Monday, May 24, 2010

Television in the Home

I have been reconsidering my television choices for quite some time. We don't watch TV during the day anymore with the exception of the occasional cooking/craft show on Create (PBS). There are some shows that I have enjoyed watching in the evenings after the girls are in bed (although nothing where I have to be home and watching it. I only watch if I do happen to be home and have nothing else to do.), but I've been wondering about whether or not I should be watching them. Although I "know" the things people do on them are wrong (adulterous relationships, violence, etc.) I figured that since I knew they were wrong, that it was okay. The Holy Spirit, however, has been convicting of watching them.

A great article about the onslaught of sin that we allow into our homes through the television can be found at Kids Faith. Although I'm not sure I would go as far as to say that television can be viewed as the anti-christ, she does make some good points about television viewing affecting our lives.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Broken Hearts

A fellow blogger posted something that I have been thinking about and feeling for the past week. Marriages (even Christian marriages) are falling apart all around us. Why?! This doesn't have to be. In just the past 1 1/2 weeks, I've heard of two Christian marriages that are ending in divorce. This breaks my heart and, just like Laura says on her blog, makes me mad! If your heart is also breaking from broken marriages, please read her post at Heavenly Homemakers.

Natural Alternatives

As many of you know, we avoid the use of chemicals in our home as much as possible. The Modest Mom is giving away a book that will greatly help us in that quest. You can head over there and enter to win the book for yourself as well if you would like to remove chemicals from your home.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Radical Winner!

I need to apologize for not posting the winner sooner. I was sick on Thursday and have been playing catch-up since.

The winner of Radical is Lauren!

Lauren, please message me with your mailing address. I know you are overseas, but I would like to send the book anyway. I'm not sure when I will get to the post office next, but I will mail it out as soon as I can!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Quick Fix Healthy Mix Giveaway

As I've talked about before, I highly suggest eating healthier and avoiding prepared food from the store. Another blog I follow is having a giveaway for a book that I think would be a great addition to any kitchen! Check it out at The Modest Mom.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Reclaiming the Lost Vision of Motherhood

O' for mothers to hold in their hands a child who's soul is eternal and to grasp the vision of changing the world through her mothering as she purposes toward multigenerational faithfulness.

To look into the eyes of her child and know that God has put a purpose for that child here on earth--to advance the kingdom of heaven-- which is glorifying the Father he serve's above. Mothers also put on earth for royal purposes, to raise children for the King. Shaping and molding them to become one day warriors for the Lord. Who will not just feed the poor in secret but also help direct and change the course of a nation. History has proven time and time again, that one person can change the course of history. You never know who you might be raising. Susannah Wesley never knew the child she rocked in the cradle would take England by storm. John Wesley started a movement and said, "If I can find ten men who hate nothing but sin, love nothing but God, and seek nothing but the souls of men, we can turn England upside down for God." This man, did indeed with the help from God, turned England upside down for God. . . .

Read the rest of this post, here.

The Dailyness

""Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway." Proverbs 8:34 (NIV)

Life wouldn't be so hard if it wasn't so daily. As I sit here surrounded by laundry and dishes piled high in the sink, I see more than ever how life wears us down one day at a time."

Read the rest of this devotion, here.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Radical--Review and Book Giveaway

Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group provided me with a copy of Radical by David Platt for review and also a copy to give away. I am so glad they did!

This is a great book that I truly believe that every Christian should read. Platt covered many issues I have been dealing with lately. He raises the same questions that I have raised for myself and my church. He does a good job of basing his beliefs with scripture and challenging the reader to make changes in his/her life. I truly believe that he makes a valid point--we should like how Christ called His disciples to live. I was convicted that I have adopted too many of the worldly conveniences of the American Dream and created my own Christianity.

I plan on participating in The Radical Experiment. My prayer is Chad will also read this book and we will embark on the Experiment as a family.

You can read the first chapter by going here. You can also request a free copy of The Radical Question by going here. The Radical Question is a great "summary" of the book, Radical. I recommend it for those who think they don't have time to read the whole book or for those who just don't like to read. It also would make a great tract to pass out to others. My hope is after reading The Radical Question, you will feel compelled to read the full book and possibly do a study on it. You can purchase the book at Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group.

You have the opportunity to win a copy of this life-changing book! To simply enter, please just leave a comment. You don't have to be a follower (you can just post as anonymous), but you must leave an email address where I can contact you if you win (you may leave it in a broken link if you choose. example: memoriesmama @ netonecom . net). To earn multiple entries, you can do the following (make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry!):

  • Become a follower
  • Comment about this giveaway with a link back here on your own blog
  • Post about this giveaway with a link back here on Facebook

You can enter to win until May 13th. The winner will be chosen by a random drawing, and I will post the winner on May 14th.

If you don't win, I highly suggest getting a copy of the book for yourself. You won't be sorry!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Staying Home

Why one woman chose to stay home.

Make your home a place you want to be.

Weekly Prayer Walk

The following came in one of my daily emails. I thought it was a great thing to try to do for your husbands.

Sunday pray for his Spiritual walk
Monday pray for his Moods and Mental health
Tuesday pray for his Thought life
Wednesday pray for his Weaknesses to be healed
Thursday pray for his Time usage
Friday pray for his Friendships
Saturday pray for his Sexuality

"More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of." --Alfred Lord Tennyson

Other Blog Postings Worthy of Reading

A great reminder for all us mothers who are recovering perfectionists!

“God doesn’t ask me to be perfect; He asks me to praise.”

For those of us who are "too busy".

Guarding your time.