The Power of Our Stories

My husband and I went to see a movie Friday night. It had a very odd title: Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close. And while I’d heard it was about 9/11, I found it to truly be a story about, well, stories.

I began blogging to tell my story.

It was October of 2005. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine had started a website for homeschooling moms and offered space to anyone who wanted to try it. There was a contest for funny stories, so I told our favorite family story about Rusty, our hamster. It’s pretty funny, and wound up in a book. You should go read it. I’ll wait.

One of the things I’ve been surprised by over the past six years, though, is that telling my story has allowed me to hear yours. Reading your comments and emails has touched my life and encouraged me in so many ways. It’s more obvious to me now than ever, the power of a story. Our stories … our tales of the way God has moved in our lives; the things He’s seen us through; the places we’ve come apart and been put back together; the mountains He’s moved, the ones we’ve climbed, and those we’ve gone around … and around … and around … They are all our own. And they are powerful. They tell us who we are. They remind us of what God has done. And when we share them, we give one another a very personal, powerful gift. We let someone else learn something of what we’ve learned. We build bridges between us. We let one another know there is hope.

It was a theme in the movie, where a boy in search of his father who was lost in the 9/11 tragedy, travels all over New York City hunting down people with the last name “Black”–and listening to many, many stories in the process.

I have been extremely honored to listen to several stories as I work on interviews for Titus 2 University. Last night I had a real treat as I was able to listen as Amy Bayliss shared her own life story with me as part of the series. Once again I was amazed at the goodness of God and the strength of His women, and the power of our stories to convict and change hearts–especially mine.

I remember the first time I started thinking about all the stories in the world. We would often drive the hour and a half back and forth from Columbus to Omaha, Nebraska, where my grandparents lived. We spent most of that time on long stretches of highway, usually straight and surrounded by corn fields. I would watch all the cars on the highway, and think about all the things that had gone on over the weekend–the interactions that had occured within my family, places we had gone, the cars we drove from the car rental, things we’d seen, etc. And then I’d think about how each car held its own collection of stories from the weekend.

I feel the same way now as I write here. Somewhere on the other side of this screen, there’s a you on the other side of your screen, reading words. Maybe looking for something to make you laugh, or to bring you some hope, or offer some advice. Maybe you’ve got lots of friends and you read blogs just for something to do. Perhaps you live in a remote area and read to feel connected and remind yourself you’re not alone. Maybe you are afraid of other women and blogs are safer than real-life relationships.  Maybe you’re hoping to be inspired to get through one more day.

I can’t tell what you need, sweet one, from my side of the screen.

But I do care. I feel God’s love and care for you and how much He wants to encourage you. Sometimes when I write I know just what He wants me to say. He teaches me something and I almost can’t get to the computer fast enough because I know I need to share it. Sometimes something funny or sad has happened, and I put that out there, too. And sometimes I feel like I do today; a little emptied from the busyness of my own life. Longing to say something witty or wise to lift you up, yet knowing today especially that I am but dust.

We got a kick yesterday out of a cartoon on KungFu Panda. Po was complaining about how much hard work he had to do, and he said, “Leading is hard. You have to stand in front, and everyone is looking at you, and you have to … point … ” He didn’t really have much to complain about, so I guess that’s all he could come up with.

Today, dear one, can I just point?

Point to the One who has all the answers, Who laid down His life for you, Who paints the sky to woo your heart and soothe your soul.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Today, may you know the peace to be found in resting in His grace. And ask Him to help you find the courage to share your own powerful story!

 

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Girls’ Turn! Mission Trip to Costa Rica!

Dear Family and Friends,                                                                                

As many of you know, our family has always been interested in missions. We love to read about other cultures around the world, and have dreamt of traveling to and ministering in the places we’ve studied. In the past four years, the older boys and dad have had the chance to travel to Brasil as well as Papua, New Guinea. Zach is currently in Honduras, and returns in just a few weeks.

Well, now it’s the girls’ turn!

