Healthy Happy #MomLife

When your health is down in the dumps and you’re miserable and can’t function, it’s natural to tell everyone you know when you find something that drastically turns your life around.

That’s what happened to me!  I’ve had a lot of health issues my whole adult life, which has taken a lot of prayer, hard work and doctor appointments to keep me alive and stable.

CHECK OUT MY STORY HERE

The last 6 years I have dealt with a lot of bladder infections due to a blocked kidney and two kidney surgeries which also causes infections.  With infections comes a lot of antibiotics.  A lot of antibiotics causes a lot of side effects, symptoms and a stressed out body.

 Unhappy body = unhappy mama!  

Which, unfortunately, affects the whole family.

I spent our summer break searching for answers and products to help me.  I couldn’t find anything to relieve my symptoms.  I knew what I was looking for and I knew what I didn’t want, but I struggled.

Then all of a sudden, when I least expected it, I found exactly what I was looking for when it fell in my lap unexpectedly!

I got a hold of some samples, thanks to my friend, and within three hours of taking it, I FELT SO MUCH BETTER!

If you’re wondering what I took, it’s called Plexus Slim.  It sounds like a weight loss drink.  It is and it’s not.  You see, it has probiotics and prebiotics, green coffee bean extract, garcinia cambogia fruit extract, mulberry fruit extract and more good, healing ingredients.  It has NO artificial colors, flavors, sugar, caffeine, or chemicals.  It’s sweetened with stevia and colored with beet root.  Yes beets!!  It helps heal and balance the gut, it helps control the blood sugar (even people don’t have blood sugar issues can have blood sugar issues without even knowing it), and helps control hunger and cravings.

It’s delicious and it works.  I bought the entire TriPlex combo which includes 3 products.  The Slim which I just told you about, the BioCleanse which is good at cleaning out the gut and liver of toxins, and ProBio 5 which is a super duper powerful probiotic.  It’s the best I found with probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes.

Having an imbalance in our blood sugar can be harmful to our overall health.  Having an imbalance in our gut can cause all kinds of problems, symptoms and diseases.  I’ve lived it and I’ve seen it, which is why I am so excited about starting our family on Plexus.

I’ve learned a lot about gut health over the years in dealing with severe candida caused by high doses of Prednisone that destroyed my health.

I SHARE MY STORY ON YOUTUBE

Plus, all five of our children had a lot of food allergies growing up (Scott and I did too!)  When we had them cleared with acupuncture, three of them had their food allergies come back 2 weeks later.  We had them rechecked, re-cleared and our doctor gave them digestive enzymes and probiotics to prevent it from coming back again.

Check out my blog ~”How I Cured My Food Allergies”

Probiotics also help our son with Type 1 Diabetes keep his blood sugar stable.  Without them, his blood sugar monitor looks like a roller coaster ride.  Gut health is essential!

Check out my blog about his diabetes ~ “The Diagnoses ~ Forever Changed”

It’s so important for us moms (or anyone for that matter) to stay on top of our health.  It doesn’t do our family any good if we’re sick, tired, can’t think clearly, or have symptoms that distract us from being our best.

Of course, it can’t always be helped.  There are a lot of sick mamas out there who are doing their best and fighting for their lives.  It’s a full time job to stay healthy sometimes.

If you listened to my story, you know that I’m right there too.

I know some who are so working hard for good health who end up just maintaining poor health (ME!)  All that work, all that money, all those prayers, and they’re just barely coping.

Plexus isn’t a magic cure-all that fixes everything.  It isn’t intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  But it has potent ingredients that help with gut health, blood sugar, detoxification, and weight loss.  There is none like it!

As always ~ if you have any concerns ~ research the ingredients or check with your doctor before trying Plexus.

It’s amazing and it works.  Because I’m seeing great changes in my life and my family’s life, I’m spreading the word and getting my story out there.

Before I bought the TriPlex Combo, I researched every single ingredient to make sure we weren’t allergic to it.  Since, I wasn’t familiar with some of the contents, I made a list of the ingredients and then searched what they are used for.  The more I looked, the more impressed I became.

She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.  Proverbs 31:17

I still have a long road of recovery ahead of me but it’s been two weeks and my bad days now are better than my good days without Plexus.

