Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | September 27, 2017

Personal Contentment

Hi friends,

Here is a guest post from Pastor David Belasic on his experience with Ditch the Mainstream: 52 Thought-Provokers on Discovering a Life of Contentment. 

Thanks Pastor!

“As you read, review and use Ditch the Mainstream it will provide encouragement, challenges, and guidance in discovering more personal contentment in dealing with many of the daily issues of faith and life.  Your heart and mind will re-think some of life’s past decisions and enable you to look forward with strengthened wisdom as you live out the values of your mind, heart and soul.  The variety of questions asked, and the real life illustrations given, will open up a new fountain of wisdom for daily life with family and friends.  Don’t wait, read it today!” 

-Pastor David Belasic, retired President of the Eastern District, Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod  and current chaplain at the Niagara Lutheran Health System rehabilitation and retirement home, Lancaster, NY

Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | September 7, 2017

A book that is bringing a mother and daughter closer together

Hi friends,

My sister and I asked some of the people who have read or been reading our new book Ditch the Mainstream: 52 Thought-Provokers on Discovering a Life of Contentment to write guest posts about what they think of the book or how they’ve used the book. The first one to respond with a guest post is below. It was written by Heide Edgington. I was so excited to hear about this creative and impactful way that Heide is using Ditch the Mainstream.

“I bought 2 books. One for me and one for my mom. We are close even though we live almost 500 miles apart. This book is bringing us closer because we’ve decided to do the studies together. We each do the study on our own and then twice a month we get on the phone expressly for the purpose of discussing the latest study. My regular conversations with my mom usually include my dad and husband too. But this is something special just between the two of us.

Thanks Cathi and Sandra!”

-Heide Edgington

Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | August 16, 2017

Guest write-ups welcome

Hi friends,

My sister and I asked some of the people who have read or been reading our new book Ditch the Mainstream: 52 Thought-Provokers on Discovering a Life of Contentment to share their thoughts on our book as guest writers for my blog. Many of our readers have responded that they would like to write something, but want some more time to dig deep into the book, which is really cool with me! So, I will just plan to post guest write-ups on the book as they arrive. The first one will be up in the next blog post.

In the meantime, happy reading!

Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | July 25, 2017

Guest posts from our readers

Hi friends,

I’m interested to hear if anyone who has read our new book, Ditch the Mainstream: 52 Thought-Provokers on Discovering a Life of Contentment is interested in writing a guest blog post on it. I would love to hear your perspective and include it as a guest post right here. Please let me know if you are interested in doing this.

In the meantime, I hope you are having an amazing summer!

Guest blog posts requested

Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | July 11, 2017

Another spill?

I look down at my jeans and see another tea spill from my clumsy sip. Not a big deal, right? Except there was cream in the tea, and the tea also got on my chair. And then I remember the time I spilled tea with cream on the front seat of my car, and how I forgot to wipe it up…until an unusually hot Spring day when my car started to smell like something awful! The cream I had forgotten hadn’t gone away, but had reminded me with a smelly vengeance that I should clean up spills right away. That clear memory comes back to me every time I spill my tea, and I instantly think, “Clean it now or I’ll regret it later!”

We do that sometimes, with our pasts. We ask God for forgiveness, He grants it (‘cause He’s amazing that way), and we go forward. But once in a while we turn around and start looking back.

“Why did I do that terrible thing?” we lament. “What could I have been thinking? How could I have been so stupid?” And we begin to beat ourselves up over our mistakes. God isn’t reminding us of our errors, we are. All by our silly selves.

Yet we are told in Psalm 103:12, “…as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.” I am so thankful for that reminder. It’s time for us to stop bringing up the spills from our past and to remember the promise we were given for forgiveness through grace from our Lord. The spill is cleaned up and accounted for…we are clean in Jesus and His grace.





Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | June 6, 2017

Thank you!

My sister and co-author Sandra Brese Rice and I would love to thank some amazing people for their contributions to our new book, Ditch the Mainstream: 52 Thought-Provokers on Discovering a Life of Contentment.

Thank you to:

  • Dr. Kevin Leman and Neil Boron for their endorsements,
  • our awesome Mom and amazing editor Susan Brese,
  • the whole team at Eastco Multimedia (especially Holt Vaughn, Heather Myers, and Heather Huether),
  • Liz Mesler for the authors photos,
  • Evan Vaughn for his website design,
  • friends who gave us feedback on the title and concept,
  • friends who have shared the book with others,
  • the Lord for His guidance,
  • and my amazing and talented nieces Anna and Emma for their illustration (they did all the journaling designs inside the book).

Thank you so much everyone!

New book release!

Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | May 27, 2017

New book release!

My sister and I just released a new book!



Here is a description

A devotional with a twist!

This book of thought provokers and creative discovery doesn’t tell you what to believe, but instead moves you toward personal and deeper thought about today’s world and your faith. It’s you and God! Doebler and Rice prompt you with modern cultural themes, allowing you to respond and journal on your own. Small moments, big decisions, constant messages and technology battle for our attention – often taking our hearts and minds off the Lord. Will we allow this, or will we Ditch the Mainstream and the power it wants to have over believers today? In this book, the authors challenge you to use God’s Word to find God’s ways, in a messy world.

You can find more details on


Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | March 7, 2017

3 key messages in 1 small chapter

The knowledge you can glean from one small chapter is an amazing thing.

As I was reading through Malachi, chapter 3, the last book in the Old Testament, I marked some sections that had been interesting to me. When I looked at the full pages in front of me I was struck by how interesting it was that one small chapter could have valuable ideas on three totally unrelated but important concepts.

The first section (Malachi 3:6) that I marked reminded me that even in a world of constant change, our Lord is the same and does not change. He is always the same, powerful God.

The second section (Malachi 3:10) that I marked reminded me why we are asked to tithe and that God wants us to put our trust in Him.

In the third section (Malachi 3:16-17) I marked it emphasized how God remembers those who are faithful to him.

All three of these sections provide a sense of comfort, and each for a different reason. So they connect in that they all remind us that God is in charge and we can rely on Him, yet they each translate into a different piece of our decision making in our lives.

And this was just one tiny chapter in Malachi. Pretty cool.


Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | February 7, 2017

Kids and $

I’ve been working on a new book with my sister, which I’m pretty excited about…and I’ll start to share information on that soon. In the meantime, my previous book, Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family, is a book about how to thrive on less than two incomes. Some of the questions that come up when I’m speaking somewhere on “Ditch the Joneses” are focused on teaching children how to manage money. I have listed some ideas in my blog before on this topic, and today I came upon this article and thought it had some good insights as well. Enjoy the article!

Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | January 10, 2017

Morning Blessings

Some people are early risers, and some would rather sleep in. Regardless of the way you like to wake up, there can be blessings in your morning experience. On a day that is not as busy, a blessing I love is having a cup of tea at a slower pace. I also love mornings when I find time to do bible reading, and when I glance outside to see the beauty God has created for some time before getting to my list of items for the day.

Sometimes we do things for others to make their mornings more joyful or welcoming. Maybe we make someone coffee or tea. Maybe we surprise someone with breakfast in bed. Maybe we leave a note and at the end tell them we love them.

On one particular morning, Jesus had a surprise blessing for His disciples. What a way to wake up! Good advice and breakfast on the beach served by the Risen Lord Himself!

The story is below…may your day, whether you are reading this in the morning, afternoon, or night, be blessed as well.

John 21:4-14

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

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