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Charity Is Not Puffed Up

This month in our "Year of Charity," we are going to explore, ponder, and live "Charity is not puffed up." Now, I don't know about you, but when I think about not being puffed up, I immediately think of pride. E.T. Benson said, "Pride is the universal sin." Do you agree with that? I do. There are some things that I am very proud about: I like to be right. I have a hard time admitting when I'm...
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The Opposite of Envy

This year, I have been studying the different aspects of charity mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. This month's topic is "Charity envieth not." The definition of envy is: a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc. I think it's interesting that the word "covet" is included in the definition of envy. As we know, "Thou shalt not covet" is...
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All the Quilts from Amish Quiltmaker Book 1

I love quilts. It's one of the reasons I made my heroine in my latest series an Amish quiltmaker. I had so much fun writing about Esther Zook's quilts. Esther always has a quilt on her frames in her front room so that she can take a few stitches whenever she has time. The quilts I wrote about in the book are all quilts I have seen somewhere, quilts I own, or quilts I have actually made. Here is a...
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Happy Pi Day!

I love pie, and I LOVE math, so of course, one of my favorite days of the year is Pi Day, which is March 14 because it's 3.14. In honor of Pi Day and my son-in-law's birthday, we had an all-pie dinner at my house. Here is what our table looked like: I printed out Pi to several digits, and that was all the decoration I did. Very easy, cheap, and fun. We had seven different kinds of pies, some...
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The Amish Quiltmaker Breaks Her Seam Ripper

The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby is now available! Do you have your copy yet? You can buy The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby at Walmart, or online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Walmart. Esther Zook is looking to start a new life in Byler, a southwest Colorado Amish community, but her plans are upended when her sister leaves a baby in her care. Levi Kiem is willing to help, but...
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Charity Does Not Envy

This month in our "Year of Charity," we are going to explore, ponder, and live "Charity envieth not." Envy means jealousy, specifically being jealous and prideful about what someone else has that you do not. I looked in the dictionary of opposites and discovered that the opposite of envy is generosity. I had never really thought of that before, but it makes perfect sense. How does generosity...
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The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby Is Here!

Esther Zook's peaceful and, frankly, boring life is turned upside-down with the arrival of an unexpected baby. Soon, all her dresses are covered with spit-up, all her floors are sticky, and all her future plans have flown out the window. Handsome Levi King unwittingly stumbles into Esther's problems, and she's not about to let him get away without changing a few diapers and teaching her how to...
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What Does Kindness Mean to You?

This month's Year of Charity focus is on kindness. Have you learned anything about kindness this month? Do you have any insights you would be willing to share in the comments? Have you ever seen Facebook explode? Someone posts something controversial and then twenty people get angry and say something rude, and then twenty other people come to the defense of the person who posted in the first...
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The Amish Quiltmaker Is Almost Here!

The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby is the first book in my new Amish Quiltmaker series! And it will be here in 15 days! I am so excited for you to read the story of Esther Zook, whose plans for a quiet existence of quilting and growing apricots are turned upside-down when a baby comes screaming into her life. And the poor child's name is Winter! What is Esther supposed to do about that? Be...
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Charity Is Kind

This month in my "Year of Charity," I am focusing on "Charity is kind." A friend of mine once said, "Being kind is different than being nice. I'd rather be kind." I've thought a lot about that. Here are the definitions of each: Nice: Pleasing, agreeable, delightful Kind: Of a good or benevolent nature or disposition So this month as I think about being kind, I am going to try to understand the...
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