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.  It was a bonding experience for women.  It was a time of motherhood encouragement when women came together, helped one another, and shared their lives [1]. Emotional attachment was given great value back then and being a mother carried with it the role of educating the next generation. Mothers taught not only health and life skills, but also morals, culture, language, beliefs, knowledge passed down, and social norms. During the 18th and 19th centuries, motherhood became highly valued.  Women’s bodies were appreciated for their ability to nourish and bring forth life.  But in association with increasedREAD 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’ve been there and still often find myself back in seasons of this mundane way of living. I’m a homeschool mom and when I first started homeschooling, it took me awhile to realize that I wasn’t taking the time to abide in Christ.  I thought I could do it all on my own, without Him. I soon learned that as I strived to teach my children, my way, the way I was taught, it was difficult. We were stressed instead of walking in peace. Driven by Fear I was driven by fear. My big mistake wasREAD 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, and sin, and walking out your faith. Can you think of the person who came alongside you and shared her own wisdom? If you had someone in particular come to mind, you’re very fortunate! Many of us go through life during these times on our own. But friend, let me tell you: we’re all in need of mentors and mentoring! What exactly is Mentoring? Mentoring is one of those activities that was an integral part of life long ago.  It is coming alongside someone, living life intentionally with them, and working together so that both partiesREAD 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 All Saints church. The church was in deep financial trouble, and had a small congregation unable to keep it afloat. In his attempt to follow orders, he and his family befriend Burmese refugees in need of a church home and assistance. While under pressure from his superiors, land developers and a somewhat doubtful congregation, he hears a calling from the Lord, instructing him to use the land and the people to save the church. By faith, and with the help of Ye Win (a refugee who serves as translator and spokesman for the Karen), Spurlock, the 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 once knew as good church kids, walk away from the church and from Christ. This realization, prompted me to be more intentional about preparing my girls to defend their faith in the event it would ever be questioned. I formally introduced apologetics in our homeschool this spring. How I Teach Apologetics and How You Can Too We spend a dedicated 30 to 45 minutes twice a week discussing topics like the reliability of the Bible, a literal 6 day creation, the existence of God, absolute truth, etc. We start our time with prayer, followed by a quickREAD 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 an extra Bible from home, and gifted it to a classmate. Her classmate’s father took offense and my daughter’s Bible was immediately banned from reading time. How do you explain to my eight-year-old, that her favorite book was so threatening? Years later when homeschooling went from maybe someday, to a current reality my husband and I decided God would be the center, and the Bible that was once banned from my daughter’s classroom would be the basis of our learning. We would homeschool from a Biblical worldview. A few months ago I shared how I use the Bible asREAD 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 for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17  Go back and read that one more time, but this time read it out loud and focus on these three words: all, complete, every. These words speak of absolutes, therefore we must take them as such. The passage does not say “some scripture is given by inspiration of God….that the man of God may be unfinished, thoroughly equipped for a little bit of work”.  If it did not many of usREAD 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 this happen? More importantly, what can we do to prevent this from happening to our own kids? One big step we can take towards completely eradicating this depressing statistic, is by starting intentional family devotions. Years ago, we began a Saturday morning Bible study as a family, and this study later inspired something amazing in the life of a group of boys. We’ve been reaping the benefits of that study ever since. To read more, head to Intentional in Life, and set-up a time for intentional family devotions today. To join our weekly mailing list, complete theREAD 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 encouraging words stayed with me the rest of the day. I’ve tuned in to as many of her live broadcasts as I been able to, and have followed her blog Worshipful Living since. Some time later, as she spoke about adoption I shared that my husband and I had considered adopting for some time. Mandy was so exited for us, and immediately prayed for our family. I loved her obedience. It blessed me that she stopped and just asked the Lord to give us wisdom, prayed over our finances, and our relationship without knowing who weREAD 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, but it is about winning something else. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about defending our faith. While there are many passages in scripture with a clear call to defend the faith, one of my favorite calls to action is in the book of Jude. Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. I say this becauseREAD 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 that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” Galatians 3:11 So why are so many Christians divided between the two? Webster defines faith as a the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting on his authority and veracity, without other evidence and it defines reason as that which is thought or which is alleged in words, as the ground or cause of opinion. These definitions are not conflicting; on theREAD 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, if we are to love Him with our mind, we need to know and have the ability to articulate why we believe what we believe. As we embark on this year long series, we will explore the world of apologetics one small bite at a time. In the hope that parents will begin to teach young children more than just stories, and guide them to the feet of the Father. In this month’s apologetics posts, we will discuss the following topics: The Delightful Marriage Between Faith And Reason Am I Really Called To Defend The Christian Faith?READ 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 to the paper. Draw a face and stars for finishing touches. Attach a pipe cleaner to the top, to hang artwork on the wall. Today’s craft Bible verse is: But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son. Galatians 4:4 Click on the image below, for more easy crafts your pre-schooler will love.READ 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 why you should teach apologetics to your children. If you haven’t yet, I urge you to read last week’s post. Now that you understand the importance of apologetics in your home, I’ll share my top 10 kid friendly resources. Cold-Case Christianity for Kids – This free interactive website allows kids to investigate Jesus and the case for God with a real detective (J. Warner Wallace). There is also a book companion for kids ages 8 to 12. The Truth Project – My favorite resource by far, due to the complexity of some of the topics, I’dREAD 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 your chronic illness affects how you look on the outside and takes away the confidence you feel on the inside? or when your chronic illness affects you on the inside, but it is not obvious on the outside? “Frequently our illness skews our sense of beauty and self. What others see is rarely how we feel.” Look up the work ‘selfie’ on Google, I got 382,000,000 results in .52 seconds. The Oxford dictionary defines a selfie as ‘a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media‘READ 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 Click on the image below, for more easy crafts your pre-schooler will love.READ 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 was the light of men. John 1:4 Click on the image below, for more easy crafts your pre-schooler will love.READ MORE

Crafting with littles is one of my absolute favorite things. Even though my kids are now between the ages of 9 and 21, I get to do a great deal of crafting with pre-schoolers on a weekly basis. I’ve taught Sunday school for nearly 10 years, and I’ve spent 8 of those years in the four-year-old ministry. I’ve seen hundreds of them through the years and I’m convinced this is the ministry I want to serve in for the rest of my life. (This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) Since we get roughly one hour with 16 to 20 four-year-olds every week, and have to cover a bible lesson, worship, and make at least 10 restroom runs my assistants and I like to keep our crafts as easy as possible, getting most of the prep-work done at home the week before is crucial. This week I’m sharing 5 easy crafts for your homeschool, or Sunday school. Don’t miss on the crafting fun, sign up for our mailing list! Day 1 – Table Top Christmas Tree Day 2 – Stained Glass Window Ornaments Day 3 – Handprint Wreath Day 4 – Stencil Chalk Art Day 5 – JesusREAD MORE

(This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) Supplies: green cardstock (1 sheet per child) colorful tissue paper liquid glue paint brush jingle bells (because every Christmas craft is better with bells) red yarn tape scissors Prep-Time: 15 minutes (20 kids) Directions: Roll cardstock into a cone, cut excess so tree can stand upright. Be sure to leave a small hole on the top. Cut or tear tissue paper in 2″ pieces. Brush glue on tree, and cover with tissue paper, and let it dry. String up bells and thread through the top of the tree. Share a Christmas story or Bible verse as you work with your child. Also, we add a short and meaningful Bible verse to every craft we send home. It’s a great reminder of what we learned each week. The verse we chose for today’s crafts is: A shoot will come from the stump of Jesse; from his roots, a Branch will bear fruit. Isaiah 11:1 Click on the image below, for more easy crafts your pre-schooler will love.READ MORE