Helping moms create space for fun, family, and faith
"We pray Your blessing on us this day, O Lord. Trusting in Your daily provision, may we find ourselves like trees planted by water, that we may receive the strength and refreshment You provide. In this may we face the heat of the day and the drought of spirit that attend the demands on our time.
Reveal to us the sustenance available to us as our roots, our very beings, reach deep to find anchor in Your truth. Grant us the security of Your protection as we yearn for the refuge of Your steadfast love.
Then may we, as a Congress, as a country, and as communities seek to rid ourselves of fear and anxiety by placing our trust and confidence in You. Extend to us Your wisdom that we need not depend on our own understanding.
Test our minds this day and search our hearts. If we are found wanting, be gracious unto us.
In You does our hope find its foundation and, in Your name, will our prayers be answered. Amen."
Was this prayer, so powerful, from the opening of a long-ago Congress...
Have you heard friends talk about their "word for the year" and wondered how they found it? And what difference it made in their life?
Twenty-three years ago when I created my DIY prayer notebook, I began seeking a word, scripture, or phrase that the Lord would give me as my focus to write on the first page so that I could see it every morning and live intentionally.
Those words, scriptures and phrases through the years have provided me great inspiration and focus.
And it's really cool to look back on them as I have those pages all still in the front of my journal, starting with the most recent.
I encourage you to give it a try!
My simple step-by-step process for finding your "word for the year":
The idea of Christingles came from a Moravian Church in Germany in 1747 when minister John de Watteville gave children at the service a lighted candle with a red ribbon around it. He explained that this represented Jesus being the light of the world and the final prayer of that first service was "Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these children’s hearts, that theirs like Thine become".
Moravian missionaries brought the tradition to the Church of England in the late 1700's and the Christingle was later made more popular in the UK by John Pensom in 1948 at Lincoln Cathedral.
The tradition is often observed either the Sunday before Christmas or on Christmas Eve.
Over the years the symbolism of the Christingle grew into what's known as a Christingle today. What does it represent?
As you consider buying books for your child this Christmas, a book by historically-wholesome American Girl reminds us of the importance of vetting content.
The 96-page book, “A Smart Girl’s Guide: Body Image: How to love yourself, live life to the fullest, and celebrate all kinds of bodies” is written for girls aged 8-13 and promotes, among other things:
“The way you show your gender to the world through clothes and behaviors is your gender expression,” the book reads, as reported by The Daily Mail. “Your gender expression can be feminine, masculine, or somewhere in between – and it might change! Maybe you’ll experiment with bright dresses and long, feminine hairstyles. Or you might try baggy...
Oh, God, source and giver of all things, you manifest your infinite majesty, power, and goodness in the earth about us. We give you honor and glory. For the sun and the rain, for the manifold fruits of our fields, for the increase of our herds and flocks, we thank you. For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace, we are grateful. Supreme Lord of the Harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Jesus, your Son, as atonement for our sins. For the growth of your Church, for peace and love in our homes, and for salvation for all. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.
- Living God's Justice: Reflections and Prayers
God bless you and your family on Thanksgiving Day!
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Got asthma in your house?
And I recently learned something really important to know.
A 20-year independent study found that using national brand cleaners as little as once a week is as damaging to lung capacity as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years.
Why is this important to share?
1. In 2019, 44.3 percent of children ages 18 and younger suffered one or more asthma attacks, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. Increasing in percentage each year, it is one of the most common and costly diseases in America, and can be deadly.
2. I'm all about teamwork being dreamwork in the home and that includes getting kids in on the cleaning.
3. I've learned of some practical changes that can protect asthmatics in your family by eliminating the toxin exposure from common cleaners like Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Soft Scrub with Bleach and Fantastik.
Mama, I do encourage...
Nearly a quarter of a million messages were sent to the CDC board about the vote to adopt the covid shot to the recommended schedule of childhood immunizations.
On Thursday, however, the CDC voted to add the covid-19 shot.
The impact of this decision is that every child in order to comply would be required to get this shot in order to enroll in a daycare, school, or play athletics.
Three of the concerns about this:
1. This does not allow a parent to make what they believe to be the best choice for their child.
2. There are still so many unknowns about the effects of the shot and good science in support of them is lacking.
3. Shot makers have been granted a blanket immunity from lawsuits stemming from adverse effects.
States often DO follow CDC guidelines, but are not required to.
So let's make sure our states do NOT accept this.
Please pray with me:
Father, I pray that NOT ONE state would adopt this recommendation. Protect our children and pour out your wisdom on all...
Have you heard about Walt Disney Company's latest anti-family move? Just this last year...
According to pluggedin.com and other online reviewers, the first episode, titled "First Blood", included:
(All this in just the first episode....)
Yet, instead of terrifying, Satan is depicted as an average, middle-aged man with a "Mr. Rogers" look (sweater included!) And Hell isn't...
Feeling a little frazzled and trying to get into a good schedule for fall?
Coach Mom Tribe member Elena T. has got her crew organized and clipping along with these great chore charts she created.
She said I could share them with you!
Some things I love about these:
A big thank you to Elena T. for sharing.
Could you create something similar to keep your family organized? What jobs would you list?
Moms have the best ideas.
Sharing them helps us all move from frazzled to fun as we get our homes and families organized.