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ARE YOU WILLING TO EXPAND YOUR HOLIDAY GUESTLIST?

What is your reaction when you think of the holiday season?  Did you know that the holiday season is actually a “holy-season” that should bring us closer to the event or person we are celebrating?  Contrary to current practice, Thanksgiving Day is rooted in an occasion focused on thanking God for His provision rather than parades, football games, and shopping at odd hours.  Our study of American history reminds us that the Pilgrims had experienced an incredibly difficult year, yet they chose to be thankful. Christmas is the birthday of our Savior who was born in the humblest of circumstances and gave the best gift ever—salvation.  So, what are some ways that you can make this holiday season one that is “holy”? 

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THE GIFT OF GRATITUDE

Thanksgiving ushers in the holiday season.  Tantalizing aromas, gala events, and clandestine shopping trips consume much of our time from late November to January 1.  Easily caught up in the activities of the holiday season, it is easy to neglect the most important present to offer others—the gift of gratitude

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PLEASE BE MY GUEST—OCTOBER’S HINTS FOR THE EVERYDAY HOMEMAKER

If you were asked to define biblical hospitality how would you choose to describe it?  The topic and the definition should be dear to our hearts as believers for as we practice hospitality we share what we have with those whom God brings into our lives.  Biblical hospitality is focused on having a heart for service, asking our heavenly Father to creatively stretch what we have to offer refreshment to others, as well as using our time and energy to add joy to our daily lives.

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PLACING THE SOLITARY IN FAMILIES

A blond-headed, blue-eyed daughter, I looked like the perfect blend of my mother and father. As others commented on the likeness, my parents smiled inwardly knowing that it was their heavenly Father who had chosen the custom matching of their adopted daughter as He had “made a home for the lonely” (NASB) or, according to the King James Version, had set another solitary in a family (Ps. 68:6). Older when they commenced the adoption process, Oliver and Mary Ennis were willing to commit to nurturing a child. Eventually they welcomed to their home an abandoned child with pneumonia. She had lain so long on her back that the back of her head was bald. As you may have surmised, I was that abandoned child.

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KEEPING THE HOLY IN HOLIDAYS—SEPTEMBER’S HINTS FOR THE EVERYDAY HOMEMAKER

 

What is your reaction when you think of the holiday season?  Did you know that the holiday season is actually a “holy-season” that should bring us closer to the event or person we are celebrating?  Contrary to current practice, Thanksgiving Day is rooted in an occasion focused on thanking God for His provision rather than parades, football games, and shopping at odd hours.  Our study of American history reminds us that the Pilgrims had experienced an incredibly difficult year, yet they chose to be thankful. Christmas is the birthday of our Savior who was born in the humblest of circumstances and gave the best gift ever—salvation.  So, what are some ways that you can make this holiday season one that is “holy”?  Let’s begin with an assessment of our Holiday IQ. 

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CHOICES THAT PREPARE OUR HEARTS FOR A FANTASTIC HOLIDAY SEASON

I love summer so it is a bit challenging to me to walk through the craft, card, fabric, and department stores and find holiday supplies displayed.  However, I also know that good stewardship challenges me to plan ahead so that my holiday season is truly focused on the event it is meant to celebrate rather stressed-filled because I made poor choices in late summer and early fall.  Just as my management skills propel me to plan ahead so I experience a fantastic rather than a frantic holiday season, so I must begin early to make spiritual choices so that I maximize the potentially rich experiences.

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LASAGNA AND BEYOND--AUGUST'S HINTS FOR THE EVERYDAY HOMEMAKER

Did you know that a hot, spicy meal can reduce stress?  Research suggests that hot foods trigger the release of endorphins, the natural chemicals that trigger feelings of euphoria and well being, thereby reducing stress.[i]  Made ahead and frozen in serving sized portions this tasty and nutritious dish can also eliminate the “what’s for dinner?” question that often stimulates stress.  While Italy offers us the traditional recipe for this classic dish other world cuisines provide interesting variations.  Several are offered following the traditional lasagna recipe.

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THE REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER--JULY’S HINTS FOR THE EVERYDAY HOMEMAKER

What is your first reaction when you open the door to your refrigerator or freezer?  Attractive and orderly or like the mature stages of a science project?  Maintaining a well organized refrigerator and freezer is another way we “look well to the ways of our household” (Proverbs 31:27) and practice good stewardship.  Maintaining a model refrigerator and freezer is an important component at Horner Homemaking House since tour guests often open the refrigerator—without permission!  Perhaps the guidelines we use will assist you in caring for these significant “household servants” so that they provide optiomal performance for you.

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