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Jesus in the Jewish Shabbat

Posted on November 17, 2020 by

by Susan G Mathis Have you ever experienced a Jewish Shabbat? I have, and it’s amazing, especially when you overlay the Christian symbolism. In my latest Christmas novella, Reagan, a Gentile, experiences it with a Jewish family.…

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Moving in Six Weeks Flat?

Posted on August 1, 2020 by

by Susan G Mathis After my sweet husband went to heaven, our wonderful, large house and multi-acre land felt way too isolating. Empty. Lonely. I needed to downsize, to make my life easier, less stressful, more peaceful. And I sens…

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The St. Lawrence Seaway’s Summer Fun

Posted on May 11, 2020 by

by Susan G Mathis The majestic St. Lawrence Seaway provides passage for huge ships from all over the world. People along its shores marvel at the passing ships, classic wooden skiffs, luxurious yachts, and family boats zigzagging …

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Traveling the Thousand Islands

Posted on April 17, 2020 by

by Susan G Mathis Have you heard of the magnificent Thousand Islands in Upstate New York? More than 1,800 islands are situated between New York and Canada in the St. Lawrence River. I grew up just seventeen miles from the Saint La…

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A Life of Thankfulness

Posted on November 20, 2019 by

by Susan G Mathis For the past few years I’ve been doing the “30 Days of Thankfulness” challenge, posting what I’m thankful for each day of November. Maybe this year you can join me in this adventure? This simple exercise …

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Posted on July 18, 2019 by

by Susan G Mathis Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books—and movies. The book was a bestseller in 1908 and has been made into movies, cartoons, stage plays, and more. It’s a literary classic that tells about the adv…

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Count Your Grandparenting Blessings

Posted on April 23, 2019 by

by Susan G Mathis All four of my grandchildren were born in South Africa, so in ten years, I took ten trips across the globe to build my relationship with them. Those trips were full of love and laughter, new baby cuddles and litt…

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Irish, Shamrocks and God

Posted on March 1, 2019 by

by Susan G. Mathis According to the 2008 U.S. Census Bureau, about 56.7 million Americans say they have an Irish heritage. That’s nearly 12 percent of the U.S. population, and many Irish still retain a sense of their Irish herit…

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When Change Happens

Posted on February 22, 2019 by

by Susan G Mathis In my upcoming novel, Katelyn’s Choice, my main character struggles to accept some big changes in her life. Katelyn goes to work on a small island in the Thousand Islands in upstate New York and faces many cha…

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Borrowing from the In-Laws 

Posted on February 7, 2019 by

by Susan G Mathis Our friends Becky and Thom decided early in their marriage never to ask for financial help from their parents. They understood that this meant they would need to learn to live within their means, even sacrificing…

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A Baby Changes Everything

Posted on December 18, 2018 by

by Susan G Mathis Any precious new life causes me to ponder how much a child changes everything—in the parents’ and the siblings’ lives, and even in the loved ones around them, like you and me. We are never the same when a n…

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Be a Bookworm Family

Posted on June 7, 2018 by

by Susan G Mathis A recent study out of the University of Nevada at Reno discovered that a child who has more than 25 books in his or her home has the equivalent of a year of education, and a child who has read or been read 500 or…

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Beating the Winter Blues

Posted on January 23, 2018 by

by Susan G Mathis Cabin fever. The doldrums. The winter blues. Whatever you call it, it can get you down. But here are a dozen ways to beat it and enjoy the season. Get some sun. Your body needs vitamin D and sunlight to be health…

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Your New Year Plans

Posted on December 27, 2017 by

  by Susan G Mathis “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 Within the week, it’ll be a new year. Yes, I’m getting an early start, but it’s never too early, right? While plan…

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Conflict Haters Unite!

Posted on May 26, 2017 by

by Susan G Mathis I hate conflict. I don’t like getting into disagreements with my husband. I don’t like having a spat with a friend. As a parent, I hated the constant conflict resolution that was needed when my two kids didn…

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The Gift of a Strong Marriage

Posted on February 15, 2017 by

by Susan G. Mathis Although Valentine’s Day is over, I want to remind you of the importance of keeping your marriage strong, not just on a holiday, but everyday. It’s the best gift you can give your spouse. Remember what a gre…

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Change in the New Year

Posted on January 17, 2017 by

by Susan G Mathis The inevitable changes of the new year often hit us hard. Crazy as it is, change is all around us. A wedding. A new baby. School. A heart attack. A honeymoon. Retirement. A new home. Death. A promotion. Divorce. …

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Extended Family Friction

Posted on November 7, 2016 by

by Susan G Mathis Here are a few steps to resolving conflict and setting boundaries with family members, parents or in-laws: Remember that your marriage relationship comes first, even if your family members, parents or in-laws hav…

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The Ruler of the Roost?

