Live Boldly: Insights on Living Intentionally in 2024

Live Boldly: Insights on Living Intentionally in 2024

In this podcast, we dive into the inspiring conversation between Cynthia and guest Nicki White. They explore the theme of living boldly and intentionally in the year 2024. Through thought-provoking stories, they discuss reaching out to others, living outwardly, and standing firm in the face of challenges. Nicki shares insights from her book and draws from historical and modern examples, demonstrating how radical faith and purposeful living can impact our world today. Join us as we explore ways to live better and make a positive difference in the new year.

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Navigating a Nutty World: Hints for 2024

Navigating a Nutty World: Hints for 2024

In today’s episode, we are joined by Peggy Sue Wells, an accomplished author and speaker. Peggy Sue shares invaluable resolutions and hints for 2024. She emphasizes the importance of self-care, including sleep, solitude, stillness, and observing a Sabbath. Peggy Sue also discusses the significance of loving others, understanding the impact of our experiences on our beliefs, and the power of prayer. Together, we delve into ways to live wisely and make a positive impact in the midst of a tumultuous world. Stay tuned as Peggy Sue also announces an exciting book giveaway for our listeners.

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Cynthia

Anybody who’s following the news these days knows that we are living in an absolutely crazy world. How do we live in a world that’s crazy? Well, I have a good friend named Peggy Sue Wells, who is also an author and a brilliant lady, who has written tons of stuff, and she is going to help us with that. So welcome, Peggy Sue. Tell us a little bit of wisdom about living in this crazy, nutty world.

Peggy Sue

The wonderful thing to think about is that when Jesus showed up on the scene when he was born in the manger and then stayed on walking amongst us for 33, 34 years, he came into what they considered at that time a very crazy world as well. And I love the thought that even when it’s crazy and spinning out of control, that God is at work, even in this. So, while we can sometimes have little influence on others, I think the best way that we can do our part is to be the best that we can be. Because if I’m the best that I can be, then I can also be a catalyst for others, for them to be able to achieve their best. And that comes down to self-care. And there are four aspects of self-care that I think are important because if we are healthy, physically, emotionally, spiritually, that helps others around us be able to also come up to that level because it encourages them. It also means that when God calls, know, Peggy Sue, I’ve got this for you to do. I’m ready.

Peggy Sue

I don’t have to go do a bunch of push-ups first because I need to get well, but I’m ready. And so to be ready, we need four things that start with an S. Sleep, solitude, stillness, and Sabbath. The first is sleep. We need seven to 8 hours per night. And so it’s important to look back and monitor. Am I getting a good seven to 8 hours per night each night of the week? Solitude. Am I taking a regular retreat of an hour, maybe half a day, a day, an overnight, or sometimes multiple days.

Peggy Sue

And we can do that because God calls us to come away and to be still, and we can do that proactively. Or if I run myself down, it’s going to be forced because I will find myself sick and on my back for whatever reason that I need to get well. And so if we can practice solitude by having that once a day, take an hour and be still and be quiet and shut off from everything? Once a week, take a half a day. Once a quarter. Can you go away for a full day somewhere and be able to have solitude? Just the ability to ground and center and think and to hear the Lord, to hear the Holy Spirit as he’s speaking to me. And then the next one is stillness, having a healthy morning and evening routine that includes prayer and Bible reading and taking that time to listen to my soul and listen to the Holy Spirit get outside for ten minutes a day. They have studies that show that people get outside for ten minutes, and I live up in the north where it can get pretty cold. And the rule up here is there’s no such thing as bad weather.

Peggy Sue

There’s only bad clothing. So, get a decent pair of boots and a coat, get outside for ten minutes. Because they’re showing that people who get outside for at least ten minutes a day, their emotional and mental state is so much healthier. And then the last one is Sabbath. And God has asked us, he says in Exodus 20 312, that one day per week we are to come apart and do what refreshes our soul. He doesn’t say we’re to do nothing. He says, do what refreshes my soul. And at different seasons of my life.

Peggy Sue

When I’m a mom of young kids, the thing that refreshed my soul was a nap. I needed a nap, and so I decided for that to happen one day a week, at least on the weekend. But now I’m a lot more adventurous, and I have more energy now that I’m an empty nester. And so, my idea of a good time is to go water skiing or skydiving or snorkeling or hiking out in the woods, find something that is exciting and adventurous. Other times, I just need to read a book. So it’s like, what is that thing one day a week that refreshes our soul? Because God asked us to do that one day a week for our Sabbath. And so when we’re doing those self-care things, then when craziness comes at me, I’m going to handle it a whole lot better. I’m not running on the ragged edge so I just flare quickly.

Peggy Sue

I can take a breath, I can receive it. And what I’m finding is when someone comes at me, because they’re going crazy, and we all have different opinions. A lot of times if I just say to them, so what’s going on with you? And suddenly, all this stuff comes out because they needed a place to vent. And so, what I was catching was just their problems and their challenges. And so, for us, as authors, there’s times that we can give a presentation about something or give someone our book. And if someone comes back to me just so quick, like, your writing stinks, and this is a bad idea, and this is awful. And I’ve seen better. I’ve learned that that’s not something I take personal.

Peggy Sue

I’ve learned to say, so what’s going on with you? It’s not about me. It’s because they’re living in that crazy world.

Cynthia

Yeah. This idea of getting outside, is that the same idea as maybe going to exercise? Because I exercise pretty regularly, several times a week, and it’s aerobic exercise, but I’m not really much of an outdoor person. So, is that a substitute for that?

Peggy Sue

You can do that. I tend to do yoga myself. Had a back injury a couple of years ago, and the chiropractor said, if you do yoga, you’ll be okay. And I’m like, okay, who knew? And it is something where, for those moments, I come apart. And moving is Vital. However, there is no substitute for going outside. There really is something to it. And if you live anywhere near trees, there’s the pheromones that the trees produce. There’s the sun and the Vitamin D that comes.

Peggy Sue

And there’s something about that fresh air. Also, when I walk outside, suddenly, my world is so much larger than it is because I’ve decided to stay inside because it’s comfortable. I get outside, and the vista is bigger, and it’s like, oh, these things that I’m uptight about, they’re minuscule compared to the whole outside world. Sometimes we just must just buck up and do the right thing because it’s the right thing. The other thing is, one time a week, and possibly on that Sabbath or at the beginning of the week, is to just take role on your body. And just on a scale of one to 05:00, number one, running on empty, or number five, never been better.

