Praying for my Husband

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Last night I went with my sisters and friends to see War Room. I won’t give away the movie (because you all NEED to go see it for yourself!) but I really want to share how the Lord encouraged me through it.

One of the themes to this movie was not only to pray but to pray with Scripture. Claim God’s promises in your prayers and use Scripture to guide your prayers. The woman in the movie prayed for her husband. Between the movie and the wonderful chat about the movie on the ride home I was very convicted about how little I pray for my husband. This morning when I woke up I opened my Bible (and google) to start making my list of ways to pray for my husband. I want to share it here just to maybe encourage someone to start praying for their husband. Make your own list…find Scripture to support these prayers and start praying! Remember, this list is useless unless put to use!

Ways to Pray for my Husband

1.That he will love the Lord with all his heart (Mark 12:30)

2.That he will be the man God wants him to be (1 Corinthians 16:30)

3.That the Word of God will dwell in him (Colossians 3:16)

4.That he will know the love of God (Ephesians 3:17-18)

5.That he will be a godly, loving head of our home ( Ephesians 5:23, 25; 1 Peter 3:7)

6.That he will be a godly father (Ephesians 6:4)

7.That he would guard his heart (Proverbs 4:23-27)

8.That he would provide for our family (1 Timothy 5:8)

9.That he would submit and resist (James 4:7)

10.That he would be strong in faith (Romans 14:19)

20 Minute Workout

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Greetings from Pennsylvania! I am enjoying my visit with family so much. I have eaten so much good food and enjoyed so much good fellowship! One of the great things about being back here is I get to workout with my sisters. She introduced me to a great type of workout I just have to share!

We chose three exercises: Squat Jumps, Quick Jacks, Mountain Climbers, and grabbed a stopwatch.

The workout looked like this:

:30 Squat jumps

1:00 rest

:30 Quick Jacks

1:00 rest

:30 Mountain Climbers

1:00 rest

Do that 4x. My sister kept telling me in the beginning that, although we felt like we didn’t need them in the beginning, we would be thankful for the rests by the fourth round. She was right! Change it up each day by switching the exercises around. Try some lunges, planks, pushups, jumping jacks, burpees, etc. Keep it fun and let me know if you try it out!

My Favorite (nut free) (gluten free) Trail Mix

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I am making lists. I am packing my bags. I am sorting clothes and printing out itineraries. I am excited!

Friday the kids and I start the two day journey to Pennsylvania. There are a handful of things that I make sure are packed but snacks are number 1 on my list. And yesterday I made a big bag of my absolutely favorite trail mix. It is now sitting happily in my carry on.

This mix is put together with thought. First, it is gluten free. That isn’t too uncommon with trail mixes. What makes this uncommon is that it is gluten free and nut free. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a good nut free gluten free trail mix?

It has roasted chick peas. These help with the production of breast milk. There were a couple days back in January that I lost all my supply. It was horrible. I was devastated. I found out that chick peas help and I have been eating a handful a day ever since (and still breastfeeding!).

It has pumpkin seeds. These are a great source of zinc, magnesium, and iron.

It has raisins. Hello fiber, goodbye constipation! They also give a boost of energy and provide a lot of antioxidants. They provide boron which helps women process estrogen and vitamin D.

It has chocolate chips. I don’t think I need an explanation for that. Everything needs chocolate.

In a one gallon ziploc bag I will have it filled like this:

40 % Chick Peas

40 % Pumpkin seeds

10 % raisins

10 % chocolate chips

Try some variations. Add different kinds of seeds. If you aren’t allergic to nuts I highly suggest adding almonds to the mix. Try some dried cranberries, cherries, or blueberries. Use extra dark chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate chips. Make it different everytime you make it. Keep it interesting 🙂 Let me know if you try this amazing trail mix!

