5 Simple Christmas crafts you can whip up in minutes!

I’ve always loved making simple Christmas crafts!  In the early years of marriage and parenthood, I learned to cross stitch.  Here is my very first project – from a kit my mom gifted me.  She said, “I think you could do this.” Bless her heart – a skilled seamstress by trade, she tried her best to teach me how to …

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

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 …

One advent devotional that boosts year-round Bible study; a devotional app for busy moms, delivering daily, bite-sized truths. #devotionalapp #momapp

One advent devotional that boosts year-round Bible study

Each year I search for the perfect Advent devotional to use throughout the Christmas season.  I love centering my mind on nuggets of truth surrounding Christ’s birth – truths I’ve never considered before.  Questions, like “Why did God announce Christ’s birth to Shepherds”, and the analogy of sheer darkness with the blinding light of the angel’s announcement.  Or why faithful …

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

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 …

Holiday planning; 6 stress-busting tips for how to do less and enjoy more

I’m sure when the early settlers sank into their rough-hewn benches, munching on field corn with their new, tan-skinned neighbors, they weren’t thinking, “Someday families all across America will gather ’round the table to celebrate this very moment”. Thoughts of survival weighed heavily on their minds. Forging a new life and government were of utmost importance. Several members of their …

Keeping Christmas simple; how to plan intentional family activities and simplify advent celebrations to fit your family. Printables. #simplyChristmas

Keeping Christmas simple; how to plan intentional family activities

Today’s special guest and sweet friend, Keri Syder, shares what she’s learned about keeping Christmas simple.  Keri is a young mama of 3 rambunctious kiddos, yet her constant focus is on living intentionally with joy.  I love that!  And I know you’re going to love her fantastic ideas for how to simply enjoy Christmas with your family this year. How …

Warning!! "Over 50's hairdo" searches will make you wish the '90's back. Searching short #hairdos over 50, I found movie stars don't all age well. #humor

WARNING!! “over 50’s hairdo” searches make you wish the 90’s back

I need a new “over 50’s hairdo for my daughter’s wedding the end of this month.  There will be pictures. Wishing to drop 20 pounds before the blessed event (yet knowing this won’t happen because I have the metabolism of a snail), the one thing I can control is my hair. (Sort of.) *This post contains affiliate links.  Should you …

When your mama heart feels worn down with struggles, remember this truth from 1 Corinthians 10:13! Inspired by encouraging mom support group conversations.

Hope when your mama heart feels worn down

Hope when your mama heart feels worn down; is your heart overwhelmed with the task of motherhood today? Recently in Mom Time Out we had a hot topic discussion about this verse: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is FAITHFUL, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the …

The secret to finding calm in the chaos of motherhood. Encouragement for struggles in daily mom life when motherhood is hard. #Christian #motherhood

The secret to finding calm in the chaos of motherhood

If chaos in motherhood is a daily part of your life, you’re going to love my special guest this week.  Sarah Ann, of Faith Along the Way, is a young mom to two special needs children and she can tell us a thing or two about those crazy parenting days!  Sarah is a very special friend to me and I …

How God's truth gives strength to counteract lies we believe. Do you love words? What words do you run to for comfort? God's Word is the ultimate comfort!

How God’s truth gives strength to counteract lies we believe

Do you think truth?  Words are my love language. I can’t help it. When my husband writes me a sticky note in the mornings before he leaves for work, my heart skips a beat. The best cards I receive are the ones filled with a hand-written note. I leave notes for my boys this year in their lunches. Jason said …

How my chaotic soul survived Hurricane Irma's threatening impact. Tips on reviving, replenishing, and flourishing your mama heart in Christ, even in chaos.

How my chaotic soul survived Hurricane Irma’s threatening impact

Last week, my husband and I loaded up our motor coach and headed to Florida, never suspecting Hurricane Irma’s threatening impact.  I was ready to get refreshed, renewed, and refocused, beachside. Well, that turned into a hurricane nightmare. The previous week, I had a telephone conversation about thriving and refocusing with my blogging friend, Marva, who lives in the British …

When Hurricane Irma comes to town; comfort for waiting out the storm. For Florida families, and loved ones awaiting news. #comfort #Hurricane

When Hurricane Irma comes to town; comfort for waiting out the storm

Twenty-one million people in Florida await the hour when Hurricane Irma comes to town, and I happen to be one of them.  From the tip of southern Florida to the northernmost regions, each county anticipates high winds, heavy rains, storm surge, tornadoes, or all of the above.   I’m not even from Florida – I’m a West Virginian. (Where there …

To the mom of the strong willed child: there is hope!

  Recently our oldest son entered high school. Since he is in a new building for high school, the school hosted a preview day. Clayton had no idea where we were supposed to go or what was about to happen. I asked him if he wanted me to go with him and he said yes. My heart was pounding for …

Get a clutter-free mind boost! How to hit reset and protect your time with a brand new program that will get you focused and out of survival mode. #survival

Get a clutter-free mind boost! How to hit reset and protect your time

Do you need a clutter-free mind boost?  Last January, I created the 31-Days to a Clutter-free Mind Challenge and it caught on like wildfire!  It worked wonders for my schedule – I was blasting through my days with more time and energy for things that mattered most in my life.  Maybe you did it too. But I wonder – how’s …