It is no abstract thing- the state of your heart is the state of your home. You cannot harbor resentment secretly towards your children and expect their hearts to be submissive and tender. You cannot be greedy with your time and expect them to share their toys. And perhaps most importantly, you cannot resist opportunities to be corrected by God and expect them to receive correction from you. God has given us the job of teaching His law and demonstrating His grace. We are to be guides to our children as they learn to walk with God. -Rachel Jankovic
I recently read this article which highlights some of the problems that can occur for students pursuing graduate studies (both at the master’s level and PhD). Since Shaun is pursuing a PhD and I am working alongside him on a master’s degree- we understand first hand some of the symptoms this article mentions regarding stress, isolation, and discouragement. Continue reading
Check out this latest article by Rachel Jankovic on applying the truths of the scriptures to our everyday lives as mothers. She states,
Imagine yourself in your kitchen trying to make dinner for a group of little kids who are tired and should have eaten a half hour ago. Imagine that things are going wrong beyond that — maybe you are out of something you assumed you had, children are fussing with one another, and maybe your littlest is still at the age where they come stand on your feet and pull on your pant leg. Bonus points if you are wearing maternity pants and this little person is actually capable of pulling your pants down. You are hot, you are tired, and you are sick of it.
This is no time for a gospel presentation. There isn’t time. There isn’t anyone to lead the discussion around the felt board, because you are still scrambling to figure out dinner. This isn’t a time for a gospel presentation because it is a time for gospel application. This is a time to take the grace that God has extended to you, and feed your children with it. Apply what you believe about God’s mercy and kindness and long suffering towards us, and pour it out to them — in a form they can believe in. Unrest like this is just like a baby crying for a bottle — only what they need is spiritual milk. They need you to feed them, not with a lecture, but with application.
Thought you may enjoy seeing what I get to wake up to.. click on any of the photos below to enlarge the view. I included a fun little video at the bottom. Continue reading
But my husband’s birthday is coming up. Though I have some ideas, it is always great to get some good thoughts for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, or even just a nice unexpected surprise for him.
Here’s where you come in (yes, I know Shaun can read this post) but I would like to know general ideas of gifts you recommend or gifts you have previously given to your husbands to get my brain ticking.
Never hurts to share a good idea with each other! Ready….. comment!
Since moving to aberdeen, we’ve adjusted to having much more rain than hot days of wake forest. Though I enjoy the calm and peace of a shower, I’ve also learned to take advantage of a sunny day. This was one such occasion. I thought it’d be fun to have a proper tea party rather than typical cuppa british breakfast. Continue reading
I finally have started reading a copy of Loving the Little Years By Rachel Jankovic. I am reading a copy on my computer (check out the free kindle app [you don't even have to own a kindle!]. Also, the book price is cheaper if you order a kindle version) so I can grab snippets of her wisdom whenever I may have a free minute or two. Rachel blogs at Femina Girls (great resource btw) and is the mother of five kids under kindergarten age. Here is a few quotes I thumbed through today that were particularly challenging: Continue reading
I read this post regarding modesty from a friend and wanted to share it with you.
To be vulnerable, I’ll share a brief glimpse of my sinful heart: I tend to struggle with modesty and idolatry in this waiting period of getting back to my pre-pregnancy figure (or close to it). Continue reading