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The Wild One is 3!!

Luke 3 8X10

 

Our Wild One is turning 3 today!! WOW, how time flies when your chasing a monster day in and day out ;)

He has grown and matured so much this past year! He is finally talking – real sentences, real conversations!! He is remembering things, and bringing them up later. He is a picky eater – thank God for PB&J! (Never, ever thought I’d say that!) He loves anything his sister loves. She is his favorite friend. He loves finding left over empty Easter eggs and running up to me and saying “AAAAHHHH!! Jesus gone!!” Then running around yelling “Jesus is ALIVE!!!” He LOVES, LOVES, LOVES animals! Gorillas are a current favorite, but depending on the day it could be a polar bear, orangutan, hippo, rhino, seal, tiger, lion, bear… you get the idea. He also loves dinosaurs, and roaring! He has started singing. He loves his mommy. He got his first buzz cut this year (sadly, it was due to a bad “snip” when I was cutting his hair.) He loves to wrestle with his dad. He HATES bugs! (“Ah! June bug eat me!!”  -  “Ah!!! Ski-hawker going to get me!!”) He is a wiz-kid with blocks, patterns, puzzles, and building things! He is a tiny guy. We just put him in 2T clothes, simply because that was what his next set of hand me downs were. He has ZERO interest in potty training. He loves to be read to. Books with animals, dinosaurs, farms, pets, “look and find” or hidden picture type book, are always a hit! He is an “oily kid” – as in he loves when his mommy uses essential oils on him, and ask for them daily. He also asks for his vitamins everyday. He enjoys “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” – but not the new ones with the new theme song, it scares him. He enjoys doing “school” which means puzzles, pattern blocks, “Signing Time” and “Your Baby Can Read” dvd’s. He is super cheesy for the camera. He is full of energy, joy, and life. He is my boy, and I love him.

Luke Bday Collage

Thank you God for this precious child that you have gifted to me. He is so much fun! He may wear me out, but it is oh so worth it when he hugs me and says “I love you mom.” Thank you God, for choosing me, to be his mommy. For trusting me with him. Father, help me to show him You in all I say and do, help me lead him to Your Son. I know you have great plans for this little wild one, and I cannot wait to see how You use him for Your glory.

5 months into the year “discipline”

So, we are almost 5 full months into the year discipline. You want to know what I have learned? That I have a long way to go! That I lack discipline and self control. That the good Lord has a lot to help me with, in my heart.

We are almost 5 full months into our scripture memorization project and you know what? I gave up. I didn’t mean to, it just happened. I let it go, and did not pick it back up.

I adore my recitation partner, she is so patient with me, and hasn’t given up on me. She just keeps encouraging me to start back up. I will, sweet friend, I will.

My weight loss goals are not being met. We are eating healthy ‘real food’ meals… When I cook. I’ve been working out… Sometimes. It could be that I am terrible at menu planning, so when 5 o’clock rolls around and I don’t know what to make for supper we eat out. Mexican food is our favorite. This has to stop. It strains our budget and my waist-line. My husband is training for a 5K, perhaps I will join him in the training and see if that will help.

I’m starting a 21 Day Sugar Detox (TODAY!!) Due to some new medical expenses, my grocery budget may not allow me to follow the recipes to a T, but I can be intentional about what I put in my mouth. Follow the “yes/no” list, and pay attention to ingredients for hidden sugar terms. It’s all about educating ourselves and making informed decisions. You will hear me saying this over and over in my blogs, especially when I talk about food, or other products that we use in our home and on our bodies.

So there it is, the honest truth about how my year is going. How is YOUR year going? Did you name it or set goals? I hope your year is a success. Even if it isn’t going how you wanted, it isn’t too late to start fresh. God is good, and loves us always. He grants us mercy and grace each and every day. Multiple times a day! We need to learn to do the same for our selves. Don’t wallow at your own pity party because you are behind in your goals. Life happens. Things change. Today is a new day. Forget about the failures, and start fresh. Find someone that will offer you encouragement, tell you the ugly truth, and pick you up when you fall. You can do this! I have faith in you! TODAY. NOW. DO IT!

Hebrews 12
I love the part of this verse that says “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus…”. I need to “lay aside” my sin that “so easily ensnares” me. My lack of discipline. Lack of self control. Laziness. I need to look to Jesus, keep my  eyes on Him. Because, just like Peter, when I take my eyes off of Him, I will sink. I will fail. Jesus is my strength and my salvation. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV) You can too! 

