5 Tips for Kids and Daylight Saving Time

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It’s only 60 minutes, but Daylight Saving Time can rock a child’s world. That means it rocks OUR world too, mom! About ¼ of the world observes Daylight Saving Time (that’s right – no “s” on the end of Saving), so the slight change hits  ALOT of the world! Not everyone is a fan of the time change. Even in my country, Hawaii and Arizona don’t play along, but most states do.

In 2015 Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8 as we move our clocks forward an hour, and it ends Sunday, November 1st (Fall BACK, Spring FORWARD). Because our bodies are geared to wake and sleep according to natural light, the sudden change on the clock can take its toll on both grown ups and kids. The seismic sleep shift sometimes rattles a child’s appetite, mood, and attention span. Some kids find it hard to fall asleep at their regular bedtime. Does the change throw your family off?

I’ve experimented with different approaches over the years, finding that the only guaranteed way to avoid the adjustment would be to move to Arizona! So, if you’re dreading the loss of a precious hour of sleep this weekend, let me share some tips to make the shock a little more gentle.

5 Tips for Kids and Daylight Saving Time

  • Resist delaying bedtimes or wake up times; it’s better to shift to the new time.
  • Keep your routine normal during daylight hours.
  • Expose your child to bright light during the day to help wake up the body clock.
  • Take a nap, but not too close to bedtime.
  • Start earlier, maybe on Saturday night (not a school night). You could even shift 15 minutes per night, starting Thursday.

We don’t want our children to be sleep deprived. After all, a sleep deprived child makes for a sleep deprived mom. Grown ups need between 7 and 9 hours, so our lack of sleep shows up immediately if we don’t get the zzzz’s we need.

If you live where Daylight Saving Time reigns, keep your sleepy eyes fixed on the important gift of rest. Adequate rest blesses our bodies and minds with the chance to recharge, recover, and restore from the day of work. Don’t stress about the change thrust upon us by 3 little words on a calendar square: “Daylight Saving Time.” After all, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2)

So take heart friends, and take a nap! In a few days or maybe a week, our body clocks will reset, and our kids will be back to that all important good night’s sleep!

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Do your children struggle with Daylight Saving Time? Does Daylight Saving Time mess with your internal clock?

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Why You Should Stop Saying You’re Broken

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Yesterday I had the amazing privilege of speaking at two different events, and I spoke on a topic I’m asked to speak on often… Identity and the concept that we are broken people. (Broken No More)

We hear it a lot. Even in Christian circles.

“We’re all broken people, with broken lives, living in a broken world. But that’s okay, because God uses broken people.”

While I understand what they are trying to say… that no matter where we’ve been, what we’ve done, or how broken we are, God can still use us. BUT although it sounds good, it’s not exactly biblically accurate

God doesn’t just USE BROKEN PEOPLE – HE FIXES BROKEN PEOPLE! We are BROKEN NO MORE!

Broken is who we were, a new creation in Christ is who we are. 

And as a Christian, EVERY TIME I say I’M BROKEN, I put SHACKLES BACK on my HEART and HOLD MYSELF CAPTIVE to WHAT JESUS SET ME FREE FROM.

And if we don’t get past our past, our fears and our insecurities – and if we don’t really get a clear picture of who we are in Christ, we will NEVER be all God created us to be.

Colossians 2:9-10 says, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”

When we become a Christian, we are born into the family of God. Born again. And we become a new creation in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away. All things are made new.”

If you don’t know Christ, then yes… you’re broken. But if you have been born again, you are IN Christ and have been made brand new.

Have you ever seen “The Princess Diaries”?

Mia was a teenager who discovered she was a princess – BUT finding out she was a princess didn’t instantly change the way she saw herself.

She still looked at herself as the frumpy, invisible, unpopular girl in high school. She didn’t understand the privileges and the responsibilities that came with being who she already was. Mia had to learn to walk in her new identity.

She had to learn to BECOME who she already was.

And so do we.

When we are born into the family of God we become princesses. Daughters of the King. We know we have been born again – and have become part of the family of God, but we don’t understand the benefits and the responsibilities that come with our new IDENTITY as the King’s daughter.