I know how hard it is to have health issues while taking care of your family.  I want to get my story out there so that I can help others with their health journey as well.

It’s affordable, it works, it’s healthy, and worth exploring.  My Plexus website will show retail prices.  Ask me how to get significant discounts and how this may help you and your family.

If you’ve been reading my blogs for very long, it probably wouldn’t surprise you that my gift is encouraging ~ not selling.

Being an ambassador with Plexus means that I’m promoting health and wellness by educating, and coaching women toward good health and determining which products would benefit them the most.  I hope to bless other moms and bless my family since we’re all taking these products and improving.

I’m so excited to feel so much better in the last two weeks and I just wanted to get my story out there.

I have a lot of precious people who need me at my best!

  


Please share your story of healing and health!  I’d love to hear from you!

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Be a Risk Taker

Our high school youth pastor used to always encourage us to take risks and step out of our comfort zone.  He would make us talk to people we didn’t know, share our faith when it was hard, and sit by someone new.

He said to watch God work in our lives and look out for God’s miracles regularly.

This really made an impression on me and I still think about this many years later.

I’m not always a risk taker.  Sometimes I’m just a mom who is constantly cooking, cleaning, and breaking up fights.

What does taking risks look like when you’re a busy mom trying to care for the needs of your family?

Why is it important?


BEING  LESS BUSY

Being a mom is busy.  Period.  You start adding more children, homeschooling, cleaning, cooking, shopping, organizing, feeding, activities, work, plus all the people wanting you to volunteer for this and that, it makes being a mom overwhelming.

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Why do we fill up our calendars?

If we aren’t careful with how we spend our time and what we say yes to, we can obliterate our family, not to mention ourselves.

Being a risk taker doesn’t mean being busy and cluttering our calendars. Put your family first and focus on what God has called you to do.

 That’s called being a risk taker.

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10: 41-42


BEING STILL

Be quiet and still before the Lord.  Get in the habit of listening to His voice.  Be a risk taker and listen to what God says to you.  He may ask you to be still and wait or He may ask you to take a daring leap of faith.  You won’t know if you don’t listen.  It’s harder to trust Him if you can’t hear Him.

~ Spend time with Him

~ Meditate on His Word

~ Pray often

~ Listen

“Be still, and know that I am God;  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46: 10


BEING DIFFERENT

We are all unique.  We have different stories ~ different callings and different gifts.  We are not suppose to be like everyone else or try to impress or please others.

Being a risk taker means that you’re not afraid to be bold and unique by using the gifts God has given you.

There are a couple of reasons why I continue to blog even though everyone and their sister is doing the same thing I am~ only better.

It’s because no one has my story and my perspective.

Also because I feel led to put something positive on the internet that may potentially bless and help others.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.  If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.  Romans 12: 6-8


BEING AVAILABLE

We need to be available to our family.  Be there for our husband and children.  We need to watch and listen, being aware of their likes, dislikes, their fears and concerns.  We need to love them.

I read posts from so many women who write online that they’re unhappy.  They’re bored and unfulfilled at home.  They’re depressed and stressed out at work.  They’re annoyed with their husbands.  They’re desperate for a break from their children so they can have a life of their own.  They’re just overwhelmed with their life.

While I’m all for taking breaks and self care, I also feel like some have lost their way and aren’t being available to the needs of their family.  It’s not an easy task and you probably won’t get any praise or accolades (except for Mother’s Day and Birthdays, of course).  But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB ON THE PLANET!

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Being available to your family is the most important job, the most rewarding job and the most influential job ~ HANDS DOWN! 

Can I be transparent and share that I fail at this?  I do fail but I also don’t give up.  I just pick myself up and continue to move forward, trusting in God daily.

We’re not going to be perfectly available all the time like some Stepford Wife but we can make an effort to be present.

Take that risk and BE AVAILABLE to your family!

She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.  Proverbs 31:12

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.  Proverbs 14:1


BEING A RISK TAKER

No one knows when they’re going to take their last breath.  Our time on earth is fleeting.  Take a risk for the Lord.  Dare to be bold.  Share Christ with others.  Make a difference in other people’s lives.  Be kind.  Be diligent.  Be encouraging.  LOVE.  Live a life of obedience and bring honor to God.  Don’t wait until you can do things perfectly.  There’s no time.  God has a plan for our lives and it’s time to be that risk taker and do life like no other.