Peggy Sue

And to rate physically, relationally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and vocationally, where am I standing? And if I’m fours and fives on all of them but one, then I can be like, okay, this one’s out of balance. What do I need to do this week to bring that back to where it needs to go? And so if we can, one day a week, take an assessment of ourselves, and then once a month, I like to go back and write what were my wins for the month, and then what are the three big goals that I have for next month? And Jim Collins has said, if you have more than three goals, you have none. We are not capable of focusing and achieving more than three. It’s just too much. So, if we choose anywhere from one, two, three goals, it doesn’t have to be three, it can just be one. But to say, at the beginning of the year, I’ve set my goals for the year. These are the three things I want to get done this year. This will move me forward in these areas, physically, emotionally and vocationally.

Peggy Sue

And then what is the thing that I can do this week that will move me forward in that goal? And so at the beginning of the week, set out, these are the three things I want to accomplish this week. And then the night before I set out, what are the three steps I can do tomorrow that will move me forward and then do those three things first thing in the morning. And then I’ve already made progress. Anything after that for the day is gravy. But that way we have this focus, and it’s something that we prayerfully talk to the Holy Spirit, talk to God about and say, God, beginning of 2024, it’s the beginning of January, beginning of February, beginning of March, what is it that you have for me? Write that down. It has to be written down or we lose sight of it. And then what are the steps to get there and then move forward with each week evaluating how’s it going each month evaluating how did I do last month? What do I want to accomplish next? And it keeps us on track. And rather than being pulled away on those rabbit trails, that isn’t necessarily what God had for us.

Peggy Sue

And then along the way, there’s going to be feelings of rejection that come up. And that, for me, is where I stumble. And so when something is said, not said done or not done, that leaves me feeling rejected. The fascinating thing about that is I get that pain, that zing, that, oh, my gosh, I’m rejected. I go into trauma brain, and so the thinking part of my brain goes offline. And so now I’m in trauma brain, which means I’m just reacting. I’m not responding, I’m not thinking. I’m in automatic pilot, and it’s never good.

Peggy Sue

And I always make up a story that’s negative about myself in it, and then I stay stuck in that. So, what I’ve learned to do to get my brain back on the thinking track is to acknowledge this hurts. This hurts. And as soon as I can acknowledge this and name it, I come back into thinking again. And then I can go back and say, what are the facts? And the facts are, this happened, and I felt rejected. Okay, but then stick with the facts. Don’t make up a story.

Peggy Sue

I can stick to the facts that say someone had an event and they didn’t invite me. You know what? It’s okay. They get to make that choice. Also, I don’t know what’s behind that choice. I don’t know what pressures they’re under. I don’t know what goes on. Because we must remember that people do what they do for their own reasons. It rarely has anything to do with us, because think about it.

Peggy Sue

When was the last time you offended someone you probably weren’t intending to? You’re just living your life the best you can. And so, I’ve learned to give that kind of grace to others when people are driving and they cut you off. And I’ve seen other drivers get angry about that. I don’t get angry because I’m like, that could be me. I’m just driving, thinking, putting my list together of shopping, and I don’t realize I’m cutting somebody off. I’m not doing it on purpose. And so I don’t take offense at that.

Peggy Sue

And that’s what we’ll start to do more often, is to realize, okay, I’ve just been rejected or just felt offended. But what are the facts? The facts are that car moved into my lane. They probably weren’t thinking and just move forward with it. And so then we cannot be tangled up in all these negative stories and these things that suck our energy away so that I’m not moving forward in my life.

Cynthia

Like you’re discussing the lizard brain that just reacts and gets upset.

Peggy Sue

Yes.

Cynthia

To get your mind working instead of your lizard brain. I love that. Lizard brain.

Peggy Sue

Yes. Trauma brain, lizard brain, they’ve got to be the same. Also, people talk about being foggy. They’re not consciously making decisions. It’s like making a decision is almost impossible because their brain is offline. To also remember that people make all kinds of decisions. We have family members that will make decisions that don’t make sense to us. We have neighbors that make decisions that you’re like, really? What? You have people that vote differently than we do, people that believe differently about different topics sometimes instead of thinking, oh, if they were just smarter, if they just had more of the details, surely they would think the same way I do.

Peggy Sue

But that will never happen because we all make the decisions that we make because we believe something, and our belief is based on our experience. So, like, for instance, if you had a great experience in school, you’re going to think school is a great thing. If you had a terrible experience as a student in school because you didn’t fit, your experience is very different, and you’re going to have a different opinion about it. People feel the way they do. They make the decisions that they make. They vote the way they vote. They have an opinion about a particular topic based on the experience they’ve had in their life. The only way that I can know why you feel the way you do, what your opinion is, what your experience is, is that I come close to you to help you carry your burden.

Peggy Sue

And as I help you carry your burden, I get to hear your story. So, for instance, I have a friend whose brother passed away, and she was overseeing his estate, and he had a wife that was quite the hoarder. And so they went up to the home to see what can they do to make arrangements so everybody’s in a healthy situation and what all details needed to be taken care of. And her and I were talking about it over the phone, and I said, gosh, you hear about hoarders. I wonder what’s behind that, what motivates people to have that type of behavior? And she said, oh, well, we know. She said her dad had been a Gestapo agent in a concentration camp. And as the war ended, he snuck over to the US and is living undercover, not wanting anybody to know who he was. And this is who raised this girl.

Peggy Sue

And I’m like, oh, well, then she’s doing horrific.

Cynthia

He has a perfect reason for being that way, of course.

Peggy Sue

And so that’s the thing. I can make a judgment from the outside, but then when I come close to this person, I had an uncle, a great uncle, anytime back in the day when the mod squad came on, which is a television show that some people aren’t old enough to know, but there was three young detectives and one was a black man. And every time that show came on, he would turn it off. And he just didn’t want to see anything that had somebody that was African American on it. And I was like, gosh, what is that? Because I’m living in California and I don’t get it, and we don’t have those issues. And anyway, I learned later he was a teenager when his dad was walking home from work, and he was jumped by a group of men who beat him to death. And so because that was his experience. He had that opinion.

