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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 #11

IMG_4650 (1)Reads for the week: 

If Life Doesn’t Look Like What You Had Hoped For

 What God Says to Your Tears

Fun for the week:

Here’s When to Watch All Your Favorite Christmas Specials in 2018

Festive Christmas Crafts for Kids

The Christmas Story: Kids Perspective

Music for the week: 

Christy Nockels: The Thrill of Hope

JJ Heller: Unto Us

 Point of Grace: Winter Wonderland

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir: Light of the World 

Chris Tomlin: Adore

Laura Story: God With Us

Podcasts for the week:

The Grove Podcast: Katherine Wolfe, Lysa Terkeurst, Ann Voskamp

Grace Covers Me Podcast: Shauna Pilgreen on Befriending our Non-Christian neighbors 

Risen Motherhood podcast: Trusting God w/our Children (Nancy Guthrie)

Happy Wednesday, friends!

* I will be taking a rest from Wednesday Whispers through the month of December. 

 

 

 

 

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 #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 #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!

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 #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!