Showing posts with label FAITH ♥ HOPE ♥ LOVE. Show all posts
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Life-Giving Words to our Children

Words are powerful. Most of us are aware of that and yet, we often fall short in taming our tongue. This is most especially true in parenting. I am one to admit that, taming my mama's tongue is a constant battle. I get physically and emotionally drained. The constant reminders and "keep at it" technique to make sure we raise good human beings are exhausting. Screening our language is easier said than done. How often we say something unkind and ungraceful to our children and beat ourselves down as we lay ourselves in bed? I certainly do.



James 3:6 says, " And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body, It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself".

Pretty profound isn't?

Our mouth, our chosen words can bring a child's future down. It is not about raising a child who believes that he or she is entitled to everything. It is about using life-giving words to discipline our children. Words can deeply hurt and can affect marriages, relationships..friendships. Our children are shaped by our words. It can destroy their "momentum" before they can even reach their potential. The power of our words have as much ability to speak life. Remember that, what we say is important. Words can be as abusive as physical abuse.

What can we do?

GUARDING- we need to be mindful of our words. I know..that can be exhausting. But guess what, aim at guiding our hearts. Luke 6:45 What you say flows FROM what is in your heart.

ENCOURAGE- always choose words of encouragement. The enemy can use an out of control tongue.

GRACE- use grace in all of your conversation and discipline. Can you imagine how graceful God is to us? What if God tells us..I will not love you until you behave good and you do the right thing? We are not God of course but what I am trying to say is we need to be persistent in giving graceful and life-giving words to our children. Our love to our children is not conditional.

 


PRAYERS- if you know that you will be on the verge of an outburst...pause and pray. Imagine how different it will be if you choose to have life-giving words. Now, imagine how terribly different will it be if you will give in to your anger outburst. Trust me, I know its hard. It is a constant reevaluation. A mindful and purposeful commitment.

Word of Life 
by Jeremy Camp 


Word of life Speak to my weary heart
 Strengthen my broken parts 
Lead me to Your open arms 
Word of truth Illuminate all these lies 
The enemy speaks inside In freedom I will rise
'Cause You called me out from the grave So I can live like I've been changed 
There is a new song in my soul 
And it begins when I breathe in Your word of life (Your word of life)
Spirit of God Take me to a deeper place 
Take me out of what is safe I will not be afraid 
Spirit of God Fill me with joy again 
Springing up from within It cannot be contained

'Cause You called me out from the grave 
So I can live like I've been changed 
There is a new song in my soul 
And it begins when I breathe in Your word of life 
The old has gone away
 Only Your love remains I am alive today
 'Cause You called me out, ooh You called me out, ooh
'Cause You called me out from the grave 
So I can live like I've been changed 
There is a new song in my soul
And it begins when I breathe in Your word of life 
Your word of life
Hey The old has gone away Only 
Your love remains I am alive today
 'Cause You called me out

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Friday, September 8, 2017

When Teens Give up on Religion

Religion will be one of the most difficult disagreements that you will have with your teens. It is tough, watching your teen reject what you feel is part of the foundation of your family and what has been the guiding light of your own life. Even if we knew the expectations of rebellion: that it is age-appropriate and even necessary for your son or daughter to develop their personality and being, it doesn't hide the fact that their refusal to recognize the faith that you hold dear hurts you and your relationship.



About the writer:

M Pimentel 

M is a happily married Filipino mother to three wonderful little daughters, ages: 8 years, 5 years, and 4 months old. Her daily life is a struggle between being the Executive Content Director for Project Female and deciding who gets to watch television next. She specializes in creating and editing content for female empowerment, parenting, beauty, health/nutrition, and lifestyle. As the daughter of two very hardworking people, she was brought up with strict traditional Asian values and yet embraces modern trends like Facebook, vegan cupcakes, and the occasional singing.



Is it your fault?

     As a parent, your first instinct is likely to blame yourself. You wonder if perhaps it was your fault that your child has strayed from the path of religion. Should you have prayed more, had taken them to church often, had conversations on faith. Did you fell short on making observed tradition meaningful, or even fun? Or was it a failure on pressing the significance of your believed sacred practices.

