This is a guest post by a new blogger friend, Beth Martel,  I have that goes well with my blog…especially a series I did a few years ago called “Tips to a Happier You in 2012”  Click that if you’d like to go back and read it. Here’s Beth’s guest post today. Enjoy! Love and compassion are the two things that we all need and we all deserve. It is something that we give in order to get. It {Read More}

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Why This Teenage Girl Doesn’t Kiss Her Boyfriend

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I couldn’t help but share this post a senior friend of Trevor’s posted on Facebook. We all know how our society has become so sexually promiscuous. When it’s time for my second and third child to get married, I want them to have someone to choose from who has saved themselves for marriage. I’m not belittling those who have already chosen to have sex, and there is a very real concept called “reclaimed virginity.” It’s {Read More}

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My Story~Prescription for Addiction (On video!)

I’ve been awol for awhile now. Miranda got married in May and I spent about 9 months planning the wedding. I’ll show you some pictures in an upcoming blog post I’m so proud of Miranda and Jamie and all they’ve accomplished. But it definitely takes a village! We also spent quite a bit of time traveling this summer and I’ll be sure and send some pics from our trip as well. But in this post I’m getting back to the {Read More}

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Switching to an Organic Lifestyle~Guest Post by Sophia Smith


Switching to an Organic Lifestyle   Research has shown that an organic lifestyle brings you many more benefits than the conventional one. The word ‘organic’ is usually associated with food, but you can make your life more organic in many other ways, not just by eating foods that are pesticide-free. ‘Organic’, in this context, can be replaced with the word ‘healthy’. While it may seem overwhelming to switch to a completely different regime of living from the one you’ve known {Read More}

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Super Green Beauty from Nature~Guest Post by Sophia Smith


Super Green Beauty From Nature image source: unsplash.com “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir Spring is here, and together with Mother Nature, our bodies are waking up ready to soak in the sun and restore vitality and sheen lost during winter. For a clean and energetic start of another cycle of seasons, turn to raw foods and organic products, introduce natural elements into your home and spend more time outdoors. Each of {Read More}

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Inspirational Mind-Body Techniques in Healing Process~by Sophia Smith {Guest Post}


image found on: unsplash.com Once, Hippocrates said that “The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” This is exactly what mind-body medicine is all about. Unlike Western traditional medicine that separates bodily and mental functions, this practice is based on the holistic approach. Parallel with their regular medical treatments, people have started resorting to numerous mind-body techniques in order to improve their well-being, regain confidence and boost healing process. However, it is {Read More}

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How Addiction Saved My Life


        I know I haven’t posted much lately since I’m actually working on the book, but I was honored to receive a request to write a guest post for Liberty in Christ Ministries if you’d like to check it out. Be sure to read Patty’s story too while you’re there…it’s a good one!

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Brave~Hoda Kotb’s new inspiring video with Sara Bareilles and Cindi Lauper

  I happened to catch The Today show this week and Hoda had a story that just made my heart melt. Cancer is very close to her heart since she’s dealt with it, so she decided she wanted to make a video to raise money and awareness for cancer. She had the idea to mix Cindi Lauper and Sara Bareilles that will make your heart melt. I just had to share it, so here it is: If you’d like to {Read More}

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Letting it Go~ The Power of Forgiveness

I promise I haven’t abandoned you. I’ve just come to the realization that writing regularly on a blog and writing a book while having a job and the responsibility of a family is just about impossible for me. But in teaching the 10th grade girls  small group at church, we are doing a series called “Letting it Go” about the importance of forgiveness. So I’m sharing the information with you that we are studying on Sunday nights. This is a {Read More}

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101 (+1) Ways to Cope with Stress

First let me say that I didn’t come up with this list. I found it in a local advertisement for a hospital. But we do stay way too stressed out and this list holds some practical, simple ways to make your life less crazy. But in writing this post I have to say that NOT HAVING A BLOG would help me cope with stress! Just trying to format these posts makes me crazy sometimes! Somebody, somewhere, sometime must have prayed {Read More}

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When we wonder “Why?”


    In my last post, I wrote about a book I was reading called, “Fly a Little Higher” about a teenage boy diagnosed with a difficult type of cancer to cure—osteosarcoma. His mom wrote the book and even though Zach died, his mom’s prayers were answered. The death of her son through this cancer was for something much, much bigger. I also indicated that I hoped God never chooses to allow that opportunity for my children. Then Friday night {Read More}

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Beyond the horizon


Why God chooses to heal some people and not to heal others is always a heated question. Especially when it comes to children. No parent should ever have to watch a child die, yet it happens every day. I always think of a quote by a friend of mine when considering the gifts of my children. “God doesn’t give us children to make us better parents, he gives us children to make us better children.”  He gives us our children {Read More}

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How to Declutter the Paper That Takes Over Your Life

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  I’ve been AWOL for a while, I know. I’ve written tons of posts on addiction, depression, prayer, etc…and while I’m working on the book writing my story about all of those same topics, I thought it might be fun to do some other things on my blog. My word for the year is “simplify,” and one of the constant battles in simplifying my life is paper. Random sheets of paper are brought into my house every day. If you {Read More}

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Happy New Year Everybody!