Trusting God - Infertility - Miscarriage - Adoption - Motherhood 3

Content in Him: Trusting God with My Dream of Motherhood

Note:  I wrote a different post for today but did not feel that it was the right time to share it.  Unsure what else to talk about, I kept coming back to this story of contentedness and trusting God.  I wrote this essay as a potential guest post for another blog.  It was ultimately rejected, but I have held onto it for the past few months.  If you’ve read my first three posts about my journey to...

Last minute Valentine's Day Ideas for Toddler - 10 frugal activities with bonus ideas for your husband! Great ways for Christian moms to share God's love with their children this Valentines day #raptmotherhood #valentinesday #toddlermom #Christianmom #christianparenting 1

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas for Toddlers – 10 Frugal Activities with Bonus Ideas for Your Husband

This is our first Valentine’s Day with our son!  We are planning on staying home since the holiday falls in the middle of the week this year.  Even though my son is young and we will be at home, I still want to make the holiday special.  Although it may just seem like another commercialized event, Valentine’s day is a great way to reflect God’s love to others.  Here are ten of my favorite Valentine’s...

How to Reflect God's Love to Your Children | Gospel based parenting | Demonstrate love to your kids | Show the love of Jesus as a mom 2

How to Reflect God’s Love to Your Children

When one of us is having a hard time demonstrating love, my husband or I will jokingly say, “bend it out!”  This catchy phase has been a part of our vocabulary since we were engaged. In preparing for marriage, we read the book This Momentary Marriage by John Piper.  Each week, we would discuss a chapter with our pastor and his wife.  One of the phrases used several times in chapter three is “bend it...

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Three Tips for a Successful Digital Detox Challenge

On January 1st, I started a Digital Detox Challenge.  If you have not heard about it, click here to check out the challenge page. Over the last four weeks, I have learned a great deal about myself and my habits. Here is a glimpse into my pre-challenge phone usage: When the phone buzzes, I automatically pick it up to see who texted or which app is sending me a notification. When nap time comes and...

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Three Tips for the Introverted Mother Struggling to Maintain Her Sanity

I am an introverted mother who lives in one ditch or the other. Let me explain.  I have an all or nothing personality, so I either do something 100% (after analyzing it to death) or I just don’t do it at all.  You can see this firsthand when examining my homemaking struggles.  To me, cleaning means I have to go through and organize all the drawers, wipe down the inside of the cabinets (after taking...

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Potty Training, Control, and the Gospel

My son is 2, and we are in the midst of potty training! I’ve seen a lot of information online about potty training methods – the potty training in three days method has seemed the most popular, but I’m not 100% sure I can handle a naked toddler running around my house for 3 days!  Right now, we are just trying to go sit on the potty every hour or two.  If he goes, I...

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3 Steps to Developing a Quiet Time Habit: The Heart of Private Worship

If you search for a daily Bible reading program, you will most likely come across the Christianese term “quiet time.”  I couldn’t find where the phrase originated, but, according to Wikipedia, it was sometime in the late 19th century.  I believe a better phrase is private worship (as opposed to corporate worship within the church).  See this post for an explanation of why private worship is a better fit. One reason I prefer the term...

New Year's Resolutions Seeking the Glory of God in the Spiritual Disciplines 0

New Year’s Resolutions: Seeking the Glory of God in the Spiritual Disciplines

Happy New Year! Did you set New Year’s Resolutions for yourself? Lose weight, read more, organize your home? I enjoy thinking about goals and dreams.  I dream of a clean, perfectly organized home, and picture myself twenty pounds lighter, always making healthy food choices. So, I consider how I will achieve these goals.  The majority of the time, I go online looking for help. “Three simple steps to a clutter-free home“ – oooh, let me...

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Merry Christmas!

We have been using a Jesse Tree for advent this year.  The Jesse Tree is an advent method that follows the story of Creation to Christ’s birth.  I love reading the Bible as one seamless story, and the following video is a beautiful way to share it quickly.  As you find yourself with family and friends today and throughout the rest of the holiday season, I would encourage you to memorize this or something similar. ...

O Come All Ye Faithful: Preparing to behold Jesus This Christmas 1

O Come All Ye Faithful: Preparing To Behold Jesus This Christmas

O Come, All Ye Faithful 1841 – w. translation Federick Oakeley, m. 1751, John Francis Wade O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, Born the King of Angels; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.   O Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing all that hear...