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Choosing the perfect gifts at Christmas can be a real challenge. What should you give, how much should you spend, how many gifts should you give? This article gives you the most wonderful way to simplify your gift giving and enjoy Christmas more. Why not drop by for a visit?

How to Simplify Your Gift Giving & Enjoy Christmas More

Welcome to our special series, “Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Holidays.” Over the next few weeks, you get to enjoy the wonderful words of my amazing friends as…

Have you ever lost your joy? When you don’t feel like celebrating, how can you turn your attitude around to make much of Jesus and less of yourself? Find out how to decorate your heart - no matter what is going on around you - with joy in this very practical and inspiring article.

Decorate Your Heart with Joy This Holiday Season

  Welcome to our special series, “Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Holidays.” Over the next few weeks, you get to enjoy the wonderful words of my amazing friends…

Can you imagine living in an era where no one ever heard of Jesus--a world where there had never been a single Christmas? A society full of sin and hopelessness, without meaning or purpose.

How to Create a Family Advent Celebration

Welcome to our special series, “Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Holidays.” Over the next few weeks, you get to enjoy the wonderful words of my amazing friends as…

The Christmas season gets so full and frantic that, though the season really IS about JESUS, if we aren't intentional, we'll leave Him completely out of it all. (Or He will be an afterthought, at best.) Isn't that sadly true? Discover how to better prepare your heart for Christmas this year.

How to Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Welcome to our special series, “Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Holidays.” Over the next few weeks, you get to enjoy the wonderful words of my amazing friends as…

No denying it, receiving gifts is fun! And we certainly want our kids to learn to be grateful, gracious receivers. But we want them to be more than that. We want them to develop generous spirits of giving as well. Find out how to do this in today's post!

How to Teach Your Children to GIVE During the Holidays

Christmas time sometimes called the Advent season, is a time to celebrate the coming of Christ to earth as a man. Many activities focus on giving in remembrance of God…

As we round the corner and start heading toward Thanksgiving, it's a great time to think about your plans. What are you doing this year to keep Christ at the center of your Thanksgiving festivities? Here are some easy ideas for you to use with your family as you seek to focus on Jesus more this year.

How to Keep Christ at the Center of Your Thanksgiving This Year

Thanksgiving… A time where family and friends gather to remember the abundance of blessings bestowed upon them during the year. A time where a harvest of food and lighthearted fun…

As our calendars signal the start of the 2016 holiday season, I wonder... how do we keep Jesus at the center of the holiday season? How do we intentionally keep our celebrations and our festivities focused on Christ? This post offers some very practical suggestions and ideas on how you can keep your focus and your family's focus on Jesus this year. Why not drop by for a visit?

How to Keep CHRIST at the Center of Your Holidays This Year

It was the craziest thing. We packed the box just as we had every year. However, when we opened it again on this particular year, something important was missing. Our…

Having faith in God can be a challenge! Here are some Bible verses to give you hope and to strengthen your relationship with God no matter what is going on in your life right now. Why not drop by for a little encouragement?

Awesome Bible Promises to Strengthen Your Faith

“Only Believe.” “Trust and Obey.” “Have Faith in God.” Words from old hymns. Words we have heard, spoken, and sung all of our lives. We know that we are to…

Retirement is a season that ALL of us will one day enter. For some, it is a blessing; for others, it is a challenge. As you are planning for retirement, what are some things you can do to get ready? Is there some advice and some suggestions that can help? Here is an article filled with words of wisdom and hope about retirement. Why not stop by and find a little word of encouragement today?

Navigating Into & Through Retirement

We are in the middle of a short mini-series called, “Navigating Well through the Transitions of Adulthood.” Many of you have mentioned challenges you are facing right now. I won’t…

A Little Encouragement for those Who Struggle with OCD

From time to time, I meet friends who take the time to share their struggles with me. It’s amazing to hear about some of the issues, illnesses, and challenges that…

The Bible talks much about the favor of God. In fact, there are hundreds of scriptures that mention God's goodness and His favor. Today's blog post takes a look at some beautiful verses we can start praying now to ask for more of God's favor on our lives & on the lives of our friends and family members. Why not drop by to discover more? www.melanieredd.com.

Words of Scripture about God’s FAVOR

Being favored… Having someone’s approval… Being liked & loved… These are things that ALL of us desire.   But, do we desire these things from God? The Bible has a…

The Empty Nest is a very real season in adulthood. It can be a season of humor, fun, and great times in marriage. Or, it can be sad and depressing - especially for moms. This post is a collaboration of very wise advice, quotes, and tips from others who are doing well with an empty next. Why not drop by to gain a little wisdom?

Navigating Into & Through the EMPTY NEST

We are in the middle of a short mini-series called, “Navigating Well through the Transitions of Adulthood.” Many of you have mentioned challenges you are facing right now. I won’t…