For many years we’ve dreamed of a trip where we could travel together and minister with our younger children. Group Publishing has given us a context to do exactly that! Dad will be staying home with the boys while the girls travel to Central America with a group of other families from our church, distributing backpacks and Bibles to children in Costa Rica. We’ll also be spending time at an orphanage and sharing the love of Jesus with people there.

Of course, traveling costs money. Our total expenses for this trip will be $5100. We’re asking friends and family to help by sponsoring us for $25, $50, or $100 … extra zeroes welcome, of course! This trip is only seven weeks away so time is of the essence. The first half-payment deadline is January 28th, with the final deadline for funds being February 10th.

We would love to see you be part of our prayer and/or sponsorship team! If you’d like, please leave a comment and I’ll send you a prayer card! Donations can be made in one of several ways: 

* online at Paypal! Just click here!





 

*by check directly to our church. They may be written out to Southpoint Community Church, and should not list our names on the actual check. Please enclose a letter indicating the money is for the Krasawski family’s Costa Rica trip. The church address is:

Southpoint Community Church, 7556 Salisbury Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

We are excited to see what God will do, and really appreciate you keeping us in your prayers, as well as the hearts of the children we’ll be blessed to minister to!

 

Serving them for Him,

The Krasawski Girls~Misty,Victoria andSavannah

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Pumpkin Waffles with Maple-Walnut Apples

We are big fans of breakfast around here–especially for dinner! These pumpkin waffles are a big hit.

‎1 1/4 cp whole wheat flour
1/3 cp sugar
1 TB baking powder
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

Mix these together in a large bowl.

In another bowl, mix
3/4 cp milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cp melted butter
1/4 cp melted shortening,
1 extra large egg

Pour wet ingredients into dry and whisk together to create batter which will be slightly lumpy. Use this to make your waffles!

For the topping, melt 2 Tb butter in a skillet. Add 2 peeled and sliced apples and cook for about 4 minutes or until apples are slightly browned. Add 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/2 cup toasted walnuts and toss to coat.

 

 

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Disappointment at Home: But What if They *Don’t*?

I’m not sure why, but that phrase always brings to mind a vision. A vision … of cartoon vegetables.

I suppose it may indicate that my children have watched Veggie Tales’ version of Daniel and the Lion’s Den one too many times. But that is neither here nor there for my purposes today.

That particular phrase has been running through my mind a lot lately.  A series of disappointments started it whispering around the edges.  A more recent set of shocks made it speak more loudly.

“But, what if they don’t?”

If you’ve never had the privilege of watching (or reading) this fabulous rendition of the Bible story, let me give you the rundown.  Daniel and his friends, popularly known as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, have been taken away to Babylon, where the king is in need of a fresh set of faces for his advisory court.  The native Babylonians are not happy about this arrangement–especially the ones who are already part of the council. To make matters worse, the new counselors are clearly superior to the old.  So when their insecurity becomes more than they can bear, they come up with an idea.  The Hebrews are known to worship one God.  This is in stark contrast to the Babylonian tradition, wherein the favor of many “gods” is regularly entreated through supplication to a plethora of idols. The Babylonian wise guys go to the king with a kindly suggestion that appeals to his vanity . . . he should build a giant statue.  Of himself.  Erect it in the middle of the city.  And tell everyone that when they hear the musical announcement, they’re to bow down and worship it.

The king, of course, thinks this is a GREAT idea.  What could be better?  A giant statue of himself–in gold, nonetheless!–and all his subjects bowing down in obeisance.  But then . . .  a shadow crosses his face.  You can see the wheels turning in his head.  Finally, he speaks the question I’ve been asking myself for the past few weeks:

“But, what if they don’t?”

Nebuchadnezzar loves the idea of people bowing down to him.  But he’s been king long enough to realize that making a law isn’t necessarily a guarantee that said law will be followed.

I wonder if we’re as wise as he, as Christian moms.

