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Bible Verses For New Moms



If there is one thing I have learned about motherhood, it's that we all transition into it differently.  Some sail into motherhood on a cloud.  Everything comes easily, and they enjoy every minute of it.  Others crash into motherhood with a rude awakening, and it looks nothing like they thought it would.

But every mom I know would say how much she loves being a mom, and one look into those precious little faces just puts everything into perspective, no matter the entrance into this mothering journey.

Still, I can guarantee there will come a time when you need some encouragement as a mom.  Maybe it's right away when you just need to make it through one more sleepless night, or maybe it will be a couple years down the road when you have a rough day and worry you are messing your kids up.  Sometimes you just need that extra boost to remind you that the work you are doing has significance.  Every ounce of energy you put into you kids matters, more than you think.  It matters to your kids, and it matters to God.



So to help remind you, I wanted to share some Bible verses that I find encouraging on those days when mothering is hard.  If you are in a rough patch, I hope these will bring you some hope!  And if you are feeling like you have this mom thing down, just tuck this post away for a time when it doesn't feel so easy.



I have broken these down into times of day - I know I need different reminders in the morning than I do in the evening.  Memorize these verses so you can bring them to mind when you need them (you can even teach them to your kids while you are at it)!


For The Morning

"The Lord's loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23

I love this verse for rough days, because it reminds me that no matter how badly I mess up, the Lord loves me and tomorrow is a fresh day.


"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24

The best wake-up verse you could ask for!


"See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are."  1 John 3:1

When you look at the cute little faces of your children, remember that the Lord loves you even more than you love them!


For Mid-Day

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as a reward.  You are serving the Lord Christ."   Colossians 3:23-24

Motivation to keep going strong - because when we are serving our families, we are really serving Jesus!


For The Evening

"Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world." Philippians 2:14-15

When you are starting to feel "the witching hour" (i.e. the hour before dad gets home when everyone goes crazy), remember this verse.  I don't know about you, but I want to be a light in the world, and be an example to my kids by not grumbling when I feel like it.  Still working on this one.


"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoicing usually comes more naturally in the morning when I am refreshed and energetic!  I typically need the reminders to rejoice and give thanks more in the evening, when I am tired.


For The Middle Of The Night

"When you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:3-4

This verse is about giving to the poor, but the concept of being seen by God when we give sacrificially without drawing attention to ourselves is also encouraging to me as a mom.  

"May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge."  Ruth 2:12

My prayer for you, friends!  Seek refuge in Him, be faithful in this work of loving and training your children, and may the Lord reward your work!


And as a little pre-Valentine's day gift to my newsletter subscribers, I am giving you these verses as free printables!  Somehow I find it easier to remember a verse if it is printed on a pretty card.  I hope you enjoy these cards and find the verses an encouragement like I do!  These cards also stack well with my printable verses for labor.

To receive the free verse printable, please sign up for my newsletter with the form below, or click here and fill out your information.  Next, make sure you confirm the subscription through the email that will be sent to you!  The printables go out to my subscribers once a week...if you truly need them sooner than a week, you may send me an email request after you have subscribed, and I'll do my best to get them sent to you sooner.  

I am so grateful for all of you who take time to read my musings! Enjoy!

Please note: These printable are for personal use only.  Do not redistribute or sell in any way.  Giving them in printed form as a gift is fine, but please redirect people to this post for the digital files.  Thanks guys!










Psalm 113 Printable Bible Verse Cards

Psalm 113 Printable Bible Verse Cards | Through Clouded Glass


People don't give presents for Thanksgiving.  I guess that is because we are typically focusing more on what we have already received instead of what we are going to receive.

But I'm going to change things up a bit and give a little present to my newsletter subscribers anyway! 

I have been wanting to memorize more Bible verses (though it's been challenging to follow through with how busy things have been the last couple months!), and I think it is so much easier to memorize verses if they are printed in a pretty way.


Why Moms Should Memorize Bible Verses


Printable Bible Verse Cards | Why Moms Should Memorize Bible Verses | Need some encouragement to memorize more Bible verses?  This site has encouragement plus PRINTABLE BIBLE VERSE CARDS to get you started!


