We live in a day and age that is positively saturated with parenting books, parenting manuals, parenting blogs, parenting podcasts, and more. As if that weren’t enough, new studies are coming out daily, telling you what you should and should not do with your babies, toddlers, and children as you go about the work of raising them. Here’s the real kicker, though: these voices we’re hearing all contradict one another! One parenting “expert” will tell you it is in your baby’s best interests to be sleep trained and that if you do not sleep-train your little one, then you are being negligent and are aREAD MORE

3 Ways To Intentionally Disciple Your Children

We are currently studying American History in our homeschool, and recently finished a unit on the Puritans (or Pilgrims). It was inspiring to learn about how their faith gave them the vision and courage to make that journey to America and then continue to persevere in the new world despite suffering many hardships. During one of our lessons my nine-year-old piped up, “It’s like God was their life theme”. Yes, it was pretty much exactly like that. For the Puritans, there really was no separation between the spiritual and the secular. They taught their children how to read for the express purpose of reading andREAD MORE

What is the True Meaning of Biblical Motherhood?

Motherhood is a wonderful time of life.  It is all consuming – filled with laughter, joy, work, trials, challenges and triumphs.  But motherhood can also be tiring and draining if we aren’t caring for ourselves.  In a culture that has a large emphasis on “me time” and not enough on motherhood encouragement, I want to shift that focus back to our larger purpose – HIS calling upon our lives. But what does this look like?  And what is biblical motherhood really meant to be? The History of Motherhood In the past (specifically from the 11th to the 18th century), motherhood was something that was celebrated.  ItREAD MORE

3 Ways to Abide in Christ Through the Difficult Times of Motherhood

Hey mama, do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning? Are you making time to Abide in Christ? 6 AM rolls around and you roll over again and again and push snooze, dreading to start the busy day. The craziness of recent days pops into your thoughts as soon as you open your eyes. Cereal spills, missing shoes, nothing to wear, whining, fussing, arguing, grocery shopping, deadlines, homeschooling drama, cooking, cleaning, laundry and the list goes on and on! There are a whole lot of us moms that are just surviving day-to-day, living joyless, peaceless and lacking contentment or purpose.  I’veREAD MORE

Mentoring Still Matters: How Moms Help Moms

Think back to when you were a new mom. Do you remember holding a crying baby and wondering what you were doing wrong? Or having doubts that you would ever get him to sleep through the night? Or perhaps wondering at what age it was safe to introduce table foods? Perhaps you, like me, didn’t have the benefit of a mother or aunt or even older sister who lived nearby to pass on some encouragement and parenting wisdom. Perhaps you, like me, were in need of a mentor. Or think back to when you were a new Christian. All the questions you had: about Scripture,READ MORE

All Saints Movie - Faith, Community, Relationships

(Disclosure: As a Featured Contributor of Sony’s ALL SAINTS Influencer Program, I received the value of two movie tickets in exchange for an honest review on my blog.) Have you heard of Michael Spurlock and the Karen people? It’s a remarkable story, I was not familiar with until just a few weeks ago, when I came across a news headline on Facebook. You can read that article here. This story was the inspiration for the new faith based film All Saints, which depicts what transpired in a small town (Smyrna) in Tennessee. Michael Spurlock was a former salesman turned priest, assigned to close down AllREAD MORE

How I Teach Apologetics In Our Homeschool

It’s no secret apologetics are a crucial part of our homeschool. I’ve shared on previous occasions the reasons why having a biblical foundation is critical to prevent losing our kids to the world. Teaching Apologetics Is A Priority in Our Homeschool I picked up Already Gone by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer after a conference a few years ago. In this book, Ken and Britt uncover the reasons why young people are loosing their faith, even while attending Sunday school. I’ve read it a few times over the years and the statistics are eye-opening. In the last three years, I’ve seen a rapid increase in the number of kids we onceREAD MORE

Homeschooling From A Biblical Worldview

I often get asked why we chose homeschooling from a biblical worldview, and though the reasons were many, one of them always stands out. Whatever You Do A few years ago; when all six of our kids attended public school; one of my girls had an exceptional love for God, and a desire to make Him known. Her teacher had declared the first 20 minutes back from recess as quiet reading time and each child chose anything they wanted. Comic books, magazines, picture books, etc. She chose her Bible. Her teacher never discouraged her, and many of the other kids were curious. One day she brought anREAD MORE

This week I had the opportunity to preview the “Is Genesis History?” documentary. Is Genesis History? is a compelling documentary that makes a case for the reliability of scripture. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I’m a huge advocate of teaching children apologetics and defending a Biblical worldview. (I received a digital copy of this film for review purposes, all opinions are my own.) More importantly my goal is to encourage you to teach your children to take the Bible literally. Every. Single. Word. The Bible tells us that: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable forREAD MORE

