Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School Year

Today’s tips for connecting with  kids through family time this school year is a sponsored post written on behalf of Heirloom  Audio Productions.

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School YearEvery year around this time I share one of my most popular back to school blog post. The last time I shared it, I got comments from so many of you who were worried about sending your kids back to school, especially middle and high school. I’m not going to lie, I felt the same way before too which is what led to writing that post in the first place.

The verses inspire me to be more proactive in my kids school experience. It encourages me to be more intentional about connecting with my kids. It pushes me to be more consistent with reading the Bible together, and encouraging them to read and study the Bible on their own. On top of that, we make family dinner time a priority. We use that time during dinner to talk and listen to powerful stories from the past and present.

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School Year

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School YearThis is something I started when I homeschooled my kids and believe it helped build their confidence and faith. Dinner time is a super important time to connect with your kids. It’s the perfect time to talk and to listen to stories about courage, faith and character.

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School YearThis year, we’re using a brand new series from Heirloom Audio Productions. This series is developed by the former sound designers of Adventures In Odyssey™ and provides that same style of Christian entertainment for families.

When we sit down for dinner to listen to the stories it gives us a chance to talk connect and share what’s going on in each of our lives. As we listen to the stories of the great heroes who relied on their faith to overcome obstacles I think it gives the kids courage. It helps them see that we all struggle with things, but it reinforces that they can trust God will help.

This first semester of school, we’ll be listening to The Dragon And The Raven. To help the kids make the connection, I created a meal that fit with the time in history when the story events occurred. The story is centered around the Vikings, who regularly ate baked bread, stews, potato and carrots. The food was eaten using wooden bowls, spoons and knives. Forks hadn’t been invented at that time so a sharp steak knife acted as both knife and fork. The kids really enjoy when I tie food and family time together.

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School Year

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School Year

What I like most about Heirloom Audio Productions is that they are based on historical events of believers who relied on God to overcome obstacles. Another thing is, “unlike images on a television show, it forces my children to use their own imaginations. Television doesn’t give kids a chance to think. It’s designed for them to absorb, while audio stories allow them to do both”.

This is going to be an exciting year of growth and development for our children. It’s up to us to pour in all the good we can. I encourage you to carve out time to do something like this with your kids, snap a picture and send it to me. I always love to see how families are using the ideas I share in their own homes.

If you want to recreate this dish, follow the recipe below.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1/2 lb of carrots

  • 4 large potatoes

  • 4 tablespoons of flour

  • 3-4 cups of chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

  • salt and pepper

  • steamed rice

  • bread

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a large frying pan and turn on medium heat. Cut the chicken into 1 inch chunks and season.

2. Brown the chicken for about 10 minutes per side. While the chicken is cooking, peel and cube the potatoes.  Once the chicken is cooked, add the carrots, potatoes, and flour to the pot. Next, stir in the flour and add the broth. Bring to a boil, then turn down to low and cover for 10 – 15 minutes.

3. While the stew cooks, make a pot of steamed rice. Serve the stew over rice with baked bread.

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School Year

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Let’s continue to conversation in the comment section. I read every comment and interact with you there. I’d love to know how you’ll be intentional about connecting with your kids this school year?

10 Things Your Husband Needs to Hear From You

10 Things Your Husband Needs to Hear From You

I remember thinking it was weird the things God would ask me to do in my marriage. By ask, I’m referring to how he would lead me to Bible versus about forgiveness when my husband made me mad.

It’s no coincidence that I’d end up reading about grace instead of revenge when I’d felt my husband had done me wrong.

God seemed to always lead me to scripture that instructed me to do the very opposite of what I wanted.

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How to Create a Frugal Family Movie Night

How to Create a Frugal Family Movie Night

We like weekends to be a fun time for our children. It’s the two days they get to spend the most time with us and we make that time count by intentionally planning activities where we are spending time together.

I’m not one to break the bank when planning fun activities for the family. In fact, I try to make it as frugal as possible.

Planning a movie night with your family is really fun and it’s really inexpensive it can be as inexpensive as a dollar or as expensive as you decide to make it just depending on what type of activities you want to incorporate in your movie night.

Our movie night normally consists of one or more movies, a few snacks snacks and a meal. The budget for this is usually around $30 for a family of five.

Here’s how my cost is broken down for a typical frugal family movie night.