How To Make a Happy Exit

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This morning I took 4 children (4 and under) to the grocery store. We left at the right time. We came back at the right time. No one forgot any clothing anywhere and no one peed on themselves. A successful shopping trip. The best part? I didn’t come back stressed out. I didn’t yell once. How did we do it? How do you manage getting out of the house with kids in an orderly fashion?

  1. Plan ahead. I began planning my trip 1 hour before I wanted to leave. I was making my list and the kids were finishing breakfast and getting dressed. This all happened an hour before I wanted to leave.
  2. Start getting ready before you need to be ready to go. 20 minutes before it was time for us to actually go I started instructing the older kids to go to the bathroom and I was changing the babies’ diapers. As the older ones finished going to the bathroom they went to the porch to get their stuff on. Which leads me to #3:
  3. Have things in their place. The kids each have a hook where their coats get hung. Everyone has their own basket for hats/mittens. All the shoes get lined up below the coats first thing in the morning. We aren’t spending 15 minutes searching for the other mitten or shoe because everything is already in it’s place.
  4. Send the kids out of the house as they are ready. This may not be an option everywhere. But here, I can button up coats then send them outside to play while they wait for the others. This puts a decline on the rate of coats being unbuttoned and hats being flung while they wait for the younger ones.
  5. Remember it’s not that big of a deal. Kids need time to learn how to follow instructions and how to button their own coats and tie their own shoes. So what if we are five minutes behind schedule? If you are planning ahead and starting early it won’t matter if the kids take longer to get ready. Kids seem to be always getting rushed from here to there without ever getting a chance to experience things. Slow down and remember it really isn’t that big of a deal if we fall off schedule for a bit.

I have had my share of tear-filled exits. Where everyone is stressed out and no one knows where their things are or what they should be doing. Following these guidelines really helped me manage going out with kids and not being stuck at home all day. What are some tips you can share?

Teach Them Today

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This morning I woke William at 7:30 and told him it was time to get ready for school. He’s been talking about this day for months and as soon as he heard me say “school” he instantly was wide awake. He jumped out of bed and got dressed faster than I have ever seen him get dressed. He woke his sisters and told them how he was going to school this morning.

As he was eating his breakfast I was reminding him to use his manners at school and be respectful. I told him to say yes m’am and excuse me, please and thank you. I reminded him to listen to the teacher when she is speaking and to follow the rules.

Then it hit me. God gave me the first 4 1/2 years of William’s life to teach him how to do all those things I mentioned above. Have I used my time wisely? How many times did I let him get away with talking mean instead of making the effort to correct that behavior. It will show today. How many times did I allow him to watch tv instead of me reading some books to him, helping him learn to listen and focus. It will show today. How many times did I require him to follow my instructions correctly? It will show today.

How my child behaves in public is a huge testimony to all those around him. They can get a glimpse of his home-life by how he behaves at school today. Maybe they will get a glimpse of the Lord by the way he behaves at school today.

Our role as parents isn’t just to feed children and make sure they have the best looking clothes. It isn’t just a matter of making our kids tolerable to be around. We are training the future missionaries, preachers, Sunday school teachers, fathers, mothers, etc. They need to know how to be respectful and how to behave well. They need to know how to follow instructions and work hard.

Although (Lord willing) I will still have many years to train William at home, his first 4 years are over. Those are the years that they are absorbing the most. Those are the years to really get him off to a good start. Those are the years to begin good habits like reading (the Bible and other books), praying, chores, eating right, being active, etc.

Maybe you are still in the first 4 years with your child (I still have two more). I know that these years are exhausting. Believe me, I know. But one thing I have learned is that you won’t get tomorrow back. Teach them today. Don’t wait until they are older to teach them good habits and lessons. Whether purposely or not you are teaching your kids something by not teaching them anything at all. What are you teaching them today?

(As a side note, I am going to be homeschooling William but he will be going to school for things like gym and languages. Today was the first day, sort of a get to know the class type of thing so he is there all morning. Want to have a copy of the sign he is holding in the picture? Download the pdf First Day of Kindergarten)