I remember the first time we pulled up to the church that looked like something out of a storybook.  Painted white with green trim, steeple with a bell, a merry-go-'round and swing set out back.  I stepped out of the car somewhat nervously, trailed behind my family on the way in the door, and sat next to my sister as I smoothed out my yellow floral Easter dress.


Patriotic Fudge Recipe (+ Printable)



Fourth of July is coming up this weekend!  And even during these times when I feel like the country is going in the wrong direction, it is still one of my favorite holidays.  Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago, some brilliant men constructed a form of government founded on biblical principles and the idea that all men had a right to be free from tyranny.  That is still worth celebrating.

Last weekend, I attempted to make some patriotic fudge.  I made it once a couple years ago, and it was pretty and yummy, so I wanted to attempt it again so I could share the recipe.




Over A Cup Of Coffee (Vol. 1)



I'm starting a new little series on this blog called "Over A Cup Of Coffee".  It will be series in which I will document.  I will write about something that I might tell a friend over a cup of coffee.  Frequency will vary, depending on how much I have to tell, but you can expect these posts between once of twice a month.  

Somewhere amidst all the social media and blog marketing and watching page views like a hawk and creating pinnable posts, I think a lot of the blogging world has lost the art of storytelling.  Blogging will of course change and evolve over the years, and that isn't a bad thing.  Still, I find it unusually refreshing when I come across a post that is just a story - just someone's life, raw, sometimes messy, there for you to read.  And I know I want to find my way back to that a little bit, because ten years from now, my kids won't care about the pinnable posts as much as they care about the story posts.

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With that said, let's talk about my job situation, shall we?  I alluded to it in a recent post, and it's time to tackle the subject.  So let's pretend I just pulled a pan of cheesecake brownies out of the oven and brewed two hot cups of Cafe Verona (decaf for me), and I'll tell you what's been going on.

Over our brownies and a cup of coffee, I'd probably admit that for the last couple months, I have felt like I am having a midlife crisis.

As I said in my "things I learned in April" post, I consider a midlife crisis any time when part or all of your identity is threatened.  People usually have them in their forties or fifties because they realize they are losing their youth, and that is hard for people who have some of their identity tied up in their youth.  But it really can happen any time, with any part of your identity.  The part that has been threatened for me is my professional identity.



I have been working in a dental office one day a week for three years, as a dental hygienist.  Lately, our office has been growing by leaps and bounds, and a couple months ago, my boss asked me if I would take on another day at work.

You have to realize, the work situation I have been in for the last few years has been ideal for me.  I loved working just one day a week.  I could be a most of the time stay-at-home mom, which is something I always wanted to do.  But at the same time, I could keep up my professional skills as a dental hygienist, without losing much time with my kids.  They went to grandma's house while I worked, which they loved.  I enjoyed seeing my patients, I liked my working environment, and I had a good boss.  I probably would have continued like this indefinitely.

Then my boss told me they needed me to take another day, and I realized nothing lasts forever.
I loved working as a dental hygienist.  But I treasure my time at home with the kids.  And as silly as it may sound to some, I just wasn't willing to give up another day that I could be spending with them.

So I gave my notice, and my last day was a couple weeks ago.  I have no doubt I did the right thing, but a decision like that comes with a lot of questions.  Should I try to find temp work on Fridays until this baby comes?  Do I even want to do that?  How will I keep up my skills if I am no longer working?  How will I afford all the licensing and continuing education fees that come along with this job when I am not working to compensate for it? Should I just give up on practicing hygiene until the kids are grown? But if I don't work, will I even be employable in five years?  Who wants to hire a hygienist who hasn't practiced in years?  If I no longer practice, all that hard work of my (intense) dental hygiene program will go to waste!  And if I am not a hygienist, what am I?

You wouldn't think the flood of questions would be so severe since I have been mostly a SAHM already, but it has been rough.  To be honest, I have found very few answers.  What I never realized was how much being a dental hygienist had become part of my identity.

But that's the thing, isn't it?  Most of the roles in which we tie up our identities are only ever temporary.  Life situations can change in an instant.  Even core roles, like "wife" and "mother" aren't guaranteed.

The only permanent ground in which to plant my identity is in Christ.

I am first and foremost a child of God, redeemed by the blood of Jesus, and nothing can ever take that away.  That is my core identity, and it's lovely, because every other identity can be viewed through this one.  It ties everything together so nicely, and if one of my other sub-category identities is threatened, I know that God still has good things planned for me, for exactly the place where I am.  Because I am His first.