   We work hard.  We put personal dreams/goals/desires on hold while we prioritize our kids, and we do it joyously because having a strong, loving, God-honoring family has become our dream/goal/desire, anyway–and that’s as it should be.  We pour into them; we pray, and work, and teach, and disciple, and pray, and teach, and work, and disciple, for years and years.  Because we love them.  Because we desire to do what we believe God’s called us to do. 

   There are also some reasons in our hearts that we may not truly even know we’re harboring.  We work so hard because we believe a+b=c.  We have read the books, and listened to the speakers, and believe that if only we work hard enough at discipling and even homeschooling and pouring into their lives and all that entails, our kids will be . . . well, we know better than to expect perfect.  But they’ll at least be good.  They’ll embrace our convictions.  They’ll understand our rules and follow them joyfully.  They’ll rise up and call us blessed.

   But, what if they don’t?”

    Maybe we have more in common with Nebuchadnezzar than we think.

   What happens when things go wrong?  What happens when the math book is lost and the portfolios are due tomorrow, or when the house persists in looking like the before pictures for some wacky reality show, or the baby eats someone’s homework?  Ya good so far? 

  Okay, how about when the standardized test results come back as less than stellar, or your child spends two years trying to “get” the need for punctuation at the end of a sentence, or some lame-brained youth leader tells your child they’re somehow less than everyone else because they’re homeschooled–and they believe him?  Still with us?  Okay, what about when your kids’ friends start dropping like flies–to alcohol, or to se*ual experimentation, or to lying, or to self-destructive behaviors?  What if those are his friends from church? What if they’re his homeschooled friends?

   What if your child joins them?

   Here’s where conviction kicks in.  When a+b does NOT equal c, because human beings aren’t as simple as integers.  When you’ve done all you thought you needed to do, and it looks like it didn’t work.  The time to think all this through is before it happens, because when the temptation comes to throw in the towel, it will come in like a flood, and your anchor must be sure. 

   If you are homeschoooling or discipling your children a certain way because you’re expecting a guaranteed result, it might be a good idea to spend some time in prayer about that.  Because there are no guarantees but one: if you are educating and discipling and training your children at home because God told you to, then when you stand before Him, you can say “I educated and discipled and trained my children at home, because You told me to.”  And He will say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.”

   And that will be enough.

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Help Get the Word Out!

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“People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ~Matthew 4:4

“The first thing you should start doing as a new Christian is to read your Bible every day.”

“If you need to know what to do, ask God to speak to you through His word to confirm the direction you think you ought to be heading.”

“To get to know God better, read His Word! It’s His love letter to you.”

But what if you couldn’t?

All of my life, it seems, I’ve loved God’s Word. It’s provided direction and comfort, wisdom and rebuke, and most of all a way to know God’s voice and heartbeat. It’s kept me from despair and loneliness because I was able to read the story of His love for me and His promise to protect me when I felt unloved and unprotected. It’s truly been my life.

America is rich in scripture. There are at least ten copies of the Bible in my house alone, in multiple translations. But for 340 million people, reading the Bible is impossible. Why? Because they don’t have God’s word in their language.

I’m not okay with that.

According to the OneVerse website:

There are more people in the world without a single verse of Scripture in their language than the entire population of the United States. In fact, more people live without a complete Bible in their language than without enough food and clean water combined.

      Bible poverty is a big deal.

It’s a justice issue. The truths of Scripture are
foundational for community development, and access to God’s Word empowers people with God’s
perspective and promises on social, economic and gender issues.

The Bible brings life, and for every day that passes, enough people to fill 16 Boeing 747s die without hearing the Gospel in their own language.

So, what’s the solution?

Simple: Translate God’s Word into every language on Earth. We at OneVerse along with many other partner organizations are already deeply involved in this effort. But we can’t do it alone.

