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How to do a Prayer Walk through Your Home

As a wife, mom, and homemaker, there are so many things that I desire to have in my home: Service to God, love, peace, safety, hospitality, and grace, just to name a few. Before we go out into the world each day, our home is our starting point. I want this place to be so saturated with prayer, Scripture, and service that evil has no opportunity to invade. When my husband comes home each evening, I want him to be greeted with an abundance of peace and love. I want to be able to sense God’s presence here every single day. Talk about homemaking goals, right? If you’re anything like me, a house like that sounds like a dream come true! So how do we begin to cultivate a home full of God’s goodness? One way is to saturate your home with prayer through regular prayers walks. Use this time to…

Taking Time to Focus on What Really Matters Today

This past week, my entire family came down with a terrible stomach virus. Needless to say, it was a tough week all around. While we were sick, my thoughts and prayers were filled with concern for my family, especially our young daughter, who we worried would need to go to the hospital (thankfully, she bounced back quickly!). Once we were all on the mend, my thoughts quickly turned to everything that was sorely neglected during those days of sickness: The housework, this blog, appointments that were missed, and so on. My to-do list quickly grew, and I felt exhausted trying to catch up on everything, or at least not get further behind. I didn’t prioritize prayer or Bible study time. I found myself making a mental grocery list during play time with my daughter. I started thinking about Faithfully Committed while my husband was trying to have a conversation with…

8 Simple Ways to Share God’s Love with Your Little Ones All Day Long

While I was pregnant with my daughter, I found it so easy to share with her about God. I would read my Bible to her and pray all during the day. I listened to worship music and sang to her (not exactly my strong point, but I did it anyway!). She was never more active than when we were at church! She’d “dance” inside of me while the worship music played. It seemed like she loved Jesus before she was even born! I thought that teaching her about God and His love for her would be the easiest thing in the world. But, after I had her, things got harder. In the midst of sleep deprivation and transition, I forgot to tell her about God. I wasn’t reading my Bible regularly. I wasn’t listening to worship music. I wasn’t talking to her about God. My husband, thankfully, is a wonderful…

10 Christian Books to Nurture Your Marriage in 2017

I’ve always loved books. Growing up, if I wasn’t outside playing soccer, you could find me curled up on the couch with a book in my hand. My parents would frequently joke that they were going to go broke trying to get me new books! Although I don’t play soccer anymore and my time on the couch is limited by my very active daughter, I still love books! So it’s no surprise that after I got engaged, I wanted to read every book I could possibly get my hands on about Christian marriage and how to be a good wife for the man God has given me. God has used each of the books on this list to minister to my heart, provide comfort in tough times, change me in more ways than I can count, and, most importantly of all, to bring me closer to God and closer to…

Teaching Yourself To Crave God’s Word

It seems like the words “to crave” are usually reserved for things that are bad for us. We crave chocolate cake. Or a large, caffeinated coffee drink (my personal favorite!). We rarely seem to “crave” healthy things, like salads or exercise. Unless we take the time necessary to cultivate those cravings. For example, if you start exercising every day, eventually you’ll notice your body craving that physical activity, until you just don’t feel right without it. Same with healthy food. If you make an effort to cut down on sugar, you’ll probably find that healthy food tastes better, and your body actually starts to crave meals that are good for you. I believe that the same is true with Bible study. As Christians, reading God’s Word should be a very important part of our daily lives. As we read His Word, we grow closer to Him and become in tune…

Why God Gives Us More Than We Can Handle

I recently went through one of the toughest times in my life. The sadness was overwhelming. Each day felt like a struggle. I was drowning. And then I’d hear the words: “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” In fact, I hear this pretty often in Christian circles. Someone starts talking about a problem in their life and someone else (maybe even you or I) pats them on their shoulder and says, “Don’t worry, God won’t give you more than you can handle.” It sounds nice, doesn’t it? I mean, we serve a loving God who knows all of our weaknesses. He created us. He loves us. He loves us too much to give us more than we can handle, right? So why wasn’t I able to pull myself out of the pit of my sadness? Why couldn’t I handle what was given to me? Because the statement “God…