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The H Word

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I think there is a significant point in everyone's life where they are keenly aware of the fact they have come to the end of their own strength. Somehow they have taken something on which is bigger than themselves and have gotten themselves way in over their heads.

This moment for me was the winter of 2011. It was shortly after I became a mom of 3 kids under the age of 4. It was the winter where I had to come to terms with myself. I realized I didn’t have it all together like I thought. I wasn’t as strong as I thought I was. I didn’t have all the answers like I thought I did. I was not patient, kind, gentle, or calm. Parenting had become the most humbling experience of my life!




I had a choice to make over the winter; to be humbled, or to humble myself. Either, I could be crushed by my circumstance and live in survival mode until my children graduated high school and then I could get back to my own life.

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I could humble myself before the Lord, and trust He would lift me up. But h…

Re-cap Of Our Summer

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Over this past summer I spent some time sharing the testimony of our homeschooling experience. I hope that it is an encouragement to those who have contemplated homeschooling for themselves. That being said, I know that not everyone is called to homeschooling hence episode 2! However, every parent is called to disciple their own children.  If you are discouraged or overwhelmed by this thought, I put a link to some of my previous posts below in hopes of buoying your confidence. I have also released two books this past year and will be releasing a third before the end of the year to assist you in this important, yet at times daunting, endeavor. You can find out more and order about it here: Foundation Of Character Volume 1: Bearing Good Fruit from Amazon (here). And Volume 2: Walking In Love And Forgiveness (here). If you want to be kept up to date on the release of Volume 3: Pursuing Wisdom, or any new posts please hit subscribe on the toolbar above.
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Amazing News!!!!

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Good Morning Everyone! I woke up this morning to the wonderful news. The second volume of Foundation Of Character "Walking In Love And Forgiveness" has been approved for publishing!!!!! It will be available on Amazon Prime by the 2nd of July!!! And is available right now on the publishing site!!! check it out!


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The Allure of Gentleness

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There was a time early on in my motherhood journey where I would bark out orders to my children and even to my husband. This wasn’t when they wouldn’t listen for the umpteenth time, this was during the initial command. You can imagine that situations didn’t have much room or time before they began to escalate to yelling, threats, and punishment. During that season the only thing I taught my children was to be afraid of me.
Because of the two completely different home lives Brett and I had growing up we never seemed to agreed on a way to discipline. We would cycle around to the conversation, are we disciplining the right way, every couple of months. Neither one of us were confident in what we were doing, and we were looking to the other to affirm us that we were doing it right.  
I noticed a trend in my life of God using books in away to get me to look at things from a different perspective. This is one of the reasons why you will always find reading recommendations from me at the botto…

People 1st, Things 2nd

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After I became a mom, my type A personality took a major beating. This all had to do with the fact that unlike my daily to do list, my children were and still are unpredictable. Their attitudes, emotions, likes and dislikes, eating habits, sleeping habits the list could go on forever. My perfectionist ways werestretched and tested in this area for several years. Until, one day I was visiting with a friend of mine and she shared a story with me that changes my perspective.
Her story was about a time when she had coffee with a mother mom that she really looked up to. During their visit the mother had several interruptions by her children needing her assistance. My friend, growing annoyed herself, asked the mother, “How can you stay so calm and sweet? If my kids kept interrupting me I would become irritated.” The mother said to my friend, “Let me ask you a question. Let’s say you were at work, ticking away at your daily docket and your boss walked into your office and said to you, listen…

Do You Trust Me?

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This might be a shock to some people, but faith is something that I wrestle with, a lot! Sometimes, on a daily basis. I feel like I have the same conversation over and over again with God, the subject matter is the only thing that seems to change. I begin to voice my doubts, worries, anxieties, and ‘what if’ questions. However, every single time God responds in the same way “Do you trust me?”  When God calls us to things that are bigger than ourselves, like raising up the next generation to be wholehearted followers of Christ, we have to ask ourselves if we are going to trust ourselves or God.
Survival vs. Faith When it comes to parenting I feel like I can slip into survival mode pretty easily. Meaning that I respond with the first thing that comes to mind just trying to get through the day, week, month, and in some cases year. Now when I become aware of my survivalist mentality I  make an intentional switch into a posture of faith. Faith: Is trusting that God loves you and will keep H…

The Struggles Are Real

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In child rearing there can be moments of true long suffering. From hard pregnancies to newborns and sleepless nights,  battling illnesses small and life threatening,  rebellion and a child turning completely away from the Lord. The struggles are real. Jesus told us that in this world we will have suffering, but take heart He has overcome the world. (John 16:33) Because of this promise He encourages us not grow weary in well doing because in the right time, in God’s time,  there will be a harvest. (Gal 6:9) He will be faithful to complete the work HE started. So what do we do while we wait?  We endure.
Endurance: To  finish what we have started even when the task gets tough. -Foundation of Character Week 6



Take His Yoke Hisyoke is easy….. Yes easy. Endurance is taking all of the things you know to be true about God and fixing yourself to them. He is faithful to the end, He will complete what He has started, He hears our cry, He came so that we may have life and have it abundantly. Take Hi…