A Word of Encouragement if it’s Christmas time, and life isn’t turning out like you planned?

When it's Christmas and life isn't turning out like you planned, God has an even better plan! SmellingCoffee.com

So here we are… It’s Christmas time… and maybe life hasn’t turned out just like you had hoped or planned.  (Somehow, Hollywood has made us think that everything should fall into place just because it’s Christmas.  Because OF CHRISTmas, yes.  However, it probably won’t all happen around December 25th.  Right?) But guess what?!  God’s plans are […]

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Looking for an Alternative to “Elf on the Shelf?”

Try playing “Seek and Find Jesus”! *** Let me start this post by making it clear that I am in NO way dissing the Elf. I think that, like every other Christmas-themed festivity, with some Spirit-inspired creativity, little Elfie on the Shelfie can be used in such a way that points children to Jesus. In […]

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It’s Advent Season 2016!

Advent Ideas. SmellingCoffee.com

Are you and your family observing Advent from now until Christmas?  I grew up in a home where God and Jesus were very much a part of our lives, but Advent wasn’t something we participated in.  We just weren’t aware of it.  Some church denominations focus greatly on Advent and others don’t. Mine didn’t back […]

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Quick Thanksgiving Table “Game” Ideas

One Minute Thanksgiving Game SmellingCoffee.com

  In the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving Day, the cooking, the gathering, the eating, the cleaning up, and fitting the other family traditions worked in… it’s often easy to become more frustrated than thankful (especially as the hostess). We don’t mean to be this way.  We have every intention to keep a thankful heart. […]

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Best “Homemade” Apple Pie Hack – Always Complimented! Great for Thanksgiving Meal!!!

Best Homemade Apple Pie Hack. SmellingCoffee.com

Y’all… I’m going to let you in on one of my most secret recipes.  Why?  I honestly don’t know… but I feel like someone out there is like me, and just needs to feel like a Thanksgiving hero this year.  And this pie will make it happen (as long as you keep our secret to […]

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Turning our Hearts toward CHRISTmas

Hi everyone~ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around my town (and even around my house… we began putting up the Christmas tree this weekend… Yippee!!!). We had our town’s annual Holiday Open House and first annual lighting of the town’s Christmas tree yesterday – and it literally felt like we were in […]

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A Healing Prayer for Post-Election America

A Healing Prayer for Post-Election America. SmellingCoffee.com

Hello, my friends.  I’ve been watching and reading Twitter and Facebook Feeds for the last several days with the heaviest of heart.  Because of the strong feelings surrounding this election (and some other Christian-leader issues that surfaced not too long ago) a true divide has been drawn among the nation-wide body of Christ… at least […]

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Some Truths to Combat Election Day Heart-Panic

On this most epic Election Day, following my name of Jesus (which wonderfully, btw, was My Helper – Psalm 118:7) was the answer to my heart cry for this nation. As believers in Jesus Christ, we have a responsibility to vote according to Biblical standards (especially when it comes to the sanctity of human life), […]

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