Top 10 ultimate Christmas gifts moms love to use year-round

10 ultimate Christmas gifts moms love to use year-round

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  Christmas gifts moms love to use year-round The day of my wedding, my mind raced with anticipation.  Not because of the wedding night (silly), but because of my mom’s long-awaited promise of: The Bestowal of Our Beloved Betty Crocker Cookbook. Not hers, mind you.  Oh heavens, no.  She got hers in an unairconditioned country church the summer of 1961. …

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

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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 …

5 War Room prayers for strong-willed children. How to pray daily for kids when you're at a loss because it seems you're not getting through.

War Room Prayers for Strong-Willed Children

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Do you ever wonder what to say in your prayers for strong-willed children?  Defeated, I sat on the kitchen floor in a pile of tears.  Our day, which was supposed to be fun time together, was reduced to tantrums, yelling, and lots of tears. Yet if I am honest, I recognize that this place of frustration and heartbreak is something …

Husband traveling for work? 7 ways to keep romance alive. Spice up your marriage and keep intimacy in the forefront with this timeless advice.

Husband traveling for work? 7 ways to keep romance alive

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Is your husband traveling for work?  Boy do I feel ya, sis.  During our nearly 32 years of marriage, I recall a 6-month stent when his work didn’t require him to travel.  Where’s my medal?! Anyway, now that the kids have flown the coop, I travel more with him, but responsibilities still prevent my leaving – caregiving, babysitting, general home …

rest isn’t about sleeping as much as it is about having peace

3 Tips to help strong-willed children rest better

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Do your strong-willed children rest well? (Do pigs fly?) “Please take a nap.” I whispered to my little girl, rubbing her back. She stubbornly crossed her arms while sitting up in bed. Stuffed animals lined the wall, and her brow was furrowed. The special mermaid blanket and purple pillow cocooned her. The sounds of waves from the sound machine played softly. …

Make family prayer central in 3 practical and simple ways. Do you find it hard to fit in prayer time with your kids? Teaching children to pray isn't hard!

Make family prayer central in 3 simple ways

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We all want to make family prayer central, right? We want our kids to grow up praying naturally and feeling the closeness of Jesus. But wanting it and making it happen are two very different things. It’s normal to want our kids to turn to Jesus naturally and to know His comfort. But life is so busy. It’s hard enough …

Seeking God's will for your life

Seeking God’s will for your life and how to find it

Ruthie Gray character building, Christian living, encouragement, faith, Prayer 8 Comments

Are you seeking God’s will for your life? A mom often finds herself in seasons of transition, wondering what to do.  Worry over questions like, “How do I rear my child in this phase?”, “Should I homeschool?”, and, “What can I do to help with income” leap to the foreground.  So what’s the best way to decide? Seeking God’s will …