Halloween, What’s a Believer To Do?

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Halloween is an event that often causes a passionate response from believers. Many wonder whether or not they should observe this holiday but the responses are divided. There are those who feel complete freedom to partake in Halloween festivities along with the pagan symbolism such as witches, ghosts and goblins. Then, there are others that regard this day as evil and choose to have nothing to do with it. Some folks find a happy medium, choosing to take advantage of the evangelistic opportunities by sharing about Jesus to those who come to their door seeking candy. Personally, my family has ….

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Come back next week for a more in-depth study regarding Halloween.

Happy St. Patricks Day

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I only have a little bit of Irish blood in my genes, so growing up my family rarely celebrated St. Patrick’s Day.  It is hard to truly celebrate a holiday when you are unsure of its origins. A few years ago, however, I saw a movie that changed my perspective and helped me appreciate this holiday for what it is. The movie I watched was, St. Patrick: The Irish Legend.  After seeing this film and doing a home school research project with my girls, I developed a greater appreciation for St. Patrick and had a reason to celebrate his life.

Join me over at The Are of Domesticity to learn more about the amazing life of St. Patrick. and the reasons behind some of popular symbols associated with the holiday.

In the meantime enjoy the holiday.

Growing Old Together

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I am passionate about growing old with my husband. It’s my desire to intentionally journey through life with him and see Ephesians 5:22-23 lived out. I want my marriage to be a representation of the relationship between Christ and His church. When people look at my marriage, I want them to see a picture of Jesus. While I certainly do not have this perfect, 28 years of marriage has given me some practice. I hope that the following is able to leave you with a few pointers on how to cultivate a healthy and thriving marriage.

Be committed to your own personal and spiritual growth. 

It is tiring to try to change someone, especially when the only person you can change is yourself. I cannot and should not try to change my husband. Thus, being committed to my own personal and spiritual growth is extremely important. To become more Christ like I’ve developed various habits and disciplines such as studying God’s word, having quite time, listening to the Spirit, praying, and having accountability.  To become a better wife, mother, friend, etc., I’ve sought wisdom from God’s word, how to books, bible studies, classes, counseling, and mentoring relationships. I still have lots of room for growth. Personally, I think that marriage is less about being married to the right person and more about becoming the right person.

As Jon and I each have a vertical focus, one of drawing closer to God, we actually become closer to each other equaling oneness. (Image courtesy of http://shoestringtightrope.com/)

god triangle Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

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