It’s hard for me to watch how quickly my kids are growing up.
I long to enjoy this brief time I have with them and to deeply connect with them.
But, so often life gets in the way. Busyness. Grocery shopping and laundry, homeschooling and work, music lessons and dinner prep.
But, even in the busy times, I want to show my kids how how much I love them.
Maybe you feel the same way? If so, here’s a simple way to intentionally spend more time with your kids.
Are you looking for a great way to label all of your kids’ belongings? Here’s the solution: printable name tags.
My girls are entering 6th grade and my son is entering 4rth grade this year. I am still homeschooling, but we have added soccer and music extracurricular activities.
Which means… my kids need labels and tags on sports bags, music stands, instrument cases, and even on the inside covers of books.
Starting a new school year can be frightening. I know that my kids will face anxieties and temptations this year.
I wanted to not only give my kids an attractive way to label their belongings, I wanted to also remind them of God’s love for them.
Do you feel like you spend most of your life in a hurry, rushing around in a blur of stress, snapping at your kids – only to regret it later?
Do you ever resent your kids because they are getting in the way of your “to-do” list, then feel guilty for even thinking such a thing?
Would you love to be able to slow down, deepen your relationships, make memories, and enjoy parenting again?
If you are a Christian parent, you have probably told your kids the story of Adam and Eve’s sin. You’ve probably talked to your kids about Jesus Christ’s perfect life and sacrificial death. You may have even told your kids the stories of Jonah and Noah, of Paul and Barnabas.
Yet, there’s one super important story that many Christians parents never even think to tell their kids.
For my thirtieth birthday, my husband took me to see the Celtic Woman perform at a live concert. This event re-awakened a desire that I have had since childhood – to learn to play the violin.
The next year, I purchased a used violin off of Craigslist and a beginner’s violin book. I had never even handled a violin before, but I really wanted to learn how to play.
I knew that it would be rough going – I mean, who picks up the violin as an adult? People told me that I was too old to learn. I didn’t have money for lessons. I squeaked and squawked. I sounded awful!
Do you ever struggle with self-doubt?
Self-doubt can be crippling. Trust me. I speak from experience on this one.
I have been struggling with so much self-doubt lately.
I am not being the wife and mom that I desire to be, and I feel that I am failing my husband and children.
My homeschooling attempts feel completely inadequate.
Grocery shopping and meal preparations have been far from stellar lately. (Last evening after waiting 45 minutes for my rice maker to make the rice, my 8 year old son checked it and informed me that I had never pushed “start”. For Pete’s sake, how hard is it to make rice in a rice maker? I did get dinner on the table – by 7:20 p.m.)
And this blog? I want to write from my heart. I want to encourage and inspire you to keep on teaching your kids about the Bible. But, the last few days I have been so close to closing it down – because I seriously don’t have what it takes to run this blog.
Do you ever struggle with the crippling effects of self-doubt? Do you ever feel like “throwing in the towel” because you just don’t have what it takes to keep on going?
Do you know, I mean REALLY KNOW that God loves you?
Or, is there just a sliver of a doubt in your mind and heart?
When it comes to God’s love, there are times when I doubt, big time.
It is hard for me to believe that God really and truly sees me and loves me.
Because, I know who I am. I know the thoughts in my heart. I know my sins and my failures. I know my own selfishness and pride and anger. And I wonder, “How can God truly love me?”
What does your home mean to you?
Perhaps its your place of refuge and security. Maybe its your greatest financial investment. You probably even spend countless hours making your home as beautiful, clean, and inviting as you possibly can.
You would never grab a sledge hammer and start knocking holes in the walls of your home just for the fun of it.
You would not intentionally tear down your home with your own hands.
And yet, Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.”
I don’t think that the foolish woman intentionally sets out to tear her home down with her own hands. She can’t be THAT FOOLISH, right? And yet, whether she means to or not, home destroying is exactly what she does.