Develop a Lifestyle of Thanksgiving As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, we begin to take inventory of all the many blessings that the Lord has given to us. It's a beautiful thing to see people take the entire month of November to post “30 Days of Thankfulness” via Facebook, and I'm not belittling that, but as children of the Most High God, we should always be grateful for His goodness in our lives – 365 days a year. We should develop a lifestyle of thanksgiving. Sadly, we all live in a world full of hurt and pain. Each of us experiences tests, trials, and tribulations on a pretty Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Are any of you tired? The new school year has just begun, but I know many have already grown weary of the constant shuttling back and forth of children to school and activities, dinner preparations, and community obligations. You may wonder, "What is left for my family?" I’ve been feeling it myself. Well, God has a few choice words for you and me. I don’t know about you, but it refreshes me to read those words from Jesus. These are what are often called "red letter words," meaning they are written in red in many of our Bibles because that indicates that these are words that Jesus 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.
Throughout the year there are designated holidays for celebrating the ones you love. And each year, we celebrate them to their fullest...but it's a beautiful thing when we can show the ones we love how much we care about them even when it isn't a hallmark holiday. One of my favorite ways to make my sweet husband feel loved is to plan a fun family night focusing on all the things he appreciates the most. And because it's really important to show our children how to love and honor their parents, I include them in all the planning and preparation, too. They love family fun night anyway...but Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
The Lord is Provision. These past few weeks have been trying for me, as we nearly had to bury our sweet little dog, we’re moving to a city where we know no one, my husband was out of the country for a few weeks, I began suffering from asthma, and we started back our homeschool. Life has definitely been one busy roller coaster ride. Yet through all of this I am constantly reminded of how faithful our God is. Whenever I needed a helping hand, He provided. I have found that in our deepest need, He proves Himself Provider. Phillippians 4:10-13 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
5 Ideas to Teach That Responsibility Pays Off (The Transfiguration of Christ) Many wonderful messages can be garnered from the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor. We don’t know what was discussed in this meeting with Moses and Elijah. But we know that it gave three weary, confused, and anxious disciples a little peek at heaven’s eternal beauty and awesome power. It was the first place in a long journey where they felt utterly at peace. It was so wonderful to be in the midst of it that Peter suggested they stay there forever, building temples for Moses and Elijah. However, the meeting Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
It's that time of year again – time for us moms to buy our kids fresh new school supplies, time to purchase exciting new curriculum and books for the upcoming school year, and don't forget that amazing new fall wardrobe that will be way too warm to wear for another couple of months. :D These are just a few of the basic essentials that our children need when heading back to school – whether it's homeschool, public school, or private school. But let's not forget the most important essential for our kids: prayer. Nothing can take the place of a mother covering her children in prayer on a Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
My friend posted a beautiful picture of her daughter jumping at the water's edge on a sandy beach with the caption, "Because she's happy!" It made me think about my own children at the beach. They jump, shriek, dance, and roll in the water and sand for no other reason than pure joy. It's a beautiful thing, with inhibitions lost in the moment of expressing unadulterated happiness. Her photo made my soul smile, but the more I thought about it, it made me a little sad, too. My sadness wasn't for my friend or her daughter, but for my children and me. My friend's daughter has Down Syndrome Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Anchor. It's a word that seems to imply many different meanings and concepts. But from a Biblical perspective, it denotes Hope. And what is Hope? I think a better question if you're thinking in terms of faith, is this... WHO is Hope? Hope is a person and His name is Jesus. "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." Hebrews 6:19 Jesus is our security. He is our One defense and constant source of Hope. And since Hope is an anchor for the soul, we can know that like our Hope, an anchor keeps us from drifting. It serves as something that holds us firmly in place and can Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I remember a time when my children were younger, telling my husband that I want our home to be THE hangout house for our children and their friends. My desire is being fulfilled. I joke around about the smelliness of young men in our home, but deep down, I'm thankful that it's in MY home. I have the unique advantage of knowing where my children are and who is influencing their lives. Even with us being a homeschool family, we're known as THAT family in the neighborhood whose dad plays basketball EVERY afternoon with his sons. This is a draw for the other fellas to come, be active, and get Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.