You Want A What?
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You Want A What?

Michael Reagan said he owes his place in the Reagan family to his sister, Maureen. His parents, Ronald and Jane Reagan didn’t plan on having any more children. The doctor had cautioned Jane about giving birth again. However, one day the family shopped in a drug store. Three-year-old Mareen marched to the pharmacy counter. “How can I help you?” the pharmacist asked. Maureen and opened her pretty pink purse. After she slapped down all her money, ninety-seven cents, she announced. “I want a brother.” Her actions shocked her both parents. But later Ronald and his wife decided to adopt. As...
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Welcoming March 2024…
Encouragement

Welcoming March 2024…

Oh, Holy Father, we are humbled by your steadfast, sacrificial love. How can we ever sing your praises enough? As we celebrate the death and resurrection of your Son, keep us close to your heart and mindful of how much we need you. Purify our thoughts and actions so we may live worthy of your grace... In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen. CLICK HERE for your monthly encouragement so you can download the March 2024 Calendar Challenge.
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President’s Day: John Quincy Adams
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President’s Day: John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams actually entered the diplomatic arena as a teenager when John Adams was first representing the new United States in Europe, in the european courts. He took his son John Quincy with him. So he was raised in a european atmosphere and spoke several languages and learned how diplomacy was done."
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The Remarkable Love Story of Susannah Spurgeon
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The Remarkable Love Story of Susannah Spurgeon

The first time Susie saw him, she was not impressed. The boy preacher dressed like someone from the country. He wore old fashioned black clothes and had long, poorly cut hair
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Red Lipstick and God’s Love
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Red Lipstick and God’s Love

How does red lipstick and God's love intersect? Listen and discover an interesting history story. Listen here American women have a long history of painting their lips. Martha Washington concocted her own recipe for the finest lip salve in the world. However, lipstick was not widely accepted until World War 2. Hitler deplored red lipstick and associated it with the Weimar Republic, which he overturned. He believed Aryan women possessed natural beauty and didn’t need to enhance it artificially. However Hitler also disapproved of other female preferences like pants or perfume. In the United States, red lipstick demonstrated patriotism. During...
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Forgiveness?
Encouragement

Forgiveness?

Preschooler Mary Jean Eisenhower often stayed with her grandparents during Eisenhower’s presidency. Her grandmother, Mamie, had a weak heart so she conducted much of her household business from her bed. One morning, Mary Jean remained with her grandmother. While Mamie worked, Mary Jean played with Pete, a gift her grandmother had received, He was a small, caged bird. Once wound up, Pete would chirp and rotate, which fascinated Mary Jean. Unfortunately, after playing with Pete all morning, she wound him too tightly, and he stopped working. Mamie scolded Mary Jean and sent her to her bedroom. Trembling in fear, she...
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Welcoming February 2024… Almost Spring!
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Welcoming February 2024… Almost Spring!

Dear Father, how can we praise you enough for the boundless depths of your love? When we ponder our sinfulness, we cannot fully fathom your lovingkindness and grace toward us. As our culture celebrates Valentine’s Day, help us keep in mind that you are the true source of love. May our lives demonstrate your transforming power so we can woo others into your marvelous kingdom. In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen. CLICK HERE for your monthly encouragement so you can download the February 2024 Calendar Challenge.
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Adventures in Odyssey’s Katie Leigh and Peggy Sue Wells
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Adventures in Odyssey’s Katie Leigh and Peggy Sue Wells

Katie lives in abundance. And that has been something that I have loved. I've benefited from it, but I've also learned that I want to be able to do the same thing."
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Be a Brave-Hearted Woman
Podcast

Be a Brave-Hearted Woman

We spend the first few years of our lives putting into kind of this invisible bag everything about us that we know doesn't work in the world. And then we spend the rest of our life trying to retrieve that because we get just mature enough to understand, oh, no, that's really an authentic part of me, and I'm missing who I really, truly am."
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Live Boldly: Insights on Living Intentionally in 2024
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Live Boldly: Insights on Living Intentionally in 2024

By keeping our focus outward and being intentional in our interactions, we can live out our faith and make a lasting impact on those around us.
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Navigating a Nutty World: Hints for 2024
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Navigating a Nutty World: Hints for 2024

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.
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Welcoming January 2024 With Prayer and Encouragement
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. CLICK HERE for your monthly encouragement so you can download the January 2024 Calendar Challenge.
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Your Legacy?
Encouragement

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...
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New Year Thoughts: Leave a Legacy
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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. Listen here: 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...
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Create Lasting Christmas Memories
Podcast

Create Lasting Christmas Memories

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
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Christmas Wedding: Unveiling The Roosevelt Love Story
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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. Listen here Visit Mittie's home, Bulloch Hall, here 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...
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Mastering Holiday Stress: Secrets to Finding Peace
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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. Listen here 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...
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Welcoming December 2023 With Prayer and Encouragement
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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Getting To Know the Real Him.
Encouragement

Getting To Know the Real Him.

Just prior to President Eisenhower’s second inauguration, photographers wanted to snap a photograph of the President and Vice President with their young children. President Eisenhower posed with his grandchildren, Ann and David. Vice President Richard Nixon posed with his daughters, Julie and Tricia. However, eight-year-old Julie Nixon had suffered a black eye in a sledding accident. Eisenhower suggested she look to her right to hide the black eye, which forced her gaze right at David Eisenhower. Eight-year-old David stared back at her injury with widened eyes as the photographers snapped the photo. That was one of the few times the...
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Sarah Joseph Hale’s Fight to Make Thanksgiving a National Holiday
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Sarah Joseph Hale’s Fight to Make Thanksgiving a National Holiday

Sarah Josepha Hale believed a national Thanksgiving could bring together a fractured nation
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