4 Essential Steps To Become One Flesh in Marriage ~ Guest Post

My youngest daughter has a knitted circular blanket she’s had since she was a baby.  This blanket is well-loved and well-used.  Last year, I noticed it unraveling in several places.  If I didn’t do something about it right away, that blanket would soon be a pile of crinkled yarn.  As I repaired each hole, I was reminded of becoming one Flesh in marriage.

Each stitch in the blanket is dependent upon the stitches surrounding it.  

If one unravels, it sets off a ‘run’ or a hole in the piece.  The knitter has to deal with that unstitched stitch right away…or have a bigger problem on her hands.  Knitting takes a lot of time…and even more patience.  This is also true in marriage.

4 Essential Steps To Become One Flesh in Marriage

Have you ever wondered what it means to be one flesh with your spouse? Or how to become one flesh? What does that even look like? In this post, I share 4 Essential Steps To Become One Flesh in Marriage.

I am guest posting over at Hope & Joy in Christ.  Head on over to Tiffany’s site to read the rest of this post.  You can also enter the giveaway for my Valiant & Biblical 5-Day Bible study for wives.

Have you ever wondered what it means to be one flesh with your spouse? Or how to become one flesh? What does that even look like? In this post, I share 4 Essential Steps To Become One Flesh in Marriage.

 

 

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Having An Attitude of Gratitude As A Homeschool Mom

I’ve heard this heartbreaking threat many times over in my journey as a homeschooler…mostly coming from my own mouth.  I hated saying it.  And I know my kids hated hearing it.  My ominous warning in a raised voice would frustrate my husband.  You have said it, too, I am sure.  Or thought about it at the very least.  When my kids get on my nerves after telling them to get ‘back to work’, I would threaten to send them to school.  After trying this tactic for a number of years, I have come to realize that it simply does not work – at least not in the long term.  So then I tried a different approach.  I tried intentionally expressing my thankfulness to homeschool – to my kids and to my husband.  While it hasn’t solved every single problem (my son continues to be the ‘class clown’), it sure has made a difference in my home.  I am sharing this post over at A Little R & R.  Here is how you can begin Cultivating Thankfulness in Your Homeschool.

In this culture, it can be so easy to get caught up in ungratefulness...the idea that the grass is greener anywhere but where you are...including the choice to home educate. I want to encourage you to begin cultivating thankfulness in your homeschool.

Can I be completely honest here?  If I may?

It seems that when we are in the “trenches”, we tend to view the other side as greener pastures.  But the truth is that sending the kids to school will not magically solve our problems.  It just doesn’t work that way.  If we are struggling in our parenting, that challenge will still exist if our kids are at school – it may lessen somewhat because they are away from us for most of the day.  But the root remains.

thankful-notes-collageAnd when we fail to get rid of the root, then we fail to get rid of the problem.

To read more of this post, head on over to A Little R & R.

PS…there is a FREE printable at the end of the post to help foster thankfulness and gratitude in your home.
In this culture, it can be so easy to get caught up in ungratefulness...the idea that the grass is greener anywhere but where you are...including the choice to home educate. I want to encourage you to begin cultivating thankfulness in your homeschool.

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3 Habits Of A Confident Mother

I am sharing over at my friend, Kaylene’s site today!  I am so excited to be a guest on her blog!  Her blog is full of encouraging and inspiring posts, truths that will challenge you as a wife, mother and a woman.  My guest post is about some of the parenting truths that I have been holding on to as my kids grow up and enter the last stages of childhood.

Sometimes I feel anxious when I think about my kids growing up in this world. Have I prepared them enough? And then I remember the 3 Habits of a Confident Mother and I sense God's peace surround my heart.Here is an excerpt:

It seems like the years are passing by so fast.  When I realize that I have just three years left with my oldest child, I get a mix between panic and joy.  I wonder if I did my job as a mother well enough.  Am I teaching her all she needs to know to survive in this harsh world?  Is she too naïve?  Will she fall for anything?  Or will she seek the wisdom of God every single day?  As I reflect on the years that have whizzed by so fast, I am reminded of these 3 Habits Of A Confident Mother and I know that she will be just fine…and most importantly, so will I.