And right now, He said that it was time for a chapter of my life to close.

I don't know if I will temp, if I will find another job next year after the baby comes, or if I will never practice hygiene again.  I am still trying to figure out what God's will is in all of this.  But I know there are good thing planned for the future, even if I never pick up another instrument.

So I'm a little sad, but I am also a little happy.  My emotions swing from one extreme to the other while everyone seems to expect me to know what I am doing and how I feel about it, and the truth is I don't.
But I start to get inklings here and there, and I am excited.  I can't tell you what I will be doing professionally next year, or in five years, or in twenty years.  And the not knowing can be a little exciting too, when you know He has good plans.

So that is where I am, and now you know.  And if we were having a cup of coffee, I'd probably be embarrassed for talking about myself so much, and I'd ask how you are doing, and whether you have ever had a "midlife crisis".

And you would comment below and tell me!

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And not all of our coffee chats will be this heavy, just so you know!

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And on that note, I wanted to share a free printable with you all!  This is a verse that has been comforting to me over the last couple months, because I feel like in the midst of my inner turmoil, I have not handled everything as well as I wish I would have liked.  This verse has been comforting - that even when I am not what I should be, God's mercies are new every morning.  I hope you can use this to remind yourself that He gives us mercy every single day, especially when we don't do things perfectly!




To receive this free printable, just sign up for my newsletter by clicking here - and this will be sitting in your inbox by the end of the week!

(I'd also love it if you would spread the love and share this printable on Pinterest.)



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Until our next coffee chat!

A Little Insta-Blogging

Yesterday I posted this photo and caption on Instagram:





Oh my goodness, this has been a day. I attempted to wake up early for some quiet time, and couldn't even get out of the kitchen before I spotted a little shadowy form watching me from the hallway. Got her back to bed, spilled my tea. Managed to get through a couple chapters of the Bible before two of the kids were awake. Got them to bed again. Came up later to find they were NOT in bed, but had been painting the walls with their watercolors. Find mess, clean, repeat, all.morning.long. Naptime! Finished some blogging chores. I was just about to sit down with a book and some lunch (ie. that plate of cucumbers and peppermint tea, cravings brought to you by #babynumberfour ), but I hear them up there again. #dayinthelife #threeunderfour #lovethemalwaysthough 


Yesterday was crazy, guys.  It was probably one of the messiest days I've had as a mom - and by messiest, I mean that I was constantly cleaning up messes!  It seemed like every time I turned around, one of the kids was getting into something.  Even during what I thought was nap time, I came upstairs to find that the kids had been scattering toys about their rooms when I was blissfully unaware.

I'm really not one of those insane clean freaks, normally.  I've been known to make and leave messy areas around the house myself.  But the unexpected messes.  They bother me.  At least they did yesterday.

I wish I could say I handled it all with grace and kind words, but that would be a lie.  I was frustrated, and it showed.

I was thinking about it this morning, and you know what?  This morning has been lovely so far.  Granted I haven't been upstairs to see what the kids are doing at the moment, but still.  This morning it is easy to remember that I love this.  I love this mom job.  I would so much rather be home cleaning up my kids messes than anywhere else.

Because even on the bad days, Wyatt asks if he can give me a kiss, and Gwen comes running to me for comfort when she is hurt, and Clyde falls asleep in my arms on the couch.  Every job has frustrating moments, but I don't know another job that has as many rewards to compensate as this one does.



Every day is fresh, with no mistakes in it, and God's mercies are new every morning.  Even for messes, and moms who in the midst of the chaos sometimes forget how incredibly blessed they are.

(Bonus if you know where the first part of that last paragraph came from - only one of my favorite books ever.)

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I have a free printable of the image above, coming for my newsletter subscribers in mid-April!  You can sign up to the right if you are not already a subscriber, or click here.

Love Ya A Latte - Valentine Printable


"Love Ya A Latte" Valentine's Day Printables


I love Valentine's Day.

I know to a lot of people it is just a Hallmark holiday, a holiday companies make up to encourage us to spend more money and buy more cards.  But I like the idea of showing the people in your life that you love them - our husbands, but also our kids, our family, and our friends!

