A Prayer, Starting School, & Remembering

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School looks different now. Sports look different. Our mudroom looks different as masks hang alongside our kids’ backpacks. 

As anxiety and worry usually accompany the unfamiliar, they grew in my daughter’s mind the morning school started after being closed for so long.

We talked about how she was feeling. 

I told her to take some deep breaths to calm her down. 

I shared that I felt nervous going back to school when I was her age and that it was normal to feel that way. She was glad to know she wasn’t alone. 

I told her she was strong and could do it.

And, then we prayed together. 

After that, we sat squeezed together in my sunroom chair & my daughter said, “Mommy, instead of having 20 butterflies, I only have 3.” (:

There’s no easy fix when our kids feel this way, and some children need different responses than others, but if our kids are experiencing some anxiety or worry, those are a few tools that can help.

That morning, words came to mind by Sissy Goff, Christian author of “Raising Worry-Free Girls” and Counselor:
“Avoidance strengthens anxiety. She’s just going to have to do that scary thing. When you make all the scary things go away, it sends a message to her that she can’t handle them. Rescuing communicates that she needs rescuing.”

My daughter ended up having a good day at school and the next morning she was stronger, excited for school, and had a great day. I think doing the “scary thing” made her that much stronger – for her to see, for herself, that she could do it. 

What a gift that we get to be right by our kiddos’ sides as they walk through the challenges and triumphs in their lives – the beauty of parenting. ❤️

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If you’re struggling with this below, New Life Ministries is an excellent ministry that can help: 1-800-New-Life. We’re praying for you.

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The Power of Praying for Your Family

I pray that the following words would encourage you in loving Jesus with all your hearts and loving those right in front of you. Lord, would you lift up each person reading this – please meet their needs and give them your joy and peace today, Jesus. Give us eyes and hearts to see you, seek you, know you, and honor you. In Jesus’ name, amen. ❤️

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When we think the world is spinning out of control, let's breathe and remember that the Lord is above all, over all, in all-2


 

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If you’re feeling overwhelmed, turn to Psalms, and take time to praise the Lord.

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Incentive Idea, Connection Comes First, & Keep Walking, Keep Hoping, Keep Praying

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A simple, fun Incentive Idea for our kids-3

Here’s a practical idea to help your kids with bickering less, listening well, good attitudes, being kind, or another area:

1. Create a chart for each child like the one in the picture.

2. Cut some slits on the bottom of the chart like in the picture and write a reward on each one. Ask your kids for reward ideas and share some of your ideas in the comments too!

3. Pick 1 or 2 areas your children can work on (no more). Each time your child does well in that area, they get a tally (one rule – they can’t ask for one). Examples of earning tallies: when my son washed all the dishes in the sink and not just his own, when my kids worked out a conflict well, & when they listened to me the first time which shows kindness.

4. Once they earn a certain number of tallies, they get to rip a reward off and use it when they want. Our number is 15 tallies. If your kids are younger, you could do 10 tallies so they earn a reward more quickly and stay motivated. Mine earned a reward after a few days. (I also give a tally once they memorize the verse for that week.)

Once they earned a reward, we started the tallies again. We’ll probably do this for a few weeks to help create habits of speaking more kindly and going above and beyond.

If I can find a way to replace nagging with encouragement, I’m in! ❤️


Let’s not get stuck in the cement of guilt when the Lord wants us to fly free like an eagle.-4

At times, I’m tempted to think I can earn the Lord’s approval – to think, when I “get things right”, I’m accepted and loved. But, when I fall short and mess up, there is more distance between the Lord and me.

Friends, the good news is that we are no longer held by the old testament law. Jesus, in all his perfection, radiance, love, took our place and made a way to be connected with God always.

Jesus took our imperfections upon us on the cross and rose above it all. Our sins are released, done, gone and we are fully forgiven when we believe in him.

When I begin thinking that I fall under the old testament ways, the Lord graciously reminds me that, in Christ, we are free indeed.

Feeling the conviction of the Holy Spirit when we have wronged someone or the Lord is a good thing, but it does. Not. cause separation between you and God. Jesus bridged that gap long ago.

All the Lord asks us to do is to believe in him. To have a willing and humble heart to ask for forgiveness and be forgiven. To seek him, so we can be the led by the Spirit and live a life of love.

Isn’t that freeing?

Let’s not get stuck in the cement of guilt when the Lord wants us to fly free like an eagle.

Jesus made a way so we don’t have to shrink back in guilt and distance.
He made a way so we can approach the throne of GRACE with confidence.
He made a way because he loves us.

Today, embrace his love,
not because of what you have done,
but because of what he has done for you.

“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:28-31


 

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What is far more important than any homeschooling schedule or goal is your connection with your child.


 

To all the Tired Mamas trying to managing virtual school and just hanging on. Pre

 

 

Because the Lord Loves You ❤️

To my daughters and son,

On our thirteenth wedding anniversary, I want you to know, there is no other person I would pick to walk through life with than your daddy. No other person I would want to marry. No other person I would want to be my best friend.

When my pastor asked your daddy why he wanted to marry me, do you know what he said?

“I want to grow old with her.”

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One day, as you consider marriage, look for someone you want to grow old with and who wants to grow old with you.

And look for these qualities I have found in your dad…

Humility. He pushes attention away from himself, doesn’t seek it, and doesn’t need to be spoken about.

Loyal. Your father only has eyes for me. He makes me feel cherished, at times with words, but mostly with actions. Because he always chooses me. Through the conflicts, he chooses me. Through the joys, he chooses me. Always.

Dependable. Your daddy follows through. He does what he says he’ll do. He isn’t a man of empty words. He is a man who fulfills his words.

Integrity. Your daddy chooses the higher road time and time again, when eyes are on him and when they are not.

Compassion. When he sees a need, he quietly helps, without needing to speak about it.

Confident. Your father knows who he is. He is not swayed by others. He does not cave to the opinions or actions of others.

Funny. Your dad makes me laugh daily. From our first date to now, he fills the small and big things with humor.

Wise. He doesn’t seek after things or money to find fulfillment. He knows that time together and the Lord fulfill.

Present. Your Daddy is present and wants to spend time with us. Family is first to him.

Genuine. Your father says what he means and means what he says.

Godly. Your daddy is a man who loves the Lord. He isn’t perfect – no one is, but he seeks Jesus. He trusts Jesus. He calls out to him. Faithfully.

As you grow older and make friends and consider someone to marry, look for the qualities I have found in your daddy, and aim to be this kind of person as well.

Love,
Mom


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Lord, when we’re tired and frustrated, please calm our hearts and help us love our kids well. Thank you for your awesome grace that covers all. Help us speak life & love into our kids today. In Jesus’ name, amen. ❤️


This saying came to me after reading the story in the Rhyme Bible from Luke 12 over and over to my kids when they were younger. It’s the story of “the rich fool” who wanted “more, more, more,” but was never satisfied.

Jesus reminds us in Luke 12:15 that, “Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Jesus beckons us to more than the here. To live a life of selflessness, giving, and love…”The life that is truly life.” Lord, help our kids and us live and love like that. ❤️

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It’s easy to be stuck on thinking things happen or don’t happen because of what we can offer.

But, friends, one of the beautiful things about the Lord is that he doesn’t see things as the world sees. He knows us inside and out, created us, and longs to be with us, not because of how much we can offer, but simply because he loves us.

What the Lord longs for isn’t necessarily numbers, charisma, being “the best”, but rather a humble, honest heart that seeks after him.