How to Help Your Child Think About GIVING at Christmas more than GETTING - Lindsey Bell on The Mom Initiative

How to Help Your Kids Think More about GIVING at Christmas Than GETTING

I’d love to tell you that my children think more about GIVING at Christmas than they do about GETTING. I’d love to tell you that we spend just as much time serving others as we do shopping for ourselves.  Unfortunately, if you look at my checking account, credit card statement, or simply watch my family throughout the month, you’ll know that’s not the case.  My seven-year-old has a wish list that is literally two pages long (and growing)! When he added yet another item to his list yesterday, I realized we might need to change our focus.  My guess is, you might …

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Because Every Day Is CHRISTmas!

7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you …

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A Christmas Wish for Christian Moms – Is This YOUR Wish Too?

“I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.” 3 John 1:4 It’s the best gift a mom could ever receive… to be able to say  that her children are walking in the truth! It’s what we long for, what we pray for, what we want more than anything else. But many moms are still waiting. Still praying. Still wearing holes in the carpet by their bedside. Still desperate to see their children become all God created them to be. Still longing to see their children walk in the truth. Today, would you join me in praying for …

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Becoming Like Those You Love

Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” It’s funny how when you love someone your interests can change to match the one you care about. Getting to know others in an intimate way is exciting and eye opening. You learn to experience the things they enjoy, eat the foods they like, and develop passions that they hold dear. This happens with human companions, but it also happens even more with the Lord! I have loved having children for many reasons. But one thing I never expected was to be challenged …

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25 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas & Teach Your Children to Do the Same

Do you want your family to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas but need some ideas on how you can focus on Christ this Christmas? Family holiday traditions are an important part of our lives but during this most wonderful time of the year, it’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of it all that we forget to leave precious imprints of this special time together on their hearts. 25 creative and fun ways to keep Christ in Christmas for the whole family Click To Tweet Below are 25 creative and fun ways to keep Christ in …

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Mommy Confessions: when I realized I didn’t like my child

Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE my children. I am so very blessed to be able to have them, and I truly believe all children are a blessing and cause us to be better people. Guys, I am agonizing over this! I know it shouldn’t be said out loud, but I’m going to because I know I’m not alone. So, my husband has recently returned from an extended work trip that took him out of town. During said trip, one of my children began to act out. I mean, completely lost it! He would not respond to punishment, rewards, nada. …

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Why We All Need Some Margin in the Madness This Christmas

When our fourth child arrived at Christmastime nearly a decade ago, no one was more excited to welcome a 7-pound miracle into our family than our firstborn, Lukas. Though he loved his little sisters, 8-year-old Lukas had long yearned for a brother. He’d wished for one each year when he extinguished his birthday candles with a breathy blast, and he’d plead every night when he closed the day in prayer. “Dear Jesus, can I PLEASE have a brother?” After years of waiting and wishing, pleading and petitioning, God finally answered his prayer with a brown-haired bundle of joy just a week before …

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Lessons Learned from My Stillborn Son

The sharp cold air chipped away at my numb frame as my feet cut through the deep fallen leaves. My stillborn son’s funeral finished just hours before and left painful silence in its wake.  Nagging emptiness grew into an urgent unexplainable need to return to the dark cemetery. So here I sat, ankle deep in decaying leaves rubbing his tiny fresh grave-the only thing left of him to touch. No one warned me how much the death of my baby would hurt. The depth and weight of physical pain it brought was frightening. The priceless lessons learned, though, have deepened my love and knowledge of the Lord. “I have learned to …

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Merry Mom Madness

THE RUSH IS ON! By the time this post appears, moms around the world have stood in long lines to pay for groceries to celebrate Thanksgiving, battled crowds for Black Friday sales and begun the race to get it all done by Christmas. As I have grown older I see the value of planning ahead, keeping it simple and doing things at my own pace – financially, physically and emotionally. I no longer succumb to the hectic demand of the season. Ask yourself WHO? Who says you must go to EVERY party you are invited to? Who says you should …

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