Intentional Spending

Our family is coming up on a very important anniversary. July 1st will mark two years since money started giving up its hold on us. It had us in its grasp in more ways than we realized at the time. That July day was a pretty ordinary day. Nothing spectacular happened, but everything shifted in my mind. 

We made a decision and haven’t looked back.

That day, we started something that I call intentional spending. See, for most of my life, I wanted to be more giving. I always said that when we had more money coming in, we would start giving more. The problem was there was always some other way to spend that money. Sound familiar? 

I also realized in my desire to give the girls what they wanted, I wasn’t doing them any favors in the long run. So, the plan to change all that started. I was a woman on a mission!

How to spend your money wisely, Get out of debt, Control your spending

How to Prepare Your Family for Spiritual Battle

How to prepare your family for spiritual battle. 

The war is over, but the battle continues. 

Imagine a war of two countries. Soldiers in hand to hand combat. The bullets are real, the death toll rises and the damage is overwhelming. Then, the smoke dissipates and peace arises! A winner has been chosen! A hand shake between the countries and a promise of peace is signed. The war is over. 

But, behind the darkness, the battle still wages on. The continued prowling for people to destroy doesn't affect who wins in the end. Remember the war is over. A winner has already been chosen. None the less, darkness continues to move in an effort to bring down anyone they can. 

Jesus has won the war, but the battle still wages on. 

Here is how to prepare for spiritual battle. 

The Word of God, tells us how to take our stand, as Christian soldiers, against the enemy. 

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people."  Ephesians 6:10-18

Summer Bible Verse Plan

Summer Bible Verse Plan. Summer means no homework to kids (and us parents too.) Summer means fun and relaxation. It is the perfect time for kids to memorize Bible verses! 

A Christian View of Dealing with Grief

Dealing with the absence of not just a loved one, but someone who's presence touched every part of your life can bring you to your knees before God like never before. 

Often times, through the tear stained face and confused heart, we question God in His sovereignty. 

Grief is a sad part of the human experience. It is a part of life. 

But we have this hope of Christ - He is strong enough to carry our burdens, pain, unmet expectation, sorrow and grief. In exchange, He will refresh us, strengthen us and guide us. 

Dealing with the loss of a loved one.

My Gift To You: Free Printable Calendar

Free weekly printable just for you!

My word for this year is Focus. Did you choose a word for your year? It's never to late to pick one.

I'm hooked on planning. I love the Happy Planner and the Travelers Notebook. I own both. As Mother's Day is in just a couple of days, I wanted a gift for all my followers. pssst...that's you.  So I called up my good friend, Deana from The Frugal Homeschooling Mom and asked her to create for me an amazing weekly calendar for you. 

There are two parts to this printable. One is a weekly calendar on one sheet and the second is a weekly calendar on two sheets. Use one or the other or both! 

Free Printable Calendar

Click on the image for your FREE printable calendar. 

Free weekly printable calendar

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. 

Serving God, God's servant, full plate

A Legacy of Faith

A couple of years ago, I came across a verse that left an imprint on my heart. It speaks volumes in one sentence. This verse reminds me of my heritage and how important it is.

In 2 Timothy, Paul is writing from prison to encourage young Timothy. He mentored Timothy from a boy into a man and wants to teach him every last thing he can, even from prison. Maybe especially from prison. 

2 Timothy 1:5 says, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 

Two verses later, Paul tells Timothy that God does not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but rather power, love, and self-control. He wants Timothy to be all he can be and never let circumstances or fear dictate his actions.

Isn’t this what all of us parents want for our children?

Verse 5 means so much to me because of where I come from. I am blessed with godly parents and grandparents. Their faith lives through me! I am their legacy.