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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…

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…