Five Minute Friday Place

I have always searched for a place where I belong. I think many people are searching for a place where they are known, and loved imperfections and all. Of course now that I am an adult I can truly appreciate all the Thanksgivings, Christmases, and random Saturdays that my family gathered around my mother’s kitchen table. With my brother sister and their spouses, and all the grandkids, my mom needed to put in the extra leaf of the table when all her kids and grandkids were home. I wish I realized as a child and teen how much I would treasure the memories of those celebrations now that I am an adult. I want to give my children those same kind of memories. As they grow older I want our home to be the place that they gather, where they know that they are loved for who they are. I also want to share God’s love, with them, so that they know that God loves them and is by their side wherever they go.

And, now just for fun because when I heard the word place I thought of this song. 

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Five Minute Friday Don’t be afraid to try

I have been encouraged this week by a simple exercise. My pastor last Sunday asked our church to share our stories of what Jesus did for them in a 100 words. Through this, I learned a couple of things. First, writing the answer to this question, and keeping it one hundred words was hard. Secondly, this exercise reminded of my “why”- the reason that I do what I do everyday. I sometimes feel like I am getting stuck in a rut. It is easy to do with routines. Most weekdays, look very similar to the day before, and it easy to fall into a pattern of doing what you did yesterday. I am not even saying that having that routine is bad thing, because routines can be helpful. I do want to be willing to shake things up a little bit when needed. I never want to be afraid to try new things. I want to feel free to experiment, make messes, make new discoveries, really fully live. I don’t want to live my life being afraid to try.

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Book Launch Gospel Centered Mom

I’m so excited to be a part of Brooke McGlothlin’s Gospel Centered Mom book tour! This post was inspired by the book Gospel Centered Mom.

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“You don’t need to be enough because Jesus was and is, and will always be enough. You can just be you, and let Jesus be the rest.” -Brooke McGlothlin

For the past eight years, I have struggled with feelings of not being enough for my children. The feelings intensified six years ago after becoming a mother of two and then a year later a mother of three children. It always seems that there is not enough of me to go around. My children need me to be present, attentive, and loving, and most days I feel like I am woefully unequipped for the task of motherhood. Through the book Gospel Centered Mom, I have realized that I can lay down the burden of being enough. Jesus is enough. His grace is enough for me, and His grace is enough for my children. This truth brings about so much freedom, when I chose to embrace it, and live it out. I am not, and was never supposed to be enough for my children. As  John 3:30 states, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

In Gospel Centered Mom, Brooke reminds her readers that by taking God at his word, every day can be an opportunity to grow deeper in love with Him. I need this truth so much. Every day is not about getting homeschool done, or laundry finished, or making it to bed time. It is about growing deeper in love with my Savior. When I am focused on my circumstances, I wonder if God is with me on my messy, hard days. I need to remember that God can use my hard, messy days to glorify Him, if I fix my eyes on Him. In the last chapter, Brooke reminds us that we need to, “Be diligent. Pray hard. Study God’s word, and let it bring you life.” I wonder how many times, do I look for an easier way to walk this motherhood journey.  There is no easy way to be a Gospel Centered Mom. Brooke states, “The best way we can be the mom our kids really need is to focus our attention on following hard after Jesus.”

I would recommend Gospel Centered Mom to any mom who needs to be reminded of her purpose. According to the Westminster Catechism, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” As a mom, I want that to be my goal also, and in Gospel Centered Mom, Brooke shares scripture and encouragement that reminds moms to keep their focus on God, even on the hardest days of motherhood. I am so thankful that I do have to be enough for my children, and that God’s grace is enough for my children and me. It is so amazing to realize that He can use my flaws and failures to bring Him glory as I live my life surrendered to Him.

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“As you learn to anchor your life in the Gospel, you’ll find increased freedom, purpose, and joy in motherhood. Get Brooke McGlothlin’s new book at www.gospelcenteredmombook.com!”

Five Minute Friday Inspire

The last two weeks, I have enjoyed a wonderful “staycation” with my family. My parents spent almost two weeks visiting my family. This is the first time that my Dad has been to New Mexico. My friend observed, that I was so happy that my parents were here. She said that I looked like I felt lighter. I did feel like my parents visit was a burst of sunshine that positively impacted my children and me. My parents inspire me with the unconditional love that they have shown me all of my life. It is so sweet to watch them share that same unconditional love with each of their grandchildren. Each of my children had the opportunity to go grab a bite to eat, and pick out a special toy with their Grandpa. I am so thankful that for the love and encouragement that my parents show me every day, and the time that we have spent together in the last couple of weeks.

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Five Minute Friday Play

I have an eight year old daughter, and a son who will be six and a daughter who will be five by the end of the summer.  I hear the words “Let’s pretend that . . . . . ” often in my home. I admit that I am not always joyful when I hear those words. Sometimes it is not convenient to make an indoor beach in the living room, or for my children to pretend that they are at a royal ball. I might not think that it is a good time for my son to pretend to be a ninja or for my children to set up a circus in the living room. Even though, my mother-in-law jokes with me that my life as a homeschool mom to my children could be compared to a three ring circus. 🙂 When I get frustrated that I am stepping over pillows and blankets that are in the walk way again, I need to remember that these days of playing in the living room are short. Sooner than I think, my children will out grow these days of active imaginative play. I need to enjoy being a customer at my son’s make-believe restaurant while I can. Every once in a while I need to push aside my agenda and enjoy playing with my children. The old cliché is true. “The days are long, but the years are short.”

