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Christmas Jars

Christmas Jars

We sing carols and string glittering adornments throughout our community. Cards and memes flood our eyes with snippets of sentiment. Our ovens overflow with vanilla and cranberry aromas. We hang these webs of tradition in sticky frostings and garland in […]
Marvelous Free Gifts

Marvelous Free Gifts

Electronics glimmer from their glossy ad space. Svelte stars insist their allure comes in spray bottles. Television families cheer while unwrapping the luxury gifts of their dreams. With marketing campaigns at full-throttle this season, your carols might warp into less […]
Hugs for the Holidays

Hugs for the Holidays

Feeling cuddly as a cactus this week? Got that greasy black peel attitude? Checking your teeth for termites,  or itching your head for brain-spiders? Has the seasonal music and glittery trim inspired all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile? […]
Stressless Christmas

Stressless Christmas

Ten dozen cookies with melted green topping Chipped half of my nails, but still need to go shopping Get Presents for everyone, make fudge for the masses Tame wonky-curled hair and get glitter in lashes Suck in my tummy to […]
Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

Twas the weeks before Christmas and all through the nation, toddlers’ “Why” echoes stirred moms to frustration. “Why do you kiss under missing toes?” “Why must my wrapped presents wait?” “Why put a tree where our couch outta go and […]

Feeling Overstuffed?

Turkey floats through your nap-dreams on rivers of gravy. Pie monsters chase you with forks and prod you to a half-wakened stupor. The room spins, blurs into view. You could clean that, fix this, do such-and-such. Getting off the couch […]
Author Interview: The Spindle Chair

Author Interview: The Spindle Chair

Shellie, thanks for joining us today at Divine Encouragement. I am excited to introduce readers to your ministry and writing. Tell us about your marriage ministry and why you felt led to write a novel. Tina, I appreciate the opportunity […]
3 Ways to Make Every Day Thankful

3 Ways to Make Every Day Thankful

Perhaps you know someone who springs from bed with sunshiney brilliance each morning. Filled with natural energy, these people beam with jubilant conversation at the sound of their alarm. Often inclined to sing, they’ll bounce into the day like Tigger. […]
Calorie-Free Treat, Anyone?

Calorie-Free Treat, Anyone?

The waist bands and thighs in my pants shrank this year. Even more than the previous year. Sheesh. With all the modern advances, you’d think garment manufacturers could engineer pre-shrunk fabrics.  Don’t ask me about the extra ten pounds on […]
Do Your Dreams Matter?

Do Your Dreams Matter?

Do your goals and dreams really matter? Have you ever been working on a goal or pursuing a dream and then you have one of those days? Things are not progressing like you hoped they would. You’ve hit a roadblock. […]