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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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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Charity Suffers Long

Every month on this blog, we are discussing an attribute of charity. In January, I have been working on "Charity suffers long." I would love to know what insights you have gained from studying this topic. Charity is the pure love of Christ and the basis of a Christlike character. Character refers to "the moral qualities of an individual that are conscientiously and consistently lived." (David A....
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A Year of Charity

Happy New Year! Recently, I was reading in the scriptures and happened upon one of my favorite passages. 1 Corinthians 13 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all...
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Amish Quiltmaker Cover Reveal!

I just had to show you the cover for the first book in my new series: The Amish Quiltmaker. The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby comes out in March of 2021, and I am so excited for you to meet Esther Zook, the Amish quiltmaker. After her father’s death, Esther Zook moves to the Amish settlement of Miller, Colorado to escape her painful memories and start a new life. Esther plans to support...
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We Pray for Children

May 7 is the National Day of Prayer. The president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Prayer has meant so much to me throughout my life. I never get voice mail or a busy signal when I want to talk to my Heavenly Father. He is always there for me. He is my rock and my salvation. I can't remember where I found this poem, but it holds...
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Easter in an Egg Carton

In recent years, to help my grandchildren learn the Easter story, I made them "Easter in an Egg Carton." The carton contains 12 plastic Easter eggs with a part of the Easter story and a token to go with each. I wanted to share it with you. Feel free to copy! First I collected empty egg cartons. You can buy unused egg cartons at a farm or country store. I bought some plastic Easter eggs in a...
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Groundhog Day and Do-Overs

Well! Thank goodness January is over and we can stop worrying about being perfect with our New Year's resolutions! Most of them have fallen by the wayside. Some of them are still going strong. But I like February because you start creating habits out of the resolutions that were really important to you, and you let go of the ones that just made you feel guilty or that were too hard or that were...
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A Family Back-to-Bethlehem Activity

This is a fun activity to do with your family on Christmas Eve or during any family Christmas party. It is an immersive experience that emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas. We decorated the church to look like Bethlehem, but you could do this in a room in your home. We wore Biblical costumes, ate foods that might have been found in Bethlehem, and pretended to be people who lived back then....
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Remembering on Veterans Day

It is fitting that Veterans Day falls in November right before Thanksgiving. I am so very grateful for those men and women of our military who are willing to risk their lives for our freedom. I still get teary when I hear the National Anthem or see the Stars and Stripes, and I get especially teary when I see military members bear the flag of our great country. The following story was written by...
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