Are the June holidays a time for you to bond with your children? Or is it a time of dread? Let me encourage you to see it as a fantastic time to re-connect with them. You can also help them detox from the stress of school and peer pressure. Let the holidays be a time for them to chill. Don’t pack it full of activities for the sake of getting them out of your hair.
Do you have a sticky child? I did! But don’t let anyone make you feel guilty that your child isn’t the life of the party. Or that he is unhappy being passed around. As long as you keep calm and keep encouraging, but not push your child to be sociable before he is ready, he will be fine. Find out how to gently encourage him to step out of his comfort zone.
Have you ever felt God calling you to do something but you held back? Perhaps even chose to say “NO” immediately? Why “NO”? Why did you do that? Was it because it is something out of your comfort zone? Or…
Teaching obedience to a child is crucial because if he obeys only with major cajoling and bribery, how then will he obey when God calls him? And if he will not submit to your authority, how will he obey God’s authority. Think about that.
We often underestimate the immense influence (and power even!) we have as mothers, over our children. Whether we are full-time stay at home mothers or working mothers, our choices, our behaviour and our values, all influence and affect our children. Even when we are unaware of it.
Motherhood, like labour and delivery, is hard. And, like labour and delivery, we can choose to work with God or stumble our way through and make things more difficult. We CAN do this because it is God who has called to be mothers (yes, He did!), and He will equip us.
March 1995 Our bedside table moved 90 degrees. On its own. We freaked out. We now know first hand that spiritual warfare is real. It is not superstition or an overactive imagination. But the good news is that God is even more real and powerful! He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world indeed!
I think the biggest issue most of us have when we choose to stay home to be with our children is the struggle with housework. However, housework is something that needs to be done and done regularly. Otherwise it piles up and any motivation to get to it decreases at an exponential rate!
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How do we do what we do? Is there some secret we are not sharing with you? No. I am not being secretive or trying to brush you off by sounding super spiritual. You can do what I/we do, too. We serve the same God and have the same Holy Spirit. Every child of God can do what He calls him to do.