Striving for Perfection

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Perfect start to the day, quiet time in the Word before the rest of the family gets up. After a prayer it’s time to wake up the kids – who happily rise from their beds, without a frown or grimace and put on the clothes laid out the night before. Breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls warm from the oven await the family. Lunches and backpacks are out and ready to go. After finishing breakfast and cleaning up, the kids quickly get on their coats and shoes – conscious to help the younger ones, before giving big hugs and kisses and heading out with smiling faces to the bus. Speaking of which, what is that noise?

 

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Under Construction

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I remember holding my children in my arms and hearing Proverbs 22:6, “direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it” and thinking I had all the time in the world to teach and train them. Well things changed this past fall when our oldest started her junior year of high school at a residential school over two hours from home.

This adjustment brought a whole new light to this scripture. I no longer have her at home everyday to make certain she is doing what she is supposed to do. I can no longer pour into her daily…

 

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts in the comment section.

Multi-tasking: Key to Success or a Recipe for Disaster

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As the calendar turns to December, it seems to be difficult to find any white space left. This is an example of a very social, involved family, right? I mean, getting everything crammed in before Christmas by maximizing every moment is what we are wired to do, correct?

As I perused over the daily schedule for the coming week I really had to stop and think about whether this is how God would want me to spend my time…

 

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts in the comment section.

Laughter: Prescription from the Great Physician

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You do not have to go far to find the benefits of laughter to your health. A simple Internet search results in numerous benefits:

  • Reduces stress
  • Decreases pain
  • Improves mood
  • Eases anxiety and fear

These are just a few of the results that stuck out to me. However, the idea of laughter being good for your health did not originate with doctors and scientists today, but rather with the Great Physician – God…

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts in the comment section.

Mirror, Mirror

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When you stand before a mirror what do you see? I personally used to avoid mirrors because I didn’t care for the reflection. Even a quick glance and I could easily find numerous flaws. This type of self-defeating attitude, left unchecked, is a recipe for disaster.

As I was reading through Psalm 139 one day, verse 14 really hit me, “fearfully and wonderfully made.” God made each and every one of us unique for His purpose and plan…

 

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts in the comment section.

What’s Important to You?

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Being a mother to five, ages 5-16, disagreements are common within our home. However, it simply amazes me how my dear sweet children will quickly turn on each other to prove that he/she is right. Whether it is something trivial like the way to play a game or what clothes match to weightier issues like who left the milk out or the color of the sky; there are times they will dig their heels in the ground and not budge. At this point, it shifts from a disagreement to a full-blown argument. Names and unkind words are generally exchanged, which is when I step in to bring resolution to the issue at hand. In my children’s minds at that moment the most important thing is to be right….

Did you feel that?

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Sitting down first thing in the morning to enjoy a cup of coffee only to be hit with feeling that you need to call your friend. You push the idea to the side, thinking that’s a little odd and go on with your morning. Opening your email, the nudge is just a bit stronger this time. Unable to shake the feeling, you decide it is time to pick up the phone, knowing that  your friend is going to question you calling out of the blue. However, that is not the response you hear. Instead, through the tears, you hear her say, “how did you know? This is exactly what I needed right now.”….

~ What about you, How is the Holy Spirit nudging you?

Good Grief

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Grief can come in all shapes and sizes and strike at any time. The real question is how you will respond when the storms of life bring tragedy into your world.

A little over six years ago, I was sitting in the local emergency room with what I thought was a gallbladder attack. My husband and I were shocked when the doctor came in and said I was pregnant. Our youngest was just a few months old, but we trusted God and were excited about this surprise blessing…

 

Your Turn:

I know how grief can strike and bring about such darkness. Dear friend, if you are in a storm right now, I challenge you to reach out to God today. He longs to rescue you.

Perfectly Imperfect

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As a busy wife and mother, I find myself striving for perfection only to be disappointed for falling short. As a closet perfectionist, it is difficult to let go of that preconceived notion. There is no such thing as a perfect wife, mother or Christian. Therefore, we need to accept this fact but be willing to have God refine us – smooth off those rough edges, so we can move closer to Christ’s example…

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Getting Connected

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As a busy woman, being organized is key. Therefore, I gravitate to list. In fact,
many times, I have lists for my lists. It is such a sense of accomplishment to
check those items off the list and see everything completed. However, you and I
must realize that just checking God off our personal list every day is not
going to build a relationship with Him…