Peggy Sue

So again, it’s not like if somebody’s opinion is right or wrong. It is, what’s the story behind it? What is the experience that they’ve had? And so if we can get close enough to hear each other’s stories and help carry one another’s burdens, we’re going to react to people that think and feel differently than us in a different manner. And so above all, it comes down to, how can I love today? How can I love in this setting? What does love require in this situation? And that’s where we must be so tuned into the Holy Spirit, because I can say to the Holy Spirit, God, what do you want me to do in this moment? And there’s times where God has given me a snarky comment because you know what? That was how that person needed to hear something. There are other times where it’s been a gentle hand on a shoulder. There are times where it’s a gift with a note that says, I am sorry for what you’re going through right now. And then there’s been other times where I’ve gone to my mentor and I’m like, I don’t know what to do with this. And she’ll say, well, what’s God telling you to do? And I’m like, nothing. He’s telling me nothing.

Peggy Sue

He’s totally silent. And she says, then do nothing because he will let you know when he wants you to step in. And in the meantime, sit back, pray, and just remember, God is at work, even in this. He’ll let you know when he wants you to participate.

Cynthia

Well, those are several issues. I mean, you’ve gotten self-care, you’ve gotten our mind. I think one of the biggest things that I see that kind of unsettles me is I see our nation unraveling. And even the whole mean, you know, all this stuff going on with Israel, which is just horrendous. These are things I can do nothing about as an individual. So how can I live wisely even in the midst of that?

Peggy Sue

Definitely we are in prayer for our brothers and sisters in situations like Israel, where, like you said, it’s abhorrent. And so we just pray and pray because the things that I cannot be involved with, God is there. And it’s like, God step in and any way that I can be there to be praying for them and lifting them up. And it’s like Daniel, when he prayed and prayed and prayed, and when Michael showed up and he know your prayers counted because I was at war with the enemy in the heavenlies. And so our prayers are important and to remember them constantly. And so if we can be holding them up before the throne, the priests would come in with their vests on, and they had the stones that represented each of the tribes. And they literally carried the tribes before God’s face every time they walked in for prayer. And so that’s what we do.

Peggy Sue

We carry the people that we’re concerned about. We carry situations that we don’t know what to do with, things that are way beyond anything that we can handle, because God is in charge. And so we be in prayer all the time, and then be the best that we can be. Because when the day comes that God says, I need you to move, I need you to do something, I need you to step up. We’re ready. And also, if we can show love to others in the same way that Jesus did, there’s a possibility that we can make a difference in people’s lives, so that someone who may be tempted to do something awful could maybe just have that opportunity to rethink something. But it’s definitely, what does love require in this moment? And being as loving as I can, you know, God gave us these two commands. Jesus took the ten and distilled them down to two.

Peggy Sue

Love God, love people. And loving God is not terribly difficult. I mean, God’s been awfully, awfully good to us. Loving people is the difficult one. And when we give our hearts and our lives to the Lord and make him Lord of our lives, that first commandment of love God with all your heart. We’ve done that. It’s settled. It’s secure.

Peggy Sue

Our eternal life is done. And so we don’t have to keep going back going, God, are you happy with me? Are you happy with me now? That’s all done. Instead. It’s okay. God, help me now to love your children. Help me now to love those that you love. Because the people that annoy us, they’re still God’s children. They are our siblings.

Peggy Sue

And we need the Holy Spirit to help us do that, because loving others is not easy. My little friend Katie Lee, we were talking the other day, and she said, if you’re a family that can get together for the holidays and not want to kill one another, she said, you’re unusual because people being together and being in close proximity, we bump up against one another and we irritate and we annoy, and it’s difficult even within a family. And so that’s where it takes the Holy Spirit to say, help me to be loving in this situation.

Cynthia

So it sounds like you’re saying, overall, to take care of yourself in terms of your physical health, your mental health, and then the best you can to love other people around us and then pray for those situations that we can’t do one thing about, even though absolutely, it drives us crazy. I mean, you think about the book of Habakkuk, and you saw his frustration as he was looking at God going, wait a minute, Lord, you’re not taking care of this. Look how this is falling apart. Well, we all, as Christians feel that way, but that’s when we drop to our knees in prayer and let him.

Peggy Sue

Know our frustrations, and we be good stewards of what he’s put in our hands to do. He’s given us bodies. He’s given us the United States as our home. For those that are listening here in the States, it’s like, where has he planted me? How can I be a good steward in the place where he’s planted me? And then let those ripples and those influences move forward from there? I want to be able to stand before the Lord and say, I was a good steward. Thank you for all that you’ve done and all that you’ve given. And I’m ready when you call me.

Cynthia

Right. And what you’re saying is you can do what you can where you are, because you can’t change where you are. You are who you are, and you can only influence a certain circle of people. And so you be the best you are for where you are and pray.

Peggy Sue

And also, there are people in this circle, because while something is happening on the other side of the globe, that’s happening there. But here in our circle, you and I can both look around and we can see neighbors that are struggling. We can see community members that are hurting. We can see friends that are in the hospital. We can see things that can use our help. And so we come to them in the way that we can be the most benefit to them.

Cynthia

Yeah, those are really good ideas. Self care, thinking about not using our lizard brain and then trying to love people today, as well as loving God and spending time in prayer. Those are good points. Excellent.

Peggy Sue

And the self care is so important because that way, I’m part of a solution, not part of a problem. Because how many people have we met where it’s like, golly, you know, to take better care of yourself, you’ve chosen not to. Now everybody around you has got to pitch in. In different areas. There’s a lot of things we cannot predict. And there’s a lot of things that we can’t help. But for the things that I can do my part for, I want to do my part for that so that I am part of the solution, not adding to the problem.

Cynthia

Right. Great topics. Now, would you mind sharing with me what you’re going to give away this month?

Peggy Sue

We’re going to have a drawing. Yes. I’m so excited to do drawings because I love to give my books out and you are so kind to give me the opportunity to do this. But I have a series called the Mark Wayne Adventure series. And so if you like fast Adventure and you like short chapters where a lot of action happens, you’re going to want to read this series. So there’s four books in the series.

Peggy Sue

And so the next book will be coming out in March. And so I want to give the four away. Now, they can be read as a standalone. If you read them as a series, you’ll kind of notice different characters that you’re like. Oh, yeah. So that’s their backstory. So they can stand alone, but you’ll enjoy them as a series. And I’m going to do all four of the series as ebooked as a giveaway.

Peggy Sue0

It’s a $32 value, but somebody will be able to read those all the way through and enjoy just a good entertainment. I promise. I will take you places you’ve never been before. I will teach you something about history you’ve never known before, and you will experience some adventures that you haven’t done before.

Cynthia

And, you know, the way you’re describing that I want to read them because I love adventure. So, I’m going to write those down for.