You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.  And love your neighbor as yourself.  Luke 10:27


Share your story on how you took a risk and God showed Himself to you.  I’d love to hear from you.

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I wrote this blog before Hurricane Harvey and wondered if I should post this blog today or wait.  After praying about it, I decided to go ahead and post it.

I’m praying for healing, protection, and blessings for all the victims, survivors, the relief workers, volunteers and their families.  I am praying for Texas.

Lord, please give the people in Texas and their families strength, hope and courage to move forward after this tragedy.   Please heal them, protect them, and bless them.  In Jesus Name ~ AMEN.


Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His name.  Psalm 100:4

Grumbling and criticizing is so common and popular these days.  Especially with the internet so willing to listen and sympathize.

Sarcasm is spewed and it’s cool to have just the right comeback to make sure everyone does and says what they’re suppose to.

I am guilty of grumbling and complaining and was convicted by two things.

1 ~ I was convicted when I decided to stop complaining for a New Year’s Resolution.

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2 ~ I was made aware when my bad habits were mirrored in our children.  YIKES!

The reason why I thought about writing about THANKFULNESS isn’t because I want to throw everyone under the bus.

God has done a work in my heart regarding gratitude but sometimes my “inner brat” still rears its ugly head.  I want to trust God to change my heart!

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.  1 Chronicles 16:34

We live in a demanding and self-centered world which can be very annoying AND CONTAGIOUS.

Let’s focus on the Lord and be thankful for His love for us.

Give thanks in all circumstances~ for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Focusing on the positive things in each circumstance with appreciation will nurture a healthy habit and bring glory to God.  It will also teach our children about humility and contentment.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  Colossians 3:17

All that we do, is to be done for the glory of God.  If we are complaining, then we are not thankful or bringing glory to God.  Seek God first and He will make everything right.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from God.  Look for those gifts and be thankful.  We should expect God to work in our hearts.  Watch for those moments when He is doing great things and giving perfect gifts.

The greatest gift of all is Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and rising from the dead so that we can have a relationship with God and have eternal life.

We are not to be troubled, burdened or afraid.  God is our strength and our shield.  Our trust should be in Him.

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.  Psalm 107:1

If the temptation to complain is significant ~ try being thankful instead. Memorize verses about being thankful and write down everything in your life you are thankful for.  This will put you in the habit of being grateful instead.

If it’s still a struggle or you’re seeing discontentment and unhappiness in your children ~ (trust me ~ I get it) ~ there are ways to encourage a positive attitude:

~ Read the book of Job as a family.

~ Have your children write and draw about what they’re thankful for.

~ Think of ways that you as a family can help others in need or do something nice for someone else.

~ Read stories about missionaries, heroes or how people overcome their struggles in life here or in other countries.

Here are a few craft ideas to show thankfulness:

~ Cut out fall leaves on construction paper and have the kids write something they’re thankful for and paste it on a homemade tree.

~ Get a pumpkin and every day have the kids write something they’re thankful for on the pumpkin.

~ Get smooth rocks and have the kids write what they’re thankful for and then display it somewhere so they will see it and remember. (Joshua 4)

~ What have you done as a family to show thankfulness or kindness?

Please share!


Having a heart of gratitude is healthy for us, will bless our family and have a tremendous impact on those around us.

Please comment below and tell me what you think.  I’d love to hear from you.

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If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride ~ I apologize for the weird title! It’s the first thing that came to mind when I thought about writing this blog.

Our 26th wedding anniversary was yesterday (August 24th) and I wanted to write my thoughts with a list on how to bless your family.

I say family because if you have a good marriage, it blesses your entire family.

Whether your marriage blissful or frustrating, this will be encouraging.

It’s about honoring God by being the wife He calls us to be.


~ Treat your husband with kindness and respect ~ even when it’s hard, or when you’re tired or grumpy.  Look to the Lord for strength.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered… 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

~Submit to him as to the Lord.  (Ephesians 5:22) ~ you are not a slave to your husband but you are his queen ~ love and honor him.

