Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Handling a rebellious child is hard, heart breaking work. You wonder what you did wrong. Should you have spanked more, should you not have spanked at all. Should you have chosen a different schooling option. Should you have had stricter rules or lightened up a bit. You feel responsible. You feel angry. You feel tired. You hurt. You feel like a failure.

There are different types of rebellion. Maybe your child has an addiction that is physically harming them, maybe they lie constantly, maybe they are angry, maybe they disrespect everything you do and say. No matter what form of rebellion, there is an ongoing cycle that continues week after week, day after day. You talk, discipline, punish, talk more, get angry, cry, talk again, worry, seek advice and talk even more.

Let me ask you this: when is the last time you prayed?

I am not talking a quick, simple "Help me, Lord!" prayer, though those prayers are often needed. I am not talking tear filled prayers telling God you just can't do it anymore, though we feel this way. I am talking about clasping hands with your spouse and going to the throne room of God for your child.

You see, rebellion is a heart problem. All of the talks and punishments are not going to change that. Yes, they are most definitely needed. Any form of rebellion cannot go unpunished. But the only thing that is going to change it is a heart change. And the only way you are going to see a heart change is through prayer. Fervent, intentional prayer.

Friends, I know how hard this is. Believe me, I do. It's time to take it to God. To petition the King of kings on behalf of your child. We must be in prayer over all of our children on a daily basis. But when we have a child with a rebellious heart, we must go to the next level with prayer. The kind of prayer that is a fight for your child's life. Think of it this way, if you are not fighting for your child, who is?

Another thing we must do is remind the enemy that he has no control of your child and to kick him out of your family's life and home. This very real enemy we have thinks that he can take up residence in your home and when he does, he whispers lies to your family and wreak havoc. He needs to be reminded that he is not welcome and must leave. I love this scene from the movie War Room. You can feel the power as Elizabeth, played by Priscilla Shirer, tells the enemy to leave. People, this is what we must do! You have this authority! Use it!

I encourage you, if your child has a rebellious heart, it's time to take a stand. Get together with your spouse and, with hands held together in unity, begin to fervently prayer over your child day after day.

If your spouse is not a believer, go to your accountability partner, pastor's wife, your own parent, someone who will gather with you and go to God on behalf of your child. Someone you can trust. If your child isn't the one going through this but someone close to you is, will you stand in the gap? Will you join the parent in prayer?

Prayer changes things. Even a rebellious child. Let's fight for our children.

Monday, December 4, 2017


Christmas, one of the most beautiful times of the year. Several years ago I was striving to make my Christmas more Christ centered. I had heard of Advent, yet I didn't really know anything about it. My lack of knowledge had me thinking it was specific to a certain religion. I did some research and found that was not true. Advent simply means "expectantly waiting." We are expectantly waiting the birth of our Savior. I want the Christmas season to hold this beautiful expectancy. So I began doing an Advent study each Christmas. It is life changing.

It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. All the shopping, wrapping, buying, baking, and parties. It's also so easy to become "me" centered. We tell our spouse what we want for Christmas, we encourage our kids to make lists of gifts they want. We watch countless commercials all with a sole purpose to make us go out and buy yet another gift or hope we receive that gift. Please hear me, there is nothing wrong with gift giving or receiving. Gift giving is a beautiful blessing and gift receiving can be so fun. Yet to keep Christ truly at the center of the season, we need to keep our focus on Him and be careful to not let the busyness and gift aspect take over.

Not only do I want my Christmas to be more Christ centered, but I want my family to focus on Christ. This is why we started doing an Advent study as a family. Studying the Word deeply, discussing it and praying together. It helps us to shift our focus from the glitz and glamour of the holiday to the Savior who was born in a stable all those years ago with the purpose of saving us.

I encourage you to find an Advent study and intentionally make it a part of your day. Sit with your family under the lights of the Christmas tree and expectantly await the Savior together.

Here are some of the Advent studies I have done and love:

She Reads Truth

I love this ministry so much! I follow their studies all year long and their Advent study is so beautiful. You can download the app, subscribe to the emails or just head over to their website. Each day a devotion is posted that will have Scripture reading for the day as well as the devotion itself.

Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus by Courtney Jospeh

Courtney, from Women Living Well and Good Morning Girls, has a beautiful Advent that you can print out and put in a binder or folder. She uses the S.O.A.P. method.

Ann Voskamp

Ann, in her beautifully poetic way, shares the heart of Advent as well as books and free printables.

Reasons for the Season

In this ebook, you will find twenty-four devotions for the family. Each day including memory verses, discussions and activities.

Advent began yesteryday, December 3rd, and goes until Christmas. If you missed it, that's okay! Start today. Check out the resources I listed above, or head to your local LifeWay and find a great Advent study that fits your family. I pray that this season of Advent helps you and your family to focus on the beauty of expectantly waiting.

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Friday, December 1, 2017


Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling, has a brand new 365-day devotional for kids, Jesus Always. Sarah focuses on the Biblical teaching of the joy we can experience all the time and in all circumstances. With Scripture and new personal reflections, Sarah brings Jesus’ message of joy to children.

Jesus Always is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together. Each day has a Scripture verse, short devotion, and then additional Scriptures your child can look up in the Bible. Written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to your child, Jesus Always will pull your child in and help them find joy.

Pick up a copy of Jesus Always and help your child find the joy of Jesus 365 days a year.

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*Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Links on this page may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this ministry by using the affiliate links.

Thursday, November 30, 2017


I love the Bible! Seriously, I love reading God's Words to me. I even love just holding His Words. If you were to find an original copy of Pride and Prejudice or Wuthering Heights, you would likely hold it gently in your hands, running your fingers down the spine, breathing in the beauty of years gone by. That is how I feel with God's Word. To know that He breathed the words on the pages with me in mind, it brings me to tears.

Earlier this year I realized it was time to place my well worn Bible on the shelf and purchase a new one. This was a hard decision for me because my Bible, this particular one a gift from my husband, is precious to me and replacing it is a hard thing to do. Right about the same time, She Reads Truth announced they were launching a She Reads Truth Bible. I followed along, waiting as they piece by piece gave us hints about the Bible. Each new hint stirring up excitement in my heart. Before too long, I was convinced the She Reads Truth Bible would be my next Bible.

My daughters and I each got a She Reads Truth Bible and I cannot tell you how much we love this Bible! Every single detail.

Here are some incredible features you should know about:
• gold foil printing on the poppy linen, gray linen, and hardback covers
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• Close to 200 devotionals
• 66 artist designed key verses to introduce each book
• 35 full color timelines
• 20 full color maps
• 11 full color charts
• reading plans for each book
• one year Bible reading plan
• detailed book intros
• key verse list
• wide margins for journaling and note taking
• color coded sub-divisions
• 2 ribbon markers, for OT and NT

The She Reads Truth Bible is such a great Bible that women of all ages, from all seasons of life, and from all walks of life can love. The five cover options are sure to catch each woman's eye. And as she opens the pages, God's Words will catch her heart.

The She Reads Truth Bible will make a great Christmas gift for any woman on your list. And with New Year's right around the corner, a time when we all set new goals, what better way to start your year off right, in God's Word. Whether a gift for a loved one or a treat to yourself, the She Reads Truth Bible is a great option.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Bravery isn't always an easy thing. Mostly because we don't understand true bravery. In her brand new children's book, Lisa Bevere teaches kids what it means to really be brave.

Lizzie the Lioness wants to be big, strong, brave just like others in her pride. Instead, she is too little and someone is always looking after her. It's hard to do brave things when your mom won't let you out of her sight!

But Lizzie soon learns that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is to ask for help.

This book will capture the attention of your child as they wait to hear what happens when Lizzie is faced with a hardship. Much like Lizzie, our kids are faced with challenges and situations each day. They need to know that sometimes the bravest, most important thing they can do is ask for help or talk to an adult. Lizzie the Lioness is a book every child needs to read.

To enter to win a copy of Lizzie the Lioness, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.

*Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Links on this page may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this ministry by using the affiliate links.