I started reading Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst recently, as part of Proverbs 31 Ministries’ latest online Bible study. (If you haven’t done a study with them before, you should consider it! Click here for more information.) It was the subtitle that caught my attention: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Raw Emotions. Is there a mama alive who doesn’t need some wisdom in the middle of the mess of daily life?
A passage in chapter two hit me right where I’m living. (Doesn’t God often do that when we pick up something to read or study?)
If we determine that, no matter what, we’re on God’s side, it settles the trust issue in our hearts. And if we ground ourselves in the reality that we trust God, we can face circumstances that are out of our control without acting out of control. We can’t always fix our circumstances, but we can fix our minds on God. We can do that.
Lysa TerKeurst, Unglued
I have so much facing me right now. There are giants in my life that are staring me down, threatening to take me down. I’m determined to make it through to the other side with God’s help, victorious. The only way I’m going to do that is to quit looking at my circumstances, at the very things in my life that are trying to take me down into the pit of discouragement and despair, and look up. I have to make the decision, once and for all, that I’m on God’s side and I trust Him, no matter what. Only then can I come through the fires of adversity unscathed.
What do you think, mamas? Let’s quit looking at everything that we’re frustrated or disappointed about, everything we’re worrying and fretting about, the fear that lurks in the pit of our bellies every moment of every day. Instead of focusing on all of that, let’s spend time in the Word, praying with each breath, playing praise music and singing (and dancing!) our way through our days, confident that our Father has everything under control and we can trust Him. He is faithful, and He is good.
I’m going to do it. I’m going to follow the instructions in Romans 12:2 and 2 Corinthians 10:5 and work on my thought life. I’m going to remember who’s in charge here and choose to live a faith-filled life. I won’t perfect this walk overnight, but I’m willing to try.
Are you with me?
Nothing in life compares to that first trimester of pregnancy. Not even the other two trimesters. So many emotions come along with it, along with symptoms that you never knew were possible. It’s exhilarating, exciting, and yet can be downright depressing if you are so sick that you can’t function or the pregnancy was not planned. Even if you’ve been through it before, something may take you by surprise and leave you with questions. Who better to guide you than 10 experienced Moms from Sticky Hands Mommy Panel?
Please note that NONE of us are medical professionals. Contact your doctor or midwife for official medical advice before trying something that we suggest.
So just what is it that goes on during this mysterious time that is the first trimester of pregnancy? While it is talked about more now than it was in the past, there are still things that you may not have heard since a large percentage of women still keep their little secret to themselves until the trimester is over. (A few of us weren’t that patient, others were… I, for example, was always on the phone as soon as I found out… while the pregnancy test was still in my hand.) Read on to read the ultimate list of tips, advice, and facts that we feel you just HAVE to know!
Wow, that’s a lot of information, I know. But don’t be overwhelmed. Also remember that if you are in need of prayer, you are always welcome to submit a message to the Mommy Panel, email, message us on Facebook, or comment with your request.
If you are just finding out that you are pregnant and are in a predicament you were not ready for, please know that some of us have been there. There is nothing too big for God, and we are always here to talk if you need someone to chat with.
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I know, you’re sitting there thinking “Whaaa? ‘Sticky Hands Mommy Panel’ so women can get anonymous Christian advice? Weirdos… Why would I ask them anything?”
However, I think we’ve all been there at some point. We either needed help with an embarrassing subject, had no one in our lives that was able to relate to our thought or was momentarily unavailable, would like a second opinion, or maybe we just want prayer or are in need of someone to bounce an idea off of.
Motherhood is an adventure from the moment you begin thinking about it. An overwhelming adventure at that. There’s information overload everywhere you turn! Yet sometimes, the answers aren’t so obvious or clear, especially when it comes to being a Christian with some of those questions. How the world might feel about one topic may not rest well with you and you just need to ask someone.
Well, here we are friends. We’ve actually been here all along, but it only recently dawned on me that we haven’t been so clear that we are readily available. No request is too small or silly. Have a question about pregnancy, devotionals, homeschooling, scripture, a past post, or anything else? Send it on in! We won’t bite. Promise.
I will state that we are NOT experts. However, we have lived through experience. If we don’t know the answer, we will try our best to find someone who can.
Later this week we will begin our series on motherhood, from preconception to, well… we haven’t gotten that far… Be sure to come back and read along! We look forward to hearing from you!
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Unless this is your first time here, you know I’m a busy mom. You see it in my Facebook statuses, Tweets, & frequently here on the blog as, well, the whole theme of Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven is about making time for God in the midst of being a busy mom.
So it comes as no surprise that I’m excited to share my review of this book with you all today. Putting On the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms, just released this week, is one of my most favorite devotional books yet.
Author Katie Hornor of Paradise Praises put together this study for moms like you and me. The mothers who have little time to catch a breath, let alone find time to spend in the Word. For the moms whose time is valuable and cannot be wasted by reading something that isn’t just right. The ones who sometimes have to read quickly while in the doctor’s waiting room, a few minutes before the family wakes, or maybe even in the bathroom with the door locked. She knew what we needed, because she is a busy mom herself. Most of all, she let the Lord speak through her and that is what makes this book so amazing.
Each day’s reading takes about 10 minutes, just as the title says. Along with the workbook that is available for free to download, you will realize what the Bible says about the Fruits of The Spirit mentioned in Galatians while doing some soul searching. While going through Putting On the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms I had so many “Aha!” moments that I did not anticipate. Without being preachy, Katie teaches us how to put on the whole spirit in our day to day lives by being down to earth and speaking the truth. I couldn’t wait to read each day and even found myself crying tears of joy some of those days. Quick, meaty, encouraging, and a blessing. Exactly what I needed!
