Welcome November 2019 With a Forever Thankful Mindset

November 1, 2019

There is a lot of good change in the air. Yes, not only are the leaves finally turning bright yellow, orange, and red, here at Heart of the Matter Ministries we are cooking up some devotional videos [see below] and even providing fill-in-the blanks and discussion questions for you, as well as your young and older kiddies, to go along with the videos. Plus, we are thrilled to now provide copywork for those training and mastering their writing.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, do we simply want a Thankful Pumpkin as part of our decor, or do we “really” want a thankful mindset? Watch below and learn how to change your mindset, forever.

As we continue to be intentional with our mission to “bloom” for Jesus, may the [below] November 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.

And as we do each month, let’s pray together: Dear Father, as my family and friends gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, help me to be truly thankful. And Lord, I pray for those family members that irritate others. Give me the grace and wisdom to ease that tension so we can all enjoy the celebration.  Help me to slow down and spend time with you so I can count my blessings. Sustain me through this busy season with your love and kindness. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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


Find Your Child’s Strengths

October 31, 2019

I had five children, and each child had different strengths. In fact, the first two seemed so opposite, I wondered what the third child would be like while I was pregnant. 

Both girls struggled with math, and so I used Saxon math in my homeschool because that text keeps reviewing. Once the girls learned a concept, I didn’t want them to forget. When my son came along, I used the same book, and he missed a lot of problems too. However, when he entered college, I learned my son excelled at math. 

That puzzled me, so I asked him why he found math hard. He told me math wasn’t difficult. It was boring. 

He had a strength and I didn’t know it.

My guest this week was Analyn Miller. She and her husband wrote Play to Their Strengths, and they explain how to look for areas where your child is strong.

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Organize Your Clothes and Organize Your Heart

October 25, 2019

I’ve never enjoyed going through clothes. Years ago my mother-in-law gave me a bag of old clothes for the kids in varying sizes and colors. I stuck them in the attic and prayed they would all match when I brought them down in the spring.

Thank goodness my closet door stays closed because my clothes are often a mess.

However, I’ve learned all sorts of new things from Kathryn Graves. She’s an author who loves to organize closets and drawers, and she also discusses fashion tips. She was my guest this week, so tune in and enjoy. 

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Homeschool: How to Get Started

October 18, 2019
Start Homeschool

The homeschool movement started just after I married, and the idea fascinated me. I wanted to do it myself, but I gave birth to my third child about the time my oldest would have started kindergarten. Homeschooling with an infant seemed impossible, so I put my daughter in our church school. 

What a big mistake! My daughter was very sensitive and too young to put into a classroom situation. She disobeyed and became hard to handle, and we all missed the sweet girl she had been. Now I realize that’s how she handled stress. We decided to homeschool and took her out of kindergarten. 

But I was terrified. The moment I started, I felt a huge weight descend on me. I had dreams of ruining my children. However, i adjusted to the new routine and school went well. I kept going when I realized my children thrived and had good manners. I ended up teaching all five through high school. 

My guest yesterday was Jennifer Henn. She also taught her three children through high school and wrote the book, Take the Mystery Out of Homeschool. Her ideas can help the newbie or the seasoned teacher.

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Lessons We Can Learn from the Civil War

October 10, 2019
Civil War

The North and South operated different economies, and misunderstandings led to continual pressure during the mid-1800s. The two sides disagreed over slavery, states’ rights, and tariffs. Finally after Lincoln won the 1860 election, Southern states left to form their own country.

A bitter, bloody war fought between them lasted from 1861 to 1865. The battles caused the death of many soldiers and the deprivation of numerous civilians.

George Santana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”

Author Cathy Gohlke was my guest this week. She has researched extensively and written two novels on the war. Cathy shares insights on what we can learn from this terrible time.

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Women Helping Other Women

October 3, 2019

I recall going through a period of transition a few years back. Even though I understood what I faced, I didn’t feel comfortable. The world didn’t seem right, and I didn’t know what to do. 

I’m thankful for the older women in my life who helped me navigate those times. They knew how to speak to my heart when nothing else worked. 

The Bible talks about older women teaching the younger ones how to love their husband and children, so praying for a mentor can be a good thing.

My guest this week was Susie Davis, and she has called herself a spiritual momma. She shared topics younger women often struggle with. 


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Welcome October 2019

October 1, 2019

“Father,  I long for your blessing, so keep me delighted with your words. It’s too easy for my focus to shift to the world around me and all its frustrations, but I know my hope lies in you and the eternal blessings you promise. Keep me closer to you and help me meditate on your truths. In the Jesus Name, Amen.”

As we continue to be intentional with our mission to “bloom” for Jesus, may the October 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.

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


Recover from Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Abuse

September 27, 2019
Abuse Recovery

Habakkuk’s complains ring true today:

Oh Lord, How long shall I cry for help and you will not hear?…

Why do you make me see iniquity and why do you idly look at wrong?  

Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.

So the law is paralyzed and justice never goes forth.


Many people today suffer at the hands of others, creating pain and sorrow. 

I’m glad we have hope. Today my guest is Paula Mosher Wallace and she will share her story and ministry: Bloom in the Dark. 

God can “restore the years the locusts have eaten” and he has done that for her. 

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Managing Difficult Emotions

September 20, 2019

Recently a dear friend suffered a severe heart attack and died. Sadness overwhelmed us The suddenness caught us by surprise because our friend was so strong and healthy. He had a vital role to play in our church and in missions. In my grief, I remember accusing God of making a mistake. 

From my earthly perspective, God needed to plan better since this man who died did helped so many people. 

Emotions don’t always reflect truth when you are hurting.

My guest today is Sarah Forgrave suffered a long illness and shares how she managed tough emotions to find hope and healing.

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Wisdom from Proverbs on Relationships, Parenting and Money

September 16, 2019

Once I married, I realized the complexity of relationships. I thought I understood my husband’s facial expressions, and I expected him to read my body language. He didn’t. In fact, I learned his perspective often differed from mine. 

Babies are challenging too. They start off sweet and cuddly, but someday they’ll grow up enough to say, “No!” 

How should you discipline them? Should you spank? That’s a big controversy today.

Have you ever been misunderstood or betrayed by a friend? What should you do about that?

The book of Proverbs addresses all these issues. Kathy Collard Miller is my guest today, and she shares on these topics from her recent Bible study. 



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