Author Archive for Nancy

Simplify in 2012

A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you.

It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.

Want some practical tips?

Read Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life and think about how you can simplify your life in 2012.

Have any of you already decided to make some changes? What ways are you simplifying your life?


My Time to Do What I Can

I had only discovered Sara AKA Gitzen Girl’s blog in the past year and was absolutely stunned when she passed away recently. She always wrote with such joy and life, even while dealing with a very restrictive and complicated health issue.

Since she’s been gone, her sister, Laura posts things on her blog sometimes.

Tonight she posted, Thanks for saying “yes,” Sara!.

Here’s just a bit of it:

“You gotta just try to do every thing you can, when it’s your time to do it.”

I was watching Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who is from a small Iowa town not far from me, receive the esteemed Medal of Honor for bravery shown in active duty. Sal had told President Obama that he was just doing his job, and following advice he had gotten when he first became a soldier.

During his first tour of duty in Afghanistan, his Team Leader said to him:

“You gotta just try to do everything you can, when it’s your time to do it.”

It struck me as the most profoundly simple statement. And while I’m sure it is essential advice for a battlefield, it also occurred to me it’s advice that works in every circumstance for every person trying to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.

She goes on to talk about how Mary & Joseph just did what they had to do when Jesus was born. They had no idea what all would lie ahead for him. They were humble people just doing the best they could at the time. But God used them, and He can use each of us too!

Sara was so wise and encouraging. She ended with a challenge to all of us.

But this year, I’m wondering how I can be more like Mary and Joseph. How I can do everything I can… now… when it’s my time to do it.

Will you take that challenge with me? Will you look beyond the celebrations and the wrappings and the carols we hum as we busy about our lives – and pay close attention to the little details in the lives of those around you?

Because you never know when it may be your time to do everything you can.

It reminds me of the saying, “Whereever you are, be all there.” Sara’s entry was an encouragement to me and I hope it will be to you as well.

Merry Christmas, Friends!


Thinking Healthy This Winter

I stumbled across a new blog (to me) tonight, Recipes to Nourish. Looks like a lot of great information on there. I was especially interested in Holistic Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy.

We do slight variations of many things on her list, simply because I’m a rookie. For instance, we just use store-bought Sambucol for colds & flu, but she has a recipe where you can make your own Elderberry & Rose Hip Syrup. I’d like to get all of the supplies together and try making a batch.

What are some of your favorite homemade tips for keeping your family healthy during the winter?

Have you ever made Elderberry syrup? Want to come over and help me make some? Ha!



2 Great Freebies at Amazon Today

Laura Story, Emmanuel

I absolutely *LOVE* Laura Story’s song, Blessings! And I was happy to see that she is one of the artists featured on Amazon’s 25 Days of Christmas. Click here to download Emmanuel by Laura Story.

Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy AlcornAlso, when I asked for some suggestions on books or courses for teaching kids about handling finances, one friend recommended Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn. I was really excited to the Kindle Edition: Money, Possessions, and Eternity offered for FREE on Amazon now too!

Hope you all enjoy the freebies. You never when Amazon is going to change prices though so be sure that it’s still showing as free before you checkout.

Our Greatest Need

If our greatest need
had been information,
God would have sent us an educator,

If our greatest need
had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist.

If our greatest need
had been money,
God would have sent us an economist.

If our greatest need
had been pleasure,
God would have sent us an entertainer.

But our greatest need
was forgiveness,
So God sent us a Savior.

–Author unknown

As Christmas is approaching, I’m digging back through my archives to rerun some of my most popular Christmas posts through the years. I originally posted this one December 2007.