By: Amy Cantilina
One Columbus Day weekend a few years ago, my husband and I decided to go for a long bike ride together. The kids were all in school, and he was home for the federal holiday. It was a beautiful day, and we were almost giddy at the thought that we had 6 whole hours to ourselves. Our best “dates” have historically included a trip to the gym, a good hard run, or going for a swim together. This time, we decided to bike about 64 miles—insanely farther than I had ever biked at one time before. Tom mapped out our route which would get us home just in time to pick up our youngest from preschool.
As we biked together, down long stretches of mostly quiet roads, hugging the shoulder and riding single-file in order to take turns drafting, my mind began to mull the lessons we had been discussing in our Bible study, many of which had centered on concepts related to submission. God opened my eyes, in fact, to see that the very act of biking together with my husband was an amazing example of submission—both of its implementation and its benefits.
By: Julie Paulsen
As many of you know, I’m in the way, way, Beyond Bath Time season! But I can still get down on my knees by the tub to scrub-a-dub-dub our grandchildren! I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Dorothy, who is in the stage of life where all she can do is scrub behind a child’s ear, so to speak. But at the age of 97 this woman of God is so much more to her family and friends. On Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m., she sits by me at our weekly prayer meeting where I glean first hand from her humble wisdom poured out from a life lived by faithfully walking and talking with God.
By: Shannon Popkin
Halloween is the time of year my boys dress up as a Cowboy and Zorro and pose with their weapons pointed at each other, big smiles on their faces, so I can take pictures. Even my daughter, who is in high school still dresses up and goes out with her friends to collect free candy from the neighbors. Then they all come back and sort their loot in the family room. It’s tradition.
We tell our kids that it’s fine to celebrate the good parts about Halloween—the candy and the dressing up and spending time with friends and neighbors. In fact, if we chose to stay inside with the porch lights off, we feel like we’d miss out on connecting with neighbors, since Halloween is one of the only nights of the year that everyone’s outside!
By: Erin Davis
I can’t stop thinking about Miriam Carey.
You may know her as the woman who crashed her car into the White House a couple of weeks ago. She was killed by D.C. police after leading them on a terrifying chase. Her 18-month-old daughter was strapped in her car seat in the back seat.
Miriam was not a terrorist.
She was a dental hygienist from Connecticut with no known history of violence.
Confessions of a selfish mom:
Some days I’m keenly aware of my self-centeredness. I like to wake up and have my home revolve around my needs. My need for sleep. My need for my coffee. My need for my space. My need for my children to behave like I want them to. My need for my husband to respond to me the way that makes me comfortable.
But God’s truth confronts these “needs” and brings them to proper perspective. These are self-centered wants, demands, expectations. I create an idol out of my comfort. This pushes God to the side. It shows my tiny view of the cross.
Jesus came to serve others. He came to lay down His life for others. As daughters of the Most High King, this is our role. To lay aside wants and demands and to serve. To realize what we really deserve is hell, eternity separated from God. What He’s given us is grace and He imparted His righteousness to us.
I must preach the Gospel to myself daily. To view myself through the cross. To seek to live the Gospel to my family. To purge selfishness from my heart through the power given to us through the Holy Spirit.
All for His glory!
A Selfish Mom clinging to the cross!
By: Heather Patenaude
What is the emotional atmosphere or climate your home? Who controls the temperature?
Often times, in the home, it’s one of the parents who controls the emotional atmosphere, and more often than not, it’s mom! As children get older one of the children can take the control of this by “acting out” or being the problem child. Therefore the whole family centers around this issues and the child has control of the emotional atmosphere.
By: Jenni Stanphill
Yesterday, October 15, 2013, was a bittersweet day for me. You see, it is my first born son, Micah’s, birthday….but it is also National Infant Loss Awareness and Remembrance Day.
As I have walked this journey of loss now for the last 8 years, I realize I am not the person I once was. Loss changes you. Any kind of loss does, but I think the loss of a child really does. It’s not normal that your child dies before you do.
Today is “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day” and my friend Jenni Stanphill will share today and tomorrow about her losses.
By: Jenni Stanphill
Heather asked me to share a little bit about my journey down the road of losing a daughter, which was born still.
I thought I would share something that I wrote not long after Hannah was born:
This is not a road I ever planned to travel. My dreams of how my life and family were supposed to be did not include any of this. I planned on a complete family, full of life, love and happiness.
By Miriam Walsh
I had no idea I was capable of such a visceral, ugly response until someone wronged my kid. Anger was an understatement. No kid is perfect. And every good mom wants her kids to get what’s coming to them when they deserve it. But this situation was borne out of one kid unashamedly defending his faith and helping a newer believer to do the same. That made both of them a target.
By: Amy Catalina
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
When someone first comes to faith in Christ, she acknowledges that she is a sinner in need of a savior. She agrees with God that “all have sinned” and that on her own she is doomed to death. Perhaps the time leading up to that moment was checkered with sordid, shameful sin. Or, perhaps, a lifetime of “clean living” was finally revealed by the Holy Spirit as the filthy rags that self-righteousness is in the sight of God.
By: Heather Patenaude
One year from today, Lord willing, I will be in Indianapolis, Indiana attending True Woman 2014! I also will be turning 40! I can’t think of a better way of ringing in my 40’s than with 8,000 other serious Christian women!
Five years ago today my journey with the True Woman movement began! It was 2008 and Nancy Leigh DeMoss hosted the first True Woman conference in Chicago! I had no idea what that weekend would bring such radical changes in my life and that is why I want to invite you to come to True Woman 2014 starting October 9, 2014!
By: Heidi Jo Fulk
It’s time to get to the specifics. In the first few T2 posts, we looked at the big picture and laid the groundwork for the Titus 2 command. So now we come to the list.
Titus 2:4-5—so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
We added Grandma Julie Paulsen to our blog team after our school choice series. She wanted to chime in on her thoughts about school choice from a grandma’s perspective!
Have you ever believed in something so much that you can’t imagine your child choosing any other belief than yours in their adult years? For me this belief was home education. It was 1984 when we realized our youngest child, at ten years old, was desperately struggling in all areas of education based on phonics. As a couple we did the research and made the decision to pull her out of school for a year or two and ground her in phonics before sending her back to public school. When our other children were told of the plan they asked us to, “Please, keep us home, too!” Thus began our family journey into home schooling. Initially it was a one, maybe two year goal, but after a few months it was evident to my husband and me that home educating was a perfect fit for our family.
By: Heather Patenaude @heatherarnel
Recently a friend had to add formula to her 9 month olds diet because he wasn’t putting on weight like she had hoped. She shared privately how embarrassed she was to put that can of formula on the convayer belt at the grocery store. Thoughts of pride, mingled with fear of man, “What will people think?” blended.
Another friend chimed in that nursing her 4 month old had become an ordeal and they switched to all bottles, at a conference this new mom received a very insensitive comment from someone who didn’t know the full story!
By Miriam Walsh
When the boys were little we each prayed out loud in the car on the way to their schools in the mornings. I loved hearing them talk to God. It gave me insights to them I wouldn’t have had any other way. They shared things during that time that they never would have said directly to me. I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything.