Responding To Tragedy In This World

If you pay attention to the news, then you are likely overwhelmed with the evil and tragedy in this world today.

I know we are.

Each time we hear of another earthquake, famine, tragic act of violence, or other painful event happening to mankind all around us, we wonder when all this will stop.  When we will all live in harmony with one King?  How long will this last?

When will You come for Your bride, Jesus?  

There don’t appear to be breaks in the pain humans are experiencing anymore.  We hardly have the time to fully grieve when yet another situation unfolds.

Are you overwhelmed with the events unfolding before your very eyes?  Do you fear?  Or are you strategically handling each and every situation with delicacy and wise decisions?

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Homeschooling: My Favorite Preschool Sites

If you weren’t homeschooled and don’t know anyone who is homeschooling, then it can be pretty intimidating to actually start.

Fortunately in this day and age, reaching out to other homeschoolers is only the click of a mouse away.  Finding a website or two that you really enjoy can help tremendously to not only help you start, but also let you know that you are not alone.

We never planned to homeschool, and neither my husband nor I were homeschooled.  We didn’t know where to start.  Do we google “preschool homeschool curriculum” and order whatever comes up?  Boy was I glad that I found some quality sites that kept me from doing that.

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Christian Music And Biblical Documentary Giveaway

I’m so excited to be able to offer this Biblical documentary and Christian music giveaway to my subscribers!

You all mean so much to me.  Your kind words in your emails, and all the encouragement you give me help make my life so much more enjoyable.

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10 Ways To Master Your Homemaking Skills

Homemaking matters.  Even in the twenty-first century while the world tempts us to spend more time away from our homes doing “important” things and being “productive,” we still understand that a peaceful home leads to a peaceful heart.

We still care that our homes are clean and presentable, that our husbands, family and friends enjoy being there with us, and that we manage them to the best of our abilities–even though none of us are perfect.  And it’s only when we realize that we cannot achieve perfection–nor are we required to–that we really start to enjoy the process.

I know that my home will never be perfect–but it’s put together with warm thoughts and loving service.  I believe that this is the reason we all enjoy spending our time here, and why I long to live my role as a homemaker to the fullest.  I enjoy the process of being a good steward in my home and responsible for the peaceful nature.  As such, I always enjoy learning from other homemakers that are doing well and loving their roles as homemakers as well.  There is so much we can learn from each other.

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To The Mother Who Lives With Guilt

It’s midnight.  You’re in bed.  You should be asleep, but all you can think about are the dishes in the sink.  The next morning when you get up you pull clothes from a stack of clean clothes–not the closet.  Before the kids get on the bus, you hand them lunch money because you didn’t get a lunch packed for them.

This morning, you’ll stop by the store and buy a cake for your son’s birthday party because you didn’t have time to make one for him.  And in the evening as you clean up dinner you sigh to yourself and wonder how another week went by without your getting a chance to get a single family devotional in.

And you feel guilt…

More days than not you are reminding yourself of all the things you didn’t get done for your children.  The guilt piles up.  All the other moms can keep their houses clean and make meals for their families–why can’t you?

But the truth is…

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Heeding Instruction On The Pathway To Life

“I don’t believe God disciplines anyone,” she told me as we stood outside the back doors of the hospital on our morning coffee break.  I have to admit, I was caught off guard.  Linda (name changed for privacy) had been doing prison ministries with me for a couple years.  I found her full of God’s compassion, and I enjoyed hearing her speak about the Lord’s guidance over our lives.

“Linda, the bible clearly tells us He disciplines us as a loving Father would,” came my automatic answer.

“I know, but that was like what He did to Eli, or those other people in the Old Testament” was her reassurance to me.

My conversation with Linda that day brought me to more and more of an awareness of how many people don’t understand the discipline we receive yet today.  And without understanding that it is there, it can be hard to receive it as it was meant and change our thoughts and deeds in accordance with God’s Will.

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Called To Love And Pray For Our Enemies–Even When It’s Hard

Most of us are pretty aware of the 10 commandments, and even try really hard to keep them all to the best of our abilities.  But what about all of the other commandments God gives us in the Old Testament?  What about the ones Jesus gives us in the New Testament?

In this area, many of us struggle sometimes–either because we don’t know what they all are, or simply because they are really, really, hard.

Right now we face a time of open persecution of Christians all over the world. Every day Christians are being burned, crucified, and beheaded simply for being a follower of Jesus Christ.

In our western world, we fervently hope and pray that their persecution would end–and that they would be strong and brave in the midst of it.  But Jesus asks more of us.

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Possessing His Full Confidence & Lacking Nothing of Value

As the king instructs his son of the woman he should seek for a wife, he has this to say about a woman worthy of marriage:

Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.                                                                                                                                                            Proverbs 31:11

Whether you are single or married, I challenge you to this question:  are you a woman who can give her husband full confidence in you?  The woman who would give her husband no room for doubt or distrust?

What would that look like?

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A Prayer For When We Are Attacked

We’ve all been there.  Some of us more often than others, but nonetheless, we all share this dreadful, agonizing experience… We’ve all been attacked.

As women, it doesn’t matter how we’ve been attacked or by whom, it turns emotional more than anything.

But as Christians, we are called not to act inappropriately with those emotions.  One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control.  However appropriate it may be to feel and experience our emotions, when walking in obedience, we must try to control those emotions.

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