What We Do With Our Christmas Cards After Christmas

I hope you had a great Christmas! It has been a busy post-Christmas week here at our house. We've been doing some cleaning, purging, and rearranging around the house, made a visit to IKEA, several trips to the thrift store, and even did a few Craigslist deals. Our Christmas stuff is packed up and I am ready to ring in 2015, but first I thought I'd pass along this great idea that I got last year from my friend Jennifer, who is always an inspiration to me as a mother. If you are busy packing … [Read more...]

Praying For Our Children

Crafts, baking, read-alouds, play groups, homemade gifts, special celebrations, and all of the other things on our “be a better Mommy” to-do list, pale in comparison to the greatest thing that we can do for our children, and that is to pray for them. I believe there is power in prayer and that the prayers we pray over our children are monumental in shaping the course of their lives. “You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent. Prayer is your highest privilege as a … [Read more...]

Cry Out

Motherhood is the role in which I am most passionate, and equally the one where I feel most inadequate. Every morning I resolve to be a better mother, and every night I rehearse the failures of my day. I love my boys more than I ever knew I had the capacity to love, and yet I fall short in my attempts to express that love as I struggle with selfishness, skewed priorities, and fail to see the sacred in the small and the beauty in the ordinary of my life. I never realized how much I needed … [Read more...]

Soul Food

So far in writing about the art of self-care, I have mentioned the importance of both rest and nourishment. Today I am going to write about an even more important kind of rest and nourishment. Prayer. Rest for our souls and nourishment to our spirits. But before I get started, I need to tell you a few things. This is not going to be a blog post where you will hear about an early morning quiet time with a cup of tea, a Bible, and a prayer journal. I am not going to recommend … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Prayer Door

A few weeks ago,  I kind of impulsively painted our pantry door with chalkboard paint and I LOVE it! I intended to use it for daily to-do's, but I always end up using the dry erase board in my office for those. So my pretty pantry door has sat rather empty of words. But I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest the other day, had an "a-ha" moment, and decided to turn our pantry door into a "Family Prayer Door". Here's the plan. Each week, I will write a specific thing that I want to pray … [Read more...]

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