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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…

20 Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Today

When we look around at all the need that exists in this world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We think that making an impact is impossible. How can I possibly help? How can God possibly use me for His good and glory? And so we do nothing. But what if we’re thinking about this all wrong? What if instead trying to create large-scale, elaborate change, we start with small, simple acts of kindness to those around us? What if we just start by reaching out a hand to someone in need? Letting someone know they’re on our minds and that we care? What if we start giving our time, energy, and love more freely? A simple word. A small gesture. A loving action. God will use, bless, and multiply these beyond our wildest dreams. All we have to do is act. Here are 20 small and simple random acts of…

Ways to Save Money as a One Income Family

When my husband and I first got married, we hoped to be able to live only on his income and just consider my income to be extra money. We had a loose idea of how we would put this into play but hadn’t really worked on the specifics. We knew that God would provide while also expecting us to be good stewards of His incredible provision. Then less than two months after getting married, we moved to a different state (meaning I left my job of 7 years) and, two months after that, I found out I was pregnant with our first child! It was officially time to work out the details to make my dream of being a stay-at-home wife and mom a reality! *Update: We’ve been living on one income for the past two years now and are still living happily and frugally while using every suggestion on this…

Four Godly Truths for when You’re Waiting for a Husband

Before I met my husband, I was single for seven years. Not months. Years.

At the time, I felt like those years were wasted. I watched as everyone around me was getting married, having children, and seemingly moving forward with their lives.

And I felt like I was just standing still. Even as I finished my Master’s Degree, built my career, and bought my first house, I felt like I was missing out on life.

My heart’s desire was for marriage and a family.

I didn’t understand why God seemed to be holding out on me. Why would He put such a strong desire within me and then ask me to remain single?

The Blessing of an Easy-Going Nature

So I’ve always been kind of a sensitive person (my family members are thinking: Kind of?!).

I take things that people say to heart and allow myself to be easily insulted, hurt, and offended. While this is not a good thing, by any means, I was pretty much able to get through life this way before I was married. When you’re single and live on your own, it’s easier to avoid situations and people that you feel have wronged you (I’m definitely not saying it’s right to do so, just that it’s easier).

So what happens to the overly-sensitive woman who gets married? I’ll tell you (from experience): Either you continue to be easily offended, making both you and your husband miserable in the process, or you adopt the ways of an easy-going nature.