Feeling Overwhelmed? (& A Big Announcement)

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If you’ve been reading this blog very long, you know that one of my missions here is to help women serve God and their families with a joyful spirit, and to help women thrive and not just survive.

As I’ve struggled with depression, my journey to living the abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10) has been a rocky and ongoing one. It’s one of the main reasons I felt compelled to do my Peaceful Home series here. Because I want to share some of the strategies I’ve learned.

Because I live in hope. And I want you to as well.

That’s why when I was contacted to be a part of Sabrina Marasovich’s Joyful by Design summit, I was honored and blessed to be a part of it. There is one thing that sealed the deal for me though…it’s completely free! 

You know how strongly I feel about this, and I love that it is completely free and available to anyone and everyone who wants to participate. You’ll get access to interviews from 22+ experts (including yours truly!) covering a wide variety of topics to help you have love, joy, and peace in your heart and home. I love it and I know you will too.

Joyful by Design Summit



I’m so excited to be able to extend an invitation for you to attend this online free event starting on May 26th.

Joyful by Design: A Mom’s Guide to Creating Love, Joy & Harmony in Her Heart & Home will bring you interviews, insights, tools, & TLC from 22 experts. Even more exciting is that every single expert will also be bringing you a free gift!

Are you in need of extra support & guidance as a woman and a mom? Would you like to learn to create routines you’ll love & stick with because they create inner & family harmony? Would you like to design & live a life you love rather than dragging yourself through the day?

Join me and 21 other leading, life-transformation experts without ever leaving your home. The event will bring you expert knowledge as well as wonderful and useful gifts at NO COST.


Starting May 26th, 2015, you’ll have access to outstanding teachers, authors, coaches, researchers, mommy bloggers, and more, whose insights may just transform your life.

P.S.  Join today and get ready for an incredible, one-of-a-kind event!


Weep with those who weep {responding to Scandal as Christians}

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This week, I’ve been saddened as I watched my facebook newsfeed fill up with news about the latest Christian scandal. I’m embarrassed at some of the reactions I’ve seen from my brothers and sisters in Christ. It made me think of Harriett Oleson.

We’ve been watching a lot of Little House on the Prairie lately. I’m building our collection as the deluxe remastered editions are released, and we’re up to Season 5.

Harriett Oleson has always been bad, but in this season, she reaches a new level of just plain mean. We recently watched a new-to-us episode  called The Cheaters. Alice Garvey has been the town’s school teacher and her son Andy isn’t doing very well.

Throughout the episode, we see Mrs. Oleson “tsk, tsk” and “Oh, you must be so embarrassed.” or say things like “I just knew something like this would happen.” Her words might say she’s sorry, but her tone and expressions show us that she’s anything but. She enjoys it. She relishes in the pain of others. She just can’t wait to spread the next bit of juicy gossip.

And, sadly, that’s what I’ve seen this week coming from Christians about this scandal. I’ve seen things like,

“Well, I always knew something like this would happen.”

“I never liked that family anyway.”

“They aren’t so high and mighty now are they? They deserved to be taken down a notch.”

“I always knew they couldn’t be as perfect as they seemed.”

In the midst of these haughty, Harriett Oleson type of responses, are the hateful, judgmental responses. Yes, this is a national scandal, but I’ve seen the attitude locally as well. We are so excited to share the latest news that we forget real people are involved. I’ve seen this both in celebrity situations and in everyday life.

We just love to watch each other fall. And we love to kick one another while they’re down.

So, I turned to my Bible, and the Lord brought to my mind a single verse that summed up some of the discomfort I’ve been feeling.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” -Romans 12:15

Weep with those who weep.

This is the heart of what bothers me. The Lord calls us to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. So often our hearts are so filled with bitterness and jealousy that we do the opposite. We are saddened when we hear of a fellow Christian’s successes, and we stand around just waiting for them to fall so that we can rejoice in it and taunt them with it.

The Lord calls us to weep with those who weep.

If there is a family–local or celebrity that is going through a scandal or trial, there is a lot of pain! There is a hurting family getting dragged through the mud as we stand on our self-righteous podiums hurling stones. We should hurt for that family. Weep with them. Put down the stones and realize it’s not our place to throw them.

We should mourn with that family. Our hearts should be broken. And we should spend so much time praying for them that we don’t have time to talk about them. 

I challenge you, the next time you are tempted to talk about a situation–pray about it instead. Get on your face before the Lord and plead with him for that situation.

I’m not talking about sweeping anything under the rug or acting like a wrong didn’t happen. This is not a matter of guilty or innocent. Some things absolutely should not happen. Actions have consequences and wrong needs to be called out in certain situations, in the right way. But I’m talking about searching our own hearts and being sure that we have an attitude that reflects God’s heart for His people.

Love does not rejoice in iniquity.


Brand New Hillsong United Album {With Giveaway!}

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united empires

I’ve shared before that one of the things I do to make cleaning and housework more enjoyable is to listen to some good music. I especially love to listen to hymns or praise music. Hillsong United is one of my favorites, so I was very glad to get the opportunity to preview their brand new album, Empires, before it was available for purchase!

About Empires

This CD features more of the praise and worship music that we’ve come to love and expect from Hillsong United.

