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10 Bible Verses Every Parent Needs to Know

by Keith Simon, Co-Lead Pastor of The Crossing. First posted at Every Square Inch. Jesus: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” God didn’t design anyone to be sustained only by food. We were made to to feed on

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Letter to My Dying Uncle

Comforting words in the midst of suffering don’t come easily. This is especially true when that person is facing a terminal illness. Maybe you’re in this position and want to encourage and bring comfort to someone who is facing death. Or, maybe you’re wondering what happens after death yourself. A friend,

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The Most Important Moment in My 39 Years

We love helping equip others with practical ways to thrive at home, especially through freezer cooking. But, every once in a while, I get an itch as a blogger to share something really personal or meaningful to me in my life. I’ve wanted to share a little bit about a

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Keeping the Big Things Big (and the Small Things Small)

“Martha, if your heart stops beating, do you want us to restart it?” I could hardly believe the question that the doctor had just asked my grandmother (technically my husband’s grandmother but family is family.) As much as I was caught off guard by the question, I was even more

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“Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?”

“Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?” My 6-year-old’s anxious question pierced my heart. It wasn’t the first time one of my children had asked this of me. I remember asking my parents that same question around his age. How do I want to respond his question? What does my child

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Laura started losing her hair in high school and has lived most of her college and 20 somethings years as a bald woman in a culture that worships beauty. Her story is incredibly encouraging! Read on and share with others!

I Lost All My Hair…and Gained Something Greater

I first saw Laura Hockett at a week-long church event that I help run called Kids Club. She had a huge smile on her face, was leading a group of elementary kids in some cheers, and, most notably, was completely bald. I thought, “Wow, this girl is going through chemo, but

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Lessons From My Kids’ Confiscated Toys

Guest post by Nathan (Rachel’s husband) Water balloons. The missing ear of a stuffed animal. A Pez dispenser. A doll (inevitably) missing its clothing. Two old iPhones. And both medieval* and futuristic toy weapons. What do all of the things in this picture have in common? Taken together, they look like

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I Always Miss the Mark During Advent, and Yet…

The angel’s words to the shepherds so long ago really are true: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the

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Truth for Trials: Printable Verse Cards

About 7 years ago, my toddler son was so sick he couldn’t sleep without waking up with blood in his diaper several times a night. He was so weak from not eating and his joints hurt so much that he reverted to crawling again. Nathan and I and our doctors had no idea

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A Head Shaving Party for Darcie

This post is a long time coming. I started on it this spring, but due to many turn of events I never finished it. Well, it’s high time I told you more about my friend Darcie’s story. Because, well, she’s a pretty amazing woman and a picture of God’s faithfulness

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How to Fight For Contentment

How to Fight for Contentment

Guest post by Nathan–pastor, dad of three, and Rachel’s husband. Check out his other guest posts here, here, and here. Oh, and you may want to pin his favorite Everyday Smoothie Recipe, too. By most standards, my kids have a pretty good life. And yet, no matter what they have,

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True Healing Can’t Come from an Oil

A few months ago a dear friend of mine called me to process some yucky stuff she’s been going through. In short, she had recently had a few panic attacks and was fearful that she may have more. After talking through what had possibly been leading up to these and

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Truths to remember during trials. Life doesn't always go as planned. Here are a few great reminders to hold on to when life get hairy.

A Few Truths to Remember During Trials

Dear readers, life is just HARD sometimes. I don’t know why I’m surprised by trials when they come but I always am. I become all melodramatic when my comfort and easy life is interrupted as if it’s an abnormality. When in fact it’s actually an abnormality to live in the

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Where is God When You Can’t Get Pregnant?

Today’s post has been prayed for, labored over, talked about and worked on for weeks and weeks. Rebekah from Barren to Beautiful has poured her heart and soul into these words and we have high hopes that they will encourage many women out there struggling with infertility. Please pass this

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Can “50 Shades of Grey” Enhance Your Sex Life?

