Everyday Stuff, Going deep with our kids, Parenting

Using Sports to Shape Godly Character: 5 Highly Effective Tips for Coaching Your Kids On and Off the Field

Though I was never very athletically inclined myself, I love the potential found in sports to grow our kids both physically and emotionally. I firmly believe we can use sports to shape godly character in our kids. And I want to encourage other parents. In the hustle and bustle and sometimes the unavoidable burnout that can accompany the sports seasons, please don’t miss the opportunities to grow your child’s character in the process.

Winning may not be everything, but you can bet this mama is keeping score! 

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Everyday Stuff, Going deep with our kids, Parenting

Building Your Kids’ Faith in the Face of Uncertainty

How do we build our kids’ faith in the face of uncertainty? What do we say when we can’t promise them everything will be okay?How do we build our kids’ faith in the face of uncertainty? What do we say when we can’t promise them everything will be okay?

As far back as I can remember I’ve had this honesty complex. Even those little, white lies that are supposed to be the cordial thing to do are very hard for me. I always tell people… (more…)

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Get Your Kids to Read! A Proven System to Increase Quantity and Quality…Plus a FREE Printable Book Report Form

Do you struggle to get your kids to read? Are you tired of dealing with the battle of it all? Perhaps, like me, you have a little avid reader but would like to encourage her to go deeper than the latest tween craze. In this post I share my proven system to not only motivate your kids to increase the quantity of their reading but the quality as well.

The battle is real my friends. Believe me, I know how you feel! (more…)

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Everyday Stuff, Purpose in Pain

Tell God Exactly How You Feel: He Can Take It! (Concerning School Shooting in Benton, KY)

I write this with a heavy heart in light of yesterday’s tragic school shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, KY. Benton is a small town, tucked away in Kentucky farm country very near where I grew up. (In the photo below you can see Benton circled in green and my hometown in circled in blue. My family and I personally know some who were there and affected yesterday. )

There are no easy answers in a time like this. But I want to encourage all of you (myself included). To those directly impacted by yesterday’s tragedy. To the moms who hesitated when dropping your “babies” off at school this morning. And… (more…)

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Everyday Stuff, Holy Hormones!

How’s the Emotional Environment of Your Home? : It’s Your Call, Mama!

Not long ago Tim and I were talking about the dynamics of our home life. Especially as a single income home, for the most part the provisional/financial stability of our home depends on him, but the emotional stability of our home in large part depends on me. As wives and mothers, we dictate the emotional environment for our homes. We’ve all heard the phrase, “If mama’s not happy nobody’s happy.” And I believe there is a lot of truth to that.

If I’m stressed, frustrated and have a short fuse everyone can feel that energy… (more…)

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Everyday Stuff, How to get into the Bible and get something out of it, Parenting

5 Great Resources to Jumpstart the New Year: A New Resolve for the Busy Mom

I know, like you need one more thing to do, right??

This year commit to stand strong as never before!

I love New Year’s! In my mind I see it as a chance to step back, reevaluate how things are going – what’s working and what needs work – a chance to push the “reset” button on my life if need be.

The Lord’s mercy and loving kindness endure forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34) Miraculously, He never grows tired of us and throws up His hands in frustration. He never stomps off declaring, “That’s it! I’ve had enough! I’m done!” No, incredibly enough…

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Live Like You Mean It!

So here we are. Another new year is off and running. I hope you are finding it fulfilling and energizing. I want to share something I hope you will take with you into this year to help you get the most out of each day. Live your life on purpose!

There is a trap I often find myself falling into. It is the “just getting through each day” syndrome. I’m sure many of you have been there. You feel as if you are merely fighting to keep your head above water from day-to-day. Fighting just to stay caught up (or to catch up) and not really making any significant progress in the areas of your dreams, vision, and purpose. But the fact is, (more…)

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Everyday Stuff, How to get into the Bible and get something out of it

11 Bible Verses for Self Motivation as We Head Into the New Year

Just Do it! I don’t believe I am taking anything from Nike™ when I say this. Rather, I believe God implemented this policy many centuries ago, and I am confident that it is still His message to us today. That’s why I have pulled together 11 Bible verses to aid with self motivation as we head into the new year. (Though there are countless more!)

The Scripture is full of numerous instances where the Lord simply says, 

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Everyday Stuff, Holy Hormones!

For the Christian Mom Who is Losing Her Mind: You Are Not Alone!

Well, it has been awhile since I’ve done this, but here I am…2:30 a.m., and here I sit…me, my coffee, my Bible and my laptop. Those of you who have been with me for a while know that it is not unusual for me to have trouble sleeping for no good reason. But this time the reason is all too clear…ME!