     A research conducted by the National Study of Youth and Religion showed teens raised by parents who practiced what they preached and were active in their spiritual community were more likely to retain their religiosity as far as early adulthood. You have done everything you possibly could in this regard, so shouldn’t the apple not fall far from the tree?
YOU have done everything you possibly could-- that is what you need to remember. Truthfully, your teenager will grow up to be his own. At this stage, they are learning to take charge and wants freedom.

Is it their fault?

Demanding school and extracurricular activities would leave less time for church and fellowship. A lengthy service won’t likely keep their attention whose mind is divided in many directions. The truth is, teens nowadays are juggling so many priorities deemed essential for success in their adult life. There’s a lot things on their plate, and if they don’t view nurturing the soul as beneficial as nourishing the mind and body, chances are religious activities are not going to make the top of the list.
Parents need to set an example and live the way we want our teenagers to grow up to be. Religion will lose luster, if we fail to foster their relationship with God. If we fail to teach them the role of Jesus Christ in our lives, we then fail to show them what faith, grace and His unconditional love are about.

     The youth group is an excellent way to get them involved. Active, fun and engaging with the right age group will be essential. Youth group can provide mentorship. It will teach them what real serving is, which is serving with purpose. Real serving is to serve the Lord and the community.

Is it society’s fault?

     Media is sensationalized. Technology is not a great help either. It is sometimes difficult to express your faith because it is not perceived "cool" in their age group. Clashing ideologies confuse teens who need guidance and prayers.  On a daily basis, teenagers are also exposed to social issues such as discrimination. For instance, the LGBT community. They often see church members on the front lines of judging. It is hard to show them what church is all about because we fail to live what was taught in the Bible.

     Six out of ten youth believe that religion has a negative impact on the world. It confuses the teens on the truth of a loving God when the message they get is that God condemns. That God punishes when you sin.



     In this world of warring opinions that you and your teen both live in, it’s important to encourage open dialogue. Ali ibn Abi Talib, an Arab philosopher, said, “Do not raise your children the way your parents raised you, they were born for a different time.”

     Your teen will face a different set of struggles and ideals. We just can not use the excuse of how we were raised. Although you have raised them according to your beliefs and they have abided by your views for much of their young life, now is the time to intentionally listen to them as they figure out their own beliefs towards the world they will navigate. We need to have an open heart and mind.

Maybe it’s nobody’s fault?

     Anatomically, adolescence is a time when the area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for self-control and judgment, is rapidly developing. As the mind becomes capable of more abstract thinking, adolescents flex their newly-minted mental muscles by picking apart established concepts and rules—read: teenage rebellion.

     It may be a bit of a leap, going from having an obedient school-age kid who does as you say because it's their developmental task to follow orders and please their elders, to a belligerent teenager whose brain needs this time to explore the limits of their control and develop their judgment skills.
We need to be more purposeful and intentional. Teenagers need our guidance. Give unconditional love, even if they are in their most unloving stage and yet hold them accountable.


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What can you do now?
     As adults, we continually reevaluate our core beliefs, this is also true for the teen years. They will constantly look for a basis for what they should stand and believe. Teens will test their boundaries. They are known to be naive and impulsive. It is imperative to respect their individuality and opinion while setting limits. We need to be able to listen and respect their views on religion and offer Bible based wisdom.

     This stage will not last but a crucial stage that needs our patience. Strive to be a good role model and always be open for non-judgmental conversation. Encourage your teen to meet other people—sometimes what they need is to hear your beliefs reframed in someone else’s voice or perspective.
Refrain from nagging; it will just cause harm and hurt your relationship. Go for building a strong relationship, and that will illuminate in all aspects of their lives.

     Keep prayer as a priority. Be praying for their heart and guidance. We can't do this on our own. In times of disagreements, be respectful. Sometimes, all we need is to agree to disagree. We also need to focus on leading them to a relationship with the Lord and not focusing on the religion. The focal point of what we should aim for them is to win their hearts through life in Christ. Do not be so centered on traditions and rituals that we lose sight of what is important- to lead them to Christ.


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References:
Pew Research
Telegraph
Raw Story
Huffington Post
Kars4Kids
Greg Steirs Dare2share

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Email: mpimentel@expertlinked.com 
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Eating Healthy With a Sweet Tooth 
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Top 10 Keepsakes to Make for Your Children





1. Letters to my daughter(s) / son notebook

Purchase a journal notebook and write letters to your children. Topics can range from how your day went , the happiness they bring you, their silliness and your struggles. It can also be a letter for when they feel : sad, unloved, unworthy, fear , worry. Your letters will serve your children someday for when they have their own family.