Today’s post is a little out of the ordinary for Thriving Home, we know. But with the opening of the movie 50 Shades of Grey this weekend, we wanted to share this thought-provoking and candid post by our friend Kelley. She co-leads the 20 Somethings Ministry at our church with

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Profound Pups

One my dogs’ great joys in life is riding in the car with me. When I tell them we are going for a car ride, they scamper as fast as they can to the garage door and eagerly load up once the car door is opened. Last week my sister

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UPDATE: Verse Cards are 20% Off through December 24!

Looking for a meaningful but frugal gift for friends or a mom in your life? Goods news! We’re running a Christmas discount on a mom favorite–our printable On the Job Meditations for Moms: 25 Encouraging Verse Cards! We are offering a 20% discount on each verse card pack (regularly priced

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I Heart Operation Christmas Child

Before I jump in, I wanted to remind you of our $100 Target gift card giveaway going on. Make sure you enter by commenting on this post of my review of up & up diapers and wipes! One of my favorite posts I’ve shared about on Thriving Home was about

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The One Where I Admit I Can’t Do It All

I’ve been struggling with headaches for two years now–ever since I was done nursing my my last child. They seem to have gotten more frequent–about once a week I end up in bed. I’ve linked them to lack of sleep, sitting at my computer/behind the wheel, lifting kids, and stress

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Women of the Word: A Book Review

I’m a pastor’s wife who struggles to read my Bible. It’s hard for me admit that but it’s true. Like many disciplines in the Christian life, my interest and passion for the Word has waxed and waned but overall, it’s always been an area that has felt more like a

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Can Women (and Men) Have It All?

Guest post by my husband, Nathan. In many respects, Indra K. Nooyi is an enormously successful woman. The 58 year-old CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business on the planet, often ranks highly on the list of the world’s most powerful women and top executives in general.

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Compared to Her: A Book Review

Disclosure: Affiliate links included. We all do it. We all compare. Some are more aware of this tendency than others but since sin entered the picture, we have been sizing ourselves up based on the people see around us. Comparison rears its ugly head particularly in the areas that we

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I Heart Sseko Designs

I just got my first pair of Sseko Sandals in the mail. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get some. Not only am I friends with the founder, Liz, but I LOVE supporting businesses that are ethical and have a larger purpose than just making money.

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A Mother’s Day Special: 25 Encouraging Verse Cards

We’ve got a Mother’s Day special for you on a very special and inexpensive gift! About a year ago, Polly and I had our uber-talented designer friend, Christine Busch, design an adorable little set of 25 printable verse cards called On the Job Meditations for Moms…because, well, we personally needed

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Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

I recently read a post on the Gospel Coalition website called “Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?” The information and thoughts shared in the article have been churning around in my mind since I read it. I thought I’d share a few excerpts from the article in hopes

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Reflections on our Family Mission Trip to Jamaica

For the past 9 days, my husband and two kids (2.5 y.o. and 11 months) have been in an impoverished community in Jamaica called Harmons. We went with a group of college students to serve with an established ministry there called Won by One. My history with this ministry and

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The Beauty of Female Friendship

This past weekend I gathered together with a group of 12 women made up of my best friends and various other women connected to our group in one way or another. While our initial reason for getting together was to live stream the IF Gathering, I look back on the

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Blessings Too Big by Toby Sumpter

Blessings Too Big by Toby Sumpter

On the tough days of motherhood I simply can’t understand why God says children are a “blessing.” I feel like I’m missing something OR he has given the “blessed” kids to someone else. Well, I read this blog post today on this topic over at Desiring God and thought it

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A House or a Home?

