The Pursuit of Quiet

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

quietSo we’re moms and the probability of quiet in our lives is anywhere from “not likely” to “you’ve got to be kidding me”.  I get it.  I truly do.  If we want and need quiet, we’re going to have to hunt it down like it’s the last drop of water in the desert.  But remember, the kind of quiet that we’re talking about here is not just reduced noise.   It may be that, but it goes deeper too.  Quiet means a reliance on God—seeking Him for wisdom and strength and not thinking and acting in our own power.  Quiet means self-control.  It means placing our hope in God and His word.  It means putting God in His rightful place.

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Quiet’s Perspective

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

quietQuiet.  Calm.  Peaceful.  As I shared in my last post, when I studied the word and concept of “quiet” throughout the Bible, it started in the way I thought it might with ideas like these.  But I also discovered links to other virtues like humility, wisdom, hope, and strength.  The links to strength were particularly profound to me because frankly, I long for strength.  True strength.  The kind that will equip me for both everyday events and life-changing moments.  I’ve been a mom, yea verily alive long enough to know my strength runs out in a hurry.  So discovering quiet is a pathway and building block for strength has been remarkable to me.

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Surprised by Quiet

We’re going to take a break from our Christmas Prep to ponder what “quiet” looks like.

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

quietThe word quiet has been very loud for me this year.  It began as I chose this verse as I created some goals at the start of the new year…

I Peter 3:4—Instead, it (a woman’s beauty) should consist of what is inside the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.

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A Locker Room Pep Talk for Moms

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

PEPTALK-3-560x560 Alright Moms.  Everyone get in here.  I think we need to talk.

A lot of you are dragging in.  And a few of you look pretty beat up.  A lot of crinkled foreheads, dark circles, and some funky clothes in here.  So let’s get to it.

I know it’s hard out there.  You’ve got at least one if not a gaggle of children that call you “Mom”.  They probably call you that about 1,000 times a day.  You’re feeding kids, cleaning kids, cleaning up after kids, and teaching kids.  You’re singing songs, doing homework, playing games, reading books, and rocking babies.  You’re grocery shopping, watching the neighbor’s kids, serving at church, and maybe even working outside of your home.

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T2—Love Your Husband

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

Slide1“How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.”  I’m guessing Elizabeth Barrett Browning didn’t have Titus 2 in mind when she wrote those words.  But for some reason, Browning’s words are in my mind as I think about how Titus 2 tells us to love our husbands.

How do you love your husband?  Go ahead.  Count the ways.  But before you do, consider this: the word love in Titus 2:4 in the original language is a form of “phileo”.  Carolyn Mahaney describes phileo as “a tender, affectionate, passionate kind of love.  It emphasizes enjoyment and respect in a relationship.”  So…how are you tenderly, affectionately, passionately loving your husband?  Somehow washing clothes, making dinner, and raising children don’t seem to be the right answers to that question.

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Brain Day

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

brain dayWe’re big on traditions in the Fulk home, but one stands out from most other families—Brain Day.  It’s one of the biggest remembrance stones in the 14 year marriage and family of Dan and Heidi Jo Fulk—and it’s today.

Thirteen years ago today, I was in an eight hour surgery to have a 2.5 centimeter benign tumor removed from the center of my brain.  I was 23, had been married for just 18 months, a first grade teacher for 3 months, and had no idea that was the way I would start either.  I also had no idea of the impact and far-reaching effects the privilege of having that tumor would have on my marriage, my family, indeed, my whole life.

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T2—A Good Time for Self

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

Slide1It’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.

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Holy30 – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

What is Holy30?

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

cream-floral-design-powerpoint-backgrounds (1)I Thessalonians 5:23-24—May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. (NIV)

These are my #1 weapon verses.  I memorized these two verses about eight years ago when I was desperately seeking to renew my mind and thoughts.  I knew I needed to “take every thought captive to obey Christ”, so every time I was tempted or a sinful thought or image would come into my mind, I would say these two verses.  Out loud, in my head—whatever I needed to do.  Still do.  Sometimes over and over like scrubbing a crusty pan with a scouring pad until those thoughts are gone.  Captive.

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T2 ~Woman + New Creation = Powerful Potential

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

Slide1In the last T2 post, we ended by focusing on some key truths for when we feel overwhelmed by the requirements of the Titus 2 mandate.  (I’m not alone, right?!  Somebody out there has got to be at least a little dazed by something on that list.)  But alongside—or really more at the foundation of those truths—is the capacity God gives us to obey and live out those commands.

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Guilt…or Conviction?

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

image(1)Guilt.  That all too familiar feeling in my gut—wearing on my mind and heart.  As a child of God, I know I have grace and forgiveness and that guilt should not have a hold on me.  “Therefore there is now no condemnation…” (Romans 8:1-2).  I think I know that I can’t and shouldn’t live in guilt, but guilt still comes.  And I’m pretty confident I’m not alone on this one.  So what do we do with it?  What should be our reaction?

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Why Titus 2?

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

Slide1In Titus 2:3-5, Paul is instructing Titus, a pastor, on some essentials to teach his congregation…

In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good, so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered. (HCSB)

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School Choice: Public School AND Homeschool

The next few posts we’re going to look at school choice! We will hear from a mom who send all her kids to public school, one who homeschools her children, one who isn’t decided yet. Today we’ll hear from Heidi who does a hybrid model of education: public school and homeschool! We hope our posts help as you may be wrestling with what educational choice is best for you and your family!

By Heidi Jo Falk

heidis kidsNever, ever, ever, schmever would I have fathomed the hours of conversation, contemplation, and prayer that have gone and will go into schooling decisions.  And I was a teacher!!  The options, the environments, the practicalities.  The educational points, the spiritual ramifications, the home/life effects.  All of that and more race through my brain and heart as my husband and I make school decisions.  But hallelujah, we don’t serve a God who has left us out in the cold as we sort through all of this!

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You Can Be For Without Being Against

By Heidi Jo Falk

Circle_Of_Hands_by_CircleoffriendsAt first glance, this statement could seem like some wishy-washy advice from someone afraid to take a stand on something.  But it’s not, so let me elaborate.

There are many things someone seeking to live a biblical life should be passionately for and zealously against.  Things that are opposites—truth from God and lies from the Enemy, life and murder, love and hate.  But there are also times when we can be for something or someone without being against whatever is perceived to be the opposite or “other” in the situation.

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Summertime Activities!

By: Heidi Jo Falk

ID-10081702A summertime day can be filled up just running around the backyard, splashing in the pool, or laying in the grass gazing at some fluffy clouds.  But even on sunny, summer days, we need a few good ideas for fun stuff to do.  Here are a few to keep in your back pocket!

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