At the Relevant conference last fall, I was re-introduced to The Seed Company. Two years ago we’d partnered with them as part of a sponsorship program through Sonlight Curriculum. We “bought” one verse for our family, and one for my husband’s parents as a Christmas gift. Imagine our delight when our verse turned out to be Mark 10:14, which reads in part, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” When I read that, I cried. What a beautiful scripture God chose for us to give, especially touching considering our heart for children and the nations!

As sponsors of the Relevant conference, OneVerse had come to see if bloggers would be interested in helping speak for some of the 340 million who can’t read God’s word in their language yet. The answer? YES! Several of us have grouped together now as OneVerse bloggers to support one language: that of the Vidunda people of Africa.

The amazing thing is that only $26 provides the necessary funding to translate one verse of the Bible. Just $26! So being a part of Bible translation is accessible to almost everyone. What a joy!

Watch the video that had most of us mopping up buckets at Relevant. It shows the reaction of a people group hearing the story of Jesus in their own language for the very first time, through The Jesus Film.

And then, please, click on the banner reading “Sponsor Now” above, to sponsor a verse. And come back and let me know about it! Together, we can make a difference for the Vidunda people!

 

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What Not to Read

This is an age where the rallying cry for those trying to save our society from tumbling into an endless morass of mindless television, pop-culture magazines and twaddle-y fiction is “READ!” And I agree. If we want to learn anything, if we want to expand our understanding of the world and its people, we must read.  I’m an avid reader and have been from the time as a child when I used reading as my great escape.  I love to study.  I came into wife-hood and motherhood feeling ill-equipped for either job, and I realized they were definitely JOBS that were going to require a lot of knowledge that I didn’t have.  Consequently, my shelves are full of books, and there are probably almost as many that have been borrowed and then returned to dear friends’ bookshelves or the library over the years.

There’s one genre, however, that I’ve discovered to be detrimental to my family rather than helpful.  It’s surprising, but true.  And that genre is the one dedicated to . . .

what Christian husbands *should* do.

 While this makes for very interesting and challenging reading, especially for twenty-first century moms who are striving against the current to create great homes, for me they also inspired jealousy, frustration and a feeling of hopelessness over the areas where my husband was uninterested or uninspired by the featured topic.  I’ve learned that a very important part of marriage is learning both who my husband is and who he is not, as well as who he wants to become and who he does not want to become. 

My husband is a fabulous guy.  He’s a great dad; the most fun one on the block and the one all the other kids want to hang around with.  He’s incredibly patient with me, always brags about me when I’m not around, and makes the best omelettes on the planet without complaint.  He’s even been known to let me–nay, even help me–sponge paint my living room a truly horrendous shade of rose.  (Yes, I learned my lesson. No more sponge painting, and I stick to pale yellow now.) 

He does NOT, however, want to . . .

           eat a diet of all fruits and vegetables

           teach the children algebra

           become a  pastor

           throw out our television set

           deliver all of our babies himself at home

           listen to an eight hour parenting seminar on tape

           learn all the great hymns so he can teach them to the kids

           be the general contractor on our own house which we build ourselves

           raise llamas in our backyard

          work full-time from home

          or take our boys bison hunting with bows and arrows they handmade in the forest.

And, while those things were a disappointment to me for varying seasons of time, I am now quite happy to admit that I’ve accepted all of them.  I also want to give you this bit of advice from a (possibly) older, (maybe) more experienced, and (surely) more-often-failed mom . . .

Leave the reading of men’s self-help books to men. 

If you don’t read it but he chooses to read it, *maybe* he’ll do it.  But if you don’t read it and he doesn’t read it, or does but doesn’t do what’s suggested, you won’t know what he “should have” done, anyway.   Which makes for a much happier household, in my book.

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

I Timothy 6:6

 Happy reading to you.  And, for the sake of your family,  stay in the women’s section!

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He Has Won!

Wednesday night, we sang.

It was a long, long day. Disappointment, misunderstandings, too many requests and not enough me frayed edges already threadbare.