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2. Handprint salt dough

Who does not find a baby hand print adorable? Make this easy and affordable salt dough. I made several of them already. Do not forget to write the date and their ages!

DIY handprint

3. Baby clothes stuff toy

I have at least three baby footie pajamas of both of our girls that I love. When I see them, I vividly remember my babies wearing them. Since moms are known for hoarding baby clothes ( trust me, the struggle is real), why not make a stuffed toy out of it.

via POPSUGAR
4.Onesies or favorite shirt blanket

 Aside from the footie pajamas hoarding that we, mamas have... I am one to admit that I do have a onesie hoarding problem too. Let's transform the cute onesies into a blanket. I stumbled upon this cute blanket on Pinterest.


http://cherishingcharlotte.blogspot.ca/2012/03/very-special-blanket.html
 image from Cherishing Charlotte

5.Pictures of their first day of school binder

Do you take pictures of your kid's firsts day of school? I certainly do. I recently started taking last day of school photos too. I love making a side by side comparison of our kid's photos to see how much they have grown. All you need to have is a good size binder, some sheet protectors and creativity. Compile those photos and give it to them on their graduation day.

Here's our little bug, she is finally in Kindergarten. 


Here's the big sister last school year 


6.Memory box

Hospital memories...the good, bad and ugly. The good, welcoming our bundle of joy. The bad and the ugly...are the labor pains and if you had a Csection like me..the recovery. Whatever labor experience we all had, I'm a hundred percent sure that nothing will top your joy as seeing your baby.  Keep the hospital keepsakes, ultrasound pictures and coming home outfits in one super cute way! Make a memory box.

http://www.abountifullove.com/2014/02/diy-baby-memory-frame-box.html

7. Smash penny collection

This is my husband's influence. When we were dating, he looks for a smash peeny machine. We actually have a pretty good collection by now. Everywhere we go for fun and a vacation, we do not hunt for a magnet store as a keepsake for our fun memory. We hunt for a small penny machine!

8. Family ornament

Ornament....another obsession of ours. You can be creative on making a Christmas ornament. You can make memories by decorating ornaments with your kids, or a Christmas ball with their handprint on them. You can also keep their letters to Santa. When they grow old and have their own family, you can pass it on. It will be so much fun when it is their turn to show the ornaments they made when they were young to their own kids.

9.Love notes Binder

Our girls love to write us notes and draw pictures. My husband has a hefty collection of drawings and love notes from our kids. Save those sweet notes and awesome arts ( repeat after me..select few awesome arts only).

10. Recipe Binder

When my husband and I got married, he shared the ham and bean recipe that his grandma used to make. I took it upon myself to make this into a tradition. We serve the ham , Christmas Eve and we cook ham and bean soup the next day for Christmas day. I want to keep this tradition with our girls and save some recipes that they love. I am Filipino and I want our girls to learn how to cook Filipino foods.

This recipe binder is perfect for that.  I love that you can write the recipes which gives the binder a personal touch. It has plenty of pockets for the recipes that you want to pass on to your children and sturdy, durable tab dividers.



I also love the fact that it is refillable!! You can never have too much recipes.

You can pass this recipe binder on for when they get married or for when they move for college. But don't wait until then, start making it now! 


You can purchase the RECIPE BINDER HERE.

Disclosure:  I was given a prodcut sample and a product for giveaway (from Hallmark) to promot. I will not endorse a product that does not adhere to my beliefs or any products that I do not trust. Please see full disclosure HERE.


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Monday, August 28, 2017

Faith: Free Printables and DVD Giveaway

What exactly does faith means to you? Faith defined by Oxford Dictionary :


Booming technology and the rise of scholars, paved a way for a lot of research and archeological investigation. There is always a debate regrading the validity of the Bible. People are fascinated in knowing the history and validity of everything. It is  human nature to always look for a basis and a framework for our beliefs. As a Christian , should our faith in the Lord suppress the knowledge and learning that we can acquire with the archeological findings? Definitely not!

