Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Lovin`

By: Jenifer Metzger

Okay sisters, we are fully into summer. Summer time fruits are growing plump and flowers are fully bloomed. Now, to grow your marriage with some summer lovin` fun!

Here are some fun challenges/dates for you to complete in month of July. There are 8 challenges. Pick 4, 1 for each week in July, or go bold and do 2 a week!


  1. Sit on the deck in the moonlight. Sip on lemonade and talk about your dating years.
  2. Go for a hand in hand walk around the neighborhood. Talk about where you'd like your family to be in 5 years.
  3. Go to a drive in movie. Snuggle up in the car and don't be afraid to steal some kisses.
  4. Go to the park late at night. Lay a blanket on the ground, or if you have a truck lay in the bed, snuggle up as you look at the stars.
  5. Go to the farmer's market. Pick some delicious farm grown fruit and veggies together.
  6. Go to the lake. You can go for a fun swim, or just sit on the water's edge and snuggle.
  7. Splurge on amusement park tickets or go to a local fair. Ride rides, eat funnel cakes and act like kids again.
  8. Go for a hot air balloon ride. Check prices and look for coupons. You'll love floating through the air with your guy.
Alright ladies, tell me which you are most looking forward to? Any other ideas you could add to the list?




Friday, July 3, 2015

Freedom of the Family

By Angie Ketcham

This year, as we celebrate the freedom of this great nation, I have to say my heart is a bit heavy.  After a week of watching the desemination of traditional marriage last week (disclaimer:  this not about any ill feelings to the LBGT community) and the power that 5 people have over the direction my life and future generations might take,  I feel a strong attack on the family.  I'm not talking about the decisions of the courts, because why would I expect them to make choices based on what the Bible says?  I'm talking about the ambivalence within the walls of my home.



I know we have been a bit spoiled in America, being "free" to voice our beliefs and having very little opposition and repercussions because of it.  I know that I have taken for granted that everyone must feel the same way about life as I do because it's the "right" thing.  My ability to voice my opinion has not put me in prison or caused an outcry.  As a matter of fact, I have made little difference in the public arena (except within the walls of my church) at all and have settled for that.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Love...

by Debi Baker

1 Corinthians 13 has been heavy on my heart this week.  It's 13 verses that tell us about love.  I believe 'love' has been so distorted over the years.  The word 'love' is pretty much a throw-away word.  We toss it around like the wind blows and I think that has caused us to forget what 'love' really is.  1 Corinthians 13 is a great reminder.




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What Does Faith Look Like?

By: Shari A. Miller

It's time to get down to the nitty gritty.

When who we are meets what really is, and it's an unnerving sight.

The tears fall one by one, because we are trying to push through the dark with every once of strength that we can muster. But, does it really have to be this way? Do we really need to go through life, full force, with what little power we have left, trying to do it all on our own, while we become more and more exhausted with each day?

The answer is a resounding no, this is not what our lives need to look like!

We are missing one key ingredient......faith.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Flag Fruit Pizza

By: Melissa Baker

Since it is the week of Independence Day, I thought I would share a patriotic recipe that I really love! I have made it several times and it is always a hit! It is a great dessert to take to family gatherings, and you can change up the theme for each holiday by using different fruit. This particular recipe is for the Flag Fruit Pizza. Enjoy!

Flag Fruit Pizza


Ingredients:
1 20-ounce pkg. sugar cookie dough
1 1/2 cups cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Strawberries
Blueberries