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❤️ Mom, Kind Is the New Skinny

❤️ Mom, Kind Is the New Skinny

What if our generation of moms decided to love the mom bods we’ve got? Motherhood puts a glow on any woman! It’s a look that’s well worth the wear.
Remember when you were expecting your first child? As your body changed, you hoped that eventually you could regain some resemblance of your pre-mom body. Many of us have been able to pull that off by opting for Chick-fil-A salads over nuggets, 5 a.m. sweat sessions over an extra hour of sleep, …

🍰 🎉 When Everyone Gets Invited to the Birthday Party

🍰 🎉 When Everyone Gets Invited to the Birthday Party

My kid’s birthday party means I include and find commonalities with nearly total strangers. And it’s a really beautiful thing.
I’m usually a mess the day of my kid’s birthday party. I’m frazzled, frantic, and barely pulled together before showtime. I’ve fallen into the trap of making sure each of these occasions is a Pinterest-perfect event.
If the birthday party is at my house, I make sure every corner of the house is clean. I make sure I have enough food for all the invitees and more. …

🎭 💡 5 Ways to Avoid Being a Drama Addict

🎭 💡 5 Ways to Avoid Being a Drama Addict

Moms today have enough on their plates without adding unnecessary drama to the list.
I wanted her to know she’d hurt me. If I were being honest, I’d have to admit that I wanted to wound her back.
The more I licked my wounds, the angrier I got.
So I did what any reasonable, mature, Spirit-filled woman would do: I hinted about it on Facebook. Just a short statement. It looked innocent on the outside, but truthfully it was anything but innocent. …

💍 Making Resolutions for a Thriving Marriage

💍 Making Resolutions for a Thriving Marriage

Setting goals is important to maintaining a healthy marriage. Here are a few ideas to help you stick to them.
One of the great American traditions is to come up with a list of New Year’s resolutions. They usually don’t last long. If you’ve kept a New Year’s resolution beyond these first few weeks of January, I applaud you. If you haven’t, you are not alone. Some statistics state that only 8 percent of people reach their resolution goals. …

✌️ Asking Forgiveness From My Kids…Again

✌️ Asking Forgiveness From My Kids…Again

My kids need to grow up with the knowledge that I require a Savior just as much as they do.
I yelled at my kids tonight.
It started before the mouthwash spilled all over the floor, my jeans, and my new shirt.
That I have an issue with anger and emotional control is not something I’ve kept secret. But it’s still painfully destructive in my own home:
“The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down” (Proverbs 14:1). …

💡 Lose the Toxic, Not the Masculinity

💡 Lose the Toxic, Not the Masculinity

If our hearts chafe at this whole line of thinking, our issue is with the gospel, not the cultural narrative.
Gillette recently released an ad about toxic masculinity, an interesting phrase that until recently only referred to hyper-masculine boorishness. But now the national dialogue seems to have shifted to a point where toxic masculinity refers not to excess, but to all things masculine. This is a tragic loss of nuance in an otherwise important conversation.
Admittedly, I had already heard some radio commentary about the ad that preconditioned me to hate it before actually seeing it. …

🤳 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, How Should Mama Look After All?

🤳 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, How Should Mama Look After All?

How do we treat ourselves well while also remembering that God cares more about our hearts? Can we keep our hearts pure but also enjoy fashion?
If you’re like 38 percent of the population, you made a New Year’s resolution to shed a few pounds.
When it comes to body image, moms experience quite a paradox: the line between healthy self-care and vanity. For every joke about mom jeans and women becoming frumpy after becoming mothers, there’s an Instagram account from a mom who is fit and fashionable. …

💡 Moving Beyond the Fairy-Tale Marriage

💡 Moving Beyond the Fairy-Tale Marriage

The divine design of marriage calls us to something deeper—to God’s daily involvement. Because we can’t uphold our vows without Him.
Picture me wearing Manolos.
Yep, that’s right. Bold. Modern. Romantic. I pair the gorgeous shoes with killer abs in couture gowns. My prince brings treasures from afar as little woodland creatures do my housework. Even my morning bedhead radiates beauty.
Do you ever wish married life worked like a fairy tale? Yep. Me too.
I chuckle as I write these words, …

🙏 Is Prayer Your First Response?

🙏 Is Prayer Your First Response?