Faith should not stifle with the any research and impede a scientific investigation. But, it should be the ground for an honest learning. Our pursuit for learning and research should be a means to an end of promoting good in the society. Faith should be the framework for seeking an understanding (GCU, n.d.)


I was able to review the first DVD of Patterns of Evidence, you can read my review HERE.

     The foundation of the Bible, Exodus in this case is always a myth for some. There is always a debate and discussion circulating if the Exodus really happened.  Most scholars, researchers and well known archeologist settled and concluded on the statement that there is no evidence. Just like any normal person would feel, film maker Tim Mahoney had a crisis of faith. This DVD is the result of his 12 year journey in his quest for finding out the foundation of the Exodus. Patterns of Evidence did a great job on delivering overwhelming archeological findings. The film is not biased and puts focus on finding the truth. Tim Mahoney, presented interviews from scholars and famous archeologists.

"Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus unlocks the mystery of this ancient saga, combining a scientific investigation with a retelling of the Exodus story to reveal an amazing pattern of evidence matching the biblical account that may challenge our understanding of history" (patternsofevidence.com).

About the author/filmmaker/producer:



 Tim Mahoney founded Mahoney Media Group, Inc. (MMG) in 1989. MMG focused its business on television and video production for regional and national companies. In 2014 Tim founded Thinking Man Films & Media as an international documentary & publishing company with a focus on education and the Bible. Tim produced numerous productions for Christian organizations including the Billy Graham Association, World Wide Pictures, and Compassion International. Tim also served as the President of the board for the International Christian Visual Media Association (ICVM). Tim’s first full feature documentary film, “PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS”, released in January 2015. The film took 12 years to develop and takes a scientific approach to investigate the events of the biblical Exodus. The overall vision for his film company is to explore “patterns of evidence” that support the biblical narrative and engages the world in a conversation. The film takes a balanced approach and leaves the audience to decide for themselves if the Bible is real history or myth.

About the film



 • Won 13 awards on the film festival circuit in 2014, including a Gold Remi Award winner for Best Director at the Worldfest Houston Intl. Film Festival, the Gold Crown Award for Best Picture and Best Documentary at ICVM 2014, and Official Selection at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.
 • Supplemental resources associated with the film include a nearly 400-page hardcover book, small group Bible study, Movie Event kit, youth version (called Young Explorers), homeschool curriculum and others
. • It includes powerful interviews with some of the top experts in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology as well as people of influence in the Middle East.
• The film has an objective, fair-minded and balanced approach. It allows viewpoints from all sides to be heard in a respectful way while asking honest questions of the Bible and scholars’ views. It does not preach and lets the evidence speak for itself. This allows the film to be very shareable with those of different viewpoints.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

The 10 Most Effective Ways to Save Money

As a stay at home mom, I know how hard it can be financially. We skimp on things. We plan carefully. We make things homemade. We coupon. We have a budget and we try to stick to it. We appreciate the overtime work that comes our way. The truth is, I don't think only SAHM are the only ones who think about living frugally and saving money.

Saving money is hard when you do not know how to find ways to save. Saving money can be challenging if you do not set your heart and mind to it. We all know that little amounts here and there easily adds up. Different families have tricks and tips. What worked for them, may not necessarily work for you. The good news is that there are tons of ways, effective ways to save money. From food to clothing to prescriptions






1. Cut your grocery bills in half. While this may be hard at first, menu planning will definitely help. If you have time to do so, you can clip coupons or download money saving rebate apps. Most stores nowadays, have their own app and bar code. Some apps, you can accumulate points for rewards. Shop in bulk if it makes sense.

2. Lower your electric or gas bill. We live in Southern California. Inland Empire to be exact and summer season is really a summer season. When it's hot, it gets really hot. I signed up for summer program from SoCal Edison. What it is was, you adjust the thermostat when they notify you of power saving days. You either adjust it to a comfortable setting ( 78 or 80 degrees) or avoid using major appliances at certain hours. I must say that I was pretty happy that we did that. Why? Because of all the credits that we accumulated for the fall season. Those credits reflected on our electric bill. How about a $20 electric bill? Can't complain.

ReduceTheElectricBill.com ( free) can help you also to lower your electric bills. Or you can personally call your electric / utility  company. They might have some programs that you are not aware of.

