Month: August 2019

Essential Baby Products To Keep Your Baby Comfortable

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Babies are demanding people. Before you give birth and bring your newborn home, you do your best to prepare. But when you bring them home, there’s always something else you discover you need. For me, even as a third time mom, I had to go out and get more after my son was born. Some things I knew I needed and just waited to get. All in all, every baby is different and sometimes you may use something for one child that you didn’t use for another. Or maybe you discovered a new product they have out on the market that you’d like to try out.

Four products are really helping out with my third child that I’m really thankful for. I will share them with you here.

  1. Swaddle sack. I have two that are helping me out. One is the Transitional Swaddle Sack by Swaddle Designs. I put my son in this and he stays asleep for a good amount of time. It helps keep him secure and comfortable enough to sleep in his bassinet without him waking up every hour. When babies are really young (right now, my son is 6 weeks old), they have a startle reflex that wakes them up when it happens. Like, if my son is not swaddled, his arms suddenly fling themselves open while he’s sleeping and he’ll wake up. But in the swaddle sack, that doesn’t happen. His arms are tightly secure.

It’s available here, on Amazon:

 

 

2. Pacifier Clip: Pacifiers can be very helpful, if you choose to use them for your baby. But they can be annoying because your baby spits them out and you’ve got to keep washing them or grabbing another clean one. Pacifier clips are a simple, but genius solution to that problem. The clip is attached to the pacifier and clipped on your baby’s clothes so that when he spits it out, it doesn’t fall on the floor. Problem solved! I like the pacifier clip from the brand, Nuby.


3. Baby Bath Support. Giving a baby a bath who can’t sit up is less of a hassle with a bath support. It’s easier to wash him up, sitting my son in one of these things. It helps because I’m not holding him up and washing him at the same time. Whether by itself or in a baby bath tub, it’s so convenient. It makes bath time easier! I am using this one by Angelcare:

4. Baby Swing. I am loving this luxury! The one I have swings my son for me, plays music and has a mobile that spins around to entertain him. A lot of the time, he doesn’t stay quiet for any decent amount of time if I don’t put him in this swing. I am using the Fisher Price Nature’s Touch Cradle Swing. It especially helps when I need to get a lot of work done during the day and he’s being especially clingy.

When I had my second child, some things I knew I wouldn’t be using for long because babies grow so quickly; So I didn’t buy. But certain small conveniences mean so much to me now. I am not going overboard with things, but I am glad I decided to use certain things that are really helping me out with my new little one.

What are some convenient baby items that have helped you out when your children were infants?

 

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God Is Good

“All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of His covenant.” – Psalm 25:10

God is a good god!

The world we live in is fallen; Full of sin. Because of this, people suffer every day. We get sick, we hurt each other, terrible accidents happen, and we lose people we love. Some people grow up, not knowing love. For a lot of people, it’s hard to believe there is a God, much less a God who cares for us. When I read the Bible, I see beauty in the Truth of God’s Word.

Even with all of the evil in the world, God’s goodness is still present. He is still a good Father who takes delight in His creation. He still wants to bless humanity. The Bible is a guide to show us how to live and point us to the only true savior, Jesus Christ. Psalm 25:10 says that the Lord’s ways are loving and faithful for those who “keep the demands of His covenant.” Throughout the Bible, the Lord gives us promises of provision, but with requirements. If we obey Him, He will bless us!

A lot of people believe that God has too many rules and it’s too hard to be a Christian. I say that it’s too hard to live without Jesus! Christian or not, we all were born into this world and have to live here. Accepting Christ into your life means you never have to do anything alone. Yeah, you will still have challenges, but Jesus promises, “My yolk is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:30. Whatever you do as a Christ follower, He is with you, if you live by His Word.

Will we mess up at times? Christians are sinners, redeemed, but we still need the Holy Spirit to help us weed out any sin in our heart and life. It’s a life long journey! Sin comes with consequences, and sometimes the consequences can be long term. So a lot of the suffering we endure is our own fault! But God is still good. He forgives us, still. And in continuing to seek Him, we can see situations that began as evil, turned into good.

My older son is 6. I’ve been reading the Bible to Him and praying over Him since before He was born. I now teach him the Word of God, how to pray, and how to live daily. I have high hopes for all of my children and I pray for them continuously. I know that they will go through things, but I want to give them the best chance at knowing Jesus early on, before they start to make important choices. I believe that the earlier a person accepts Christ to be Lord of their life, the better their life will be. Integrating the ways of the Lord into daily decisions early on in life leaves less room for sin to darken your future.