If you’ve ever had your house on the market you know that you have to keep it in order and looking a particular way. An unrealistic way. No clutter, no mess, no dishes, no pets, no pictures, no dust balls, no unmade beds, etc. Each time I would prepare my

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Helping the Homeless Video

There is no way for us to know how God will use the small acts of faith that we do in our everyday lives. Because of one conversation I had with a homeless man, now hundreds are being helped and blessed by on-the-go homeless bags. I had no idea how

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9 Truths to Believe When My Child is Suffering

When our firstborn son was 20 months old and I was 9 months pregnant with our second child, my husband and I sat in silence in the procedure waiting room, nervously awaiting the results of his endoscopy and colonoscopy. He had been sick for months and no one had a

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Pass the Truth, Please: Guest Post by Gloria Furman

I’m excited to share another guest post from our author and friend, Gloria Furman. When we told her about our printable Bible verses, On the Job Meditations for Moms, she offered to share this personal story in hopes that it would encourage other women to hide God’s Word in their

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The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

Here’s a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family (ages 2-60) just a moment to reflect on why we had gathered. It focused our

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I Know Your Big Secret (Guest Post by Rachel’s Husband)

Guest post by Nathan, Rachel’s husband. He’s also written for us here. I know your big secret. I know something about you that I’m guessing you spend a lot of time and energy trying to hide. You might even try to hide this truth from yourself. A few examples may

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A Sign in My Life

Sometimes lessons about what is most important in life come in the form of signs. Not miraculous signs from God like the pillar of smoke or the parting of the Red Sea that the Israelites witnessed. Not like the disciples watching Jesus being transfigured on a mountain. But, a sign

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Sharing Your Imperfect Home is Caring

I love today’s syndicated post by our friend, Gloria Furman of Domestic Kingdom, because, to be honest, I struggle with this very issue. Between worries about my dinged up walls, old nasty carpet, small house, and that my kids will be punks during dinner, I’m just not as hospitable as

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Did Apple Go Too Far? (Guest Post by Rachel’s Husband)

Guest post by my husband, Nathan. As a mom who struggles to get off the computer or my phone daily and focus on my kids (gah…mom guilt just thinking about it), I found my husband’s guest post today particularly thought-provoking. A little background on my man: Nathan and I met

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Breath Prayers

It’s been one of those days. Well, even one of those weeks. Yesterday I came down with my second round of mastitis in the past two months. Last night when I was feeling my worst, plagued with chills, fever, headache, and a very sore body, my 3 month old decided

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Numbering Our Days: Time You have Left in Jelly Beans

Numbering Our Days: Time You have Left in Jelly Beans

I stumbled on this video a few days ago and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Nobody wants to think about the fact that our days are numbered. However, I think there is something motivating when we don’t ignore the fact that our days here on earth are numbered. In fact,

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Find Life in the Mundane

  Ever since I started reading Glimpses of Grace, this quote has been on the forefront of my mind. I thought it was worth sharing.

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Lessons Learned Through Our Adoption Process

My name is Liz. I’m the wife to Jon, the mommy to Charlotte (5), Riley (3), and the soon-to be the mommy to Juliet (5 months). We moved to Seattle about 5 months ago and are adjusting to our new life in the Northwest. We’ve been in process for three

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Practical Ways to Help a Friend Through Grief

Practical Ways to Help a Friend Through Grief

The following post is written by my friend, Ashley. Below, Ashely boldly shares her story of loss with us but also provides some very practical ways to help someone who might be grieving. You may not necessarily need these suggestions at this moment but it is something you want to

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Meet Heather: Mother and Mesothelioma Survivor

Meet Heather: Mother and Mesothelioma Survivor

Heather Von St. James, a mother and survivor of a deadly cancer called mesothelioma, contacted us a few months ago with her story. She’s passionate about raising awareness about this 100% preventable disease and giving those affected by it hope. Here’s a bit of her story and where she found

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Help Child with Separation Anxiety

Five Tips to Help a Child’s Separation Anxiety

Thanks so much to our friend, Jess, for guest posting today. After volunteering and working full time in children’s ministry for years, Jess has a lot of wisdom to offer on this subject! Take it away, Jess! It happens every Sunday in churches everywhere: a mom or dad hands a kiddo

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Pray with Us for Boston: Psalm 23

