Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hey! Where did everybody go?

We have moved and we don't want you to get left behind 

---- so you can find us at

See you there.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Thanks for your patience

No, I haven't disappeared.  I took a one week "break" from publishing posts on my blog to allow time to first of all pray, and also brainstorm about the future/focus of this blog.  I have spent a LOT of time reading and researching to figure all this stuff out.  I enjoy technology but I am by no means a "techie."  So I proceed cautiously and use a lot of trial and error.

Lord willing, in the next week or so, I plan to move (migrate, if you will) to a NEW bloggy location.  I am so excited! 

I will keep everyone updated  - just as soon as I know all of the details.  Thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ways to find more time for prayer (even as a mom of young children)

With today being the National Day of Prayer, I thought it would be fitting to focus on finding time to pray more (even if you find yourself in the season of life where a "sweet hour of prayer" seems about as elusive as a sweet hour of sleep).

I just don't have time to pray.  Whether you have said it out loud or thought it - we’ve all been there.  Some days you are just happy that you got a shower much less achieving those visions you have of yourself watching the sun rise and reading your Bible while your house is still silent.  Ha.  In the world I live in, I can’t even use the bathroom without hearing those little fists pounding on the door “mama, are you in there.”  Why is it that on the morning you decide to get up early, everyone else seems to have had the same idea?

My goal is not to heap guilt on you. . .most of us have done enough of that all on our own.  We want to be women of prayer.  We look into those little eyes everyday and feel the necessity of being on our knees continually for those lives still only in fledgeling form.  But as a young mom, the moments sometimes creep by, but the days, months, and years fly.  And soon our good intentions are forgotten and regret replaces it.

So I have been thinking recently of some easy ways to fit more prayer time into my life.  Let me just say first of all, that as much as is humanly possible (remember God knows our current season of life) we NEED that private time alone, with God, where there is nothing else to occupy us but the “beauty of His holiness.”  Having said that, some of us will wait for that perfect “Thomas Kincaid” moment, never find it and just totally neglect prayer altogether (mealtime prayers excluded).  I don’t know about you, but I find that I need baby steps.  Find just 5 minutes a day to pray?  Hey, I can do that.  And the more we do, the more we will want to, and the more we want to, the more time we will “find” to engage in time in prayer with our Father, “Abba,” who longs to draw us into a more intimate walk with Himself.

Consider a familiar verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing

and also Colossians 4:2
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

We need to be Christ-followers who are communing in prayer with our Father throughout the day.  Some would call this an attitude of prayerfulness.  Can I just say how hard this is today with all the things that are constantly clamoring for our attention!  Seriously, we have stuff to do and checklists to prove it (now if we can just find that checklist.)  I find that I need to be reminded to continually bring my praise and my prayer requests before the Father or else my mind will fall into worry.  Instead of resting, I am planning.  Instead of trusting, I am analyzing.  Instead of bringing my praise and prayer requests to God, I am griping about the way I think my life should be going.

So here are a few ideas I came up with.  I like to come up with times to pray and assign that particular time a prayer focus.  It sort of makes it a little more manageable for me.  I hope this is a blessing to you and that you find one or two that help. 

  • Pray while you shower.  Now if you are one of those lucky moms who starts the day off with a shower, what better time to give the day to God and focus on the day ahead to be used for His glory.  But no matter what time of day you fit your shower into your schedule, why not take that as a chance to bring your life into focus of what He has done for you?  The cross of Christ changes everything and our lives should reflect that!
  • Pray while you do the mundane things.  We all have those times – changing diapers, making the bed, washing the dishes, and the list goes on and on.  I have recently been impressed with the idea of praying a blessing over our children, out loud.  You may think this idea a bit crazy but consider the impact of this on the hearts of your little one.  They may never remember mommy praying for them while changing their diaper, but it will instill a pattern in your heart that will feel more natural to you as they grow older.  Maybe praying out loud is not your thing - you can still choose one of those tasks that you do everyday to be a time to pray for your marriage, your children, or maybe your dear friend going through cancer.  How much concentration do we need to fill or unload that dishwasher?  Maybe you work outside the home and have a time in the day where you can pray while you work.  Or maybe you can use your commute as a time to pray (without your eyes closed of course).  Ask God to help you find those times in the day that work for you.  You may be surprised what you come up with.
  • Pray with your children at meals and at bedtime.  You may be thinking this is obvious, but I challenge you to make the most of these times.   I often have to remind myself that even though I am praying a simple prayer in front of my children, I am still praying!  This is time before the God of all the universe and it ought not to be taken lightly.  And in time, your children will remember whether mommy just repeated the same thoughtless prayer every day or if she really talked to God.
  •  Praise Him when you check the mail.  I love checking the mail.  I get a few seconds outside and it is a great chance to praise the Creator for His beautiful creation.  Use it as a time to offer Him a quick prayer of thanksgiving!
I hope that you found something that will be helpful to you.  Maybe you have some ideas of your own.  Leave a comment below so others can benefit!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Coming soon - big changes for our blog

I am so excited about some big changes that will be going on with our blog here in the next couple of weeks!  No, I don't know all the details yet, but I will be sure to let you know as soon as possible.  
Right now I am still planning, researching, and PRAYING.  If you think about it, could you pray that we would make the right decision in the weeks ahead.  My husband and I have had a practice in our marriage - we always "sleep" on a big decision.  In other words we give ourselves more time, what's the rush?  That way we consciously remember to take extra time in prayer and meditation to consider God's thoughts on any given matter. 
We were so glad for the nice weather this afternoon that we decided to have a snack time out on the deck.  Nothing like sunshine and smiles to raise your spirits.