Peggy Sue

Oh, they are so fun. And they’re available on my website on ebook or paperback. But yeah, peggysewells.com, you can find them there. Of course, everybody’s got them on Amazon and they’re done at Barnes and, and, you know, the normal places, but you’ll always get a better price on my website.

Cynthia

Yeah. Okay, well, we’ll tell people that. So thank you, Peggy sue, for being with us, particularly here in the beginning of the year as we start this election year. So we know it’s going to be crazy, but we’re glad that you’re kind of giving us some grounding for that. So we appreciate you being with us.

 

Welcoming January 2024 With Prayer and Encouragement

Welcoming January 2024 With Prayer and Encouragement

Dear Father, as we stand at the threshold of 2024, we thank you for the gift of life and our eternal hope. Fill our hearts with praise for our blessings, for when we praise you, we have a greater appreciation of your grace. May we determine to think less of ourselves and seek to know you more. Guide our steps so we may live worthy of your lovingkindness. In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

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Your Legacy?

Your Legacy?

The sun had set, and darkness engulfed the 350,000 London residents. Shopkeepers closed their doors and prepared for bed. The king’s baker, Thomas Farrinor, who lived in Pudding Lane, stopped baking and doused his fire. However, he failed to put it out. After midnight on Sept 2, 1666, a spark escaped the oven and lit kindling nearby. Flames soon consumed the house, but Farrinor and his family escaped out a second-story window.

The city had no firefighters and was experiencing a drought, so the blaze licked up closely packed wooden houses nearby. Neighbors lined up to throw buckets of water on the fire, and churches rang their bells to warn sleeping residents. The fire headed toward warehouses on Thames Street filled with
tallow, oil, spirits, and coal. The buildings exploded into flame. Aided by a strong wind, the fire burned out of control, and people could see the flames 30 miles away.

People eventually gave up fighting the fire and rushed to save their families and possessions. The fire raged until Sept 6 and destroyed 13, 000 homes and 38 churches, including St Paul’s cathedral. Mr. Farrinor and his family survived. Can you imagine how he felt? His oversight caused a huge disaster.
People still associate his name with the Great Fire of London. What a sad legacy.

As we enter 2024, consider the legacy you want to leave. Would you rather people remember your good character or your reputation for helping others? Choose goals based on what you want to accomplish.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day…”

New Year Thoughts: Leave a Legacy

New Year Thoughts: Leave a Legacy

Welcome to Heart of the Matter Radio/Podcast for the New Year. Cynthia shared a story about the origin of the Great London Fire to help us think about the legacy we are leaving.

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The sun had set, and darkness engulfed the 350,000 London residents. Shopkeepers closed their doors and prepared for bed. The king’s baker, Thomas Farrinor, who lived in Pudding Lane, stopped baking and doused his fire. However, he failed to put it out. After midnight on Sept 2, 1666, a spark escaped the oven and lit kindling nearby. Flames soon consumed the house, but Farrinor and his family escaped out a second-story window.

The city had no firefighters and was experiencing a drought, so the blaze licked up closely packed wooden houses nearby. Neighbors lined up to throw buckets of water on the fire, and churches rang their bells to warn sleeping residents. The fire headed toward warehouses on Thames Street filled with tallow, oil, spirits, and coal. The buildings exploded into flame. Aided by a strong wind, the fire burned out of control, and people could see the flames 30 miles away.

People eventually gave up fighting the fire and rushed to save their families and possessions. The fire raged until Sept 6 and destroyed 13, 000 homes and 38 churches, including St Paul’s cathedral.

Mr. Farrinor and his family survived. Can you imagine how he felt? His oversight caused a huge disaster. People still associate his name with the Great Fire of London. What a sad legacy.

We live in troubled times, yet God placed us in this time for a reason. What does he want us to accomplish in in the middle of this brokenness.

2 Corinthians 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

Prayer

Dear Father, as we stand at the threshold of 2024, we thank you for the gift of life and our eternal hope. Fill our hearts with praise for our blessings. May we determine to think less of ourselves and seek to know you more. Guide our steps so we may live worthy of your lovingkindness.

Create Lasting Christmas Memories

Create Lasting Christmas Memories

Welcome to Heart of the Matter Radio/Podcast. Today Cynthia reminisces about a childhood Christmas memory. She also reflects on the deeper meaning of Christmas, emphasizing the hope found in Christ. As a special treat, Cynthia invites listeners to access her Christmas memories and a cherished cake recipe on the podcast’s website. Join us as we delve into the joy of creating lasting memories and celebrating the true significance of Christmas.

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 I’ve been encouraging women this year to create a memory at Christmas time. Because when you think about it, when your life is over, you are not going to wish that you had bought one more gift or that you had put up one more decoration. You are going to care about the people in your life.

And so I want to share a memory of mine with you.

When I was a little girl, they sold icicles to go on Christmas trees.

And the icicles were like little pieces of aluminum, little tiny strip. Mother wanted me to take one tiny strip and hang one of them on the tree at a time. Well, that was very slow and a little boring for me. I wanted to do something a little more exciting. And I discovered that if you threw the icicles up in the air, that they landed in such interesting shapes, and the light would hit them and it would make it really very pretty. So I would start to throw them, and mother would catch me and she would say, “No, you have to do them one at a time.”

And she’d show me again.”

After that I’d do them one at a time until she turned her back. Then I was throwing him again, because, first of all, it was faster and it was prettier. They made interesting shapes. Of course, now that I am grown, I understand that mother was concerned about money, and she didn’t want to have to buy more icicles next year because they were expensive.

Give Clear Messages

So sometimes when we are spending time with our family or with our kids, we don’t always communicate real clearly about what really is on our mind and what really matters. Because if she had explained, maybe I’d be a little bit more willing to have done it. And so we want to be careful that the messages that we give are carefully crafted so that our kids get them, that our family gets them. For instance, you want your family and your friends to know that you love them, even though maybe you disagree on something.

Well, back in Jesus day, they lived in difficult times. Just like now, they had to be careful how much money they spent. And they were worried about their provision and their food and their clothing. But Jesus made a very profound statement. I’m going to read it to you.

Luke 1223. He says, “…life is more than food and the body is more than clothing.”

Well, you know, that’s pretty profound.

In fact, when I was a kid, I thought that my body, my internal organs in my stomach did something for the world that was absolutely wonderful. And I couldn’t wait to find out what they did. And when I found out that all they did was keep me alive, I was very disappointed. Because you want to live for something bigger than that.

Let me tell you, you can live for something bigger than that, because that’s the point of this verse. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. And Christmas is a whole lot more than just simply purchasing gifts. The point of Christmas was God wrapped in flesh.

