How to Break the Busyness Cycle for Moms

Everyone says they are busy these days. Life has a way of taking over our best intentions to slow down and savor the moments. Busyness looks different for everyone. Some people thrive on filling their days with enjoyable activities outside the home. Other people prefer to stay home and enjoy life within the quiet (or chaos) of their own four walls. There is a limit on the number of activities a person can squeeze into their schedule though. At some point, all of us will feel weighed down … [Read more...]

How to Balance Housework and Homeschooling

I'm one of those strange people who actually enjoys housework if I know that I can relax and enjoy my clean house after I'm all done. Throw in seven children and homeschooling and you'll find that I can barely keep one room picked up long enough to clean it. And that's if I can find the time to clean in between homeschooling, preparing meals, running errands and keeping track of my kids. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) It took me several years to figure … [Read more...]

Help! My Kids Frustrate Me and My Patience is Wearing Out

This post was originally published on March 11, 2013. "My kids frustrate me!" "If they don't stop arguing with each other I am going to scream!" "I need to find a better parenting method so that my kids don't annoy me so much. Otherwise I am going to always be angry with them!" "My patience is wearing out! They need to learn to behave!" I find these thoughts swirling around in my head more often than I would like. I have friends who can testify to the same thing. I have fellow moms … [Read more...]

Curious Kids: Is it a sin to worry?

A Child's Question God has gifted one of my children with a tender heart towards others. She is genuinely concerned about their welfare and desires to see everyone succeed. Her struggle arises when fear turns her sincere concern into worry. A sister with a tummy ache recently turned her concern for the well-being of her sibling into worry. She fought back tears and tossed and turned in her bed that night, worried that her sister would wake up with the flu, or worse, she would catch the illness … [Read more...]

Seeing My Children Through Different Eyes

Motherhood has not been an easy task for me and I can easily slip into viewing my children through the eyes of my flesh. I praise God for His work in my life and how He has given me new eyes with which I can see my children as the amazing blessing that they are. Each of my children has God-given talents, abilities and desires that I am blessed to witness and enjoy if I only set my heart and mind towards the Lord and not my flesh. When my eyes are fixed on God I am amazed at how he uses my … [Read more...]

Taking Time to Nurture A Child’s Heart

This post was originally written on November 18,2012. I like being on time, especially to church. Coming together as believers to worship our Savior and Lord seems like a fitting reason to try to be on time. But today I was reminded that the Lord cares more about how our hearts are when we approach His throne room of worship than He does about the time that we arrive. My son was in tears this Sunday morning as I tried to get him ready for church. He stood still like a silent statue with … [Read more...]

For the Weary Christian Mother

For years I tried to be a good Christian woman. I read books and blogs that informed me on how I should act and how I should run my home. I was tired. I was filled with regret over the mistakes I made yesterday and the day before. I was weighted down by my long Christian to-do list. I was weary. And I wondered how that verse in the Bible could be true. The one that says that God's yoke is easy because it didn't feel easy. I knew that the Christian life was not suppose to be a piece of cake. I … [Read more...]

I Don’t Want to Homeschool Anymore (Part 1)

"I don't want to homeschool anymore!" That's what I have been saying to my husband all summer long. The truth is that I really do want to homeschool but I don't want to homeschool in our current situation. The thought of home educating four kids this year along with a strong-willed preschooler and an active baby seems daunting to me. I know all the benefits of homeschooling and why this journey really is the best one for our family. But, I can't figure out how to educate my kids this coming … [Read more...]

Turning Annoyances into Blessed Opportunities

It amazes me how quickly I can go from boasting to a friend about how amazing my children are to grumbling about how difficult they make my life. In a culture that sees children as creatures that demand our time and drain our finances, it is easy for me to embrace the world's view of children when life gets chaotic and the children start annoying me. But God says that children are a blessing. They enrich our lives, remind us to cling to Christ and bring glory to God the Father. While Jesus' … [Read more...]

Three Things All Moms Should Avoid

Being a mom is a tough job! With all the tasks that we have to juggle we can easily allow guilt and false expectations seep in. Here are three things all moms should avoid. {This post contains affiliate links.} Feelings of Condemnation God convicts us of sin so that we can repent and be changed by Him. The enemy is the one who condemns us so that we wallow in how awful a parent we think we are and never get around to knowing and experiencing the freedom that God wants for us. If you read … [Read more...]