Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and I had hoped to share my gift ideas last week, but you know… I was doing the mom thing and gave birth to a baby. :-)
But there’s still time (two weeks, to be exact), for all of us to find thoughtful gifts that let the moms in our lives know how much we love and appreciate them. I’m looking forward to letting the lady in the photo above know how much she means to me.
With the new year comes the natural desire to set goals for ourselves, whether related to relationships, finances, health, or our professions. Given that my husband is a pastor, I often talk to people about their spiritual goals for the coming year, and generally, people have a desire to more consistently devote themselves to practices like scripture reading, prayer, and silence.
While I by no means consider myself an expert in mastering spiritual practices, I have found one tool to be particularly helpful in creating space for more meaningful time with God in the mornings.
What are your favorite books that you read this past year? At the beginning of 2017, I set a goal to read at least 12 books this year (one for every month), and reading more has brought a lot of joy into my life. Here are five favorites that I dug into this year…
The holiday season is a hectic, stressful time for a lot of us. I’ve certainly had years when I was overwhelmed by holiday parties, gift shopping and failed attempts at trying to send out Christmas cards. I generally look forward to the week after Christmas when things actually slow down.
But this year, I’m setting an intention to make things different. I think what I’ve lacked most in the past year is a clear game plan for how I want to enjoy and soak up the goodness of the holiday season. In essence, I want to feel more in control of the holiday season instead of feeling like it has control over me.
Looking for ideas of what to get your favorite people for the holidays? I put together a 2017 Holiday Gift Guide with a range of things that can be gifted to your significant other, relatives, co-workers, hosts, and kids. This list is a mix of things I’ve received and loved, things I’ve given that were celebrated, and a few things I’d love to receive.