Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fix Your Eyes {Giveaway}

Some days I just want to pull my hair out.

Have you been there? Sure you have. We all have.

I'm just tired that all I want to do is lay down and do nothing. I'm so stressed that I just want to scream. Or I'm so hurt that I just want to cry. And yes, those things might offer a moment of release. But that's just it, a moment.

Jesus, however, tells to fix our eyes on Him.

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector
of our faith. For the joy set before Him He endured
the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right 
hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured 
such opposition from sinners, so that you will not 
grow weary and lost heart.
Hebrews 12:2-3

When we look to Him and keep our focus on Him, we have peace that passes all understanding. We know that He is in control and we can live a life of worship, in spite of all we are facing.

No matter what is before you today, fix your eyes on Jesus.

Say & Pray Bible has Bible stories in which objects are labeled. This method is great for teaching little ones the names of things. Each devotion has a short encouragement and Bible verse along with the named illustrations.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Another Week...More Blessings

We know that we need friends. We need others in our lives. But do you realize that your husband needs friends too? Join me at Woman to Woman Ministries as we discuss guy time. Click HERE.

#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

1825. A few relaxing evenings this past week.

1826. Movie night with my entire family, including parents, siblings and their families.

1827. Watching teenagers at our church grow in ministry.

1828. My husband getting to attend a baseball game with my dad, brother and a friend.

1829. Seeing the guys on tv as the camera scans the baseball fans.

What are you praising God for? I love rejoicing with you. Please comment below.

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Vow of Purity

I have 4 teenagers. Yes, 4. You feel my pain right?

Can I just be completely honest with you? It is crazy scary to have teenagers. I mean down right terrifying. My greatest desire is for my kids to be so deeply in love with Jesus and live a life pure and holy before Him.

But we live in a world full of sin. We live in a world that says do whatever feels good to you whenever you want to do it. It has become the norm for teens, even older kids, to experiment s*xually.

Kids and teens of all ages have cell phones. All 4 of mine do. These tiny boxes that at just touch of a finger they expose n*dity and p*rnography and they can s*xt with friends and even strangers. And it's considered okay. Kids and teens have tvs in their bedrooms, access to computers and tablets. Everywhere they look there is something in their line of vision that is waiting to compromise their integrity and purity.

Parents, it is time we take a stand! Time we educate our children in purity and in God's expectations for our lives.

Don't worry about being the friend. Be the parent. Set guidelines for your kids with the internet. Put blocks on their devices. We use Covenant Eyes for our computers and our phones are iPhone which have amazing parental security. If I see my child headed out into the street with an oncoming car, I am going to stop them. If I see my child looking at the internet which could be just as dangerous, I will stop them by using parental securities and blocks.

2 years ago my husband took our daughter on a date and I took my son on a date. We talked with our teenagers about purity, created a vow of purity and gave them purity rings as a symbol of their vow. Now, my husband and I are planning the same dates with our younger daughter and son. I look at them, 14 and 12, and I see innocence. It breaks my heart to know that at their young, tender age we have to have this heavy discussion with them. But if we don't, the world will.

To read more about our dates and see our written vow of purity, click HERE. I outline what to do before your date, during your date and after.

Teaching our children about Biblical purity can be hard. I am so thankful for resources like Passport to Purity by Family Life. Passport to Purity is designed to take a weekend getaway with your preteen/teen. However, if a weekend getaway is not possible, you can do it at home. Passport to Purity offers 8 cd sessions to listen to with your teen, the tour guide for the parent, and the travel journal for your teen. The travel journal is amazing! It is jam packed with Scriptures, encouragement, scenarios, and much more.Your young adult will love it.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Conversation Is A Two Way Street

Imagine this. You and a friend go to your favorite coffee shop for a visit and a latte. You sit there for 2 hours having a lovely conversation. Your friend catches you up on all that has been going on in her life, shares stories of the family, up coming plans and tells you of a struggle she's been having.

Time flew by and the lattes are done. You head out the door and get in your car to leave when suddenly you think, "Wait. What just happened here? I didn't get a word in. She did all of the talking and I could only listen."

Sometimes I think that is how God feels with us.

We pray, yet the entire time it is us doing all of the talking and God doing the listening. We never stop so that He can have a chance to speak to us. That's not a conversation. It's called talking. Prayer should be a conversation where both parties are talking. This means we have to close our mouths and open our ears.

I will hear what God the Lord will speak...
Psalm 85:5

Think back to when you were getting to know your husband in those dating years. Or maybe when you were first getting to know a good friend. The two of you would both talk and share stories and experiences. If you were the only one doing the talking, you would never have gotten to know the other person. It's the same with God. In order to get to know Him, we must listen.

We need to follow in Samuel's path and say,

...Speak for your servant hears.
1 Samuel 3:10

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Noah's Noisy Zoo {Giveaway}

Noah's Noisy Zoo is seriously the cutest book! The 3d shapes make it not only cute to read, but fun too! Children love animals and they love learning to make the sounds animals make. My 14 month old nephew is always grabbing my iPad and saying, "MOO!" because he one time he saw cows on it.

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