Valentine's Day was always a family affair for us growing up - Mom and Dad went on their date, but every year they would have some sort of surprise for us too.  Sometimes it was candy, sometimes it was stuffed animals, once it was even a new Adventures In Oddyssey set!  But I love that they did that.  I think it would have been easy to become depressed about having no romantic prospects every Valentine's Day since I didn't have a boyfriend (Derek) until I was 18, but my parent's gifts made Valentine's Day something fun.  I want to do that for my kids, and for the other people in my life that are important to me.



"Love Ya A Latte" Valentine's Day Printables


I had so much fun making Valentine's for Wyatt and Gwen's little friends last year, so I decided I wanted to create a Valentine printable again this year, just for fun.  This is what I came up with.



"Love Ya A Latte" Valentine's Day Printables

"Love Ya A Latte" Valentine's Day Printables



I drew this little Valentine.  The phrase came from a magnet that I have had on my fridge for a long time.  I think it's a cute pun.  I printed up the graphic, cut it out, and taped it to some card stock using pink, glittery washi tape that I got for a dollar at Walmart.  I thought these valentines would be especially cute with a coffee-related gift, so I bought some Starbucks Via packets and taped one to the back of each valentine.  A Starbucks gift card would be great to include with these too.


"Love Ya A Latte" Valentine's Day Printables

"Love Ya A Latte" Valentine's Day Printables


I am planning on giving this to my mom and sister.  I might even sneak one into Derek's work bag during Valentine's week, even though we will still do something special to celebrate!
And as a little pre-Valentine's Day gift to my readers, I am giving you these valentine printables for free! You can download them here (light pink variation) and here (dark pink variation).  I hope you have fun with them, and if you think of any other creative ways to use them, I'd love to see!


"Love Ya A Latte" Valentine's Day Printables


I also thought these would be cute to use for a "I'm thinking about you" card, so my newsletter subscribers will be getting the non-valentine version to use for any occasion!  If you would like the non-valentine version, sign up for my newsletter.  The February edition is coming out next week, so sign up quick if you would like that version as well!

Printable Bible Verses For Labor

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A couple years ago, before Gwen was born, I came up with a list of Bible verses that I wanted to read for encouragement during labor.  Of course, I didn't end up using them that time, because Gwen decided to come so quickly!  I did, however, use them when I had Clyde - two in particular.
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I repeated these two verses to myself during the last part of my labor with Clyde, and I loved that I could fill my mind with God's truth while I was in so much pain.

When I picked these verses for labor, I chose some because they seemed appropriate for labor and delivery, but many of them I just picked because they were verses that I have held close to my heart over the years - ones that have encouraged me at times when I needed it.

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I felt like it was time to update the printables I originally made for these verses, so I made some new printables that I wanted to share with you!  You can get them for free by signing up for my blog newsletter - either the monthly newsletter or the weekly post round-up (I promise not to email you more than that!).

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After I made these printable I got them printed up to test them out, and I realized that I kind of love having cards of these verses for day-to-day life - to remind me to focus on the Lord through even the little challenges.  So whether you are having a baby and would like to use these cards for the purpose I originally intended, or whether you choose to print them up for your home or personal study, I hope you'll find them an encouragement and reminder of God's love for you!

Use the sign-up form below (and don't forget to confirm), and I'll send them off to you ASAP!

PLEASE NOTE:  The email usually goes out once a week - if you need them sooner you may send me an email and I will send them out as soon as I am able!

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Christmas Printables And Updates

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When I was a girl, one of my favorite Christmas songs was "Silver Bells".  Now I'm not exactly sure why, but it just seemed to usher in the Christmas season for me.

Last year I put together these lyrics to Silver Bells with the intention of using the lettering to create a painted Christmas sign - but the sign never got finished, and I lost my motivation.  So this year, I changed up the file a bit and made printables instead!  I think they look pretty cute with my poinsettia flowers that Derek got me a few years ago, my little snowmen figurines that were a gift from my sister, and some Walmart sparkly ornaments stringed up on my wall.

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Lately I've been working on getting a blog newsletter going - my plan is to send out a newsletter once a month or so, and I'll include personal updates and pictures, links to some of my more popular posts that month, links to other articles that I've liked, and the occasional freebie.  I am excited about this new project!

