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.
Head over to Faith Gateway to her about one way we can honor those we love by intentionally investing time into our relationship with themRead More
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
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
I love surprises, do you?
I have no idea what God has in store for my life or my family and I can’t possibly know everything that I need to ask of Him. I have wasted plenty of time trying to figure it out, to control it, and plan for it. But as I get to know the heart of God, I’ve learned that He might have something in mind, that in my limited thinking, I would never dream of.Read More
This month I am focusing on the topic of PRAISE with my children.
Praise and worship take the focus off ourselves and puts it on God. It eliminates the complaining and negativity. It’s also an essential part of prayer as demonstrated in the Lord’s prayer.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Sometimes when we read the Bible with our kids, it is like going to a foreign land. Just like on our vacation, understanding the context — the history, culture, and even cuisine, of the Bible — gives us a better understanding of God’s Word and just how revolutionary it is.Read More
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.Read More
As a mom of tweens I am quickly realizing how much I need the wisdom of God to navigate the everyday. And I’m not the only one, my kids need it too! They’re learning how to manage the ups and downs of relationships, balance academics and sports, and make choices that will affect their future.Read More
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?Read More
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!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
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