TOTAL COST: $27 + tax

Redbox: Kid friendly movie $1

Walmart: Food

  • Hugs juices $3

  • Potato Chips (2pks)$5

  • Cookies (3 pks) $3

  • Candy (2 pks) $7

  • Donuts $3

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Dollar Tree: Supplies

  • Ice bucket

  • Table cloth

  • Napkins

  • Snack Trays (2)

  • Plastic Plates

  • Popcorn

You could just as easily pull out some serving trays and dishes you already own. Don’t feel like you have to go out and buy extra stuff.

Your frugal family movie night should start in your own kitchen cabinets.

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By using what you have on hand you will reduce your cost of your movie night.

Once we have all the snacks and the movies we just set up a table or like a serving area where everyone can go and grab snacks throughout the movie.

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This is especially fun we have multiple movies because you can set out several snacks and everyone can graze while the movies play.

In total we spent $27 to create a frugal family movie night. It was way cheaper than a night at the movies and a lot of fun putting it together.

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What would you say is your biggest challenge in keeping your home neat and tidy?

How to Have an Effective Prayer Life

Prayer of Provision

Once you accept Christ into your heart, there are often times when we wonder about prayer. 

Most of the time, our prayers are an endless array of words spun up to the Lord.  While that is true, prayer as described by Webster’s dictionary is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God

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I would go a step further and say that prayer is the practice of the presence of God. Prayer is our response to Him. 

In prayer, our character is molded and shaped. Think of prayer as preparation for the battle ahead. Communication with God is what aligns our hearts toward our eternal Father.

Prayer is worshipping and honoring God, and it is our incense offered up to Him. 

Here is a basic guide to prayer:

  • ADORATION: Open your prayer by adoring God.  Start by simply praising Him for all that He is.

  • CONFESSION: Confession of sins. Ask for a cleaning of your heart, mind, body & soul.

  • THANKSGIVING: Give God thanks for everything He has provided for you. Go throughout your home and lay your hands on things and thank him for richly blessing you.

  • SUPPLICATION: This is where you present your requests to God. Ask Him to provide for your needs.

Below is an example of prayer using your hand:

5 finger prayer

Now that you know more about prayer and have a basic model for it how do we maintain a healthy prayer life make our relationship with God flourish?

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Below are some examples:

  1. All relationships flourish on compliments. Compliment God. Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.

  2. All relationships thrive on active listening. Be still and listen for His voice. Set apart all distractions & quiet yourself before him.  Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.

  3. All relationships develop with consistent communication.  Be consistently devoted to God. Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way just as we are-yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Unless we are in constant communication we aren’t sure of who God is.)

  4. All relationships require honesty.  1 John 1: 7-9 If we walk in the light, as he is the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

We as believers of Jesus need to keep daily accounts with God through regular cleansing, which is why need to confess our sins and seek repentance.

Prayer

Prayer is where the physical mirrors the spiritual.

  • Our breathing is equal to prayer with God.

  • Our drinking is equal to worshipping with God.

  • Our eating is equal to reading the word of God.

  • Our exercise is equal to acts of service.

Prayer changes the one praying because as you are in the presence of God, you lay before Him your complete self in total dependence.

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In total abandonment, our hearts are quieted and our pride is stripped bare. It’s in this intimate moment where we are face to face with our creator.

It is within this moment that we are looking inside of ourselves and seeking a relationship with God.

Prayer is communication with our true savior.

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Are you struggling in your prayer life right now? How can we help you?

The Importance of Family Prayer

Prayer

PraiseReverence, Adoration, Yielding, Everlasting, and Results is an acronym for prayer.

When we come before God we give him praise for who he is. We go to God giving him reverence and adoration by honoring God, and thanking Him, respecting who He is.  We are yielding to every word he has to say by listening and obeying.

God desires that we ask in faith for the desires of our heart, for protection for our family, our lives, our homes, our children, our finances, over our meals and the list goes on and on. In general, prayer is important and should be one of the foundational tenants of our faith.

Matthew 18:20 (KJV) says “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

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As your children go school make sure you cover them by praying for their protection, the students and the teachers. Praying with your children before they go every day is great as well; it will give them the desire to do this because it teaches the importance of prayer. You can even download out printable list of the top 12 prayers to pray for children for some ideas.

Before you eat any meal, pray over your food. By doing this you are asking God to take anything out that intended to harm you, and thank him for the meal you are able to eat, because a lot of people are not able to.

