As it draws near to Thanksgiving, people young and old begin to think of what they are thankful for. Some think of family, health or finances before diving into the turkey and mashed potatoes. However, we are commanded to not just give thanks on Thanksgiving, but everyday in all circumstances.
At first glance that seems almost impossible… Continue reading
Twenty-six little letters. Some stand straight and tall. Some squiggle around this way and that. Some blend in with the others around. These distinct letters each have a sound and a name. However, the real power come when they are arranged together to form words. Continue reading
It is no secret that I love this season. The sights, the smells, the people. It is the one month where social media is flooded with lists of blessings. I love reading through the lists. Continue reading
In honor of the keynote speaker from the ACFW conference this year, Lauraine Snelling, I will be giving a copy of her book away this week on my blog. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling how God has turned your mess into a masterpiece. I look forward to hearing from you. The winner will be announced on the Friday Afternoon Fun post.
As October is drawing to a close and November is right around the corner, I would like to share with you a new pumpkin recipe today. Continue reading
As a busy wife, mom, writer and speaker I am always on the lookout for a great planner. In the digital age when everyone has an app for that I still would rather reach for a physical calendar. I had the privilege of reviewing Sue Hooley’s Daily Planner through CWA.
What I love about this planner is that it’s so much more than a calendar. Yes, it has a yearly, monthly as well as weekly calendars included, but there’s so much more. There are beautiful scriptures nestled within the pages to give you encouragement throughout the year. Towards the back of the planner there are sections for tasks and projects. This is a great place to put all your long term tasks around the house or school projects for the kids. It allows you to keep track well in advance so you don’t wake up to, “Mom, my science project is due tomorrow and where’s my costume for the school play?” Sue has included an information section to keep track of names, addresses and phone numbers. All these features are great, but my personal favorite would have to the shopping list section at the back. Each page has three perforated sections. These are a perfect size for making certain you don’t forget items on your next shopping trip.
I would highly recommend you order the 2015 Daily Planner. It would also make a great gift for the “planner” on your Christmas list.
Thanks to Proverbs 31:27, “She watches over the activities of her household,” I now realize that I am not supposed to do everything. I have come to discover that things around the Whitaker household do not have to be done “my” way.
With five children, there has to be some sort of order in our house. Therefore, every week I sit down with the kids and they take turns selecting their assigned chores for the week. Some of the jobs are daily and some are just once a week – around their schedule (within reason). The magnetic chore chart that we use has pictures, so even our youngest knows what each job is and what her tasks are for the week.
I am learning to let go of the need to have the perfect house. I would rather my children have memories of a home – somewhere safe, comfortable enough to be themselves and relax. Things are not put off entirely, but there are more important things in my life. Don’t miss out on time with friends and loved ones to make everything “perfect,” some things can wait. Speaking of which, I need to go, it’s time to play.
I challenge you to let go around your house this week. Tell me what you let go of this week or even share some tips that work around your house. I will check back later. I look forward to hearing from you.
I would love for you to share in the comment section the last book you read and what you carried away from it. As a lover of book and writer, it intrigues me what books touch readers. I have more own favorites, but I would love to hear yours. Continue reading
It amazes my children that when I was their age I did not have a cell phone. The look on their face shows such disbelief. They begin to think I have to be as old as dirt. In the world they are growing up in it does seem foreign not to see people talking or texting on cell phones.
Although they have downsides, I must admit as a parent it is very comforting to be able to reach my daughter, who is away at school, at any time and she can in turn respond from anywhere on campus about anything that is going on in her life. It makes the distance almost melt away.
Do you realize that you have access to something even better than 4G coverage and service? …..
This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café and Crosswalk today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts in the comment section. For every comment, you will be entered to win a FREE book. I will announce the winner of the Friday Afternoon Fun post.
Whether you are a writer or not, we are all walking stories. Are you allowing God to write on your heart?