Make Time for Your Kids

Our evening tradition of reading a couple of chapters in the Bible and praying together as a family always ends with us tucking in our kids. I'll tuck in one as my husband tucks in the other and then we swap.

These past few nights my daughter has been asking for a mommy/daughter date. 

She asked if we could go to a tea shop that serves these cute little sandwiches, soup and fruit. 

I kiss her forehead and with all my heart agree to take her one day soon, but my mind visualizes my current schedule and reminds me how busy I am. 

Since I'm a stay at home mom, you'd think I would have all the time in the world to take my little princess to a tea luncheon but reality is I'm too busy. 

Keep a flexible schedule for your family.

To read how I fixed this problem and how I made time for my daughter go to The Brown Tribe. Make Time for Your Kids. 


Starla J. 

Being a Friend Through the Hard Stuff.

I burned the midnight oil late last night.  

Not because I was working, watching movies or reading a good book. Not because I was up working on the mountain size pile of laundry sitting in the corner of my room that calls my name. 

I was on the phone with a friend. My friend was hurting. 

As my friend poured her heart out to me and asked questions I didn't really have answers to, as I sat there listening: I prayed. I prayed for my friend. That God would guide her and comfort her. I asked God to give me the words to say to bring encouragement and comfort to her.

How to be a true friend. Friends for the hard times in life.
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Help for the Christian Blogger. Plus a Coupon Code!

I've been blogging for about a year and half. And yet, I still feel like I'm a baby blogger and there is still a mountain of information to learn.
As a Christian blogger, I find it a bit overwhelming to filter through what would work for my blog and what doesn't. I have never taken a Christian Blogging course. So I was super excited when I recently came across this course! 

**Check the bottom of this post for my coupon code.**

I've been reading through the testimonies from other bloggers who have completed the Christian Bloggers Bootcamp and my heart is singing with joy in hopes that as I go through this Christian Blogger Bootcamp that I too will learn to grow my Christian blog. 

Coming in August: Trusting in God Series

How to Trust in God.

Trusting in God. 

Those three words mean so much to me. 

I've been through a hard season in life. 

A season that brought me to my knees and left me no choice but to choose to trust God for everything I am. 

We all will have those ups and downs. 

We can either choose to let those hard seasons destroy us or we can choose to dig down deep and learn to trust in God. 

It is hard. 

But worth every minute, every tear, every prayer, and every moment spent seeking God. 


Because as we are crying to God, as we pray to God, as we seek after His refuge and strength; we draw closer to Him. 

The results are a closer relationship with God. 

I wouldn't want to go through that season in life again, but looking back, I'm thankful for the outcome. 

The outcome is my close relationship with God. 

How to trust in God.

Coming in August. I am hosting a very special series called 31 Days of Trusting in God. 

It is 31 different voices for 31 Days. 

That's right! 

I am blessed to have 31 different bloggers link arms with me to bring all our readers this wonderful trusting in God series! 

I've been praying over this upcoming series. 

I pray that each reader and blogger will be blessed by the series.

I ask that you join me. 

Please be sure to read, share and join in by commenting with your thoughts, questions and prayers. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and now Periscope: @PressingInPressingOn

I appreciate each and every one of my readers. 

Be Blessed, 

Starla J. 

Saying "No" to Ministry Opportunities.

You can say "No" to ministry opportunities. 

I believe it goes against the grain ,sometimes, as Christian leaders. Or perhaps it's just my struggle in the whole saying no thing. 

I want to serve God, but my focus should be on quality and not quantity. 

How to say No to ministry. Our best yes is for God

6 Ways to Say "I Love You" to Your Husband.

 I'm always on the look out for new ways to show my husband that I love and appreciate him. I haven't always been the best at expressing to him the love, respect and appreciation that he deserves as my husband, father of our kids and leader of our family. It was definitely something that I had to learn along the way in our marriage. I now thoroughly enjoy filling his love bucket up and look for different ways to do just that. Not that I've perfected it by any means, but I am so much better at it then when we first got married. If nothing else, I have at least a much better attitude about it than before. 

I'm sharing with you some of my favorite ways to say "I Love You" to my husband  in hopes it may inspire you to find joy in filling up your husband's love bucket. 

How to make your husband feel loved, appreciated and respected. How to respect your Husband.

Teach Your Children How to Pray.

As I tuck my kids in every night, I pray for them. I pray out loud so they can hear me. I hope as they hear my spoken words, that they will grow in their prayer life with God. My deepest desire, as their mom, is that they have a very close and personal relationship with God at an early age and continue that relationship with Him throughout their lives. 

I don't want them to see prayer as an obligation or a chore. I want them to know and understand what prayer really is. I want them to not only enjoy praying to God, but for them to choose talking with God first instead of last. 

Things to teach your kids about prayer. How to pray.
Derivative of Original photo by Matthew Cua and used with CC