And because he came to live with us, Emmanuel, God with us, we can be reconciled to God. And he was the one who was the creator of all of life. What an amazing, amazing thing. And I love this verse that I had a teacher that used to talk to us all the time about “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” And she kept saying that. And finally, it really clicked with me that regardless of what happens in this life, that we can have confidence about the next life, about heaven, because of Christ in you, the hope of glory. I’m hoping that this year that you make memories with your family and with those you love. But I’m hoping that the memories that you make are clear.
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Christmas Wedding: Unveiling The Roosevelt Love Story

Christmas Wedding: Unveiling The Roosevelt Love Story

Welcome to Heart of the Matter Radio/Podcast. This week we have a special history episode. Mittie Bulloch lived in Roswell, Georgia, which is just north of Atlanta. She married Roosevelt during the Christmas season. Later she became the mother of President Theodore Roosevelt.

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Cynthia:

Holidays are upon us. And one of the things I love to do is to go back in history and talk about things that happened in history over the holidays. And if you recall, last year, I talked about Martha Washington and George Washington. They were married on the 12th day of Christmas, which was January the 6th, and she wore purple shoes. And that year, for Christmas, I baked a cake that Martha Washington liked to serve over the holidays. So, I think it’s so fun to find out what happened over the holidays at Christmas time. So, this year, I found out something special happened in my area, because I live in the Atlanta area, and I discovered that there was a famous person born here. There was a wedding here, too.

 

 

And today I’m going to have Gwendolyn Kohler tell us all about Mitti and Thee (or Theodore). So welcome, Gwen

 

Tell me about this story. It started in 1850 in Roswell and Marietta, Georgia.

 

Gwen:

 

Well, I need to take you back to the 1850s.

 

Cynthia:

Okay.

 

Gwen:

In the 1850s, Marietta was a booming town. It was quite the place to be. And if you wanted to shop and you lived in what’s now known as Roswell, you traveled several hours to Marietta to do your shopping. Then, petticoats, carriages, and horses were the mode of the day. And the telegram has now, fortunately, been able to connect the barrier between Cartersville and Atlanta. And that’s a big deal. David Copperfield was the hot book to have on your shelf to read. California is agitating for statehood, and Amelia Bloomer has scandalized New York City by appearing in bloomers on her bicycle.

 

Gwen:

 

Now let’s look back at Roswell. Roswell’s claim to fame, or one of its major claims to fame, is its national landmark, which is Bullock Hall. Bullock Hall is known as the home of President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother. Her parents, James and Martha, moved to Roswell in 1839, and they built this gorgeous temple-style Greek revival home that still stands as it was built at that time. It has been restored to as near as possible as its original condition. All right, now, in your imagination, think about our December weather. Think about that snow-rain mix that falls and makes all of our lovely Georgia clay into beautiful clay soup. Bullock Hall is at the top of a heart-shaped driveway.

 

Gwen:

 

This wedding that was planned had been planned for months. You cannot imagine Mitty Bullock torturing the neighborhood and her fiancé for months with plans for this wedding. Imagine carriages going up that heart-shaped driveway, letting off their passengers as the ladies are trying to keep their skirts from touching the mess. The house is a glow with all kinds of candles, decorated with ribbons and holly and greens. How did that happen? Well, you’ve got to step back in time just a little bit. About 1850, Mitti had a half-sister, Susan West, who married a man from Philadelphia, Hilborn West, and his friend was Theodore Roosevelt. They were married at Bullock Hall, and Theodore traveled with his friend Hilborn to attend the wedding, and Mitti caught his eye. Nothing happened at that point.

 

Gwen:

 

But about three years later, Susan invited Mitti and her sister Anna to go to Philadelphia for a visit. Theodore Roosevelt heard they were in town and hopped on the train and came down and was quite entranced with Mitti’s charms. She and her sister then spent some time in New York City.

We went to Harvard and transcribed the letters for this period, and then we published them in our book.

So back to the story. In the letters, there is a reference to the sacred couch upstairs at Cousin Mary’s. They don’t give us any more information about the sacred couch. But enchantment happened, and Theodore proposed to Mitti.

 

Gwen:

 

She returned to Roswell wearing a diamond ring. He traveled down from New York to Roswell to meet the family, and to be properly engaged as her fiancé. Martha approved the marriage, and planning seriously took place. Now, this all had to take place with courtship by letter. Imagine she is in Roswell. A southern bell. He is a serious young businessman working in his father’s plate glass business in New York City. It takes approximately three weeks, or 21 days for the letters to travel between Roswell and New York.

 

Gwen:

 

Sometimes they even wrote to each other, and their letters passed in the mail. Neither one knew what the other one had said. So, therefore, things got a little interesting with this wedding planning. Mitti was not a shy, retiring girl. She was full of vim, vigor, and vitality. She loved to ride horses. She loved dancing. She loved parties.

 

Gwen:

 

She loved to read. She loved tableau, and she loved mime. She was a busy girl. Theodore is serious, working in his father’s business, and Mittie decides it’s time to give him a list of instructions. Now, how many young women now give their fiancé a list of instructions before they’re married? Well, they did. Mitti’s list is interesting. She said that in the future you will not stay. And I’m reading this from her letter right now.

 

Gwen:

 

She said, number one, these are numbered. That you in the future, you will not stay in town to read my letters. And take tea, dry toast. But will enjoy your social meal as in the olden times. Apparently, he had a habit of going to his room. Reading the letters with his tea and toast. Instead of joining the family for dinner. She feels his social life is badly lacking.

 

Gwen:

 

Number two, she says, I want you to follow my theory and enjoy yourself as much as you used to before me. But number three is the winner. That you take care of your dress. And never think about wearing a green coat to church. Tis perfect treason. It’s of more importance to the family than you imagine. But seriously, dear Thee, please, for my sake, don’t think of me in that kind of way and never go out.

 

Gwen:

 

I wish you would think about it. Follow my advice. Be assured. Tis much the better plan. I love all that I’m capable of loving, except mother. Yet I enjoy myself as much as I ever did. Only more. Because I can think of you with so much pleasure.

 

Gwen:

 

And he is longing for her letters. She does not write often enough. And every letter that I have. He is pleading for more word from here about what to do. When will she plan the wedding? Well, the wedding gets planned first. It’s going to be twelve bridesmaids. Because she has so many friends. But he doesn’t know that many men.

