Monday, October 12, 2015

Facebook Winner Chosen and New Giveaway Coming Soon!

Thank you so much to all of you who followed my Facebook giveaway last week. I was delighted to see it bring many new followers to the blog. I pray that the daily scripture encouraged you. The 6 Adventure Bible resources are en route to Texas to our winner, a mother of four children! She wrote me that with a baby girl up to a ten year old boy, she is excited to utilize them! I pray God's blessings upon her family and upon each of you as you seek to enliven your children's faith through fun resources like this.

Stay tuned next week for another giveaway! Fall brings new school supplies for our children, and we can't forget to be stocking up on faith resources too. I will be giving away four children's resources - a picture book on thankfulness just in time for Thanksgiving, two I Can Read books featuring popular biblical stories, and my favorite children's devotional I've found so far! This giveaway will be for grandmothers or mothers to share with young ones (ages birth-8 years old). See you back next week for the rules and a preview of what could be yours!

Monday, October 5, 2015

New Printable and FACEBOOK Giveaway!

I am excited to announce that I have once again teamed up with the talented and faith-filled mama Emily Burger of Emily Burger Designs to present you with a new printable for email subscribers! Don't miss your opportunity to print out and treasure it; I pray that it's vital encouragement for your own motherhood ministry. Remember, all you need to do is (1) subscribe by providing your email address in the blank on right column of my blog page, AND (2) click on the link that is sent to you to verify your sign up!

ALSO, my new blog giveaway starts today! In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Adventure Bible brand, Zonderkidz is giving away everything you'll need to build a faith foundation for your child! The amazing resources that are named and pictured below will be the prize for one lucky follower:
  1. Adventure Bible Book of Devotions, 365 daily devotions for kids ages 9-12
  2. Adventure Bible Handbook, a fully illustrated graphic-novel style Bible resource for ages 9-12
  3. Adventure Bible for Little Ones, an Adventure Bible just for young kids ages 2-4
  4. Adventure Bible for Early Readers (NIrV), a first full text, full featured Bible for kids ages 5-10
  5. The original Adventure Bible (NIV), an interactive full text, full featured Bible for kids ages 9-12
  6. And an Adventure Bible Backsack for kiddos to take their Bibles on the go!

To win, first become a Facebook follower of my blog if you aren't already. Every day for one week I will be posting a scripture verse on Facebook at 4 pm EST starting today. I will not say where the verse is from; try to find it and record that information yourself. At the end of the week, be the first to comment on Sunday's Facebook post with the location of EVERY scripture from the week (Bible book, chapter, and verse). If you're the first to have all 7 answers right, you win! This Bible Quest Game is perfect for the Bible scholar or simply curious mama alike!

Rules: For shipping purposes, you must be a US resident with a street address (no PO Box) to enter.

See you on Facebook this afternoon for today's scripture! But remember to keep your answers hidden until day 7, when you comment and list them all! Good luck!

Friday, October 2, 2015

BONUS POST! 3 Reasons to Stop Mom Judging

For the past two weeks, I've been blogging about ending mom judging. I've shared experiences and stories, plus a viral video that I hope you didn't miss. Today I am sharing a link that will direct you to my new TODAY Show Parenting Team post, which brings it all together. Please show your support on this important topic by clicking below - I'd LOVE your vote!

When you stop by, leave a comment! What reason did you find the most compelling? Which one resonated most with your experience?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Why Sharing Stories Makes All the Difference

Last week I blogged about ending #mommywars. This week I have a story to share that hopefully will convince you to do it.

I was talking with a young mom of two children - one girl and one boy. It was her boy who had had a recent injury. If you have boys too, that perhaps won't come as a surprise. She told how he had been playing and something happened to his arm. He mentioned that it bothered him and she noticed that he was favoring it, but he wasn't crying and didn't appear to be major pain. She decided to monitor it.

After two days of the same, she went to the pediatrician.  She was shocked when the doctor ordered an X-ray and said that her son's arm was broken. He had never screamed nor shed a tear. When the mother questioned the doctor in disbelief, feeling guilty, the pediatrician reassured her: "You waited two days - usually it's two weeks." At that remark, even my jaw hit the floor as she relayed her story.

She buried her face in her hands. "My two-year-old now has a bright blue cast, which he picked. It is a glaring reminder that I made a mistake."

It was at that point that I stepped in. I shared my own mishaps while raising my boys. I marveled at her intuition in taking her son to the doctor - I too would have thought a broken arm would have been more dramatic. But more than anything else, I realized I was the recipient of valuable knowledge. Her experience would allow me to better protect my own children.

This mother felt shame as she relayed her story. But I learned something from it. I wonder how many stories could be shared, how much collective knowledge could be garnered, and how much grace could be given if we would all be vulnerable and share our hearts without fear of judgment. 

  • Do you have a safe place where you can share too?
  • Do you have a story that could help a fellow mom?
  • Would the simple act of sharing your story help you too?

Again and again, I remind myself that Christian parenting isn't about being perfect. It's about doing our best, continuing to learn, and pointing our children to the only perfect parent - God. Sometimes the best modeling we can do is acknowledging that fact. When we're humble before God and others, we demonstrate the power of community, the importance of forgiveness, and the healing power of being authentic in daily life.

Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." This is what God offers us. My prayer is that we also seek to offer it to each other.


To read more about ending #mommywars, check out my post from last week and what some celebrity moms had to say about it.

Stay tuned for the unveiling of a new professionally designed printable on my blog - it's one that I hope will inspire you for years to come!