This past weekend, I undertook the longest fast I’ve ever done. I do intermittent fasting on a regular schedule, and generally do a 36- to 40-hour fast once each month (you can read about the whys and wherefores of those fasts here.) That monthly longer fast had gotten to be fairly straightforward, with few uncomfortable… Continue reading Undergoing a Prolonged Fast: What I Did, Why I Did It, & What I Learned
Since my family and I have cut our consumption of carbs and processed foods, I have been on the hunt for healthy recipes that replicate the taste of treats containing refined sugars and flour. Months ago, our first attempt was a carrot muffin recipe that was an abysmal fail. The lumpy results had a texture… Continue reading Healthy Substitutions & Changing Palates
As I write this, I'm fasting. I wish I could say that I'm fasting to meet a great spiritual need (although sharing that with the world would be Pharisaical and defeat the whole purpose of fasting!), but honestly, I'm not. In recent months, my husband and I began incorporating intermittent fasting into our regular diet… Continue reading Fasting for Spiritual & Physical Health
Here in the Land of Lincoln, it's been raining for days—the steady, soaking, pattering rain that falls in early spring just prior to everything bursting into bright green leaves and brilliant blooms. I used to begrudge the time that this season between seasons took away from spring, but now, I thank God for it. Once… Continue reading Rain, Rain…Come Again (and Again) Another Day!
Happy Monday, everyone. This week, my kids and will be memorizing these words of wisdom from Jesus. So much to meditate upon in these few verses! Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: Luke 6:36-38
Wax antique trunk. Sweep cobwebs off ceiling. Wash and bleach all white quilts. Those are just a few of the items on my spring cleaning list. Yes, I am writing about spring cleaning, and even I can't get excited about it! I wish I could, but I consider vacuuming the crumbs out of my kitchen… Continue reading Spring Cleaning, Soul Searching
It's the day after Christmas, and all through our house, not a creature is stirring. All is quiet—no Christmas music, no happy conversation, no feet running up and down the stairs. But the quiet is not a bad thing, since our family spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in some form of noisemaking. On Christmas… Continue reading An Ornament Most Precious