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I've given up canceling out my own prayers for my child.
What do I mean?
Well, let's consider something that I really wanted to see change in for my child.
For example, my child was making selfish choices and always seemed to put herself above others.
When I was in a quiet reflective moment I prayed that the Lord will help her to learn to put others first and be more considerate of others.
Later in the day, when bringing in a pizza for the family and a few friends I said to my husband, "Oh boy, here we go again...she's going to push to the front and rush to get the biggest piece as soon as we come through the door, just like she always does."
Wait a second.
I had to ask myself, Do I believe the Bible is true?
Because I know it says this: "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever...
A mom's retreat, friends made so dear
Many touching moments that brought a tear
We really chilled
Our cups were filled
And connected with beautiful peers.
With a new perspective hope appears
And a moment to breathe, we see God is near
So take a peek
At something you might seek
To add to your *calendar for next year.
*Feb. 23-24, 2024
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?
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.
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God bless you and your family on Thanksgiving Day!
P.S. Have you marked your calendar for Coach Mom Live: Choose Joy, the retreat coming to sunny Phoenix Feb. 24-25, 2023? If not, what are you waiting for? The location is Arcadia City Church, and I want to see YOU there! Watch for more info!
Celebrating Independence Day!
I pray you have a blessed day full of family, spectacular celebrations, and lots of red, white and blue...all with gratitude in your heart to God.
Founding Father John Adams was one of the foremost proponents for America's independence, and later became our second president.
A leader known for integrity and honesty, he was never afraid to speak out.
I want to honor him and share a couple of his quotes for us to ponder.
“I am apt to believe that (Independence Day) will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore."
“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve...
Mothers are gardeners of God, tending to the hearts of their children.
- Roy Lessin
For every mom reading this post I pray the Lord gives supernatural insights, and that wisdom walks beside you as you do your "gardening".
You do so much every day for your family. I honor you on your day.
I pray this year the Lord heaps on you blessings beyond what you could ask or imagine.
"Father, I ask for and receive your grace for today."
A year ago I was encouraged to pray that prayer each morning.
And I've tried to pray it every day since.
God knows exactly what our day ahead holds, and He is able to give us exactly what we need for
Hint: This is a great prayer to teach your littles, too! (They may need a prompt as you see a fit coming on).
So...how does this sound, and will you give it a try?
I've created a calligraphy to keep the prayer before you.
Get your "pretty reminder" by clicking on it.
Download, print and post to see everyday.
Then let me know the difference you see!
We had two kids at the time, but late one Saturday night, my wife said … “it’s time.”
Did I forget to say we were 9 months pregnant … at least my wife was! "It’s time” wasn’t something she said often, so I didn’t hesitate to ask for further clarification.
We loaded up the car, called friends who had committed to come spend the night and watch our two older boys and we headed to Good Samaritan Hospital.
Upon arrival, we learned it apparently was time for a lot of other babies that night also.
We did all the typical stuff you do when a baby is about to be born -- paperwork, blood pressure, etc. I asked the attending nurse if we could get a room for my wife and she answered that no rooms were available and we could wait in the hallway. The waiting room was full but they had placed a few chairs in the hallway -- I got one for my wife and I stood by her.
When I asked how she was doing she said “it’s time".
My wife had...
Leading up to Easter is a great time to examine our hearts and ask the Lord to clean them up and make them whole. We need to do it, and we can help our children do it, too.
Here’s an easy-to-do object lesson to help your kids understand how to keep their souls free. Gather large rocks or heavy books, a sack, masking tape, and a Sharpie marker.
I want to hear more from Coach Mom about how to live each moment intentionally and how to transform my family into an all-star team!