Anyone remember the classic Bambi? It’s been several years since I saw it, but I will always remember this scene. Thumper said it best,“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all!” One of the best ways we can learn to walk in love is to hold our tongues. Easy? No. Necessary for choosing a more excellent way? Always, yes! The love walk of a believer goes hand in hand with a disciplined life. Most of us come to Christ, not to sign up for a course in personal development, but simply recognizing our need for Him. However, as our desire grows to really know Him, to fellowship with Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
He walked into the house, tossed his bag off his shoulder, and sighed. He handed me a note from his teacher, a not-so-great day and a sad little boy. He’d had enough time all the way home to grow more discouraged. I knew he just needed a hug and an understanding shoulder at that moment. Home means love, acceptance, a do-over. It’s amazing how genuine praise, words of kindness, and an eagerness to understand can change the countenance of a child’s face, anyone’s face, when we truly seek to understand. Moms were made to notice things. We hear a tone of voice, we see slumped shoulders, we catch Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
The snow is falling as I write; cold winds have stripped away the last remnants of warm weather as autumn slips into winter. I’ve been busy decorating our home in preparation for a wonderful Christmas season. I’m sure you have, too! Like most of you, I want to create lasting and wonderful memories that our family will cherish for many years to come. Some years seem to go more as planned than others! There are times when I look around and realize I am busy creating, cleaning, or cooking, and I'm sitting on the sidelines while what is most necessary is for me to step in center stage. The center Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Happen to Your Holidays A new season is upon us, and this year I am a mom on a mission. Far too often the holidays come amidst an already busy winter season. In the midst of the busy, Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas get shelved for next year as time once again slips away. From one busy mom to another, I know you can relate! I want to take time to enjoy the wonder of it all, to see each season through the eyes of my children, to create warm memories that will last a lifetime. To throw leaves up in the air, to see my breath on a brisk morning, to take time and see the snow glisten in the Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Some summers hold sweet memories, others may not be quite as sweet, but what they all share is the promise of brighter days, longer sunsets, and the realization that they end all too soon. One summer in my childhood stands out above the rest. Summers in my youth were long, blissful events, seemingly endless, full of catching butterflies, baseball games, swimming, playing with cousins, and exploring the twenty-plus acres and beyond where we grew up. The majority of the hours in my summer days from the time I could walk were spent on horseback. At the age of 11, I had saved up money earned in Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
An airplane flies skyward until it reaches smooth altitudes for maximum speed. On the climb up or down there is often turbulence as air pressure changes. Some sleep right through the process, others shut their eyes and try to ignore it, and still others grasp their chair a bit harder. Others don’t seem the least affected at all. Just as one flight may be void of turbulence, and another may be a bumpy ride, so our lives go through seasons of the same. Some seasons are short lived, while other trials may last for months or even years. There will always be this give and take in our lives. A lack Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Anyone out there make a few resolutions this year? We are several weeks past the new year now and it may be a good time to take inventory! I was surprised to learn that only 8% of people keep their resolutions or make the lasting changes necessary to fulfill them. That doesn’t have to be you and I! It all depends on how we approach our goals. Change of any kind really starts with one thing: A committed decision. When you get your mind wrapped around the change you want to see, your desire to accomplish it grows and becomes established. I don’t know about you but diets have never been Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
In my last post I shared a bit about breaking habits, you can view that post here. So how do we move from the old habits and into the new? 2 Cor. 5:17 in the Amplified version states, ‘If any man be in Christ he is a new creation (a new creature altogether)’ the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!’ We are instantly changed, forgiven and sealed in spirit when we receive salvation. Peace is tangible as we realize our forgiveness, love washes, beckons and brings us close. Our minds, however, are an area we must work to renew Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation with someone and realized it was headed to a familiar place, one that never seems resolved or ever has a good ending? A place that nags you when the conversation is over, with shoulda, coulda, woulda and ‘next time’ I’ll…One that really isn’t working for you or those around you? You may even be aware that it is an area of concern or weakness but it still seems surprisingly easy to fall into. Almost as if you are on autopilot. It crops up during a conversation or an interaction with a relative, your spouse or one of the kids. Maybe it’s Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
These days we are doing our best to phase out all of the unneeded "stuff" in our diets. Helping our children understand the importance of what they consume and giving them an appetite for "grow" foods has become an adventure. We’ve taken some things from here and there, but one thing by Dr. Sears has stuck with our family. The red, yellow, and green light system of categorizing foods has made it even simpler to help our children understand their value. We have one food explorer in the house--he’ll try anything once! He is my vegetable eater, and it's always nice to have those around! Onions, Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.