 

Gwen:

 

So, then she can’t have twelve bridesmaids. She finally settles on four. The primary one being, of course, her sister Anna. Theodore’s brother Cornelius is asked. And then he names George Morris and a couple of other friends. And he mentioned this name. Now, I do not know. I don’t want to offend anyone when I tell you this story.

 

Gwen:

 

But this gentleman’s name was Robert Campbell. We tried to look him up, but we’ve never been able to get his identity. But Mitti says to Thee, do not invite Robert Campbell. If you invite him, I will be going to Texas with Tom King, who lives across the street. Anyway, Robert Campbell did not come to the wedding, let’s put it that way. And Theodore came. And his parents traveled by train and steamship to come to the wedding. His brother Cornelius came too.

 

Gwen:

 

Those were the Roosevelts that were present. And the wedding was arranged. Mitti had invited her four friends to be bridesmaids. They were to wear white gowns with ruffles. Her gown was white silk. We have a reproduction of that at Bullock Hall. That we have on display right now in Mitti’s room for Christmas. And they were extremely excited about all of this.

 

Gwen:

 

So, what’s the arrangement? Her cousin, Reverend John Dunwoody is going to perform the ceremony. The Dunwoodys live next door, which was very convenient, and the girls are upstairs. The house is adorned. There are pocket doors between the parlor and the dining room, and that’s where the ceremony takes place. They close the doors. The wedding party arranges itself on the other side, and the doors are opened, and the ceremony takes place. After the wedding, they have all kinds of celebrations, and they have what was described as a very elaborate cake. Then the week following the wedding, this young newly married couple, what do they do? They live with Mother Martha for a week, attending parties that their friends in Roswell are holding in celebration of the wedding.

 

Gwen:

 

At the end of that time, they travel to New York City for the first year of marriage. They live with his parents, Cornelius and Margaret von Shaw Roosevelt. While his father’s wedding gift is. A house is being built on 20th Avenue in New York City, or 20th Street, I guess it is. And while living there and moving into the new house, Mitti has four children. Her second child is Theodore, who becomes the president of the United States. To jump ahead to the President Theodore Roosevelt. He said he was raised on wonderful stories of his southern ancestors.

 

Gwen:

 

And he came in 1905 to visit Roswell. He came to Bullock Hall. We have on display a picture of him standing with his party on the steps. He came with his second wife, Edith, who was wearing a black veil over her hot face. And she never took it off for the picture, so you never see her face. There was so much cinder and soot blowing on the train, the dinky that brought them from Atlanta up here, up to Roswell, that she protected her face with that heavy veil, and she still has it on in the picture. He wanted especially to come to Bullock Hall to see the library because he’d heard so many stories about it. He also visited the Presbyterian church that Mitti’s parents helped found, Barrington Hall.

 

 

Cynthia:

Very interesting. How many people actually fit into the house when they were married?

 

Gwen:

 

We have searched high and low. There is absolutely no record of who attended the wedding. Simply know that the gentleman who was the minister at the Presbyterian church did not approve of the bridesmaid’s dresses. So he would not have been there because his daughter was to be a bridesmaid, and he wouldn’t let her be a bridesmaid because he considered the dresses a little bit too frivolous. So he was not there. I assumed the Kings, the Smiths the other prominent families, the other founding families in town were all there. But there is no record. There is no guest book, no list that’s kept.

 

Gwen:

 

And in her notes, the letters about the wedding, there is absolutely nothing they mentioned about anyone other than the girls, who were her bridesmaids, and Cornelius. And the other gentleman who was a groomsman for thee, Tom King, from across the street at Barrington hall, was invited to be a groomsman as well, which was very nice of him, based on the fact that he had been a suitor of Mitti’s earlier, I do believe that’s not talked about a lot. Mitti was very much the social butterfly in town, so I suspect there had been an earlier flirtation going on in the letters. Remember I’d mentioned to you that Mitti was a very feisty soul. There are a couple of stories about her, if you’d like to hear those. I would love it. One was, that there is a mountain somewhere between Roswell and Marietta. I think I know which one it is, but I’m not sure.

 

Gwen:

 

She referred to it as Lookout Mountain. They decided to go on a picnic. There were several young people in their late teens, and early 20s that were quite a group about town. Mittie decided that she wanted to return to Roswell before the rest of them. So, as she writes to Thee, she picked up a red tablecloth, tied it around her waist, another around her head, turban style, and took a friend’s horse and rode back to Roswell before the rest of them came in the carriages. One other thing she did, the other one. She told him about this one, too.

 

Gwen:

 

I know he was not happy about it. She went on an overnight picnic to Stone Mountain. Now, can you imagine the packing for overnight in 1853? Carriages, tents, hampers of food, heaven knows what.

 

Cynthia:

Do they sleep in a tent?

 

Gwen:

 

They pitched a tent. That night it rained.

 

Cynthia:

Oh, my.

 

Gwen:

 

They pitched the tent too close to the stream. She writes that at midnight they had to go to the inn at the top of the hill where they danced and partied. In the morning, they went back to their tent, and they had wet biscuits and floating bacon for breakfast before returning to Roswell.

 

Cynthia:

You were telling me that there were several things she’d like to do, and one of them I didn’t recognize.

 

Gwen:

 

Tableau.

 

Cynthia:

Okay, see, I don’t know what tableau is.

 

Gwen:

 

All right. The tradition of tableau is mime, in a way. What they would do would take a Greek tale, a Greek legend. They would spend the week, they would all have these conversations where they would plan what legend they’re going to do. They would make costumes, and then they would all go and pose in the picture that they envisioned that the legend represented. And someone would sit and read the legend.

 

Cynthia:

They had to stand still for a long time.

 

Gwen:

 

I can’t imagine it. They also talked about reading aloud. They talked about playing card games. They talked, oh, she loved to do the quadrille. She loved to dance. That was, of course, a very elaborate dance at that time. Horseback riding.

 

Gwen:

 

Oh, one of the other things she mentioned which I didn’t understand was G-R-A-P-I-N-G. That’s what you call it when you go out to pick the grapes.

 

Cynthia:

That makes sense.

 

Gwen:

 

And the other thing mentioned, that’s funny. When she was unwell, her mother would make her something called an egg pop.

 

Cynthia:

An egg pop?

 

Gwen:

Now, again, we did some considerable research about that, and somehow it sounds to me a little like eggnog with some liquor added.

 

Cynthia:

Oh, I bet it was. Didn’t she have a heart problem?

