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The Wise Woman with a Stone

If you could leave but one thing behind you what would it be? Wealth and property? Family heirlooms? For me those don’t even enter the running. Not only because I have few such things to leave. But because I hope, above all, to leave a lasting legacy. 

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Why I Became a Minimalist, as a Christian

Why I became a minimalist is a question I often get asked. And it’s not always easy to explain, particularly to those who’ve never heard of minimalism. Or when I tell them that it all came about because of a bottle of vinegar! 

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But What About the Memories?

Imagine returning home from a shopping trip to find your house leveled! That’s just what happened to a couple in Michigan. A demolition crew was given the wrong address, and all that remained of a grandmother’s old home was a cement slab.

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Christmas Contentment

Have you ever really reflected on contentment during Christmas? No? – Me neither until a few years ago. Joy and gratitude, yes. But never much on contentment.

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2020: an Ebenezer Year to Remember

For several years, I kept two homemade placards on our entryway mirror. They read Ebenezer and Jehovah-Jireh. Two powerful words from Scripture, meaning “stone of help” and “Yahweh will provide.” In other words, up to now the Lord has helped us – and he will continue to do so.

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Where Thrift Reigns: The Italian Village of Thrift

Do you rush out to buy new or have you learned the art of making do?

My husband’s hometown is a village where thrift reigns. The people there have long been used to making do. The current trend toward simplicity and frugality is so normal for them, they would ask “Is there any other way?” 

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Making Your Husband Poor

The Virtuous Woman: Part Four

As we take another look at Proverb’s virtuous woman, let’s keep in mind that her entire life is summed up in these mere 22 verses. We tend to take them in one lump when in all actuality they seem to recount the stages of her life.

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After Lockdown

We’ve been out of lockdown here in Italy for over two months now. Although not all countries are yet open to international travelers. But at least we’re out of lockdown! And I’m learning one thing.

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Cultivating Contentment in a World of Stuff

I once read the testimony of a family in difficult circumstances and with limited finances, plagued by discouragement and malcontent. Until the day their young son prayed over lunch.