Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mommy Moments #92

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word last week! We had some awesome links last week as usual. 

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

 The top viewed link this week belongs to Paula from Beauty Through Imperfection and her post So You Think You're Pro-life. Paula's post is very thought provoking and challenging for everyone in regards to how we treat young moms and pregnant women! I'm so glad Paula shared this wonderful post with us last week and if you haven't already, I hope you stop by and check it out!
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Fun Fruit Infused Water


For the past few months, I have been on a mission to drink more water!
I've never been much of a soda girl, but I love sweet tea, coffee, and mainly flavored beverages so water has always been hard for me to drink in large quantities. I decided to begin my mission with a cute little mason jar, a straw and a bag of lemons.

I hate the blah taste of water so lemons are a fun way to zest it up! Plus, lemons have so many benefits! Did you know?
11 Benefits of Lemon Water You Didn't Know About
After a while, the lemons got boring so I started adding other fun stuff to my water. Surprisingly enough, the water really does take on a lot of the flavor of whatever you put in the water! Not to mention, you are getting a lot of the vitamins from the fruits or veggies you are using! I purchased my inspiring drinking jar at Gordmons, but I've included a couple links at the end of this post if you are like me and need a cute jar glass for motivation.
Here are a few ideas for you to get started!


Lemon and Blueberry Water

Lemon and Cucumber Water
This one is particularly delicious if you add a few sprigs of mint or basil!

Lemon and Orange
You get some nice zest going with this one...and a lot of vitamin C too!

And my personal favorite:
Strawberry Lemonade!

It's so easy, anyone can do it! I hope this inspires you to drink more water and be healthier. I would love it if you would pin this and pass it along to inspire others as well!
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Teaching Your Toddler About Jesus


This is a topic very dear to my heart. My relationship with Christ is so important, as is my relationship with my daughter. I want so badly for my daughter to grow up knowing the Lord, and I firmly believe that teaching her about Jesus is something that starts from the very beginning, even now.

Proverbs 22:6 says 
"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Train is a verb, which means it requires some sort of action. I can't just sit back and let the church teach her, or hope that she "gets it" from my example. This is something that requires me to be actively involved in teaching my child about the Lord. 
I constantly have to remind myself that I can't "make" my daughter a Christian. I can't even teach her to be a Christian. If I try, I'm just training her to be a hypocrite and pretend to be something she's not. My responsibility as her parent is to teach her right from wrong and train her in the way of the Lord. The relationship part is between her and God! 


Ephesians 6:4 is one of the few parenting verses in the New Testament and it says,

"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."


Don't worry, I have much to say on the first part of that verse, but I'm saving that for another time! As far as focusing on the training part, I think it's pretty clear that this verse is commanding parents to train and instruct our children in the way of the Lord which to me means teach them about who God is, much in the same way that the Lord Jesus taught His own disciples!

This it the opposite mindset of what our culture is telling us today. We are told to let kids be kids and that saying "no" to them will hurt them and oppress their personality. I think the product of that parenting style speaks for itself. I believe that when we neglect to teach and train our children, it is extremely harmful for them not just when they are young, but for the rest of their lives!
When I think about the responsibility God has given me to shape this little life, it blows my mind. It's overwhelming and I don't know where to begin! Obviously, teaching children about Jesus will look a little different in every home, but here are 5 ways that hubby and I have found to teach our daughter about Jesus, even as a toddler. My desire is that you derive ideas and encouragement from this list, but not follow it as "the way" to teach your toddler about Jesus.

1. Pray for your toddler
This is #1 on the list for a reason. Like I said above, only Christ can capture your child's heart. You can't give it to the Lord for them, you can't make them believe and you can't make it real for them. I believe there is power in our prayers as we ask God to reveal himself to our children in ways that we are powerless to. 


2. Pray with your toddler
As I've said in earlier posts, we have made it a point to pray with our daughter before her meals and every night before she goes to bed. She may not understand completely what's going on, but she is being taught that God is important enough for us to pause our lives and talk to Him. After a year of praying with us, it's one of her favorite things to do. If we forget to pray before we eat, she holds out her chubby hand and says in her sweet voice, "pray?" She also has started saying "meen" for Amen at the end of our prayers. It's so encouraging to know that she likes talking to God, even though she may not understand it completely!

