Archives for October 2013

The Masks We Wear

Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, you likely see Halloween paraphernalia, including masks, in stores during the fall months. Children who are in search of treats aren’t the only ones who wear masks. As we attempt to be “good” Christian women we often wear them, too. Why we wear … [Read more...]

All About Apples

Is the produce department at your grocery store packed full of apples? I’ve seen quite a few where I shop and I’m eager to bake some sweet treats with them. I looked up some general information about apples as I perused recipes. Apples are pretty awesome for being such an understated … [Read more...]

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: Should I Be Concerned?

The cold and flu season is quickly approaching, making this an apt time to consider one of the biggest fears of public health experts: The arrival of a post-antimicrobial era—one in which bacterial infections cannot be effectively treated or cured with existing antibiotics. Let’s take a … [Read more...]

Emergency Fund Basics

How would you make ends meet if your family experienced a job loss? If one of you developed a serious illness, would you be able to pay the medical bills? Though challenges such as these occur without notice, you can be prepared to handle their financial implications by diligently creating an … [Read more...]

Encourage Others in Hospitality: Be a Good Dinner Guest

When I think about hospitality, I often consider ways my husband and I can bless others in our home. Which friends can we invite over for fellowship? Are family or friends in need of a place to stay while vacationing in the area? Can we host a baby shower or birthday party for a friend? It … [Read more...]

Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

This variation of macaroni and cheese has turned out to be one of the tastiest dishes on our menu this fall! Ingredients 1 chicken breast, cooked and cut into bite-sized cubes 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled 3 cups macaroni (uncooked measure) 1/2 cup sour cream 3 tablespoons … [Read more...]

Wise Charitable Giving

Do you make donations to nonprofit organizations? The Thanksgiving and Christmas season, during which there’s often an upswing in charitable giving, is a good time to consider how nonprofit organizations are using our donations. Last year the Tampa Bay Times, The Center for Investigative … [Read more...]

Fall Home Maintenance

If my husband and I hadn’t previously felt the full weight of the responsibility of home ownership, we’re certainly feeling it now. A kitchen sink that wasn’t draining and an appliance that wasn’t working reminded us that we don’t have a landlord to call for repairs. These incidents … [Read more...]

Movies: A Good or Bad Date Idea?

My husband loves watching movies, so he thinks movies make great dates. I’m frequently unimpressed by movies, so I’m not so sure. Let’s look at some advantages and disadvantages associated with movie dates, as well as some things that can be done to enhance this classic date idea. Advantages … [Read more...]

A Wake-Up Call to Memorize Scripture

Have you found a way to integrate consistent Scripture memorization into your life? I wish I could say that I have, but in all honesty I’m more motivated and more disciplined in some seasons than in others. This may be changing; however, because I recently came up with a simple idea that has sped up … [Read more...]