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The ABCs that Saved My Marriage

With my younger cousin’s wedding and our church’s marriage retreat both falling on this weekend, I’ve thought a lot recently about marriage. I feel that my husband and I have a good marriage, but it’s not by luck or happenstance. We had to work at it just like anything else in life that you want to see succeed. So many…

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Priceless

To tithe or not to tithe? That is the question for many church goers nowadays. The economy is bad, gas priceless fluctuate all the time, and as a parent of young children I know how it feels to hear “$20 dollars for this and $5 for that” every time you turn around! Those of us who grew up in the…

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He Makes All Things New

Every time I hold my newborn daughter, I am reminded of the excitement and miracle involved in something new. Perhaps that is why so many people look forward to New Years and make resolutions for positive changes. But just like my daughter was born in late November, starting over with a clean slate in a certain area doesn’t have to…

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Have You Used Your CHRISTmas Gifts?

Now that Christmas is over, we are left with extra pounds, unplugged lights that need taken down, and tons of gifts. Some gifts we love, some not so much. Some gifts we never use or even open, and others we regift. We even envy the gifts of others. (Why did my sister get those cute, warm pajama pants while I…

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Christmas in (the Heart of) Dixie

Everywhere has certain holiday traditions and events associated with Christmas, and Alabama is no exception. Whether you’re new to the South, just visiting, or live here full time, there is no denying the details that make an Alabama Christmas its own. • No Chance of Snow: Instead of a white Christmas, we usually get stuck with rain and tornado-rate temperatures.…

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Santa Baby

Christmas is coming and two words are heard in every home: Santa Claus. Hopefully “Baby Jesus” is also heard in many homes, but sadly apart from church and individual households, these words are not as advertised as the jolly old dude in red duds. I have never told my three-year-old son “Santa is watching” (though I threaten him with “Jesus…

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Y’all Need Jesus

I honestly don’t see how people get through everyday life without Jesus. If I did not have the grace of God working in my life to give me patience and compassion when needed, I would have a total meltdown or snap on people at least once a week. This is especially true when you throw kids into the mix. Last…

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It’s All in Your Perspective

Thanksgiving was a little different for my family this year. OK, it was a lot different. My sister stopped by and picked up our 3-year-old son to go have lunch at my mom’s house, as we do each year. Then my father-in-law picked him up to have dinner at his mother’s house, as we do each year. My husband and…

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Bringing Generations Together Over the Holidays

One of my favorite holiday memories is helping my mother and grandmother cook for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Before I got married, I would spend the night before each holiday with my mom and do all the little prep work and washing, since they were the real cooks. Now I still like to come by sometime that week and help with…

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Giving Out of Your Abundance

With the holidays now in full swing, everyone is focusing on giving. I personally think giving should be an ongoing attitude that lasts all year, but even the stingiest of people seem to give at the year’s end (even if it’s more for a tax write off than charity). If you’re like me, you might feel guilty every time you…

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