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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The start of a new school year is an exciting time for many, but it can also stir up apprehension and anxiety even in the most confident child. Over the years, I have seen firsthand how the fear of the unknown can steal the joy of going back to school.
While the Word of God is the most powerful tool we have in combating fear and anxiety, we can do a few things to help our kids prepare for their first few days of school.Read More