Servant Leader, Drinker of Coffees and Lattes, Mommy of Five sweet kiddos, Committed Wife, and Educator, with a desire to minister to millennial mothers.
My daughter asked to get baptized because she saw a pool at a local church we were visiting. As I was explaining baptism to her it occurred to me that she is 9 and I was 9 when I was baptised, so I chose to share the story with her of how I decided I was ready to get baptised.
My mother finally decided to loosen the reign and let me attend the Summer Youth Conference in Maryland. I was so excited because we got on the bus and drove from New Jersey to Maryland and we were staying at a hotel (which sounded like a vaca to me). [Read more…]
Summer is here and we are already sweltering from the heat here in Georgia! I do have a good handle on my goals for my lovely family for the month of June.
1. Travel more. It’s summer, we want out of the house! I have planned our calendar and we’re out of the house everyday even if it’s a trip to the library or a trip to a museum. It’s a common misconceoption that with so many kids it takes us forever to get out of the house and do anything. I’m proving that wrong by prepping, packing, and traveling this month.
2. Eat around the table more. With us being on the go it’s so easy to pull up to the drive through but I want our special moments and memories to be of us felloshipping as a family, around a meal, at the table. My slow cooker is my new BFF and we’re going to make it happen!
3. Schedule more time for mommy self-care. I need more time for me so that I can keep up with my family. I’m intentional about it and it’s already on my planner and my gym time is on there too!
4. Focus on Education. I make learning fun but we’ve got to focus on subjects the kiddos didn’t do so well in last school year and focus on prepping for the upcoming school year.
Welcome to Day 5 of the Cultivating a Heart for Home Challenge!!
If you’re all caught up, great! Go and grab your binder and your Glory Goals Worksheet.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about go back and review Day 4.
Today we are digging deep into our Glory Goals. Remember this challenge is not only about what we want to have happen in our homes but what God wants to have happen in our home. As with anything we will affirm and confirm with the word of God.
Let’s take a look at your glory goals that you wrote out yesterday. What are some of the common words that you used in the functionality table and glory goal table?
For example an eye chart in the bathroom section the functionality was that we needed to clean our bodies and without glory Coles we needed to take care of our temples because we recognize that our bodies are not our own. How do I know what the Bible says about bodies? Where would I find scripture regarding this?
If you have a Bible commentary you can look up some of those common words or themes and search up Bible for scripture that speaks to you. If you do not own a Bible commentary that’s OK you can rely on your good friend Google.
Type in your search engine “What does the Bible say concerning __?” You’re going to type in those common themes or words in the blank. My good friend Google is going to send you a list of scripture that you can read through. My suggestion is to write down at least 4 to 5 scripture references per Glory Goal.
You’re going to use the Glory Goal Worksheet: Scripture References Sheet to write out your scripture references.
Welcome to Day 4 of the Cultivating A Heart for Home Challenge series!
We spent the first few days prepping our hearts and minds for the challenge and making sure our hearts and minds were in alignment with Gods Word.
Today we are going to map our homes for Gods glory. I know that sounds crazy like what?! Yes we are going to map out each room I our homes and identify how we can honor God in those spaces.
Use the free Glory Goals Worksheet to create a singular goal for each room of your home.
This is how I used mine and these are the goals I came up with for our home.
The great thing about this worksheet is that you can share it with your husband, kids, as to what you all are all working towards and want to strive to maintain.
Be sure to add it to your challenge binder because we have a few more activities to do with this worksheet.
Comment below and share one room and Glory Goal you have for your home!
Here we are on Day 3 of the Cultivating A Heart For Home series!!
Now that we’ve established God’s word in our home we have to anchor it in our hearts.
Jeremiah 17:10 “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Of course you know that we can’t be simply hearers of the Word but doers. Hearing God’s Word is great but we’ve got to apply what we’re learning. We have to be so deeply anchored in Christ that no matter what’s happening in our lives, our heart won’t change.
The kids may be acting crazy but when our heart is in our home, what needs to get done will. You may be exhausted, angry, or busy, no matter what you feel you will always get back to your homemaking because your heart is in it.
Ask God to search your heart. He will give to you according to what you do. Tell God to just have His way with you. He may be using you to establish something great in your home. You have no idea who you’re raising, who can just sporadically drop by, or what He wants to do through you.
He wants you to remember that His strength is made perfect in your weakness.
Anchor your heart in him today.
Here we are with Day 2 of the 30 Day Cultivating A Heart for Home! If you missed Day 1 you can go back and read it here: Day One.
To Cultivate A Heart for Home today’s focus is on the atmosphere that’s Christ centered.
But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. Psalm 1:2
In order to create a Christ centered home we would need to keep God’s Word on our hearts and minds. So I’m finding new places to post the Word in my home.
Take a minute and read 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
It says right here in the word that God lives with us and He does! If God is in our homes should’t it be reflected in our homes? The same way you have evidence that you live there; your photos, your clothes, your magazines and books, your toiletries. Where is the evidence that God lives in your home?
