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    Tall and Courageous

    Stand tall and be courageous.   That’s a mighty tall order for a generation of believers living in an increasingly wicked world. But yet, the counsel still stands:   Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid.  (Joshua 1:9)   **This post may contain affiliate links. Read more about my disclosures here. Some time ago, our family was reading from the book “The Borrowers” when we were struck by the following words: “…my brother said that, underneath, he thought they were frightened. It was because they were frightened, he thought, that they had grown so small. Each generation had become smaller and smaller, and more and more hidden.” (p. 9)   Our generation has been called to be the…

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    Enjoy The Little Things

    Happy.   It’s a word we each hope will describe our life. Fortunately, happiness is within the reach of each one of us if we’ll but take hold of it and refuse to let it go, regardless of our current circumstances. I recall a time many years ago when I was going through a difficult time. Periodically, I’d call my mom to discuss with her my current set of challenges and express how unfairly life was treating me. She would listen patiently and then ask the question she always asked,   “Have you served anyone lately?“   I knew she was right, that serving someone else and focusing on their needs rather than my own would bring me closer to…

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    Books That Inspire A Generous Heart

    A generous heart is not an easy thing to create in a world so filled with entitlement.   Take me for example. It seems I’m reminded of things I want or “need” at every turn by friends, television, social media, the “Jones” next door. Clothes, toys, entertainment, comfort food—I’ve always got something on my wish list, something I “can’t live without”.   This entitlement attitude of mine has turned into a problem in our home, a problem that is multiplying rapidly, for no matter how often I ask my children to do what I SAY rather than what I DO, they just won’t listen. Why is this? Why on earth is it that my children always end up doing what…

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    How To Throw A Poetry Tea Party {Three Easy Steps}

    Perhaps you’ve already heard, but Poetry Tea Parties are all the rage! We don’t have them as often as I would like to in our home, but that seems to make them all the more special in the eyes of my children. Fortunately, when I do decide to have them, they are a cinch to put together.   Three Easy Steps to Throwing a Poetry Tea Party: Make some tea (or lemonade, fruit juice, hot cocoa) and pour it into some special cups (teacups, small glass cups–anything you don’t use on a daily basis) Provide a simple snack (for instance, cookies or crackers or fresh fruit Grab a poetry book and start reading for 10-15 minutes (borrow a book from…