Author Archives: Brenda

Not My Will: Finding Peace with Things You Can’t Change

Many Christians don’t like to talk about things that are unchangeable. We’re positive people, ever optimistic about the future. But if we are honest, some of us wrestle with things we can’t change but wish we could. How do we … Continue reading

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An Exercise for Studying Jesus’ Inferred Prayers

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An Easter Egg Activity

When my husband and I wanted our young sons to know what Easter was really about, we brainstormed about what symbols we could put in some plastic Easter eggs. I had read a small article in Evangelizing Today’s Child magazine … Continue reading

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Holiday Living: Using Year-round Celebrations to Build Faith and Family

Consciously or unconsciously, we peg our lives around holidays. They are a part of the rhythm of life. We can make the most of these holidays by turning them into holy days, with an emphasis on God, on what pleases … Continue reading

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Unwrapping Martha’s Joy: Creating a Mary Christmas in Your Heart and Home

My friends say with a name like Poinsett (almost a flower!), I’m a natural for celebrating Christmas, and indeed I am. I love to have people in my home to celebrate Jesus’ birth, but this is not to say, I … Continue reading

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Study Guide for Reaching Heaven

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An International Christmas

  I have an  international family, and we’re having  an international Christmas celebration. On Christmas Eve we’re having an African meal in honor of Ben’s son Christophe who was born in Chad. We’ll have a Japanese meal on Christmas Day (son … Continue reading

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Make Christmas Merry – for Less Money

Creative gift wrap Recycle gift wrap and gift bags. If gift wrap is wrinkled, iron it. For gifts within the family, I’ve used The Wall Street Journal financial pages—the black and white print looks great with a red or green … Continue reading

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Tips for Simplifying Christmas

Decide what’s most important Make a list of what your family does to celebrate Christmas. Ask family members which preparations and events are meaningful to them. Arrange list items in order of importance and ask them to consider eliminating those … Continue reading

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The Friendship Factor: Why Women Need Other Women

If a woman wants to understand herself better, or understand other women, if she wants to relate to them, minister to them and with them—and receive from them!—then she’ll want to understand the power of conversation in women’s lives which … Continue reading

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