The afternoon and evening was a jumble of strings; places to go, responsibilities to meet, meals to be eaten and classes to take. At the end, the prize: gathering with church family to worship the One Who holds it all. Wasn’t sure if we would even make it.

Sometimes it’s a battle just to get there.

Finding my usual seat filled my heart with expectation. Familiar, the space itself began to bring peace to my frazzled soul. Music coaxed out the cry of my heart. His Word read aloud spoke comfort. Love from friends put a balm on wounded places.

And the anthem brought hope …

Hallelujah, You have won the victory

Hallelujah, You have won it all for me …

 

Once in awhile, knowing grammar is a really spiritual thing.

 

 

 

 

“Have won.” Present perfect tense. It means, He won in the past, and the winning continues today.  And that’s what I needed most; to know He has already fought and won every battle I find myself in right now. Every concern, every fear, every difficulty is already under His control. I need not worry. I need not lose my peace, or give up, or lament the loss of time or the enemy’s apparent victory.

Truth will be known. Righteousnes will prevail. He knows my heart. His callings are without repentance, His word will not return void.

He has won!

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Mini Meatloaf Recipe

I thought I’d share one of my family’s favorite recipes with you today!

This is a recipe modified from one I found years ago in a Taste of Home magazine. I hope your little ones love it as much as mine do!

Mini Meatloaves

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/3 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, cheese, oats, onion, and salt. Add the ground beef, mixing well, and form this mixture into twelve miniature meatloaves. Place these in a couple of lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dishes, or you can line a cookie sheet with foil and place them on that.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Stir thoroughly and spread over each meatloaf.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes.

I think the sauce is the secret to why my kids like these so much. Actually, we all like them, and now I’m hungry. At least now I know what to make for dinner tonight! Think I’ll need some help from my favorite chefs…

my kitchen elves

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Review: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget

**UPDATE: JEN has won the giveaway!!!**

 

Saving money. In these tough economic times, it’s something we all know we need to do.

What’s more difficult to know is exactly how to go about it.

Do we have to cut up our credit cards and start clipping coupons? Pay cash for everything? Never go out to eat again? The advice out there is wide-ranging and sometimes overwhelming.

Crystal Paine has been writing about money-saving matters for some time. She and her husband managed to get through law school without any student loan debt, bought their first home with cash, and lived on an extremely low budget for some time, prompting her to share about her money strategies–and deluging her with requests for more information, she says that a no credit loan is the only financial help she would ever get . Get some information about debt and tax laws here at https://eliminatemytaxdebt.com/irs-garnish-arizona/. Attorneys and lawyers are eager to answer your questions. Her website, MoneySavingMom is now one of the highest-trafficked personal finance blogs on the web, offering a wide variety of helps, from the latest great deals in stores nationwide to budgeting advice. There is different debt solutions to help people.

And today, her first book was released!

I got to read a pre-release copy of  The Money Saving Mom’s Budget after meeting Crystal at Relevant last fall. I can honestly tell you that I think it’s the best, most practical book on home budget management I’ve ever read. With chapter titles like “If you don’t know where you’re going, any train will get you there” and “Coupons are not just for junk food,” this book covers the topic of family finance literally from soup to nuts!

I love the way Crystal shares the way her family has managed to accomplish such incredible things with their money without making you feel stupid for not having done the same. She walks you step by step through getting your own money in order with a twelve-month plan delineated in the book, always encouraging you not to bite off more than you can chew. From the introduction …

“Saving money is going to take time and hard work. If living beneath your means or saving sixty-five percent on your grocery bills were effortless, everyone would be doing it.”

Isn’t that great? I think the best thing is that after reading this book, you’ll realize you can do it, too!

You can read more about Crystal’s venture, and the wonderful thing she’s done for Compassion International with her royalties, at her website, here: Today’s the Big Day!

