Lessons in June

Friday, June 28, 2013

So a while back I read a great book and was so in love with it I had to start reading and following the author's blog. I mean if a book is so great, it would follow that I would enjoy her thoughts on a regular basis. And I am loving the tidbits of life that Emily shares on Chatting at the Sky

When she suggested doing a fun post to share what we each learned in the month of June I was on board. So I spent most of the month trying to learn something... and often I learned that I know very little!  But isn't that just the truth for us all...  

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my efforts to learn a little bit this month... and maybe even you'll check out Emily's ramblings at Chatting at the Sky...


Busy Toddler... Happy Mom

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Busy Toddler, Happy Mom...

By Gayle Jervis & Kristen Jervis Cacka

Do you often wish you had more ideas on how to keep your child stimulated at home?
Do you find yourself signing up for expensive toddler programs since they give you the confidence that you have provided all that your toddler needs for his developmental growth?
Do you wish that your toddler could be more fully engaged in his play so that you have time to do the laundry?
Have you purchased activity books to give you more ideas on how to entertain your toddler to discover that they are more appropriate for groups of toddlers at a daycare or for a specialized program? (Busy Toddler, Happy Mom)


Discipline: Thoughts for further study

Monday, June 24, 2013

It has taken me years, yes years, to reach this place where I can say with confidence that my role as a Christian has to include some disciplined action on a daily basis in order to stay obedient to my God. (This is not the same as saying that my salvation is dependent on my actions, as mentioned in the introductory post to this series.) All this to say, that even though I've only spent time on two spiritual disciplines there are more. But when you come to the decision that you need to discipline yourself it is best to start with one commitment at a time and to not overwhelm yourself. Once you have become disciplined in one behavior then you move on to the next one, adding to your Christian skills so to speak...

Reading List Series


The Calling of Emily Evans

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Amazon linked image - Calling of Emily Evans (Women of the West Book #1)
By Janette Oke

It is easy for me to think of all the characters in books as just like someone I know - sure they are not the influence on the author, but for me, I relate a person I know to a character and somehow the book starts meaning more.  When I can't find a person I know to connect to the main character, books tend to be a little more boring to me because they don't really come alive. Granted there are exceptions.

This is probably my one main hangup in this first book of the Women of the West.


Discipline: Daily Prayer

Monday, June 17, 2013

By this point, I am feeling not too bad about this idea of daily discipline when it comes to my relationship with God.  I mean I can totally handle opening my Bible for a few minutes every day. And I can find different study methods that allow me to dig a little deeper and actually understand why I am reading certain events and thoughts of others.

It is at this point that we need to consider adding to our daily Spiritual disciplines (in fact some of you might want to try to get in the habit of this daily discipline first...).

Let's talk about daily prayer.


The Grand Weaver

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

There are some books that I read and they lift me up during those moments I can steal away to read.  There are others that simply allow me to consider a new perspective.  And rarely I come across a book that makes me question my perspective, try to put it aside, let of any guilt that society would want me to feel over putting aside a worldview, and try to find the courage to climb into the perspective the book portrays.

To be honest, these books that really challenge, can sometimes be depressing to actually read for me.  You see I don't like to admit that my way is wrong, and that there is a better option. Then there is the acceptance of a different way and for me that always comes with a tiny bit of guilt over being so stubborn in my old way.  Finally, after some introspection and thought, I find that the journey the book put me through actually produced a better version of me in the end.  Have you found a book that took you on such a journey?


Little Cloud

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I have to admit that even though I'd rather be inside, I have been trying extra hard to get my boys outside every day at least once. I mean it is summer, and there is something about playing in the sun that lends itself to nice naptimes and easy bedtimes!

Of course, it is inevitable that rain will prevent a daily trip outside after a while... So what is a determined mom to do?

Search Pinterest for some extra ideas!


Discipline: Bible Reading

Monday, June 10, 2013

I believe anyone who has taken on the task of learning a sport or instrument know that there is a need for daily practice, specifically in the fundamentals.

The question then for Christians should follow, what are the fundamentals that need daily practice.

If the first fundamental of basketball is dribbling the ball, or in piano is playing the scales, it is probably safe to put Bible reading in this first level of fundamentals for the purpose of becoming spiritually disciplined.

Is is a surprise that as Christians, looking to experience a real relationship with God, we need to make it a priority to be in God's word daily?

Reading List Series

I mean, how are we supposed to really know when we hear God's voice if we do not know the language He speaks. How will we know what His instructions are if we do not know where to even begin listening?

Five Minute Fridays

Keep the Falling from Being the Failing

Friday, June 07, 2013

There is nothing like watching a little kid learn to walk.

After months of watch everyone else walk, he figures that he must get his feet under him in order to actually walk. And so he finds himself standing.  Then there is the stage of cruising along furniture - getting the idea of transferring weight from foot to foot.

But the power that comes with the freedom to walk - anywhere.  That pushes such a little being to let go and take that step.

And usually not long after that first step, there is the fall.


A lesson for moms from the Velveteen Rabbit

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The classic story of the Velveteen Rabbit - do you know it?  Do your kids?

I remember that story vividly, because as a child it made me sad, so sad to know that maybe one of my stuffed animals was feeling such horribleness over being forgotten...  I'd try to set up schedules so that each of my little snugglies would have time with me, fearful of hurting them.

Now as a mom I so want my boys to know this story - how it shows that life is hard, and it isn't always fair. But there is a joy that comes in feeling, simply feeling. Even when what we are feeling hurts.

I think this story teaches empathy. Now that is a trait I want my boys to know - empathy. But how do we teach such a behavior?


The Passionate Mom

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World
By Susan Merrill

There are so many times when I start my day off full of hope and energy to be intentional and passionate about engaging with my kids in order to teach them and give them wonderful memories. Then, sometimes by eight in the morning, everything just turns around and I am discouraged and "done" with the day. And although this is a dumb excuse, many times I get overwhelmed by the expectations of society today and mess up my original plan to be intentional and passionate.

You know - I want my kids to have calmly listened to me as we discuss our plan for the day so they are aware of the plan, but they are just running around screaming to get outside and play.  Or I plan out specific color sheets that focus on one letter so that while they color we can practice what the letter "K" sounds like - but no one wants to actually color. Nope rolling the crayons across the table in a race is on their agenda.  And instead of staying calm and going with it, I slowly start to feel like I'm failing because my kids aren't doing what they are supposed to do. I think to myself that so-and-so's kid would never do this, or if so-and-so saw how incapable I am of keeping my kids calm for ten minutes she would never have playdates with us.


Discipline: A Practical Step for Christians

Monday, June 03, 2013

While growing up I was in sports, specifically basketball and volleyball. My father coached me in my teams, as well as backyard practices. One thing that still sticks out about these times of disciplined behavior is a focus on muscle memory - repeating the same action over and over until the muscles can do the action without the brain focusing on it 100%. During long practices my dad would remind me the importance of this muscle memory, and that if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

So now I'm thinking, what about spiritual disciplines, should there be an aspect to this behavior that becomes muscle memory? Heart-muscle memory? Mind-muscle memory? And is it difficult so we will look for a Coach to remind us to keep at it over and over? A need for a Leader to rely on?

A practical step for christians

Alright, so what is a spiritual discipline seems like the right place to start, or maybe simply discipline?

Guest post

Summer: A Time to Be a Kid

Sunday, June 02, 2013

What do you think of when you think of summer?
A Time for kids to simply be kids
Family trips?

A break from school?

Trips to the pool?

Hopefully it is something fun, and what a blessing if those thoughts include activities you did with your family.

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