Will you join me in an advent word study series? We will be studying words that lead us to Jesus and are an encouragement to women – moms and homemakers!
The continuation of this series starts today with the word Advent (below)! Several Biblical Word Study posts have been previously published and are listed below. Some of the words in this series will be specifically related to Christmas and all will be centered around Jesus. Sort of an Advent to Christmas series, but will be applicable any time of the year – read in any order!
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1 Chronicles 22:18-19
Is not the Lord your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the land is subdued before the Lord, and before his people.
Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the Lord God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the Lord.
Though I need to be intentional about it every year, I have found that keeping things simple and focusing on the true meanings behind the Holidays have eliminated some of the stress I used to experience going into the Holiday Season every year. It’s not too hard to have a simply joyful holiday season if you’re willing to let go of some of the expectations you and others have placed on yourself!
Each year, as I find myself getting caught up in the stress and materialism of the Holiday Season, I am always reminded of the purpose behind these celebrations as the Lord rebukes and convicts me through His Holy Word. I often reflect on past years and the ways I’ve grown in this area. Experiencing a season of joy and praise are what Thanksgiving and Christmas should be all about!
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. Psalm 95:1-3
Below, I have compiled a list of articles that are focused on time spent with family and will help you slow down, simplify, and find JOY this holiday season while creating a cozy and welcoming atmosphere for your family! These are geared towards Thanksgiving & Christmas seasons specifically since having two major holidays so close together can cause a lot of stress. Modify the tips & ideas for other Holidays, too. Oh, and by the way, a simpler Holiday Season is usually more budget-friendly, too! Read more
It’s been several months since I got my awesome Instant Pot and I thought I’d share the best Instant Pot recipes that I’ve tried so far and some more that look delicious!
What’s an Instant Pot? It’s an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, and so much more! I was nervous to use it at first, so I started using it just once a week, then worked up to using it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I’m not even kidding — it’s THAT easy to use (and clean)!
Since I like to keep things super easy, simple, and as healthy as possible in the midst of my crazy, busy life — most of the recipes I make are just that — easy, simple, & healthy! Nothing fancy and nothing that takes much preparation.
I am SO happy that I took the plunge and ordered myself an Instant Pot. It replaced my old crockpot and egg steamer!
Whether you send your kids to public school or home educate, you are ultimately responsible for raising your children. And parenting is hard work. As hard as that responsibility is, homeschooling makes parenting easier.
Homeschooling has been such a positive experience for our family, I can’t help but shout its praises! And one thing I learned (or was reminded of) while at our local homeschool conference is how little academics matter in the grand scope of life. You know what truly matters? Raising our kids to be godly men & women.
Choosing to homeschool may seem like you are making your life as a parent harder, but I beg to differ. In my experience, and from what I have heard many veteran homeschool parents confirm, homeschooling actually makes parenting easier in so many ways. Read more