3. Read them the Bible
This is a tough one because it's hard to keep a toddler's attention through a whole story book, much less the Bible! I have found that the perfect time to read the Bible to my daughter is during breakfast while she is eating. Too often we rely on easier and more simple ways to convey the Bible, but I believe there is power in exposing children to the straight up word of God from the very beginning. 

Hebrews 4:12 says,
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."


Bible story books, and children's Bible's are also great teaching tools that shouldn't be neglected! My challenge to you, however, is to make sure that your child's story book is actually scriptural. It's amazing how many christian kid's books we have looked through that aren't even Biblical!

4. Teach them songs about Jesus

Psalm 95:1 says,
"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation"

There are TONS of great kid's songs that teach about Jesus and stories from the Bible. There are even many songs that are just scripture put to music! I don't have anything against fun kid's songs, but I think it's so important to permeate our children's lives with as much truth as possible. Music is one of those ways that it can be done! Music also sticks with people in ways that words typically don't. I still remember some of the songs I learned as a kid even though I haven't heard them in over 15 years!

 5. Teach them how Christ is a part of everything in their life

When you go outside, tell them who made the grass, sky, trees and birds. 
Thank Jesus with them for the beautiful day. 
When they make a mistake, talk to them about sin and how we can't be good on our own. Explain in simple words about Jesus who died to take the punishment for our sins. 
When another child is mean to them, take the opportunity to teach them to "turn the other cheek" just like Jesus did.
Those lessons start now! 
Remind them constantly of God's love, forgiveness, and grace in their lives and in your own!
Instill in them a love, respect and awe of their Creator God. It's never too early and you may never know the impact you are having on that little mind and heart.
I'm sure there are countless more ways to teach your toddler about Jesus and I'm definitely not an expert in this area. I'm just learning as we go and praying for wisdom along the way. I hope you are encouraged to do the same!
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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mommy Moments #91

Hey mamas!
Happy Easter! What a wonderful day to celebrate the lives God has blessed us with as well as remembering the life of Jesus, God's Son!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word last week! We had some awesome links last week as usual. 

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

 The top viewed link this week belongs to Brittany from Sweet Country Roots and her post Easton's Home Birth Story. Wow what a story! Brittany had an unmediated home birth and after 4 hours of pushing was rewarded with this sweet bundle. Congratulations Brittany!! 
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Hope in Easter

Happy Easter! Easter is one of my favorite times of year. It gets warmer outside (unless you live in Minnesota), the flowers start to pop up, the birds sing louder, and everything turns green. It's a good warm and fuzzy feeling time of year.
When I really think about the meaning behind the Easter we celebrate, I don't get warm and fuzzies. I feel a heaviness in my heart for what we are truly commemorating. Don't get me wrong, there is also an extreme happiness as I remember Jesus conquering sin and death, but the fact of the matter is that the death for sin part happened first and it was ugly.
Jesus died. And he did that for me. That's not all bunnies and jellybeans. I think we often forget the painful things in life and like to focus only on the things that make us feel good. However, brushing the hard things to the side can lead to the trivialization of things that are important to remember because they might impact the way we live our lives.
Our small group has been talking a lot lately about the fear of the Lord. The gravity of who God is. Stop for a moment and try to wrap your mind around Him. You can't! He is a God who is all powerful, Creator of the world, greater than we can ever imagine. 
That same God is so full of love that he was willing to sacrifice His only son, Jesus in order to pay the punishment for our sins and make a way for a relationship with us. His death and Resurrection is the only reason we have hope. Hope for eternity. Hope for now. If we truly believe that we have that hope, let's live that way, not just today but every day!
Watching my daughter discover life has helped me gain a new appreciation for life. She lives in every moment and enjoys everything immensely. I want to be more like her. Jesus died and conquered death to give me life, not just eternal life, but a life free from the bondage of sin here on earth. I want to live life here to the fullest, bringing glory to God and enjoying each moment He blesses me with here on earth.
So this weekend as we dye Easter eggs, go on egg hunts, bake some yummy treats and eat dinner with our families, let's remember that life is what we are celebrating. Because He lives, we can live in joy here on earth and forever in eternity with Him. Go celebrate that!
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