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.Read More
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.Read More
This month I am focusing on the topic of REPENTANCE with my children.
I am so grateful for a loving Father who loves me unconditionally and forgives me. Repentance is never fun but without it, we can’t thrive spiritually. It’s the way we draw close to a God who relentlessly pursues our heart.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
2017 is here and many of us are making resolutions, creating SMART goals, or choosing One Word for the New Year. There is no better time to let go of the past and look towards the future then now.
Fresh starts aren’t just for us but for our kids too.Read More
We will all encounter obstacles. We can choose to either let them define us or trust God and overcome them. I am over at Faith Gateway talking about the book Courage to Soar by Simone Biles.
In it, she shares about the obstacles she had to overcome and her rocky road to Rio. Join me there to hear more about her story and this inspiring book.Read More
It takes practice to make your non-negotiables a part of your everyday but it is worth the effort, especially when they are rooted in your values. Eventually they will become habits and you’ll begin to feel like you have control over your time and ultimately your life. Here are 3 steps you can take to create non-negotiables and get on track.Read More
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, it’s the perfect time to remind our little ones just how much God loves them. He loved them enough to send His only Son, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace, into this world to ultimately pay the price for their sins. An understanding of that love speaks to their identity - who they believe they are.Read More
What is Intentional Living and is it Really Possible? I wanted to live intentionally but wasn’t sure how. Living on purpose, having control of my time, and pursuing the dreams I had seemed impossible…but it wasn’t!Read More
A great talk from Anne F. Downs and friends like Elisa Pulliam have shown me I can sow into the lives of teens in the everyday mundane, outside of a structured program. God showed me that I was already doing when my heart longed to do.Read More
Jesus demonstrated the simple steps of prayer, through The Lord’s Prayer, as part of the Sermon on the Mount. Here is a simple acronym I gave my kids to show them just how easy those steps are.Read More
Whether you are looking for something fun to do with your child or desire a way to invest into the next generation, a cooking club is a great place to start. Check out these tips that will help get you started.Read More
This month I am focusing on the topic of STRENGTH with my children.
Kids needs strength to stand up to peer pressure, stick with their studies, and make good choices in the classroom and on the playground. They can rest knowing that God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. They can also be content, despite their circumstances because Christ gives them the strength to do it.
My husband and I like to run before the demands of our day of day begin. That means dragging ourselves out of bed early, often when we’d much rather sleep. As the days get shorter and colder it is even harder. I wake up, get dressed, and honor the commitment we made, but only because I know I am not alone.
The Bible says that Jesus is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24).
Like a great running partner, Jesus is with me, I am not alone.Read More
In 2013 Shelly Miller started the Sabbath Society, “a group of hundreds declaring “I’m all in” when it comes to making rest realistic in our busy world.” From that community, the book Rhythms of Rest was birthed. In it, Shelly Miller talks about the life-giving essence of Sabbath without being legalistic. Not only does she tell us what the Bible says about it but shares real life experiences of the #SabbathSociety community along with practical suggestions for removing the obstacles that prevent us from keeping this day set apart.Read More
When kids are young, it is the perfect time to begin the practice of reading the Bible because it is fundamental to their spiritual formation. It will help them establish a personal relationship with God, equip them to make good choices., fill their minds with good, and create a foundation of faith.Read More
I’ve lost track of the number of times I have heard stories form the Bible. I am often tempted to think I couldn’t possibly learn something new. Then I remember how endless the wisdom and insight of God is. So I humble myself and lean in. With that frame of mind, I almost always get a new revelation of His Word.Read More
This month I am focusing on the topic of Success with my children.
As my kids are getting older so they are doing more things on their own. That means I am no longer there to hold their hand or ensure that things go well for them. My hope is that they will put their faith in a very present God, pay attention to His commands, and follows them. Then, He will make them the head and not the tail, above and never beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).Read More
The long days of summer bring endless activities that satisfy my children’s thirst for fun. There is always something to do or somewhere to go. But the later evenings (and more hours of sunlight) make our bedtimes unpredictable and blurred, often pushed back in the chase of a summer high. I am over at Faith Gateway talking about a unique children's book that encourages children to use visualization techniques during the storytelling that stretch and engage their imaginations to help them drift off into a peaceful sleep.Read More