Wednesday Whispers #9

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Family Life Today podcast with September McCarthy 

I especially enjoyed this series of 3 podcasts related to parenting! September and Dan McCarthy offer Biblical wisdom and practical advice for parenting a large family and leading your children to love Jesus and others.

Free Thanksgiving Activities for Your Family- Ever Thine Home 

Design a Pilgrim hat, create a Thanksgiving DIY candle, fill a scrapbook with thanksgiving cards, or print a beautiful “Give Thanks” banner!

Help, I’m Exhausted by Social Media

My heart resonated with several points in this article. Finding a healthy balance with social media is a constant challenge for me. What about you?

JJ Heller’s newest album

I’ve had this calming album playing in recent weeks. JJ describes the album in these words . . .”I intentionally made it timeless & classic so it sounds less like a children’s album & more like a movie soundtrack.

Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

My mom was a fabulous cook! Thanksgiving was a big holiday in our house. . .and mom went all out on the menu! Thought I would share some of Mom’s best holiday recipes with you! Continue reading Wednesday Whispers #9

Wednesday Whispers #8

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IBCD: Medical Issues and Biblical Counseling podcast series

In light of my story, I have great interest in mental illness, ADHD, OCD, and counseling people with a pyschological diagnosis. I found these podcasts very enlightening, interesting, and helpful.

Tiny Theologians: The Family Tree of Christ Advent Cards

I am a huge fan of the products from Tiny Theologians! Amy, the founder, lives in my hometown of Kinston, NC! Woohoo! I can’t wait to use these cards for Advent with my children.

Quit Doing These 8 Things For Your Teen This Year If You Want to Raise an Adult

I want to feel confident when I launch my kids into the real world that they are going to be just fine because I stepped back and let them navigate failure and real life stuff on their own. So please don’t judge me if my kids scramble around, shoving pre-packaged items into that brown paper lunch bag, before racing to catch the bus. It’s all on purpose my friends.”

Let The Foster and Adopted Children Come To Me

A friend of mine, a foster and adopt mom, posted this article several months ago on Facebook. May our hearts always be open to these children and may our churches lovingly welcome and increasingly support these families.

Everyone A Child Should Know

I am always on the hunt for new resources that build the faith of my children! This book about Christian heroes of the faith is currently on my Amazon wishlist!  A trusted blogger friend, September McCarthy, recommended and previewed this book on her Instagram story this week.

We Are That Family: Kristen Welch & Mercy House 

This girl, Kristen Welch, loves Jesus and is a world changer! I recently read her newest blog post and am choosing to participate in the #1000mercies movement. Her obedience to Jesus consistently challenges my faith! In 2010, Kristen and her family founded a non-profit called Mercy House in Kenya. The organization funds maternity homes in Kenya, created to aid pregnant girls living in extreme poverty. God is doing an amazing work through Mercy House. The Gospel is changing the lives of so many young girls and their families in Kenya!

Mercy House Global

“Mercy House Global exists to rescue girls and empower families so that we can redeem future generations in Jesus’ name. We work with women around the world through partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development. Every purchase in this fair trade marketplace provides dignified work while also helping to sustain our maternity homes in Kenya.” These products are absolutely beautiful and lasting! I encourage you to support this work and do some Christmas shopping here! I’m liking this Move Mountain collection, kid’s World Changer t-shirt, and the Kids Christmas Stocking Stuffer Bundle. If you enjoy reading, you’ll certainly be challenged and encouraged with Kristen’s book on Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World.

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

 

 

Wednesday Whispers #7

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Calming Angry Kids: Tricia Goyer podcast

As a mom of ten children (several adopted), Tricia offers great practical wisdom and advice on this topic of parenting children with chronic anger. I gained several beneficial insights from this podcast. I always learn something helpful and find encouragement from the podcasts of Don’t Mom Alone with Heather MacFadyen.

Sara Hagerty– books, blog, instagram, adorations

Sara is one of my top favorite authors and speakers. I was first introduced to Sara several years ago at a blogging conference. Her sincere love and humble adoration for Jesus was evident to all! Her books (Every Bitter Thing is Sweet and Unseenhave been very influential in my own life and are ones that I find myself returning to over and over again. She recently wrote an article for Desiring God titled “How to Survive a Spiritual Winter” . . . it’s a worthy and encouraging read for all.