Posted on July 4, 2016 by

by Susan G Mathis Early in her marriage, Alexi just couldn’t allow herself to be “ruled” by Brent. She kept her finances separate, refused to allow Brent to make even the simplest decisions, and fought against his desires to…

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Valentine Surprises?

Posted on February 11, 2016 by

by Susan G Mathis Valentine’s Day is a time where expectations often run high, especially for women. But when you don’t understand what is expected, lots of conflict, stress, and frustration can arise. How does your future mat…

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Christmas Letters

Posted on December 10, 2015 by

by Susan G Mathis I knew friends and family expected to hear from me at Christmas, but I wasn’t excited about writing one more holiday letter. Then I had an idea. Every year, we read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” so …

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New Holiday Traditions

Posted on November 3, 2015 by

by Susan G Mathis Now is the time to build new traditions this holiday season—before the chaos hits. First, as a couple, talk about how you did things in the past, and then brainstorm how you might want to do things now. And be …

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Reengaging Your Mate

Posted on September 7, 2015 by

by Susan G Mathis It doesn’t matter how old you are, how long you’ve been married, if you have kids at home, or grandkids near or far. Life is busy, especially during the summer. So now that fall is here, how can you reengage …

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Time to Play

Posted on June 23, 2014 by

by Susan G Mathis When you’re dating, it’s easy to find time to have fun as a couple and discover what activities you like doing together. Having fun together is an important part of the emotional and relational bonding that i…

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Marriage Proposal Madness

Posted on November 15, 2013 by

by Susan G Mathis As Diane Sawyer and others have recently reported, there’s a whole heap of coupling craziness in the air! In the world of reality TV and YouTube sensations, grooms-to-be are spending multiple thousands of doll…

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Combustible Moments

Posted on April 3, 2013 by

by Susan G Mathis Steve and Gayle were up to their eyeballs in frustration and conflict. Once again Steve’s ex had taken him to court, wanting more child support money so she could stay home and enjoy a comfy life. Gayle, howeve…

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Happily Married Holidays

Posted on December 1, 2012 by

by Susan G Mathis Holidays offer a great time of celebration, but the busyness of the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even the New Year season can stress marriage in so many ways. Preparing for the holiday season—before it hits—i…

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Exercise Your Imagination

Posted on July 16, 2018 by

by Susan Mathis When I’m with my granddaughters, one of our favorite things to do is to go to a playground. Their imagination goes wild! Swings let them fly like birds. Slides let them soar like a dolphin in the blue ocean. Monk…

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Diffusing Money Conflicts

Posted on October 27, 2014 by

by Susan Mathis “We talk about all our purchases, whether small or big—and we trust each other,” Isabel says. “If I need something, I can buy it because we just aren’t extravagant with our purchases.” “That’s part …

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Lost in the Maze of Change

Posted on September 10, 2014 by

by Susan Mathis “I hate change!” Laura told me over lunch one day. “Todd’s job has changed, Beth is off to college, and then the dog died! Now here I am in this empty house.” The ancient philosopher, Heraclitus, accurate…

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A Point of Decision

Posted on July 8, 2014 by

by Susan G. Mathis “I can’t forgive his self-centeredness,” Tara said. “He just took a new job, without talking to me, and now we have to move. Again! I refuse to make one more change just because he thinks we should.” …

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ReMarriage Money Matters

Posted on April 1, 2014 by

by Susan G. Mathis Money can cause more problems in marriage than most of us realize, but in a remarriage, it can get even more complicated. Marcos and Isabel have learned that the pathway to financial freedom is one of discipline…

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What’s a Woman to Do?

Posted on March 10, 2014 by

by Susan G. Mathis “We used to pray together, read the Bible together, and serve in the church together. Now Jim doesn’t want to do any of it! He barely makes it to church anymore,” Julie said. In the busyness of life, we ca…

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