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When Our Anger Isn’t Under Control

I never remember being angry as a child. When I was a teenager, I never really rebelled in the true sense of the word. As an adult, there have been moments of frustration, but anger? Not really.Something happened after our first born child arrived. All of a sudden this quality I had never really known or experienced started veering its ugly head.For the first time, I started really losing my cool. I began to yell, throw, kick (not the kids), even curse. Mama threw some mean temper tantrums, and … [Read more...]

A 5-Step Plan for Mamas on the Verge of Boiling Over

Photo CreditThis is my third consecutive week posting on anger. Why? Because I struggle with anger. And I venture to guess that some of you do, too, at times. I posted on Facebook recently about how rare it is to hear women share their struggles with anger. It's almost taboo to admit you have an anger problem. Here are two of the responses:"...I struggle with it [anger], and struggled with it for a lot of my life. Its almost like if you voice it (that you have a struggle with anger, people … [Read more...]

Goal Setting: How Do You Get Started?

Today marks the beginning of my series on goal-setting. For more information, read this post. So, it's a new year and you're ready to do some self-improving. How do you get started? What do you need to do? This post will discuss the in's and out's of goal-setting -- what goals are, why you need them, the kinds of goals you should be making, & how best to achieve them. Let's get started. What are Goals & Why Do You Need to Make Them? We all have different reasons for making goals. … [Read more...]

The Weekly Wrap-Up: A New Adventure

I want to start a new weekly wrap-up post to be featured every Saturday to include the following:What I've Been Doing This WeekWhat I've Posted Favorite Posts I've ReadGoals AccomplishedGoals for Next Week What I've Been Doing This Week... I finished one of my goals for the year: Organizing all my recipes. Now I have two binders filled with recipes and sufficiently organized. I ended up using page protectors to house recipes from magazines and think that made the task so much simpler.My oldest … [Read more...]

My Favorite Posts of 2013

With the new year fast approaching, here's a round-up of my favorite posts of 2013. It's been a year of husband-wooing, fresh starts with homeschooling, and -- probably related to the former -- struggles with Mommy anger. Also I wrote a mini-series on battling entitlement with my children and how to create a library of good children's books. Enjoy! January 7 Ways to Edify Our Husbands + 3 Words of Caution A Fun Way to Show Him You Love Him: Create a Love Letter Scavenger … [Read more...]

When We Exasperate Our Children, We Put Their Salvation At Risk

If you haven't noticed recently, I'm struggling with anger, especially with my children. My expectations are too high, my need to impress is ridiculously out of whack, and my frustrated attempts at perfection are hurting everyone. Can you relate? I have felt very much alone lately, as if this were only my sin because for some reason, Moms don't share their bouts of anger, their temper tantrums. Yet, I dare say I'm not alone, as is evident from the abundance of {great} comments in this post.Photo … [Read more...]

Works in Progress: Our Children and Us

Photo Credit: mia3mom"Please take your shoes off and put them in the basket, Cora." "Cora, take off your shoes and put them up." "Go in your room and do not come out until your shoes are off and in their place." "Cora, why are your shoes still on your feet?" Finally, leading my two-year-old by the hand, I take her to the shoe basket in her room, kneel down, remove her shoes while she thrashes and protests, "I do it, Mama!" I chastise her for not listening and obeying the first time and am … [Read more...]

When “the Sufferings of This Present Time” Seem More Than We Can Bear

This world fills me with hurt and anger. My finite mind cannot grasp why the unspeakable happens, why God would allow so much pain to afflict His children, the very ones He formed in His own image. I can't comprehend why life has to be so harsh, often to the most undeserving. Why does a baby die in the womb after months of a mother's love and care? Why must a three-year-old face cancer? How can a young mom with 4 little ones be diagnosed with a terminal illness? Why does a father beat … [Read more...]

How to Use Bible Story Books with Young Children: 7 Fun Ways

Yesterday, I posted on 5 of our favorite Bible story books for young children.   Today, I want to offer you 7 suggestions for ways to use Bible story books with your young children.(1) Read to them.   Duh, right? But if you're like me and have oodles of Bibles and Bible story books on your shelves and aren't reading them, why not? Some days I let them pick out a Bible story from each of their books and we'll read them at breakfast time. I've found that reading while the kids are eating ensures … [Read more...]

Surrender: To Be Salt in a Low-Sodium World

If I had to pick one word for 2013, it would be "surrender." It's a word that lays heavily on my heart because of its expectations: selflessness, humility, submission, and great strength of character. These are qualities that, honestly, I don't often exhibit.To surrender our lives to Christ means something different for every Jesus follower:It's giving up control in areas we have a tight grip on; It's avoiding temptations that threaten our walk with the Lord; It's turning over fear, worry, … [Read more...]