~ Appreciate him ~ be sincerely grateful for all that he does for you and your family.

~ Accept him ~ love and accept him for who he is. 

~ Admire him ~ focus on your husband every day.  Praise him in public and in private.

~ Honor him ~ treat him like a treasured friend, not like a child.

~ Adapt to his way of life ~ be interested in him and his likes.  Be faithful to him in every way.

~ Be blameless ~ live in a way that brings glory to God.

You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.  Deuteronomy 18:13

~ Be excellent to him ~ be good to him, talk good to him and about him.  Never embarrass him or put him down.  Don’t be harsh or mean.

~ Greatly enrich his life ~ in other words, be a blessing to him.  Love, flirt, massage, hug, clean, cook, or whatever floats his boat.

~ Do him good and not evil, all the days of his life ~ never do him harm or bring harm to your home.  Be trustworthy.

~ Work hard ~ don’t be lazy.  Take care of your family and be attentive to their needs.

~ Be energetic and strong ~ if you don’t feel energetic or strong, seek the Lord.  He will give you strength.

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

~ Be kind to others ~ being kind to others will set a good example for your children and will improve the reputation of your family.  In turn, this will bless your tribe.

~ Clothe yourself in strength and dignity ~ don’t fret and worry.  Don’t control others.  Don’t get frazzled or upset easily.  Trust in the Lord and seek Him everyday.  He will make you strong and confident.

~ Be patient ~ love your husband with patience.  Love is patient, love is kind… The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience…  Patience comes from God ~ who knows all about longsuffering.

~ Love fiercely  ~ never withhold love from your husband.

~ Forgive ~ forgive often.  Forgive daily.

Bear with each other and forgive one another ~ if any of you has a grievance against someone ~ forgive as the Lord forgave you.  Colossians 3:13


If after reading this you feel like a failure ~ DON’T!  Nothing shows our weakness and vulnerability more than a marriage relationship.  Our husband sees our best and worst and so does God.  God doesn’t expect perfection.  He wants us to have faith and trust in Him.  He wants a relationship with us.  Look to the Lord and He will work in your heart and in your marriage.


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Have a blessed week!  T H A N K   Y O U !


BY THE WAY: IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP WITH THEIR MARRIAGE ~ THERE IS NO SHAME IN TALKING TO A COUNSELOR, PASTOR OR TRUSTED FRIEND TO HELP SORT THINGS OUT. IT MAY MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.


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I thought I’d switch things up a little bit and talk about how to quick clean the kitchen.  After all ~ I am the QUEEN OF CLEAN!  (OR NOT!)  

That was a joke *cue laughing*

I’ve been a homemaker for 25 years and my weakness happens to be cooking and cleaning!  Imagine that ~ HA!  (I blame my creative side for that.)

But if there is such a thing as an award for “Most Improved,” I surely would be a candidate for most improved cooker and cleaner because I have changed so much in that particular department.

Cleaning isn’t one of my strengths but I’ve discovered a few ways to make cleaning so much easier.  Since I’m excited about what I’m learning,  I thought I’d share my tips and secrets for a quick cleaning of the kitchen, especially for those who cook a lot, like me!  (Notice how I keep saying “QUICK” cleaning.)

1.  CUT THE CLUTTER

AAHHHH CLUTTER!  NOW ~ I am the queen of clutter, that’s for sure!  I’m more attached to my stuff than a baby to his binky.  But I’ve learned that being attached to your clutter is like being attached to your fat.  It’s a heavy and needless burden to bear.

I’m not where I’d like to be yet, but I’m making progress by leaps and bounds.  Although it has always crossed my mind in the past that I use 25% of my stuff and store the other 75%, which is very much in my way, I really didn’t understand the significance of living minimally.  I thought it was wise to keep everything.

I stumbled on this mindset totally by accident.  I’ll tell you the whole story (since you asked haha.)  A mom in a homeschool FB group posted that she was so happy to get rid of most of her homeschooling stuff to become more minimal and stress free.  I commented that I have trouble getting rid of anything especially homeschool curriculum and that I have 18 years of homeschooling that is taking over my house.  She recommended another group page and I joined right away.

