Archives for August 2015

Back-to-School Reading Recommendations

I LOVE getting to share my childhood favorites with my kids! This summer, we enjoyed reading through Bob books (time and time again with the little ones), Laura Ingalls Wilder and Beverly Cleary. Now that it’s back-to-school time (how did the summer fly by so quickly?!), we are looking for more books to add to our ever-growing collection. What are some of your reading recommendations? Leave a comment below to share your suggestions! Here are some of our favorites: Bob Books {Read More}

Am I Enough? Overcoming Feelings of Unworthiness as a Mom

Do you ever feel as if you aren’t enough? Do you struggle with feelings of unworthiness? I have for most of my life. I crave perfection, but I look in the mirror, around the house, and in my roles as wife and mom and I see all the shortcomings: “Not disciplined enough,” my reflection tells me. “Not clean or organized enough,” my house screams. “Not loving or respectful enough,” I read in my husband’s eyes. “Not fun enough, joyful enough, {Read More}

Planned Parenthood, Ashley Madison and Jesus

The world is falling apart, or at least it seems that way when my Facebook news feed is filled with stories on Planned Parenthood, Josh Duggar’s sexual sins, and the marital cheating website Ashley Madison. As a Christian there’s a lot to process, and we wonder what we should say and how to take a stand. Yet if we are truly followers of God’s Word our “stand” should be more than just a repost or comment on Facebook. 30 years {Read More}

Mealtime Devotions | What’s on Your Label?

Mealtime Prayer: Dear Lord, a name isn’t something I can see or taste or touch. But help me to remember that it sticks with me wherever I go. Amen. Appetizer: Grab three cans of food from the cupboard. What things on the label make customers want to buy them? If your mom and dad were cans in a supermarket, what good things would you put on their labels? “Hard worker”? “Good cook”? “Generous neighbor”? What labels would go on a {Read More}

Advice to My Younger {Married} Self — Part 2

John and I haven’t had a perfect marriage. Far from it! There have been struggles over the years, but I’m so happy that we decided to fight FOR our marriage instead of fighting against each other. I shared a few marriage tips I’ve learned along the way a few weeks ago here. I asked YOU to share what advice you’d give your younger married self. Here is the second part of your great answers: What advice would you give your younger married {Read More}

Are You Helping Your Husband Follow His Dreams?

What are your husband’s dreams? Do you know them? If you do, what are you doing to help him reach his dreams? If you’re not … have you thought about starting? Today is the day to start helping your husband reach your dreams. Why today? Because time doesn’t stop and wait for us to catch up! I realize this every time I look into the mirror. I’m a bit rounder than I was when we got married. So is my {Read More}

Teen Parenting | Q&A with Girlz 4 Christ

  Have you ever wondered what it’s like for teens to be a mom? As Christians we are supposed to be pro-life, right? But what happens when one of your friends or someone you know/have heard of becomes pregnant? Of course you want her to keep the baby! However, being pro-life isn’t enough, but it’s confusing to know how to handle the situation as a friend. A few weeks ago I was interviewed by a dynamic young woman named Lily Garay about my book Teen Mom {Read More}

4 Things to Cut from Your Schedule {Before School Starts}

Does your schedule seem too full? Are you wondering how you’re going to survive the upcoming school year? That’s me. With seven school-aged kids I’m trying to figure out what we can add. I’m also re-evaluating what needs to be cut. God has given each of us 24 hours, and if things are too crazy-busy, it’s a sign something needs to change. And we’re the only ones who can do it. So before the school year starts, here are four {Read More}

Mealtime Devotions | Lost and Found {Plus a Giveaway!}

Mealtime Prayer Tell God how thankful you are that he takes care of you like a shepherd cares and watches over his sheep. Appetizer: Sheep are curious but dumb animals. Did you know that sheep are often unable to find their way home even if the sheepfold is within sight? Knowing this, the sheperd never takes his eyes off his wandering sheep. Read Psalm 32:8. Main Course: Set the table with one less plate than needed. Hide the plate, and {Read More}

10 Ways to Help Others Find Healing in Christ: Hints for Unwinding Grave Clothes

On Tuesday I shared about a personal struggle, and how I became transparent and asked others to help me find healing. You can read: Being Transparent: 3 Ways To Invite Others Into Your Healing here. There are times when we need help healing. There are other times when Jesus is asking you to help someone else. Here are 10 ways to help others find healing in Christ. Hints for Unwinding Grave Clothes: While only God can resurrect dead people, He {Read More}

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