Tag Archives | Holidays


What is it About the Holidays?

We’re entering a season that seems to play out in three different ways for people. For many, it’s “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” — most importantly, a time of celebrating Christ’s miraculous birth. Of course, it’s also a favorite time of year for shopping, with many people eagerly anticipating the Black Friday and […]

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Only One Thing Is Needed

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She […]

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A Peace That Transcends Understanding

Each Christmas season when our kids were younger, we would change their bedtime routine to include singing some traditional Christmas carols like Silent Night and O Holy Night. The songs made for a soothing transition from playtime to bedtime. Silent night, holy night. They’re still two of my favorite Christmas songs. Maybe it’s because this […]

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Profitable Ideas: Skip The Toy Store, The Treasure Decision, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. 5 alternative gift ideas that don’t come from a toy store (Magnify Money). Good ideas for gifts that will be greatly valued while subtly instilling the values of what matters most. A lazy person’s guide to happiness (The Atlantic). Lessons […]

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Profitable Ideas: Protect Your Online Passwords, Learn About Risk-Taking From Jeff Bezos, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. After you strengthen your online passwords, here’s how to store them (NY Times). Want to build a strong defense against hackers? There’s an app for that. Americans are making it way too easy on ID thieves (Bankrate.com). Many […]

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Mom and Son

The Nuances of a Mother’s Impact

When my friend, Craig, lost his mom to cancer, it was a defining experience for him. He loved his mom. That was obvious by the moving tribute he gave during her memorial service. But he often thought of her simply as a hard-working, low-income single mom, not as a woman of significant influence. During a […]

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Love Letter

A Love Letter Like No Other

With the hype that surrounds each holiday, it’s easy to get jaded and miss all that’s good about the occasion.  This year, what helped me focus on the best parts of Valentine’s Day was rereading one of the most powerful love letters I’ve ever come across.  Union Army Major Sullivan Ballou wrote the letter to […]

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