My personal favorite so far on this CD is “Even When It Hurts (Praise Song).” It is a beautiful song about bringing a sacrifice of praise to the Lord regardless of what you’re going through. As someone who struggles with depression, this is something that I can relate to. Trusting the Lord and seeking His face and praising Him even when it hurts…and He will sustain.

His grace is sufficient and He will sustain you through whatever you’re going through.

Song Titles:

  1. Here Now (Madness)
  2. Say the Word
  3. Heart like Heaven
  4. Touch the Sky
  5. Street Called Mercy
  6. When I Lost My Heart to You (Hallelujah)
  7. Even When It Hurts (Praise Song)
  8. Prince of Peace
  9. Empires
  10. Rule
  11. Captain

You can pre-order the CD now (it releases May 26th). Two of the songs are available for download right now, Touch the Sky and Prince of Peace, so you can preview some of the songs before you purchase the album.

Preview Touch the Sky right here

See an accoustic version of Touch the Sky:

And more info about the song’s story:


About Hillsong United

UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connect with churches, individuals and ultimately connect people everywhere with God. UNITED serve in church as a part of the wider Hillsong Worship and Creative team when they are home. When on tour, they are accompanied by the whole Hillsong team’s support and prayers that their ministry would arrest hearts and point people to Jesus, impacting individuals, local youth groups and local churches.

united stage

Enter to Win

Now for the best part! I have a copy of this CD to give to one of you! Enter using the rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Connect with Hillsong United

Twitter: @HillsongUnited
Instagram: @HillsongUnited
Check them out on tour this summer: http://outcrytour.com/
Official website: http://smarturl.it/Empires

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


Get a FREE Print Book from Tyndale

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tyndale free book

I often share free eBooks with you, like I did here and here. Amazon often has kindle books from your favorite publishers for FREE and you don’t even need a kindle.

And you can also get 2 completely free Audio books with your Audible free trial.

But, I know that a lot of you prefer print books (I do too!) I have shared before how I get free and frugal books, but today I want to give you a simple, step-by-step guide for getting a free book from Tyndale House.

  • NO credit card required
  • NO purchase necessary
  • NO shipping or delivery charge

All you need is about 5 minutes, and the book is delivered to your door–completely free.

Sign up at Tyndale Rewards

How to get your book from Tyndale completely free.

  1. The very first thing you’ll need to do is to sign up for tyndale rewardsUse this link to get a bonus 25 points.
  2. Complete any of the following for instant points:
    1. Bible Survey, 15 pts.
    2. e-Book Survey, 20 pts.
    3. Subscribe to e-Newsletter/e-Devotional, 10 pts.
    4. e-reader Survey, 10 pts.
    5. Faith that Sticks Survey, 10 pts.
    6. Enter your birthday for the Birthday Club, 15 pts
  3. After completing these quick activities, you’ll have earned a total of 105 points, and you can choose a book valued at 105 or less. Complete your request, verify your address, and your book will be on it’s way!

Note: rewards start at just 10 points! The book mentioned in this post is valued at 80 points, so you would not have to complete all of the suggested activities in order to earn it.

Available Books

The books available are always changing, but here are some of my favorites that are available right now:

  • The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar (125 pts)
  • The One Year Amish Peace by Tricia Goyer (80 pts)
  • The Complete Guide to Faith-Based Family Finances (125 pts)
  • So Long, Insecurity Devotional Journey by Beth Moore (70 pts)
  • The Inspired Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln (80 pts)
  • Busy Mom’s Guide to Parenting Young Children (65 pts)
  • Several kids resources and stickers (10-75 pts)
  • Many, Many more!

There are many more selections, these are just a few I thought you might be interested in. They have Bibles, audio Bibles, fiction, devotionals, etc.

Some Notes:

There are some additional ways to earn points as well, but I didn’t include those because they aren’t all instant. Some need to be verified, etc. Earn more points by:

  • Referring friends–10 points per friend who joins through your link;
  • Joining a focus group–25 points per survey taken through this;
  • Review a Tyndale product–10 pts. per review, up to 50 points per month earned this way.
  • Share on facebook/blog/twitter–share a direct link to the rewards site (not your referral link) and get 10 points per share, up to 50 points per month can be earned this way.
  • Share Tyndale news–share on social media and submit your link. 10 points per share, can be earned once per week.

Rewards start at 10 pts and 15 pts and are changed frequently, so if there is something you want, earn the points for it now. It’s nice though because if there isn’t something you want, new things are always being added. Check out the full list of books at the Tyndale Rewards Site.

Sign up now and get your free book from Tyndale.


FREE All About Summer Activity Pages

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All About Summer Graphic

Through June 1st, you can get my All About Summer pack for FREE. It is a fun, summer theme and contains the following:

  • Summer Match Game
  • Summer Dominoes Game
  • Summer Mini-Book and comprehension questions
  • Counting, Subtracting, adding, and patterns
  • Biggest/Smallest discernment
  • Writing practice
  • Beginning Sounds, phonics

How to Get It

  1. Go to the product page in my printables store and add it to your cart.
  2. Use code freesummer to get it completely free.

Bonus: Get anything else in my store for 50% off your entire order with code SUMMER50.

PS–Don’t keep it to yourself…share this offer with your friends :)

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