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Seasons of Thanksgiving

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I am privileged to be a contributing writer over at 5 Minutes for Faith.  All through the month of November, the writers there will be sharing what we are thankful for.  Will you join us?

In my post today, I am sharing about being thankful in the hard seasons of life, and how God has revealed Himself to me through them.  Here is a little excerpt:

It’s taken me a while to admit that I am thankful for the ashes in my life.  I haven’t always seen beauty there, but the Lord is teaching me to see, with eyes wide open, the beauty that can grow out of hard places.

Thank You, Lord, that in a season of financial uncertainty, You reveal yourself to me as Jehovah-Jireh, my Provider.

Thank You, Lord, that in sickness and pain, You reveal yourself to me as Jehovah-Rapha, My Healer.

Will you stop by 5 Minutes for Faith today and read the full post?  And make sure to visit during the month of November as we share our thankful hearts.  You can also join us on Facebook.

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Lessons My Mother Taught Me @ Five Minutes For Faith

As Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself reflecting on all of the lessons I’ve learned both from my own mother as well as examples of Godly women that the Lord has placed in my life.  Although I did not grow up in a Christian home, I learned so many valuable lessons from my mother, lessons such as:

Always be true to yourself.  My mother always told me to be me, and no one else.  It sounds pretty basic, but as I became a Christian, I have realized the value of walking in my own identity and who God created me to me.  Being true to myself means being true to the person God created me to be.  I don’t have to be like anyone else.

Treat others as you would want to be treated.  I learned from a very early age that if I wanted others to be nice, I had to be nice.  This is another truth that although I learned in a non-Christian home, was tucked away in God’s Word. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

There are other lesson, but I will save those for another time.

Over the course of the next few weeks, through Mother’s Day, my fabulous team of writers over at 5 Minutes for Faith, will be sharing their hearts on lessons they’ve learned from their own mothers.  This is not a series just for moms, but it’s a series for the heart of every women who needs to be encouraged — whether a mom, a mom-in-waiting, or someone struggling in a relationship with a mom.  We are all called to lead other women through Godly examples.

I hope you will join us over the course of the next few weeks.  Oh, and there just might be some fabulous giveaways along the way!  Will you head over to 5 Minutes for Faith and check on my intro post?  And be sure visit over the next few weeks.  You don’t want to miss your chance to perhaps win a prize!

*This post is part of a challenge to blog every weekday in the month of April.  You can read more about it here.

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The Spotlight’s On Me!

Today I have the awesome privilege of being featured over at Christian Supermom, hosted by Rosann Cunningham, for her Super Blogger Spotlight.  I am truly honored!  I met Rosann when our paths crossed through blogging.  Over the last couple of years, I have been extremely blessed and encouraged through her blog, especially over at Unemployed Faith, as I’ve walked with my husband through unemployment.  She is a super encourager and I am so thankful God brought us together.

Will you head over to Rosann’s place to read my interview?

Thank you, Rosann, for hosting me in your space today.  What an honor!

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Christmas Traditions at Five Minutes For Faith

I love Christmas.  Growing up my family enjoyed wonderful traditions that have been passed down to my own children, things like:

  • opening pajamas on Christmas Eve
  • hiding the “good stuff” at the bottom of the stockings, buried underneath fruit and walnuts
  • making Christmas Chains, which we call “Advent Chains” today.

After I married and had children, I passed these traditions down to my own kids, and we are also making new traditions, all of which I hope my children will carry with them into their own families.

During the month of December, my writing team over at 5 Minutes for Faith will be sharing Christmas Traditions, from our home to yours!

You don’t want to miss learning how:

  • one family uses the Christmas cards they receive throughout the year.
  • a family uses Christmas carols to bless their family devotions.
  • someone serves the elderly through music.
  • one family bakes goodies filled with love.

Will you visit us during the month of December, and share your favorite traditions with us in the comments?  Be sure to subscribe to 5 Minutes for Faith so you don’t miss a post!

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Getting Over The Wall: {5 Minutes for Faith}

I am over at 5 Minutes for Faith today, talking about when life puts up that wall in front of you that you can’t seem to get over.  Here’s a little teaser:

Summer is just about over and the kiddos will begin school again in about five weeks.  I will have a 4th grader attending public school, a 7th grader who I will be homeschooling while working full-time (called and a little crazy), and a “home-schooled with a tutor” senior who will finish high school at the end of the first quarter (just a few months behind his class).

As a full-time working mom with a husband on unemployment, summer did not afford us a vacation to “get away from it all”.  Life kept going, just as it was before summer.  School, work, “training them up in the way they should go”.  I never allowed myself to slow down, to sit and be still, to savor the moments that took my breath away.

Will you head over to 5 Minutes for Faith to read the rest of my post?  I would love your thoughts.