Five Ways to Slow Down and Savor the Season I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels like the retail rush into the Christmas holiday hits earlier and earlier each year. In my town, Christmas displays were up everywhere by November 1st — even before Halloween at some stores! I've also noticed that vendors can't seem to wait for Black Friday either, because I have an inbox FULL of email ads for early access to Black Friday deals. As much as I look forward to this time of year, I don't like being ambushed by the commercial frenzy. I want to savor the season, spend meaningful time with my family, Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
photo credit: Evgeni Dinev | FreeDigitalPhotos .net Scripture to Help You Have Heavenly Peace We hear so much about being at peace during the holidays. It's good for the soul and makes being with family pleasant. Holidays don't always invoke images of "peace on earth, goodwill toward men," but rather those of agonizingly being around family that you're not exactly crazy about. You love them and all, but your guard is immediately up with the mention of their name. You may want determine this year will be different. With the right mindset and working NOW on your conditioned responses and Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this planner and was compensated for my time to review it. The opinions stated below are mine only and not influenced in any way. I am a planner by nature. Ever since I can remember, I have always felt the need to plan things out and write them down. Even in this age of all things digital, I am finding that I just am not an e-planner; I must write down my plans. I find something soul-soothing about putting pen to paper as I pray and ask the Lord to guide my plans by His Holy Spirit. And I don't think this will ever change. I am a true writer Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
If you haven't heard of Trades of Hope, go ahead and grab a cup of coffee and have a seat. If you are anything like me, you will quickly find yourself pouring over the website, reading the artisans stories, and wanting to buy everything! Trades of Hope was founded with the mission of empowering women out of poverty. They are doing just that by partnering with artisan groups all over the world (including the U.S.) and marketing their handmade goods here in the U.S. through a home party business model. Everything Trades of Hope sells is handmade and the artisan is paid a fair wage for their Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
When my husband and I started attending our current church, we were attenders at best. We only went to one of the three services offered, and we were first out the door when that service ended! We had never been seriously involved in a church before and really didn’t know where to even begin. It took some time (a couple of years!), but we slowly became more involved. Our involvement started small: maybe we would go to a Bible study or a Sunday night church service. Over time, however, we realized we needed to serve in the church. My Husband’s Involvement If you were to know my husband at all, Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
How do you teach motivation? What do you do with that difficult child? The one who will have her own way. No matter what. We learned long ago we can't make her do anything she doesn't desire to do. We've lectured and talked until we're blue. I tried, unsuccessfully, to compare/contrast intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. And now? I let it go. It's not my job to teach motivation. It's between her and God. Real success is not what the world would teach us. I've learned to pray -- earnestly, unceasingly. She's growing up and will make her own choices. I am more a counselor, a coach, as I 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.
Thanksgiving is about expressing gratitude. It's a time to reflect on the things we have been given, the things we have been kept from, and the things the Lord has removed from our lives. To get into the spirit of the holidays, we moms typically create daily exercises of gratefulness by making lists of what we are thankful for and posting them on our Facebook pages. We make paper or stick trees to hang leaf ornaments on, until finally we gather around a table overflowing with food, and one by one we share our Thanksgiving appreciation with others. Teaching our children and reminding Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Hey, girls! Welcome back to our Scripture Memorization Series! This month we are talking about Philippians 4:8 (NKJV): Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. I've also got a little bit of "homework" for you to do this week/month while working on committing this scripture to memory and applying it to your life. Enjoy!!! Click Here Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Background photo: Siddharth Mallya/Wikimedia Commons Last week I began planning our unit study on Thanksgiving. I decided that I really want to take it slow and approach this holiday from all angles. It is so important that my daughter learns to be thankful. I decided we should memorize a verse on thankfulness. I was going to go with "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever!" but thought I should read through the full list I had found. That is when I came to 1 Thessalonians 5:18: "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.