Like Mia – We have to learn to become who we already are.

We may not automatically know who we are – and it’s important to remember that understanding who we are is a journey, not a one time event.

Jesus is changing us from glory to glory, and as we learn to walk in who we are, we will be able to embrace the abundant life Jesus came to give us.

I’m pretty passionate about sharing this message because I get broken. Broken defined my life. But when Jesus saved me, He changed everything.

Here’s a very short version of my testimony that will help you understand why I am so familiar with BROKEN and why I’m passionate about helping women discover their identity in Christ. 

 If you can’t view this in your reader, please CLICK HERE

We may have been broken by experience, but we are healed by identity.

You see, if you and I continue to say we are broken, when Jesus makes us complete, we hinder what He wants to do in our lives and will never be able to step into who we were created to be.

And as a mom... if you don’t know who you are in Christ and you can’t grasp how your new identity gives you the power to live in victory in this life and become all God created you to be, how will you be able to convey that to your children?

I want all God has for meI want all God has for my children and for my grandchildrenif I DON’T TEACH THEM how to BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS about who they are… if I DON’T TEACH THEM how to WALK IN THIER IDENTITY, then who is going to teach them?

And the way they learn best is by the way we live out our own faith and our own identity.

I’ve provided 42 verses that will help you discover who you are in Christ. It’s a great resource for you to go through with your children too. (CLICK THIS LINK to DISCOVER YOUR NEW & TRUE IDENTITY)

 

If you’re struggling with feeling broken, we are here to encourage you and I’d love for you to share what it is you are struggling with. You can also email The MOM Initiative at info@themominitiative.com.

 


Stephs-Sotry-Pic-300x290By the way, I’d LOVE to come share BROKEN NO MORE and help women in your church discover the power of their new identity in Christ!

If you’d like to have me come speak at your next event and share BROKEN NO MORE, TITUS 2 with a TWIST, WHEN GOD IS SILENT, MORE, A TALE of TWO MOTHERS, LEADING the WAY, or if you’d like me to meet with your Women’s Ministry and help you tailor a TITUS 2 ministry for your church or ministry,  I’d love to hear from you.

CLICK THIS LINK and pop over to my site and fill out the INVITE STEPH form.


 

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Praying Isaiah 54:13 For Your Children

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Moms, pray for your children to learn Christ’s ways, and then they may know Christ’s everlasting peace. Education and prayer for your kids are key to truly knowing Christ’s ways!

All your children should be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. (Isaiah 54:13) ESV

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Proverbs 31:25 The Power of the Holy Spirit

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Did you know that the power of the Holy Spirit is with you?

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. (Proverbs 31:25 NIV)

Moms, you are powerful!  You are literally wearing the robes of strength and honor that the power of the Holy Spirit provides. I think we sometimes forget the amazing gift of power that He gives us. Because we are saved, we are Saints in the eyes of God and His power is a gift to us through His living Word and our salvation. We are wearing His mighty robes that allow us to be amazing moms, wives, friends and leaders in our churches and communities. 

We set the tone in our homes. We can use Christ’s POWER to bring laughter and joy into our homes. And moms, because of our faith, we are not afraid to serve Him, walk out our destinies, be joyous in difficulties, trust in Him to guide our futures and even laugh at ourselves in embarrassing moments.  

Remember to pray not only for yourself but also for other moms so that we can all walk in Christ’s strength together!

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3 Things a Mom Must Do to Find Balance

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We all know pictures can tell a thousand words, but this one just jumped off the page as if to say, “This is your life.”

Here in my hometown the circus comes around every January and puts on the greatest show on earth. Everything from contortionists to clowns to wild animal acts to magic shows. But the ones that capture my attention more than anything else are those that require balance. The trapeze, high wire, plate spinning and juggling acts were mesmerizing.

How could they possibly sit on a chair perched on a rope while balancing a canoe on their feet and spinning a plethora of plates with their hands? It’s like they’re all over the place.

