Holiday Happening eBook – 21 days to the holiday of your dreams

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My ebook is finished! Holiday Happening – 45 pages of holiday prep in downloadable and/or printable pdf. This has been my holiday prep for years and this relaxed system works even in the midst of laundry, diapers, and carpools. I’m so happy to share my first ebook with YOU!

In Holiday Happening you’ll find a simple path to 21 days of purposeful holiday preparation. Follow the plan day-by-day and I know you’ll begin to see your ideas take shape. Each day will take you one step closer to the holiday of your dreams.

Holiday Happening is written for those with big dreams for holidays and maybe little experience in transforming everyday life into a holiday dream. Also I wrote for those who’ve grown distracted and need courage to dream again – I understand. Maybe you’ve had a year of transition and need to remember where to start. You’re in good company.

Christmas is 77 days away! Order Holiday Happening at www.holidayhappening.com

Jeremiah 29:11 Printable

Jeremiah 29-11 Subway Art

Enjoy your weekend and this lovely scripture printable from Diana at Girl Creative

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds” for daily success and perspective. Deuteronomy 11:18

We serve a good Father and His ways lead to justice and truth.

Remember to enter the giveaway for The Mission of Motherhood! Offer ends Monday, October 5th at midnight.

Read all 31-Days of Marathon Mothering posts here.

Marathon Mothering – Chart Your Course

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Mothering is a life-long journey of commitment to our children. We are building relationships that span the distance of our existence — this side of heaven.

Continuing my series on 31 Days of Marathon Mothering — here’s the plan. I’ll cover six aspects of running well, taken from a runner’s manual and adapted for moms, like us.

#1 Chart Your Course

When my maternal grandmother finished her race on this earth — her casket was carried by the six men who married her daughters, fathered her grandchildren, and loved her cooking. She had built a life-long relationship with each man and each family. In return, it was their duty and privilege to carry her body — void of life — to her final resting place. What a beautiful picture of family life, mothering, and kingdom relationships.

Years later, while playing cards on the living room floor with our soon-to-be son-in-law, the Lord tugged at my heart to see the bigger picture. I remembered my grandmother and the obvious thought graced my mind — “he will probably carry my casket someday” – and the question that followed — “how will I love and treat him now?”

Perspective changes everything.

Every serious runner will tell you to chart your course before the race. Marathoner’s study the 26-mile race, looking ahead. Ultra marathoner’s chart a 100-mile course. Diehard runners know going the distance requires commitment and knowledge up front.

Mom — chart your course. Decide how far you’re going. Expect hills and valleys ahead and embrace them. Don’t expect feelings to guide you. Your feelings will betray you!

Decide to Finish Stong

Finishing the race is a choice. At any time we can give up — walk away and be done — unless we choose to endure until the end. Imagine telling your newborn baby, “I’ll be with you until you’re eighteen — until you’re married — until you disappoint me”. Healthy moms don’t plan to give up — we just run out of strength along the way.

I’ll be with you until the end. 

We can make this commitment to our children because we do not walk alone. Our Lord, Emmanuel — God with us — is our promise of strength and courage to offer the same back to our children, even in our weak moments.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

This determination softens us and gives perspective to see the early, lonely years as building stones for the future. Eventually, our children may take care of us. Right now, we are teaching them how to care for someone who’s weak, by our example.

Children find peace and security in knowing we have no greater joy than to be their mother. The toddler playing dinosaurs in the playroom is your first disciple. The princess jumping on the trampoline in her tiara is your first disciple and may very well be your closest friend in years to come.

Dear mama, if you struggle today and feel you may never make it through the long hours, look ahead. Chart your course. Remember your little ones will be adults someday. Treat them with the respect they deserve at any age.

Our good, good, heavenly father set the example for us and has empowered us to follow.

“Go therefore and make disciples … baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Especially in the hard days, know that you never walk alone. I know it seems like all of hell is against you — but take heart — because all of heaven is on your side.

I’ll leave this thought with you through the weekend. Tomorrow I’m giving away my favorite book on mothering.

Praying for you ~

Music for Your Soul:

Emmanuel {my new favorite song – written by a mother of little ones – you’ll want to download this one}

Never Once {have you ever walked alone}

You Are For Me {Kari Jobe}

Good, Good Father

Daily Reminder Printables:
Be the Mom You Want them to Remember

Family is a Gift that Lasts Forever

The Beatitudes for Mothers

 

 

Crowned

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He who follows righteousness and mercy, finds life, righteousness, and honor. Proverbs 21:21 

Mothering has brought me face-to-face with my weaknesses. This journey of love and devotion often led me to a dead-end road where I found myself back where I’d started – bewildered and disappointed – in myself. There were so many days when I purposed to do better – to BE better. My kids deserved more than I could offer.

KINDNESS – that’s what I needed: To be more genuine, less self-absorbed, more concerned for their well-being and less pitiful in my devotion.

In Jewish culture they call this ‘chasing chesed’. Chesed is the Hebrew word for ‘loving-kindness’. Though, not an exact translation because no ONE word in our language adequately describes the kindness of God. The type of kindness that follows us, all the days of our lives.

This revelation changed my life.

The kindness I desperately needed to offer my family was offered TO me at the cross. This bankrupt soul did not have the emotional resources needed to raise a family and I knew it!

I have been freely given grace and mercy in my time of need. So, I have the privilege and joy to pass these gifts on to those around me. I am the recipient of the treasures and riches of Christ! This realization changed everything. I felt like royalty in my own home.

There are still days when I feel like a pauper – then I remind myself to:

 

 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies
 Psalm 103