Gracelaced Christmas collection

I adore and admire Ruth Chou Simons . . . she loves Jesus and lives the Gospel. A few years ago at a blogging conference, I was privileged to share a few personal moments at breakfast with Ruth. I’ll never forget our short conversation on pointing our boys to the Gospel in everyday parenting opportunities. She is a wise, kind, and gracious lady. Our home is filled with Ruth’s beautiful artwork, her book Gracelaced shares a space on my end table, her instagram is a favorite of mine, and her newest Christmas collection is absolutely gorgeous! I’m hoping to add these ornaments to my Christmas collection this year!

First5 app

For the last 12 weeks, I have been working through the Psalms using this devotional and Bible reading app. It’s been a great study for me personally. I purchased the workbook separately to dig in further to God’s Word and record notes from the weekend teaching. I appreciate the heart of Proverbs 31 ministries.

Reformation Day video for Kids

This week, my kids and I have been discussing the life of Martin Luther and his wonderful contribution to Christian history. With Reformation Day being today (October 31), I thought you may enjoy this short video for kids. My kids found it very interesting and helpful!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

 

 

Wednesday Whispers #6

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Messy Beautiful Friendship: Finding and Nurturing Deep and Lasting Relationships

Last summer as I was headed to Seattle to visit a dear friend, I began reading this book on the airplane. I’ve always enjoyed reading the words of Christine Hoover (a church planting wife) and found much wisdom in this book as well. Much to my surprise, I encountered Christine and her husband on the subway train during my visit to Seattle! What a neat “whisper of grace” for me!

Ruth Chou Simons: Navigating Hurts in Friendship

Ruth shares such wisdom and encouragement in this podcast on friendship. I have definitely felt hurts in friendship and definitely caused hurts in friendships! Maintaining friendships takes time, intentionality, work, forgiveness, honesty, love and much grace. This podcast gave me much to think on and pray through.

Legalism or Laziness? by Glenna Marshall

Glenna is a pastor’s wife who writes about “viewing the tough circumstances in life through the lens of Scripture.” She is an extremely talented writer and musician. Glenna’s writings consistently challenge me to grow in Godliness and study His Word! Check out her blog!

Ever Thine Home: the holiday and home collection from Barbara Rainey

I love decorating for the holidays and using Biblical themes throughout my home as reminders of God’s love and faithfulness. I’ve purchased several items from Ever Thine Home throughout the years and LOVE them! I’m so thankful for beautiful ways to display the Gospel to our friends and neighbors!

Karisma by Kara jewelry

Kara is a very talented SC artist and creates beautiful pieces of jewelry. For Christmas last year, my in-laws gave me this SC necklace which I wore almost daily! My daughter loved her LOVE ring. Presently I’m swooning over this Mountain necklace! Kara’s jewelry is one of a kind!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 

My kids DEVOURED these cookies! Their comments were “Mom, these are some of the best cookies you’ve ever made! Please, make these again! Just one more??? These cookies are so fluffy and yummy!” It took me less than 10 minutes to prep and then 10 minutes to cook. A perfect after school snack!

 

Wednesday Whispers #5

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I See You, Teenage Daughter

I read this article a few weeks ago and was so challenged to really “see” my teenage daughter. It’s often so easy to be distracted with other kids that I fail to acknowledge that I see her strengths and struggles as well. May God help me to be “looking at her, even when everyone else is looking away.”

Brio magazine for teen girls

I received this Christian magazine as a teenager . . . and now my oldest daughter looks forward to these monthly periodicals!

For Girls Like You magazine and resources

I first met Wynter Pitts at a blogging conference several years ago. She was a delightful, compassionate, and beautiful soul who loved Jesus with all of her heart. Wynter was passionate in raising her four daughters to love Jesus supremely. This summer, Wynter entered the arms of Jesus unexpectedly. Even though she is with her Savior now, her legacy continues on with her family. These resources will bless and encourage the hearts of young girls for eternity!

Thou Art Exalted app for teen girls

I recently discovered this app for teen girls! I searched for years to find an app that my teenager could use for devotions and Christian resources. So far, I’ve been very pleased with this resourceful tool!

Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot

I’m a huge fan of EE and cherish her Godly wisdom. Recently, I’ve had several conversations with my daughter about being a Biblical woman in today’s society. I appreciate Elisabeth’s heart for Biblical womanhood.