It should be visible to the people who are visiting your home that God is the center of your home. You never know who may be visiting and that’s the only word they get all week. It’s also important because the kids who can read will come by certain areas of the house and read them quietly to themselves and mediate on the word as well. This is especially good for wives to unsaved husbands for them to see and read the word. But most importantly it’s great for you because you will be reminded of God’s promises especially in those moments you want to just run away from home because you feel overwhelmed.
Having scripture posted in your home is just one way to physically display what your family values in your gospel centered home. It even says in Deuteronomy 6:9 “Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” It’s a command for us to follow.
Meditate on this one. Let me know which scripture your posting in your home and where.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
This challenge was created to assist you in creating your Christ centered home and lifestyle.
Matthew 6:21 says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Our homes are a treasure and a place for wonderful memories to be made and should be viewed as such. However at one point in time I didn’t even want to come home because I viewed it as a burden. The time sucker where I had to dedicate so much time cleaning, organizing, cooking, blah, blah, blah I wanted nothing to do with it so I’d find something else to do that would take all afternoon and evening.
The kids and I would get home late and our schedule was so off! I was miserable. This is not the way God designed my home to be or for me to be as the woman of the house. We are to be keepers of the home; wise women who build it up.
I had extra stress avoiding my home and never did find my sense of peace. I had to literally pray to like being at home, to find the joy in those little moments, and the be the kind of woman who made others enjoy being at her home too.
So that enlightenment turned into this challenge. If you too have found yourself over it you’ll come out with a new heart. It takes time to learn to love something and it’s the same with developing a heart for home.
There are a few resources I suggest you gather for the challenge.
We will be gathering more materials as the challenge progresses but this is a good start!
Go ahead and download the cover for your challenge binder and take a picture of you and your binder for a chance to win some challenge goodies!
Also be sure to use the #HeartForHome when you’re sharing on social media.
Im so excited about the challenge and can’t wait for your families to experience growth!
Hello Mamas! I have been in prayer mode recently. I have to be very honest with you, my home life has been on the fritz. I haven’t been following through as best as I could with my responsibilities and have been struggling balancing being both mommy and business owner. I had truly lost my desire for the home life and began to view it as a burden.
As I’ve transitioned from teacher to full time work from home mom it hasn’t been easy. I LOVE being able to be home with my babies and have more time with my school aged children. But the vision I set out to accomplish with my family hadn’t happen until recently.
Again I know what the Proverbs 31 woman does in the Bible but I struggled with finding my balance in this season of my life. I wonder how many kids she had because if it was five like me she sure is the real MVP! Staying up late to work on building my business, to fall asleep and wake up five times with my newborn is hard on the body and mind. I’m heavily relying on my Dunkin’ Donuts in the morning just to make it through the morning!
I wasn’t focused on making sure my home reflected God’s love nor was I really receiving His grace. So I sat down and had to figure something out! I saw my family getting frustrated with little things that I knew ultimately led back to me and I was no longer happy in my own home.
So I created a course for mamas who too make be struggling with really finding our mojo and heart for homemaking and all it entails. You don’t have to be a stay at home mom to appreciate this course but you do have to have a desire for a gospel centered home and life.
Your home should be that place of refuge, rest, and relaxation. It should be refreshing and restorative. It should reflect your families values and be a place you all love to return to. If your home and heart can use the refreshing join me for this course for the next 30 days!
She was sharing her anxiety about her husband being out of town for two weeks and started to realize how much she relies on him to do certain things for their family. In the time he was gone she was worried about how she was going to do everything by herself for her family.
All I could do was smile. Gods timing is perfect. My husband is out of town for a week and I woke up for the millionth time because he gets the big kids ready for school in the morning and gets my beloved Dunkin Donuts coffee for me every morning. I was so afraid to oversleep and have the kids be late that I couldn’t sleep! He knew I needed reassurance and reading her email did just that.
My two sweet boys are suffering from a virus, I’m pretty sure they’ve now passed it to me (funny how that works huh?) My threenager thinks she runs the house and refused to go to bed last night until about 11:30 when she finally fell out from sheer exhaustion. And my four month old, bless her heart, she just has to eat every two hours. My nine year old cries her eyes out if she can’t take the bus to school in the morning. How in all this craziness am I going to be up on time and not be cranky the entire rest of the day?
Then as I’m in my feelings I read Crystals email. She’s going through the same thing! She serves on this huge platform and I’m thinking to myself mommies everywhere have got it together with their little Pinterest ready homes, and schedules, and I’m just out here winging it. That’s not true!
Moms everywhere share the same fears, anxiety, sickness, sleepless nights, excitement, joys, and feelings. That’s why it’s critical to not only write, blog, speak, or share when things are going well but when they aren’t too. Some mama needs to know she’s not alone!
We are far from perfect and I think God likes it that way so we can rely on Him and not always the people around us. He woke me up on time today. He will be there for me even in my most loneliest moments. And He’s there for you in yours too.
We are the same mamas, just different colors, shapes, and sizes but we all share the same heart.
As Crystal reminded me, let me remind you. You are capable of amazing things and you’re much smarter than you think!