10 Children’s Books that Inspire Simplicity

In this season of gift-giving (often to excess!), why not give children on your list a book that will help inspire simplicity and teach stewardship. Here are 10 suggestions to consider. (Photo: San Jose Library, Creative Commons)

Cultivate Contentment

Without deliberately cultivating contentment, it’s tough to successfully steward and appreciate God’s abundance all around us. Check out this article from Relevant Magazine that offers five simple practices leading to greater contentment. (Photo: Rachel Sarai, Creative Commons)

Avoid These Vacation Money Traps

A family vacation can be a major summer expense, filled with unexpected costs. But if you can avoid these seven money traps you can come home with more cash in your pockets, says this article from (Photo by 19melissa68, used by Creative Commons license)

Don’t Buy – Make Christmas Gifts!

Gift-giving doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out this article about hand-made, home-crafted gifts. You can be a good steward of resources AND give meaningful, useful gifts that won’t end up in someone’s sock drawer or garbage can. (Photo: Muffet, Creative Commons)

DIY Instead of BUY

The new d0-it-yourself movement is reminding us that we do have alternatives. In addition to being fun, thrifty, and personal, making things yourself is immensely rewarding. Check out this article from MNN with abundant links. You’ll find suggestions for gifts, bread, toys, cosmetics, household cleaners, and much more. (Photo: chatirygirl, Creative Commons)

“Created to Give, Tempted to Keep”

Adam Hamilton, pastor and author, reflects on how we are hardwired by God to be generous but fall prey to the voices of fear and self-gratification. Click here for more. Click here to learn about Hamilton’s book Enough. (Photo: Liz West, Creative Commons)

How Much We Take for Granted!

One moment you’re in your warm house on a blustery October evening, seated at your computer writing emails and listening to storm coverage as your evening cup of tea cools. The next moment your house is as dark and as silent as midnight, oozing heat to the eager cold. There’s nothing like a power outage […]

Who Founded Earth Day?

Many people have no clue who first conceived of Earth Day or that he was a person of deep faith who spent a life sharing the message “peace, justice, and the care of the earth.” Click here to read John A. Murdock’s article entitled “Earth Day’s Forgotten Founder” published in the Spring 2012 issue of […]

Blue jeans virtues

I live in blue jeans during my nonworking hours, but as the New Year approached, my “good” pair of Levi’s were conspicuously scruffy and literally falling apart. But holding off on buying a new pair helped me experience two much-needed stewardship virtues.
(Photo by Anirav, via

For Granted–Frugal Finds

No more will our blogger take for granted her spouse’s ability to find useful and frugal items that meet a need perfectly. Read on for the story of the $3.00 food processor. (Photo: Rob Blezard)