Reminders from Strangers

Dear sweet woman observing us on the bread aisle at Wal-Mart,

You don’t know this, but on most days I am worn. Drained of energy. Stressed over the bills, or budget, or the shape of my house. Laundry in piles. Dishes stacked high. Toys… Oh the toys!!! They have taken over our home! I feel discouraged and like a failure most of the time. Like when I realize that I don’t remember the last time I swept or mopped. When the kids do not obey. When I realize we haven’t done “school” in more days than I care to share…

This day though, was a good one. We needed more bread, because my children refuse to eat anything except peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I don’t enjoy feeding them this, but I have decided that they will learn to eat the food I prepare someday. As long as they get some fruit and vegetables in with their PB&J, that is not a battle I am willing to fight. The wild boy was sitting in the cart laughing and being silly. The sweet girl was keeping her hand on the cart and staying close by. They were singing, and laughing. No one was screaming or begging for junk food. No tears could be seen. Yes this was a good day.

I was playing along with my kids. Laughing and singing with them. I wasn’t thinking about what I was doing with them. It just comes natural. Then I began to realize that you were watching us. Yes, I saw you. I could see the laughter in your eyes and your smile. I tried to ignore you. I knew that if I paid attention to you, I would find myself preforming for you – making sure I looked like a “good and fun” mom – instead of focusing on my kids and enjoying them “just because”. But then, you made eye contact with me, and you said three words to me that took my breath away…
“You are blessed.”

You. Are. Blessed.

I. Am. Blessed.

I am not only blessed on the good days, when my children are behaving, and laughing, and being cute and sweet. I am blessed in the middle of the mess. When my house is in total chaos. When I forget to lay out anything for dinner. When I put clothes on to wash on Tuesday and remember them on Friday. When the bills outweigh the budget. When the dog barks crazily at the stray cat walking down the street. When the kids will not pick up their things. When I feel like a failure or I get discouraged. I – AM – BLESSED.

I am blessed because I am a child of God. I have a Father who loves me in spite of the mess. Who can pick up the mess and make something beautiful out of it. I am blessed because I am chosen. I am loved. I am saved by the blood of Christ and I have the Holy Spirit of God dwelling with in me. I am blessed because I have a man, a wonderful, loving husband, who puts up with my mess and loves me anyway. I am blessed because I was chosen to be the mother of two AMAZING children. Kids who bring me great light and joy, and have shown me just a glimpse of what my Father must feel for me. I am blessed because while the budget may get tight, and I feel like we will never have our son paid for, we still have an abundance. I am blessed because there is always food to eat. There are more than enough clothes in the closet. There is a wonderful roof over our heads. And yes… there are toys, and books, and games… EVERYWHERE ;) I am blessed with a wonderful mom and dad, who have always loved me, and encouraged me. I am blessed with more family than I can name. Some are family by blood, some are family by choice and I am blessed. I am blessed because I am a part of a wonderful body of believer who gather together to encourage one another and study the Word of God together. I am blessed because I have a voice to read to my kids… 50 books a day! I am blessed with a sweet, lazy dog that loves to bark at the wind. I am blessed with health.
I am blessed. I am blessed. I am blessed.

All these things could fade away, and I would still be blessed because I would still have the One who will never leave me or forsake me. I will always have my God, and I am blessed.

So, thank you sweet stranger for the reminder. Just three little words, and you smiled and walked away. But it was the exact three words I needed to hear.

YOU. ARE. BLESSED.

Thank You God, for reminders from strangers. There are no chance encounters. You planned to have that woman speak life to me on that day. A day that was good, and I didn’t even realize I needed the encouragement. But You, oh Lord, You know my heart. You know exactly what I need, and when I need it, and You always provide. Thank You Father. Indeed, I am blessed.

My morning routine – a Mommy’s Club Review

Hi friends! I’m going to slowly, but surely post reviews of all the Mommy’s Club products. Today, I thought I would start with 3 amazing products that have helped me develop a morning face cleansing routine.

I’ve never been very consistent with anything. Especially when it comes to taking care of my face. It’s not for my mothers lack of trying to teach me good habits either. I’ve made it very well known that I struggle with laziness. However, I have come to love these products so much that I look forward to taking care of my face – crazyness!!

I’ve made the Mommy’s Club Daily Cleansing Foam, Perfect Touch Sanitizer, and Lavender Body Lotion a part of my morning (and night) routine.

