About Kristen Harper

I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a Sunday School teacher, a home school administrator, and the author of the Christian fiction novel, "Elephant in the Room." I host two websites: KristenHarperBooks.wordpress.com and SundaySchoolTeacherBibleStudy.wordpress.com

December Unplugged

Every day for the thirty days of November, I turned on my laptop and wrote thousands of word for my fourth novel.  Now that that is over, I’m ready for a break. Continue reading

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Four Steps to Gratitude

This is a Thanksgiving Morning Bible Study of Psalm 100 to get yourself into the right frame of mind – Gratitude! – before the busy day begins. Continue reading

Got Gratitude?

The basic definition of gratitude is the quality of being thankful.  Huh.  Several advisers say that you will be happier if you write in a gratitude journal for five minutes every day in order to lift your spirits.  Huh.  But this simplistic definition and minimal worldly strategy miss the point of gratitude entirelyGratitude is not about me, how I feel, or what I have. Continue reading

What about a Thanksgiving Tree?

If you’re brave enough to walk through the stores this season, you might be overwhelmed with the plethora of decorations available for  Halloween or Christmas.  But it’s hard for retailers to promote consumerism for a holiday whose purpose is to be grateful for the life God has already given you.  You will find a few things to buy for Thanksgiving, but here is my suggestion for making your own Thankful Tree decoration, either for your Sunday School classroom or your own living room. Continue reading

How Can I Pray for You?

We are instructed to pray for others.  We want to pray for others because we care.  But sometimes asking the question, “How can I pray for you?” solicits an “organ recital” from others that distracts us from our prayer ministry.  Here are some things to keep in mind in order to pray for the sick and those struggling with medical issues. Continue reading

A Story that Pierces the Heart

Sometimes when we just don’t get it – when we can’t see our own sin problem, – we need a story that pricks our conscience.  The best example is the prophet Nathan’s simple tale about a little lamb. Continue reading

Break the Connection

Do you keep saying that you spend too much time on your electronic device but don’t know how to stop or what you’ll do instead?  In the Bible, God’s model for making changes is to put off the wrong things and put on the right things.  Here are some tips to break your connection with social media. Continue reading

Why Facebook is Not for Me

When I was preparing for the publication of my first book, I had to quickly learn the ropes of book publicity, with guidance from Michael Hyatt in his book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.  I understand the importance of social media in the current consumer climate.  But I have come to realize that joining Facebook (or the other social media options) is not a wise decision for me right now. Continue reading