Archives for January 2014

The Sounds in a Home with a God-Honoring Aura (Part 2)

Televisions, DVD players, and stereos are fixtures in the vast majority of American homes. In fact, their presence and use are so commonplace that it is easy to overlook their impact on the environments in our homes. Last week we examined how communication can influence the aura—the overall … [Read more...]

A Year of Preplanned Dates Gift Idea

When my husband and I were in premarital counseling, our facilitators placed a lot of emphasis on continuing to date once we were married. We thought it sounded like a nice idea, but didn’t understand why they emphasized it so much. Fast forward to now and hindsight shows us why. Life is busy … [Read more...]

Easy Mexican Lasagna

I really enjoy spending time in the kitchen experimenting with recipes. However, there are days when I really need to prepare dinner quickly and with ease. This is one of the recipes I turn to on those days. Ingredients 1 lb. ground meat (I use ground turkey) 1 medium onion, chopped 2 … [Read more...]

The Sounds in a Home with a God-Honoring Aura (Part 1)

The sounds in a home contribute significantly to its aura—the overall quality it emits. As I discussed two weeks ago, I’m seeking to create a home that has a God-honoring aura. Voices are one of the predominant sounds in most homes. Thankfully, the Bible has a lot to say about communication. … [Read more...]

The Dream in Fulfillment: What My Interracial Marriage Has Taught Me About Racial Harmony in the U.S.

I tend to be reflective on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because it is Dr. King and other leaders like him who pioneered the changes that make my marriage possible. As many of you know, I am white and my husband is black. I’m often asked about our experience with interracial marriage. Did your family … [Read more...]

Using Oatmeal to Treat Dry Skin

Now that the cold, dry air of winter has been present for several weeks, my skin has become very dry and itchy. Are you and your family members experiencing this, too? I recently discovered the effectiveness of oatmeal at providing relief for my dry skin (especially for the patches of eczema that … [Read more...]

Cornbread-Topped BBQ Bake

When I first saw this recipe, I skipped over it because I’m hesitant to put cornbread on our menu. I’m not a huge fan of it, plus corn is so prevalent in the typical American diet and so much of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. However, I decided to give it a try after I came … [Read more...]

Winter Home Maintenance

I hope you and your family fared well if you were affected by the recent cold snap that touched much of the U.S. We had a pipe freeze, but thankfully we were able to thaw it without incurring any damage. This incident served as a reminder that it’s time to see to winter home maintenance tasks. In … [Read more...]

Creating a Home with a God-Honoring Aura

Since writing several months ago about home decorating considerations for Christian women, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my home. If the comments left on that post are any indication, it also struck a chord with many of you. The way in which a home is decorated contributes to its … [Read more...]

Creamy Turkey Mushroom Spaghetti

This hearty, cheesy dish is one of my favorite casseroles. I’ve been making it for so long that I can’t remember where I initially came across the recipe. Regardless of where it originated, I’m glad I found it! Ingredients 16 oz. spaghetti pasta ½ lb. ground turkey 4-6 mushrooms, sliced 1 … [Read more...]