I used to wish that I had accepted Christ as Lord and Savior early on in life, but now am just grateful He redeemed me the way He did. He is my Grace and I am grateful to know Him like I do! I am still learning to keep His ways, as I teach my kids. I try to get it right, and I fall, but am thankful for forgiveness. He is faithful, even when I am not. (2 Timothy 2:13.)

No matter if you accept Christ into your life early or later on in life, there is no guarantee you will have an easy path. Because of the fallen world that we live in, there are numerous possibilities for your life’s circumstances to be difficult. But thanks God that this world is not our home! (Hebrews 13:14). As believers in Jesus, we are to trust and believe that after this life, there is eternity in Heaven with our Savior! Praise Him!

                                  Have you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

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Using Social Media To Get Traffic To Your Blog

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If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you either have a blog or are thinking about starting one. It can be intimidating to think about where to start with a blog. Or just thinking, “How am I going to make money with my blog?” But with guidance, you don’t need to do as much guess work. So I started writing tips for new bloggers to help you out! If you haven’t already seen it, go check out my first blogging post, My Top 6 Tips For New Bloggers.

One of the tips I gave in that post was to utilize social media. Creating free accounts on social media platforms can get you a lot of free traffic. Here, I will list the social media platforms I have accounts on and how to use them to get traffic to your blog.

  1. Facebook – Create a fan page for your blog. Brand it well so that when people become familiar with you, they can instantly recognize that it’s your page. Use the banner you created for your blog as your header. Invite everybody on your friends’ list to like your page. Post to your page every day. Post your blog posts as well as inspirational quotes and popular content from other bloggers in your niche. Be consistent and interact with people who comment on your posts. Even post  videos to your page to get more interaction.
  2. Twitter – On Twitter, it’s a good idea to Tweet a lot. Be frequent with your updates. You may even want to sign up for a service that auto tweets for you. Post your blog posts, quotes and other information and updates that pertain to the niche you’re in. Start following others in your niche, as well as the people they follow and the people who are following them. Follow several accounts per day. Most people will follow you back. Also, utilize the retweet feature to post others’ content.
  3. Instagram – On Instagram, you want to post good pictures. That’s mostly what Instagram is about; beautiful photos. Post photos of yourself, things that pertain to what you are selling, your blog content and things that pertain to your niche. Like, if you’re a Christian blogger, like me, faith posts and Bible study posts will be great because you are marketing to followers who enjoy that content. Also, to get more followers, do the same as with Twitter and follow those who are in your niche and those who your niche markets to. You also may want to do some sort of 3 day, week long, or 30 day challenge to engage your followers once you have a good amount of them.
  4. Pinterest – Create a business account on Pinterest, not a personal account. When you sign up, create a board for your blog posts, then a board for each category you blog about. Start following others in your niche, and their followers. Don’t forget to interact! Save others’ pins and comment on them.
  5. YouTube – I had a YouTube channel before I started my blog. Now that I am a blogger, I’m sharing my blog with my subscribers. I do videos about blogging, I share my blog link in the description of my videos. I also embed my videos in blog posts when the topic is the same.

These are some tips that I have learned and have utilized. I have gained a lot of followers from using this system and am gaining more followers day by day. It is good to start keeping a schedule of when you post and what you post on these accounts because it can get overwhelming! I learned a lot about social media for bloggers from a blogging course I took. If you are interested in taking a blog course, check out the 30 Day Blogging Blastoff course. It totally changed the game for me. I’m not doing guess work like I would be if I didn’t have the guidance of people who already went through trial and error, failed, then succeeded. Check out the course here:

30 Day Blogging Blastoff Course

 

 

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Restore To Me The Joy Of Salvation

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” – Psalm 51:12

Salvation. It’s the most amazing gift any of us can receive. Jesus wants to win over every soul for His kingdom, yet some will be lost. The Bible says so. A sad fact, but it’s the truth. As a believer in Jesus, I remember well, the circumstance I was in when He called me to himself. I prayed for Him to change my life and He started breaking down old lies that the enemy fed me my whole life, and barriers in my heart that had been constructed because of old hurt and pain.