Psalm 50:15 says “And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”

Pray for your husband that a hedge of protection will cover him as he leaves home, and that they will have God’s favor to surround him like a shield. We’ve already shared 7 ways to pray for your spouse earlier this year if you need some ideas on what to pray.

Before you go to bed at night it is good to pray before bedtime, that the angels will cover your family, your home, neighbors, town from hurt, harm or danger.

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Psalm 91:11 says “For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways”.

Also pray for those in authority and all our leaders

1 Timothy  2:1-4 says “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,  for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, whose desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Growing up, our dad made sure prayer was a part of our daily duties and he explained the importance of prayer as a family and the importance of prayer as an individual. As I got older and had my own family, I made prayer part of my lifestyle.

When you make your request known before God, it is important to pray in faith, not in doubt or unbelief.

Mark 11: 22-24 says” And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

Prayers

Father in Jesus Name, I pray for those reading this that you will bless them abundantly above ALL they can ask or think.

I ask that you strengthen them, give them boldness and crazy faith, that whatever they are desiring in their heart that is in Your Will, that you give them the desires of their heart.

I pray that when they come boldly before you that they won’t be shy, timid or afraid for you have not given them the spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind.

I pray that you cover them with your blood and surround them with angels of protection. Thank you in advance for financial freedom,  supernatural debt cancellation, healing in their mind, body and souls, preferential treatment, policies and rules changed, petitions granted, battles won in which they do not have to fight ALL because the favor of God in Jesus Name Amen.

5 Ways to Find Balance

5 Ways to Find Balance

Have you ever had one of those tremendously draining weeks where there have been super emotional highs and then really low lows?

That’s been my week.

In fact that’s been my month.

I have been jumping from project to project on the blog and in my home since the start of the year and I am feeling exhausted and unbalanced.

Even the greatest achievements are wearing me out.

I have really trusted God for some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G things this year and He’s done nothing but deliver yet I find myself in  a place where I’m overwhelmed with it all and just need to take a breather.

And there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s the very example Jesus leaves for us throughout the New Testament Bible.

After the miracles in Capernaum and Galilee:

  • And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. (Read in context —> Mark 1:14-35)

After the miraculous feeding of 5,000:

  • And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.  (Red in context —> Matthew 14:14-23)

 Before making a major decision:

  • And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles. (Read in context —> Luke 6:12-16)

After ministering to the needs of others:

  • And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. (Read in context —> Mark 6:20-37)

I know I’m not the only one who gets to  point where they’re overwhelmed and feeling unbalanced with their calling. So for those of you in a position where you are constantly pouring yourself out for the glory of the Lord, please know that it’s okay to rest.

If it was  good enough practice for Jesus, then it should be good enough for us. By redirecting our entire focus toward the Lord, we allow Him to recalibrate our lives and give us the perfect balance.

5 Ways to Find Balance

1. Pray – Block out time to pray daily. This is different from your time praying as you go about your normal day. Intentional time in conversation with God allows you to release all issues to the only one who can truly do anything about them. Talking to and listening to God either by thinking on His word or allowing His spirit to speak to your heart should be bring peace and direction. This step is important because it gives God permission to organize your life one day and one moment at a time.

2. Meditate – Spend time thinking about or writing scripture related to resting, order, peace and balance. Keep  a journal of the verses so that you are able to easily find them. Time spent reflecting on Gods promises brings rest and a peace to your soul.

3. Limit Your Availability – Block out times for you and your family when you cannot be reached. Despite what our culture says, it is not rude, it is necessary. Also, block out time alone for just you and the Lord.

4. Be Purposeful With Your Time – Understanding that your time is really God’s times will help you be purposeful with it. Pray about everything you are asked to do before you say “yes”. Make sure that it lines up with God’s plan for you.

5. Rest – Plan days of NOTHING! This step goes hand in hand with numbers 1-4. It’s alright to NOT BE DOING SOMETHING ALL OF THE TIME. Time resting means time with the Lord and also getting enough sleep. The fastest way to become unbalanced is from lack of sleep. It’s okay to take a nap or go to bed early. Schedule rest time just as you’d schedule any other activity.

If  anyone besides me woke up this morning feeling unbalanced and overwhelmed please know that God doesn’t want us to be in that position. He knows all about the busyness virus that Satan tries to infect us with which is why He’s supplied a remedy for us when we find ourselves there.

If you have a been struggling this morning, this week or this month leave your prayer request below. I want to pray for you.