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How Would You Answer These 5 Time Evaluation Questions?

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Think about how you spend your “extra time.” What do you do? Who do you do it with? Can you live without it?

It seems like in today’s world that we have become a me-focused, justifying, entitlement society.

Have you ever thought any of these thoughts?

  1. “I’m the mom.”
  2. “I do so much around here.”
  3. “I deserve it.”

Or

  1. “I’m the dad.”
  2. “I work hard.”
  3. “I deserve it.”

I know I have thought these thoughts, but when you really break it down, I am actually saying:

  1. “It is all about me.”
  2. “Here are my reasons and justifications on why I am more important.”
  3. “I am entitled to this and you will not stop me.” Continue reading

Girls’ Devotionals

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As you have probably have gathered over the course of this last year, I am not a morning person. I try to stay in bed until the last possible moment. Since the snooze and I are best friends, I hardly ever allow enough time in the morning to do my quiet time before the day is off and running. This is something I hope to not pass on to my kids.

This school year the girls decided they wanted a schedule for what they are to do in the morning before school. I have no idea where they would come up with such an idea! 😉 In the schedule, we allowed for time for them to do their own devotional. They have loved that time, and I am excited that they are starting to form a great habit at such a young age. I pray they continue to enjoy this time with the Lord for the rest of their years.

Here are the girl’s current devotionals:

Rebekah (age 6) is going through Sheila Walsh’s “Shine Your Light Devotional.”

Hannah (age 8) is going through Elizabeth George’s “A Girl After God’s Own Heart: A tween Adventure with Jesus.”

I have really liked both of these and I feel they are perfect for where the girls are at. They can understand what they are reading and answer the questions on their own.

I am going through Joyce Meyer’s “The Confident Mom” It is excellent!!!! It isn’t technically a devotional but I am making it into one. It was so good that I could not put it down the first time I read it. I wished she would have written it earlier in my career as a mom, but I will gladly take her insight now. The other thing I love about this book, is that it is chock full of scriptures. There is no better thing to do during this season of life than to put the Word into your heart!

I would love to hear what you are reading as a devotional? Or if you do not like devos what book of the Bible are in studying? What devotionals have you liked for your kids? I know we will need another one for both the girls towards the middle of the school year. I am completely clueless on what is good for a boy, so moms of boys, what did your sons enjoy and learn from?

Reflections on my Birthday

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This week I marked off another year in my life story. I was reflecting on where I have been and where I am going. Am I happy with how I lived my life this last year? Am I accomplishing the goals I had set forth at the beginning of this year?

Thanks to my accountability partner and my husband I have made great strides on my goals. Of course there are things that I would like to improve on like spending more time in the Word and spending more down time with my husband. But over all I am happy with what I have accomplished this year. I am making progress!

This year I have also experienced one of the toughest battles I have faced in my life. It was one of those battles that shook me to my core. There were days when I didn’t know what the next step would be, but through it all I have learned so much about myself and God. Continue reading

Recalculating

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This will be my last post of helpful tips that I have learned from moving. Today’s topic: Recalculating. I don’t know how many times I had to readjust, add to, subtract from, or completely throw out my plan for the week as I packed us up and moved. This was a very growing experience for me. I have finally learned to realize that life is unpredictable and I have to be willing to adjust to what it throws at me.  Hopefully this lesson sticks this time! 🙂 Being required to readjust every couple of hours definitely stretched me in new ways!

I suppose we did make things more complicated than they needed to be in this move. Continue reading

Hannah’s Diary of Fun Stuff: Lent

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Today we have a guest blogger: Our oldest daughter, Hannah (age 8). When she informed us that she had decided (without our prompting) to give up her beloved books for Lent, we asked her to write in her journal about her reasons why. I love how simple and sincere child-like faith is! We often make it so complicated, and it really can be this simple. We hope you enjoy her story.

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Title: Is there something that’s hard to give up? Continue reading

How Did This Happen?

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Tonight I was reminded by two of my children how natural it is for us to live life on the edge. And not only natural but oh so intriguing. It beckons us, draws us in and begs for us to just go one more step closer to the edge.

The first example is my sweet, “innocent” 18 month little man. I have taken the opportunity to put into place some new rules in our new house. No shoes on the carpet. Snacks and drinks only in the kitchen or on the tile floors. Put your shoes and coats in their designated place. The kitchen will be picked up and floor swept before going to bed. Rules that I should have had at our old house but was too lazy to make the change. Jacob has actually done pretty well with the new food and drink changes. I did start working with him at the old house so he has adapted fairly well. Well, Sunday he tried to take his crackers into the living room, where snacks are not allowed. I gently took his hand and brought him back into the kitchen. Continue reading

The Crazy Life Continues!

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So, anyone ready to live crazy with me?!?!? If you don’t know what I am talking about, read about it here: The Crazy Life

I know I had to have a lot of “Really, God, really?!?” conversations before I started to actually grab hold of this new lifestyle and start to putting it into practice. I haven’t fully jumped ship to love and serve unconditionally no matter what, but I have started to change how I think about things. I have started to pause before I act or speak. I have started to pray before I make decisions. I have spent time in the Word seeking God’s direction on what scripture to share with others instead of just blurting out what I think they should hear. I have stopped looking at my calendar and all the things that I have to do and instead pray about how to bless and serve others first before I hit my own to-do list. Continue reading

The Crazy Life

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“If you want to get crazy, let’s get crazy!” This statement has come out of my husband’s mouth more times than I can count after I have explained my next big idea to him. I love this about him! I can come up with this crazy idea for a party, an outreach event or a way to spend our once-free weekend and he gladly jumps right on board and goes all in. His philosophy is, “If we are going to do it, let’s go all in and do it right!”

As I was studying Philippians 2 and Romans 12 awhile back it really struck me that the lifestyle these passages are talking about is absolutely crazy. Paul asks us to go against our natural instincts and it even seems to go against our own best interest.

Here are my bullet-point summaries: Continue reading

I’m Throwing in the Towel!!

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There are many opportunities to do life on your own and not seek God’s counsel. One area that am I growing in is learning how to seek God in my parenting. I so deperately want my kids to love God with all their heart and to serve Him well. But it seems I am not always getting to the root of the issue. Sometimes I grow weary with the same constant battles. Have you been there before? Parenting can be tiring and trying. You can get frustrated and even angry because you are constantly saying the same things over and over. You are constantly disciplining for the same exact reason you had to three minutes ago. You ask yourself,  when will this end? When will you finally get through? Is it me? Am I the failure here??

Oh, how children can bring us to our breaking point and oh, how quickly they humble us! Continue reading

Two Lane Highway or Six Lane Highway

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Last week I talked about how to live if you feel shipwrecked. Today I want to expand on one of the things I learned from Paul. He knew God’s plan for his life and didn’t accept anything contrary to it. So many times I know MY plan for my life but I forget that I am supposed to seek to find out God’s plan for my life.

I am a type A person. I want to have all my ducks in a row, color coordinated with my ultra-fine Sharpies and arranged from shortest to tallest. I like to know the exact order of steps so that I can figure out what needs to be done before the next step occurs. Let’s just say I am not a very good “fly by the set of my pants” type of girl!

Now my husband will say that these are good characteristics because we get a lot done and most of the time in a fairly good, efficient way. The challenging side to this character trait is because I like everything figured out and put together, I am not always patient to wait on God to make the step clear. If it is taking too long, I figure it out myself. I am trying my hardest to learn to be patient and wait until His timing. I am in the process of training my mind to trust that waiting doesn’t mean I am being lazy or inefficient but that I am actually saving myself time and headaches by doing it right the first time. Continue reading