When I finally realized the Truth of the Gospel and accepted the work of the cross, I had peace inside of me that I never had before in my life. I didn’t care what anyone thought of me. I knew I was forgiven, loved and accepted. That’s all that mattered to me. In my previous post, How To Return To Your First Love, I spoke of some of the things I did when I first got saved. I did all I did because I was in love with Jesus. I wanted to do all I could for the kingdom of God. Knowing that I now had a new life; eternity with Jesus, I was overjoyed to be alive and serving Him!

 

 

In Psalm 51, David was grieved over his sin. He knew he was sinful, but was crying out to the Lord to cleanse him from his transgressions. He knew he didn’t measure up to God’s holiness, so he cried out Him to be merciful:

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” – Psalm 51: 1-12 (NIV version)
In verse 3, he said. “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” Then in verses 7 -8, he said, “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.”
It sounds like David felt like his sins were overtaking him, and he was in despair because of the weight of them. Have you ever felt like that? You do something that you know is sinful, like get angry and stew about it for a few days, or talk bad about someone to another person? You confess it and try to move on but you just can’t shake the guilt. You start to feel ashamed, then that shame turns into condemnation. You may just be believing the enemy’s lie that you are not forgiven more than the truth of Jesus’ love and forgiveness. And maybe it’s not a single sin you feel guilty about. Maybe a whole bunch of little things built up that you confessed, but you aren’t praying and reading your Bible like you used to. You know, really spending quality time in the Word of God every day.
When we don’t discipline ourselves to spend regular time in the Word of God every day and receive His truth, the voice of the enemy gets louder and becomes an onslaught of negativity and temptation. This can lead to falling away from the love of God. It gets easy to start to complain, get annoyed with, angry at and judge other people. In turn, shame and condemnation sets in because you know you aren’t walking in love and truth. Where did your joy go? Where are the praises that used to come so readily from your mouth to the Lord?
David prayed, ” Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me,” because he knew he had sinned and the Lord does not dwell in the presence of sin. But in Psalm 51:1, he said, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love.” Though he felt like the Lord had forsaken him, David knew better; that the Lord’s love is greater than our sins.
Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed with the lies and negativity the enemy throws at me that I wish I had someone to go to and talk about it. I feel like that will help me to sort out the feelings I have and get rid of them. James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” But what if you have no one to go to? It’s got to be a huge blessing to have someone you can really trust. A friend you can go to about anything. Someone who can really help you through a tough mental or emotional spot. Someone who you can go to with any situation with no judgment and help you get over hurt and pain. Some of us don’t have that. But God! There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother! (Proverbs 18:24) Having no one to talk to can sort of force you into the arms of Jesus.
Discipline yourself to spend 30 minutes to an hour in the bible every day! Get rid of negative thought patterns and emotions by writing down everything you’re grateful for. Put on some good worship music and praise God. Intentionally think about and meditate on good things! Keep a Bible study journal and write prayers in it, pouring your heart out to God. Creating good habits like these will help you fall back in love with Jesus and restore the joy of salvation you had when you were first saved. One thing I did when I got saved was read the last chapters of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), then watch the Movie Passion of the Christ. It helped me to meditate on the work of the cross and connect with the Lord on a deeper level.
Whatever you do, don’t let the enemy win your heart and mind. Jesus already overcame him. What we have to do is stay connected to Him. In John 15, Jesus said, “I am the true vine,” (Verse 1) and “You are already clean because of the words I have spoken to you,” (Verse 3) Then in verse 5 he said, “If you remain in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.” Read the Word of God and believe it! Jesus’ sacrifice was too great to just give up. Take your joy back!
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Postpartum Care: Taking Care Of Yourself After Delivery

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When I had my first child, I thought that it was supposed to be all about the baby. During the pregnancy, I had to take care of myself to make sure he was okay. After delivery, I focused solely on him. Feeding, changing, bathing, doctor’s appointments, you know; Just everything that a new baby needs. Being that he was my first child, I was figuring it all out by myself too. Yeah, I had support, but what I didn’t have was someone to stress to me how important it is to make sure I was okay too. Now I know that a big part of being a good mother is taking care of yourself; and postpartum care is essential because after delivery, a new mom is susceptible to anxiety, depression, exhaustion, infections and what not. Here are some self care steps to take as a new mom.