 

Gwen:

Never properly identified. They talked about it as palpitations. Yeah, probably something that was brought on by excitement and anxiety. I don’t know. She was also viewed later by her family as rather delicate. Let me tell you this delicate woman. Later, after the Civil War, traveled the Nile River. She traveled all over Europe.

Gwen:

I know she liked to have her tipple, shall we call it. She had certainly tasted beer and wine and other delights. She was raised as a very feminine southern woman in the old tradition and therefore seen by, northerners who write many of the books about her. Unfortunately, though I may be from the North, I’m very, a little critical of the Northern attitude towards Southern women, especially in that period, because they’re viewed as helpless. And Southern women were raised, if they were in a family of the status of the Bullocks, raised to be cared for. She was raised to be waited on. And so, therefore, that was her expectation for life. So, I’m not too happy always with the comments that are made about her.

Cynthia:

Isn’t the family related to the person who was the first governor of Georgia?

 

Gwen:

Oh, yes. Archibald Bullock was the first royal governor of Georgia. And James Bullock, I believe. I haven’t got the genealogy here in front of me. I think he was his grandson. But, yes, he was a significant person during the American Revolution. And her father, James Bullock, joined the Chatham artillery, which was down, of course, around Savannah.

Gwen:

He did not fight in the war. He was not in the war. Father was an entrepreneur. He was investing in gold and mineral rights in north Georgia. Early on, he was an investor in the steamship The Savannah, which was the first venture to have fast travel across to England from America, which was a colossal failure. They neglected to leave enough room for all of the fuel. Oh, well, I think that was the way the story went. So, he had quite a life also, and he was. Well, that would be enough.

Gwen:

Talking about James Bullock is another whole story because he was Martha Bullock’s second husband. And if I start on that story, we won’t finish.

 

Cynthia:

What was Mitti’s problem with green?

 

Gwen:

I don’t have any idea. We have laughed about that so many times. She simply did not want him to wear a green coat to church. There’s no other mention of the color green. We don’t know what her favorite color was. We know she liked violets, but I have no clue about that green coat. But I think. Imagine telling him, you can do anything you want, but don’t wear that green coat.

 

Gwen:

Who knows? Or it didn’t do much for him. He was a tall, dark, very good-looking man, but apparently, it just didn’t do much for her or for him, in her view.

Cynthia:

Do you know what kind of refreshments they served after the wedding was over?

 

Gwen:

 

Well, there are varying lists of things that you can read depending on which expert you want to listen to. What I know is that they serve cake. That’s the one thing that was specifically mentioned in the letters. I am sure that there was a major feast. I’m sure that there had been cooking down in the kitchen all day long. I am sure that there were all kinds of wonderful foods. But food was not on her mind. I bet Theodore was on her mind.

 

Gwen:

And having the bridesmaids in order and making sure that he had the right grooves. But oh, one of the other things that she did. She told him that when he came to visit, not to rent Tom King’s horse because he was hard to control. So. Poor Tom King.

Cynthia:

Yeah, that’s interesting. As I have researched, I’ve discovered that cakes that were kind of in England that came over here, that Specialty cakes were oftentimes they were called fruitcakes, but they weren’t the kind we have today. They were just kind of a spice cake with a few pieces of fruit.

Martha Washington had cooked one for her Christmases. Hers was a dark kind of fruitcake, but it had apples in it. It wasn’t anything like we think of a fruitcake.

 

Gwen:

Sounds rather delicious anyway. But no, she didn’t talk about food, really, in her letters. Thee talked more about food and talked about his tea and toast. And he actually, later on in the letters, he went to New Orleans for a friend’s wedding and he was doing seafood salad of some kind. And the cook who was helping him didn’t realize what he was doing. And she mixed the chicken salad with the seafood salad and it was served. And he was a little concerned about that. Strange little tidbits crop up in these books all the time.

Cynthia:

And so how many children did they have altogether?

 

Gwen:

They had four children. The president, Theodore Roosevelt, first was Anna, then Theodore, then Corinne, and the last was Elliot, two boys and two girls.

Cynthia:

I’ve read that Theodore had asthma as a child.

 

Gwen:

He was very sick as a child with asthma. And his father worked with him and helped him build his body. His father used to take him out for carriage rides at night to help ease his breathing. But, yes, he suffered greatly. It was not until he was older that he began to work on bodybuilding. And Develle had a life for himself.

Cynthia:

And he was the one the teddy bear was named after.

 

Gwen:

Well, that’s very true. There was a story about the president going bear hunting in the south, and the story is that there were no bears that day. So, someone captured a bear and brought it to the clearing. He told the president he could shoot him, shoot it, and then have the skin for his trophy. President Theodore Roosevelt refused to kill the bear. A cartoonist in New York City heard the story and drew the cartoon. And then a toy manufacturer wrote to the president and asked permission to make bears and named them after him. And at the same time, in Germany was beginning to make toy bears.

Gwen:

He was known for being the wildlife king, and he founded all the national parks. He did a lot of good things.

 

Mastering Holiday Stress: Secrets to Finding Peace

Mastering Holiday Stress: Secrets to Finding Peace

Welcome to Heart of the Matter Radio/Podcast. This week we have author and counselor Tina Yeager give us tips on Mastering Holiday stress.

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Cynthia:

The Christmas season is here again. And so many of us get so stressed at Christmas because we’re going to celebrate and we’re going to celebrate hard.  We make all these plans, and we suddenly realize that we really can’t do it all. And we get kind of irritable and stressed. And it becomes a difficult season for moms because usually moms are the ones that do so much of the work. So today I have with me Tina Yeager, and she’s a fantastic teacher and counselor, and she’s going to kind of give us some tips on having a peaceful Christmas for us while we try to do stuff for other people. So welcome, Tina,

Tina:

Cynthia, it’s always a joy to spend time with you and to share with your viewers and listeners.

Cynthia:

Yes. Give us some tips on how we can make Christmas peaceful.

Tina:

Well, we need to make sure that we’re focusing on the right things at Christmas, the meaning instead of the materialism that’s around us. Make sure that you’re putting people and faith as your top priorities this Christmas instead of all the pressure stuff. Things that seem to be important because everybody’s doing them and everybody’s pushing them from commercialism. Instead of making that your priority, make sure that every day begins with Jesus. How can I honor you today as the meaning of my Christmas season?

Cynthia:

Do you ever have overlapping parties? What do you do about that?

