April 18, 2014

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!}

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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...]

Finding Time for Family Devotions

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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...]

The Work of a Mother’s Hands

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Many are the jobs in a mother's day, and much is the work of her hands. Pick up the baby, start breakfast, open the blinds. Wrap him up, pull him close, turn the pages. Brew some coffee, because no way did you get enough sleep. Turn on cartoons, wipe the nose, change the diaper. Dump the laundry onto the couch, start a load of towels, flush the forgotten toilets. Check email, … [Read more...]

What Will The Harvest Of Your Home Bring?

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By Contributing Writer, Tonya Ferguson   A Tired Mother's Prayer Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray my sanity I can keep. For if some peace I do not find, I'm pretty sure I'll lose my mind. I pray I find a little quiet Far from the daily family riot May I lie back--not have to think about what they're stuffing down the sink, or who they're with, or where they're at and what … [Read more...]

Making Home a Haven: Positive Speech

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So much to do, so many piles to conquer, and I'm left, as usual, trying to keep in perspective what matters most. It's been a hard day, as many Tuesdays are around our house.  I actually heard myself say today, "If that Bible movie is lost, I'm going to be really mad." Really?  I no sooner had the words out of my mouth before I was convicted. I'm certain of a few truths in this life, … [Read more...]

When Motherhood Is Only Hard All the Time

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You push the laundry room door open as wide as it can go while stepping over the mound to reach the machines.  "Don't come in here," you tell your little ones, but they follow you into the room, climbing onto the pile behind you.  With arms loaded down with hot, clean clothes from the dryer, you turn around to find you're trapped in the laundry room with a toddler and a preschooler who've shut … [Read more...]

Making Home a Haven: It’s a Priority

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I was almost completely absent from this blog last week.  Well, with the minor exceptions of the delicious plum jam and gluten-free chocolate chip cookie pie recipes that I shared.  You may realize by now that I can often share recipes because, after all, I do cook every day, and also because they're fun for me and require little to no deep thinking. Making Home a Haven Has to Be a … [Read more...]

Making Home a Haven: Praying Mom

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As a mom, have you ever been desperate?  Have you ever cried out to God for mercy, for help, for strength?  For a miracle? I know I have.  I hope this post inspires you, even if - and especially if - you feel you've lost hope in praying to your Heavenly Father. So far in this Making Home a Haven series, we've discussed how God wants us to thrive, to live life abundantly, and last week, … [Read more...]

Making Home a Haven: The Paper Bible

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I recently had the privilege of attending the beautiful and inspiring Mom Heart Conference.  What I came away with was not anything I didn't already know, not anything fundamentally formulaic that would single-handedly change the course of my life, nothing that I hadn't really heard my whole life already.  Nonetheless, I left feeling renewed, energized, motivated.  I saw my role as mother, as … [Read more...]