Family Faith-Building :: A 31 Day Devotional Series



Those words bring to mind a lot of things, don’t they. Well, we want you to know that this is a series we’ve been anticipating putting together for quite some time. It’s been stirring and brewing deep within our hearts, waiting for God’s timing to be shared.

Family Faith-Building :: A 31vDay Devotional Series ||

This month, more than anything, we want you to know that growing together in your faith with the ones you love the most, is very possible. Not only is it possible, but it’s easier to do than we think. Sometimes we make family devotions and bible study time together, with our kids, harder than it needs to be. Teaching our children about the Love of God and then helping them to put feet to their faith, first requires that we do the same. We can lead our families into a deeper faith right in the middle of everyday life, by living a devotional lifestyle every single day. We’ll be talking about living devotionally and what that means, a lot during this series.

So, over the next 31 days, we’ll share 31 ways we can actively and intentionally grow in our faith together as a family by loving God and loving others, every day. There will be object lessons, service projects, family night ideas, faith-filled activities the whole family can do together no matter what age, and more.

Think of this as a challenge to slow down, get to the heart of your family’s faith, and then put Love in action one step and day at a time. We can do this, with prayer and God on our side, no matter what season of life we’re in or circumstances we face. (Consider this your pep talk as we get started.)

And know that we are praying for you. If you are joining us and would like to be sure you don’t miss a single post from Devotional Family during this series, be sure to subscribe below and our posts will be emailed to you each day.

One more thing…we’ll be linking each day’s post right here so you’ll have all the posts listed in one place.

Day 1: Kick off to Family Faith-Building Series

Day 2: Family Night Challenge – Create a Family Mission Statement (very hands on and fun!)…coming soon!!

If you’d like to check out other topics people will be writing on everyday in October, check out the 31 days site.

How to Make Homemade Magnesium Lotion

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Did you know there are over 300 types of cells in your body that rely upon Magnesium to stay healthy? And that most of us walk around with a pretty serious deficiency? I was astonished when I read this. But it’s true.

So, in light of this, I’ve been researching all the things Magnesium is good for and the best ways we can get more of it. What I’m finding is that this amazing mineral is like a miracle-worker for our bodies. When levels of Magnesium are lower than they should be, our bodies will be low on energy, making us feel more tired. Anxiety, tension and even heart palpitations are all signs of a Magnesium deficiency.

DIY Magnesium Lotion ||

Benefits of Magnesium

There are many, but here’s a list of conditions that have been scientifically proven to improve with the use of Magnesium, according to Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND, author of The Magnesium Miracle.

Acid Reflux
Adrenal Fatigue
Anxiety/Panick attacks
Panic Attacks
Menstrual Cramps
High Blood Pressure
Diabetes                                                                                                                                                                                              Obesity
Morning Sickness
Heart Disease
Inflammation/Sore Muscles
Kidney Stones
Tooth Decay

As you can see, Magnesium is good for what ails us, in all sorts of ways.

I began learning as much as I could about this miracle mineral mainly because I get migraines. But what I soon realized was that there are a whole host of other reasons why I’ve decided to continue taking Magnesium daily. Not only have my migraines decreased, but I sleep better and my energy levels during the day have drastically increased. I just feel a whole lot better!! I’ll be sure to update you all with any other positive affects as I realize them.

Our favorite way to take Magnesium is transdermally…through the skin. It’s also one of the most effective ways for your body to absorb Magnesium. So, in an effort to save money and come up with a lotion my whole family would like, I created my own recipe.

How to make Magnesium Lotion ||

How to Make Your Own Magnesium Lotion


1/2 Cup Double Strength Magnesium Oil
2 T. Coconut Oil
3 T. Shea Butter
2 T Bees Wax
1/8 tsp. Cinnamon
30 drops of Essential Oils (we love Lavender or Peppermint)


To make a batch of Double Strength Magnesium Oil (which is what we use), bring 1/2 Cup of distilled water to a boil in a small sauce pan. Then add 1 heaping Cup of Magnesium Chloride Flakes. Stir until the flakes have dissolved. Now you have your Magnesium oil. Turn the heat down to low and add all of the other ingredients and stir until everything is dissolved into a liquid. Remove from the stove to let cool. If you want to speed this process a bit, put it into the refrigerator til it hardens just a bit, about 5 or 10 minutes. You don’t want it to completely harden though. Next, whip your ingredients in the saucepan with a stick blender or hand mixer until well blended into a thick consistency. Scoop into an airtight container and voila, your homemade Magnesium Lotion is complete. This recipe makes about 8 oz of lotion and keeps for about 6 months.

How We Apply This Lotion

Our favorite way to apply Magnesium Lotion is to rub it in to the soles of our feet just before bed. I like to use about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per foot, rub it in and then wear socks over them so my sheets don’t get oily. (The soles of your feet absorb anything you put on them really well and your feet will be SO smooth!) It takes about 20-30 minutes for this lotion to completely absorb into your skin, so if after that time you’d like to rub the lotion off with a wet cloth, feel free to.

For those of you who are wondering, you can put the Magnesium Oil, made in the very first step of this recipe, into a spray bottle and spray it directly onto your skin. For some people, it can cause a bit of skin irritation, which is why we prefer to use the lotion instead.

Magnesium Lotion for better health ||

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Magnesium and how it can positively impact your health in amazing ways, be sure to check out The Magnesium Miracle.

Do you supplement your diet or make Magnesium oil or lotion? We’d love to hear about your experiences with this mineral and the health benefits you’ve had.

Family Nights: Staying Connected During the School Year

Do you feel it too? School is beginning again and so many of us are already feeling the pinch on our family time together. Those lazier warm Summer days felt so much more carefree and provided hours upon hours of unstructured time together. But now that our schedules are beginning to form and time seems to have lessened, we need to be all the more intentional with how we spend the time we DO have together as a family.

Family Nights: Staying Connected During the School Year ||

Enter…Family Nights…A time set aside, when all distractions, homework, iPhones, etc. are put away and the focus is squarely on your family.

Now, this may take a little bit of forethought and preparation, but really, the quality of the time spent together will be so very worth it. Here are some of our favorite things to do on Family Nights:

Family Movie Night

Many of us now stream movies and shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus. We love having so many movie options at our finger tips. (By the way, Amazon Prime offers a free 30 trial if you don’t already have it and want to check it out. You really get so much for your money.) Some of our best family time together happens while enjoying a great movie together, sharing a couple of big bowls of popcorn and then discussing it afterward. If you’re interested in finding some great kid-oriented movie discussion guides, be sure to check some of the one we pinned on our Family Nights Pinterest Board and follow us there as we will be adding many more resources for you there.

Family Game Night

We have four boys ranging in age from 4 to 10. So, finding games to accommodate all of us can be a little tricky. But it is possible and when we learn to let go of some of those ideals in our mind of what Game Night should look like, it’s a lot more fun. Seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter and banter that only our family is familiar with around the table over a boisterous game of Yahtzee is the best! With younger kids, we find that the typical board games take longer and usually cause frustration amongst our crew. Some of our favorites include:

Spot It!: There are lots of Spot It! varieties and this is one of our kids’ favorite games. It never gets old.

Jenga: You could get two sets and have two games going at the same time or put them all together for a taller Jenga tower.

Uno: The classic game that all ages can play.

Pass the Pigs: Roll the pigs (instead of dice) to see which way they land, add up your points and then pass the pigs. Loads of fun!!

Headbandz: This one is such a fun and entertaining game that always keeps us laughing.

Apples to Apples: A card game of hilarious comparisons. This one is another one that creates non-stop laughter.

Story Cubes: We love the way this little dice game sparks creativity in our family story telling together.

Operation (seriously!!): Another classic that never gets old. How steady is your hand? Can you avoid setting off the buzzer? It’s more challenging than we thought, but so fun.

Farkle: Roll the dice and take a risk, every time. We love this game!

Yahtzee!: This is probably the most played and well-loved game we own.

Family Conversation Night

A few years ago, I ran across an idea online that I fell in love with…they were these little slips of paper in a jar that had questions on them to use as writing prompts for kids. I decided very quickly that these would also make GREAT conversation starters. At the time, our boys were all very young, so this just made more sense for our family. Four years later, and we’ve come up with many more conversation starters that we still enjoy to this day. In fact, we decided to put together a little eBook just for you filled with every conversation starter we’ve written down so far.

Family Conversation Starters for the whole family ||

This is one of those timeless tools because with each passing month and year, our kids are growing, which means their answers will change. We love to hear about their dreams and what brings them all manner of feelings, their favorite things and what they’d do in certain situations. This time, intentionally conversing with our kids is priceless and really grows us in our faith and strengthens our relationships with one another.

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We hope you enjoy your next Family Night! We’d love to hear some of your ideas of how to stay better connected with your family during the school year. Will you share your thoughts in the comments?