That’s when I learned about Allie Casazza and quickly signed up to receive her blogs.

I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HER!!!  

She doesn’t know I’m talking about her or that I exist.  But I’m going to give her a shout out because she has completely changed my thinking and my life.


You can read about my purging journey in my blog “The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent ~ Part 2.”   It’s a good story!

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QUESTION:  How do you declutter the kitchen?

ANSWER:  Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or use.  Get rid of the excess dishes and silverware.  If this creeps you out, then take some of it and put it away somewhere where your family won’t find it.  That way they’ll be more inclined to wash a dish they need than go to the cupboard to dirty another dish.

Completely clear off your counters and put everything away.  Put your “stuff” in the cupboards.  If there’s no room, then get rid of something.  I cook a lot and make most meals from scratch and I don’t really have a lot of “stuff.”

I keep my waffle iron, food processor, and crock pot in the cupboard below where I use them or on my refrigerator.  I do keep my toaster, Jayce’s diabetes supplies, and kitchen knives on my counter ~ but usually that’s all.

Now, I am a work in progress so I’m not going to pretend that my counters are perfect right this second.  But it’s my goal to get them this way at night before going to bed ~  at least during the weekday.

Whatever your hand finds to do ~ do it with all your might ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10

2. CLEAN AS YOU GO

I rinse my dishes off as I use them and I also have a sink full of hot soapy water.  I will either put the rinsed off dishes in the dishwasher or give them a quick wash in the soapy water and let them sit to dry.

That way I’m not left with a huge stack of dirty dishes to do at the end of the day.  I clean as I go, for the most part, but even if I don’t get everything cleaned every time, I still do enough to make it easier for me at the end of the day.

And this is where the decluttering of dishes comes in handy.  If you have only enough dishes for the people in your house available, then even if everything is dirty, there won’t be a lot to clean.  Rinse every plate after each meal so they will be ready for the next meal.


Every family is different and every need is unique.  We are a homeschooling family who is home for every meal.  We have 6 people living in our house, a gluten-free, diabetic 7 year old with special dietary needs, and a 14 year old boy who is continually hungry.  Our kitchen is used and loved a lot ~ maybe more than the average household.


3.  START ON ONE SIDE

After dinner, I will start with the kitchen table by clearing it and cleaning it completely.  This is also a good job for the kiddos to do.  Then I start from the far right side of the counter and move around the entire kitchen.  I clear everything off the counter usually by taking as much as I can hold at a time.  Doing it this way seems to go faster for me.  I keep moving quickly taking armfuls of stuff, throwing and putting away and stacking the dishes, moving from one side of the counter to the other until I’m completely finished.  If I’m not distracted by something ~ this goes super quick!  All that’s left is wiping the counter and taking care of the dishes. Once all that’s done, I make sure my sink is completely cleaned, dried and shining bright!  And then I sweep the floor and wipe quick with a wet cloth.

4.  MOVE QUICKLY

There are things you can do quickly and once you get into the habit of doing these fast it becomes automatic.  For me, if I focus on doing this every day and keep myself moving quickly, I really find myself becoming a much quicker cleaner.

Whatever you do ~ do your work heartily ~ as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.  Colossians 3:23-24

5.  DELEGATE

I’m terrible at delegating.  I’m a do-it-yourself kind of gal so it’s hard for me to let go.  Besides encouraging our children to clean up their own mess, I assign one child to empty the dishwasher and the trash every day (they switch off every month with vacuuming.)  I also have the kids clear and clean the table.  It’s simple enough that they can (and will) do it without being nagged but it also helps with the work in a big way.

6.  DEEP CLEAN ONCE A WEEK

Once a week I deep clean my kitchen.  I dust the top of the refrigerator, pantry doors, window sills and shades, etc.  I use Murphy Oil Soap on my floors and cupboards, and I clean out my fridge.

I had to make myself remember to do this every week because I’m not naturally organized and cleanly.

Since I do this often, I do this as quickly as possible.  As I say to my children ~ I scurry!  I figure that it’s better to do this once a week quickly, than to do it once a year slowly or not at all ~ YIKES!  Even if I forget something one week or I only have time to deep clean half of my kitchen, it still gets a thorough touch up at least once or twice a month.


