Make-a-change Monday~Marriage Menders

To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it, Whenever you’re right, shut up. ~Ogden Nash, Marriage Lines: Notes of a Student Husband Such a simple poem, but so hard to do! No one can get under our skin quite like the one we live with every day, wake up with every morning, go to bed with every night, pay bills with…you know. And Satan loves to keep us too busy to really {Read More}

Make a change monday~nitrates

Oh how I wish I could find more time to write. My brain seems to overflow with ideas, none of which come to fruition on paper. And today’s topic—I’ll be honest—is not terribly exciting, but is very important. One that I’ve done more than my share of research on over the years. Finding a prescription verse for today’s topic was a little tough. I don’t think the Bible actually addresses putting preservatives in our food. I could go back to {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Count Your Blessings

I’m beginning to think I’ve never placed enough value on actually counting my blessings. I know I’m blessed. I’ve had a very comfortable life overall—yes I struggled for those awful seven years, but I now see that as a blessing too! It’s the small blessings in the every day that I take for granted.  The prescription verse today tells us whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father. I’ve had some gentle reminders lately that {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Freedom to Fly

I’ve written a few blog posts recently about freedom. With Memorial Day just behind us and July 4th ahead, we see much in the news about the freedom of our country. I’m thankful every day for the soldiers who fight for our country’s freedom. But for each of us personally, what good is the freedom of our country if we aren’t free within ourselves?  Freedom is a big word.  Personal freedom is like a hot air balloon. There are so {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Prayer & Circumstance

Have you ever heard God speak?  If God called you on the phone, would you recognize his voice?  I remember as a teenager trying to figure out if God was telling me to do something, or if it was just made up in my head. It can be very confusing to know God’s voice as opposed to the “voices in your head” if you don’t talk to him—and listen to him—enough.  Many people ask, “Why pray if God already know {Read More}

Make-a-Change Monday~A Time for Bubbles

Well, if you read my post on Saturday, you know I stayed off the computer for the weekend so not too much thought went into the {make-a-change} for today.  I will share with you what I did instead of writing a post for today, which might just be a {make-a-change} we all need to make sometimes 😉   Who say’s you can’t put bubbles in a Jacuzzi?!?  Hope you had a wonderful mother’s day!  From my heart,  Celeste

Make-a-change Monday~It only takes twenty seconds…

Make-a-change Mondays is all about making small changes to become the person I want to be…or more importantly, the person God wants me to be.  The greatest of all journeys begins with a single step.  A few months ago the {make-a-change Monday} challenge was to Just Do It. In that post I talked about writing a book and how it took small steps—changes a little at a time. I’m know I’m on a great journey, but yes, I’m still working {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Shift Your Paradigm

Do you know what a “paradigm shift” is? It must be a fairly important concept to understand. When I looked up the word “paradigm” in the dictionary to give you a definition, I actually found “paradigm shift” in the dictionary. I expected to find “paradigm,” but not “paradigm shift.”  paradigm shift noun a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions. I believe the term probably became worthy of a space in the dictionary when The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey was published.  {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Blind Trust

When I was little, I remember playing the “trust” game with my friends. You know, the one where you stand in front of someone and blindly fall backwards, trusting them to catch you? It’s really hard to do.  •   Sometimes they catch you •   Sometimes they are just mean and decide to let you fall •   Sometimes they claim they didn’t know you were about to fall back Either way, sometimes you turn out okay, other times, not so much. {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~A Yummy and Natural Sugar Substitute

I took today’s prescription verse from The Message—a modern-day language translation of the Bible. I’m not sure Solomon was really speaking of “fast food” here, but how well it applies to today!   We’ve been talking about sugar lately—how it negatively affects us physically and emotionally. But the artificial sweeteners are just that—artificial. We reach for both sugar and artificial sweeteners because we want something fast and easy (and sweet).  So today, I am giving you just a little easy tip {Read More}

Make-a-Change Monday~Surprise!

My oldest daughter, Miranda, turned 18 on Saturday. We asked her repeatedly what she’d like for her birthday, and the only answer we ever got was “love.” First, she loves being loved, and second, she couldn’t think of anything she really wants. If you know Miranda, you know she is loved. She demands love and attention, but more than she demands it, she deserves it.  Miranda had her birthday all planned out in her mind, and of course the day {Read More}

Make a Change Monday~A Sugar Fast

I am currently reading Made to Crave, by Lysa Terkeurst, and I love it. I’ll talk more about the book at a later date, but for now I just want to share one of Lysa’s suggestions for today’s make-a-change.  Lysa explains we are made to crave. God designed our bodies to crave, but more importantly, he designed our soul to crave…Him. When we sacrifice something our body craves and replace that physical craving with a spiritual craving, we grow closer to {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Rescue Your Fridge…and Your Family!

Since we’ve been on the topic of food lately, I have a confession to make:  I really don’t like to cook.  For those of you who know me personally, I’m sure it’s no surprise. Cooking has always been a struggle for me. As soon as I get on a roll, I get in a rut.  I begin with great intentions.  •   I get together my recipes…some new and some old.  •   I take a pantry inventory and make my grocery {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~(((Hug))) your children

Make Miranda and Trevor (my 17 and 13 year old children) are working with Defenders for Children to help build a website for kids to go to for help if they are depressed, abused, angry, etc.  It has opened my eyes and broken my heart.  G The number of children in our country who are abused and neglected is staggering.  God gave us children as a gift. They are to be cherished.  Today’s make-a-change Monday is simple:  (((Hug))) your children.  Every single day.  {Read More}