And you are in luck, because if you sign up for my newsletter before the end of December, I'll send give you this set of printables!  Consider it a thank-you-for-reading-and-signing-up-and-merry-Christmas gift.  You can sign up below, and then keep an eye out for the printables in your inbox!  You can either sign up for the monthly version, or you can sign up to get a weekly roundup of posts from the blog instead.



Speaking of personal updates, I think I might have some good news on the job front for Derek - I don't want to say too much yet just in case it doesn't work out, but things are looking promising - keep us in your prayers, and I'll post an update (if there is anything to tell) next week!


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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Remembered, Redeemed, Refined

One of my favorite blogs to read is Kerrie's blog, Life On A Mission.  Periodically she hosts a link-up called "Hello, my name is ______".  The point of the linkup is to recognize some of the lies that Satan has been telling us, and to remember what the truth is - what our "new name" is in Christ.

She hosted the linkup again last week, and I sat there thinking for a little while about "names" that have come to mind lately that are really lies.  And this might sound melodramatic, but a couple words came to mind.

Forgotten.  Punished.

Things have not been running smoothly around here lately.  Derek is traveling again, and I am truly so over it.  It's hard.  It's hard to have him gone.  I feel lonely, I feel overwhelmed, I feel tired.  And that does sound melodramatic unless you have a husband who travels a lot - and then you understand.

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I give major props to military wives or single moms - because I only have to do it by myself during the week, a few months at a time.  I think it would be ten times harder to have to run a household completely alone for a year+, or indefinitely (and some moms have to work full-time too!).

Anyway, the bottom line is that it's just hard.  Not as difficult as a lot of trials other people have to walk through, but hard for me none the less.

Then our car broke down the other day, which seems minor (and really, it is), but this is the fourth major car issue we've had over the last six months. We've already got quite a bill we're working on from our previous car issues, and then this is adding to it.

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 So the other day I found myself wondering when we're going to catch up?  When things are going to start getting easier?  How much longer can I do this?  And it crossed my mind that maybe God has (1) forgotten about my requests here, or (2) that maybe I'm doing something wrong and He's letting all these frustrating things continue in order to punish me.

But you know what? Those are both lies.

God has not forgotten about me.  He loves me more than I can understand.  He knows of my frustrations, my loneliness, my weariness.  And He cares.  He hasn't forgotten about my requests.




He's not punishing me.   Are there areas where I need to search my heart, maybe correct my course a bit?  Of course.  But these bad things that happen aren't God saying "First you straighten up here, and then I'll take away that painful stuff".  That's not how He works.  I've already been forgiven for all my failings.  Jesus already took all that punishment for me on the cross. 

I do think that God works in us through the bad things in life.  I think He allows certain things to happen or continue.  It's not to punish us, or to get us to "shape up".  God is working through all our difficulties to shape us - to teach us how to be more like Him.  There are things we would never learn without the hard stuff of life, but God wants us to learn it - and He walks us through the hard times, guiding us and teaching us.

Not because He's angry at us.  Not because He doesn't care about the little things.





Sometimes He allows things because He loves us.  If He just took away all the pain and difficulties in our lives, what would refine us?  Which precious lessons would we never learn? He knows that the best thing that can happen is for us to draw closer to Him, to learn to be more like Him - and that's what trials do.  If we react rightly, they chase us further into His arms.  That is a good thing.  It is the best thing.

So I'm not forgotten.  I'm not being punished.

I am being molded.  I am being taught.

I am remembered.  I have been redeemed.

I am loved.

And because He loves me, He's refining me.

That is the best thing.

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(For the printables of the verses in this post, left click on the images above, then right click to save the full-size versions to your computer.)

Valentines Printable

This year I decided I really wanted to send out Valentine's to all of Wyatt and Gwendolyn's little friends!  There are a ton of homemade Valentine ideas on Pinterest, but none of them seemed quite right for me, so I decided to make my own.



I got these fun little airplane gliders (I think they came out to about 11 cents each?), and I made my own printable to go with them.

I painstakingly created that little paper airplane graphic myself (yes, I did).  I really like the way the valentines turned out!



For the actual valentines I just printed them out on some card stock, then cut them out and taped them to another piece of card stock with some cute wash tape.  Then I made little labels to wrap around the gliders.


I tucked it all in an envelope, and off they went.  We had a little hiccup at the post office (it turns out the airplanes were a little too thick - ah!), but the mail-lady let me stamp them all as non-machinable letters, and I think most of them got through to their destinations.