 

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Five Minute Friday Blessings

I know that I am incredibly blessed. I have a hard-working husband, three energetic children, a loving family, friends, and so many more blessings. I have found though that if I do not take the time to count the blessings that I lose sight of how blessed that I am. I get bogged down in the daily tasks of life, and I lose sight of being thankful. This is the reason that my soul needs the opportunity to pause and look back on the previous days and weeks and count blessings. If I don’t stop to count these moments, they will slip on by without being acknowledged. I don’t want that to happen. I want to look back next month, next year, ten years from now, and remember what this season of my life was like, by reading my blessing list from this time in my life. What a gift that I can give my children, if I can show them what I was thankful for concerning them, when each of them was little. This is the reason that I am thankful for this Five Minute Friday prompt, and the opportunity to gather with others and think about what I have learned in June.*

This month I have learned 8 is great! My Princess turned 8. I can’t believe that the last eight years passed so quickly. I am so thankful for my spunky, artistic, dramatic, beautiful, firstborn daughter

I learned that sometimes a day at the park with my kiddos and a friend is exactly what I need. My friend took my kiddos and me to their favorite park. When we made the park plans my children knew exactly what park they wanted to go to, and my friend agreed with their idea.

I have learned that I loved being on the launch team for #52commands. My children and I have enjoyed using this resource 52 Commands of Jesus for Children in our homeschool. This was my first ever time on a book launch team, and it was so much fun. You can check it out here.

I loved watching my girlies singing in VBS Sunday at church.

I learned that my Princess loves to experiment in the kitchen. My Princess experimented in the kitchen and made a breakfast concoction that was a cross between a pancake and cake.

We had a lot of fun swimming in the pool during the month of June, especially on the days that the thermometer read 100+.

I have had the opportunity to start reading a couple of books that I hope will encourage me in one of my most important roles- being my children’s mother.  

Speaking of books, I have also been blessed by a blogging friend is sending me Put the Disciple in Discipline. I love reading books that encourage me in this motherhood journey.

 

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I’m all Yours (Word for 2017 update)

I love hearing songs on the radio that remind me of my word for the year. Back in January, I picked the word yours, or maybe it picked me, for my word for 2017. I knew that I needed to remind myself daily that I belong to God. I am Yours, Lord. I recognize that I need to stop gripping so tightly all the things that I want to control, and trust God with my life, my family, my circumstances. I want to remember that God is good all the time, even when life’s circumstances seem hard or scary. I don’t have to be afraid of my brokenness or pretend that I am something that I am not. I can trust in the truth of 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

I have been reading Ann Voskamp’s book The Broken Way. For many years, I believed that following after Christ meant striving to be perfect. I am beginning to realize that God does not want me to be perfect. He wants me to be His. He wants me to be teachable, and humble, and looking to Him for guidance, wisdom, comfort, and peace. I need to recognize my great need for God, and seek Him first. For far too long, I have sought after comfort, peace, pleasure from other trivial things. I want to fix my eyes on Jesus. “On Christ the solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.”

So, did you pick a word for 2017? What has God been teaching you on the journey this week?

 

Five Minute Friday Steady

I was a given a sweet compliment from a friend today she called me steady. I will admit that I often do not feel steady many times. It was a great reminder if there is anything steady about my personality, my character, or my spirit, it is because of the saving work of Jesus. He is the only Person who can make me steady in this crazy, topsy-turvy world. I am also very thankful that He gave us each other. Having encouraging people to walk this journey of life with, is a steadying influence. It is so good to know that we are not alone. Through my faith in Jesus, I want to be steady for my family and my friends, and on those days that I am not feeling that steady I am thankful for a community who reminds me to place my feet on the firm foundation of the Rock of Ages.

 

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Five Minute Friday Worth

I messed up this week. I know I am human, and because I am human, I am a sinner. I am going to mess up sometimes. It’s just that all my life, I have always wanted to be a wife and a mom, and some days I do not feel like I am a very good wife or mom. I put this self-imposed pressure, that I can’t have a bad day.  On those days, I feel like a failure. On those hard days, I need to remember that God promises to give me strength in my areas of weakness. He is not advocating the try harder life. He tells us to come to Him, and find rest and peace in Him. I want to be this perfect wife and mom, but God is not asking for perfection. God is asking me to willingly humbly follow Him. It is okay that I fall sometimes, as long as I am falling into the arms of my Savior. God alone determines my worth, not how well I think perform on any given day.

 

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52 Commands of Jesus for Children (Giveaway!)

Deuteronomy 11:13

You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

As a homeschool mom of three little ones, this verse is both encouraging and challenging to me. I know that I am my children’s first teacher, and it is my responsibility to teach then well. My children are eight years of age and younger, and do not have the attention span to participate in long discussions of the Bible. I need resources that allow me to teach nuggets of scriptural truth in short spans of time. This is one of the reasons that I loved the book 52 Commands of Jesus for Children. This devotional gave me an opportunity to engage my children in coloring a beautiful picture that illustrated a truth that Jesus taught in one of the gospels.  As the children colored they listened as I read Bible stories from the devotional that illustrated the truth we were discussing. Each lesson ends with a question that can lead to further discussion. This book is a great resource to live out the words of Deuteronomy 11:13.

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I also liked that you can download and print out additional copies of each coloring page from Susan’s blog Hope Heart Home. This is really helpful to me as a mom of three children. My oldest daughter colored in the book, and I downloaded and printed out a coloring page for each of my two younger children. I would highly recommend this resource to parents, grandparents, Sunday School teachers, and anyone who has children in their lives that they would like to encourage with God’s word.

Susan is giving away one copy of 52 Commands of Jesus for Children  to one of you who comments on this post. What are some of your favorite ways to teach the children in your life about the Bible?