Feminism Unmasked by Heidi St. John

The modern feminist movement continues to sweep many of our passionate young Christian women along with it! I find this very concerning. After listening to Heidi’s podcast this week, I plan to share with my teen girl in the days ahead. I know it will spark some great and lively discussion.

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

Giving Love to the Grieving Heart

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Many of my readers are currently navigating the journey of grief with close relatives or friends. Grief changes people. Grief changes the everyday routines of the home. Grief changes relationship dynamics. Grief can be very troubling.

It can often be very difficult to deal with a grieving person. It’s hard to know what to say and when. It’s easy to offend a grieving heart. It’s tempting to try and “rush” the grief.  We just want that person “back to normal.”

I want to offer a few thoughts on grief and ways to give love to a grieving heart. This list is by no means exhaustive. However, I think these ideas may encourage that person who is struggling in relationship to a grieving person. Continue reading Giving Love to the Grieving Heart

Wednesday Whispers #4

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In the past few weeks, I’ve been praying for several friends who are currently on journeys of grief. One of my closest friends is grieving the loss of her dearly loved father-in-law, grandma and grandpa. Another friend is struggling to help her daughter deal with the loss of a grandparent. Change usually sparks a new wave of grief in my own life. So, these “whispers of grace” that I’m sharing today have either helped me along my grief journey or are current reads for me.

Grace Covers Me- By Faith Episode #7: Kathy Litton podcast

Kathy’s husband was killed in a tragic car accident. Her honesty about grief is comforting, refreshing, and encouraging. I’m so thankful for people like Kathy who honestly share their grief journey and how God sustains in our darkest of days.

Dorina Gilmore

I was recently introduced to Dorina on Instagram and have been reading several of her blog posts related to grief. She became a widow with three young children after her husband died from cancer. She offers several tips for navigating grief with kids on her website. Her  own story is filled with incredible Gospel hope as she writes of “chasing God’s glory through tragedy and triumph.”

10 Ways to Help Your Kids Grieve When You Are Grieving Too

Michelle Lazurek gives some great advice in this article. I definitely agree with her wisdom to “face the grief head on” and “give yourself (and your kids) time.”

Heaven for Kids 

Randy Alcorn’s book was a good read with my older children after my mom died. Focusing on the realities of Heaven was very encouraging and profitable.

Therefore I Have Hope: 12 Truths that Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in Tragedy 

“Throughout the journey of my worst nightmare―my descent into a dark, sad valley―the Holy Spirit would remind me of truths that comforted my soul and sustained my life.”

After the sudden death of their three-year-old son, Cameron Cole and his wife found themselves clinging to Christ through twelve key theological truths―truths that became their lifeline in the midst of unthinkable grief. Weaving together their own story of tragic loss and abiding faith, Cole explores these twelve life-giving truths to offer hope and comfort to those in the midst of tragedy. 

I am currently reading this book and finding it to be raw, comforting, and truth-filled! I identify with his message that only God’s truths sustain and give hope as we journey through “our worst.”

Steven Curtis Chapman : The Glorious Unfolding and Beauty Will Rise 

Music brings incredible healing . . . and these albums have ministered grace to me in some of my darkest and lowest days. I’ve found much light and hope in these encouraging words written from Steven’s own experience with grief and pain. He ministers from a heart that has found Christ to be always sufficient and always working His good plan in our lives.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Wednesday Whispers #3

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Opportunity vs. Disruption: Paul David Tripp podcast

I’ll never forget the first time I read a book by Paul David Tripp and then attended a parenting seminar with Paul . . . his words left me with a burning desire to know more of God and to give my children a huge view of our awesome God! I have such admiration for this man of God who lives and teaches the Gospel. Parents, you are missing out if you’ve never met this guy!

How to Teach Your Child Obedience (without Raising a Legalist)

“As we are the ones teaching our children about God, we especially need to ensure that as we teach them obedience it does not get confused with legalism. I have too many friends that grew up in households that were so focused only on behavior modification that they grew up thinking God only wanted good works from them.

. . . As we teach obedience we can’t avoid talking about the actual acts we expect of our children, nor should we, but there are certain things we can do as parents to teach obedience without it leading to legalism or the belief that they can earn salvation and acceptance from God by being “good” or performing. Here are seven ways we can do just that.”  Christina Patterson

Be Held (Lullabies for the Beloved) Christy Nockels

This music album is a favorite in our house! I’ve often given this CD as a baby gift. These lullabies remind me to rest in Christ . . . to be held by His unending love and grace. Elysabeth often requests to hear “River of Grace.” It’s her favorite!