  1. Let your vagina heal. Doctors usually say wait six weeks to have sex or to use tampons. Take those six weeks!  You just pushed out a human the size of a melon after growing him or her for 9 months.  You have all the time in the world to have sex again after baby. Don’t rush it. Be patient! And take special care of your lady parts at this time. There are products they give you at the hospital like the witch hazel pads, the sitz bath and such; but if you want to go ahead and purchase your own special stuff, check out the brand Frida Baby for a Postpartum Recovery Essentials Kit.

2. Eat nutritious food. Between taking care of the new baby, caring for older kids, making appointments and trying to get house work done, it can be hard to find time to eat (something else I didn’t have to worry about ’cause hubby took over). If you can, prepare freezer meals before you deliver so that you don’t have to cook anything for the first couple of weeks after you come home with baby from the hospital. Freezer meals are just meals prepared in advance, separated into proper portions and frozen. You can take what you need out of the freezer, heat it up and eat it when you need it. Also, make sure you have healthy snack options on hand for you and the older kids, if you have them. Things like granola bars, fruit and yogurt and trail mix. If you want to learn more about freezer meals and get some great recipes, check out this book I found on Amazon:

3. Make time to pamper yourself. By pamper, I don’t mean have a spa day, or even go to a salon and get a pedicure or your hair done. Those things are nice, and yeah, do them if you can. But most new moms don’t have those luxuries. If you do, hey! More power to you. But there are ways to pamper yourself without leaving your house. With me, if I feel particularly stressed out, I’ll put the kids to bed early and just read til the baby wakes up. Or do a facial. Or deep condition my hair. Something I’ve been procrastinating about is giving myself a pedicure. Maybe I should go take my own advice and do that tonight! I will, soon. Whatever you choose to pamper yourself, do it often. At the very least, once a week. Here’s a great option for a pedicure set from Vaadi Herbals:

4. Get some sunshine! I had my third child in July, so this one was easier than when I delivered in the Winter and Spring. I’m naturally an introvert, so I tend to just stay inside most of the time anyway. When I have a new baby, it can get even more extreme. But I’ve learned that getting outside really helps to keep my mood up and alleviate any stress. Just sit outside for a few minutes when baby is sleeping, or even take him outside with you for a few minutes. Or take him for a walk with you. Either in a stroller, or strapped to you in a baby carrier. Getting sunshine will lift your mood because you’re getting vitamin D, which is essential. If the weather is bad, investing in a UV lamp may be a good idea. Just sitting in the light for 20 to 30 minutes can help keep your mood up and even ward off depression. Here’s a good option for a UV lamp from a brand called Carex:

 

5. Rest as much as you can in the first few weeks. When people tell you to sleep when the baby sleeps, they say it for a good reason. Getting proper rest is essential to your recovery. I’ll reiterate the part about having grown a human for nine months and pushing him or her out, the size of a melon. Even if you don’t sleep every time your baby sleeps, get at least one good nap a day for at least the first week or so. And resting isn’t all about sleep. Take down time to just sit and hold the baby. Sit and watch TV, or sit with a hobby of yours; Like reading, knitting or painting. Some of us may have more opportunity than others to get rest. If you are offered support, take it. If you have a supportive husband, thank God for him. Mine took over all of my duties the first week or two and I can’t say enough how thankful I am. If you’re a single mom or your husband isn’t able to help because of work, reach out to a close neighbor, sister or church friend.

Being a mother is precious. It’s a gift from God to be able to care for another human, take care of them and raise them. The recovery process doesn’t last forever, but your role as a mother does! Enjoy the first weeks of your baby being on this earth. Time goes by quickly and you don’t get it back. Before you know it, your baby won’t want to be held and kissed anymore, and will be feeding themselves and talking back. Enjoy every stage and learn from your little one as they learn from you!

 

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6 Ways To Turn Around A Bad Day

I hope that as you read this, you’re having a great day! But sometimes, one of those days that you just don’t want to do anything happens. Or maybe you are having negative thoughts. Or having car trouble. Or your teenager has an attitude with you. Whatever it may be. If today is a bad day for you, take some of these tips on how to turn that bad day into a good one.

