In the Season of Growing

So it’s been a while since you’ve seen me around here.  It’s been a season of growing, and quite honestly I didn’t expect it to be like this. We have to find a new home.  Our landlord, a good one though he is, has increased our rent to an amount that is well above our breaking point, so we started house hunting in this market where owning is actually cheaper than renting.  I don’t know about where you live, but here, we’ll be saving around $400 a month just by paying a mortgage.  It’s kind of crazy. We started out … Continue Reading →

Word Focus for the Year: Praise

I started a couple of years ago choosing a word to focus on for one whole year.  Throughout the year I keep a small journal with me, so I can write down ideas, quotes, Scripture, thoughts, or anything that I come across that strikes me and has to do with the year’s word. There is kind of a movement surrounding choosing one word to focus on for a year.  Often it has to do with ditching resolutions and simplifying to just picking a word.  I get it.  But I do also love making resolutions each year.  Sometimes I follow through … Continue Reading →

Making Space for God

Somehow it is January. Somewhere around December 20 I realized that I would not get to finish a lot of things I wanted to accomplish before the end of the year.  I decided it was okay. I didn’t finish reading through my Advent devotionals this year, so I am reading the rest of them now.  I realize that God’s timing is perfect, and just because Christmas has just passed us again doesn’t mean that He doesn’t have a message for me in those devotionals. So I opened one up tonight before bed. And there it was.  This was a message … Continue Reading →

Cultivating Contentment in Your Children Part 2

For Part 1 click here. I have a feeling this idea is going to have a lot of “Parts” to post.  We are continuing to learn about contentment around here.  It’s a theme in our household, and maybe it’s because we are human. Lately, we’ve had some extra fun.  There was a sweet baby born, there were two birthdays celebrated, and family and friend visits, and a birthday party.  With all of this excitement came lots of gifts! I do love gifts. This doesn’t mean I’m too picky though.  I don’t have expensive taste, and I don’t mind a free gift … Continue Reading →

Bringer of Joy

A few weeks ago I wrote about our attempts to find out the gender of the next little blessing we expect to join our family in April.  You can read that here if you are not up to speed. Well in an unexpected turn of events, my initial ultrasound appointment with my midwife’s backup physician was changed to a much earlier date.  One of the most fun parts of this was that we got to surprise my husband.  I had to go during the day while he was at work because of the office’s scheduling, so I decided to just not … Continue Reading →

Cultivating Contentment in Your Children

  Several months ago I wrote a post about discontentment.  You can read that here. Since that time, I have been praying and intentionally working on contentment not only in myself, but also instilling contentment in my children’s hearts. This is such a valuable life lesson, and I pray they can learn to form this habit of contentment at as early of an age as possible.  Not that they will never struggle with it.  I’m sure they will.  However, I pray this will be such a part of their lives, that it will be quickly noticed by them when they … Continue Reading →

{Guest Post} Finding Joy in Difficult Circumstances

Guest Post from Eva Piper  When confronted with difficult circumstances we often feel lost. It’s like being in the middle of a dense forest on a cloudy night. You struggle to find a way out, you hear unexpected noises, your imagination runs wild. Your mind tells you the moon and stars are just hidden by the clouds but they seem so far away. At that moment the only reality is the darkness that surrounds you on all sides. That’s the situation I found myself  following my husband’s tragic accident where he was hit head on by an 18 wheeler. I … Continue Reading →

Taming the Beast of Discontentment

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1,2 NIV) When you look around you are bound to notice that someone has something that you don’t.  Even if you are filthy rich and have every material possession at your disposal, you will notice there is something you don’t have that someone else does.  It never ends, and of course it doesn’t just happen with material things.  This is … Continue Reading →

Open Hand Possession: Living More With Less

Living life well while saving money everywhere we can has become a hobby and a joy for years in our household.  It started out that way because we had to, but over time we really have come to enjoy living simply – or at least more simply than we did before. My husband and I have always been a bit low maintenance when it comes to gadgets and fads and technology (especially him), but a few years ago when we decided to be better stewards of our money and our time, we let even more go. This was a gradual-sort-of … Continue Reading →

Open Hand Possession: How I Use My Time

Close to Home /Free Photos “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15, 16 ESV) We waste a lot of things.  It seems that we are especially good at this in America.  We throw out food that could have been eaten sooner.  We waste money on impulse buys and because we are too lazy to shop around or clip coupons.  We waste words by saying things that really have little to no value or benefit to others.  We also waste a lot … Continue Reading →