Nix The Naysayers

My son is quiet and reserved.  He feels comfortable just keeping a few steps back in a new environment and observing the dynamics.  When he feels more comfortable, he decides in what manner he will join in.  I remember explaining my son’s nature to a client once and her husband piped up, “But you aren’t going to just let him be like that, are you?”  I looked at him as though I had been caught in headlights. 

To continue reading, head on over to Kaylene’s blog!

Sometimes I feel anxious when I think about my kids growing up in this world. Have I prepared them enough? And then I remember the 3 Habits of a Confident Mother and I sense God's peace surround my heart.

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Parenting and Relationships

Today is a super busy day of guest posts for me!  2 of my guest posts have been published today!!

It is always an honor to guest post for a friend...but two in one day is an extra blessing!

Strong Family Project

I have a parenting post over on Sarah Ann’s blog, Faith Along The Way.  4 Reasons to Challenge Our Kids With Spiritual Truths.  Sometimes we don’t think our precious children will be able to understand the deep spiritual truths of God’s word.  When we believe that, we tend to not discuss these truths with them.  However, I have come to believe that our kids are capable of understanding so much more that what we think they can…even, dare I say it, understand truths better than we can!

Let’s Talk Relationships

My second guest post is over on Alison’s site, A Life Of Scoop.  This one comes from a much more raw place in my heart.  It is something that I don’t mention often on my own blog…but a topic that does need to be addressed.  When Alison approached me to write for her Let’s Talk Relationship series, I prayed about what relationship I ought to write about.  I felt the Lord press upon my heart to write about the most difficult relationship I have ever had.  A relationship with someone who exhibits mental illness tendencies.  So, here it is…When Mental Illness Overwhelms Your Relationships.  I say ‘relationships’ because the relationship that is affected by mental illness is not just with the person with the problem.  It has affected every relationship I’ve ever had with anyone, especially with my husband and my children.  

It is always an honor to guest post for a friend...but two in one day is an extra blessing!

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Have You Lost Your Homeschool Joy?

I am guest posting over at A Little R & R today!  This is my monthly contributor post!  This one will be a 2-part series of getting that Joy back in your homeschool.  Here is an excerpt:

It felt like a constant fight to get my kids to do their school work – almost every single day.  I would find myself becoming increasingly frustrated to the point of yelling at my kids to get back to work.  Then the feelings of guilt would wash in…I blew it again.  My kids were left feeling discouraged and like failures.  Actually, we all felt that way.  This isn’t what I wanted my homeschool to look like.  This wasn’t what I had dreamed of.  And I am sure it isn’t what they wanted either.  So, why are we fighting this?  How did it become so…joyless?  We had lost joy in homeschool.  Well, I learned a few things along the way…important things I want to share with you.  This post is for when you need joy in your homeschool.

Sometimes it can be so hard to homeschool. We start to yell and beg our kids to get their work done. Here are a couple of reasons why this might be. Have You Lost Your Homeschool Joy?

To read more, head over to A Little R & R.

Sometimes it can be so hard to homeschool. We start to yell and beg our kids to get their work done. Here are a couple of reasons why this might be. Have You Lost Your Homeschool Joy?

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4 Important Truths For The Failing Homeschool Mom

I am blogging over at A Little R & R with an encouraging blog post!

The moment I stepped into her home, I knew she was struggling.  The look in her eyes…defeat.  The slump of her shoulders.  The exhausted look on her face.  Her gait, slow and shuffled.  I knew I was here more for encouraging support than checking off learning goals for report cards.  I asked how things were going.  She gave me a deep sigh and I could see she was fighting tears.  She said she felt like she was failing at teaching her kids.  She was overwhelmed and not sure if she was doing ‘enough’.  In all of my years as a support teacher for homeschool families, this has been one of the biggest hindrances for so many moms.  I want to remind you all of some important truths here.  Are you ready?  4 Important Truths For The Failing Homeschool Mom.

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You feel like you are failing at this homeschool thing, hey?  I know…been there, done that.  More than once…AND I am a certified teacher!  However, over my 11 years of home educating and being a support teacher, I have come to realize some truths about this whole failing at homeschool LIE.

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How To Have An Imperfectly Perfect Marriage

I am sharing over at Busy Being Blessed today in Jenn’s wonderful marriage series “The Imperfect Wife”.  In this guest post, I share about how my marriage appears ‘perfect’ to the outsider, but the truth is something different.  I explain what we have done and How To Have An Imperfectly Perfect Marriage.