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety Dawn Huebner

Last school year, I found myself sitting in a professional Christian counseling office. One of my children was struggling with anxiety about school. The constant headaches, lack of appetite for breakfast, intermittent nightmares, tears, and the struggle to sleep had taken a toll on both of us. One of the tools that she suggested was this workbook designed for children. God greatly used this book to give my child language for her struggles and tools to help her overcome much of the anxiety!

Carrot Casserole . . . a family favorite!

My kids ALWAYS request this dish for holidays . . . and often throughout other times of the year. It’s delish!

2 lb. fresh carrots (peeled and washed)

½ c. onion, chopped 

1 c. grated cheese

½ t. salt

2/3 c. mayo

1 T. sugar

1 stick butter

1 tube Ritz crackers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and wash the carrots. Cut the carrots into small circles. Finely dice/chop the onion. Boil the carrots and onions together until soft then drain. (You don’t want the carrots to be too mushy.) Mix the cheese, salt, mayo, and sugar into a bowl. Add the carrots and onions into the sauce. Pour mixture into a casserole dish.  Crush crackers and spread over casserole. Melt butter and pour over the crackers. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly. Enjoy!!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

 

 

Wednesday Whispers #2

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Out of the Ordinary with Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy

Ya’ll. . .You guys (that’s what they say here in CO), the first two episodes of this podcast have wrecked me! I have listened to each episode at least three times this past weekend! Listening to this podcast was like sitting with trusted friends around the kitchen table. Lisa-Jo and Christie are a delight to listen to! Episode two specifically addresses one of my current struggles –being satisfied in this season of my life. . . it’s so easy to long for what’s ahead (the desire) that I fail to see what God has already done in the past and is currently offering to me in this season. I was so challenged with these two episodes and feel you will be too!

What to Do When Life Doesn’t Make Sense by Paul Tripp

“God has given us no sweeter, more beautiful gift than the gift of Himself. He is the gift that changes everything. His presence is what every sufferer needs, whether they know it or not. It is never more important than in times of suffering to hold onto and remember the theology of the Word of God. When you are suffering, it is vital that you preach regularly to yourself the truths that Scripture declares. It is vital that your thinking, feeling, interpreting, and craving heart is given the wisdom, guidance, and comfort that only the theology of the Word of God can give.” 

Paul Tripp continues to be one of my favorite authors and speakers. His words flow with such grace and consistently point to the Gospel and God’s heart for His people. I can’t wait to read his newest book Suffering which releases September 30, 2018.

Singing In the Victory by Austin Stone Worship

I often find myself singing or humming this song as I go throughout my day. As a believer, I’m so thankful for the victory that Christ provides for the battles I face each day! I am able to sing in the victory of the cross. To rest in the shadow of His redeeming love. To stand on the promise of new life. Because I am His forever, and Jesus. . .He is mine!

Pumpkin Crunch 

My mom used to make this recipe often in the fall season. It was a family favorite!  Each time I make this delicious dessert (or breakfast in my house), my heart misses her sweet presence and her yummy cooking. She was an awesome cook! Mom would leave the walnuts out of the recipe and just use pecans. And she always had Cool Whip or vanilla ice cream to serve on the side!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

 

Wednesday Whispers #1

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This Is Not the Life I Expected, Life is So Hard-Part One & Two

My heart was so encouraged with these two podcast episodes by Sally Clarkson. Sally has been a mentor to me for several years through her books, conferences, podcasts, and blog articles. She is a wise woman who loves Jesus Christ and is passionate in offering Gospel hope to other women. Listen to podcasts-Part One and Part Two. 

How to Ruin Your Life in Your 20’s

Jason and I discussed this article with our oldest two children who are now both teenagers. Jonathan Pokluda gives “seven ways you can ruin your life while still in your twenties — based on the opposite of Solomon’s counsel — along with a resolution for what to do instead.” Awesome article! Read this post.

Is He Worthy?

I repeatedly listen to this beautiful song by Andrew Peterson. This song gives amazing hope and reminds my heart of Gospel truth. Listen to this song.

ABC’s of Theology

Each morning on the way to school, my youngest three and I review these awesome little cards of theology. I absolutely love the time we spend discussing theological concepts that even little minds can begin to understand. Check out these products!

Happy Wednesday, friends!