Many of us fear we will not live up to the expectations of others. Or we worry whether we can sustain the success we worked so hard to achieve. We don't have to live in fear! Here are few things to help you overcome the fear of doing something new.Read More
One of the most common, but also most overlooked, pitfalls in losing weight, starting a business, or achieving goals is not being specific about what it is that you want and lacking a detailed plan on how you’re going to get there.Read More
If you are the parent of more than one child you know that no two kids are created the same.
The more I understand my kids' inherent difference, the better mom I can be to my daughters and the better relationship I can have with them.
Over the years I’ve trusted God to show me how to parent them in unique and individual ways. It’s been a process of trial and error that has deepened my reliance on God and His wisdom. He knows more about them than I do because he created them.
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Just a few years after becoming a mom I found myself lonely. I desperately wished I had a group of friends reminiscent of the crew I had in high school. A squad of moms that did things together all the time. I couldn't understand why it was so hard to meet new people and have deep, meaningful relationships.Read More
The practice of keeping a list of things you've learned keeps us present in our lives and causes us to pay attention. I am just beginning in this exercise, but I have already seen the fruit of it this few months. Now that the summer is over I am pausing to reflect on what I have learned before I head into future.Read More
Each time negative thoughts enter my mind I can choose to dwell on them or think something different. Positive thinking helps, but God’s Word and prayer are even more powerful. Negative thoughts and emotions don’t discriminate. Both children and adults have to decide if they’ll allow them to linger in their mind.Read More
I am afraid of the discomfort I will experience necessary to achieve what I say I desire. Just like the water, I know the initial displeasure will not last, but everything within me resists taking the first step. I also know the freedom on the other side is worth it, yet I hold back.Read More
Excitement turned to disappointment when things didn’t go as planned. If we had nothing planned on a particular day it felt like we were not using our time well. But, there was no way I was going to let this season play out like summers past. This year was going to be different. We were going to cultivate a habit of gratefulness instead.Read More
We can be confident in prayer when we know what the Bible says and speak it. Our troubling circumstance can be turned around and used to win the game for the glory of God through prayer. There will be times when we need to quit praying defensively, take back the ball, and pray offense. We don’t just want to hold the line; we want progress.Read More
The first week of Pre-K was a little overwhelming. On that first day there we so many new faces. My daughter didn’t know the other kids; I didn’t know the other moms. It would have been so easy to hide, to stay to myself, to not risk the rejection but I craved community both for my daughter and myself.Read More
My daughter started having friendship problems in 4th grade. Neither my daughter or I saw it coming. The friendships she’s had since she was four starting falling apart. The girls became yo-yos, friends one day and rivals the next. It was heartbreaking. Here's what she needed to know about friendship..Read More
Before I learned how to rest regularly, I was a mess. As a mother of three with work and a family to juggle it seemed indulgent to rest or observe Sabbath. At the beginning of the week, I would write out my to-do list for work and home, then get busy Monday through Thursday crossing things off that list, and eventually crash hard on Friday. I was easily frustrated with myself, my kids, and my husband because I was burnt out.Read More
Somedays I have to repeat myself several times before my kids hear me speak. I compete with iPads, cell phones, video games, and TV for their attention. So now those things are off limits in the mornings while we’re getting ready for the day and in the evenings before bedtime. The goal is to create a habit of mindfulness as well as quiet their minds enough to hear my voice but also God’s voice.Read More
God is more concerned having a relationship with us than how many minutes we pray or the exact words we use.I love routine but often crave change. I know this about myself, so when I designated “Time with God” as one of my non-negotiables, I knew that if I wanted to be consistent, I’d have to seek creative ways to do this.Read More
How well do you or your kids know their grandparents? I have fond memories of mine and the times I spent at their home each summer. I was lucky to spend as much time with my grandparents as I did. However, I didn’t take the time to get to know them... I mean really know them.
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This month I am focusing on the topic of TRUST with my children.
There are a lot of ups and downs in the life of our kids. Discouragement and disappointment lurk in the classroom, on the playground, the sports field, and even at home. And sometimes our day doesn't go as planned.Read More
The older my daughter gets, the more choices she’ll make on her own and I want to prepare her. There are a few things I want her to have as she heads into these years and I am grateful that there are resources to help.Read More
When I was younger, it was easy for me to be creative. I majored in art in high school. I went to college for interior design, graduated, and eventually got a job in my field. Creative people surrounded me. But, when I became a stay at home mom that all changed.Read More
Our family’s mission statement is mounted in a beautiful frame in our foyer. It’s there to remind us of what we stand for and to tell others what they can expect from our family. My husband and I invested a good bit of time choosing our values and crafting them into a handful of sentences that represented us. But as I mentioned in last week’s post those words mean little in not translated into behaviors.Read More
If your values and behaviors don’t align, family members and outsiders will notice. It will be clear to them you don’t practice what you preach. This is not surprising because everything I’ve learned about organizational culture says that just knowing your values is not enough. You can say you stand for something, but unless those values are translated into behaviors, you will go about your days continuing with habits that are familiar and comfortable.Read More