Write 31 Days (That’s a Wrap)

Well, I didn't exactly succeed at writing for all 31 days of October but I did write more than half the month so that's worth something I think. 😊 Here are four things I learned by writing about encouragement this month:  Don't be anxious. Worrying does not help at all. It doesn't change your circumstances and it doesn't make anything better. Put your trust in God and let him take on your anxieties. Seek wisdom. Instead of worrying ask God for wisdom. He will guide you if you … [Read more...]

Favorite Things

A few of my favorite things this week include music for the kids and free gifts for mom. Thanks to an email from Wildly Co I found The Pop Ups  on Prime Music via the 2015 kids and family music awards. Shutterfly is offering a few free gifts this weekend including an 8x10 art print. I'm thinking I might try to make this nontoxic finger paint so my little one can decorate a small pumpkin for Halloween. ---- Post may contain affiliate links. … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Stepmoms (Thankfulness)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 Whether you know it or your stepkid knows it you're one of the mosy influential people in his life. Since you're reading a blog about encouragement for stepmoms I'm going to bet that you care deeply for your stepkid. Are you thankful for him? Does he know that? Are you thankful for God's goodness and gave? Does your stepkid know that? Are you being a good model of giving thanks to God. Each night as I pray … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Moms of Littles (Joy in the Mundane)

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 As the mama of a little your days may seem mundane right now. Ask God to come along side you and guide your days at home. Your little won't be little forever! Each day with him is making a deposit into the kingdom of God. Let's Pray Father God, Some days it feels like all I do it's change diapers and lactate. I pray that you will use me for … [Read more...]

Quick Lit (Special Encouragement Edition)

Today I'm linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy for Quick Lit a series of short reviews on what I've been reading. To continue with my Write 32 Days theme of encouragement, here's a few books that have been encouraging me lately. Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World Emily P Freeman writes to show her readers how to be content in the here and now, and as Emily says stop letting "hustle hijack your soul." I love this: "Let’s take back the long days and the short years … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Stepmoms (School)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 All throughout elementary school we'd hear how great T was at participating and answering questions when asked but that he always needed to be reminded to get his work out or stay on task. One year his long time neighbor was purposely sat next to him in class to … [Read more...]

Rest

This week remember to work as if for the Lord and lead by example so your child learn to work for Jesus as well. Colossians 3:17New International Version (NIV) 17 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. … [Read more...]

Favorite Things

This week I found another podcast that I love: Sorta Awesome. The episode on anxiety was great. The awesome of the week for that episode had me rolling on the floor. I also love borrowing ebooks and audio books from the library using overdrive. I'm reading the entire The Chronicles of Narnia series that way. Awesome! What are your favorite things this week? --- This post contains affiliate link(s). Thank you for your support! … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Moms of Littles (Growing Up)

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52 Growing up happens so fast. When you're a kid though it seems to take forever! To me it seems like just yesterday my stepson was this funny, easy going little kid who played with legos and now he's this young man with a great sense of humor who loves video games. And my baby how is he five months old? He already has this personality that is larger than life! It's amazing to me that just this time last year we were … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Stepmoms (Trust)

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me... Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:1, 27 My husband and I parent very differently than his ex-wife. She has more of a free spirit style and we are more structured. This is hard to write without feeling like I'm judging or condemning. Basically sometimes T is allowed to do things that I feel may … [Read more...]