Tina:

Well, it’s okay to say no and to decline gracefully. And I think it’s important to say no and decline gracefully. You need to set ahead of time a schedule of what your capacity is and everyone’s capacity is different. Your health is something you need to consider your energy levels and your fatigue levels. Also think about your temperament. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How many kids you’re bringing and getting babysitting for, all of that is going to play into your capacity.  Mark out what you can do.

And then once those slots get filled, you have to say no. I’m sorry I’m overbooked for the holiday season, but I appreciate you. Sending them a thank you card for inviting. Let them know how much they mean to you is a great way to let them know gracefully.

 

Cynthia:

I feel like a party pooper when I do that sometimes.

Tina:

But if you do it well and you help that person feel loved with just a little extra handwritten note. Let them know how much you appreciate that, and that you want to still be invited the next time. That can help get rid of that feeling.

Cynthia:

Or maybe invite them to do something with you after the New Year starts.

Tina:

That might be another way. If you tell them instead, “I’m going to do a friends I love get-together on Valentine’s Day week and then maybe we can catch up then.”

Cynthia:

I like that because I’m already starting to feel that pressure even now and it’s early in the month. I mean, it is fun, but you only do so much without getting overwhelmed. What other tips do you have?

Tina:

Well, I think planning is helpful, and scheduling time to make that time to plan is important. I think that setting that and making sure you have room for margin.

Margin needs to be big enough to accommodate self-care and peace, your faith journey, and making sure that you have scheduled time for unexpected things. Those things happen whether you’ve scheduled time for them or not. If you don’t plan enough margin to cover that, then you’ll be behind the gun underneath and overwhelmed and too many things that you already had planned to do, and now you can’t catch up on them. And all those things happen.

So, emergencies and last-minute things will come up.

Make sure you have room in your schedule for those.

Cynthia:

And it seems like a lot of times when we get asked to a party, we’re asked to also bring a gift. I could do without the gift because I’d rather just be with the people. Is there any way to squirm out of that gracefully?

Tina:

Depends on the party, and it depends on the party host. You can ask, are your guests bringing you a gift? At this party? It’s okay to ask that question. And instead of bringing a gift that costs you money, you could bring something to all your parties that you make ahead of time in a batch, for example, I like to make for people that are work friends or neighbors or people that aren’t family members, but you need to give them a little something. I like to make Russian spice tea, and you could make a big batch of that and put it in little jars. And these can be upcycled jars that you had for jellies or jams. And you just put like a little sticker on the top and say, here’s how many tablespoons of this Russian spice tea mix there are, and put a little bow on it. Then you’re done with all of those hostess gifts that you have to bring.

Cynthia:

That’s a good idea. Something that you make is going to be more personable anyway and it’s less expensive.

Tina:

I mean, if you want to make a batch of cookies and put them in a cute little dollar store box, you can do that too.

Cynthia:

What other ideas do you have for reducing stress?

Tina:

Make sure that you are making personal gifts as well, instead of having to purchase all your gifts. Some of the most meaningful gifts are the ones that you make yourself. And it doesn’t always have to take hours and hours. If you’re not somebody who can knit a whole sweater, then maybe that’s not the kind of personal gift you want to do.

Last year I made Christmas ornaments for each of my family members, and it was part of their gift. It wasn’t their only gift, but each ornament was made in a shape. I bought them at Michael’s and these little wooden shapes, and I put words that I decoupaged that described that person’s best traits all over that outside of the ornament.

So, it was very personal and something they could keep forever.

Cynthia:

That is nice. What I’ve been doing this past year is knitting my washcloths for the kitchen so that I have a rag that I’ve done myself that I can wipe down the table with and stuff. And that might be a nice gift to give somebody.

Tina:

Yes, you could do that. You could create a little scripture verse and put it with it and wrap it nicely with a pretty ribbon. Ribbon can make anything look like it’s more elegant, even if it’s inexpensive. And you can get ribbons at the dollar store.

Cynthia:

Great. So, do we tend to cut back on sleep in the holidays? Because I know parties go late. That’s one thing that causes me a lot of stress.

Tina:

When we don’t sleep, we get less productive. It seems like that lack of sleep is making us get more done. But you’re working slower. You’re not being as efficient, so you get less done when you don’t sleep. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can cut back on sleep. The other thing that happens when you don’t sleep is that you get sick and this is cold and flu season, so you don’t want to be sleep-deprived going into all these holiday gatherings either. You will be able to do more, see more people, and be a bigger blessing if you get the rest that you need.

Cynthia:

And so, for those of us who are tempted to stay up when there’s a party that we do go to, say goodbye early while you’re still wide awake.

Tina:

Yes, that’s a good idea. Or just tell them ahead of time, I need to go home and get some rest. I got an early day tomorrow, but I wanted to see you. So, I will bow out at 09:00 p.m. And I love you guys, but I want to make sure I am healthy enough to love everybody else, too.

Cynthia:

And see you left a good taste in their mouth when you said it that way.

Tina:

Exactly. People who love you will be understanding of what your needs are, not just theirs.

Cynthia:

Yeah, that’s good. But you also have a class about this, right?

Tina:

I do. I have a course called Your Stress-Less and Joy-Blessed Holiday Season. And just for your listeners right now, I have a bonus coupon, a couple of bonus coupons.

One is all caps, FRIDAY23 for 2023. So, Friday 23 and you can get 25% off of the retail price of that class. So that brings it down from $49 to 36.75. And then five people, whoever the first five people are that sign up with another coupon could get even less, can get even more off for their course. They can put in the coupon code actnow if there are any of those left.

Tina:

And they will get that course instead for $27. But that’s only for five people. So whoever the first five are that sign up for that will get that coupon.

Cynthia:

Tell me more about what they get.

Tina:

I’ve got planners for meals. I’ve got travel planners. I’ve got all kinds of comprehensive information in there.

Cynthia:

Travel planners. Wow, that sounds great. So that’s worth it if you’re thinking about what your month is going to look like.

Tina:

Yeah. What is your health worth? Right. Your health and your well-being and your mindset. What’s that worth to you?

Cynthia: What is the link to your class?

Tina:

Click here

Welcoming December 2023 With Prayer and Encouragement

Welcoming December 2023 With Prayer and Encouragement

Dear Father, we praise you for this special time to remember the greatest gift ever given: Your Son. How impossible to honor and thank You enough for Your unselfish love and steadfast grace. As we celebrate this month, please help us keep our focus on Jesus rather than the chaos in this dark world. Sustain us as we spend time with friends and family, and may our lives reflect the great love You demonstrated to us.

CLICK HERE for your monthly encouragement so you can download the December 2023 Calendar Challenge.

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