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The Announcement You've Been Waiting For

The Announcement You've Been Waiting For



When I was in high school I had multiple research papers and book reports that were due. They were normally the most in depth and horrid thing for a teenager, but I absolutely loved them. Back then, you wrote your book report with a pencil and paper. You'd erase your mistakes by hand, bringing your pencil up to your chin, wondering how to replace that sentence with a better one full of imagery. Or, maybe that was just me. Maybe I was the only teenager who did that. 

None-the-less, I remember handing in a book report one day, and shortly after I'd handed it in, it had already been scored. I went to a small Christian school in high school—only about 30 kids in total. So when someone got called up to the front, you'd hear just about everything that teacher had to say. 

It was one of the very last book reports I'd ever do in high school, and I really wanted it to be done well. 

As I walked up to the front to collect my graded paper, she peered over her glasses and quietly said, "Amy, you have a gift for writing, you're going to be an author one day."

She smiled.

I had a blank stare. 

She had a way of building us kids up. The head of all teachers, the woman who would let you know you were out of line in a heartbeat, but who was gentle enough to cheer you on in love and grace.

At first I believed every word that flowed from her lips, but soon doubt crept in and the instant gratification high was gone. 

Her words have stayed with me ever since...and that brings me to that big announcement you've all been waiting for...

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He Justifies Us

He Justifies Us



When we walk through struggles like divorce, loss of friendships, financial distress, death of a loved one, and more, we are often quick to ask "why me" or "why is this happening?" We are quick to justify ourselves, telling others how good we are, how things like these shouldn't happen. But what does scripture say about it all? Today, we'll talk about it and discover exactly what God may be showing us in the midst of our struggles.
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Quick and Easy Prepper Backpack and Tools

Quick and Easy Prepper Backpack and Tools




We aren't doom and gloom people. Let's just start with that. 

However, we are smart and educated, and we know that at any time a natural disaster, government fall out, civil war, or nuclear warfare could happen. That's just something that's possible anywhere in the world. Therefore, we choose to be prepared to a certain extent, without being fearful.

You won't find rooms full of 5 gallon food storage buckets in our home, but you will find two backpacks and an in home prepper kit that sit in an easily accessible location. Because the reality is, whether you have to pick up and go, or you are trapped in your home until help comes or water resides, being prepared is just plain smart.

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Homesteading; It Takes a Village

Homesteading; It Takes a Village




The new "self"-sufficiency movement has taken over the country and the world. From state to state, continent to continent, the word "self-sufficiency" and "homesteader" are now common terms that most people have heard at some point or another. The question, however, is often asked — What is a Homesteader? or What is the definition of self-sufficient?

When in reality, I think the question should really be, What's the Process of Becoming These Things?

In fact, looking back through history, you might be surprised to realize that "self"sufficiency wasn't really even popular unless you were mountain folk. And even then, it still didn't mean what you think it did. Quite often, it wasn't "self" at all. Homesteading?.....it took a village. It took a community. Or at least a few families.

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