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Fruitful Thinking

  • The Fourth Advent Candle—Love

    Last night I lit the fourth Advent candle representing love. Rich and I had our four grandchildren over yesterday afternoon to decorate gingerbread...
  • Third Advent Candle—Joy

    Last Sunday I lit the third Advent candle. Joy.  Sad to say, despite my good intentions, a week before Christmas the wheels fell off my joy wagon. ...
  • The Second Advent Candle (Peace)

    Peace has never been my strong suit. Long ago a doctor diagnosed me with "free-floating anxiety." Doesn't sound too professional, does it? I accept...
  • The First Candle (Hope)

    Last Sunday the first Advent candle was lit, signifying hope. I was embarking on my Advent adjustment and was feeling hopeful I would relax, simpli...
  • An Advent Adjustment (Peace)

    In seasons past, we were still eating turkey leftovers when I would hit the ground running with Christmas. Away went the autumn and Thanksgiving de...
  • Grandma's Table (Faithfulness)

    Grandma Floy's dining table was beautiful on ordinary days. Solid oak and shining it sat in Grandma and Grandpa's dining room and matched the oak w...
  • "A Big Life or a Little Life—Life is Life" Chris Felix (Kindness)

    I recently watched a news clip about two Michigan policemen who came upon a young man (Chris Felix) at the side of the road giving CPR. With a web ...
  • HEAVY LOAD (Kindness)

    My first big-girl trip away from home occurred in my early forties (I'm a late starter). I was going to a week-long conference for work and had no ...
  • Cowgirl Dreams (Peace)

    One of my favorite quotes speaks of contentment but says it in a way only Garrison Keillor can. "Some Luck lies in not getting what you thought you...
  • An Autumn Memory (Joy)

    Blonde hair atop a red jacket swung back and forth in the distance. I couldn't see clearly but a certain tilt of the head told me this was my grand...
  • Where Can Peace be Found? (Peace)

    I woke up in the middle of a bad dream. I was running with a child in my arms. I screamed as I looked over my shoulder at a wall of water rushing t...
  • Fruitful Thinking

    Hi, my name is Annie and I want to welcome you to my first blog post. This is new territory for me so I will try not to talk too much!

    I recently published a book for Christian women titled, Fruit Flies in Our Faith: Nurturing and Sharing the Fruit of the Spirit, based on Galatians 5:22-23,

     “The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…"