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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Gold Medal Perseverance

Gold Medal Perseverance

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

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How Everyday Non-Negotiables Can Change Your Outlook on Life

How Everyday Non-Negotiables Can Change Your Outlook on Life

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.

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This Month: Learning What the Bible Says About Identity

This Month: Learning What the Bible Says About Identity

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.

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This Month: Learning What the Bible Says About Strength

This Month: Learning What the Bible Says About Strength

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.

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On Running With a Partner

On Running With a Partner

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.

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Rhythms of Rest Book Review

Rhythms of Rest Book Review

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.

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