Bible study

Stumbling into Grace

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The idea of Grace is a concept that, for many Christians, is hard to really explain to both non-believers, and new believers.  Can you describe it?  Do you feel like you have received God's grace?

To be honest the concept of Grace is still hard for me to describe to others, probably because I'm not always sure I am truly standing in the waterfall of God's grace - do you know what I mean?

Balance at the speed of life

Balance at the Speed of Life

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

This past year I decided that I needed to commit myself to weekly Bible study with my church.  As a stay-at-home mom, it was very easy to set lofty goals, but never really accomplish them. I would let the work slide from day to day and suddenly I was putting the goal aside.  This just was not an okay habit to be forming when it came to the discipline of Biblical study and fellowship.

So into a weekly study group I went. I mean, the need for accountability was huge. And there was a study specifically for moms - perfect!

I must admit, I thought the study would be easy and not require too much effort- it was advertised for moms, you know moms that don't have a lot of free time-  I couldn't have been more wrong.

So if you are looking for a study for your study group check out Balance at the Speed of Life - for Women, by Barb Folkerts.

Bible Study workbook

This study focuses on how crazy life can get, but it is imperative that we carve time out of our daily schedules to spend with God.


The Widow of Larkspur Inn

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Widow of Larkspur Inn (The Gresham Chronicles, Book 1)
By Lawana Blackwell

This is the first book in a series called The Gresham Chronicles  and as a first book in a series it sets up a great location filled with lively characters.

This is a Christian Fiction series that is set in Victorian Era London, at least in the beginning. We quickly find out that our main character, Julia Hollis must leave London and the lifestyle she is accustomed to and start running an inn in Gresham. Julia's husband passes away before the book begins, and the drama starts quickly as Julia finds out he left her with a large amount of debt and no income.


A Gift Option for Parents

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

When I was pregnant with  my first I loved looking through those baby books that you can find in just about every baby store and maternity store.  You know, the ones where you record bits of information before baby is born, the day baby is born, and after...

There are just so many great options out there - and most kids have some kind of baby book, right?

Well only after I had my second did I stumble across the best follow up of the baby book: Your Birthday Book: A Keepsake Journal, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

It's a book that allows for a yearly interview with your child in order to capture memories from every part of your child's life.

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Shepherding & Instructing a Child's Heart

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

These two books are amazing tools for parents - Shepherding a Child's Heart and Instructing a Child's Heart.  There are so many little bits of information that are invaluable for parents as they continue on the path of raising kids.

I completely understand how these books have become such a staple on the bookshelves of christian parents.

If you started reading Shepherding a Child's Heart but felt attacked, with no real tips on how to proceed, I highly, HIGHLY recommend you read Instructing a Child's Heart, as those little bits of real life tips and words of wisdom are in this follow up book.

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Instructing a Child's Heart: Part 5

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

As discussed in the previous part of this series, the follow up book to Tedd and Margy Tripp's Book Shepherding a Child's Heart, Instructing a Child's Heart, focuses mostly on formative instruction.

I wanted to share a couple more examples of this instruction before closing the series with some of the main points I pulled out of the books in and how I'm incorporating them to work for each of my children.

This book is a great tool for some practical outlines for parents to use as they take steps toward truly walking along side their kids.

Hebrews 4:16

Instructing a Child's Heart: Part 4

Monday, March 11, 2013

I don't know about you, but after Shepherding a Child's Heart, I was full to the desire to be a parent who really digs deep and works on effecting my child's heart, and not just be a strict disciplinary  But I wasn't full of enough steps to do that (trust me I also know that a 1-2-3 action plan doesn't always work on every kid, but as a mom I needed some kind of frame work to get started in).

And luckily Tedd & Margy Tripp wrote a follow up to the Shepherding a Child's Heart - Instructing a Child's Heart.  And trust me, if you are feeling a little lost after the first book, this book helps give you a little more as far as practical steps to take as you start to really dig into your child's heart and shepherd them.


SHH Feature: Biblical inspiration

Sunday, March 10, 2013

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I'd agree. However, there is one collection of words that paint pictures that are amazing, and somehow those pictures do not do the words justice.

I shared some thoughts over at Simply Helping Him, that I had on a couple of short little lines from scripture and how the picture those few words paint for me give me a new perspective as a mom. And how important it is to dig into scripture in order to gain such wisdom and allow such pictures to be painted for you.

So if you could spare a few moments to head over to Simply Helping Him and learn a couple little lessons from Sarah and Mary.