Daily Cleansing Foam

I love that the Daily Cleansing Foam is a no-rinse formula! It makes it easy to use in the mornings – I just hop up and scrub my face. One small pump of this amazing foam, and scrub-a-dub — my face feels so clean and fresh! It also leaves it feeling soft and smooth thanks to the fact that it includes a hypoallergenic skin moisturizer and promotes cell replenishment. Plus it is made with organic, EcoCert & toxic-free ingredients! I can’t find anything negative to say about this product. I also keep a bottle of it in the shower, and use it as my body wash. I think that part of my problem all these years with making myself was my face daily was that I absolutely HATE the feel of water dripping on me. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way? You know in the facial cleanser commercials when the girls scrub their face and then splash their faces with water… ugh! Just the thought of that makes my whole body shiver. Yes – it is that bad, lol! Not anymore though, thanks to the Daily Cleansing foam from Mommy’s Club!

Perfect Touch Sanitizer

Next, after my face is clean and smooth, I spritz the Perfect Touch Sanitizer on my face. Why? Because it is an amazing product! It is 100% toxic free, it does not dry out your skin, and it’s unique ingredients help make it effective against bacteria and viruses. So instead of a toner that is filled with all kinds of harsh chemicals that I don’t want seeping into my blood stream, I think this makes a really awesome alternative. I hold the bottle several inches from my face and just spritz a few times on my face. I do not wipe it away, or rub it in. I just let it dry. (It only takes a minute or so – so I use this time to brush my teeth.) Our Perfect Touch Sanitizer is available in two sizes: 1 ounce, and  4 ounce.

Baby Lotion

Finally, I use the Lavender Body Lotion as my daily moisturizer. This lotion is amazing! Great smell, and leaves your skin feeling fantastic! It is “made with organic, EcoCert & toxic-free ingredients with all natural calming lavender. This lotion works great for the whole family, but is gentle enough for a baby. The unique combination of ingredients and essential oils are nourishing for all skin types, even sensitive skin.” My whole family uses this product, but I have made a point to use it in my daily morning routine as my facial moisturizer.

My skin has truly never looked or felt better. I’ve used many products over the years (in a wide price range) – but I feel like this is the best choice I’ve ever made. I love the results – clean, smooth skin. People are asking me what I’m using! That speaks volumes for a product when people notice a difference in you. Plus my family is seeking to make our home a “Healthy Home” free of toxic chemicals and I know that I can trust Mommy’s Club to help us accomplish this goal.

I am a pro-rep for Mommy’s Club – if you would like to see what we are all about, or have questions about these or other products available through Mommy’s Club please click on any of the links, or pictures, and you will be sent to my personal site. Mommy’s Club offers great information on making your home a healthy home. As our company continues to grow each day, we are releasing new information – so please check our site often. If our mission of “Making The Home A Healthier Place To Raise Your Family” strikes a cord with you, let me know! I would love for you to join my team!

Be sure to check my blog again in a few days, as I am also working on a post reviewing our Lavender Shampoo and our Rash and Remedy Skin Relief.

Father help me…. She wants to be just like me.

I sit here writing today with a broken heart.

My little girl wants to be just like me.

Some may ask “Why does that break your heart?” Some would probably love for their little girl to want to be like them.

But I know my heart. I know that I am a sinner in need of a Savior.

She loves everything about me. She cried when I cut my hair, because then we didn’t look alike anymore, and my hair wouldn’t be long like Repunzels.

This morning she told me that we need to find the same clothes so we can match.

She love me. She adores me. As I love and adore her.

This though, is what truly breaks my heart…

“Mommy, when I get older will I have a big tummy like you?”
“Mommy, I can’t wait to grow up so my tummy will be big like yours!”

She says things like this all the time. It doesn’t hurt my feelings. She is not calling me fat. She thinks I am beautiful, and she wants to be just like me.

Oh sweet baby girl, I pray that weight is not something you struggle with as you get older.
Sweet girl, this is why I am trying to teach you good eating habits now, while trying to break my bad habits at the same time.
My love, I don’t let you have a bunch of junk because I love you too much to do that to you.
Baby, I know that life is hard. You will have struggles. But if weight and food/sugar addiction is one thing I can protect you from in this world, then I will do everything in my power to do so.

It it this though, that has finally broken me to a point that I know I have to get my struggle under control.

