Friday, February 27, 2015

Guilty As Charged! No More

Guilty As Charged! No More

This has been one of those weeks that I had many opportunities to feel guilty.  Guilty because I was working outside of the home and didn’t get to put in a lot of one on one time with my kids and their homeschooling.  Guilty because I have been extremely tired and taking naps after working, then going to bed early and sleeping in until the last possible minute I can, leaving out my devotion time with the Lord.  Guilty because my patience hasn’t been where it usually is (see above reasons) and I’ve raised my voice and made unnecessary threats to children that don’t seem to correctly measure the temperature of the situation.  Guilty because I have to follow through with threats of not allowing friends to play over this weekend because chores and schoolwork didn’t get done in a timely manner.  Guilty that I let someone down by not meeting their expectations of me.  Guilty that I didn’t accomplish my endless list of to-dos and should-haves like laundry and grocery shopping, to name a few.  Guilty.   And the laundry list goes on.  Yet that still, small voice speaks to me very clearly that THIS is not the plan God has for me.  THIS is NOT how I need to walk in the freedom that I have been given in Christ.
Guilt is a common emotion among mothers from the time their babies are born.  Sometimes it comes from a comparison to other mothers and sometimes it comes from our own expectations of who we should be.  It is important to find the balance on what is healthy and what is unhealthy guilt.

Finding A Balance Between Healthy and Unhealthy Guilt
Not all guilt is bad.  Sometimes it can be healthy, as it gives us a nudge to move forward with what needs to be done.  Take, for instance, my guilt for spending time in the Word.  I consider this a healthy nudge from God to get back in the place that I need to be.  When this guilt comes on it is best that I acknowledge it and re-prioritize, and read my Bible.  It is the same with exercising and eating healthy.  These are positive guilt that, if acknowledged can lead to positive results.

Unhealthy guilt is false guilt that points out my faults and shortcomings.  These thoughts are usually a comparison to other people or expectations that are unrealistic or beyond my control.  These thoughts only give me a sense  of failure and overwhelm me before I even get started.  These are lies from the devil that tell me I’m a failure and I will never measure up.  But the truth is that God’s Word says in Ephesians 2:10:  “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  He already knew what we could handle and He never expects more than giving it all to Him and letting Him use the mess that we are right where we are at.  When faced with a situation whether you need to know if it’s healthy or unhealthy guilt, ask yourself these 3 questions:
·        How does God view this situation?
·        What does His Word say about it?
·        What does God want me to do?

I’m thankful that God knows my name and He knows the plans He already has for me.  I can REST in Him knowing that He’s already got every situation under control and He already knew that I was going to mess up with whatever I’ve messed up with.  I’m thankful He’s a forgiving God and gentle, loving Father that has grace and allows us to meet Him wherever we are and start fresh each morning without carrying the guilt that the world would have us carry.  You, Momma, don’t need to carry unhealthy guilt, as it has been washed away as far as the east is from the west.  Now, get up and carry on with your day!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Golden Rule

by Debi Baker

"12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you..."
Matthew 7:12 NIV

"31 Do to others as you would have them do to you."

Luke 6:31 NIV

The Golden Rule.  Something that seems so simple in reality is so difficult.  Why is it so difficult?  Because it is contrary to our nature.  Before the fall, I believe that it would have been the norm for us to live by these 2 verses.  But everything changed when sin entered the world.  Our human nature is no longer one of giving to others; no longer is it natural to want to treat others well.  We want our own way; we want others to treat us like queens while we treat them like servants.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

God's Peace

By: Shari A. Miller

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meatloaf Meatballs

Recipe courtesy of
By: Melissa Baker

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 5 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 c. almond milk (any milk)
  • 1/2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 medium onion, diced fine
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic
  • 12 slices thin bacon, cut in half
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. prepared mustard (sandwich mustard)
  • 1 c. ketchup
  • black pepper

Monday, February 23, 2015

Setting An Example of Marriage

By: Jenifer Metzger

My oldest daughter is 17 now. It is possible that in a few short years she will marry.

{Oh boy! Give me a second to catch my breath and wipe my tears...Ok, I'm, no wait....Ok, now I am back.}

Recently I've been thinking about what I've taught her about marriage.

Honestly, we haven't spoken a lot about marriage. We've talked about it some, but not a lot. Yet, I am still teaching her about marriage. I am teaching her in my every day life. In the words I say, the actions I have, the attitude I project, the way I care for my home and family, the way I treat my husband. Oh yes. I am teaching her each and every day.

Your daughter will want to be a wife like you. Your son will want to marry a woman like you. Are you setting the right example? #marriage #motherhood #parenting #parenthood #family