I am not a morning person. Never have been, probably never will be. Waking up early has simply never come naturally to me for as long as I can remember. But I'm convinced that God must be a morning "person" — and that He wants to make you a morning person, too. When I got married, I was thrilled to discover that my husband was not a morning person either. On weekdays, we woke up at the last possible minute to squeeze in showers, making coffee, and getting to work on time. On weekends, we'd sleep through most of the morning if we didn't have plans. Early morning devotions never crossed my Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I know that we all love our children more than words could ever express. Most of you reading this would do anything for your children and you sacrifice daily for them far more than they will ever know (until they have their own). But besides loving them to pieces, there is more. Can you honestly say that you delight in your kids? I have three small toddler tornadoes ages 3 and under. Things can get crazy at my house very quickly. One minute everyone can be crying, whining, throwing a fit, and having a major meltdown while we are all tripping over legos, lincoln logs, and yesterday's Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Maybe I could fake being sick. Or pretend I twisted my ankle. I just have to think of something that will get me out of this! I was a mess, my heart beating so wildly. It was my freshman year of college, and I stood staring at it—a legend I’d heard about since my very first visit to campus. “It” was made of wood and nails. It stood tall and plain in the mid-Michigan countryside, yet it taunted and intimidated me until I surely thought I’d faint. They called it simply, “The Wall.” The legend was also a tradition, one that every single freshman who arrived on campus each autumn must take part Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Sanctification is something that every Christ-follower desires to emulate. To be holy, set apart, and consecrated to our Lord is really the ultimate goal for a Christian. And while God uses many of our day-to-day circumstances to prepare us for His service, undoubtedly much sanctification occurs through motherhood. I remember carrying my first child, it was absolute bliss. The simple fact that a life was forming inside of my womb made me the happiest woman on the face of the earth. I love how God entrusts moms to nurture and love His perfect creation into life. And I love the moment that I am Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Dear Harried Homemaker, Are the inmates running the asylum? I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so out of hand. When I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married, becoming a mommy, and having my own home. I imagined a home that was more than just 4 walls, a roof, and a mortgage. I wanted to make a special place that was a magical mash-up of: a school, a playground, a refuge, a boo-boo “fix it” station, a “you can do it” pep rally, and a safe place for personal expression, sharing and growth. And then real life happened… …laundry, Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
The teen years for many of my children were filled with them pushing their boundaries with my husband and me. My husband worked two jobs and was often not home during critical parenting times or teachable moments, but we endeavored to be on the same page with whatever discipline the children needed. No matter what, we would always love them and discipline in love, too. For some reason, when my older three children reached the age of seventeen years old, they seemed to hit a point where rebelliousness was strong. Our oldest son got in with the wrong crowd and set a small fire to an outdoor Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Developing a lifestyle of walking in love can seem to be impossible at times. Our flesh tends to be incredibly selfish, wanting only what's good for “me” or “mine.” But if we want to live a life that fully pleases the Lord, we must obey His great commandment of love. I really like The Message Bible's translation of Ephesians 5:1-2, so I want to share it with you. Verse one tells us, “Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents.” I am quite certain that you are a mother who teaches and models proper behavior for your children, or else Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
"So, what do you think? Can I do it?" I sat on my couch, phone intently to my ear, waiting for my mom to answer. "Do you think I can homeschool the kids?" "Oh, honey," she answered, "Of course you can! You would be amazing at it." In my heart I knew that is what she would say, but it felt so good to hear it in that moment. That sigh of approval from my own mom, my own teacher. If she, a homeschool veteran, believed that I could homeschool my three kids, then I knew I could. When a mom is just starting out homeschooling her kids, life is so upside down. Things immediately become a whirlwind of Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I remember growing up and watching the tumultuous relationship my mom had with my grandmother. It was the type of thing that would have my head in a tail spin - watching two women whom I loved and both loved me dearly - treat one another so poorly. When I was young, I had no idea what the problem was. But by the time I turned 8 or so, I had figured out where all that ugly was coming from: unforgiveness. I was certain at a very young age that I didn't want to have that type of relationship - or rather lack thereof - with my children. Unforgiveness could quite possibly be the bane of motherhood Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Last week's Scripture memorization verse is Matthew 5:8: "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (KJV) I also really like the version of this Scripture from The Message: "You're blessed when you get your inside world - your mind and heart - put right. Then you can see God in the outside world." I have most often seen this verse referenced in sermons, books, blogs, and conversations about sexual purity, and I have seen lots of resources for parents around teaching your child about sexual purity. Please hear me when I say that I do think this is important, but I also believe Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.