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Nothing Says Summer Like Lemonade!

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a lemonade themed bridal shower for a friend of mine. I had so much fun decorating and trying out lemonade recipes, I wanted to share it with you! Here are the lemonade recipes. I've also attached the .pdf file if you want to download them. I loved all of them. I can't decide if the mango or the strawberry was my favorite. lemonade recipes
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Charity Rejoices in the Truth

This month in my "Year of Charity," I want to explore "Charity rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth." At first glance, it wouldn't seem that these concepts are intricately connected with love, but this month I would like to think about where truth and righteousness fit into love, because I believe true love cannot be separated from righteousness. I hope you'll share your thoughts...
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What Does It Mean to Think No Evil?

This month in our "Year of Charity" we have been exploring the concept of "Charity thinketh no evil." There are so many things I want to say about this topic, but I'm going to just explore one aspect of this idea. One of my favorite books is Bonds That Make Us Free by C. Terry Warner. In the book, Dr. Warner recounts a parable from Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard: "Imagine, he says, two...
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Linda Eicher’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the Amish Quiltmaker's Unruly In-law, Ben Kiem is trying to quit smoking, and Linda Eicher wants to help him. She thinks of a lot of different ways to distract him. She takes him hiking and canoeing and swimming. One day, she decides that baking cookies would be a fun activity. Little does Ben know that baking together is a great way to fall in love. This is Linda's favorite recipe--and mine...
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Charity Thinketh No Evil

This month as a part of my “Year of Charity,” I’m exploring “Charity thinketh no evil.” Here are a couple of things I want to consider this month. To me, not thinking evil means wanting the best outcome for all people. In other words, do we ever secretly rejoice when something bad happens to someone we don’t like or someone who has hurt us? Of course, people will suffer the...
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The Unruly In-law Is Here!

Great news! Today is release day for The Amish Quiltmaker's Unruly In-law, the second book in the Amish Quiltmaker series. You met Esther Zook in The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby, now meet her brother-in-law Ben, who is nothing but trouble. Is it possible that well-behaved Linda Eicher could fall in love with him? Opposites attract in this story of love, forgiveness, and second chances....
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Let Not the Sun Go Down upon Your Anger

This month in my "Year of Charity," I have been studying "Charity is not easily provoked." Do you ever feel like when you're looking for specific answers, God puts things in your path? I have felt that way a couple of times this month as I have been pondering anger. There is a certain person in my life whom I love very much, but for many years, she has been someone who seems to always be able to...
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Jen Spencer Is in the House!

Dear Readers! I am so grateful to you for all you have meant to me over the years. You truly are the reason I do what I do. I have decided to start a new pen name for all my books that are not Amish romances. I will still write Amish romances as Jennifer Beckstrand, but I will now use "Jen Spencer" as the name for all my other books: sweet contemporary, historical, inspirational, and even fantasy...
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Charity Is Not Easily Provoked

This month in my "Year of Charity," I am going to study and explore the concept of "Charity is not easily provoked." In its most basic terms, being provoked means to get angry. And I seem to get angry more now than I ever used to. I can't decide if it's because I'm getting older and crankier or if there's just more in this world to be angry about or if I'm too tired to be patient and...
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