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Family Devotions {Giveaway}

You do know that Family Devotions don’t have to look one certain way, right?

But I wonder…how do you feel about the way they happen? (or don’t happen…as we’ve experienced at times). Life is busy and the ages and stages of children are definitely a factor in how we spend intentional time with God together as a family.

Family Devotions ||

No two families are the same and I would venture to say that every family who seeks the Lord together does it differently, and that’s okay. I used to worry all the time about HOW we did family devotions. We’ve tried many different methods, used all kinds of resources found online and have tried to create specific times each week to intentionally study God’s Word together. And if I’m honest, we’ve never been able to stick to the same time, routine or kind of study. Because our children are always growing physically, emotionally and spiritually…what worked for us last month, might not work for us today.

But one thing that DOES work well for us consistently is when we focus more of our attention on seeking God together around mealtimes. We’re already gathered, which is sometimes half the battle and there’s nothing like food to bring everyone into the same space.

This is why I’m really excited to share a book with you today that we are totally loving as a family called, Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions: 90 Faith-Building Ideas Your Kids Will Eat Up.  It’s part of the Adventures in Odyssey collection, presented by Focus on the Family. My online friend, Tricia Goyer, co-authored this book and blessed me with a copy. Let me just say…it’s SO GOOD!!!

We love the way each devotion is delivered in five courses:

  • Mealtime Prayer- a fresh way to bless your food
  • Appetizer- a fun question or activity
  • Mail Course- an object lesson or thought to chew on
  • Table Talk- questions to spark interesting discussions
  • Vitamins and Minerals- a creative way to thank God for your time together or a reminder that God provides all we need.

These devotions are awesome because they really do bring us together in a way that makes time around our table feel more Peace-filled and purposeful.

Family Devotions Giveaway ||

Mealtime Devotions Giveaway

As a gift to you, Tricia Goyer is offering three of my awesome readers a copy of Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions. To enter for your  chance to win your very own copy, I’m making it easy. Just answer any of the following questions in the comments or if you’d prefer, you can email me at (feel free to answer all of them!!)

I know…it’s not always easy to make the time for family devotions, but I’d love to know more about what works well and also what isn’t working so well for your family in this area.

1. What does it look like in your family to study God’s Word together?

2. Do you have a set time of day you do devotions with your kids? Perhaps a family devotional night or bible study you’re working through together? Describe what works well for you.

3. And if your family struggles to find time for devotions together or it’s just plain hard to do them (believe me, I do understand) what are some of the obstacles and reasons that make it a challenge?

4. What do you believe would make family devotions less of a challenge for your family in this season?

And because I love this book and finding creative ways families can seek God and His Word together, I’ll be sharing more on this subject in the coming weeks.


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Armed With Truth: Scripture Tattoos

If you’re like me, you love finding new ways to make Scripture visible and present in your life. I’m big on putting Scripture art up on my walls, wearing jewelry that reflects my faith and I’ve even been known to write verses down on scraps of paper and tuck them in my pocket for when I need some Truth later in the day.

So when my boys and I were talking the other day about other ways we could keep God’s Word in our line of sight, I was thrilled to surprise them with these brand new Scripture Tattoos created by Armed With Truth, a company that I am so totally excited about.

Scripture Tattoos: Armed with Truth ||

And these tattoos are for everyone; Moms, Dads, kids of all ages, and every other person you can think of.

My boys were thrilled because A.) They LOVE tattoos. B.) This gives them a great way to share their faith with others and C.) I love how easily they are memorizing their tattooed on verses without even realizing it. Wearing Scripture is a brilliant way to impress the Word of God upon the hearts of our children.

Armed With Truth Scripture Tattoos ||

And for the Moms out there, I can’t tell you how many times in the last couple weeks I’ve found myself grumbling about the dishes or the mess that reappeared 5 minutes after I just cleaned it up…or feeling offended by someone and then I catch a glimpse at the verse on my arm and am reminded to do this… “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 135:1 NIRV)

So, these tattoos…they’re good for our hearts too.

So, what do you think? If you’d love to have these Armed With Truth Scripture Tattoos for you and your family too, then head on over and check out all the different ones they have. (By the way, they make EXCELLENT gifts too!!)

And if you haven’t already received our FREE eBook, Family Conversation Starters, be sure to get that here.

*I received these tattoos as part of the Armed with Truth blogger program. I was not compensated in any way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own! There are affiliate links within this post.

