Daily Encouragement: 3 “joy sparks” to revive your spirit

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For after you’ve yelled at the kids, berated the dog, and cracked your favorite coffee mug slamming it into the kitchen sink (instead of setting it down – you know, because that coffee is COLD now due to the kids, the dog, and the time it took to yell at the kids and the dog). How do I know? Been there. So has my friend, Marva, from SunSparkleShine (who incidentally lived through last fall’s horrendous hurricanes in the BVI). Girlfriend knows a thing or two about joy. 🙂

Struggling with hardships? 5 ways for how to be thankful as you are waiting - a story of infertility, pain, and encouragement that God still blesses.

Struggling with hardships? 5 ways to be thankful as you wait

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Are you struggling with hardships?  My friend, Nicki, struggled with infertility for years, but through her pain, she learned how to give thanks.  Nicki is my special guest on the blog today, and I’m so honored to have her share her wisdom.  I know you will enjoy her magnetic, radio personality! This is the first in our Summer Sizzle Series!  …

9 Ways to become a better mom this summer - how 9 tips from Scripture can help you harness your emotions and build stronger bonds with your kids. #mom #bettermom #summer #emotions #overwhelm #frazzled mom

9 ways to become a better mom this summer

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Is it actually possible to become a better mom in summer with kids constantly underfoot? *This post contains affiliate links.  Should you choose to purchase certain advertised items, I will receive a small compensation at no extra cost to you, which will help keep this blog up and running!  You may view my policies here.   Ahh, summertime!  Ya loved it as …

Tired of stressful family dinners with kids? I hear you, mom. Here's how to actually enjoy dinnertime with your kids, with ideas for simple meals and family bonding. Including the Dinnertime Survival Guide with 6 strategies for family table bonding. These tips work! #dinnertime #mealtime #mealtimewithkids #familydinner

How to actually enjoy dinnertime with your kids

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Tired of stressful family dinners with kids? I hear you, mom. Here’s how to actually enjoy dinnertime with your kids, with ideas for simple meals and family bonding. Including the Dinnertime Survival Guide with 6 strategies for family table bonding. These tips work! #dinnertime #mealtime #mealtimewithkids #familydinner

7 signs you need to spring-clean your mind for focus. Motivation for decluttering and organizing your mind from a special spring cleaning series.

7 signs you need to spring clean your mind for focus

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  Have you ever thought to spring clean your mind for focus? Spring cleaning – I just love the thought of those two little words!  My mind’s eye pictures sun-dappled, gleaming floors; light streaming through sparkling glass windows.  White vases, laden with tulips, flank clean kitchen counters.  A gentle breeze from the freshly swept deck wafts a subtle fragrance of potted …

Goal setting: how to target God’s will and achieve victory

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Ten years ago I thought it was impossible to achieve victory in goal setting.  You see, I experienced a giant slump in my spiritual life.  I could have been the “Christian Failure” poster child.  Oh, I didn’t look that way on the outside. But on the inside? My heart was in turmoil.  Swirling thoughts inside my brain rang of doubt …

How to spend time in the Word; advice I rejected as a younger mom

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Time in the Word: the advice I didn’t want to take How is your soul today?  Are you restless, peace-less, and guilt-ridden from “mom freakout”? Let me ask you a more direct question:  how long has it been since you spent time in the Word? When I was a young mom, I constantly beat myself up over skipping “devotions”.  Recalling …