Once again, my big mouth and my emotional overdrive have gotten the better of me. (more…)

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From Sunday to Everyday: Raising Kids Who Truly Love the Lord

“And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then] You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (AMP)

As a mom I absolutely love these verses. They are the perfect roadmap for how to train our children in (more…)

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1 Highly Effective Tool for Getting Your Kids to Help Around the House While Maintaining Your Peace and Boosting Their Confidence

I am a firm believer in teaching our kids to use the power of choice whether it is with their attitude, their friends or their time management. Once they are “out in the world” we will not always be there to force, beg, and nag them to do the right thing, so I believe the earlier we begin to teach our kids that they have the power to make choices the sooner they will gain the confidence and ability to choose and choose wisely.

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How To Be Radiant: Maintaining Proper Son Exposure

Have you ever had your breath taken away by a sunset? Or stood in awe before majestic mountains? Have you ever been silenced by the roaring of the sea? Or stood paralyzed at the site of the stars?

Scripture tells us that all of creation declares His glory; however, should not the thing made in His very image declare Him more than any other?  (more…)

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Change Your Child’s Attitude in 5 Minutes or Less

We all witness it. Whether it’s a sharp “No!” from a two year old when someone dares sneak a Cheerio, the huff of a first-grader when asked to help out, or the infamous eye roll of a preteen when, well, pretty much anything … time and again, we see our children’s natural selfish tendencies on display, usually when we are trying to impression others with our stellar parenting skills!

I regularly pray for creative parenting. As a result, I come up with some quirky stuff (more…)

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5 Game-Changing Phrases to Teach Your Kids Today!

As a busy mom of two awesome kiddos, I am constantly praying for what I call “creative parenting” ideas. I want to impart the power of God’s truths to my “babies” in practical, easy to grasp ways which they can immediately apply to their everyday lives.

One of the ways the Lord has answered (and continues to answer) this prayer for me is by giving me catchy, simple phrases which I then teach to the kids. Then, through much repetition, these sayings become so ingrained in our lives that the kids will often remind me of them before they even cross my mind.

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How To Turn Your Tough Life Lessons Into Their Firm Foundation: Use Your Story to Build Their Future

So my baby girl is wrapping up her first semester of 3rd grade and swiftly closing the gap between my shoulder and the top of her head! I have been ready to put the brakes on her for a couple years now! She is at that wonderful yet tender age where she often finds herself in limbo between incredibly mature and just wanting to be a kid.

One minute we are engaging in deep conversation, and the next she is in a princess dress insisting her little brother take her to the ball. Of course, not every moment is so precious… (more…)

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Breaking Free From Controlling Emotions: A Powerful Weapon for When You Feel Powerless

If I asked you, “What is that thing that can immediately change your mood, your thoughts, your actions, your body language, your attitude…” What would be your answer? What immediately comes to mind? You know it. It’s that thing that can bump up against you and immediately your whole day seems to take a nosedive?

We all have that one thing…or for me it is usually several things…which can pop up and suck the life out of us, or at least any life resembling Christ! Well, I want you to look at this with me… (more…)

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$.97 to a Better Relationship With Your Daughter: Keeping Communication Open When She Doesn’t Want to Talk to You

Could $.97 be separating you from the relationship you truly desire with your daughter? It definitely made a difference for me. I want to let you in on one of my favorite creative parenting attempts to stay on the offense against the crazy hormonal surge that began stalking my daughter two years ago when she was only six! (Lord, help us!)

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Not seeing God work in your life? There may be a very good reason.

You cannot expect God to show up and work in your life if you’ve never invited Him to come into your life and be an active part of it. Have you ever actually given your life to Him to do anything with?

I go on and on week after week, day after day about the working of God in our lives – the power of God to change our lives and affect every move we make and every breath we take. But in my heart I cannot help but wonder how many are reading post after post and thinking, “Well this isn’t for me,” or, “Yeah, that’s good for you, but where is He in my life?” (more…)

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But God…No matter what has happened thus far, now can be the “But God” moment in your story.

Don’t you just love it when good triumphs over evil?! Isn’t it great when the wicked fall into their own pit?

“Whoever digs a pit [for another man’s feet] shall fall into it himself, and he who rolls a stone [up a height to do mischief], it will return upon him.”

Proverbs‬ 26:27‬ (AMPC‬‬) (more…)

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15 Minute “God-Time” Routine

God-time, quiet-time, call it what you will. The fact is, the more our kids need us the more we need Him, and yet the more needy they are the harder it can be to get in our time with the Lord.

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Life in Airplane Mode – Tips for families in this crazy connected world of such relational disconnect.

I gotta tell ya, this social media stuff, gadgets always at hand, tablets that never sleep and phones ever at the ready is about to drive me insane! (more…)

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Called to Love, Marriage

When Mr. Insensitive Meets Ms. Insecure

I thought I was so ready! I thought whatever man hooked me would know he had truly found a pearl of great price (Matthew 13), a hidden treasure, favor from the Lord. (Proverbs 18:22) No doubt, a couple weeks into our marriage my husband might have begged to differ!

