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You Are Free

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Be who you already are. Be Free– because you already are free. Your enemy is dead–so silence the lies in your head. No enemy can imprison you–because your Savior empowers you. Nothing can hold you in bondage–because you are held by him. Not one thing can hold you back– because his arms are holding you.

The greatest lie of the pit is that you have to prove yourself.

The greatest truth of Christ’s reality is that you are free– so live free. Be who you already are.

You are always free from something–to become free for something.

This is what the realest love does–it frees you from slavery and frees you for serving. From slavery to the dark to serving in the kingdom of light! From slavery to meaningless pain–to serving for the most meaningful purpose.”  Ann Voskamp (foreward in You Are Free)

These last few months, God has taken me on a journey.  A journey of walking in freedom. A journey of discovering my calling. A journey of exploring my weaknesses and strengths. A journey of healing from years of shame. A journey of leaning hard into His strength.

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Wednesday Whispers #10

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The Anxious or Depressed Spouse: Tommy Nelson 

Heather MacFayden (Don’t Mom Alone) interviews pastor Tommy Nelson on her podcast. He shares some very insightful information about his own struggle with anxiety and depression . . . and offers help to those who may be struggling or have spouses who need encouragement.

ABC Scripture Cards

Each morning on the way to school, my younger kids and I review some sort of Scripture verse, theology concept, or character development. It’s a great way to invest Jesus into their hearts in the short morning commute. I’m looking forward to using these cards in the near future!

Lego Nativity Set Instructions

I’m not sure about you, but we have TONS of lego pieces around our house! My kids are presently working on this Lego Christmas project to build. I plan to keep them busy with these other Lego holiday projects as well!

Church, You Must Do Better 

“I wanted to say this: Church, you must do better. Don’t make your pastor’s life harder than it has to be . . . Come alongside them and work with them so they know they’re not alone. Many of them have left all family and support to live in your community. You’re their family now. Don’t fight them at every turn . . . pray for them daily.” Glenna Marshall

Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent

For the past six years, we have read one of the books from this Advent series with our children in the month of December. It’s become one of our family traditions! In our experience, the readings do take a little time (at least 10 minutes or more) and are best received by children ages 5+. Our children thoroughly enjoy these stories! Jotham’s Journey is the first book in the series.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

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 #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!