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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Happy Thanksgiving!

I have always regretted giving up on music lessons at the tender age of seven, and as a young mother, I determined that my children would learn to play the piano or die trying. For one daughter, practicing was especially torturous. I cajoled, I bribed, I demanded, but nothing convinced her that practicing the piano was for her own good. On one particularly difficult day, while she pounded out her...
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Alfie and Benji are in trouble again!

If you enjoyed twins Alfie and Benji Petersheim in Andrew and Abraham, you're going to love them in A Peanut Butter Christmas, my story included in the Amish Christmas Miracles Collection. If you haven't yet read one of my Petersheim Brothers books, don't worry. You don't have to know anything about Alfie and Benji to laugh at how they get into mischief just to help two people find love again....
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A Peanut Butter Christmas

Amish Christmas Miracles is coming. Release day is November 10! If you haven't preordered your ebook copy for 99 cents, there is still time before the price goes up to $9.99 on November 15! Preorder at BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com or the Apple Bookstore. Amish Christmas Miracles features 14 heartwarming Christmas stories from 14 of your favorite Amish fiction authors. You are going to love...
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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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It’s a Wonderful Christmas

This fall, I've had the privilege of directing "It's a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play" at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre in Centerville, Utah. It's been a rare opportunity to work with such a talented cast on one of the most iconic Christmas stories ever.Several summers in a row when I was growing up, my sister and I produced, directed, and acted in backyard productions for our neighborhood friends....
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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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