Father, please help me! I cannot do this on my own. I come to you broken and begging for help. I have trashed this temple you have blessed me with. I have sinned. Help me to break my addiction to food. Help me to cling to you during times of distress, and not let my emotions lead me to the fridge, or pantry. Help me to lean on you as my body goes through detox, because Lord, I’m serious this time. I want to be a role model for a little precious girl that You have gifted to me. Lord, she wants to be just like me, and I want to lead her to you. I want to be able to enjoy these blessings you have given to me. I want to be so lost in You, Jesus, that they can’t help but see you when they see me. I want them to know that my identity is in Christ. I am confident of who I am in Him. What I see in the mirror may not bother me (a whole lot… I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me at all), but it is not healthy. It is not something that my daughter should want for herself. So please Lord, help me, motivate me, and move me to be someone worth looking up to. Amen.

 

Me and O

Pulling Back The Shades – a book launch

Launch Announce

Well, friends, I’ve been selected for another book launch! I am very excited about this opportunity to introduce you to the book: “Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman’s Heart” written by Dr. Juli Slattery and Dannah K. Gresh.

Allow me to begin this post by saying why I applied for this launch team. Quite frankly – I see the danger in what is becoming known as “mommy porn”. We’ve all heard about that book “Fifty Shades of Grey”. It has become a phenomenon.

Allow me to share some “Fifty Shades” facts with you:
- 70 Million copies sold in the US so far.
- Fastest selling paperback book EVER.
- It has been translated into over 50 languages.
- Was #1 on the NYT bestseller list for 30 weeks.
- The film rights were purchased by Universal for $5 million.
Quote from Business Insider:
“The 50 Shades craze has transformed the way women consume porn with the book becoming the first to sell more than 1 million copies on the Amazon Kindle.”

Here is one more fact: I have not read it. You may say that since I have not read it, I cannot speak about it. And I will not speak about the book itself. However my heart breaks for the women – young and old – who are getting drawn into this genre called “erotica”.

It’s time to be real. You see, I believe that sex is a gift from God. He designed it. He created it. He blessed it. I believe that sex – between a married man and woman – is beautiful. I hate that our world makes it cheap, and sleazy. So counter to what God intended for it to be. However I also understand the desire to escape. To get lost in a good work of fiction. To become the heroine and live through her adventures. I do not doubt for a moment that I could get drawn into this particular genre, enjoy it, and say “oh it’s just a book”. Which is exactly why I chose to stay away. You see, several years ago, when my daughter was a baby, I felt convicted about the books I was choosing to read. I was close to making the leap from “romance” to “erotica”. I felt God press upon my heart a question – “Would you want your daughter to read this? Remember, you are my daughter.” So that very day I tossed out every book that I would not want my girl reading.

When “Fifty Shades of Grey” was making big head lines, Dannah Gresh posted on her blog that she was not going to be reading the book. I loved her post because it reflected what was on my heart as well. I knew that it would be harmful to me and to my marriage.

However as I have seen how the craze started by this book has snowballed, my heart has continued to break for those that are falling for this trap. For what Satan is doing to the hearts of women everywhere. Because, truly I understand! We are women. We have desires, longings, needs. I get it. When those desires, longings, needs are not being met in our relationships we are tempted with the desire to look elsewhere. To a book, or movie. Sadly, some look to the arms of another. This is heartbreaking. This is not what God wants for us.

I have wonderful news for you!!
choice

Pulling Back The Shades” is here to help.

The book offers practical advice for women to address five core longings:

  • to be cherished by a man
  • to be protected by a strong man
  • to rescue a man
  • to be sexually alive
  • to escape reality

God designed women with these longings and has a plan to satisfy them.

I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks, as we await the official launch of “Pulling Back the Shades” on March 1st! Mark your calendars. It’s going to be a big day. In the mean time, I’ll post some links for you to look at. And if you will, would you please pray. Pray for the hearts of women, pray for a revival in our churches. This is an issue that needs to be addressed. Pray for the book, the authors, those of us on the launch team. Pray about how you could be affected by this book.

To learn more about “Pulling Back The Shades” and pre-order the book CLICK HERE.
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Valentines meal for under $10?

I recently read something on facebook that caused me to remember this “note” I had written several years ago. Perhaps because I need the motivation to get going on our debt snowball again, or perhaps it’s another lesson in discipline. Whatever the reason, I thought I’d share the note here. Also, I wonder if my husband is up for the challenge again? :D Enjoy!

February 15, 2009 at 9:05am

Valentines Meal For Under $10??

Yes, it can be done!! Those who know us really well know that Cody and I are doing our best to kick debt’s butt! We’ve been doing a great job too, but I’ll save those details for another note, for another day.

Anyway, we decided to challenge ourselves not to go out to eat for an entire month, instead sending the money we normally would have budgeted for out to eat, to debt. Which means… no going anywhere for Valentines Day.

