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, 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, 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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Everyday Stuff, Purpose in Pain

For All Those Who are Hurting This Christmas

While I love to talk about the joy and the magic of this season, I am not blind to the fact that for many this Christmas maybe anything but merry. I want to take a moment to pause and let you know that you are in my thoughts and my prayers. Those who have lost loved ones, faced unspeakable trials, and suffered great pain in 2017 are very near to my heart right now.

 

I pray for your peace and your comfort and your strength. I hope that as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child, you will remember (more…)

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