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Done in faithfulness

Done in faithfulness

In January, I set out to read the entire Bible in just 90 days.  I struggled to finish, and long after the 90th day passed I was still in the early part of Isaiah. Eventually I admitted to myself that I’d given up and was not going to finish.

For the word of the LORD is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness.  — Psalm 33:4

On July 11th {my birthday, I might add}, I set out to do it again – with much trepidation.  Knowing how often I’ve failed to complete any Bible reading plan over the past 8 years, combined with my recent failure earlier this year, I nervously signed up. And then wondered if I was doing the right thing. But I wanted to do this, I needed to do this. For myself as much as for my faith in the Lord. He told me I could do this, and I believed.

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Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Faith

 

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3 in 30: October week 1

3 in 30: October week 1

It’s hard to believe we’re already a week into October.

Fall temperatures have {mostly} arrived to my little town, although today feels more like summer than fall. A week in though, and I’ve barely made a start to any of my goals.

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Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Blogging, Food & Fitness

 

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3 in 30 ~ October goals

3 in 30 ~ October goals

Let’s do a quick September recap and wrap-up before we move on to October.

{Full details on my September goals here.}

Goal #1 – Clean up my Google Reader account {blogging}

My reader is still clean, and now I just have to remember to go check it for anything that I don’t already get via email, Facebook, or twitter.  It doesn’t get checked often. 😉

Goal #2 – Clean up my favorites/bookmarks {blogging}

It’s so much easier to find what I’m looking for, but I’m seeing a need for a 3rd level of subfolders, especially to split out my baking and desserts recipes, and I should probably go ahead and split out the entrees and sides folders while I’m at it.

Goal #3 – Get started on meal planning {meal planning/homemaking}

Week 1 went well, weeks 2-4 not so much. But they did show us the benefit of and need for menu planning.

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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Blogging, Faith, Food & Fitness

 

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31 Days to Build a Better Spouse

Today I’m reviewing Ashley Pichea‘s new e-book, 31 Days to Build a Better Spouse, which is available today in PDF / Kindle / Nook format. (Tweeted under #31DBBS.)

One of the things that really struck me was the very first paragraph of Day 1 {emphasis is mine}:

Before I can begin to ask God to change my spouse – to pray for his godly character to be developed and matured – I must be willing to be changed myself. I must humble myself before God, submitting to His sovereign will, and allow Him to use my prayers to change my own heart.  Pichea, Ashley. 31 Days to Build a Better Spouse (Kindle Locations 134-136).

As I began praying for my own husband a couple years ago, I honestly didn’t understand why God kept pointing all my prayers back to myself.  It took me a while to figure out that God was going to change my heart in preparation of changing my husband’s, but I’m so glad he did.  It’s a wonderful thing to know that Manny and I are on the same page in how to manage our household and raise our boys.

I know this would not be the case if God had changed him without changing me first!

Each day starts with a short quote or song lyrics that are relevant to the daily topic.  Good, solid advice is then interspersed with and backed up by scripture. The day’s reading wraps up with a brief prayer to get you started.  From salvation to strength, and humility to respect, I honestly think Ashley includes all the topics that we would normally thing of to pray over our spouse, and a few we probably don’t.

31 Days to Build a Better Spouse touches on all the characteristics God wants us to have.  Characteristics that, with His leading, will help us become a person after His own heart.

I really enjoyed the topic of Obedience:

It is not enough to know what the Bible says – we must also allow it to change how we live.  Pichea, Ashley. 31 Days to Build a Better Spouse (Kindle Location 559). 

How true this is!  

Folks, we can talk and talk and pray a thousand times a day, but if we aren’t modeling Godly behavior in our own life, what incentive is there for our spouse to be obedient to God’s will for his or her life?

I have really enjoyed my time with this book and look forward to being able to go back and read it through one day at a time when I can focus on each prayer topic daily.  In fact, I’m going to share my book with my husband and ask him to pray these prayers over me as I pray them over him.

This is a great book and I highly recommend it for anyone with a spouse or spouse-to-be, regardless of gender.    So go get your own copy and start praying!

Available as PDFKindle / Nook
 
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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Faith

 

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Waiving the White Flag

Are you the mother of boys who often finds herself ready to waive the white flag in defeat?

Do they drain you, overwhelm you, steal your heart, break your heart and cause you more anxiety than you ever dreamed possible?

Maybe you only have one boy amongst a sea of estrogen and you just can’t figure out how to respond to him in a way that affirms all that is good about his masculinity.