3. Review and revisit your car insurance again. It will not hurt if you make some phone calls. Ask for discounts, esp if you have a great driving record. They might even have bundling discounts, where you can bundle your home and car insurance.

4. Cut the cable. You can sign up for Amazon prime ( not just the perks of free shipping but videos/shows too), Hulu or Netflix.

5. Learn a skill/ Baking perhaps, who knows maybe you can turn that hobby into a home base business. Sewing classes, you just don't know how creative you can be and it cam lead to sewing your own clothes, kid's clothes, curtains and more.

6. Have fun with little to no money. Check out one of my popular post : 50 Things To Do with Your Kids Before They Grow Up.

7. Think homemade. Make your own coffee. Pack your own lunch. Try homemade cleaning products.

8. Love to read? Shop second hand books. Shop book sales at your local library.

9. Pack snacks when your out and about. Trips to fast food even though it is a value meal , easily adds up. Besides your body will thank you.

10. Save time and money with SingleCare App. When you have school age kids. I'm sure you can relate to this. When your kids come home sick, then everybody gets sick. Medicines specially prescription drugs are expensive! Most specially if your family does not have a great coverage (health insurance). Luckily , with SingleCare you can save up to 80% on services ( dental, vision) and prescriptions. The app is FREE. That's a great start right?

How does it work?

SingleCare's savings can be both found on their website, Itunes or Google Play store (where you can also register to get a free card). It saves you money by partnering with 35,000 pharmacies nationwide to give consumers up to 80% savings on 50,000 different prescriptions. They also partnered with over 200,000 providers – you can save up to 55% on dental care. Based on my own personal experience, dental expenses are a killer. In a bad way! It is just so expensive. With vision, they partnered with Walmart Vision centers with 1,500 locations nationwide. The prices are all negotiated, so you’ll be paying SingleCare and they will pay the provider directly. Amazing right?

Here's a quick view from my phone.



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I need some allergy medicine. Just fill up the needed info on the space provided.


and here was my search results. What I love about this is that not only it saves me time from checking which pharmacy will carry the cheapest medicine but it also saves me travel time.


I even tried a different medicine.



Once you decided on which pharmacy to go, click/select on it and just show your codes to the pharmacist.


I was also looking for a new dentist, I really love that they showed the prices and services. I really do not like surprise charges and amounts. I can prepare and save up for major procedures. Though we know how it goes with dental check ups, so,etimes you really do not what procedures are needed to get done until after the x ray. but at least this way, a rough estimate will be a great help.

Download SingleCare's app HERE : 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

How to Introduce God's Word to your Toddlers

I grew up thinking that I will for sure go to hell. ( no joke!) .  I did not see Jesus as our Savior. I went to a Catholic school all the way through high school. I was pretty much involved in church, went to children's catechism and Legion of Mary as a teenager.  I also grew up watching relatives and family members go to church , attend processions and host prayer meetings.Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with those. I just did not have a relationship with Jesus. I now have a different view of our Jesus.

What we need to do is to lead the way to know God. They say, the first five years of life is very important when it comes to the development of reading and speaking. The first five years are also important for them to know that God's word..the Bible is not a set of rules.  We need to write in their hearts and minds that they do not have to be good so God will love them and that if they misbehave, God will stop loving them.

I always believe that you can never start to early when it comes to teaching young ones about God's word. About His love and unending mercy. His amazing grace. I take this very seriously. Our children belong to Him, entrusted to us. We hope that one day they will become the citizen that our Heavenly Father called them to be. We just can not teach them how to behave properly in the church. We can not just pack our bags with "busy bags", hoping that they will be occupied for the rest of the service. We need to equip them starting at an early age.

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Can a toddler really grasp it? Will they be able to absorb God's word?  YES !  Let's first discuss the cognitive development of a toddler .When your child was an infant they  learned about the world around them by touching, looking, manipulating, and listening. As a toddler, the learning process is more  thoughtful. His grasp of language is increasing. His memory and intellectual abilities develop. Their learning is through imitation as well. Toddlers can choose a book , can repeat words , can tell what the story of the book is ( in their own words and understanding).

Invest in a great Beginners Bible.

