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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…

5 Ways to Truly Savor Your Quiet Time with God

When I think of things that I savor, I’m filled with feelings of warmth, contentment, and peace: A kiss from my husband Snuggles from my daughter A hot cup of coffee A piece of dark chocolate Watching a sunset Going to bed early Hearing my favorite song A few minutes of free time Time is a precious thing, right? We’re all so busy it seems like there’s just never enough time in a day. We rush from task to task, feeling like we accomplish little, always striving for more. These moments, though, oh these moments when we really stop all the distractions to savor something that is simply lovely. And we are able to just savor them and forget about the world for a little while. And the most precious time, the moments to savor above all others, are the moments we spend with our Lord studying His Word, talking…

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…

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…

10 Things To Do Instead of Just Saying the Words “I’ll Pray For You”

Think about the last time you were going through a tough time in your life. What were the most helpful things that people said or did? For me, it was after I had my daughter. We had just moved to Hawaii, far away from family and friends. I was a newly minted stay-at-home mom of a newborn. And I was isolated, lonely, and depressed. When I finally started opening up to my closest friends about how I was feeling, the response was incredible. Yes, of course they said they’d pray for me (and without a doubt they did, and their prayers made a difference), but they also took action. It wasn’t a dismissive: “I’ll pray for you, but I’m too busy to actually help.” Or a scared: “I’ll pray for you, but your problem is too big for me to deal with.” Or a harsh: “I’ll pray for you, but…

Makeover Your Morning Self-Care Routine in 5 Easy Steps

If you’re anything like me, you may feel like your mornings are kind of stressful and rushed. It’s hard to get up and get ready to go in the mornings, help your husband, take care of the littles. Whatever your morning routine entails, it’s hard work!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on a mission to make my mornings different.  I want to learn to take better care of myself so that I can take better care of my family and others.

My time in the mornings is really limited, as I’m sure is the case for you, but I’ve found that I have about 30 minutes of down time between when my husband leaves for work and when my daughter wakes up. I used to use this time for other things, such as cleaning, but I finally decided that it is important to invest some time in self-care.

If you’re ready to makeover your morning self-care routine, take a look at your schedule, carve out 30 minutes just for you, and follow these 5 easy steps.