I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

10 May


Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and
judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31:8-9

I am convicted y’all! My heart strings have been pulled, leaving my heart wide open.

I’ve been following the stories of the Compassion International bloggers, and it’s kinda wrecked me up. They’re in Tanzania right now. Visiting, ministering, loving, and then sharing their stories with us.

Stories of how important it is for these children and their families to have sponsors. Stories of children waiting over a year for a sponsor. Stories of how much these children LOVE their sponsors. Stories of sponsors meeting their sponsored child.

Just 38.00 dollars a month. 38.00 can give hope, education, and a future to a child in need. But more importantly, sponsorship tells of Jesus’ love for them.

My heart is heavy for these beautiful, brown, and helpless children a world away from me. I’m doing what I can … spreading the word, urging you to sponsor a child, and urging you to spread the word. Won’t you?

Posted in charity, children, missions

31 Mar

growth in the lord

I am so incredibly proud of my girls and the relationship they are developing with God.  I’ve learned over the last year how very important it is to take small, intentional learning moments and fill them with Jesus.

I think sometimes, as parents, we get down on ourselves for not doing enough in teaching our children about God and Biblical principles.  But what I’ve learned is those moments don’t have big, drawn out, educational moments.  If you’re living it, talking it, breathing it and most importantly, aware of it … those moments happen throughout the day in the normal course of living.

Here’s a small example, and maybe one of my favorites … I’ve got a couple of fibbers storytellers on my hands who like to either embellish or hide the truth.  Something I’ve started asking them {and now they’ll even ask each other} is, “Is that what Jesus saw happen?”  Every. time. that’ll draw a sheepish face and apology.

Anyway … here are some things I wanted to share that my girls recently did on their own.

First, Piper’s note to her penpal:

Do you believe in God and Jesus?  Because Jesus died on the cross for our
sins and do you read the Bible because it’s good to read the Bible.
From your friend, Piper

And these are Wynter’s notes.  She’ll write down different Scripture verses or nuggets she got from a devotion we’ve read {she still does a lot of phonetical spelling, so I’ll translate}:

Three notes you should know.
When you are sad don’t feel so bad, cuz God is with you wherever you go.
If you don’t have a Bible you should get one.  If you don’t know God you should read the Bible.
Don’t feel bad it’s all still in you.  You just have to look deep enough and you will find it in your heart.

I was in awe the other day when Wynter and I were having an “I love you more” conversation … she put the convo in a dead-halt when she said “but God loves us the most.”  I sure couldn’t top that one!

Lastly, my love Taylor.  She’s been struggling with some things lately and my heart melted when she posted her Scripture for the year as her Facebook status.

And then she sent me a random email the other day saying I should post this song on my blog … so I am.  I pray it blesses you all …

If We’ve Ever Needed You
:: Casting Crowns ::

Hear our cry, Lord, we pray
Our faces down, our hands are raised
You called us out, we turned away
We’ve turned away

With shipwrecked faith the idols rise
We do what is right in our own eyes
Our children now will pay the price
We need Your light, Lord, shine Your light

:: chorus ::
If we’ve ever needed You
Lord, it’s now, Lord, it’s now
We are desperate for Your hand
We’re reaching out, we’re reaching out

All our hearts, all our strength
With all our minds, we’re at Your feet
May Your kingdom come in our hearts and lives
Let Your church arise, let Your church arise

:: chorus ::

:: chorus ::

:: chorus ::

We need You now
Revive us now
We need You now

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Posted in children, inspiration, intentional, music, parenting

10 Nov

jesus calling :: blog carnival

Who loves a carnival?  I do! I do!

So … in the spirit of carnival fun, along with the importance of family devotion time … I’ll be joining Tommy Nelson next week in their “Jesus Calling” blog carnival!  Here are some of the links to watch for:

Monday :: Becky
Tuesday :: Megan
Wednesday :: Yours truly! ;)
Thursday :: Angie
Friday :: Christin

Jesus Calling :: 365 devotions for kids” is a new book by author Sarah Young.  Sarah also has a grown up version of “Jesus Calling” that mirrors the kids devotion.  What a genius way to do devotion with your family … the kids get the cliff note version of what you’re reading!  A great way to spark conversation!

So here’s my thought … if you’re not currently having devotional time with your children, November is a great month to give thanks … and topic to start with!  And for more inspiration to get you started, Tommy Nelson’s provided a link to download 2 weeks of “Jesus Calling for kids.”

Be sure to stop by next week {link up, if you like} and tell me all about it!  Oh!  And a little twitter bird {#Jesuscallingkids} mentioned something ’bout a giveaway?  Stay tuned for details!

Posted in children, parenting, tommy mommy

9 Nov

activity in thankfulness

“Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

We started our activity with a scripture verse in being thankful.  I explained to the kids, and we went through many scenarios, that it’s okay to be disappointed in something, but even in our disappointment, we need to be thankful.

Disappointed you didn’t get a gift you asked for?  Yes.  Thankful?  Yes.
Disappointed you didn’t get a play date you wanted?  Yes.  Thankful.  Yes.

And the list goes on!  And of course, during that discussion, we also talked about why and how they can find thankfulness in their disappointments.

Then I had the girls write 30 things they are thankful for, and we put them in a jazzed up “thankful jar.”

Then I strung baker’s twine on the wall … adorned with mini clothes pins … and each day the girls take turns picking a thankful tag out of the jar and hanging it up for us all to see.

And yes … little Hunt is extremely thankful for her granny Rose! ;)

So … what sorts of things are you doing to celebrate thanks this month?

Posted in children, craft, creative, parenting

13 Oct

when moms pray

The prayer of the feeblest saint on earth
who lives in the spirit and keeps right with God
is a terror to satan.
The very powers of darkness are paralyzed by prayer …
No wonder satan tries to keep our minds fussy in active work
till we cannot think in prayer.

Oswald Chambers

Are you praying for your children?  Join me at the MODsquad today, where I’m sharing how important … powerful … a praying mom is!

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Posted in children, faith, modsquad, parenting, prayers