Understanding Gluten Intolerance

January 24, 2020

I have a sensitive stomach, so I’m very sympathetic to anyone with digestive issues. Nothing can ruin your day faster than an upset stomach. We’ve all heard about gluten, but the messages we hear can be confusing.

Susan Neal was my guest this week. She has written Solving the Gluten Puzzle and offers a quiz on her website for those who suspect gluten issues.  

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How to Dress Fast and Look Terrific

January 17, 2020

When I discovered I carried my fifth child, I decided I wouldn’t appear dead. After all, men care what their wives look like. In a crowded of couple, they will rate all the men by how pretty their wives are. 

However getting ready for the day can take up a lot of time when you have a young family or if you homeschool. My guest this week was Jill Swanson, an image consultant. She wrote Out the Door in Fifteen Minutes. 

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How to Run Hard but Rest Well

January 9, 2020

Rest? I never did it. In fact, I prided myself on being able to juggle four or five things at a time. As a busy homeschool mom, I thought I was doing great. But I started getting sick. I had a hard time sleeping at night because my mind wouldn’t stop running even when I went to bed.

I began to wonder what it meant to rest. How did you do it? Ha! Rest means doing nothing. 

My guest this week was. Brenda Janks. She has a ministry helping overworked moms slow down and rest. Listen to her tips on what healthy rhythms look like. 

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Be a Productive Homeschool Mom

January 3, 2020

Homeschool moms have at least two full-time jobs. Managing a home with multiple children, especially toddlers, presents a challenge. Add science, lesson preparation, essays, math, reading comprehension! Wow. 

You can do it, and Melanie Wilson shared how she managed with her six children. Melanie is a psychologist  and has a homeschool blog, a podcast, and curriculum

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Let’s Welcome 2020!

December 31, 2019

Are you tired of starting another year by repeating the same habits, over and over again? How about “adorning” your new year with grace? Watch below… you never know, this approach may stick.

And, as we do each month, let’s start with prayer:  Dear Father, in this New Year, I long to please you with my obedience. Keep my gaze focused on Jesus and away from doubt and fear. Empower me when overwhelming emotions urge me to sin. Don’t allow my sins and weaknesses to entangle me and give me strength to move barriers to unwavering faith. I’ve learned the benefits of staying close to you, so hang onto me when feel like straying. Allow me to leave a godly heritage for anyone watching. In Jesus name, Amen.

As we continue to be intentional with our mission to “bloom” for Jesus, may the below Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father.

To download, the January 2020 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

New Year

How to Have a Blessed and Redeemed New Year

December 27, 2019

In America, we can dream and take steps to make it happen. However, even more exciting than that, our choices to make something new reflect the nature of God.


My guest this week, Svetlana Papazov, shared how from her new book, Church for Monday, how much God loves us. She also said we can bring a redeemed future into reality every day of the year. 



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Showing Kindness at Christmas

December 20, 2019

Magic. That’s the way I describe my childhood memories of Christmas. My family wasn’t wealthy, but my mother purchased gifts thoughtfully. I knew she cherished me. That along with the lights leaves a wonderful feeling about Christmas, and I believe that’s the message God wants us to get. The gift of his son shows us the depth of his love. We are special.

My guest this week is Fay Lamb. She wrote Christmas Under Cover, and her story demonstrates overwhelming kindness. She shared how we could do that for others. 

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Christmas in History

December 6, 2019
Christmas in History

Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior at Christmas, but our culture leans toward partying to the point of exhaustion. Many of us long for a simpler time when we didn’t face the pressures of the holiday.

This week, I gathered a group of historical fiction authors to give us a look at Christmas in history. Susan G. Mathis shared about the Yule Log, and Linore Burkhard talked about Christmas in Regency and Victorian times.  Dave Fessenden covered traditions in the 1920s and Sarah Sundin finished with a look at the holiday season in World War II. 

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November 30, 2019

This month we celebrate Jesus. Whenever I think of His grace, I’m overwhelmed with thanksgiving. He’s the reason we have eternal life and hope for this life. He can heal all our deepest wounds and satisfy our longings. He will bring justice to the oppressed, and best of all, He gives life.

This month’s devotional video [see below] comes with homework and DIY activities for you, as well as your young and older kiddies. Plus, we are thrilled to provide coloring and copywork for those training and mastering their writing.

As we continue to be intentional with our mission to “bloom” for Jesus, may the [below] December 2019 Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father.

The Art of Living is #OthersCentered Calendar-Dec- 2019-Cynthia L. Simmons

And as we do each month, let’s pray together:  Dear Father, thank you for sending Jesus to Earth. I’m grateful all authority will rest on Him in eternity because He will be kind and fair. I pray He will be my counselor this month and call me to rest rather than overwork or overdo. May He keep me close so I will be filled with His peace as I celebrate with family and friends. How wonderful that You are mighty and able to do whatever I ask or think. Shower me with your blessings this month. In Jesus name, Amen.

To download, the December 2019 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

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