This week only Putting On the Spirit: Ten-minute Devotions for Busy Moms is available for 99 cents! The book’s forward is by Heidi St. John and is also available in Spanish. I can’t recommend it enough! I even plan to go through it again each time my children study the fruits of the spirit in homeschool. It’s that good!
There are so many free templates and printables out there for party planning. I know, because I’ve probably used all of them.
Having planned so many parties in the last few years, I’ve finally sat down and created my own. It’s not that the other printables weren’t good. It’s that if you have a large group of family and friends, like I do, you need a guest list slot that is looooong.
In addition, I added a few other things that I thought were helpful. I didn’t want to have to make another printable for myself in the future, so I decided to knock it all out with this one hit. After I was done the light bulb went off in my head: “Someone else might want something like this! I should share it. Just in case.”
So here it is, from me to you, all for free.
Included is the following:
I also left blank spaces in every section to add in more items… because every party requires it’s own options!
Are you like me, throwing a lot of parties? What do you look for in a party planning sheet?
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“Tell me, when did I lose my first love? Where did the fire and passion go? Burn in my Your holy fire. Give me back my lost desire and restore in my the love I felt for You.” (Lyrics from “First Love” by Avalon)
Remember when you first met your spouse? Your heart would leap at the mere sound of his voice. You didn’t mind talking on the phone for hours, even if the conversation was about nothing in particular. You just longed for the conversation. You would jump at the chance to spend time with him. Not only that, but you would take your time to get ready for him. Before date night, you would make sure your hair and make-up were done properly and that you had the right outfit on. You wanted everything to be perfect for the night ahead and you wanted him to be proud to have you on his arm.
Come on now. I know I wasn’t the only one!
First comes love, then comes marriage, then here you come with a baby carriage. Life happens. You still love him and you still enjoy spending time with him, but you’ve lost the zeal. You have become comfortable with him, knowing the ins and outs of who he is, so the excitement has dropped off. The telephone conversations have dropped to lasting a few minutes with a quick, “LoveyouBye” before you hang up. He has seen you at your worst- hair in a blobby mess, no make-up, sloppy pajamas, and *gasp* unpainted toenails. Therefore, you tend not to spend the time to prepare yourself for date night like you did before. That is, if there even is a date night. Yes, you’re still in love with him, but life has taken over. If you want the zeal and excitement back, you have to be willing to work on adding some spice into the recipe:
1 c. make-up before your next outing
2 pinches of spontaneous love letters
1/4 tsp. butterflies in your tummy
3 heaping tbs. giddiness
A big dash of remembering what drew you in the first place.
Okay, okay, so I’m preaching to myself here. Corny as it may seem, it’s true. Whether you want to admit it or not, it’s true. And although you may not have meant for it to be this way, it’s true. We may be able to get away with this in our marriages (unfortunately), however, when it comes to our relationship with God, this is a big NO NO. Today I was reading in Revelation, and was struck with verse 4 in chapter 2, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.”
So let’s start over. Remember when you first met your Savior, Jesus? Remember how you longed to spend hours in prayer, in conversation with the Lord? Remember the passion you had, wanting to soak up every bit of His word? Remember your desire to be in His presence, preparing yourself to get to church and worship amongst other believers? Yes, we love Him, but we have lost our zeal. We need to get back to a place where we earnestly yearn to seek the Lord and cannot wait to be with Him. We are His bride and He desires for us to desire Him. It’s time that we repent and return to our first love. He longs for us to make Him our number one priority (even in our crazy busy lives) and become passionate for Him yet again. And in doing this, we’ll likely see it reflect on our marriages, too.
Jesus calmed a storm. -Matthew 8:26
Jesus healed a woman who had suffered an issue of blood for 12 years. -Matthew 9:22
Jesus healed two blind men. -Matthew 9:29
Jesus fed five thousand with five loaves and two fish. -Matthew 14:19-21
Jesus walked on the sea. -Matthew 14:25
Jesus healed a leper. -Luke 5:13
Jesus brought a widow’s son back to life. -Luke 7:11-15
Jesus brought Jairus’ daughter back to life. -Luke 8:54-55
Jesus healed a man from a thirty-eight year infirmity. -John 5:8-9
Jesus brought Lazarus back to life. -John 11:43-44
Jesus rose from the dead. -Luke 24:5-7
Jesus said if you believe in Him, you can do Greater WORKS. -John 14:12
Lately I’ve been reading (when I’m able to find time) The Good Wife’s Guide by Darlene Schacht who blogs over at Time-Warp Wife. (Expect a review from Emily or myself soon!) For some time I’ve wanted to make a lot of changes in my day to day life that she points out in this book, but haven’t done it. Why? Probably because of 2 things. 1, I’m lazy. 2, I HATE change.
2 months ago we moved into our home. We’re still not fully unpacked. Homeschool still hasn’t resumed. (We will be resuming Monday though, come hell or high water!) And life is just still in a transitional phase that I’m flat out sick of.
To say I’m overwhelmed would be an understatement.
One of the things that Darlene mentions in her book is to force yourself to go to bed early and rise early in order to get more done… even if you’re a night owl. DING DING DING! That’s me! I need to do that!
I can’t imagine what all I would be able to do if I were to get out of bed 2 hours before my kids. The cleaning, the lesson planning, breakfast ready… but most importantly quiet time with the Lord before I start the day.
Starting tonight, I’m going to bed early. I’m not excited about it, but it has to be done. I’m going to get out of bed before the kids in the morning and see how much I can do. I’ll post tomorrow how it went. Pray that it works!
Have you ever had to make a change you weren’t fond of for the sake of your family routine? Share with us!