GREAT NEWS: Crystal’s team has offered me a free copy of this to give away to a reader! If you’d like to enter, please share your own favorite money-saving tip –or let me know you need some–in the comment section below! I’ll draw a winner on Thursday, Jan. 12th at 7pm so hurry and get your entries in! 😉

**Titus 2 ladies–we’ll be talking with Crystal as well as reading this book together in April, so you may want to enter to win a copy–you’re going to want it!**

 And since I’m sure you want your own copy, it’s on sale now at Amazon for only $8.40! Buy a copy here with my affiliate link to benefit Compassion International!

 

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How Are You Doing at Being God’s Friend?

My pastor’s wife said something in a leadership meeting some time ago that I just loved.  She talked about how at the beginning of the year, everyone starts planning how to better organize their lives and make changes, and one of the first things we think about is defining our priorities. 

 We’ve all done that, right? You probably did it yourself last week: made a list of priorities, then tried to organize your schedule based on which things were most important.   It’s always the same thing, really . . . put things in the correct order of importance: God, our husband, our kids, our home, our friends, our church, our job, blah blah.  Good reminder, move on now, we’ve heard it a zillion times.

 But she had a different way of looking at it that I really liked. She asked us,  “What is the most important role you play in your life?”  Wow.  I immediately thought, “Well, being a mom.”  And the next moment, of course, I felt guilty, thinking, “Well, I probably should have thought of being a wife first.”  But then she went on to say, “Your relationship with God is the most important role of your life.” 

Ummm, why, yes, it is; thanks for the reminder! Sheesh! Why on earth was that concept surprising to me?  So I thought, “Okay; if my relationship with God is the most important thing in my life, then my most important role is Friend of God. How am I doing at that?” 

Good morning Jan. 1, 2012!

Hmmmm.  I think alot about the fact that I don’t feel like a very good friend most of the time. I’m way too busy, truth be told, to be good at the things I think define a good friendship: lots of conversation, having fun doing things together, sharing deep ideas, etc.  If I have a phone conversation with a friend, it’s usually because we scheduled it the week before–and I’m so not kidding!

So how am I doing at being God’s friend? I’m not sure.  I’m wise enough after all these years to know that I *have to* have my time in the Word and journaling every day.  I can’t survive without it. So He fares much better than my “normal friends” as far as time spent together goes!  But it seems like so much of the rest of my day is taken up with the urgent things–like history, grammar, lunch, science, snack, rest time, Algebra, laundry, and spelling–that my role as “God’s Friend” often gets neglected–and honestly, sometimes just forgotten. I remember I’m God’s servant, His child, His handmaiden, even. But friend?

” … and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God.” James 2:23

“‘No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.'” John 15:15

It was a good reminder.  I *know* that throughout my day as I do those things I listed that  I’m doing what God’s called me to.  I *know* He’s happy when I do those things well. 

But I also need to remember that I’m God’s Friend.  For one thing, it changes the way I approach life. It lends me confidence, and reminds me that He is for me, working all things together for my good.  And for another, it affects the way I treat other people. Being a friend of God means I can pass along His words. It means I’m an ambassador for Him. It also means I’m never really alone. He is always as near as the air I breathe. He wants me to talk to Him as I go through each little moment.  I’m always in His presence.  I’m always able to approach His throne. 

In all the urgent moments of every day, the reality is that I’m not just doing the laundry, I’m serving His children.  He’s got a plan for my life.  He can use me to speak to my kids, my friends, my husband.  He can strengthen me to do whatever needs to be done–over and over again.  He needs my hands and feet and mouth to serve these people He’s given me.  Because I’m His friend.

Kim Bogart and I ... friends for life

 

 How are you doing at being God’s friend?

 
   Have you been over to visit the lovely ladies at The Better Mom yet? Ruth Schwenk is hostess of this lovely website, and they have a wonderful linkup going on every Monday. Ruth will be joining us at Titus 2 University sometime soon, and I can’t wait to hear from her! The special focus at The Better Mom for this season is saying “yes” to our kids and being gentle moms … the post today by Joy Forney (another dear interviewee-w was especially lovely! Go take a peek! :-)
 

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