Prayer Journals- Rachel Wojo

Yesterday I had the privilege of leading a prayer journaling session at the Church Next Door in Galloway, OH. The theme of this event was Oasis: A Place for Women to Be Refreshed. The three hour event consisted of a prayer walk, breakout sessions, fresh veggies, fruit, cheese, and fruit-infused waters, worship and a closing…

The Names Of God December Bible Study Challenge By Rachel Wojo

Let’s get to know our Savior, Lord and King a little more this December. Let’s be intentional about reading his Word to draw us closer to the scenes of his glory. Let’s remember that God is my God. Your God. Our God. He’s personal and intimate and longs for us to draw closer and closer…

What is Advent?

http://www.saraborgstede.com/what-is-advent/ Sara Borgstede:  An advent wreath is a another way to honor the Advent season in your home. Many churches have them, and you can purchase one of your own and use it every day with your family. We have one at our house at part of our Christmas decorations and keep it set up on our dining…

Had Enough Turkey? — My Meals are on Wheels

How about Italian? Since Thursday – when we had the traditional Thanksgiving feast – we have had leftover turkey dinner night and turkey sandwiches for lunch. So tonight it is a total m… Source: Had Enough Turkey? via Had Enough Turkey? — My Meals are on Wheels

Quieting Your Heart for the Holidays

Quieting Your Heart for the Holidays “Quieting Your Heart for the Holidays” will run for four consecutive weeks (November 22 – December 19). I’ll be posting here on the blog, Tuesdays and Fridays. Each week we’ll tackle a unique topic: Quieting Your Head – Encouragement to focus on good things that nurture your soul and generate joy. Quieting Your…

Here’s How Unplugging Transformed My Life – LifeWay Women All Access

I knew something needed to change when a friend said, over coffee with double shots of espresso, “Every time I see you, your eyes are more bloodshot than before.”

I couldn’t disagree. Over the last few months, I’d watched my eyes redden, my social circle dwindle, and my quiet time with God disappear entirely. I felt disconnected and unfulfilled, but my schedule was packed with essentials like work and exercise and writing. I hadn’t allowed myself to watch TV or movies in years, instead saving them for nights with girlfriends and popcorn so I could classify watching a movie as quality time.

While I left the coffee shop without a solution, the question weighed on my mind as I went about my days. My hours had become the socks that disappear somewhere between the hamper and the dryer, and I wanted to them back.

So I got real with myself and recorded how I spent my time—down to the minutes. And let me tell you, it wasn’t fun. Much like food journaling, I found myself treating 15 minutes here and there like the spoonfuls of peanut butter I never wanted to write down. But I did it, and here’s the biggest thing I observed: I spent a sickening amount of time on my phone. And I’m not talking texting or calling friends and family.

Each morning, I picked up my phone an average of four times to scroll through social media or email while getting ready for work. When I walked in the door at night, I’d spend approximately 40 minutes catching up on everything I’d missed throughout the day. And then, I’d scroll through Instagram or Pinterest to help me fall asleep at night. And that’s not counting the minutes upon minutes I spent on apps and social media throughout the day.

While the process was painful, becoming more mindful of how I wasted minutes that turned into hours helped me to embrace a daily practice of unplugging that felt less like punishment and more like a way to fit what I loved into my day.

Here’s how unplugging has transformed my life:

super beginner photography tips – Jade & Oak

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5 Powerful Prayers Every Wife Should Pray Over Her Husband

That God Would Make You the Supportive and Encouraging Wife He Needs

Genesis 2:18 tells us that God created woman as a helpmeet for man because it was not good for him to be alone. Are you a good helpmeet for your husband?

Do you encourage him, build him up and cheer him on? Or do you nag him, wear him out and drag him down with your harsh words and judgmental tone?

When he accomplishes something great, are you the first person he wants to tell? Would he say “I never could have done this without you!” Or does he mostly keep to himself for fear of what you’ll say or how you’ll react?

