Ideas for Short-Cut Hospitality and a Giveaway!

Today I am sharing some simple tips and ideas for short-cut hospitality, especially for those of us who are worn out as part of Karen Ehman’s, A Life That Says Welcome book study!

I hope that you will come on over and join in the fun.  There is also a Target gift card giveaway as well as a link-up swap and share for everyone to join!

Here is a little about Karen:

Through her daily blog, writing ventures and many speaking events, Karen’s passion is to provide women with creative inspiration and doable ideas to help them live their priorities and love their lives. She is the Director of the Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker team and is a contributor to Focus on the Family’s magazine Thriving Family.

A popular presenter at Hearts at Home moms’ conferences, Karen is also the author of five books including The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized, A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others and the recently released best-selling ebook Untangling Christmas: Your Go-To Guide for a Hassle-Free Holiday.

She has been a guest on national media shows including The 700 Club, At Home Live, Engaging Women, The Harvest Show, Moody Midday Connection and Focus on the Family. The mother of three, she and her college sweetheart Todd just celebrated their silver anniversary.

So, come join me me for some fun and fellowship!

Using Our Words as Worship

​My day starts early.  A steaming cup of coffee, my Bible, and the flicker of candlelight invite me into the Lord’s presence. It is beautiful, quiet, and calming.  Then, I worship Him as I walk the darkened streets in the early morning, the melodic sounds coming through my ear buds take me into His presence.

And then…everyone wakes up.  Chaos reigns as seven of us salute the day.  We find early morning sustenance and attempt to clear away the clutter from the previous night.  Animals are fed, big baskets smelling of sweat and humidity are lugged to the washing machine, beds are made, teeth are brushed, and hair is fixed.  And all of the sudden, there I am in the midst of the everyday, barking out orders to them, harping on her snail-like pace, getting angry over his quilt that is still askew, fussing at his toothpaste-smudged face.

How did I go from the throne room to allowing ugliness to escape my mouth so very quickly?

Today is my very first post over at Mom Heart Online!! You would bless me greatly if you would hop on over there and join me today to read the rest!

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**The winner of The Mission of Motherhood book is Torrie S.!**

Need a Little Stillness in Your Day?

You are done in. Tired. WearyWhat’s the sure cure? A bit of stillness in His presence, allowing Him to fill your cup so that you can carry on.

But, sippy cups need re-filling, diapers need changing, clothes need washing, and meals need cooking.  And somehow stillness before the Savior seems like a funny joke, doesn’t it?!

The tyranny of the urgent often crowds out our need for true stillness in His presence.  This is especially true in this moment in time where busyness is trendy, electronic gadgets are additional limbs, and quiet moments are seen as spaces to be filled.

But the Lord continues to invite us to rest in His presence.  I’m over at The Better Mom  today talking about how to seek out stillness with the Lord in the midst of a busy day.  I hope you’ll join me and add to the conversation there!

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Make a Heart Connection with Your Kids

There are those days when it seems nothing goes right. Have you had one? I sure have.

You and your child are at odds, and the space in the day fills with frustration and misunderstanding.  You speak, they don’t listen.  They speak, you become irritated.  And on and on the cycle goes.  So, how do you turn a bad day around from a tailspin? Stop what you are doing, pray, and choose to turn the day around. It’s not too late. Slow down in order to see what is really going on. Make a heart connection with your child.  Chances are, they are frustrated, tired, or have something on their heart and need you.

Join me today at Roo Mag for some simple ideas on how to make a heart connection and come share your ideas too!

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The Freedom To Be Different

My 4-year old son loves to wear a striped shirt with plaid pants…..every. single. day. These two items of clothing make him feel comfortable and bring a bright smile to his face {they make him really, really happy}.  The thing is because he is a twin, there are two sets of each shirt and pants, so there is almost always a clean pair. Ahem.

At first, wanting my kids to look nice and appear put together, I would encourage him to wear something different. I would help him pick out different clothes, ones that co-ordinated.  And he would.  But, sure enough, by 10 o’clock in the morning, those different clothes were exchanged for the old faithfuls.

Join me today at RooMag to read the rest of the story and join the conversation! See you there!

Devotional Diapers- A Great Baby Gift!

Here is a simple and quick idea for a baby shower gift that new moms love. Devotional Diapers….since you know that new mamas barely have time to brush their teeth, let alone finding time to get in the Word!

Join me today at The Better Mom to find out more about this fun idea! What are your favorite ideas for baby shower gifts?

Say Yes!- Priorities

It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about.  What’s hard is figuring out what you are willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.“- Shauna Niequist

We’ve talked about saying yes. Ruth shared her family mission statement, and I talked about family as our primary ministry.

Let’s take it a step further.

1.Find some time to be alone and quiet for a few minutes and pray.

2.Get a piece of paper and write VISION at the top.

3. Write down all the things the Lord brings to mind regarding a vision for your life and  home.  Look back on your family mission statement.  Kat at Inspired to Action has a great tool to use as well. This will be your “vision board”.

Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.”Psalm 39:4

Here is mine for this year:

4. Take an honest look at your commitments, schedule, and time management.  How do these things line up with your vision board? What changes do you need to make?

Head over to The Better Mom to read the rest of the post today and read my list of priorities!  See you there!

Encouraging Words

Words have the ability to inspire or to depress; to make one happy and feel validated or to deplete and discourage.  When we live with our children day after day, we either build an inheritance, a treasure chest of inspiration, confidence, validation, OR memories of anger, criticism, while storing up in their souls hostility, insecurity, and bitterness.” -Sally Clarkson

As a mama, are you carefully guarding the words that you use with your children day to day? Better yet, are you choosing to speak words of encouragement and life into your children?

When we get tired, stressed, and overwhelmed, it is all too easy to let unkind words slip from our mouths.  Then, later, we are left with feelings of regret and sadness.

Today I want to challenge you (and me!) to be intentional about using our words to encourage and build up our precious children.  

Visit me over at RooMag today to read the rest of the post with the challenge and suggestions! See you there!

Say Yes Series Week #2- Priorities

Today I want to focus on priorities as a mama, specifically as it relates to our ministry. How can we become a YES mom, one that fully engages with her life and her children? I believe it starts with viewing our job as mom as our primary ministry, as our first mission field

I want to ask you: are you filling your life so full that you do not have time to truly invest in your home and family? It may be time for you to take some time with the Lord to evaluate what He has for you and to help you figure out what you need to let go.

As women, we fall for this idea that we can “do it all”, and usually end up frazzled and frustrated.  But when we understand what God wants us to do and ask for His help, it leads to freedom and joy. What motivates your activities? Are you trying to make a good impression? It is just that you can’t say no? Why don’t you ask God what is on His agenda for this season of your life?“- Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Join me today at The Better Mom today for Week #2 of the Yes Series as I share about our primary ministry as a mother!

And don’t forget to link up your posts at the Monday Link-Up!

Say Yes

Today is the first post in the series, Say Yes, that Ruth and I are excited to bring you every Monday in January at The Better Mom!

Ruth starts us off this week with practical advice on how to put your family first and create a mission statement!  So head on over to read her wise words, and be sure to link up for Better Mom Monday Link-Up!

 

Happy New Year!

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