You can download these printable valentines here.  I recommend printing on card stock, or dressing them up with notecards and wash tape like I did!  Free for personal use only.  Enjoy!



Heart Spillover

When I saw the announcement for this "Speaking Life"  linkup on Whitney's blog (which you should most definitely check out - she's one of my new favorites!), I knew I wanted to participate!  Lately I've been realizing more and more how my words and attitudes matter and can make a huge difference in my relationships, especially in my marriage.

However, I'm having a really hard time narrowing down a topic for this post, because I feel like "Speak Life" encompasses so many different things - things that I want to work on.  Maybe I'll pound out more of my thoughts about this in the next few weeks, but for now the central idea that keeps coming to mind when I think about speaking life is this verse:

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I could sit here and write about gossiping, keeping complaining in check, encouraging others, etc.  All those topics are good ones and worth writing about.  But the bottom line is that what I say is a reflection of what is in my heart.  If my heart isn't right, there is no way for me to learn to "speak life" to others.  It isn't going to happen.

Even if I do succeed in using my words to build up in one setting, the ugly overflow of my heart will spill over in some other setting.  I mentioned a couple weeks ago that for me, the ugly spillover usually ends up being in conversations with my husband and mom.  That ultimately it's not healthy for me or for them, and it's definitely not honoring to God.

The problem with this heart spillover is that it's not something I can change by sheer force of will.  Humans cannot change their own hearts.  

If we are going to get better at using our words for good and not for harm, it has to start with heart change.  And heart change has to start with honestly recognizing what is in our hearts, and taking all the ugliness to the Lord.  Asking Him to fix it.  He is the only one who can.

When your heart is in a good place, when you give up any lingering bitterness or jealousy or unforgiveness or selfishness . . .when your true heart's desire is to honor Jesus and show love to others, good things will spill out of it.  And speaking life will be natural.  That's the place I want to be.

(For a free printable of the above verse, click here and save the image to your computer.  For personal use only.)


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My 2014 Word

Last year I tried picking one word for the year.  It was the first year I had done the "one word" thing, and I really liked it.  I felt like it helped give me focus for the whole year, whenever I thought about my word, but it was less pressure than setting resolutions (which I avoid doing at all costs). 

I decided I'd like to pick another word for this year.  As I was thinking about my word, my mind drifted to a podcast I listened to a while ago that had a big impact on me.  The message was given by Joni Eareckson Tada, and she talked about this verse:

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She talked about how we often focus on the part of the verse that says that with the Lord "a thousand years is as one day".  But what about the other half?  The part that says with Him "a day is as a thousand years".

I could never quite figure out what that part of the verse meant, except for a general "there is no time with God" kind of way.  But Joni had a great perspective on it, something I had never thought about before.

She talked about how God gives us these days here, and how each 24 hour period can resonate into a thousand years worth of eternity.  

We have this one day - this one day to invest our minutes into things that matter.  The thought made me think about how what I do with my individual days here is more important than I realized.  If each day is worth a thousand years, I want to make it count.  

So my word this year?

Invest


I want to invest my minutes wisely.  I want to pour myself and my time, into things that are going to last this year.  

Those things that are going to last?  It's mostly people and my relationship with Jesus.  

I want to be more intentional with my time with the Lord this year, in studying my Bible and prayer. I want to make sure I use these little days at home with my kids wisely.  I want to pour God's word into them, to strive to turn their little minds toward Him.  I want to reach out to new friends, and take time to let my good friends and family know that they matter.  I want to find little ways to brighten the days of people around me, even strangers.  I want to be all there

Because those minutes with others and how we use them count - for us and for them.


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The other thing that Joni said that really stood out to me is that if we are going to invest in others in a way that is going to last, it is our job to make God real to them.  I love that - that is our job while we are here.  People can do that without even realizing it (I know my kiddos have done that for me even unintentionally), but I want to be intentional about it this year.  To show Jesus to others, in any little way that I can.  Invest is my word - I want making God real to those around me to be my focus.

I have this one day - I want to spend it on things that matter.

I'm looking forward to seeing how God teaches me to invest my life better over the next year.

If you'd like to listen to the Focus On The Family broadcast I'm talking about, you can check it out here.
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