HAPPY 184TH BIRTHDAY LOUISA MAY ALCOTT – AND ALL THOSE LITTLE WOMEN By Serendipity

https://teepee12.com/2016/11/29/happy-184th-birthday-louisa-may-alcott-and-all-those-little-women/ HAPPY 184TH BIRTHDAY LOUISA MAY ALCOTT – AND ALL THOSE LITTLE WOMEN By Serendipity Published in 1868, Little Women is set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, later renamed Hillside, then the Wayside, in Concord, Massachusetts and is loosely based on an idealized portrait of Alcott’s childhood experiences growing up with her three…

25 Day Of Christmas Stories For Kids

I usually incorporate a few Christian books into my Christmas shopping list. This year we’re celebrating Christmas with 24 days of Christmas books from Zonderkidz, and on Christmas Day we’ll be reading the Christmas Story from Luke 2. Each of these books shares a beautiful part of Christmas. I’m excited to celebrated Jesus’ birthday every…

An Advent Prayer For The Lonely

  Just as the miraculous advent of Jesus’ birth is often overshadowed by pretty lights, decorated tress, and bow-topped presents, the lonely are also overlooked at a time when friends and families are celebrating. My heart is tender toward the lonely this Christmas, and my prayer is that the Lord will prompt our hearts to…

Tricia Goyer : The REAL Reason To Cook His Favorite Dinner

https://thebettermom.squarespace.com/the-better-mom/2016/10/19/the-real-reason-to-cook-his-favorite-dinner For him. Something about that is downright beautiful. Hear my heart in this—I’m not suggesting we all need to start dressing according to our husband’s fantasies. If that were the case then I’d be stuffed into a pair of Levi’s and cowgirl boots right now instead of—you guessed it—leggings. The point here is not…

How To Find More Joy This Christmas

Does the thought of Christmas stress you out? Are you more focused on your to-do list than the true meaning of the season? Do you stay up at night worrying about how you’re going to do it all? I spent many years doing exactly like that. The thought of Christmas brought dread, not joy. Then…

Just. Stop. — Farmgirl Bloggers

News flash! Christmas is not a competition… Of how decorated your house is. Of how perfectly perfect your gifts are. Of how busy your days and nights are. Of how much baking you do. Of how many homemade gifts you can crank out. Of how beautiful your family is (or appears to be). Let’s all.… via…

Advent Devotions From Lutheran Hour Ministries

Advent Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries “A High Point in LIfe” November 29, 2016 According to the custom of the priesthood, (Zechariah) was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense (Luke 1:9). Luke’s account provides us rich detail regarding Zechariah the priest and the part he played in the…

Meditation and My Morning Routine- So Far

It’s been busy here in Our Neck Of The Woods. Very busy. I’ve mentioned briefly the Event this Saturday. It’s huge. The work there will be less intense once the Event is over. We are talking Media. The works. Once it is over, we can get back to work on making the Paddling Trail better….

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — CELONA’S BLOG

Once we leave school, most of us know that it is not as much a matter if college degrees or good grades that count. In the real world outside of academics, something more than just grades is required. I have heard it called “guts,” “chutzpah,” “audacity,” “bravado,” “cunning,” “daring,” “tenacity,” and “brilliance.” This factor, whatever […]…

Step out of your comfort zone. — Success Inspirers’ World

Originally posted on SPRINKLE OF THOUGHTS: ” A ship is always safe at shore, but that’s not what it’s built for.” Albert Einstein Comfort zones… we all have them huh? Good… Mine begins with lying on my bed, eating something which might not even be healthy (lol, mostly sweet stuff), watching a movie, laughing at comedies……

An 8 Point Summary of the Gospel! — Conforming To The Truth

Attaining knowledge is one of the greatest pursuits of a human being. There are books and articles written on everything imaginable. If you want to know it… whatever it may be, do a search and you will find it. Knowledge in itself is not a bad thing. By all means study and read. But for… via…

Dungeness Crab Cioppino — My Meals are on Wheels

It is Dungeness Crab season in Northern California and I decided I needed find a recipe that uses crab because they looked so delicious in the store. I found this Food and Wine recipe for Dungeness… Source: Dungeness Crab Cioppino via Dungeness Crab Cioppino — My Meals are on Wheels