I hope you are enjoying the day that God has given you today.  I would love to hear what is going on in your life today!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Book Review: Poison

Poison is the second in the "Bloodline Trilogy" written by Jordyn Redwood. The novel begins several years after Keelyn Blake's stepfather murdered her mother and two siblings, claiming what appeared to be demonic influence. As the story begins, it appears that Keelyn is successfully moving beyond her horrific past. She is in love, has a solid career, and is looking forward to beginning a family. 

However, her past catches up to her. Her niece is mysteriously left in her care with a strange warning not to try to find the girl's mother, Keelyn's sister Raven, another survivor of her stepfather's murderous rampage. Suddenly, years later, law enforcement officers from that fateful day begin dying, and Keelyn and her future husband are pushed to the limit by an evil character that seems intent on destroying a lot of lives, including theirs. The race against the clock begins to find the person responsible. In a story full of misdirection and uncertainty, the reader is given a glimpse into the lives of two people whose budding relationship is put to the ultimate test. Keelyn is forced to relive the most horrific experience of her life, while her fiance is forced to decide whether to reveal a horrific secret about his own past. 

The biblical concept of genuine, sacrificial love is places front and center, and Redwood makes no secret about the connection between her characters and the power of the Gospel. The story is fast-paced, well written, exciting, and thought-provoking. An excellent work in the field of Christian fiction. 

I give Poison 5 out of 5 stars.  

I received a free copy of this book from Kregel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Messy Monday - on Tuesday!

Sorry I am late posting this.  I had a root canal (gasp) last week and the aftermath was a bit more than I had expected.  Oh, well.  Life happens.  If you are new to messy monday then check it out here. 

Have you ever started to clean something only to get distracted with another cleaning project?  Hello!  That is the story of my life. That is the main reason I started making a daily list of "chores" that I do.  I stick to the list and don't worry about the other stuff because I know that within a week's time, it will get done.  I just have to stick to the list.  When I get a chance I will post it so if there are others who may benefit from it can enjoy. 

I will warn you.  I am an organizational freak (just ask my mom, she can't figure out where I got it from).  That is how my life stays in order, otherwise I start walking around with this feeling that I am forgetting something.  Seriously, I start out my week by filling out a weekly agenda form (that I made).  I have a little saying "if it isn't written down - I will forget it."  No, my memory isn't that bad, but it allows me to just relax knowing that everything will get done (at least at some point).  If it doesn't get done one week, it doesn't slip off my radar, it just goes on my agenda for the next week.

So, I was putting some of our kids' books away when I noticed that stuff had been falling behind the bookshelf.  So of course I had to pull it out  - and I found a treasure trove of ---------- junk.  Yeah, most of it went into the trash and I cleaned out a few cobwebs. 
Do you get cleaning only to get distracted with another cleaning project?  Leave your comments below - I love to read them.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Book Your Boys (and Girls) Will Want to Read

I hope you are ready for adventure with the newest Imagination Station book (#11), Hunt for the Devil’s Dragon.  Adventures in Odyssey’s Mr. Whittaker is always looking for exciting ways to teach kids about the truths found in God’s Word and how that applies to their everyday lives.  After Beth shares her story of being afraid to stand up for a girl at school who was being picked on, Whit sends her back in time, along with Patrick, to Northern Africa.  As they face the terrible dragon, they learn an important lesson about fear and trusting in God.

This is the second book in this series that I have read and I liked it (and the series in general) for a few reasons.

  • They teach children principles from God’s Word.  No, you will not find Whit quoting a bunch of Bible verses at the kids, but you will see him applying biblical principles to everyday stuff – the kind of stuff kids deal with at home or at school.

  • I love that each one is filled with adventure.  There is a lot of dialogue in these books and the plot keeps moving pretty quickly.  Now some might say that the topics are a bit scary.  I mean, a girl being left as a sacrifice for a dragon.  I’ll give it to you that could be pretty scary.  This is where I would say to use your own discretion with your children. 

  • The book is well-designed.  I like that the chapters are short so it would give the “reluctant reader” in your life a feeling of accomplishment.  And with eye-catching pictures every so often, your little reader is sure to be hooked.

This book is another great addition to the series and I hope to eventually add more of them to our library.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review. 
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