I know so many people who are much better at cleaning and organizing than I am so I feel a little silly writing a post like this.

But since this is what I’m working on right now and there might be someone somewhere who will be blessed and encouraged by what I write, I thought I’d go ahead and share.  This is my story and hopefully, someone can learn something from me.

All hard work brings profit ~ Proverbs 14:23

Let me know your thoughts and please write me to say hi!  I’d love to hear from you!

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7 Ways To Make Great Teens (MOST RECENT)

Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ

Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

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The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

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How Much Does God Love Us?

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The Power of His Resurrection

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The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

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Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

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7 Ways to Make Great Teens

Keeping with the teen theme I have going on right now, I thought I’d create another blog about teenagers.

Currently we have a 14 and 16 year old in the house and a very teen-like 7 year old.  And since we also have a couple kids in their early 20s ~ I’m seeing the before, during, and after, all at once.  What a view!

OH GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD

I have to admit that I write about handling teenagers with trembling fingers because ~ YIKES ~ sometimes I just don’t think I know what the heck I’m doing let alone write about it.  I’m not sure if I have teen fever or what but I sure have a lot to say about the very thing I feel the most incompetent talking about.

Sorry to disappoint ~ but hear me out.  With a transparent heart I will share the truth that I feel very inadequate as a mom sometimes.  But even the “experts” don’t know how to handle the tiny human heart so let’s not be too hard on ourselves ~ OK?

As complicated as mom life is and being a parent of teens can be, there is hope.  There are more answers to our questions than we can comprehend ~ we just need to know where to look.


1 ~ LOOK TO GOD’S WORD

Well DUH!  You knew I was going to say that, right?  But the truth is that the Word of God has everything to say about how to live life, how NOT to live life, about eternal life and WHO to trust.  It’s all there!  It also has so much to say about raising children and teens.

CALL UPON HIS NAME

As parents, we need to know everything about the bible.  We need to walk humbly with our God and seek Him every single day.  It’s not magic or legalism.  It’s a relationship.  It’s impossible to do this alone and we will fail if we try.  We need the Lord and we need to be obsessed with Him and with seeking Him.

Satan, the world, and our society are all all obsessed with keeping us away from God ~ so we need to fight to keep God first in our lives and not stray from Him.  Our family depends on us to be strong in the Lord.

Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

1 John 4:4


The Word of God is the best history book and the best spiritual book.  It not only talks about historical events which is perfect for education but the Old Testament is pointing the world to the coming of Christ and the New Testament is pointing the world to the risen Christ.  It’s all about Jesus and salvation with history and life lessons all intertwined with lovingkindness, grace, and justice.


MAKE KNOWN HIS DEEDS AMONG THE PEOPLES

Our children are our responsibility until they are fully mature and are capable of handling life on their own.  That includes their spiritual life.

When our children fall, we can feel like a failure but that’s what life is about. It’s about falling down and getting back on the horse.

We need to equip them as much as possible ~ as soon as possible ~ but also know that they will have to learn some lessons on their own.

We need to always be there for them to help them along the way and set an example of how to trust in the Lord.  That’s the key.  Building a relationship with God and growing in Him.  We must never forget ourselves but lead by example and teach this to our children also.

SING TO HIM ~ SING PRAISES TO HIM


2 ~ PRAY

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  Colossians 4:2

Prayer is powerful and God wants us to devote ourselves to prayer with diligence and faithfulness.

Pray for your children and your family ~ pray for faithfulness and wisdom. Pray that they will listen to the Holy Spirit and glorify the Lord with their lives.

Pray for protection ~ for blessings ~ and everything in between.  Pray without ceasing and don’t forget ~ PRAY ALWAYS!

The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
to all who call on Him in truth.  Psalm 145:18

SPEAK OF ALL HIS WONDERS


 

3 ~ DO NOT PROVOKE THEM

As for parents, don’t provoke your children to anger, but raise them with discipline and instruction about the Lord.  Ephesians 6:4

The tendency for some is for the pendulum to swing from anger, yelling and annoyance to hovering, controlling and being self-righteous.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23

We are not to exasperate them to the point of resentment by nitpicking them, making demands that are trivial, unreasonable, showing favoritism or annoyance.  BUT show them tenderhearted lovingkindness ~ even when they’re little stinkers ~ HA!

Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.  Colossians 3:21


 

4 ~ TEACH THEM TO BE GREAT

The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.  Deuteronomy 6:4-7

GLORY IN HIS HOLY NAME

Teach your children:

~ To love the Lord

~ To serve Him with all their heart and all their soul

~ To respect themselves and others

~ Kindness

~ Discipline

~ How to be healthy

~ How to pray

~ How to spend time with God

~ How to walk humbly with the Lord


5 ~ BE CONSISTENT

Consistency and persistence starts when they’re young.  The more consistent you are when they’re young, the better teens and adults they will be.  If they’re a challenge when they’re older, it’s even more important to be consistent and not give up.

This is a battle and we need to fight for our children.  If we don’t ~ someone else will.  We are strong enough to win because we have the Lord.  We must never lose heart ~ we must finish strong!

 With God on our side we will win; He will defeat our enemies.  Psalm 108:13


6 ~ HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE

LET THE HEART OF THOSE WHO SEEK THE LORD BE GLAD

Be firm and bold and hold them accountable for their actions.  Don’t be afraid of a challenge whether they throw a tantrum at 2, 12 or 16.  They may be upset if you set boundaries and hold them to it ~ but they won’t die.  They won’t hate you.  They won’t even faint.  They will be OK because you are showing them love.  You are showing them discipline and right living.  You are showing them how their actions affect their lives and those around them.  You are showing them how to live for the Lord.  Raising children has shown me that although I may feel like a wimp sometimes ~ I’m a lot stronger than I think!  AND SO ARE YOU!


7 ~ WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD

SEEK THE LORD AND HIS STRENGTH

This blog isn’t a legalistic list to follow to check off the box.  It isn’t about judging other people’s children and families.  This is about how every family has potential to grow closer to the Lord and be a blessing to those around them.  It’s about putting God first and truly loving our family.

We can only paint with the colors we have at each moment of our lives so it’s OK to feel like we fall short.  It’s about recognizing that God~ perfect and Holy ~ gave us His best.  So we can give Him our best ~ with His strength.  We give Him our hearts, our children, our families…our lives ~ OUR BEST!

Our children understand that we’re only human and that we make mistakes.  They know us better than we think they do.  They can tell if we fail, are hypocritical, or indifferent.  Or if our strength is in the Lord and our dependence is on Him.  They see us trying and they see our love.  It’s really hard to hide our hearts from them.

So when all else fails ~ TRUST ~ BELIEVE ~ HAVE FAITH & HOPE

He has told you, O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you ~ To act justly, to love kindness, and to WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD.   Micah 6:8

SEEK HIS FACE CONTINUALLY

1 Chronicles 16:8-11


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Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ (MOST RECENT)

Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

Family:

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

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Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

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Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

Devotional Series:

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He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

Spiritual & Inspirational:

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully 

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

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Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ

“Teens will be teens” is one pastor’s response when he heard that some students in his youth group were drinking, smoking and doing drugs.  Although parents and leaders were aware, these kids not only continued in their habits but they led other teens down the same destructive path.  Now ~ I’m not going to criticize the thoughtless comment because I will be the first to admit to often speaking before thinking.

But unfortunately, some people think that teenagers should act foolishly and impulsively and this is their time to do so.  

As children navigate through their teens from childhood to adulthood, it’s important for the adults in their lives to gently and continually guide them toward Jesus ~ not make excuses.

See my post ~ Five Lies Concerning Teens

It’s a breath of fresh air when young people are living for the Lord, blessing others and are mindful of their future.  The world notices.  It should be expected because what else is a child of the King to do?  Obey God and serve others, of course!

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.  1 Timothy 4:12

SPEECH

Lives can be saved or destroyed by the words that are said because words matter.  Young people can impact younger children who look up to them and want to be just like them, be a blessing to their peers and family, and also set an example for the older folks who have forgotten the right way to live ~ or the right things to say.  Adolescents have a stronger influence than they realize.  It is important to always look to the Lord and put Him first in everything ~ including what we say.