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life

Dear sweet mom,

On this day, the day we celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection, I find myself feeling incredibly grateful for so much in my life. I look back over this past year, marked with all it’s challenges and victories…and I’m thankful. I look ahead with Hope as my anchor and the Holy Spirit as my guide, and I know without a doubt that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Nothing and no one compares.

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. ||

You work so hard to be the best mom you can be to your children and I am thankful because what you do, the love you give and knowledge you impart into the lives of your children, matters. You matter to Jesus. You matter to your family. And you matter to me. You are making a difference friend. You are changing the world right where you are, in your home, with your family, in your community…you are a world-changer. Keep on following the One whose way is best. The path may be narrow, but the plans He has for you…they are not small.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. -John 14:6

Blessings to you,



5 Faith-filled Podcasts for Moms

Let’s be real. Finding and making time to be in God’s Word isn’t always easy. When you’ve got little ones with unpredictable sleep schedules and mornings that don’t start the way you’d hoped…quiet time, well sometimes, it isn’t very quiet. So, being mom, you take what you can get and often we just go about our busy days, unfilled and spiritually unprepared.

I’ve had many days like that. And it’s NO GOOD.

Fighting with all your might to BE FILLED is always worth the fight because sooner or later, those unfilled places in our hearts and minds WILL be filled with other things. And what we truly want deep down inside, what we really NEED to fill those holes…it’s not found in food or mindless TV, fuller schedules or even in our children or spouses. No, the well of our soul can only be filled with the living water of Jesus.

I happen to be one of those people whose well runs dry rather quickly if I don’t seek Jesus for my filling each day and OFTEN during the day. So, I began looking for additional ways to do just that.

5 faith-filled podcasts for moms ||

And that is when I discovered Podcasts! I love them because I can listen to them on my iPhone while I’m doing dishes, folding laundry, exercising with my boys or driving in the car. Christian Podcasts give me the extra doses of Truth I need in the midst of busy motherhood days.

5 Faith-filled Podcasts for Moms

Inspired to Action – Inspiration for Motherhood: It’s like a pep talk for moms. Kat Lee’s goal with each episode of the Inspired To Action Podcast is to…that’s right…inspire YOU to action. In her own words, “I’m bringing you motivating interviews, practical tips and lots of fun yet-insanely-useful conversation with people who believe in YOU and the amazing role you have as a mother. You’re a mom. You’re totally a big deal.”

Learning to Speak Life: Co-hosts (and husband and wife team) Michael and Carlie Kercheval focus on the biblical truths surrounding the importance of speaking life-giving words within our families and to each other no matter the circumstance. I have been so blessed by the Kerchevals as they speak Truth about how God has blessed us with His powerful, life-giving word to speak life in situations where there seems to be no hope.

God Centered Mom: Heather MacFadyen, mother of four boys, interviews guests discussing the topic of staying God-centered…both replacing “me” with “He” and remembering we are centered in Him. Heather’s podcast is a breath of fresh air and her guests are moms like you and me, wanting to learn how to be a God Centered Mom in the midst of whatever motherhood season we are in.

Living Inspired: Hosted by Tricia Goyer; wife, mom, speaker, family life expert, and author of twenty-four books. During the one hour live program, Tricia digs deep into topics that matter most to women, while featuring everyday stories of transparency and hope. Her Truth-filled messages and real-life stories both by her and her guests always leave me feeling inspired and filled.

Joyce Meyer Ministries: Through the teachings and calling God has given to Joyce Meyer Ministries, Joyce is dedicated to sharing God’s love and the life-changing message of the Bible through her 15 minute Radio Podcast and daily TV audio Podcast. Joyce’s messages are filled with the kind of God honoring Truth that can really help women grow in their faith.

Do you have a favorite Christian Podcast that blesses you in your calling as a mom? We’d love to hear about it in the comments. Or if you’ve blogged about a particular Podcast message you’ve heard online, feel free to link up with us today in our Living in the Word Link Up.


Living in the Word Link Up

Are you doing a particular bible study right now, reading a book that is growing your faith or spending time in God’s Word and you just can’t wait to share what God is doing in your heart? We’d love for you to join us and share the amazing Truths God is showing you by linking up your blog posts (or sharing your stories in the comments below, if you’re not a blogger). When we share our faith with one another, we allow God to shine through us blessing and encouraging one another to keep pressing on and leaning in to Jesus. We hope you’ll join us here each Sunday!

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We can’t wait to see how God will lead you to share your heart with other sisters in Christ.