We must train ourselves to make prayer a default reaction in all situations.
Emergency service people are called first responders. Their first response is to help. Police, fire fighters, and paramedics all race to respond when someone is in need. For many it comes naturally. For most, training is needed to be able to fly into action during an emergency. As a former police officer, my husband was trained to be a first responder.
As a Christian, I have a desire to speak to the Lord about things. …

💡 Connecting With Your Spouse Through the Busy Parenting Years

💡 Connecting With Your Spouse Through the Busy Parenting Years

When we became parents, our entire universe shifted. What happened to the couple we were?
Before kids, Josh and I went to movies not rated G and ate at restaurants not offering Styrofoam cups. We spent our weekends doing whatever we wanted, staying up late, and sleeping in later.
Then we became parents. And our entire universe shifted. Psychological thrillers were exchanged for films featuring talking animals. Those overpriced, chef-prepared meals turned into a quick drive-thru at Chick-fil-A. …

🕯️ When Death Comes At Christmas…

🕯️ When Death Comes At Christmas…

The first empty grave is only the first grave to empty, for on the last day all graves will be empty—those of all we mourn at Christmas who have died in Christ.
December 28 is observed by many churches as the “Feast of the Holy Innocents,” the young boys around Bethlehem slaughtered on the orders of King Herod, who hoped that he could destroy newly born king he had heard of from Eastern magi.
He failed, the child escaped, …

💡 💍 Overcoming Communication Barriers With Your Spouse

💡 💍 Overcoming Communication Barriers With Your Spouse

Communication in marriage is not easy. But the fight to communicate is worth the work. In the end, you’ll find a thriving marriage rooted in oneness, not division.
Men and women communicate very differently. Most of us know that, but we often don’t know how to overcome those barriers with our spouse. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to communication that will work for every couple, but there are some tips that can help you communicate better to move through conflict with your spouse, …

🎄 💍 What Your Spouse Really Wants for Christmas…

🎄 💍 What Your Spouse Really Wants for Christmas…

What Your Husband Really Wants for Christmas
Forget the ties and BBQ apron, your man would much rather see these gifts wrapped up on Christmas Day.
I love Christmas shopping. I’ll spend weeks before the big day searching for the right gift that conveys just what that particular person means to me or our family. Nothing elaborate or overly expensive but something that is practical and comes from the heart.
When it comes to my husband, on the other hand, …

🎄 🌟 What I’m Clinging to This Christmas Season…

🎄 🌟 What I’m Clinging to This Christmas Season…

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to focus on hope.
Endless headlines bombard us with people and policies that seemingly want to remove Christ from our nation’s DNA. Without hope, it can seem our foundation is starting to shake.
But this Christmas, I am clinging to Isaiah 54:10 that reminds us, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” …

🌟 🙌 Christmas Miracle: Inoperable Brain Tumor in Texas Girl Vanishes

🌟 🙌 Christmas Miracle: Inoperable Brain Tumor in Texas Girl Vanishes

In what seems like a Christmas miracle, the inoperable brain tumor of an 11-year-old girl in Texas has disappeared, and doctors say they don’t know why.
Roxli Doss was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, in June, as KVUE reported, and went through weeks of radiation. Now, the inoperable brain tumor of the 11-year-old girl in Texas has disappeared, and doctors don’t know why. (GoFundMe)
But her parents, Gena and Scott, prayed for a miracle and they got it. …

💍 Ballet, Happiness, and Marriage

💍 Ballet, Happiness, and Marriage

If you want a great relationship, learn to showcase your spouse.
Famed Russian-born ballet choreographer George Balanchine once said, “Ballet is woman.” The best male dancers recognize that their role is all about showcasing the female dancer’s beauty, particularly during pas de deux—couples’ dancing.
People generally go to the ballet to see the beautiful form, grace, balance, coordination, and strength of the female lead, but all of those qualities are even better showcased when the ballerina has a male dancer who can set her up, …

💡 How Can I Let Go of the Mom Guilt?

💡 How Can I Let Go of the Mom Guilt?

Guilt doesn’t freshen us and give life—it suffocates us and takes more than we have to give.
I wanted to cry when I realized I forgot to send a snack with my kid to school. No, she isn’t in preschool or kindergarten, and she didn’t even seem to care. Honestly, the urge to cry was a bit ridiculous. But it was one more thing to add to that steaming pile of mom guilt in the corner of my mind. …

🎃 🦃 🎄 Body Image and the Holidays

🎃 🦃 🎄 Body Image and the Holidays

How do we find the holy balance of treating our bodies like temples, but not to the extent that we become health-obsessed this holiday season?
Ah, the holidays—when we’re bombarded with all things buttery and comforting. It begins the week of Halloween, with the deluge of sugary bite-sized treats my daughters bring home and it ends around January 2nd . . . or 5th . . . or 8th.
Or whenever I get tired of squeezing into my jeans. …

💡 Why Your Relationship With Your Child Matters

💡 Why Your Relationship With Your Child Matters

You have the privilege of growing a child who knows the love of God personally and knows how to love people well.
God’s first choice for receiving and experiencing love is the family. Warmly snuggled in this incubator, love nurtures life, feeds souls, and calls forth the blossoming flower of God’s unique individual design in every person He has created. Then love calls for love to be given in return.
Home is where a child takes the first tentative steps from receiving love to giving love. …

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