At this stage, they love to see pictures! Make sure that it is age appropriate. If you are not decided on which Bible to get, you can first check it out at your local library. We use The Beginner's Bible Book.

Perfect Bible for Young Kids


 Simple crafts

Do some fun and simple crafts with them. Pinterest is such a wonderful tool for this kind of stuff. Not just recipes! I saw this cute and fun activity for Noah's Ark . See It HERE. It doesn't have to be complicated or expensive.


Devotional night

Start a nightly devotional with your family. You can involve toddlers! It doesn't have to be formal or at night. We prefer to do it at night before we go to bed because everybody is relaxed and calm after a shower or bath.Our mornings are usually busy and we do not want to hurry this very important time of ours together. If mornings work for you..do it and be consistent as much as possible. If you still do not know how to do family devotional with a toddler, READ THIS from Intentional by Grace.

How to do devotionals with a toddler

Worship Songs

Our girls love worship songs. It makes my heart happy and I can't help to smile everytime they sing a worship song. You can listen to Spotify or you tube. Here in our area , we listen to radio station 89.7 KSGN .Here's a few songs that our family loves!

10 Worship Songs that will Lift your Spirit


 Simple Lesson at Home

Again, I will give credit to Pinterest. There are tons and tons of Bible base lessons and activities. Some are free , and some are complete curriculum that you can purchase. I suggest to just start with the free ones, to see what works for you and your toddler.  Just look at this fun lessons from Steadfast Family. Just poke around her blog and I am sure that you will be inspired!


Reading- Board Books

Both of our girls, love board books. Through reading you are not only helping them to love reading and speaking but  it also strengthens your relationship with  them. It helps develop their cognitive skills. It open up a whole new world to them. It matters what we read to them too, so why not add Bible base board books to your collection.

We got these books and even though our youngest is already 5 yrs old, she still loves it! Pages are very sturdy for babies and toddlers! Colorful, modern and cute illustrations will keep them entertained. I also love that the illustrations are right on point and not too busy! Simple words yet straight to the point--the truth.


About the book:
Retail price: 6.99
Children will learn that God asked Noah to build a big boat; that it rained and rained for days; and that God saved Noah and the animals, placing a rainbow in the sky. They will learn to count the animals two by two and will discover the many colors of the rainbow. Both books feature the vibrant artwork of Susana Gay. Uncluttered pages make animals and objects stand out, helping to build a child’s vocabulary as the parent or child names zebras, fish, bears, and more. These board book keepsakes are fresh, simple, and uniquely crafted for today’s families.


About the book:
Retail Price 6.99
In the Beginning, tells the story of Creation in just one hundred words, highlighting key moments for little ones. Children will learn that in the beginning, everything was dark. Then God said, “Let there be light.” He created the seas and the land, the sun and the moon, all the creatures on the earth . . . and us! And then God rested.

About the Authors: 
Susana Gay is an award-winning graphic designer and the owner of Threehaus, a branding and design studio in Winter Park, Florida. Susana collaborated with her seven-year-old son, Owen, to create Noah’s Ark as a gift for a family baptism. Owen retold the story and sketched some of the fun and friendly scenes. Working with Owen, Susana polished the text and created the art. They followed Noah’s Ark with In the Beginning, resulting in a series of unique and beautiful introductions to favorite childhood Bible stories.

DISCLOSURE: I received one or more of the products/services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it in my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this is in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

How Moms Can Inspire Their Heart and Soul

Sometimes I think it was much easier to raise kids back in the day. I often wonder how less complicated it was to be a mother sans social media..Facebook and Pinterest to highlight. Before I had kids, I have a whole lot of things to say on how I will raise our perfect kids in a perfectly clean house. I've day dreamed about my now husband, coming home to a perfectly groomed , nicely dressed wife and a warm home cooked meal from scratch. I had a vision of me, always patient and kind to our kids. I was in a reverie of a perfect me.

Guess what? With one child , I was NOT perfect ( ugh..and will never be!) BUT I was still able to catch up with everything. I still have a whole lot of opinion on being a mom and a wife. Life is still good! It looked like I was cutout for motherhood. All I think about was how to baby proof our house, how can I be an advocate of breastfeeding ( without shoving it down people's throat), how can I make that project I just saw on Pinterest ( and even make it better) , how can I perfectly orchestrate my post on Facebook ( and thank goodness, I was not on Instagram yet at that time).



