Dear Mom of grown children, leave the past behind.  Positive advice and Scripture for "mom guilt". How to make peace with parenting fails - real or imagined

Dear mom of grown children: leave your regrets behind

Ruthie character building, Christian living, Clutter-free mind, Empty nesting, encouragement, Regrouping 10 Comments

Dear mom, I know you wish you could leave your regrets behind. You should have spent more time reading Dr. Seuss and Goodnight Moon. You should have been a stay-at-home mom You should have spoken softer (as in – not yelled) You should have made them stick with piano You should have let them quit piano You should have home …

How to make a decision when you're paralyzed by fear. Stop analyzing about making a wrong decision and start moving with these truths from God's Word.

How to make a decision when you’re paralyzed by fear

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  Hi mama.  I have one thing I really want to tell you today. It’s this:  make a decision. Stop worrying, stop analyzing, and stop fearing. Nip it in the bud, Ange. “It’s better to go through the wrong door with your best self than the best door with your wrong self.  Sometimes the way in which I go through …

Currently (A peek into my day)

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Hello my peeps!  I hope you’ve had a pleasant day.  Here’s a list of things I’m doing currently:Bringing ~ my daughter Hayley back home from Ohio, having completed her junior year of college. Wondering ~ where did the year go?!? It seems like just yesterday we were walking her through Office Depot looking for a bookshelf for her dorm room. (Actually, it …

What to do when nothing is going right – 52 weeks

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“The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” Habakkuk 3:19a        Do you ever wonder why the deer is cited so many times in Scripture?  Is the deer that sure-footed that we should want our steps to mimic his?       I asked my husband, the hunter, if a …

How God heals all your diseases – 52 verses

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“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits;   Who forgives all your iniquities,   Who heals all your diseases,   Who redeems your life from destruction,   Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,   Who satisfies your mouth with good things,   So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”     Psalm …

Release Regret and Move Forward – 52 Weeks

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“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14       Chances are, if  you’re human, you have regrets from the past.  …

Do you smell good? – 52 verses

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“Now thanks be to God who always leads us to triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”  2 Corinthians 2:14      I love a good scent, don’t you?  A pumpkin spice scented candle in autumn, all the smells surrounding Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy), my husband’s cologne as he’s …

GOD’S GOT A PLAN – 52 weeks

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“He alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea;  He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south;   He does great things past finding out, yes, wonders without number.”  Job 9:8-10 (ESV)      I am struck with the beauty of this passage.  Almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of the …

FOUR REMEDIES FOR HOPELESSNESS – 52 verses

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“But I will hope continually and will praise You yet more and more.  My mouth will tell of Your righteous acts, of Your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge.  I will go in the strength of the Lord God;  I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.”  Psalm 71:14-16  (ESV)   …

WHERE IS YOUR IMAGINATION TAKING YOU? 52 verses

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“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (ESV)     Where are your thoughts taking you lately?       Do you find yourself traveling down roads …