Lessons in Motherhood: Learning to Embrace the Excess

Home organization does not come easy for me. I like the idea of simplicity, and a clutter-free home sounds like the answer to all my problems. But nothing about minimalism comes natural to me. I like options. I like choice. Right now I'm reading 6 different books. I have 18 tabs open on my phone that I intend to come back to later. Perhaps I should stick with just 1 book but that's boring. I'm ever finding new ideas that I'd like to delve into but, alas, a child is crying or the pot … [Read more...]

For When You Question God’s Plan for Your Life

Lately, I've been down on myself for not getting everything on my To-Do List checked off. (Am I the only one like this?) I've felt like I should be doing more with my life and have overcommitted (yet again) at a season when I shouldn't have. Why? To feel personal significance (Tell me I'm not the only one.) And the vision I once had of my life seems seriously warped. My plans have been turned upside down, my expectations thwarted. And when your day consists of endless chaos that … [Read more...]

When Doubt Creeps in & Guilt Overwhelms You {Free Printable}

The past two weeks I've been consumed with guilt. Illness has left me lying on the couch or in bed while my children watch way too much "Scooby-Doo" and the toddler eats her weight in fruit snacks. And guilt that the house is falling to shambles, that I can't homeschool today, that my husband has to come home after a long day at work to fix dinner and clean up, that the responsibilities I've signed up for are being neglected --  all of it has completely paralyzed me. When your life … [Read more...]

6 Steps to Help You Grow in Love for Your Family

Do you struggle to really love your husband & children?Do you want to love your family more but feel you can't?    I've mentioned before that one of my daily prayers is that the Lord will teach me how to love my husband and children more like He loves them. While it's easy to lay the blame on my introverted-perfectionist qualities, the truth is, shortcomings and personality quirks aside, I often neglect to show the little people -- and even the big one -- in my life how much I love them like I … [Read more...]

for when you want to escape

 Yesterday, I read this quote with a smile. "Amen, sister!" I thought. But when I re-read it today, I got angry. No one would take a nap. The baby had been screaming all morning. The preschooler's antics were simply enervating. I'm tired. My husband had been working all weekend, and I felt like I hadn't had a moment to exhale. Every ounce of my being was screaming, "But I need a break! I deserve some peace and quiet! My family is driving me crazy! When do I get some me time?!" And I'm throwing a … [Read more...]

What to Do When You Feel Entitled : 5 Tips to Tackle Discontent

For the past two weeks I have been sharing my thoughts on entitlement, specifically addressing how we need to battle entitlement in our homes and change our attitudes about what "I deserve."Today I want to share a few ways I'm trying to move away from this "entitled" attitude I've adopted because, as I mentioned last week, if I expect my children to have a realistic view of life and not expect everything to be handed to them or that they should always go first, then I have to begin with me. I … [Read more...]

When I Feel Like I Deserve ___________

Last week I stood on my soapbox, preaching on the war we must wage in our homes against entitlement. It's a battle that requires continual attention and constant work. If we hope to raise humble, grateful, count-your-many-blessings children, then we have to be proactive; we must have a plan; and we need direction. Why? Because this world we live in does not extol self-denial. Yet, as Christians, we are called by Christ to do that very thing if we intend to follow Him.This week I want to share … [Read more...]

Battling Entitlement in Our Homes

"Mom, give me some gum." "Gimme a piece of candy." "I need a cracker." "Can I have something to drink?" Every.single.time we get in the car those are the very first words out of my children's mouths. We haven't pulled out of the driveway even, and they're asking for something. Sure, I'm at least partly to blame. I have acquiesced so many times that they've become conditioned to expect those things, so when I say "no," they don't understand.And when they hear no from me, they cry and whine and … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why We Go to Church When It’s Easier to Stay Home

Photo Credit: AndrewH.ukLast Sunday as our family left the church building, my heart raged within me. Fighting back tears of shame, anger, and disappointment, I wondered why we even bother going to church. Surely an at-home family devotional would be better for us given the season we're in. With three girls ages 4, 2, and 6 months, our family is loud, dramatic, and high energy. We spend the majority of most worship services keeping the 4 year old from bothering her sister, shushing the 2 year … [Read more...]

What We Think, Therefore, We Are

Photo Credit: Loren Sztajer I'm a runner. To type those three words sets me on edge. Why? Because less than three months ago, I was not a runner. I was a couch potato.You may think me bold to declare myself a runner now after only 9 weeks. Especially since what I do right now can hardly be called "running"--it's more like jog-walking. And especially since yesterday's 2 mile run nearly killed me.But I'm taking Jeff Goins' advice any way and calling myself a runner.Why?So I will act one.That is, … [Read more...]