Life happens. Life can suck. We were financially challenged during those recession times  back in 2008. It took a while to recover. We had our second child. A lot of things happened in between too. We recovered and we were blessed in so many ways. I gave my life to Christ. While being faithful does not give you immunity to stress and problems.  Life also has a way of teaching you lessons. Though life can suck , it is not about how bad your situation is. It should be about how you will handle it. My walk with the Lord is not always splendid. Truthfully, there are Sundays that I was just too tired to go to service. I am not consistent with my devotional and bible reading...and the most challenging of all...is to walk the talk. It is hard to gracefully raise kids.

Carpools, work, appointments , school events/home works , community events, after school events/practices , meals , school lunches, bills , sickness , chores and making sure to raise a responsible and decent human being --- That is too much right? I am sure I have forgotten some responsibilities!  I am only a mother of two..two young girls and I was worn out. Lost sometimes, I would cry to my husband when I didn't know how to discipline my girls. I got so busy working on my own. I was too tired , depleted and I just know that heart is NOT in the right place. I have lost my drive on motherhood. I suddenly thought, "I am not cut for being a great mom".

I forgot that even if life can suck, I can choose to live life more abundantly. I have forgotten to ask my Heavenly Father for help! I am pulled into many different directions and I have forgotten to realize that I have a choice. I have neglected the fact that I can rest on God's love. I had let my soul dry up.




Here's 7 ways how moms can inspire their heart and soul.


1. Rest into Christ.

As moms, we are performance driven. I bet you do have one of those nice and fancy planners so we can always fill it up with our "To Do's" and check it off when we have successfully done the task. I sometimes do more planning than doing.  It feels like a hamster on a wheel. We need to rest in God. Fall in love with God. Whatever it is that the season of motherhood is calling you to, rest in His Word.

Read: Matthew 11:28



2. Be proactive in guarding your heart.

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 that prayer will guard our hearts. Through praying and communicating with God , comes peace from God. Peace that comes from trusting God that He is in control. You got this mom because God is for YOU. Guard your heart from anger and criticism. Guard your heart from what is coming in. Our mind will always be a battlefield but our hearts can be our shield.

3. Unlpug

Unplug for a while. Set a specific day or time. The enemy has it's ways in our mind. When we scroll into our feeds looking into people's curated and staged posts/photos..we unconsciously and silently compare our lives to theirs. It can wear you down. Sometimes, instead of being happy for others we tend to forget what could be the story behind every photo.  

4. Use Social Media wisely.

While I suggested to unplug, I also like to add..following the right people. I do love Instagram! Most especially those IG accounts that proudly displays their mouthwatering healthy meal plans and meal preps. I honestly wonder how do they do it! BUT I love that part of Instagram because it gives me a whole lot of ideas and inspiration.

Follow , Christian and Godly women or account too. Here's a few of my favorite Inspiring Instagram accounts:

LifeWay Women ( @lifewaywomen)
Thrive Moms (@thrivemoms)
She Reads Truth ( @shereadstruth)
Focus On the Family (@focusonthefamily)
Women of Faith (@womenoffaith)
Women Living Well ( @womenlivingwell)

5. Read  the Bible.

So how do we rest and trust in the Lord if we do not know God. To know Him is to love Him. Know Him through the Bible. Set a specific time and a day to do Bible reading. I specifically love it in the morning while the girls are sleeping. If that does not happen in the morning, find a way to make it happen in that day. You can also journal and write Bible passages that you can memorize and know by heart. Reflect on those verses , not just on difficult days or when your soul needs feeding..reflect on good days too. Praise Him with awe!

6. Music

Quiet your mind too by listening to good and relaxing music. You can listen to yoga music , nature sounds or whatever hits your fancy. I personally love listening to yoga music, Enya , Etta James , some Indie music and worship songs!! See my favorite worship songs HERE.

 Berthold Auerbach
"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life "


7. Find an activity that clears your mind.

Find that simple activity that lifts your mood. That activity that you certainly love to do. I love to read and journal. I also find coloring and doodling pleasing. I love to use gel highlighters on my Bible and I doodle and draw too using colored pencils. Keeps my mind off of unnecessary things. It quiets the mind.

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