Pray with Us for Boston: Psalm 23

We pause today on Thriving Home to offer a prayer for those in Boston who are hurting and terrified after yesterday’s attack. May they and each of us know the comfort, goodness, and mercy of The Good Shepherd. Would you join us in making Psalm 23–the God-inspired words of King

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My Story: Marathons and MS

My Story: Marathons and MS

Guest post by Beth Lewis Things doctors told me before I was actually diagnosed with multiple sclerosis: “Stress.” “Possibly an ocular migraine? There’s nothing wrong with your eye.” “Stress.” “You’re a marathon runner, Beth! Of course you’re tired!” “Stress.” “You probably just banged a nerve.” Before my dad and I

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“On Purpose” from Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

“On Purpose” from Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

Not only is Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones something kids of a wide age range can enjoy, but it’s something that stirs my own heart every time I read it. In fact, I’ve been reading one each morning before most of the kids are up. It’s

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Helping the Homeless: On-the-Go Bags

I once had coffee with a homeless man. It wasn’t planned or anything. It just happened when he sat uncomfortably close to me at a Starbucks in Chicago. Here I was sitting in Starbucks with my caramel mocha, Bible open having a quiet time, belly full from breakfast and blatantly

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All of a Sudden {Guest Post}

All of a Sudden {Guest Post}

This guest post is from a member of a family that is very near and dear to my heart. Meg began the blog Showers of Grace after losing her husband, a Major in the Air Force, this past fall due to an accident at work. She was left with her

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The “Seven” Challenge

I’m currently in the middle of a book called 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. 7 is the true story of how the author, Jen Hatmaker, (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight

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The Action Bible: Almost 6-Year-Old Boy’s Review

“Wow, Mom, I have to tell you how exciting that was! It was scary and exciting. It’s my favorite book.” (*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means

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My Favorite Christmas Decoration

My Favorite Christmas Decoration

  I typically don’t buy Christmas decorations- especially full price. Most of the decorations we have up have come from my parent’s basement. However, when I saw this print on Etsy, I couldn’t pass it up. “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.”  Not only does this come from

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His Dominion Will Endure

His Dominion Will Endure

The other day while watching the nightly news, I turned to my husband and anxiously asked, “What kind of world is our daughter going to grow up in?” I’m sure every parent and grandparent has shaken their head and worried about the shifting culture they see and grown anxious about

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Have a Boy? You Might Want to Get Him This…

Have a Boy? You Might Want to Get Him This…

Warren and his wife, Shelly, are two people I trust implicitly when it comes to grace-centered theology and parenting. They are just some rock solid people. So when I saw that Warren wrote a rave review of The Action Bible recently at Every Square Inch, I knew what our next

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The Pain of the Shot

The Pain of the Shot

Yesterday my youngest little guy, Ben, age 23 months, was so sick. High fever, listless, clingy. I took him to the doctor, and he determined Ben needed some heavy-duty antibiotic shots. These shots are some of the most painful ones a kid can get, from what I understand (and remember

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Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

I know there are many of us out there who love to sing the praises of The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, especially the new collectors edition (at right) that includes the audio version. It’s been one of the most influential and perhaps life-changing children’s Bibles I’ve seen in

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How God Refreshed My Soul in the ER {Guest Post}

How God Refreshed My Soul in the ER {Guest Post}

Today’s guest post is written by Gloria Furman from Domestic Kingdom. “I can’t believe we’re wasting a good family hair day,” I joked as I marched my three little ducklings out the door on the way to the Emergency Room. I was mostly kidding about the hair. Of course there

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I Declare War On…

I Declare War On…

…my impatience with my kids. That’s right. I’ve HAD it with my impatience. (Yes, my husband already pointed out the irony of my impatience with my impatience.) My little people mean way too much to me to carry on with business as usual. Want to read more about my ugly

