The Women Living Well Book Club – Chapter 8 {Banishing Bitterness}

who we are at home is who we really are (1) (2)

Let’s Discuss Chapter 8 Today I want to share some thoughts with you from Elisabeth Elliot’s book titled “Let Me Be a Woman”. Elisabeth writes: Who is it you marry?  You marry a sinner. There’s nobody else to marry.  That ought to be obvious enough but when you love a man as you love yours it’s easy to forget.  You forget it for a while and then when something happens that ought to remind you, you find yourself wondering what’s the matter, how could this happen, where did things go wrong? They went wrong back in the Garden of Eden. […]

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Discontent Americans


   “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” ~ I Timothy 6:6  This quote below is one I’ve saved because it reminds me of how easily we can grow discontent and unaware of the amazing lives we have been given by God in America.  A few of the stats are now off since it’s from 2006 but the message is one we still need to be reminded of. ~written by Craig R. […]

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My Meeting with Kylie Bisutti, Former Victoria Secret Model


Tuesday Morning Kylie Bisutti, former Victoria Secret Model, was in New York City on Fox and Friends doing this.  And Tuesday evening she was in Ohio at a Starbucks, doing this!!! Kylie graciously gave of her time, to share her story with me and my 2 friends – Diana and Clare (Peak 313). We chatted for nearly 2 hours and I wish I could share every last detail with you – but it was not an interview (although my rapid fire questions may have felt like it was to her lol!!! This girl is fascinating!). It was truly just a casual meeting […]

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Creativity and Contentment – Making Your Home a Haven

joy's family

Today we have a guest!  She is one of my favorite bloggers and she recently took a one year break from blogging and now she’s back with a brand new blog name (Grace Full Mama)  AND she’s going to be speaking at Relevant with me – which means I will see her in 2 short weeks!!  Hooray!    Joy is the wife to a missionary pilot and they, along with their five kids, live in Indonesia.  Joy is a proud wife, blessed mommy, runner, homeschooler, reader, thinker, home-maker, lover of nature, and most of all, an undeserving recipient of amazing grace, […]

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How To Deal With Disappointment in Marriage

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Anonymous wrote: “For the marriage series, could you cover disappointment? Going into a marriage thinking you are on the same page spiritually, but you find out after that you’re not, and not knowing before the “I do’s” that there would be such an issue with laziness? Resentment sets in, and years get lost while hoping and praying for your husband to be the spiritual leader and provider that you thought he was going to be? It affects every aspect of the relationship, and it’s hard to reconcile your life and dreams with reality, especially as time passes so quickly.” Another […]

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Thriving In A Spiritually Mismatched Marriage

Images from Tammy Labuda Photgraphy Deanna, answered: An unequally yoked marriage is a difficult path to walk. But I want to encourage you by saying that one can have a happy, fulfilling marriage with an unbelieving husband. You do not just have to survive your spiritually mismatched marriage, but you can actually thrive in the midst of it. On November 14th, I (Deanna) celebrated 28 years of marriage with my beloved unbeliever. God has had to do a mighty work in my heart and I have come to know my Lord and Savior intimately as God has taught me how […]

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My Battles With Loneliness

After posting the picture of my Good Morning Girls Group, I received a few comments and emails from sisters in Christ who are lonely and long for Christian friendships. My heart broke, as I can recall the seasons in life where I was caught in the dark cloud of loneliness. I remember weekends in college in Chicago, when most of the girls either went home or out on dates with their boyfriends – I was homesick. I would sit in my dorm room alone eating popcorn and listening to George Winston’s Pachabel’s Canon play on repeat for hours(I still do […]

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Do Not Be Courtney

(This post is basically a disclaimer…the next time someone thinks that I am trying to make cookie cutter marriages, or parenting or homemaking I will send them this link – so just humor me for a moment while I publically get this out! lol!) Some time ago, a reader bumped into me while I was out and about. She began to share her feedback on my blog. It was transparent and honest. It was friendly while at the same time inquisitive and seeking some explanation for why I write some of the things that I write. While there were a […]

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This Is What I Do When Life Hurts

The Making Your Home a Haven Challenge is over and I miss reading all of your link-ups already!!! Thank you for helping me make October special in my home – your accountability truly helped me! I have the most amazing readers ever! Keep it up! Today I’m thinking about the reader who is frustrated with her home and feels that it is anything BUT a haven. I turn to Psalm 23 and I think about the inner dialogue of a woman who is hurting… 1 – The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. (want. want. want. […]

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Our Family Went To New York City Last Weekend

Last weekend, I took the kids to see their daddy on a business trip 7 hours away in PA (really it was more like 10 with all the stops for the kids). Can I just say for the record – traveling alone with kids is hard. Even with the DVD player going and bags stuffed with toys, it’s hard. We weren’t able to leave our sin natures at home – so it wasn’t long before there was bickering in the back seat (I was wishing I had a candle to light in the car lol!). So we arrived in far […]

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Are You Craving for Somthing More? Ecclesiastes 6

Wednesdays in the Word An elderly woman lays in her bed wrinkled and weary from 83 years of labor, toil, joys and griefs. Her husband sits beside her holding her hand. The hospice nurse is close by and they are waiting…waiting for her to pass onto eternity’s shore. Moments pass…she takes her last breath…like a vapor here today and gone tomorrow, she is gone. Have you ever thought at night as you lie in bed – this is all I take into eternity with me…one day I will pass and be left bare. I have. My husband and I have […]

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Pursue God Not Stuff – Ecclesiastes 5

So I was at Target last night. I didn’t go there to shop, but to find a table to sit at and do my Bible study. As I sat there studying the book of Ecclesiastes I found it ironic that I could hear the non-stop beep beep beep beep sound of things being rang up at the cash register! The writer of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon, was known for his immense amount of wealth and his extravagant palace. In chapter one he sits back and evaluates all he has and says, “Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly Meaningless! Everything is Meaningless!” Beep Beep Beep […]

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