A Letter to My Summer Self on How to Get it Right This Year

A Letter to My Summer Self on How to Get it Right This Year

This time last year on the podcast we talked about having realistic summer expectations. While the sound quality wasn’t great (it was one of our first shows) the content was. I managed to get a thing or two right last summer, but failed in many other ways too. If I were to write a letter to my summer self, based on my experience last year, it would go something like this.

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Why Boundaries on Social Media Matters

Why Boundaries on Social Media Matters

Ever walk into your living room and notice that everyone is on their cell phones or ipad? They’re either texting a friend, checking email, or scrolling through social media. If they aren’t on their device, it's within arm’s reach so that when it vibrates, chimes, or rings they can immediately grab it. It can be so frustrating!If you think it’s time to put boundaries on social media and technology in your home here are some suggestions:

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Teaching Our Children to Pray Continually

Teaching Our Children to Pray Continually

Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians says that joy, prayer, and thanksgiving should mark the life of a Christian. And not just any kind of prayer, continual prayer or as the King James Bible states prayer “without ceasing”. Thankfully this scripture does not suggest that we are too pray without stopping, which would be impossible. But rather that we should establish a rhythm of prayer, one that includes praying on all occasions. Join me over at Faith Gateway as I share how simple it is for us to teach our kids to create a rhythm of prayer that will serve them well throughout their lives.

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How to Start Something Well

How to Start Something Well

Have you ever wanted to start something new but felt overwhelmed? Wondered if you have the time or the ability to see your ideas come to life? I know I have and in the past I’ve let it discourage me. Instead of comparing myself to others, I began to value the small steps I was taking towards the desires of my heart. Here are 6 steps you can take to start something well.

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How to Crush Comparison in Your Life

How to Crush Comparison in Your Life

As women, we have a tendency to size ourselves up, measure someone else by your own standards only to conclude after observation and the collection of a few facts that we’re inferior or superior to them. It’s awful. It keeps us from being our best selves and enjoying the life we’ve been given. Here are some of the way we can crush comparison in our lives.

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Living Out Our Identity in Christ

Living Out Our Identity in Christ

Back in December I taught my kids about their identity in Christ. It was shortly after that that my son and I happen to watch the Netflix series The Crown together. It's a show, set in England in the mid-1900s, that focuses on Queen Elizabeth II, England’s current monarch, in her early reign. We were immediately hooked and binged the whole first season. 

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Simple Ways To Spend Time with Your Kids

Simple Ways To Spend Time with Your Kids

Just like any relationship, the one with your child will benefit greatly from intention and consistency. When my kids were little I spent a lot of time with them. I fed them, clothed them, bathed them, put them to bed, and before I knew it, it was time to do it all over again. Besides just taking care of their basic needs I went on play dates with them and took them to the park. As the kids got older, I realized I needed to find ways more meaningful ways to spend time with my children. 

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The One Thing Technology Won't Do for You

The One Thing Technology Won't Do for You

I love technology and all of the benefits that come along with it. Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks to this. With the ability to access information so easily, I have committed less to memory.

If I am not careful, the same thing can happen to me when it comes to the Word of God. There are so many wonderful Bible apps and devotionals available online that sometimes I forget to keep it in the one place it’s meant to be: my heart.

You'll find the solution to that and a great resource for kids over at Faith Gateway. Join me there?

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Living Life to the Fullest

Living Life to the Fullest

Coats, scarfs, and gloves keep us warm this time of year but they can be a major pain when we have to carry them around the mall as we shop. When my husband is with us he sometimes carries them for us. When he does, I feel light and unencumbered. The freedom I experienced walking around while shopping with my husband pales in comparison to the freedom God wants us to walk around with in this life. Jesus came to bring us life and life to the fullest!

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This Month: Learning What the Bible Says About Selflessness

This Month: Learning What the Bible Says About Selflessness

This month I am focusing on the topic of SELFLESSNESS with my children.

Spring is right around the corner and I am so looking forward to it. After being indoors for the last 5 months my kids are starting to get impatient and short with one another. Their focus is on themselves and it’s time to shift it back to serving one another.

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How to Identify Your Values and Improve Your Life

How to Identify Your Values and Improve Your Life

Many of life's decisions are really determined by what you value most. For example, how you use your time, the job you take, and how you raise your family are based on it. When you identify your values are and intentionally make them a part of your life you will feel confident that your life is not a result of “going with the flow”. It's both essential and comforting to rely on your values and use them as a guiding force to point you in the right direction. 

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God Loves To Be With You

God Loves To Be With You

The month of February, and especially Valentine’s Day, is the perfect time to share with our kids what the Bible says about love. The ultimate expression of God’s love came in the form of His Son Jesus who, through His death and resurrection, redeemed us. When we truly understand the depths of God’s love for us it's easier to love others.

Join me over at Faith Gateway as a share a story about loving on my oldest girl when she was just a baby and what I learned about God, a mighty warrior who is with me. The one who watches over me, who saves me, also takes delight in me and sings over me.

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Three Simple Steps to Defuse and Resolve Sibling Conflict

Three Simple Steps to Defuse and Resolve Sibling Conflict

It is not always easy to be kind, especially when kindness is not shown to us.

My kids have different personalities and various ways they deal with conflict. One child shoves when they don’t get their way. The other raises his voice and waves a finger to emphasize his point while another plays the victim and insists the whole world is against them.

Here are some simple steps that have helped our family resolve conflict in a healthy way. 

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My One Word in the New Year 2017

My One Word in the New Year 2017

This past year has included huge personal growth for me. As I approach 2017, I am ready to be refreshed. As I prayed about the things I would like to be different this year the word RENEW came to me. There are a few important projects I am working on this year. However, I want to see renewal in the areas mentioned above more than I want to achieve any one specific goal. I truly believe that if I let my One Word guide me it will help me achieve my goals. The One Word itself does not hold power but the small consistent practices I have associated with it do. 

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