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5 Podcasts Having Massive Impacts on My Mom-Life

So, over the past year I have become a self-proclaimed podcast junkie! In May of last year I read the book “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson. This book set me on a quest for personal development, and on my journey to a more empowered, confident, well-rounded, accomplished me, I have found so many incredible resources that I never even knew existed!

Now, of course I’ve come across many great books which will serve well for another post in the
future; however, this go-round I want to focus on the power of the podcast! Seems like every few weeks I am discovering another incredible podcast. These people inspire me to be the best version of myself, to keep reaching higher, to fulfill my God-given potential and to put feet on my goals and dreams, all while I go about a life that, let’s face it, affords me very little time to read without my dozing off after 2 pages! Whether it’s understanding why I need to set clear, attainable goals, finding ways to walk my kids through tough times, feeding me practical guidance from the Word for my every day struggles or inspiring me to rev up my love life, these podcasts listed here have had noticeable impact on my life and relationships. So here are some of my tops right now (in no particular order):

     This podcast by incredible wife, mom, and ministry servant/leader, Karen Stubbs is both inspiring and practical. It only takes a few minutes, and with her down-to-earth personality and sweet southern charm you will feel you are right there in the room with Karen and host, Sunny Williams just chatting it up with your great girlfriends. Birds on a Wire is an incredible ministry “that encourages and equips moms to reach their full potential in motherhood.”
     Perhaps no single person has had a greater impact on my life and spiritual growth over the last decade than Joyce Meyer. No one tells it like it is quite like “Mama Joyce!” If you are looking for practical, powerful guidance to set you on the path to fully intertwining your everyday life with the power of God and His Word, look no further!
    San Diego based marriage coaches and Christian couple, Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo are so not afraid to go there! And when I say there I mean absolutely anywhere!! Sex is God’s greatest gift to a married couple, and Tony and Alisa will inspire you to jump in there and unwrap that baby! They may make you blush, but they will also make you think. Their frank talk of “sex, love, and commitment provides couples with the tools, resources, and strategies to overcome their intimacy challenges.”
    I love this woman! After a couple months of listening to Arlene Pellicane‘s podcast I find myself feeling happier and more peaceful just from the sound of her voice. Arlene has authored some great books, including one of my new favorites, “Growing Up Social: Raising relational kids in a screen-driven world,” which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman, best-selling author of “The 5 Love Languages.” Arlene encourages you to find more…”More happiness, more closeness to God and others, and more purpose in your day-to-day life.”

   When it comes to inspiring and motivating you to reach your fullest God-ordained potential there is no one like the late great Zig Ziglar.  This podcast (many of which kick off with a clip of Zig himself) will drive you to not only improve yourself but to seek to empower and encourage those around you as well.

While there will never be another Zig Ziglar,  Zig’s son, Tom and show host, Kevin Miller are ensuring that the Ziglar legacy lives on. If, by chance, you are not familiar with Zig Ziglar, STOP! Do not read another word further until you have taken some time to get to know who he was and what his name still stands for today!

Whatever you may lack in inspiration for those under your charge, Zig’s got you covered. I promise, in no time his wisdom and insight will become a game-changer for you and your family. Case in point – I had only been listening to The Ziglar Show podcast for a month or so when, in the midst of trying to make a decision about the kids, our 7 year old, Mikaela pipes up and asks, “What would Zig Ziglar do?”
 With Zig’s fierce optimism and rock solid faith, this podcast is a winner for the entire family! Introduce your kids to Zig Ziglar now! I promise it will impact them for the rest of their lives.
Zig was firmly convinced that “we are all endowed with the seeds of greatness,” and after listening to him you will be too!

Ok, friend, I hope you’ll check out some of these, or discover some great ones of your own. (If you do, feel free to share them in the comment section below!)

You may think you don’t have time for listening to a podcast. That’s what I used to think. But now that I can listen to everything on my phone, my podcasts are constantly playing as I’m get ready  in the morning, making dinner in the evenings, or riding the bike home from dropping the kids off at school. Folding laundry? Perfect time for a podcast! 🙂 Cleaning the house was never so inspiring!

 My prayer is that this post will inspire you to keep going and keep growing. No matter what stage of life you find yourself in, don’t settle for settling down! Yes, be comfortable, enjoy life and by all means pursue peace. Don’t take on more then you can take on while remaining calm! At the same time, challenge yourself and grow yourself. Be and do all you can to reach the fullness of all the potential the Lord has put into you. In the words of Zig Ziglar, “You have the seeds of greatness in you!” 
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