Eat More Chicken

You guys, what I’m about to tell you is something I never thought possible … until I discovered it happened in my own family:My Grandma Colvin used to feed her whole family of 10 on one pound of beef!! Gah??! How is that even possible??For starters, I know that she was unabashedly frugal. My dad…
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One Hilarious Hospital Experience

It was the craziest thing I had ever seen. Stretchers were passing by holding patients in agony. Another patient had a deep cut on his ankle with blood gushing everywhere. The large, white lobby felt cold and sterile while receptionists shuffled around, busy as ever.  I sat there for hours too, waiting to hear about…
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Dressing Deliberately for Summer

I’m a sweater. As in, my internal body temperature runs hot (which really means that a fine bead of sweat is almost always running along my upper lip — super comfortable and most definitely stylish, right??!) Then add in a healthy dose of motherhood at a summer park date with a blazing sun and a…
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Granola Bar Kindness

It’s never easy to talk to our kids about the harsh realities of life. I remember the first time I told my oldest daughter about “stranger-danger” I got sweaty pits! She’s already shy enough, I thought. What’s she going to do now, not talk to anyone?! But luckily my husband handled it with the ease…
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Helping your Kids Hear God

Did you know that your child has a built-in capacity to hear God and experience him?! It’s hard to imagine that the six-year old who just minutes ago punched a sibling, threw a tantrum or refused to obey you in cleaning up their toys could hear profound and deep truth straight from the Spirit of…
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How Fasting Changed my Finances

I never thought I would fast food. EVER. I just love it too much! However, I’ve found that the very thing you hold on to is often the thing God will ask you to release; and that’s exactly what he did to me the day before Substance started its 21-day fast one year: he told…
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Choose Hibernation, Mama Bear

I’m not from Minnesota originally, but I live here now. I don’t know if there’s a support club for people like me in the winter, but I would only join it if I didn’t have to leave my house. I was DETERMINED to have a good attitude about winter this year. And as I watched…
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Bringing Jesus into Christmas

Morning Moms Group has challenged me in so many ways, but I will never forget the time that I was encouraged to examine whether Jesus was at the center of my Christmas traditions or not. Now, this might seem like an obvious thing for a Christian to do. (I mean, Christmas does have the word…
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My “To-Don’t” List

You know how all of those responsible moms who have a detailed to-do list? Those lists are great, aren’t they? They help you keep your sanity and get the laundry and the dishes done. (Just kidding, the laundry is never done.) Well, I think there’s something even better than a to-do list. It’s called a…
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Prayer Ideas for the Busy Mom

I had such high expectations for how I would raise my kids…before having kids. They were going to be well behaved (because I certainly wouldn’t have a child who thrashed about on the produce aisle at Cub); I would also pass on my faith to them naturally, considering how important my faith was to me; they…
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