  1. Be grateful. Get a piece of paper and a pen out. Intentionally write down 10 things you are grateful for. Take a few minutes and say them out loud. Sit with your grateful list ’til your mood changes. Remember the list throughout your day.
  2. Put on some music. Choose a playlist of music you love and play it Sing for a few minutes and get into the lyrics of some feel good, positive music. Or even put some instrumental music on and sing your own lyrics!
  3. Take a walk. Take 20 or 30 minutes. Go outside and take a walk around your neighborhood. Or if you’re at work, take your break and get some exercise. Getting your body moving can release some feel good hormones and be a quick fix to brighten your mood. If you have a little more time and have the resource, go to a gym and get a workout in.
  4. Have a cup of coffee. I love coffee, so I’d choose to drink it and it would make me happy! But if you’d rather have tea, get a cup of some delicious tea. Sit with your cup and enjoy the warmth going down. Mentally shut out distractions and stress. Enjoy your cup of coffee. Or tea!
  5. Eat something healthy. Getting nutritious food in your body can change your mood because you know you’re doing something good for yourself and making the effort to be healthy. It could also be a start to changing your overall diet, if you want it to be! Start with one new healthy choice a day. Eat a salad or drink a smoothie!
  6. Do something good for someone else. Make someone else’s day positive by stepping outside of your situation. It can change your mood drastically by changing your perspective. Say, “I may be having a bad day, but it’s not about me.”

 

 

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How To Purify Your Heart For God

I pray almost daily, “Lord, purify my heart.” The Lord is in on it, but we have to be a part of the purification process too! James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts.” When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are made holy. We are holy because He is holy. 1 Corinthians 1:30 says, “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” So the Lord made us holy, but believers in Christ must purify ourselves? In this world, we are still tempted by sin. Sometimes, we will take Satan’s bait and feel guilty when we do something to sin against the Lord. Don’t fall into condemnation and hide from the Lord. Go to Him in repentance. Admit your sin to the Lord and let him know you are sorry, with intentions not to do it again. The purification of our hearts is an every day process that we are in with the Holy Spirit. If you are a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit to help you to please God.

To purify your heart, you need to repent of any sin. Pray and ask for forgiveness for anything you have done, said or thought that was against God. Sometimes, we have hidden sin that we are not aware of. Ask the Holy Spirit to convict you. To show you what may be inside of you that is not pleasing to Him.

Read your Bible. To know what is sinful, how to please the Lord and what His will is, you need to know what the Bible says. Ephesians 5:10 instructs us to, “find out what pleases the Lord.” The more you know what the Word of God says, the harder it will be for you to be deceived by the teachings the enemy has out there. Because he will always try to pervert the Word of God with diluted versions of the Gospel.

Worship the Lord! Praise Him by acknowledging out loud who He is and the good things He has done. Put on some worship music and sing along to it. Or put on worship instrumentals and sing your own praises to Him. Praising God brings His presence into your life and changes your heart.

Forgive others when they do you wrong. Don’t let anger, bitterness, resentment, hate and  unforgiveness into your heart. As soon as you start to think bad thoughts, recognize that they are there and change your thought pattern. Replace these bad thoughts with loving, kind, compassionate, holy, good truths. Philippians 4:8 says, ” whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things,” and 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” So you can make the thoughts in your mind obedient to the Word of God! You don’t have to think negative, sinful thoughts! You can choose good thoughts.

If you want to please God, keep your heart pure. Seek to purify your heart, with the Lord’s help! It takes effort and practice, but is worth it all to be a friend of God. – “ Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10: A prayer prayed by David, who was a friend of God.

 

 

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How To Return To Your First Love

