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4 Simple Ways Gratitude Can Save Your Marriage

When we were first married, I had a list of marriage do’s and don’ts that I had curated from books, Christian conferences, and more seasoned mentors. I’m not sure whether it was selective hearing or if it was simply not mentioned, but now almost 20 years into our marriage, I’d have to say, the single most powerful marriage practice (after 1. tending your own spiritual growth and 2. reading Scripture and praying together) has been expressing gratitude!Gratitude has been a powerful key that has unleashed power in all the other good marriage habits for us!Here are four reasons why you might want to take stock of the expressed and felt gratitude you are cultivating in your marriage:
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5 Delicious Sides to Make This Thanksgiving

The most popular at our house is Apples and Cheese and is expected on every holiday table no matter the time of the year. It's easy and freezes well, so you can make it ahead of time, and your dish will probably be scraped clean!

If Jesus Was a Guest at Your Thanksgiving Table…

Jesus was a regular guest in other people’s homes. Jesus ate with those who were important (Luke 7:36, 11:37, 14:1), those who were his disciples and followers, (Luke 10:38), and those who were considered outcasts in society (Matthew 9:10, Luke 19:1-5).When we can think of Jesus being a guest in our homes, a popular quote might come to mind. Perhaps it hangs as a plaque in your dining room. It says “Christ…the unseen guest of every meal, the silent listener to every conversation.” Yet, as seen in the Gospels, Jesus was far from silent during the meals he attended. He used these times to minister, teach, and wisely admonish. At some meals, we learn how people reacted to Jesus. Other times we are left not knowing and wondering how they took his words.As we look at who Jesus ate with, we can consider how we would respond if Jesus were a guest at our table this Thanksgiving. But first, it is helpful to be aware of some of the cultural details associated with meals in Jesus’ day.Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Drazen Zigic

5 Grooming Signs to Watch for During Family Holiday Gatherings

Parents, please know that my words are not meant to scare you but to help and encourage you to be on guard. The harsh reality is that many victims of abuse personally know their abuser. Therefore, my hope is to simply educate you about the problem and empower you to have open and honest conversations with your children.

Don't Let Cuffing Season Influence Your Dating

Don't let social pressures, nosy family members, or really wanting a box of chocolates at Valentine's persuade you into selfish dating. You never know what God might have in store when you let Him lead the way.

4 Non-Typical Conversation Starters for the Dinner Table

Good conversation - that truly meaningful and memorable conversation - comes with the courage to ask the more inquiring questions. Digging deeper to get to know someone and allowing them to talk about themselves or their interest will help keep the dinner table from falling into that awkward silence of non-chatter and chewing.

7 Ways to Navigate the Empty Chair this Holiday Season

Although the holiday season is normally spent eating dinner and sharing gifts with family and friends, you might have experienced the death of a loved one this past year. This makes the holiday season particularly hard for those dreading the holly and jolly, as there will be an empty chair around the table this year. Although there's nothing you can do to bring back the loved one, there are ways in which you can manage your grief so that you can enjoy the holiday as much as possible.Here are seven ways to navigate the empty chair this holiday season:Photo Credit: ©Pexels/Paula Schmidt

17 Creative Thanksgiving Traditions for Your Family to Try

The holiday season is fast approaching. It will soon be time to plan the Thanksgiving menu and make our way through crowded grocery stores. Or order grocery delivery (Praise Jesus!). Besides the tradition of the feast with friends and family, Thanksgiving is also a time to partake in other beloved family traditions, such as playing football and watching the Macy's Day Parade.While nothing can compete with long-honored family traditions, especially Grandma's pumpkin pie, it can be enjoyable to incorporate a new family tradition into the mix. Let's look at 17 creative ideas to make the holiday extra special this year:Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/Choreograph

6 Simple Ways to Cultivate Thanksgiving in Your Grandchildren

When your grandchildren visit, you may say, "I am so delighted you are here. You are such a wonderful gift from God." You may adopt a gratitude moment at meals. You may simply choose to hug them every time you see them and call out something you love about them.

What Is the Cultural Significance of Sharing a Meal?

We see in the New Testament that Jesus held this tradition in high esteem and proceeded to place a high significance on sharing a meal throughout His ministry. We often find Him reclining at a table, fellowshipping with His people, and building authentic relationships.

9 Reminders of God in Nature to Renew Gratitude

God knows our human tendency to take Him for granted and to fail to appreciate His blessings. That's why He intentionally designed the natural world to speak without words about His character. When I've grown blind to the goodness of God, I'm thankful for ample visible reminders in nature to renew gratitude.

9 Fun Ideas for Kids at Thanksgiving

God gives parents the responsibility to develop the quality of gratitude in their children. We must teach them to understand and give thanks for all they receive from others and God. One way we do this is to develop traditions around celebrations. Fun and meaningful opportunities for gratitude abound in the month of November. Below are nine categories with lots of ideas for kids at Thanksgiving.

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