You’re not alone.

Last May, over 1300 women and a few dads in SEVEN different countries joined together to pray purposefully and passionately for the hearts of their sons in a challenge called 21 Days of Prayer for Sons. 21 Days is based on the best-selling eBook Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most.

Even our best parenting efforts don’t come with a guarantee. As much as we might wish we could change their hearts of stone to hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26), we can’t. But we serve a God who can. Knowing this, it becomes quite clear that there is only one thing we can do…

Plead with God.

Pray.

“The fervent prayers of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:17.

It’s our hope.

The next 21 Days of Prayer for Sons challenge starts September 6 and ends September 26, 2011. How can you participate? Easy!

  1. Purchase your own copy of Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most (just $5.97 as a PDF download or on Amazon Kindle!) You could, in theory, participate in the challenge without a personal copy, but your experience will be much deeper and richer with it.
  2. Commit to praying for your son(s) or grandsons 10 times a day for 21 days straight. This is a huge commitment, so if you feel God leading you to participate, pray and ask Him to give you the strength and endurance you need.
  3. Consider leading your own group on your blog or in your community!
  4. Sign-up HERE!

Get inspired by recent participants!

“This challenge…has given me my joy back in mothering” ~LaToya

“Thank you for giving me a tangible method for transformation in my family!!” ~Anne

“Thanks, Brooke for your help. I’ve always known that God was listening; I just didn’t know what to say!” ~Laurel

“So many heart changes are going on in our home and I’m just so thankful…” ~Ashley

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Brooke is a mom of two young boys who leave her desperate for God’s grace. Her pursuit of being a better mom has left her at the foot of the cross, knowing that if God doesn’t show up … nothing happens. This dependence upon God to turn hearts of stone to hearts of flesh leads her to her knees in prayer. She’s the author of the best-selling eBook Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most, creator of the 21 Days of Prayer for Sons challenge and co-founder of the well-loved online community for mothers of boys, the M.O.B. Society. She offers hope for change to the hearts of women at her main blog, A Life in Need of Change.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Faith

 

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Boys need lots of prayers – and so do their moms!

As a momma to two teenage boys, I can attest that boys need all the prayers they can get, and then some more! And then when you think you’ve prayed all you can for one day, you need to pray some more because you know that in the next 10 minutes – or 2, if they’re like my boys – they’ll have done or said something that will leave you praying not only for your self-control sanity but their ability to learn self preservation skills as well.  By the end of the day you’re tired and frazzled and begin to count the minutes until they go to bed. Unless you can make it to yours first.

But there’s hope because you’re not alone, and there’s help for you.

The Lord in all His awesome wonder, laid it on the heart of a wonderful woman and fellow boy mom, Brooke, to share her heart and His words in the form of her e-book, Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most.

This wonderful book contains 21 dedicated prayer topics chosen specifically for boys.  Brooke even gives you 10 scriptures for each topic that you can pray over your boys.  See how easy it is?  You buy the book {available in PDF, Kindle, or Nook versions; it’s very inexpensive and more than well worth it}, you read it, and you pray for your boys. 
And if you’re boys are anything at all like my boys, you’ll read it so many times you’ll eventually start to memorize those scriptures.  ;o)
Want to know what makes this oh-so-wonderful book even better?   The fall session of 21 Days of Prayer for Sons runs Sept 6-26 and you can sign up here.  There are even groups for all kinds of different boy moms, no matter what stage in life your boys are at. {I’ve joined FB groups for middle school, high school, and working moms. I figure between the 3 groups, someone will understand my frustrations!}
This will be my 3rd session, but not just my 3rd time reading it. :o)  Make the time to pray for your boys. You won’t regret it.
Disclaimer: Although Brooke is giving away a free copy of the Leader’s Guide to those that blog about the book and the fall session, I was going to do it anyway so the guide is just a bonus. I’m not ready to lead a session yet, but hopefully soon. 
 
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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Faith

 

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Praying for my sons – week 1 link up

This week has been a challenge for me.  I have been challenged at work by an extremely busy scheduled that left me little time to stop and pray.  I have been challenged at home with disobedient and neglectful children that leave me tired and frustrated. I have been challenged by my own problems, by situations not entirely within my control that pull my focus to myself instead of my responsibilities.

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thes 5:16-18

But in this, I have been disobedient and neglectful.  I must stop letting these situations interfere with time spent on my knees in prayer for my boys.  It is my duty to them and to my Lord as their mother.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2011 in Faith

 

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