We were still able to have a very nice meal. Steak, salad, baked potato, rolls… same thing we would have gone out and gotten.

Granted, Cody and I are not huge steak connoisseur’s, which means we did not buy huge chunks of expensive steak. Plus, we have a bad habit of over cooking them and making them slightly tough, so we don’t spend too much money on them. LOL! Which is why we normally go out to get them….

Anyway, here is a break down of our meal, and the money we saved doing it at home.
- Steak (eye of round) 2 for $4.60 (a cheap steak can be GREAT if seasoned and cooked properly – the food network taught me that!)
- Salad – 3.18 (now let me interrupt to say that I LOVE SALAD. Normally I spend about $25 just on salad stuff alone, but since we are saving money, I cheated and bought the bag kind, choosing a nice “spring mix” of lettuces).
- Baked potatoes $2.50
- Rolls 5.00 (the kind that come frozen, but you have to set them out to rise…)

Yes, I realize that that comes to $19.88 but hear me out…

- Steak $4.60 for TWO
- We only used about 1/3 of the bagged salad – $1.06
- A bag of potatoes come with about 10 in them making them $0.25 each so for 2 = $0.50
- We used 8 of the 32 rolls in the bag (5/32=.14*8=$1.12)

So let’s re-add everything… 4.6+1.06+.5+1.2=$7.36

So we had a very nice, romantic Valentines dinner at home for less than $10!! Yea us! I may never go out to eat again….. well, let not get carried away here. LOL! Plus we saved on gas money too!!

*disclaimer* we already had the “fixings” for the salad and potatoes here at the house, because those are “staples” that we keep stocked at all times.

** I would also like to note that Cody did an AMAZING job cooking the steaks, those were some of the best steaks I have EVER ate!!

Well that didn’t take long.

About DISCIPLINE

“Name your year” – they said.

“You’ll be amazed at what God will show you” – they said.

Well, God must have some big plans for me this year, because it sure didn’t take long for me to get my first lesson in discipline. Ouch.

I don’t handle correction well. I am very tender hearted. This was difficult. It was hard. It made me angry. It hurt (emotionally) and made me cry. But it was necessary.

I’m trying to not let the anger take root. I’m trying to take the lesson to heart.

God, help me! Because I want to be angry. I didn’t like the correction. It discouraged me. It made me feel like a failure, and You know I already struggle with that. But IF I can get past my emotions, I CAN see that it was necessary (and ‘maybe’ not meant to be quite as harsh as I took it to be). That I have been failing in this particular area. That I needed a wake up call. If I will stop throwing my pity party long enough I can hear You say “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11 NIV) - So God, I will praise you for this discipline. I know that you have great plans for me. I just need to stop getting in the way. Help me be trained by this discipline. I want it to produce an harvest of righteousness and peace for me. Help me see the good you have in store through this. Because God, You are in this. And you are good.

Scripture Hebrews 1211

About our scripture memorization project:

I am in week 2 of my scripture memorization project. This is the text I sent to my recitation partner “AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!! THIS WEEKS VERSE IS GOING TO BE THE END OF ME!!!!”

Week one was easy, my husband was home for the majority of it, so we would quiz each other through out the day. We would go back and forth one word at a time. We would make up raps (don’t ask ask us to preform for you) and we made it fun. Now he is back to work, and we are tired in the evenings. Excuses, I know. But this week is taking a bit more… DISCIPLINE. God obviously had a plan when He laid that word upon my heart.

I do love how God works things out though. Just yesterday at church our pastor started a new sermon series title “Victory” and guess what book we will be studying… ROMANS!

God sees the big picture, friends. We don’t have to know His plans, we just have to trust and follow.

Mommy’s Club

Did You Know?

God has presented me with another opportunity to reach others with something I am passionate about! Remember, earlier in the year, when I hosted my Healthy Child Healthy World party? It was a great event, and well received by friends. I got to share my heart about toxic chemicals, and GMO’s and the dangers they present to our families.

Now, I get to be a part of Mommy’s Club!

What is Mommy’s Club?

It is a Member Buying Club offering members Organic, All-Natural, Toxic Free products – that are better than retail – at retail competitive pricing, that rewards you for recommending Mommy’s Club products to your friends.

Are they affordable? Yes

Are they REALLY Toxic-Free? Yes, & certified

Are they made in the USA? Yes

Do I HAVE to purchase them every month? No, but we have a handy autoship option to things easier for you, if you so choose.