But watching these acts often remind me of the way we live our lives. All over the place. We each have a starring role in our own balancing act.

We aren’t spinning plates, but we are spinning jobs, sleepless nights with newborns, family time, cooking, cleaning, organizing family events, playing taxi driver, kissing booboos, nurturing hurting hearts, homework or homeschool, caring for sick children or ill and aging parents, church activities and ministries. Not to mention the occasional trip to the emergency room.

Does any of that sound familiar? Does too much of that sound familiar? Really, it’s more than a girl can take! Perhaps that’s the idea…or maybe we need to down size our to-do list…or maybe we just need to say “no” every once in a while. One thing is for sure-if we’re going to be the moms we were created to be, we need to find balance. So let’ look at our options.

Here are 3 SECRETS to FINDING BALANCE…

1. Learn to say “no” – It’s definitely easier said than done. We love to help others. There are so many needs, and we want to fix everything. We can’t be effective when we spread ourselves so thin it weakens our resolve and lessons our attention. When we say “yes” to everything, we don’t give anyone else the opportunity to grow. Even if it means something remains undone. As hard as it is, we need to learn to prayerfully say “no.” Remember, not every need is yours to meet, not every open door is yours to walk through. Sometimes we have to just say no!

2. Down size our to-do list- Let’s just say this up front…this is not for the faint of heart. There are a lot of emotional ties linked with our beloved to-do lists. Especially if we’re boarder-line control freaks. But let’s look at the three ways we can do what we need to do in order to do what we need to do.

A. Eliminate – There comes a time when we need to cut the fluff. That means filtering out the essential from the nonessential. What do we do that takes time away from our priorities? What are some things that if left undone would not really be a big deal? An example for me would be surfing the web. Now if I was interested in surfing waves, my husband would be a happy camper, but since it’s nonproductive time on the computer, I can eliminate it for the purpose of accomplishing something that matters. One less plate to spin may just free up some time.

B. Coordinate – When I function from a calendar I don’t miss birthdays, appointments or meetings. When I function from my memory, I either find myself scrambling to do what I should have already done or forgetting an important event entirely. Maybe you don’t struggle with organization, but at least twice a year, I get back to the basics and analyze, reprioritize and organize my life. It’s helps me see where I’ve been, where I am and where I’m going. We can’t be the leading ladies we were created to be if we don’t even know when our next appointment is. When we are organized, we have more time to do what needs to be done.

C. Delegate – When I was growing up, I loved watching “Wonder Woman.” Linda Carter was beautiful, strong and able to do just about anything. But real life isn’t like that. We can’t do everything. We aren’t Wonder Woman. We need others to help us accomplish what needs to be done. We may need to carpool with a friend, ask our husbands for help, get a friend to help the kids with their homework, get Grandma to pick them up from school, teach the children how to clean the house by requiring daily chores, ask others in your ministry to help accomplish specific tasks…especially the ones you’re not good at. Give others a chance to help and in turn, they will grow. You can’t do everything, but when you delegate everything can get done.

3. Place Your Load on the Savior’s Shoulders – Perhaps the load you’re carrying is more than you can take. When our plates are overflowing…when we feel like we’re out of balance or like we’re going out of our minds, Jesus calls us to cast our cares on Him. He beckons us to allow Him to bear the burden of our heavy load in exchange for His light one. Life isn’t easy.

Perhaps you feel like you’re life is like a three-ring circus. I know mine feels like that far too often.

But this I know…He has promised He will never leave us or forsake us, He has engraved us on the palm of His hand, He knows the number of hairs on our heads, we are the apple of His eye, we are His beloved bride. So when we feel like our lives are spinning out of control, we can run to the One who created us for His pleasure and His glory. Basking in His presence, seeking His will. It is there that we will find the wisdom we need to effectively balance the dailies of this life. In Him we will find rest for our weary souls.

Remember…Jesus came to give us an abundant life, not one that looks like a three ring circus.

Do you feel like the lady in the picture – holding your family life up with one hand, your ministry with the other, and your home and your job with your feet? What are some things you can do to better balance your life? What could you add to this post?

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