Category Archives: August 2015

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What better way to jump into summer than with a complete fiction series?! Heaven Intended is a clean, historical romance series (Full Quiver Publishing, 2014, 2018, and 2019). It won’t make you blush or be embarrassed if your teen or tween look at any of the content.

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This series is set in the Civil War and is inspired by real heroes and events of the war (see Father Thomas O’Reilly’s biography on page 238 in book 1). It’s in their routines and hardship of life where their faith is naturally seen. They desperately lean into God, but it is not in a way that makes you feel you are doing something wrong or are not enough because you don’t do the same thing or pray in the same way.

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A Lesson From the Park

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My Hot Cup of Coffee

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As I’m sitting in my favorite comfy chair enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee, I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness and His provision to me and my family. My thoughts wander back to a different time…some 4 or so years ago, when becoming a Mom for the first time was still a dream not yet realized. I’m reminded of a simple conversation with a sweet friend.

At this particular time, I was a working woman, making us a two-income family. I had a job offering great benefits and just couldn’t fathom how God could stretch our dollars if I were to become a Stay-at-Home Mom one day, as my my heart longed for and my husband and I had long anticipated. You see, both our Moms had been home with us and we knew firsthand the value of such a gift. Having a Mom readily available and unrushed by her own harried schedule was all we both knew. Knowing we’d see her when we returned home from school, ready to hear all about our day with a snack readily available was the norm for us.

As I briefly shared with my friend, who already knew of our deep desire to be parents, I confessed that I didn’t know how we would make it on one income. She smiled and shared her own story with me. In so many words, she told me that during the years she was able to be home with her own two children, it was as if the Lord expanded their finances. She went on to say that while the numbers never made sense on paper, somehow, she said, the Lord made a way. He multiplied our dollars and blessed our efforts. Our brief conversation gave me such a shot in the (faith) arm.

Now, nearly 3 years after my dream became a reality, I can testify that yes, somehow and by some miraculous way, God makes a way where there seems to be no way. I believe He put the desire in my heart to be a SAHM. He has honored that desire by providing for our family in countless ways.

For instance, numerous times, when I thought I had no money in my purse, I’ve unzipped or unbuttoned a pocket, and found money I had no idea was there! Just this week, I found a bank envelope in my purse with a $20 bill in it! I honestly have no recollection of going to the bank for cash. It seems I’m always putting money in the bank rather than taking it out.

By no means do we have money growing on trees over here! It’s incidences like recently when our washer and dryer both needed replacing. We went to look for a replacement pair. I couldn’t believe how expensive such machines were! As we looked at a highly-rated set, I happened to notice that over on the side was a set of the same brand at half the cost of the ones we were looking at! It was a special sale the store was offering for a very short time, yet the salesman never pointed it out. The slight difference between the two sets wasn’t worth double the money. We were able to purchase both the washer and dryer for the same price we would’ve paid for only one piece of the other set!

I don’t believe in coincidence or happenstance. This, I believe, is favor from God. Everything we have is His anyway; He owns it all. We are simply stewards of it. I believe if we look for it, we will find God’s provisions in all sorts of places. It may not come in the form of a surprise of $20 in a wallet; it might be staring us right in the face. Open your eyes and see!

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I’ve got my feet propped up while reading a book my husband gave me for Mother’s Day entitled, Am I Messing Up My Kids…and Other Questions Every Mom Asks by Lysa TerKeurst. He assured me there’s no hidden meaning to his gift.

This author has 5 kids. Five! Sometimes I feel as though I can barely handle the one God has given me. With all of her experience raising 5 kids, she has some pearls of wisdom to share with us. As I delve in, I noted one particular point I wanted to share with you; it rang so true with me.

“I have been called to die to the selfishness that characterized my life before kids. Life was about me back then. My schedule, my needs, my wants, my time, my money, my desires, my dreams, and my plans dictated how I spent my life. But that is not what God wanted for me. He wanted my life to be about Him and His plans for me.”

WHOA! There, in the black and white of those words, I saw myself: Selfish. I admit it’s not a huge revelation. I suppose I didn’t recognize selfishness as being the root of my short temper and frustration in dealing with my toddler. While it may make sense why I may react this way, I know it’s not God-honoring.

I’m grateful for this book, full of truth and encouragement, to shed light on areas that I need God to help me with so that I can be the best Mom He’s called me to be. I’m thankful to be a work in progress. So often I feel way, way, way off the mark. I’m so glad God doesn’t demand perfection; none of us would make it! It takes a willing heart and spirit to seek God’s ways, always and only with His help.

Psalm 101:2 “I will behave myself wisely and give heed to the blameless way–O when will You come to me? I will walk within my house in integrity and with a blameless heart.” (AMP)

Matthew 12:34 “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (NIV)

 

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How’s Your Helpmate?

Does the term “helpmate” seem a little sophisticated to you? It is quite simply defined asone who is a companion and helper; especially: wife.”

One of my “go to” books is by Stormie Omartian, The Power of a Praying Wife. Over the years, I’ve highlighted and underlined it to death! I was first captured by it while reading the foreword written by, none other than her husband. In it, he says:

“I cannot imagine what my life would be without her (Stormie) praying for me. It gives me comfort and security, and also fulfills the mission the Lord has for us to pray for each other and bear one another’s burdens. I can think of no better way to truly love your husband than by lifting him up in prayer on a consistent basis. It is a priceless gift that helps him experience God’s blessings and grace. ~Signed Your covered-in-prayer husband, Michael”

I found his words to be full of wisdom, offering real insight as to how I’m to pray for my husband and just what those prayers can mean to him.

Stormie offers an in-depth compilation of what we as wives can be praying for our helpmates. Everything from his health, work, finances and relationships to fatherhood, affection, mind and fears. One of my favorite writings falls under “praying for his work” where she writes of her husband being a songwriter and record producer and that he (Michael) believes her prayers “have prevented him from working with the wrong clients.” She goes on to say that “He has never worked with anyone who is difficult, weird, evil or unsuitable, which is nothing less than a miracle in his business.” She adds, “He always knew I prayed that God would lead him to the right people and remove from his path those who would be trouble.”

Our purpose in praying for our helpmate is not to gain control over them; rather, lying down all claim to power in and of yourself and relying on God’s power to transform you, your husband, your circumstances and your marriage. This is powerful stuff. After all, our prayers don’t change God’s mind; through the discipline of praying, God transforms our thinking. It’s quite miraculous actually!

Perhaps today, together we can think about the countless ways to begin praying over our helpmate. Our spouse is God-given; take care to pray for them and watch God work mightily not only in their lives but in the lives of your family as well.

As an aside, you might be interested to know that Stormie also has a book, The Power of a Praying Husband, aiding your helpmate to pray for you as well!

How’s Your Helpmate?