Are there only baby products right now? No, adult products as well!

Is it like Costco or Sam’s Club in terms of being membership based? YES!

Is there free shipping? YES, on ALL orders over $50

Can I just be a customer and try them out? Absolutely!

Where can I look at more info about the products?

Friends, family, strangers who happen upon my blog – I am so excited about this company. You WILL be hearing much more about it on my blog in the months to come. I’ve always been a dreamer. I get fired up about things that I hold near and dear to my heart. This is dear to me for the following reasons:
- Making my home a safe place to raise our family. Our world is full or toxic chemicals. In fact, babies are exposed to these in their mothers womb. No matter how hard we try to stay away from anything unhealthy during pregnancy. Trying to figure out answers to our own health issues is what lead me on this toxic free mission to begin with.
- Providing a supplemental income, to help alleviate some stress from my husband. Being a SAHM is a blessing, but it comes at a price. A price we joyfully pay. But it would be nice to get our debt snow ball back rolling. To have a fully funded emergency fund. To have a savings account. To pay off our home early. I don’t crave material things, I am content. But it would be nice to have a cushion. To not have to plan, and budget and save just to buy new sheets.
- I love supporting other SAHMs – I have friends who sell all sorts of things: jewelry, make up and beauty products, candles/burners/wax, bags and totes, essential oils… The list goes on. I love supporting them (as I can), because in doing so, I am helping a mom support her family. I am helping pay for dance lessons, sports uniforms, a dream vacation. I am helping someone I know and love. Of course, I’ve been approached about joining their teams. I’ve thought and prayed about it, but never felt led in that direction. I am passionate about supporting my friends, and now, I have found my spot. My place to be a SAHM and provide for my family. A place where I can provide dance lessons, sports uniforms, and dream vacations by doing I am passionate about.

GodMadeMeToxicFree

I’ve found my passion. Toxic Free Living. It is a big challenge in the world we live in. But I am determined to make the small steps necessary for change. We began this journey over a year ago, by getting more cautious about the foods we were eating. Then we started watching what we were exposing ourselves to in the products we use day-to-day. NOW, we are part of a club that will make things easier for us. Toxic-Free. All-Natural. nonGMO. All words that make my heart happy. If I can earn points, or cash to help with expenses, that’s even better. I hope you will take a few moments to check us out. I know you will love what you see.

31 Days to Pray for Your Spouse Challenge

October and November were months that brought me to my knees in prayer. My husband was having some health issues and I was worried about him. I spent much time in prayer for his health and well being. For answers, and help. God was good, and my husband is much better now. However during that time, I realized I don’t really pray for him as often as I should. Yes, I am thankful for him, and I tell God that, but how often do I spend time intentionally praying specific prayers for him? That thought brought me up short, and brought me to tears.

I spent time discussing this at length with a dear friend, who had recently began a daily praying for your husband routine. That thought interested me. I drive my husband to work everyday, so I began sitting in the parking lot after he got out of the car and went inside, praying out loud for him, his job, his day…  Then the holiday season came upon us, and life got busy, my family got sick for almost a full month (gotta love passing germs around…). THEN one evening on Facebook (just this past week) I came across a post talking about a 31 day challenge for praying for your spouse.

31 Days to Pray for Your Spouse Challenge - Pinterest 4x6

YES! This was exactly what I needed! I emailed Ashley and told her I was interested, and would like to promote this event on my blog. Unfortunatly, I am horrible at follow through (I must discipline myself in this area!) so I am just doing it today.

Here are the details for 31 Days to Pray for Your Spouse Challenge:

The Goal?
To have over 5,000 individuals praying for their spouses each day in January!

Why?

Because I know the power that prayer can have, and I’ve seen it change my marriage in ways I never thought possible. When God is in the equation, all things are possible!

How?

  • Daily Email – Go HERE to sign up for the daily emails!
  • Daily Check-In: If you’re on Facebook, there will be a link in each days’ email that you can click to access the “check in” post – leave a comment or just “like” the post to let us know you’ve prayed that day.
    (Not on Facebook? Feel free to hit “reply” to the daily email and let me know you’ve prayed that day!)
  • Extra Encouragement: This challenge is based off the eBook, 31 Days to Build a Better Spouse [building up your spouse through the power of prayer]. Grab a copy and read each prayer’s corresponding devotional as you go through the challenge.Complete with Scripture and thoughts to encourage you, this eBook will enhance your experience and encourage you as you lift your spouse up in prayer!

 What do you say? Are you in?

I am. Join me.

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