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prayer cards

Easy and Colorful Homemade Prayer Cards {Guest Post}

There’s a lot of love going around about Paul Miller’s book A Praying Life. Rachel wrote a review suggesting that it was the best parenting book she’s read and Polly has recommended it a few different times, as well. I, too, have enjoyed the book and found some great wisdom

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Psalm 23 in Action: The Good Shepherd vs. A Monster

Psalm 23 in Action: The Good Shepherd vs. A Monster

My 5-year-old quietly traipsed downstairs. “Mommy, I keep seeing a monster in my mind and it won’t go away.” There are times when my kids use stall tactics at bedtime. You know, like, “I need to go potty!”, “I need a drink,” or “My toe hurts.”  I could tell this

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Highlights of Our Easter Weekend

Highlights of Our Easter Weekend

Happy Belated Easter from our family to yours!  I don’t share these kinds of posts very often at TH, but I thought today I’d tell you a bit about our Easter weekend and give you a little window into our family’s life.  Here are a few highlights:

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Going Green…Kinda

Going Green…Kinda

“It seems quite inexplicable to me that there are some Christians who claim to love and worship God, to be disciples of Jesus and yet have no concern for the earth that bears his stamp of ownership. They do not care about the abuse of the earth, and indeed by

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Guest Post: Preparing Our Hearts for Easter

Guest Post: Preparing Our Hearts for Easter

Growing up, Advent and Lent were seasons that not just my church but my family observed. Both were times of anticipation and waiting. Both were times of drawing closer to the manger and to the cross. Both were opportunities my parents used to start intentional conversations about the Gospel. Lent

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4 Mistakes I’ve Already Made As a Parent

4 Mistakes I’ve Already Made As a Parent

One of my fears in writing a blog called Thriving Home and that sometimes speaks to parenting issues is that you’d get the ridiculous impression that I somehow have my act all together as a mother.  Excuse me while I have a good belly laugh at the thought. Bah, ha,

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Encouragement to be a Praying Mother

Encouragement to be a Praying Mother

As a new mom, I worry when my daughter is in someone else’s care – even if it’s her own grandma! I don’t think I can even begin to comprehend the worry a mother must feel if her child, no matter how old, is in danger or unreachable. Whether a

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Spiritual Dynamics of Sleep Deprivation

Spiritual Dynamics of Sleep Deprivation

  Do you get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night that the CDC recommends for adults? Oh, you don’t?  In that case, I want you to meet my younger sister, Lynn.  She’s the tall one on the right. She’s incredibly intelligent, much more talented than I am in

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Guest Post: Sewing Buttons

Guest Post: Sewing Buttons

Several months ago, my husband Jeremy pointed out that he had a couple of shirts that needed buttons sewn on. I remember looking at him like, “yeah right, I’ll get to that someday.” (Did I mention I have three kids, three and under, one of which was born this year,

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A Prayer for Moms: The Music of Loose Ends

A Prayer for Moms: The Music of Loose Ends

This prayer has been a great one for my quiet times. It is from the book, Powerful Prayers for Your Children. I hope this encourages you to rejoice in all of the little things we can be prone to complain about. If you want a printable version of this prayer, click HERE.

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On the Job Meditations for Moms

On the Job Meditations for Moms

A dark, short silhouette hovers over you and whispers “Mommy. Why are you still asleep?”  You mutter a dry throat grunt in response, while your hand searches the end table for your glasses forged in 1999.  Once your sight is restored, you eye the glowing green numbers of the clock…6:05. 

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Jesus' Birthday Cake

Jesus’ Birthday Cake

I mentioned last week that we’d be throwing Jesus a birthday party, like we’ve done the past few years on Christmas.  My kids seriously go nuts over this whole shindig.  Mainly, they love helping me make, decorate, and eat the cake.  Here’s the crazy delicious recipe I used once again. 

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This Might Be My Favorite Morning Prayer

This Might Be My Favorite Morning Prayer

The prayer below is something I’ve returned to for years now.  It’s from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions or from this website that has some of those Puritan prayers listed.  My favorite line has to be the last one: “May I speak each word

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