Love is in the air. Can you feel it? Usually, by this time, I already have red and pink hearts gracing my mantle and cute mini mailboxes on our dining room table waiting to be filled with love letters. Yet, this year, I am moving a bit slower, and the box of love-filled décor sits on my garage floor, ready and waiting to be displayed. Maybe I will get to it today. Yep! I think I will.The truth is that the weather has altered my motivation a bit. We have had some pretty cold days around here, and I still feel like I am in hibernation mood, ready to curl up with a good book and get all cozied up until a blanket. So, while I am ready to celebrate love and always anticipate this sweet holiday, I am finding that I need some warm, cozy, and maybe even nostalgic dishes to welcome it in and set the tone.Generally, my little family makes a nice meal and then sits around the dining room table, decorated with hearts and pink plates, as we open up our mailboxes and read the love letters we wrote to one another. Sometimes, it goes smoothly; other times, it brings laughter, but we (my dear hubby and I) usually have to tamper our expectations and remember we are celebrating with our children, two of whom are teens. And, trust me, it can bring all kinds of unexpected blunders. Last year, we ate dinner at 9 pm because my oldest had to work. Other times, we have had boyfriends or our daughter's friends join us, which is always fun and eventful. I also vividly remember when our two oldest daughters got into a food fight because one forgot to write a letter, and the other one who did write a letter wasn't "so loving." Needless to say, they cleaned the kitchen out of their "love" for me-ha!But, even though I have no idea what Valentine's will bring, I am still always eager to make a fun and festive meal to show my family just how much I love them, flaws and all. Maybe you have a plan to bring love into your home as well, and you need some festive foods that will welcome the ambiance of love. Well, friend, I've got you covered. Below is a simple dinner plan along with several "sweet" dishes (because it's all about the dessert, right?) that you can grace your table and spread the love.
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As we left the kids with my parents, I felt a sense of relief. The burden of mothering was lifted off of my shoulders. My husband and I were going out of town without the kids. Freedom!We giggled like newlyweds as we drove off. We spent our vacation sleeping in, relaxing by the pool, and talking with no interruptions. I didn’t have to cut up food or get five other plates ready before sitting down to my own meal.When we wanted to just sit, we could just close our eyes and enjoyed the quiet.But that’s not my regular life. Parenting is not for the faint of heart; whether you’re new to it, or a pro. It doesn’t matter if you have one kid or five...it’s hard.Endless meal prep, dirty clothes, and decisions can make us feel used up. All we want is an escape. Without intention, we turn to social media or screening for momentary relief.However, there is an ultimate source of relief that we can see in Psalm 23.
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Feminism has been a long-standing debate and source of contention among the secular and spiritual realms for literally hundreds of years.However, before we seek to understand feminism, and more so how God defines it, let’s start with a little history that inspired it all.The first wave of feminism began in 1848 when the Women’s Suffrage Movement. This was the essential starting point for women's equality. Women stood up for their rights, especially their right to vote.In the mid-1950s, the Civil Rights Movement was a call to end discrimination, racial segregation, and prejudice. However, this was also a vital part of the Women’s Rights Movement as women demanded equal rights and pay as men.In 1973, the revolutionary ruling of Roe vs. Wade made abortion care legal and more accessible. Then, most recently, in 2022, the overturn of Roe vs. Wade decided to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion.Basically, the Women’s Rights Movement started out with a mission and goal to obtain essential rights for women. However, over time, that view has been somewhat corroded, as the focus isn’t solely on women anymore.In fact, it has placed many lives in jeopardy by essentially destroying the God-given roles placed upon men and women, and the consequences have been devastating.So, how should Christians handle this controversial topic? Can a Christian woman be a feminist?If we really want to answer these questions, we need to see how God defines feminism and what He has to say about His design of womanhood.Photo Credit: ©iStock/Getty Images Plus/nito100