How to Study God’s WORD

What does your time with God look like? Not your going to and fro, spinning from one thing to the next, hands in the dish water, reading with your kids, throwing in a load of laundry, making meals for your family…kind of time. No, I’m talking about your quiet time. I know. Finding time isn’t always easy, but we must MAKE intentional time to spend with God.

I’ve found over the years that if I’m ever going to make the most of my quiet time, I need to have a game plan.

I’m not talking about putting God in a box here, only that I want to be wise with the precious quiet time I do have with Him. And of all the methods and ways I’ve tried to study Scripture, the one thing that remains for me is this. I love God’s Word…literally LOVE it. But I didn’t know how much I loved it, until I began studying it verse by verse. And this is when God’s Word, His Love letter to the world, came alive in my heart and ignited a passion and drive in me to live a more devotional life…with the help of Jesus, of course.

How to Study God's WORD ||

How I study God’s Word

Often I will have a topic in mind that I’m studying or a book/bible study that I’m reading that points me to various Scriptures. And after going back over my notes one day, I realized that there was a pattern to the way I broke the verses down, soaked them in and prayed through them.

And an acronym was born: W.O.R.D.

W. Write the Word: Anytime I’m reading Scripture and I’m wanting to really study it, I write it down in my journal. There’s s something about seeing God’s Word in your own handwriting that’s pretty powerful. It’s a reminder that God’s Word was written for each one of us. So, write those verses down.

O. Observe the Word: This is where I dissect and write down everything I notice about each verse. The bible is a book about God (not about me) so I want to learn all I can about what it says about Him. I may even write each verse down in bullet point fashion while prayerfully asking God to reveal His Truth in each line. I love going as deep as I can with each verse, so I will usually compare a few different Bible versions (on my iPhone using YouVersion) to gain deeper meaning. I read all the study notes and cross references in my favorite Life Application Study Bible.

R. Respond to God’s Word: Once I’ve gained a fuller knowledge of the Truth by studying it from many angles, then I know it’s time for me to respond. I ask God to show me HOW I can apply what I’ve learned to my own life. Are there any changes I need to make, habits I need to break, idols that I’ve set up that need torn down? Is there a stronghold that needs to be surrendered, a person I need to forgive or ask forgiveness of? How does God want me to respond? This is usually where my written prayer begins as I journal through these questions to God and then respond to His prompting and nudging in my heart.

D. Determine to live in God’s Word: Continuing on with my written prayer, I then put feet to my faith and turn it into an actionable faith. So, I’m turning my response to God’s Word into a step of faith by deciding to do the thing He’s calling me to do based on the Scriptures I’ve just read. It may be something as small as picking up the phone to call and bless someone that day (which, by the way, isn’t really a small thing to the one being blessed) or as big as agreeing with God to cut that thing out that is hindering your faith and causing you to stumble. We need to decide to take action, friends. Pray through it and allow God to pour into you as you pour out to Him. Determine to live FREE in God’s Word every single day.

So there you have it… a great way to study God’s Word. This has revolutionized my study time with God and helps to keep my mind and heart focused on His Truths while spending time with Jesus. Next week, I’ll show you an example of how I put all of this into practice.

For more encouragement, resources and great Bible Studies, be sure to follow our Bible Studies Pinterest Board.

How do you study God’s Word? I’d love to hear what works best for you. And I’d also love to know what your biggest obstacles are with regard to studying your bible.

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When your day begins with a fork in the road {& Living in the Word, link-up}

My friends, I am so excited to join my dear friend, Carlie Kercheval over at Managing Your Blessings by co-hosting their weekly Living in the Word, Sunday link-up.

If you are new to this, here’s how it works…Women join together each week and simply share what God is teaching their hearts. So, bloggers, we’d love for you to link-up with us by sharing what God is doing in your life, a Word of Truth He’s placed on your heart or an honest story of redemption and Love. These stories…your hearts, and words…they matter. And if you’re not a blogger, no worries…you can share what’s on your heart right here in the comments. Be sure to join us here each Sunday!

Living in the Word, Link-up ||

My Story of a Changed Heart This Week…

You know those days, mamas, when you wake up, your feet hit the floor and you’re faced with the dreaded fork in the road? It’s literally staring you right in the face. Some days, you open your eyes and your resolve is so strong, that nothing is going to ruin this day. No matter what circumstance is thrown your way, it’s going to be a good day…because of Jesus.

Back to the fork…

But on this day, for some reason, there’s a choice that feels a bit more ominous and overwhelming…clouded. It’s not so clear in your mind whether this will be a good day or not. And your resolve is weaker on this particular day. So, you don’t choose. You wait to see what will happen once you hit the ground running.

