The Heart: The Center of Ourselves



Pictured from left to right: Uncle Venoy (photo courtesy of Sarah Foust); Grandpa Cecil and Grandma Rena (my mom’s parents); Staci, Grandma Velma (my dad’s mom), and Stoney; and Grandpa Fred (my dad’s dad)

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” (Mt. 22:37)

Heart problems run in my family. Of my four biological grandparents, all had heart problems. Of my mom’s five brothers, two have now passed away from heart attacks. Two years ago this March, my uncle Venoy suffered a massive heart attack, passing away just hours later. Were there signs? Yes. He had terrible back pain for three days prior to the heart attack, and even though he rarely suffered from that particular malady, none of us recognized it as a sign of an impending heart attack. Continue reading “The Heart: The Center of Ourselves”

Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

“What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun?” (Ecc 2:22)

Are you stressed and overwhelmed by the thought of all you have to do this holiday season? Are you putting pressure on yourself or allowing yourself to be pressured by others? It’s not uncommon to take on too much at the holidays. From family gatherings, work parties, school plays, and church events (not to mention work and taking care of your family), it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Continue reading “Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress”

Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Blog Hop

And the winner is…

Cynthia Rawling

from Chapel Hill, NC

Welcome to the Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Blog Hop hosted by Stuck in Books! This giveaway event runs from December 12, 2017, to December 24, 2017. The winner of my second giveaway this Christmas season will receive $15 in PayPal cash. Continue reading “Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Blog Hop”

Winter Is Coming Giveaway Event Blog Hop

And the winner is…

Jeanette Jackson

from Saint John, NB, Canada

In the United States, Christmas is our favorite holiday by far. Who doesn’t have a great memory of a cherished time with family during this season? While some memories are sweet, others are funny or even sad. I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood. But Christmas joy isn’t limited to children. As adults, we can experience the joy of the season as well. We can feel overwhelmed and stressed by the season for many reasons: financial difficulties, too many activities, family members who don’t get along…the list goes on and on. Joy seems elusive and we forget the reason we celebrate this season: Jesus.

This Christmas season, I’m joining The Kids Did It blog and The Mommy Island blog to participate in the Winter Is Coming Giveaway Event, which runs from December 6, 2017, to December 21, 2017. The winner of my first giveaway this Christmas season will receive a $15 Amazon gift card. Continue reading “Winter Is Coming Giveaway Event Blog Hop”

My Grandma: A Living Example of Jesus’ Love

My Mom and Grandma in June 2003

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” (Prov 31:30-31)

My Grandma Rena was the glue that held our family together. She faced numerous hardships growing up and even after she married. When she was a child, one of her brothers died when he had a seizure and fell into a puddle of water and drowned. Her mother died when she was only 16, and her older sister Lillian, who was already married, finished raising her. Continue reading “My Grandma: A Living Example of Jesus’ Love”