CONDUCT

What a pleasure to have children who are wise.  Proverbs 23:24

Even children are known by the way they act, whether their actions are pure and right.  Proverbs 20:11

It’s a well known fact that kids will sometimes do dumb things.  Which is why they are closely supervised by adults until the age of 18 or older and car insurance is usually sky high until age 25.  They’re still growing and learning.

When mature adults act foolishly, it’s inappropriate and embarrassing so it shouldn’t be overlooked or tolerated when teens engage in this type of conduct.

When we were in high school, there were a group of teens in our youth group who were bold and faithfully served the Lord.  Some had godly parents who were good role models and some not so much.  We had a super great youth pastor who carefully guided us and encouraged us to walk with the Lord.  He challenged us, taught us, and lovingly pushed us out of our comfort zones.

At the same time, there were adult leaders in our youth group who were living worldly lives and destroying the very kids they were suppose to serve.

It’s a tough world to live in and living a selfish life will not make life easier.

There comes a point in everyone’s life when they decide which path they’re going to take.   Teens don’t need to wait until after they do all the stupid and foolish things first before deciding to live right.  

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15.

LOVE

Teenagers will often have a low self esteem.  But the truth is ~ it’s OK.  It’s OK to still be learning and failing and not knowing what to do or say. We’ve all been there.  No one goes from being a kid into a perfectly mature adult over night.  Most people don’t become that in a lifetime.  But continually looking to the Lord and growing in Him will make all the difference in the world.

Young people:  God loves you so much and is crazy about you.  He knows every little detail about your life and He will guide and direct you.  He loves you so much that He died on the cross for you.

All you have to do is believe and trust that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and rose from the dead.  This is important.  The most important decision you will ever make!

You don’t need to try to impress people.  If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, God is already pleased with you and you matter to Him.  You have the freedom to love yourself and to love those around you ~ even if it’s awkward and imperfect.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  John 3:16


And Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”  John 14:6


FAITH

Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

We can have faith and trust God even when things look grim to us.  Many people go to college after high school because they know that the hard work and dedication will bring rewards in the future.  It will bring a better life and a higher income.

Teens need to think that way for their personal decisions also.  Making good positive choices in their daily lives will make a better future for them and their future family.  One day teens will have a family of their own and the things they do today can affect their future spouse and children.

Teens need to learn the value of having faith and seeking God every single day.

PURITY

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Galatians 2:22-23

~ Seeking and loving God

~ Loving others

~ Discipline

~ Honesty

~ Integrity

~ Right living

~ Self Control

~ Sexual purity

These are all areas teens need to learn and grow in.  They’re not going to do this perfectly and they’re going to fail, but that’s the beauty of growing up.  You learn from your mistakes.

Being intentional in your children’s lives to show them accountability with love and direction is immeasurable.

~ SHOW UP

~ BE THERE

~ CARE

~ WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD

It’s important.


 Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens to Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

 


Parenting teens isn’t easy and I don’t have all the answers.  In fact, I’m learning this as I go along even though I wouldn’t exactly call myself a newbie.

Sadly, we have found that it’s not uncommon for teens in church youth groups to engage in cruelty, rejection, drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, porn, and homosexuality.  These are not just the typical rebellious teenager or unchurched bringing a negative influence to youth groups but homeschooled children, church leader’s children, and children whose parents are very active in the church.  No one is immune.

It takes faith and boldness to be a teenager who is a shining example these days ~ but it’s a life worth living. Strength and courage comes from God and parents can make a huge impact on their children with their loving encouragement and faithful prayers.

People who are quick to dismiss our concerns haven’t raised a teen in this tech savvy, politically correct, God-hating times.  Be vigilant and look to the Lord.  If something seems off, investigate until you’re satisfied.  Don’t be afraid to hold your teen accountable.  It may very well save them.


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My other posts:

Family:

Five Lies Concerning Teens (MOST RECENT)

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

DO NOT READ THIS BLOG!

Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

YouTube Videos:

Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

Spiritual & Inspirational:

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully 

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

 Health & Recipes:

How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

Hooray For 3-Minute Pizza

Salsa Recipe