Saturday, May 21, 2016
The sun is setting and you are snuggled on the couch with your family. You are reading from the Bible and sipping hot chocolate as the fire flickers and bounces shadows on the wall. It’s been a hectic day but a fulfilling one. You have accomplished most of what you wanted for the day, so now it’s time to relax together as a family.
Is this what the normal end to your day looks like? Or are you rushing around after finally getting the kids in bed and cleaning the house, only to fall into bed exhausted?
I want my home to be a place my family gathers at the end of a hard day for peace and rest. But how can your home be a place of peace and rest when you are not rested or you don’t feel at peace? Grab a cup of coffee and head over to Come Fill Your Cup to find out.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
I am over at Molly Green talking about my oldest son's struggle with SPD. I would love to have you come and offer any comments or ask any questions you may have.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
*The following post contains affiliate links.
Having a Martha Home the Mary Way:
31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul.
Luke 10:38-42 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Martha and Mary
38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with [a]all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
I have always loved the story of Mary and Martha. There is almost a bit of comedy in Martha tattling on Mary to Jesus, “No fair! I am working and she is doing nothing!!!” And I will admit that I used to be very much like Martha. I would put aside prayer and Bible study because I needed a clean house in order for my brain to rest and for me to function. But what if I could be like both sisters? Maintain a clean orderly home and be able to spend time with God?
This book helps me do both.
The author makes the point that the ultimate goal is not for you to be a perfect homemaker, but to have an inviting home filled with love. And she does it in a very gentle way.
The book contains daily challenges. One challenge is called a “Mary challenge” which is a Bible challenge for the day.
Then there are Martha challenges. An example of these challenges would be to clean and organize your bookshelves. Some of the challenges tell you how you can get your children involved, and some even tell you to go eat a cookie! J
These are all very doable things—things that you can do even if you have small children, homeschool your children, and/or work.
I am going to be doing the challenge along with my friends starting on April 4th. We are going to make it a 62 Day Challenge so that we have extra time.
This book will be a great way to help motivate you to get things done that you have been meaning to do. Watch my blog and Facebook page for more information on The Mary/Martha Challenge.
While it is not essential to get the book in order to join the challenge, I recommend that you do because it is a great book that will encourage you!!!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
* My boys love toys that let them use their imaginations and create new and different things. That is why I accepted the free
Great Crafts for Boys
The instructions are very easy to understand. Just make sure to also follow these tips:
My 8 year old wanted to try to make a ball using the enclosed plastic dome shaped item. My 12 year old decided to make a skateboard with a ramp.
It is so cool that I can make my own toys. I cannot wait to think of my own ideas and create toys from my imagination."
Thursday, August 6, 2015
This book was provided to me at no charge, in exchange for an honest review. This review is my honest opinion.
"In Girl, We Need to Talk, ten ministers' wives offer words of hope and help, not to mention a shoulder to cry on. Whether it's living in the proverbial fish bowl, being a single mom during worship, or helping your husband build a ministry that lasts, this book offers practical advice for your struggles. More importantly, you will be inspired to mentor the next generation of godly women and go deeper in your relationship with Christ."
I was honored to receive a copy of “Girl, We Need to Talk: The Minister's Wife & Her Struggles” in order to write a review. This book has great insight from several ministers’ wives who have “been there.” Reading this book can help you learn from their mistakes as well as their success. It was like having all the ministers’ wives sitting with me, drinking tea and offering guidance.
I did not have the typical problems that most ministers' wives face since we attended our congregation before my husband was hired as the youth minister. But now we are moving to a new work, where my husband will be the pulpit minister. This book could not have come at a better time! It offers such great advice in areas such as making friends, hospitality, supporting your husband, mentoring other women, and so much more. Not only does it offer great advice, but the advice is backed up with scripture.
I was very encouraged after reading this book. I know it will be a great resource to me as we move to our new congregation and for many years thereafter.
You can purchase the book here or here.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Tornado season is winding down for now in my part of the world. Severe weather will crank up again in the fall. Don't be unprepared for a tornado. Check out my article on MollyGreen.com and start preparing today.
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