That’s what I did one day this last week. And if I’m honest…it happens more than I’d like to admit.

Within 2 minutes of waking up, my youngest ones were awake, and full of needs. I’ll add that they were grouchy and complaining already and it was only 6:02am. My other two sons were up shortly after, and from there…I chose to continue sinking into a pit. My bible study didn’t happen on this day, which is why I set my alarm to get up BEFORE the kids in the first place. It was raining hard, again. And there we were, faced with 15ish hours left in our day and already, I was exhausted.

The entire day was filled with boys bickering, fighting, offending one another, grumbling and me….doing the very same thing. I knew it was wrong. I knew I needed to just turn toward Jesus and there He’d be to rescue me. But I just couldn’t find my way that day. I couldn’t see past what was right in front of my face. My Joy felt stolen.

That night, I prayed for God’s new mercies would find me in the morning. I was desperate for a Mercy-Day. I didn’t deserve one, but I prayed for one anyway.

Me and the boys!!

Early the next day…

Same story. I woke up, tired. Blurry-eyed, I just wanted to sleep in. I’d been up (again) with a sick one til 2:30am. He had obviously caught the cold my oldest son already had. So here it was, 6am and that proverbial fork hit me again. I was tempted to sink in to defeat, tempted to hang my head low while laundry piles beckoned, dishes remained undone from the night before, house still an utter disaster and sick kids awaited.

What’s a tired mama to do?

On this morning, that fork didn’t feel so dreadful. Something was different. We could have another day like the one before, or I could sink into Jesus instead of into defeat. What was different? My quiet time with the Lord was, once again, not going to be “quiet”. It was going to need to be one of those DEVOTIONAL MOTHERHOOD kind of days ..where quiet time happens in constant fellowship between His Spirit and mine throughout the day, instead of only when it’s “quiet”. It was still raining, the shower I’d hoped for wasn’t going to happen and my house was not going to get spring cleaned like I’d hoped. But, I opened my hands to the One who loves me like crazy and decided right there and then that I was going to receive and accept whatever He had for me that day. In fact, I was even going to be thankful.

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” -Luke 22:42

I felt God’s grace fall fresh on my soul. His mercies covered our entire day, and my heart was full to overflowing with thankfulness. Nothing in my world had changed, but something in my heart had. Living proof, that our circumstances and feelings do NOT have to dictate our contentment.

My boys and I, we danced up a storm in our laundry-pile laden living room that day. We read books instead of engaging in the “Brother’s Fight Club” like the previous day and I didn’t fret about the dishes or the dinner plan for later that night. I let go of my agenda, looked around at those four sweet faces who were smiling at me because they could see my heart written all over my tired face…and I thanked God for this loud and crazy HOPE-filled mess where He comes in and rescues us the mud and mire and even…from our SELVES. 

Living in the Word Link Up

We’d love for you to join us and share the amazing Truths God is showing you by linking up your blog posts (or sharing your stories in the comments below, if you’re not a blogger). When we share our faith with one another, we allow God to shine through us blessing and encouraging one another to keep pressing on and leaning in to Jesus. We hope you’ll join us here each Sunday!

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A Free eBook for YOU: Family Conversation Starters

Friends, we are  so excited to share with you a brand new little eBook that is very near and dear to our hearts. It’s a FREE resource we put together for all families who desire to create intentional family time together called, Family Conversation Starters For the Whole Family.

Family Conversation Starters for the whole family ||

As our days are filled with activity and often TIME goes by so quickly, it’s exceedingly important to make time for FAMILY TIME. One of the ways our family does this is by making sure our time around the dinner table is filled with intentional life-giving conversation. Normally, during dinner, we begin by playing a game we call, High/Low. (We’re fairly certain this is not our own original idea.) Anyway, we go around the table and ask everyone, including ourselves,  “What was the highest point of your day? And what was the lowest?” This is a great way to get everyone to reflect on their days and talk openly about them. Often, I’m surprised by our sons’ answers, and always very grateful.

Then comes the part everyone REALLY looks forward to…

We pull out our Family Conversation Starters jar. It’s filled with over 220 slips of paper with questions on each one. We all take turns choosing our questions and what comes next is simply beautiful….Faith Building, in action. Some of the questions are silly and some are really thought provoking while others get straight to the heart of God and our faith. But no matter what each little white slip of paper asks, there’s always connection and laughter, and growing TOGETHER.

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