The Remarkable Truth About Intentional Family Devotions

I’ve been a Sunday school teacher at the same church for 10 years, so I’ve had the opportunity to see kids grown in their faith in Christ and serve, and I’ve also seen some of them walk away.  Intentional teaching of the word of God it’s not just up to you child’s Sunday school teacher. It’s your job as a parent. Trust me, I say this because I’ve met a parent or two who completely forget this fact. Statistics show that two-thirds of church kids walk away from church after questioning their faith before they become adults. How can this be? Why are we letting thisREAD MORE

GOD IS IN CONTROL – A TRIBUTE TO MANDY KELLY

I have to be honest with you, and say that this week has been rough. I’m supposed to be preparing our home for a visit from my brother-in-law, and my daughter’s birthday party. Exciting things are coming, yet I feel completely disconnected, distracted and even somewhat depressed. In early September of 2015, found Mandy Kelly on Periscope. It was pretty early in the morning, and I had a couple of minutes before getting back to work, when I came across a broadcast about the Great Commission. Before I knew it I had listened to Mandy for nearly 20 minutes. Her lovely accent, sweet smile and encouragingREAD MORE

Am I Really Called To Defend The Christian Faith?

Dictionary.com defines defend as resist an attack made on (someone or something); protect from harm or danger.  When was the last time your faith was under attack? Turn on the news or log-on to any social media outlet and I guarantee your faith will be under attack immediately. When I originally expressed an interest in this thing called Apologetics, I got one of two responses from most people: Why does God need your help to defend the Christian faith? Is this just about proving you’re right and winning the argument? Obviously, God does not need my help, and it’s not about winning an argument, butREAD MORE

The Delightful Marriage Between Faith And Reason

(This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) Can faith and reason work as one? Some say “Faith begins where reason ends”. This statement implies that faith and reason contradict one another, that they are divided and cannot coexist. However, this statement is far from the truth. Faith and reason complement one another, and the bible calls us to have both faith and reason. “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 So it is clear thatREAD MORE

What is Christian Apologetics?

(This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) The word apologetics, originates from the Greek word apologia. Though it sounds like the English word ‘apology’, the meaning is significantly different. Apologia was the term used when making a legal defense in an ancient court. It is a careful defense of one’s beliefs or actions. It is not a regretful acknowledgement of an offense or failure. Christian apologetics then, is the defense of the Christian faith. We defend the faith through logic and evidence based arguments. We are called to love God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind. Therefore, ifREAD MORE

(This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) Supplies: cardstock: black (1 per child), brown, beige, blue only small pieces used glue scissors pipe cleaners (1 per child) paper bag shreds white pencil or crayon Prep-Time: 10 minutes (20 kids) Directions: Cut brown paper into 4″ X 1″ strips, you will need 2 per child. Cut one of the two strips in half, you should now have a 4″ X 1″ strip, and two 2″ X 1″ strips. Cut blue paper into ovals (swaddled body) and the beige paper into small circles for te face. Glue brown paper, paper bag shreds and baby on toREAD MORE

Eleven years ago, I left a job at a company I loved, because my faith was under attack. I was mocked, and wrongly accused, yet the worst part was lacking the words to articulate my belief in Christ; and not having the ability defend my faith. This experience later inspired me to seek answers that would not just allow me to communicate clearly, but to have the ability to make a case for Christ and to even possibly persuade further discussion with an unbeliever. There are many reasons why apologetics should be a priority in every Christian home; last week I shared 5 reasons whyREAD MORE

(This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) Supplies: black cardstock (1 per child) scissors scrap paper Prep-Time: 2 minutes  Directions: Cut out Christmas bulb shaped pieces out of the scrap paper. Use the paper cutouts as stencils and trace with chalk on black paper. Using green chalk draw cord from bulb to bulb. The verse we’re using for today’s craft is: And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 Click on the image below, for more easy crafts your pre-schooler will love.READ MORE

As a mother of 3 teen and 2 pre-teen girls I deal with more than my fair share of conversations about beauty both inward and outward. Like every good mom I assure them that beauty comes from the inside out, but I also remind them of their outward beauty. Let’s face it, we all need a reminder from time to time. God’s Word tell us we are made in His image, and that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 What happens though when yourREAD MORE

(This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) Supplies: paper plates (1 per child) green cardstock (3 per child) red ribbon scissors glue jingle bells Prep-Time: 20 minutes (20 kids) Directions: Outline child’s hand on green cardstock and cout out as many as you can. Cut out inner part of paper plate. Glue cut out handprints all around the plate and ‘curl’ fingers out, like ribbon. Tie a ribbon to the bottom of the wreath. Add some bells for fun. Today’s craft Bible verse is: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased! Luke 2:14 ClickREAD MORE

(This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) Supplies:   contact paper (1 sheet child) colorful tissue paper black cardstock (1 sheet) red yarn in 4″ pieces (1 per child) scissors tape Prep-Time: 10 minutes (20 kids) Directions: Cut cardstock into 1″ squares. Cut tissue paper into 1″ squares. Cut each sheet of contact paper into two large circles. Layer tissue paper onto the circles, making sure every spot is covered. Trim off the edges. Tape yarn to cardstock squares and tape on to the circles to complete the ornaments. The verse we chose for todays crafts is: In him was life, and the life wasREAD MORE