As a couple, your shared values are a central part of who you are and what you envision your family to be. If culture is the underlying personality or your organization or family, the essence of how people interact and work, then your values are the why of how you live and what you do.Read More
A culture shaped by default tends to be mediocre because people, especially children tend to take the path of least resistance. To create a successful culture in our home, as the parents, we’ll need to decide what it that we want our family to look like and consistently work hard to maintain it.Read More
A family culture is the norms, values, beliefs, and customs of people that are passed down from generation to generation. For my husband and I to have a mission statement that truly represented what our family could and should be, we had to determine what kind of culture we wanted.Read More
Thanksgiving and Christmas are quickly approaching. Most people I know either look forward to season or dread it. Guess what? I dread it. However, choosing One Word for the holiday season can change that!Read More
I used to think that my value and worth by what I did (or didn’t do) for a living, how much I got done in a day, and how clean my house was. That lie made me feel less than and consequently affected the kind of woman, wife, and mother I was.
Head over to More to Be to read the story of how an experience with my oldest daughter and her swim team taught me to recognize the lies that held me back and counter them with the truth.Read More
Most of us have had the unfortunate experience of talking to someone that is clearly not listening. The person you are speaking with may be nodding their head, but mentally they are somewhere else. Despite our attempts to justify our friend’s preoccupation or lack of interest it still hurts.
What does it look like to listen to one another in a way that makes us feel heard and fully seen?Read More
My son lost his first tooth while we were on vacation. He was thrilled. Since he has two big sisters, he knew what to expect. Since our family celebrates imagination in our kids, he couldn’t wait to go to sleep because the next morning there would be “fairy dust” on the ground and a surprise under his pillow.Read More
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.
Join me over at Faith Gateway to read more.Read More
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