of my life was impacted more than I ever knew at that moment in time. It’s like the butterfly effect — one slight move in another direction, and things could have turned out very differently. Early in my adult life, I adopted the mantra that “everything happens the way it does for a reason.” It helped me to understand and remember that in times when I...

Take Stress and Shove it 0

Take Your Stress and Shove It

In 2011, I learned a very important lesson. And as it turned out, it was very timely for me, too. It was the Christmas Eve service at Grace Church—and it happened to be my very first year as a mother. In true form, our senior pastor used a rather provocative example to illustrate a spiritual concept—the concept of what it means to truly trust God. He explained that Mary, as a new mother to baby Jesus, had to trust God’s plan for her child. She knew from the very beginning that her baby boy was eventually going to suffer and...

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Learning to love life again after a crushing blow

It was May 4, 2012, and I woke up with a bit of a nagging worry in my heart. But I really didn’t think for a minute that this particular Friday would turn out to be the worst day of my life. I had planned to take a half day from work that day. My son, Cooper, and I were headed to a friend’s house that afternoon for a girls’ reunion—we had two good friends in town for a long-awaited visit. We were really looking forward to the playdate. The reason for my worry that morning was because my dad...

What I believe about Santa Claus 0

What I believe about Santa Claus

When I was a kid, I was fairly familiar with both Jesus and Santa Claus at Christmas time. Faith was a pretty standard part of our family life. We celebrated Christmas from a Christian perspective, and I can remember how much I loved all of the songs about the savior who was born on Christmas Day. I still do. But I also fully expected Santa Claus to show up every Christmas Eve bearing gifts at grandma’s house like he always did. Santa Claus and I had a bit of a rough start. I have no memory of this story, but...