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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.

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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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WELCOME DECEMBER 2019 WITH TEACHING MOMENT FOR ALL

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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Grief and Children: How to Help Them When You Hurt

November 29, 2019
Grief

Not everyone enjoys the holidays. Losing someone we love hurts, and the empty chair aches the first Thanksgiving and Christmas. We must remember children grieve too, but they can’t process their emotions the same way we do. 

Amy Ford was my guest this week, and she is a counselor specializing in children. She gave tips on helping your child grieve when you are hurting too.

 

 


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Prayer for Thanksgiving

November 22, 2019

Hostess Cynthia L Simmons offers a prayer for thanksgiving:

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.

Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him

Oh fear the Lord, you His saints, 

For those who fear him have no lack

The young lions want and suffer hunger,

But those who seek the Lord lack for no good.


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Tips on Parenting and Teaching Thanksgiving

November 15, 2019

My father seldom called me the right name. First he called me his sister’s name, then mother’s before he landed on mine. Once my aunt died, I requested he drop out her name, but he didn’t. I can’t criticize him, though, because I messed up my kids names. Even worse, I’ve used the cat’s name by mistake. LOL.

Recently, a young father complained on facebook about confusing his kid’s names. I welcomed him to the joys of parenting.

My guest this week was Lori Wildenberg. She gave amazing advice about how to connect with your child, and how to empower them. Plus, have you thought about the difference between helping and enabling? She clears up that issue. Listen and enjoy!

 


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Platinum Faith: How to Live Brilliant, Be Resilient, Know Your Worth

November 7, 2019

Princess Beatrice has been flashing her new engagement ring, and the media has been showing photos of other royal rings for comparison. How fun to ooh and ah over the size and cost of each However, because platinum is rare, it’s worth even more. 

Bethany Jett and Michelle Medlock Adams recently finished a book called Platinum Faith, which described all-in faith. They shared how valuable we are in God’s eyes and how to have resilient faith.  

 

 


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