Reflections on Earlier Life

Memories of a Centenarian Scripture: “You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows, Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23: 5-6 While I sat and meditated, thoughts of my earlier life filled my mind: I was the oldest of ten children, lived on a farm and been raised during difficult times. 1918, the year of my birth, influenza caused more deaths than the war being fought. Thankfully, our family was spared. As I reflected on those days, I am thankful for loving parents.  With a large family, …

From Tradition to Memories

In a world of busyness and chaos, hustle and bustle, it is nice to take time to stop and enjoy it.  How often do we simply relax with our spouse or play with our children?  I can honestly say I often find myself telling my children to “go play” instead of “let’s play.” One of the many things I love about the Christmas Season is that even though it is hurried in the shopping and wrapping and parties…. there are still those moments when I can sit and do a craft with my children or make cookies with my family.  …

A New Tradition

A tradition is simply the transmission of beliefs from generation to generation.  We have to be careful that we do not get caught in them and undermine the authority of our creator, but rather bring Him pleasure by remembering Him in all that we do.  Such traditions that bring Him pleasure are saying grace before we eat or the taking of the Lords Supper.  As we do this, we quote “…Do this to call me (affectionately) to remembrance.” I Cor. 11: 24 AMP  I am always amazed at the various types of family traditions that I hear about during Christmas …

Skipping Thanksgiving

One of my biggest pet peeves is decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving.  I did it once back in college when my friend Tiffany and I roomed together.  Since we just couldn’t wait for Christmas, our decorations were up in early November.  All I remember was enjoying the decorations…for the first few weeks. By the time Christmas got here, the novelty had ended.  Of course, I don’t even remember Thanksgiving that year. Ever since then I made an unwritten rule that I’d never decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. More important than when we choose to decorate for Christmas, many of us …

And if not, He is still Good

The dictionary says thankful means “pleased or relieved” or “expressing gratitude and relief.” As I read over the definition right now, I ponder what it really means to me to be thankful?  Am I thankful?  Do I express gratitude enough in my life? When I think of gratitude or thanksgiving, the first thought that pops in my head are the people and things in my life I am extremely grateful for. Most people would agree, right? I know it was my first thought when I began to write about being thankful. I also wondered how many times a day I …

Thankfulness is Best Lived Forward

  When I think of the word thankfulness I get a picture myself as a young mother. I’m wiping the sweat from my brow and the hair from my eyes. Whew!  I was not sure how I could get it all done. But thankfully, God made a way. Most of the time I was waltzing somewhere between flustered and flabbergasted. I’ll admit that a lot of the time I was overwhelmed with things instead of thankful for them. One day I was standing on my porch watching one little daughter go down the street to play and another little daughter …

Prayer Changes Things…Beginning With Me

I can remember the day my sister called me with panic in her voice. As I sat in my office as a new temp hire at Stephens Inc., I remember her screaming to the top of her lungs that her then boyfriend had a gun to her baby’s head. As I visualized this scene, thoughts of this pattern of behavior that I had become accustomed to with her begin to play out in my mind. Such as the time she went to jail because she drove her car and ran over her then boyfriend, or the time her children were …

My Shipwrecked Life

Among the many definitions of wrecked, included are: any building structure or thing reduced to a state of ruin and the ruins or destruction of a vessel or anything. Its definition describes my life was two years ago. My life was so broken that it wrecked “my plans” I had for my life. To make a long story short my husband is a soldier and was deployed twice with the Operation Iraqi Freedom. When he returned home it took almost two years to get a job. Even though he is a considered a veteran he went unnoticed for many opportunities. …

The Greatest Love There Is

As the 2-year date that changed my faith and many lives approaches, I felt the Lord calling me to share this story in some way. I cannot stay quiet about His love and how he restored me and many others by His grace through a time of suffering. I am 24 years old. A few years ago, I would never have guessed I would be sitting here writing about my faith. I became a believer when I was small, grew up in a Christian home, and sought out the Lord as best I could in my younger years, which to …

Making Marriage Matter with Leah Heffner

Play / pause 1x 1.5x 2x 0:00 0:00 31:02 volume Making Marriage Matter with Leah Heffner iTunesGoogle PlayShare Leave a ReviewClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSS Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreAlthough she is off caffeine for a season, you can’t tell it by her contagious energy. Leah Heffner blogs about marriage, parenting and faith. Her passion will inspire you to live intentionally. Don’t miss her online course, “Making Marriage Matter” which she describes: “Breathing Life Into Your Marriage through a Heart Attitude of Thankfulness was created to encourage you in your right now of …