April 17, 2014

How to Manage Your Mouth (for Kids): A 30-Day Wholesome Talk Challenge {eBook Review}

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By Contributing Writer, Kelly Wiggains This month at TheMarathonMom, we're focusing on detoxing bad habits, including unwholesome talk.  Have you ever heard your child say something, started to wonder where they learned it, and then remembered that - oh no! - it was from you? My friend Connie from Smockity Frocks has a new eBook available: How to Manage Your Mouth (for Kids): A 30-day … [Read more...]

Media Detox

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by contributing writer, Tonya Ferguson Today, kids under 2 spend more than twice as much time watching videos, as they do being read to. In 2/3 of households, TVs are on during meals. In 75% of households, TVs are on when no one is watching them. More than 70% of kids have TVs in their bedrooms Only 1/3 of households have media-consumption rules {source} I was … [Read more...]

One Thousand Gifts {and a Giveaway!}


Have you read One Thousand Gifts yet? In this incredible, life-changing book, Ann Voskamp captures so eloquently and beautifully, the mystery and the awesomeness of Mighty God, encouraging you and me to LIVE FULLY right where we are. Do you find yourself hurrying about from this to that?  Fretting over the house, the kids, the chores, the bills?  Have you lost perspective?  Given up hope? … [Read more...]

Scripture Stickies {and a Christmas Giveaway!}

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Years and years ago, when my husband and I were newlyweds, I wrote dozens of my favorite Scriptures on sticky notes and plastered them all over our apartment because I was just that determined to memorize some of my favorites.  It might have been pretty weird for visitors who came over to our place who weren't quite accustomed to the way I do things, let alone our devotion to learning God's Word … [Read more...]

Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands {and a Giveaway!}


Today, Sunday, December 1, starts Advent!  And if you haven't heard of Truth in the Tinsel, well, it's perfect timing! Truth in the Tinsel makes it easy to teach young children about the true meaning of Christmas by providing you with fun crafts and discussion material.  This ebook is a resource you will enjoy with your family for years to come. Want to win a copy?  ONE lucky reader will … [Read more...]

Being Thankful Beyond Thanksgiving

Christmas Gratitude

   By Contributing Writer, Angela November has been a month focused on thankfulness and fall festivities.  In fact, yesterday most of us probably celebrated Thanksgiving with our families, feasting on turkey and all the trimmings. But today, the day after Thanksgiving, the American public shifts its focus away from being thankful for what we have been given toward all the things we can … [Read more...]

Being a 5 Loaves & 2 Fish Mom


by Contributing Writer, Tonya Ferguson John 6:5-13 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, "Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?"  He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, "Even if we worked for months, we wouldn't have enough money to feed them!"  Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, … [Read more...]

Creating Healthy Bedtime Habits

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By Contributing Writer, Stef Layton Is it just me or is "bedtime" a four letter word to a child?  I clearly remember my parents saying something about bedtime when I was already asleep on the floor and I would bolt wide awake and declare, "but I'm not tired!" I have noticed in our home that my boys respond well to routine.  They like to know what's coming.  Bedtime has been a lot less … [Read more...]

Lincoln Sleeps Through the Night!


I can't begin to describe how wonderful it is to sleep several hours a night uninterrupted after a few long years of NOT sleeping through the night.  It's a long, complicated story of why Levi, then Landen, then Lincoln all took almost two years, so we'll just pick up with Lincoln. Hallelujah, the boy is sleeping til morning these days! Any weary mama can vouch for me when I say it changes … [Read more...]

Finding Time for Family Devotions

Family Devotions

By Contributing Writer, Jennifer *This post contains affiliate links. We all know that finding time in our day for family devotions can be challenging for any family.   It's something that we know is beneficial, but at the same time other things pull for our time and our attention. When God entrusted us with children, He also gave us a responsibility to train and raise them in the … [Read more...]