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A Little More About Denise


I’m left-handed. I hoard chocolate. My dresser drawers are usually a mess. I have an identical twin. I have a reputation as a prankster. I’m dangerous around fire. I crave Mexican food. I’m dreaming about writing a book.

You will find the words above in the “Meet Denise” page of my blog.  Go  here for more of the facts about my life. I thought it was really important in this section of my blog to really let ladies know who is behind the computer.  By knowing a little about me, you’ll know better whether my posts would benefit you.

Today I thought I’d give you a few more details and be a little more personal about myself and my blog. Continue reading “A Little More About Denise”

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Celebrating 10 Years of Blogging!

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I’m celebrating!!

Ten years ago yesterday, August 19, 2008, RefreshHer began its existence!  This week is RefreshHer’s 10th Birthday!

Wow.  It’s hard to believe.

I have written 2,463 blog posts, posting five days a week most of the time. The exception was the last two summers, when I’ve taken a little break and posted three times a week.

When I hit “Publish” on that first post, I had little idea about what I was doing.  I also had Continue reading “Celebrating 10 Years of Blogging!”

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2018 Is Going To Be a “Wow” Year!

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One day this past week I had one of those “Wow!” moments when I realized that I’m going to be celebrating a significant birthday this year!  It was more of a “Are you kidding me?!” kind of wow, rather than a “hurrah!” one, but it made my eyebrows lift and my jaw drop!

I had another one of those “Wow!” moments today when I realized that this blog will celebrate it’s Tenth Anniversary in August! With over 2,300 posts under its belt, I’m amazed at what God has done, via my desire to begin on this blogging journey in 2008!

I love looking into the stats to see what posts were read the most.  Here are some of them from the last year:

Family Friday
Why I Choose Not To Drink Alcohol 
That’s What Friends Are For 
Ten Things This Mom Would Do Again
My New Heroes 
How To Tell If a Child Is Ready To Be Saved
Refresh Your Pastor 
Help Your Husband Live Joyfully With You
Meal Planning for Family Vacation
Fall Favorite Foods
Being Intentionally Thankful
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I wouldn’t be doing this if no one was interested in reading, and I want to thank each of you who read, comment and encourage me so often.  This has been a great writing outlet, a tool as a ministry to women, and an answer to prayer.  When I asked the Lord to open doors for me to minister to women, this was one avenue that He brought to my mind.  I’ve loved it and have poured my heart into each post, video and even picture attached.

I am truly overwhelmed when I meet people and they tell me they read my blog.  Thank you for spending your valuable time to consider my simple thoughts.  I so enjoy meeting those of you that are strangers to me – either in person or via your comments.  Many of your names are in my prayer journal, as you’ve asked me to pray for you or your family.  I pray for lost husbands, children, grandchildren, moms who are widows, and some women who are desiring to bear a child.  The needs are many, but my God is able, and it is my blessing to help carry your burden!

Thanks again for reading!

That being said, I’d like to ask a few questions in closing, regarding my blog.

  1. What are the posts/subjects you enjoy most here on RefreshHer?
  2. What would you like to see more of in the future?  I write on refreshing your heart, home and life, so I do want to stick to those categories.
  3. If you’re married and could attend a marriage session for women, what would you appreciate hearing that would help you most in your relationship with your husband?

If you want to remain anonymous, you can answer those questions in an email at  .

Thank in advance for your help!

I pray your weekend is full of encouragement and refreshment as you attend a Bible preaching church!

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A Peek Inside the Parsonage

If you were peeking inside my parsonage windows right now, you’d see me sitting at my bar counter in front of my computer. The truth is, I follow the sun!  Up until about 4:00 in the afternoon, I like being in the kitchen because that’s where the cheeriness is!  I do adore the sunshine.

The reason I’m sitting here is to write my post for tomorrow’s blog.  I typically like to write the next days’ post in early to mid-afternoon.  I can write it, then schedule it to post first thing in the morning.  Most mornings it’s up at 6 a.m.  So if you take a peek, that’s where you’ll find me in the afternoon.

As I sit down to write today, I am thinking about many that have told  me they don’t have a clue how to “follow” my blog, or how to leave a comment.  So thought it might be helpful  to give a little tutorial about how to do those two things.  Are you ready?

My first suggestion is to open another window and bring up my blog again.  Use this post to read the directions, then go to the other window to do it.  If that’s confusing to you, don’t worry about it! 

How to follow a blog:
 Perhaps you’re wondering why you would want to follow a blog.  On this blog, you can receive email updates on my posts.  It also gives the author (me) and other people an idea of who is reading.  It is truly an encouragement to me that people are following, and it can encourage others to read also.  So, to follow, you simply:

  1. Scroll down to where the widget says, “Followers”. You’ll find this over on the right hand side fairly near the top.
  2. Click on “Join this site”.
  3. It will say, “Sign in using an account you’ve already created.”  If you have a Google, Yahoo or Twitter account, then you simply sign in.  If you don’t have an account in any of those places, click on “Create a Google Account.”  It’s free and painless.  It won’t harm your computer.  Just follow the directions.
  4. When you’ve finished with the Google account you can now join a blog’s following.  You can click to join publicly, which means your picture you’ve provided will pop up on that blog, (or just your name if you have no picture), or you can follow privately.

How to leave a comment:

  1. Click on “Comment” at the bottom of a post.
  2. On the right hand side of the page is the space for you to enter your comment. Type your comment in the box.
  3.  Beneath that are the identity options. (Some of these may not be available, depending on other blog’s settings.)

    The options are these:

    •Google Account: Your display name will appear, along with a link to your profile and your photo (if you have one) You’ll need to type in your google account and password.
    •Open ID – Not exactly sure what this is – but for now, don’t use i•Anonymous: No identifying information is displayed. The comment is credited to “Anonymous” without a link.Name URL – I believe this allows anonymous comments.       A personal note – be a woman of character and only leave an anonymous comment if you’re not saying something negative.  If what you’re saying is true, own up to your identity.  Even if you don’t have a Google or Yahoo account, you can sign into Anonymous, then type your name at the end of the comment.  =)
  4. Sign in to the identity of your choice.
  5. You can click “Preview” if you want to read your comment before you publish it.
  6.  Click “Publish Comments”
  7. If it would happen to not want to publish it (and this can happen and be frustrating), I’ve heard that if you sign out of the blog it may send your comment.  That sounds illogical, but they say sometimes that’s what you need to do.

So, what do you think?  Was this helpful? 

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