Kindness at Home


Colossians 3:12 (ESV)  Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

I once heard a speaker say we often treat strangers with more kindness than we do our own families and friends.  In that moment, with those few words, my life changed.  My mind went back to certain moments in my life.  Like all the times I’ve held doors open for strangers, which is every time I walk through a public door, really.  I thought to myself, What do I do for my own family that is THAT kind, expecting nothing in return?  Those times when I deny loaning my friends or family money, yet I graciously give to the homeless man on the corner.  When we have dinner guests, I’m charming, smiling, and happy.  Yet when I cook for my own family, I’m grumbling because no one offers to help me in the kitchen.

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The Joy of Housekeeping?


Philippians 2:14  Do all things without grumbling or disputing.

Do you EVER look like this when you’re cleaning house?  Yeah, me either.  Typically, I’m running around in sweats with a scowl on my face wondering why these people can’t just pick up after themselves!  The endless battle of cooking, washing dishes, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, washing clothes, folding clothes, cleaning the toilet, and so many other tasks, gets to be more than a little frustrating at times.

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When Anxiety Takes Control


Luke 12:25-26 (ESV) And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?

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Anxiety is a harsh reality for many of us.  For some of us it’s just a mild annoyance we can easily push to the back of our minds’.  For others, though, anxiety can be a crippling and miserable experience.  I’ve struggled with anxiety on and off throughout my life.  Usually it hits when I have a lot of stress at home, at work, with my kids, or my marriage.  I start to feel helpless, like nothing I do is going to fix anything.  I feel trapped, like I’ll never be enough; like this pain and worry will never end.  But there is hope.  There is always hope.

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A New Creation


2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Do you ever feel like your past mistakes make it impossible for you to move forward in life?  I think shame is one of the most powerful tools the devil has in his tool belt.  I often hear that voice in the back of my mind telling me You aren’t good enough to be sitting in this church, who are you to God?  When this happens I have to remind myself of this verse.  The old me is dead.  I am a new life in Christ.

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Her Husband’s Helper


Genesis 2:18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Sometimes this verse speaks to me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through at the time. However, I always feel amazed at the fact that God saw an emptiness in man’s life and designed us to fill that space. We were made to be helpers, which is straight from God’s mouth. What does that mean? The Hebrew word ezer means helper and is also used to describe God as our helper in Psalm 115:9-11. Would we ever think of God as serving us because he is our ezer? Of course not. Because He is our helper; He is our support system and our partner.

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Gentle Words


Proverbs 15:1  A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

I can’t count how many times I’ve chanted this verse in my head when I really want to give someone a tongue lashing!  I know we’ve all been there.

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Stronger with God


Psalm 46:1  God is our place of safety. He gives us strength.

 

Sometimes our lives become uncertain.  Job changes, marriage problems, or issues with our children have us constantly stressing.  I know I am prone to giving into exhaustion and fear of the unknown more often that I’d like to admit! It can definitely swallow us up.  Stress and worry sap your energy and happiness.

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Beautiful You


Genesis 1:27 God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

I’m starting with this verse because I feel it is so important in our lives.  We all know the story of Creation, but I think we’ve heard it so often, it can lose its effect and seem more like a childhood story.

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Introduction – Hello, Ladies!


Women are incredible creatures – there’s no doubt about that! We are constantly working to keep our homes, families, and even workplaces in order.

I decided to start this blog because I know firsthand how women undervalue themselves and how we struggle balancing being a Christian woman, a wife, a mother, an employee, a friend, a neighbor, a sister, a daughter, and many more roles!

It’s time we cut ourselves some slack and prioritize our time with God. I hope and pray that this blog will help you to create balance in your life, lift your spirits, give you hope, and grow your relationship with our Lord.

God Bless You and Yours,

Stephanie