I know that’s not good grammar, but I don’t care. Above all else, I want to convey the message that if we truly want to live as wise women and have homes that reflect that wisdom, it’s time to get serious. Not the “I know I need to do it, but…” kind of serious, but the “There’s no way any of this will work if God doesn’t move and help me to do this” kind of serious. Desperation, ladies. It’s not pretty; it’s not popular; it’s not sexy. But it darn sure puts us in the place we need to be to ask for, live for, depend on the infallible wisdom of our Father. This reality is what I’m seeing and Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Yes, 2014 is right around the corner. Interestingly, a new year always brings plenty of old things: old intentions to exercise more, eat more healthy foods, spend money more wisely, you name it. It's a pretty sure bet that most resolutions and 'new starts' involve the body or money. But what about other areas of life? How about focusing on a different part of life? If we want to truly branch out into new territory for this new year, what if we consider: Our parenting. It might seem counter-intuitive to try to manage or plan our parenting because more than in any other area of life, things Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
We all want the best for our children; there's no doubt about that. We all want our friends, acquaintances, and family members to know, love, and walk with God. Most of us would even admit to being aware that we are called to also want the same for our enemies. It makes sense, then, that we would never knowingly hinder anyone on their journey to, or with, God. But it seems that we are often doing exactly that by communicating, modeling, and expecting a false faith built on works and performance rather than the finished work of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Consider our children, for example. Have Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Mentoring is a hot topic. Secular and faith-based writers and organizations laud its benefits, decry its scarcity, and encourage its revival. But like many other disciplines and practices, mentoring is simply a version of discipleship: a relational technique brought to life by Christ's interactions with His hand-picked group of up-close-and-personal friends and students. Anyone can be discipled in anything. As women, moms and influencers at home, work, and school, we have a great opportunity to disciple the next generations in prayer, arguably the most vital connection we have with our Savior Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I was raised by a mother who highly esteems the word of God. She has always stressed the importance of knowing and faithfully living it. So it doesn't surprise me that I developed an interest and desire to know what the Word says and to understand how to apply it to the challenges of life. What has surprised me though, is just how critical a commitment to understand the applicability of God's instructions has become in raising children, particularly once they hit those unpredictable teen years. My 17-year-old son, as my mother often says, "doesn't take any wooden nickels." He is not easily Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
So...since my post last month, I have continued to focus on the mind, how important it is to think properly, and the significant role it plays in determining the course of our days, weeks, months, and years. I've felt strongly since the beginning of this year that the Lord really wants me to dig into this and understand how He created and designed us so that our lives flow from decisions, choices, and emotions...all originating from our thoughts. When I look at my family and some of the persistent issues we've faced with communication, respect, and persevering through difficulties, I see so Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
When I was a teenager, my friends and I had a saying to communicate how much we liked a guy. If one of us girls started talking about a guy all the time, wanting to be with him when we weren't, we'd say, "Girl, he's got your mind!" That was our way of saying this boy had moved beyond the crush stage and had truly penetrated a girl's desire and longing. Now that I'm older, and have learned something about the difficulties of being a dedicated follower of Christ, I look around at my sisters and inward at myself, and I ask, "Who's Got Our Minds?" Who and/or what fills our thoughts? On what do we Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.