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Special Featured Blog: There is Grace

Saturday, March 09, 2013

The question of why do you blog seems to be all over the place anymore.  And often the point boils down to sharing something with others - that would imply that the goal is to grow a community of people who enjoy reading what you're sharing.  So on that point, I am continuing to share blogs that I enjoy, and hope that you might as well.

This month I'm featuring There is Grace that is written by Nancy.   It is one of those blogs, that just gives you a small glimpse into someone's life and in the process you can feel a sense of camaraderie and inspiration because Nancy is so open and friendly. Her soul shines through her window of the web. 

Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Friday: Home

Friday, March 08, 2013

So extremely glad for a Friday, just had one of those weeks - you know?  If you want a little excuse for a break, join in Lisa-Jo's Five Minute Friday, and just write without worry!  It's a great way to start your weekend!

Five Minute Friday


Home is the place I think of after life has knocked me around. It's that place that is comfortable and welcoming.  That place that is safe and will allow me to be - just be.

After I got married I was excited to finally be in charge of making a place a real home for a family. What an exciting job, right?  I could decide on furniture, and wall colors - the extras that would make it special.  Of course the best part was that I could change it with the season, meaning this new responsibility would be on going - which sounded great to me, at the time.

Then I had my oldest... I still enjoyed putting together a nursery, and keeping house.  Seeing his face as we would change a room for a new season or holiday.  And then came my baby...

I'm sure you know what I'm talking about, the will just seemed to get lost in the responsibility of daily stuff.

But the desire to create a home that will be comfortable, and welcoming - a place for my family to feel drawn to, safe and protected.  It beats continuously in my heart.

A place to belong

That desire is a reminder of my Creator - you see, He made me to be like Him.  And yes, He allows us to live in this wonderful creation of His - but His Home, that is the place that is comfortable and welcoming. And that Home, is what I was created for. So when life is hard, and I'm tired and worn out and the feeling to create a home that might allow my family to see a glimpse of the wondrous Home waiting for us all, that is what I must look to. And allow His creative homemaking talent pour out of me and onto my family.

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Shepherding a Child's Heart: Part 3

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

So far we've looked at the responsibility we have as parents to discipline and disciple our kids as well as God's plan for parents to do this through communication and the rod, as discussed by Tedd Tripp in Shepherding a Child's Heart.

And I'll admit that Tedd Tripp's conviction over the need to include spankings was at some points a little hard to handle, as I personally, find it incredible unfair to spank.

Later on Tripp says "The when of spanking is so simple that parents miss it. If you child has not obeyed, he needs to be spanked. If he has failed to respond to your direction, he has moved out of the circle of safety." (149) How does that work? Seriously?


Shepherding a Child's Heart: Part 2

Monday, March 04, 2013

It doesn't take too long before that precious baby you brought home grows up enough to get into trouble. I mean let's face it, every human has a desire to know more, and for little kids that curious desire often leads to behavior that just cannot be tolerated.

While kids are still very young it is fairly easy to discipline by simply picking them up and literally moving them away from the temptation.  But soon enough that method just doesn't cut it, for so many reasons. It is in these moments that parents have to find a new way to discipline.

In Shepherding a Child's Heart, Tedd Tripp points out that we "must direct [our] children on God's behalf for their good" and that "children generally do no resist authority that is truly kind and selfless."  These concepts seem wonderful. They are nice things to say, but how do we as parents act on such statements?

Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Friday: Ordinary

Friday, March 01, 2013

I've found the time to squeeze in a Five Minute Friday writing- it's been too long!

Feeling the need to just write today?  Take a break from your plan and join us!

Five Minute Friday


The days fill up so quickly. And I actually would rather they did fill up. I mean, I don't want to be stuck inside all day, every day.

I fill it with chances for my kids to see things, go places.

I never thought that daily striving to impact their little lives would start to feel ordinary, not when I was handed the chance to stay home with them every day. I figured it would be a new adventure for us, together.

That was almost two years ago. And now that adventure has become ordinary to me. Some days it's even boring.

I don't want to sing ABC's and Twinkle Twinkle over and over. I certainly don't want to change another diaper.

And yet I do. This ordinary life, well it's my life right now.

Some day a new adventure will come my way, and then I might even want this ordinary back.

So here's to singing ABC's and Twinkle Twinkle, teaching shoe tying skills, even changing diapers. Because well I might not want to do this ordinary life today, but there are so many others who wish they could have a chance to live my adventure for just one day!

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