Parenting: The Power of Teachable Moments

Parenting: The Power of Teachable Moments It was an ordinary day. I was leaving the doctor’s office with my three kids when the homeless man approached us. He was in a wheelchair and he was missing a leg. I’d just gotten the kids buckled into their car seats when he approached asking for food. I “just so happened” to have a packed lunch with me. I also had recently been to the bakery, and I’d picked up some donuts for {Read More}

6 Ways to Find Joy in Your Day {Printable!}

6 Ways to Find Joy in Your Day {Printable!} As a homeschooling mom I’ve had kids at home for 25 years. This means noisy days, busy days, and these-kids-are-giving-me-a-headache days. With three little ones I’m looking at another 15 years of homeschooling and having kids at home. Does that seem overwhelming? It would have been if I hadn’t discovered something amazing: JOY! Over the last year God has been speaking to my heart and encouraging me to find joy in everyday living. {Read More}

In the World, Not of It: Protecting Innocence

In the World, Not of It: Protecting Innocence   “I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them.” Psalm 101:3 (NLT) I can remember the first horror film I watched was when I was in third or fourth grade. The plot line was about a man who moved into a haunted house and then uncovers all the horror that happened there. I’m scarred for life, {Read More}

Parenting Grace {Printable!}

Parenting Grace Don’t Seek From Your Parenting What God Has Provided Through Grace What do you want most as a mom? If someone would have asked me that years ago I would have said something like, “To raise children to love God and to serve others. To raise smart, successful adults.” I would have said that, but it wouldn’t have been the whole truth. In my mind, yes, but not in my actions—not in my heart. What do you want {Read More}

Saturday Scripture: Psalms 71:14

  Saturday Scripture As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalms 71:14 Prayer Show me the hope that surrounds me constantly. With your love and guidance I want to praise you more and more.     My book The Kissing Bridge is a featured item in Barnes & Noble through August 18th! Next time you’re at Barnes & Noble, snap a photo of the book and post it on social media with {Read More}

Why Your Older Kids Fight Your Teaching… and How To Fix That

Why Your Older Kids Fight Your Teaching… and How To Fix That I’m a mom of six children. I’ve been homeschooling eighteen years, and now that I have three preschoolers, I have another eighteen years of homeschooling to go! Three of my children are adults. Cory is 24 years old. He’s a working man and a caring husband and father. Leslie is 21 and graduated from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, last year. She’s a stellar student who’s living {Read More}

Hope For Bible Study Newbies (Who Want to Train their Kids Well)

Hope For Bible Study Newbies (Who Want to Train their Kids Well) I’m not sure I should admit this, but as much as I loved Women Living Well, I felt a twinge of jealousy as I read chapter two. Unexpected emotions rolled around in my gut as I read about how Courtney’s mother sat down with her in fourth grade and taught her how to have a quiet time. I almost couldn’t relate to the picture of a young Courtney, {Read More}

Just Be Available (Part 3 of 3)

Just Be Available (Part 3 of 3) (Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) We also need to come to the place where what we want no longer matters. To be available is to be available no matter what. Even if we don’t like what God is asking us to do. Even if we think our plans are better. I have a perfect example of this. In 1999 I’d had some publishing success. I’d written some articles and some {Read More}

Just Be Available to God

  Just Be Available (Read Part 1 here.) Do you have trust issues? I do. I mean who hasn’t been hurt? Abandoned? Left behind. There are those who say they love us, but then turn their backs on us. And then there is God. He wants us to follow Him and be available to Him … but it’s not as if He speaks to us in a clear, audible voice, right? He wants us to trust Him, but we have so {Read More}

Bible Study Brainstorm: 7 Ideas for Busy Moms

Bible Study Brainstorm: 7 Ideas for Busy Moms There being sixteen years between babies, I had forgotten a lot. Right after I adopted my younger children a couple years ago I began to remember. I remembered that I can’t even take a shower without peace, let alone get an hour of Bible Study prayer and journaling that I was used to. If you want time to study God’s Word but don’t find it possible with little ones… Here are 7 ideas for spending {Read More}

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