Archives for April 2015

Adoption, A Mother’s Greatest Gift

I held the small baby in my arms, wrapped up in a receiving blanket to keep her warm from the chill of the delivery room, and a voice spoke to me. “Congratulations, Mom.” The congratulations came from an unlikely source—the grandmother of this child, the mother of the sweet birth mother who chose adoption for her baby girl. To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. Thankfulness filled my heart—to God who’d answered my prayers and to the birth mom {Read More}

Devotion for a Tired Mom

“She answered God by name, praying to the God who spoke to her, ‘You’re the God who sees me! Yes! He saw me; and then I saw him!’ That’s how that desert spring got named ‘God-Alive-Sees-Me Spring.’ That spring is still there, between Kadesh and Bered. Hagar gave Abram a son.” Genesis 16:13–16 (MSG) As a mom of two preschoolers and a baby, I felt invisible. No, I wasn’t the Disappearing Woman. It’s just that the creative, witty, fun-to-hang-out-with woman {Read More}

7 Brilliant Ideas for Your Homeschool

7 Brilliant Ideas for Your Homeschool   I’ve been a homeschooling mom for more than 20 years and I’ve graduated three students. I’ve adopted three children (and am in the process of adopting 4 more), so I’m starting completely over. The most best thing I’m doing this time around is not stressing out. We’ve used Sonlight for preschool and My Father’s World for early years. I also enjoy reading chapter books all together (in addition to library books). We’re having a lot of fun! Homeschooling is completely different {Read More}

Real Life Love

If you are currently in a dating relationship, ask yourself how you would view your boyfriend if you were an outsider looking in. Are you sticking around because you’re needy? Because of fear? The people with the biggest needs or fears are usually the ones who fill their lives with the biggest Mr. Wrong. Also, our judgment in relationships disappears when sex is thrown into the mixture. Once the powerful and pleasurable ingredient of sex is added, we tend to {Read More}

Joy in Your Presence | Psalm 16:11

Saturday Scripture   Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.   Prayer Papa God, thank you for guiding me through this life. Help me cling to your Word and rely on the Holy Spirit for wisdom. In you, there is overwhelming and glorious joy! You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence {Read More}

Care Package Ideas for a Homeschooling Mom

Homeschooling moms, sometimes we just need a little pick-me-up. I’ve been homeschooling for more than 20 years and will be homeschooling for the next 18 years! I love being there for my kids and facilitating their learning process, but sometimes I can get a bit frazzled. If you know a homeschooling mom, here’s one thing you can do to make her week … send her a care package! I asked on Facebook what would you include in a gift basket {Read More}

Take Time to Create. Take Time to Explore.

When I first began pursuing my dream career as a writer, I felt guilty following my dreams. My days looked like this: homeschooling in the morning, and then writing in the afternoon with a few hours I set aside while my children played. Those early years, I wrote articles and ideas for novels as Barney played on the television. At least a dozen times during those writing hours, my kids would ask me for milk, for a snack, or to {Read More}

Be an Earth Angel to Someone in Need

God will make you rich enough so that you can always be generous. 2 Corinthians 9:11 (GW) When John and I first got married, we lived through lean years. I’d been a single mom, so John took on an instant family. He was in college, and we lived in low income housing. John delivered pizza at night to make ends meet. I didn’t have much to offer to others, but I did have time and love. I’d often babysit for {Read More}

5 Super Simple Habits that Will Transform Your Parenting (Plus a Free Printable)

There are tons of books and blogs that teach us how to be a good parent, but it’s really very simple. Being a good parent can start with changing a few habits. Don’t believe me? Take the test. Try one of these simple habits every day throughout the next five days, and watch how it transforms your family and your home! I challenge you! Want to transform your parenting? Take @TriciaGoyer’s 5-day challenge! Click To Tweet 1. Smile. When we {Read More}

How to Become a Life-Long Learner

Richer Than Gold You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be— I had a mother who read to me. — Strickland Gillian (1849 – 1954) Every day we have a choice: to take a step to follow a dream or to stay stagnant and continue on as things are. I’ve grown and changed throughout the years because I hadn’t been afraid to learn. The wisest man who ever lived once said, {Read More}

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