He Bore Being Misunderstood – book excerpt

Enjoy today’s excerpt from Connie’s daily devotional book on Christ, 40 Days With The Savior.

“Day 7: He Bore Being Misunderstood” “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and ...

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Thankful for Pivotal People/Winner!/KSL segment!

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to stop, consider, and thank the wonderful pivotal people in your life. By those I mean the ones that have influenced you to become a better person, who have loved you in deep and meaningful ways, and whom you cherish and love because of their unique place in your heart.

If you will indulge me for a moment, Jill Holmes is one such person for me. For eight years she has been the behind-the-scenes Wizard of Oz at Back to Basics. It’s mainly been just ...

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The Holidays Are For Family – book excerpt

Enjoy today’s excerpt from Connie’s new holiday book Simplify & Savor the Season: Organize and Re-energize Your Holidays!: “The holidays are for family, so let them help. Let go of your inner controlling Mrs. Claus, and understand that even she uses elves (I have it on good authority). When everyone pitches in, each can enjoy the experience and you can let go of the Mom Show. Not only is that a gift here and now for you, but it is also a future gift for your children, becau ...

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"Dealing with Difficult Women"/Motherhood Matters article

Enjoy both Connie’s KSL segment and Motherhood Matters article today on “Dealing with Difficult Women.” In daily interactions, we can all struggle with how to handle particularly strong personalities: What do I say? How do I respond? How do I not want to punch him or her in the nose? Thankfully, using a few tips can make those encounters a possibly positive experience. Tip No. 1: Don’t take it personally. Hands down, this is the No. 1 response to eliminate most offens ...

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“Dealing with Difficult Women”/Motherhood Matters article

Enjoy both Connie’s KSL segment and Motherhood Matters article today on “Dealing with Difficult Women.”

In daily interactions, we can all struggle with how to handle particularly strong personalities: What do I say? How do I respond? How do I not want to punch him or her in the nose? Thankfully, using a few tips can make those encounters a possibly positive experience.

Tip No. 1: Don’t take it personally. Hands down, this is the No. 1 response to elimin ...

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He Sacrificed for Others – book excerpt

Enjoy today’s excerpt from Connie’s daily devotional book on Christ, 40 Days with the Savior.

“Day 8: He Sacrificed for Others”

Jesus teaches us a core principle: sacrifice is a gift of joy. He suffered so that we don’t have to. When we’re sad, angry, or overwhelmed with the wrongness of our chocies, we don’t have to stay that way. He already bore those burdens. And because of this, we can be happier. As we meet others, we can pay it forward and fo ...

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List-making Good or Bad? / KSL post / Weekly Winner!

Last week I was invited to a holiday luncheon by a dear friend. She holds a traditional friend feast of close compadres to share food, fun, and thoughts on how to keep a Christ-centered season.

Wow. Wonderful women, delicious dishes, inspirational insights, and I even got to bring my beautiful baby. Aside from awesome alliteration, does it get any better than that?

The shared thoughts were so fantastic that, embarrassingly, I took notes, right on the back of the darling handou ...

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Spend more time with the Savior this holiday season and less time in the stores

Enjoy today’s Quotable from “40 Days With the Savior.” A quick look at today’s top-selling books and magazines shows titles and headlines on how to make more money, be well liked, and live a glamorous life. One literary agent shared in her blog that she used read these kinds of magazines. But after a time, she felt unhappy and unfulfilled. Thinking through her life, she realized her feelings stemmed from reading about false images and fake lives. She tossed the ma ...

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Find the Joy in the Moment! / Simplify $1.99!

For the past few days my sweet baby has been down with the croup (translate: first day of church nursery gift). Not only did I hate seeing my son sick and not his energetic self, but I also felt a bit sick and not my energetic self. But little did I know what a gift it would be.

After my initial response, my next thought on the situation was to lament what needed to be done and that I was in no mood to do it. And then, thankfully, a rapid-fire second thought came: “Joy.”

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Another excerpt from Simplify and Savor the Season

I wanted to share another excerpt from my new book “Simplify and Savor the Season”:

Seek service. As we age, Christmas can inadvertently lose some of its sparkle. Some feel awash with increased stimulation, high expectations, and bitter disappointments. Others feel as if they’re on a holiday conveyor belt of singing the same old carols, eating the same old treats, and getting the same old gifts, only now it’s on warp speed. ...

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