Trusting God’s Plan in your Parenting

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen images portraying what people imagine motherhood to be like, including a mom and young children dressed very “proper” and laughing at what clearly must have been the best joke since the original “Knock knock.” They are just loving life. All is well. There is always a second picture below it with the caption “what parenting really looks like.” It usually includes a battle between a T-rex, an exhausted mother who can barely keep her eyes open, sitting between mounds of laundry, and a child or three sitting on her lap crying at the top of his lungs. We have three kids …

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Living Set Free

Do you know what I hate?  I hate failure! But what I’m coming to realize is that I hate my definition of failure.  Failure in my eyes doesn’t make me a failure in God’s eyes. I need to learn how to rest in that.  Tripping and falling does not disqualify us from a race. It is when we get stuck in the fall, that we stop running. If our treasures lay in our successes, then every opportunity is just another chance to fail.  If our treasure is in Jesus, then every opportunity will be victorious, because He is the victory! We can hold on to this even if we are …

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Behind the Scenes

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I am nesting.  Not because I am having a baby but more so because I am leaving our babies.  My husband and I are taking a trip next week for our 15th wedding anniversary and we are so excited: the thrill of visiting somewhere new, just the two of us, on our own schedule.  But in order for us to get on that airplane we both have a lot of things that need to be taken care of. For my husband, its work.  He is a pastor and we just launched a campaign for our new building.  There’s a whole lot of excitement, evening meetings most nights of the week, …

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Out of Memory

My kids laugh at me every single day as I try to use my phone to do something simple, such as take a picture, look up a recipe, or even check to see if I have an email sitting in my inbox explaining how school went for our youngest son.  When I see those three words “Not Enough Storage” I usually roll my eyes a little and say “Here I go again.” It’s not like I have a million things sitting on my phone. I have maybe eight emails in my inbox, I delete my Junk, my Sent, my Trash.  I have no game apps, only the apps required by …

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Great Expectations

Lessons from “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” by Peter Scazzero. I had a swift kick in the butt a few months ago when my sister-in-law recommended I read “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” by Peter Scazzero.   Great.  I couldn’t wait to read how emotionally immature I was.  Please tell me how I need to get over myself (said no one ever).   Well, I bought it online and started to read immediately.  Partly because I knew it was going to be helpful, and partly because I was terrified and wanted to be done with it already.  Come on, people. Just get me mature. I had no idea just how spiritually unhealthy I was. …

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Freezer Meal Prep

“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family…” -Proverbs 31:15 Freezer Meal Prep Living out this verse meant Freezer Meal Prep was a large part of my weekend. Raise your hand if, like me, you sometimes block out the fact that husbands and children expect to eat dinner every single night?  I’ll keep myself busy during the day so I don’t have to acknowledge the cold, hard truth that I haven’t shopped or prepared anything.  But by supper time, I can no longer hide from my own willful ignorance. I’m not always like this.  I usually have a pretty good system for meal planning …

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Joy through Grief

My Story of Loss Life gets really hard. We all have gone through or will go through emotional valleys as the years go by. Where our mind ends up at the end of the valley will direct our paths into the future. My mom was diagnosed with leukemia about ten years ago. This started the most challenging years of my life. My mom was the type of mom everyone around her aspired to be like. She was so wonderful, fun loving, always serving her family, drove all over the country to be at every event, and welcomed any person into her home that walked through the door. My mom is …

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Modern Homemaking

Feeling unprepared for being a Homemaker? It is a huge transition from life as an independent woman to modern homemaking with little ones!

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