Have you ever looked at a marriage and believed it was 'perfect'? Like nothing bad ever happens, the couple never fights - they adoringly and longingly gaze into each others eyes ALL. THE. TIME? I have a marriage that appears that way and I share HOW we have the imperfectly perfect marriage. I hope this encourages your Christian marriage.

Several years ago, my neighbor was having a difficult time in her marriage. Her husband was leaving her and she could not stop crying. I remember finding her scrunched up in the corner of her sofa. My heart broke for her. I sat with her and I cried alongside her. I tried to offer some encouragement, but much of the time I just didn’t know exactly what to say. What are the right words? And then I began sharing with her about the struggles I’ve had in my marriage. She looked at me with surprise and said, “Wait. I thought you had the perfect marriage.” She could not have been more wrong about that. She needed to know that what I have is the imperfectly perfect marriage.  And I want to share with you How To Have An Imperfectly Perfect Marriage.

To finish reading this post, head on over to Busy Being Blessed.

Have you ever looked at a marriage and believed it was 'perfect'? Like nothing bad ever happens, the couple never fights - they adoringly and longingly gaze into each others eyes ALL. THE. TIME? I have a marriage that appears that way and I share HOW we have the imperfectly perfect marriage. I hope this encourages your Christian marriage.

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He Is My Children’s Heavenly Father

Have you ever felt that you just don’t measure up as a mom?  Like you just keep failing?  Or maybe that incident that happened – you go through those “what if” questions – what if it had been worse?  What if I had been more careful?  Then the next barrage of guilt-laden questions come.  “How could I have been so careless?”  “How could I let that happen?”  Are you familiar with this?  If so, then head on over to Busy Being Blessed to read my post in Jenn’s series The Imperfect Mom Confessional.  I share my story of how I went through the “what ifs” and then God showed me truth about the situation.  He is My Children’s Heavenly Father.

I will be sharing the posts from this series on my Facebook page, so be sure to like my page to keep up on this wonderful and encouraging series.

My Children's Heavenly Father

 

 

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Blessed To Trust In The Lord

Today, I am sharing a post over at Pressing In and Pressing On in Starla’s Trusting God series.  My post is about how we have been blessed to trust in the Lord during the sale of our home.  Head on over to Starla’s site and then return here for an update!!

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The Rest Of The Story

In the post on Starla’s site, I mentioned that we were still trusting God with the purchasing details of the home we fell in love with.  The move in date was changed to September 1 for us!  The inspection of the new home went incredibly well.  It seems like this transition is going quite smoothly.

You see, there is still another aspect to this story that I haven’t shared with many people.  This time of change is a necessary one.  There is some history with this home that does not belong in our family anymore.  Unhealthy relationships have come to a close and we no longer want such ties to the other people involved.  A good friend of mine suggested that there could be spiritual ties with this house because of the previous owners, ties we are finally ready to let go of.  And this is all part of God’s perfect timing.

We are on the verge of a fresh start, a new beginning.  And this is good.  This is God’s blessing on our family!

So, be blessed to trust in the Lord!

One More Thing

Yeah, there is one more thing I want to add here.  This trusting thing didn’t come easy.  I struggled with trusting God.  For over 3 years I doubted His goodness.  I doubted that He loved me.  I doubted His existence.  I doubted that He cared enough about me to bless me.  I do plan to share more of that journey in the coming weeks, so if you are struggling with belief and trust, keep coming back here OR sign up for notifications of new posts.

God has brought our family so far.  He has brought us out of pits, depression, grief, fear, brokenness…the list goes on.  And He has placed us upon a Rock.  He will do the same for you.

Blessed to trust in the Lord

 

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Sitting At Jesus’ Feet

I love the story of Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet!  I am guest posting over at Searching For Moments this week!

Do you struggle with sitting at the feet of Jesus?  In this guest post, I take the story of Mary at Jesus' feet and discover the benefits of just resting in His presence.

Please join me over at Lori Schumaker’s website, Searching For Moments, and read about what I’ve learned from the story of Mary sitting at the feet of her Saviour.  I take a look at what Martha has found in her busyness as well…not nearly as wonderful as what Mary found!

Do you struggle with sitting at the feet of Jesus?  In this guest post, I take the story of Mary at Jesus' feet and discover the benefits of just resting in His presence.

 

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