Is it just me, or are Christians really divided on the whole observing Lent thing? Last week, a Facebook friend of mine posted, “Ash Wednesday is coming. What are you sacrificing for Lent?” I was taken aback, and even a little offended, by some of the replies she got. From people poking fun (“I’ve lent just about all I can afford!”) to the accusatory (“Since when are you Catholic or … [Read more...]

February means football. And football means feeding a crowd. This weekend instead of the expected spread of hot wings, nachos, and dip, how about hosting a Soup-er Bowl? Cook up two soups to represent each team and face off. Or have guests bring bisques, chilis, and chowders and put them up for a vote. Either way, add a little creativity for a menu that will leave the buffet empty before the … [Read more...]

Gift cards and batteries are great, but we can do better than that! Here are my favorite stocking stuffers, all clocking in at $10 or less. You're welcome.  1. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic: $7.49 This versatile lip stain is the just right shade and price. The color looks good on everyone, and you don't even need a mirror to apply it! 2. Microplane: $9.95  Zest a … [Read more...]

Single girl traditions look a little different than married-with-kids traditions. I imagine they are a little less structured (because, as Linda pointed out, kids are big on tradition) and a lot more friend-focused. Because, as any single knows, our closest friends often become our family. So here are my top 5 traditions as a single girl (in no particular order)! #1 The Travel Tree  Just … [Read more...]

Have y'all heard of More Living yet? It's a new LifeWay magazine designed specifically for Boomers. More Living was created with these truths in mind: • Boomers can change the world by giving more and being more for God's glory. • The "me" generation can become the "we" generation. • It's time to reawaken passions and embrace possibilities. • The best choice is always Do What Matters. Want more … [Read more...]

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? It's true. President Ronald Reagan said so in 1984. He also designated the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. In honor of all that, we ate some ice cream. And we want to give you an ice cream-related gift. After all, it is FREE Friday. Here we are at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Nashville, our favorite spot for a frozen treat … [Read more...]

"Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him." 1 John 1:5 God's feelings stem from the purest motivations and the most perfect intentions. Because God is always good (1 John 1:5), His emotions flow out of the goodness of who He is. Sometimes our emotions are off track because we don't have the right perspective about a … [Read more...]

A few weeks ago, we asked small groups studying Beth Moore's James to send us photos and let us know how it's going. Here are a few we received. Liz Stephan of Sebring, FL, sent us this photo of her group. Some of these ladies have been in Bible study together for 24 years! Liz shares, "One of the greatest blessings for me happened at the end of the James study. Beth helped us see how very hard … [Read more...]

I like experiments. Just this week I experimented with riding my bike to work instead of driving. A few people have called me crazy. And I'll admit that biking requires advanced planning, concerted effort, and a change of clothes. But there is something so satisfying about deciding to try something new and carrying out the idea--regardless of the results. So when I heard about a new Bible study by … [Read more...]

The following excerpt is adapted from Angie Smith's new book What Women Fear. Several years ago I got to experience something that forever changed my view of fear. We were out of town with my side of the family and were taking a shopping trip before dinner. We walked past a giant jumpy ride that looked like torture to me, but the kids thought it might be fun so we got in line. I knew they would … [Read more...]