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Temper Tantrums in the Grocery Store

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I was horrified as I stood in the grocery store aisle. My two-year-old daughter, Darcy, was screaming and flailing her arms as she sat on the floor. “Stop, Darcy! You’re not going to get cookies that way.” Feeling my face flush, I tried to avert my eyes from the scowling woman walking by. I felt like a bad mother, overwhelmed with how to cope with my daughter’s disobedience. But in time I learned some important things to help me respond in a loving way, and I think they might also be helpful to you. I learned not to take my daughter’s behavior personally. I became frustrated because it felt like she represented my bad mothering. But Darcy chose her reaction, and I could only influence her through disciplining her effectively. Therefore, I didn’t need to become angry. I realized that even if every mother was perfect, our children would still misbehave because they are human. I learned that I needed to be consistent when it came to disciplining her. Our children will never become perfect, but they will obey more often because they know we’re always going to give a consequence. I suspect this is why children misbehave in public so often. They sense there’s a greater possibility that we won’t follow through. That’s...

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Springtime Prayer – Praying for Roots as Well as Branches

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Spring is a fun time for families as the weather warms up and outdoor activities are once again the plan for the day. Everywhere around us the trees are budding and the flowers are blossoming. As much as I love this time of years, it also makes me sad. Another school year’s end is in sight. I just can’t stop the clock on how fast my children are growing. Instead of dwelling on how quickly time flies, this year I’m praying for that growth. I’m asking God to do more than help them grow in ways everyone can see. I’m asking Him to grow their roots. Here’s the prayer I’m using. Dear Lord, The seasons have turned and now we’re in the midst of a beautiful spring. With it another school year is drawing to a close and my son is closer to adulthood. I’m excited about all the ways I see him growing. He’s getting taller and stronger, but he’s also growing in his understanding of the world. What I’m asking is for You to grow his roots. Give him such a deep understanding of You and Your love for him that he will be able to stand strong no matter what challenges he faces in the years to come. Show him the...

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Beware of Great Lies

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

It’s so important that we guard our children’s hearts, minds, and lives at all times, in all circumstances, and at every stage of life. Being active in prayer and interacting relationally when children are young can save a mountain of broken hearts and relationships; but even when broken, God is able to make all things new. And whether you have obedient children who respect authority, or are faced with children walking in rebellion or making poor choices, our response...

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The Ministry of Motherhood

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I have always been a big fan of a classic television show from the seventies. There was a great deal of vice to overlook, but the poignancy and comedy of M*A*S*H resonated with me. Although the backdrop for the show was the Korean War, it often dealt with topics with which we can resonate. A particular scene stands out around Mother’s Day. One character, Frank, is not well liked and he is at a very low time in his...

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Making Our House a Home

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Twice a year, buyers of furniture and accessories from around the world converge on a tiny town in North Carolina. High Point, NC is the furniture capital of the world hosting the largest furnishings trade show. Interior Designers, architects, and buyers spend days combing 180 buildings covering 11.5 million square feet of show space! If you love seeing new accessories and furniture, you’d love attending the furniture market – but you want your comfy shoes and a plan. There...

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Mommy is a Bad Guy

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Red and blue lights flashed in my rearview mirror. My heart sank. My three-year-old couldn’t have been more thrilled. “A policeman is chasing us!” He squealed with delight. “Um, well he’s not exactly chasing—” “And you’re running away! We’re running away from the policeman!” Ben shrieked in excitement. Good grief. How quickly I’d become a fugitive. I pulled over and dropped my head into my hands. This moment was the perfect summary to a frustrating and difficult week. Just...

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His Grace is Enough

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

WHY DOES NO ONE LISTEN UNTIL I AM YELLING? The above phrase leaves my lips far more than I care to admit. I lose my cool more often than I should and I am not the godly mother I need to be as often as I’d like. I have four children, and in their infancy, I had four children under the age of three. Life was crazy and I was in survival mode. I’ve never actually left survival mode...

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