I've been that wife. When all came crashing down, I promised myself that I would not make any swift decisions, but that I would seek God's voice above my own heart. I didn't realize the arena I was about to enter. You see, the world said, "Go, you can leave." But I was the wife who wanted to stay. I don't know your situation and I don't know your support system, but if you're trying to do something that goes against the norm, I can bet that there aren't too many lining up to understand or encourage you. So I wanted to write to you, to the wife who wants to stay. My marriage took quite a Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
This month, here at MYB, we're talking about walking in love. It seems like such an easy idea, especially since we surround ourselves with people we love and get along with. But if you're like me, even with your circle of loved ones around you, you stumble and end up in a spat with someone, and those feelings of walking in love quickly escape. And sadly, if you're anything like me, you spend some time waiting for the other person to ask for forgiveness. That selfishness really gets in my way at times. It blocks friendships and hinders relationships, and it certainly doesn't honor the Lord or Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
We've all probably been in those awkward situations where we see another mom speaking in a manner that seems a little too harsh. It's so hard to watch, isn't it? Today I was having a conversation with my kids, and I realized that I was speaking much more harshly than I wanted to speak. I was so upset and so disappointed in myself and my parenting. I realized I was speaking and mothering out of the abundance of my heart. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45b I could see from their expressions that I was coming across much more severely than I intended. I wasn't Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Christmas is such a rich time for family traditions, all of them so beautiful and so meaningful to each of us. This month, we here at MYB have been focusing on sharing traditions for celebrating the birth of our Savior. With three different kids, we have a lot of "favorite" traditions: Advent calendars, looking at Christmas lights, baking, stockings at too-early-o'clock. And while each child has their preference of traditions, there is one -- just one -- that they all agree on: a grandmother's love. Every December my mom takes time to make gingerbread houses with our kids. When they were Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
This is a time of year that I love . Thanksgiving has come and we've focused on gratitude; now we're moving ahead to Christmas when we'll focus on Christ's birth. The season is almost electric, yet I find myself feeling overwhelmed each year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's hard to find a happy balance between the family, the shopping, the cleaning, the baking, the work duties, and the extra activities. That's when I turn back to a line from one of my favorite Christmas carols: "Let every heart prepare Him room." I want to look at just a few of the words from that phrase from the Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
This past year has forced me to take a long, hard look at the idea of commitment in marriage. I've watched so many people struggle through relationship issues and then walk out on their spouse. What are we doing differently these days that is pulling us away from honoring our marital commitment? I've spent a lot of time talking with the Lord in hopes of improving my own marriage, and God has shown me two areas where I have been lacking. Please know that my words are coming from a heart that is longing to better my own marriage and to encourage you in your marriage or relationship as well. If Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I could not believe what I was hearing. I sat, willing myself to not get up and shout for joy while I watched it all unfold. Instead, I sat glued to my seat while God did what only He could. See, I hadn't expected God to open a door. Honestly, I hadn't even gone into today hoping for an open door. I didn't even think to pray for an open door on this day, although it's been in my prayers over the past few months. But that's just it -- we never know when we will have an open door, so we need to keep knocking and be sure we're prepared! First and foremost, I'm in awe that God lets us have a Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
It's the time of year for back-to-school shopping, advertisements, sales, and planning. It seems the world gets so wrapped up in making sure the kids are set to look their best, with all the best learning tools, to head back to school. I admit, as a mom and as a former teacher, there's nothing that I love more than shopping for school supplies. But every year while I'm out buying some fun pencils and cool erasers, I see you pass by, always with a smile, but shopping with a different purpose. And it occurs to me that "back to school" does not apply to you. I want to share 5 tips to make this Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Heat, haze, and humidity... Three words that describe summers of my life. Hurt, heartache, and yet...hope. Three words that describe the summer that changed me - the summer of hope. It was much like being the new kid in school - thrust into a situation I didn't understand, watching as the world went on while my life seemed frozen. I felt like the kid standing in the hall long after the bell rang, trying to find my way to class. Just a few months before that summer, choices had been made around me that left me with such a hole in my heart. I spent the winter and spring trying to keep up with Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Alone. Frightened. Helpless. Maybe even hopeless. You've felt these, too, haven't you? It can be so hard to keep our eyes on God when we feel like we're in the dark. Just tonight, though, I had a different perspective and I wanted to share with you about finding God in the dark. Because, dear friends, He is there. He IS there! I used to be scared of the dark. Ok, let's be real here, shall we? I'm still not a fan of the dark. Basements are not high on my list of places I love to be. I like that my kids still want their night lights because that means there will be some light in the hallways Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.