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Jesus said to the church of Ephesus in the book of Revelation:
“I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place.” Rev. 2:2-5
“You have forsaken your first love.”
I remember how in love I was with Jesus when I first accepted Him into my life. I was excited every day to get up and live life as a new creation! I’d read my Bible for hours. I was always thinking of things I could do to serve in new ways; teaching Sunday school, making fliers, then going out and evangelizing, making prayer lists and praying for everyone I could think of. I was lit up like a match, spiritually. Just wanting to please Jesus was my whole goal. Now, I am more spiritually mature, but I am seeking that fire of my first love.
When Jesus spoke to the church in Ephesus, he acknowledged that they did good deeds; but He also said they needed to repent. That they had forsaken the love they had at first. “Repent and do the things you did at first.” (Verse 5).
Well, my life is different now than when I first accepted Christ. I have different responsibilities. If it’s been a while since you accepted Christ, I’m sure your responsibilities have changed too. So how do we return to our first love and put Jesus first in this season of life?
Seek Him with your whole heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 says “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” So really make the effort to find that first love with the Lord again!
Make sure you are spending quality time with the Lord every day. At least 20 to 30 minutes of the Word and prayer. If you have a husband and 3 little ones running around at home, this may be a challenge. But make it a priority! Carve out time to spend with The One you love. Get up earlier. Or go to bed later. Or make the kids go have quiet time while you get your much needed time with the Lord.
Join a new Bible Study group or start a Bible Study by yourself.
This will get you back in the Word in a targeted way and help you to really go deep in an organized way. Choose a topic that you need. Something you are struggling with or something you need to apply to your life. I started the study, Having A Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver.
I’m reading the book, and there is a study guide and DVDs to go with it. I haven’t done a Bible study like this in a while and it’s really getting into my soul. If you’re interested:
The book is available here:
And the study guide and DVDs are available here:
Get a new Bible!
This can help make spending time in the Word new and exciting because you’re exploring new pages. Especially if you choose a Bible with devotions in it.
Spend time around people who are on fire for the Lord.
Joining a Bible study can help, like I mentioned before. Or link up with people you know who love the Lord and haven’t spent time with in a while. Pray for the Lord to bring people who really love him into your life.
Start doing some of the things you used to do when you were first saved.
Sit down and remember some of the things you used to do, like intentionally doing something kind for someone who feels left out or going out and evangelizing again, if you haven’t in a while. Also, think of some new things you can do to please the Lord.
Teach your kids to love Jesus.
Of course, this is if you have kids. When I first accepted Christ, I didn’t have kids yet. Now I have three, so a huge part of my devotion to the Lord is to teach my little ones The Way. So I pray with them, read the Bible with them, and I do my best to live a life pleasing to the Lord in front of them.
If you don’t have kids, find someone else to disciple!
Find someone at your church who needs help in their walk with Christ and teach them. Or a neighbor or family member.
Make time to worship and thank the Lord regularly.
Find some good worship music. Make a playlist or find an album you love. Put it on every day (or as often as you can) and praise the Lord. Sing! Say thank you Jesus! Thank Him for who He is and all of the ways He has blessed you!
Tell your testimony.
Find someone to tell your testimony to. It can be one person or a group. Or just write it down! To reflect on and thank the Lord for where He brought you from.
These are some good ways to return to your first love and fall in love with Jesus again. If you have any suggestions of how to get your fire for Jesus back, leave them in the comment section below!
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Sunshine Blogger Award

It feels good that I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the notification on Facebook that Sirius Sunshine State Of Mind nominated for this award. Makes me feel like I’m starting to be recognized as a blogger and am making some sort of impression in the writing community! Thanks Sirius Sunshine State Of Mind!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

There are some rules for being nominated:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog post and link back to his/her blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 questions.
  • List these rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and on your blog.

So I will start by answering the questions asked of me:

  1. What was your inspiration for starting your blog?

My husband! I started a blog years ago that wasn’t self hosted. Back then, I didn’t know much about how people were making a living by blogging. My hubby urged me for months to start blogging again, and I finally took the initiative and here I am.

2. What is your favorite hobby and why?

I love to read. I always have and always will. There’s just something about opening the pages of a book and being engaged in a story that gives me a private thrill. I get lost there.

3. Who has had the most influence in your life and why?

Well, I’d have to say Jesus Christ. He is the only One I really can say has changed me. My mind, my heart and my life. When I decided to really give my life to Christ, I took steps to read the Word of God and apply it to my life and I am a different person now. Still on a journey to being better all the time!

4. Why did you choose your niche?

Well, I thought about what I’m passionate about and thought I may as well write about my faith and my family; what matters most to me!

5. What have you always wanted to try but never found the courage to do?

Hmm, I’m not really the adventurous type. I guess I’d have to say that I’ve always wanted to travel to another country. Not that I haven’t had the courage though. I just haven’t had the opportunity yet.

6. What is your favorite quote and how do you use it in your life?

My favorite quote is a Bible verse. Philippinas 1:6 says, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” I remember this every day to remind myself that I am not perfect but that the Lord is still working on me and He will have his way in my heart and my life.

7. If you could choose one place to spend 30 days at, where would it be and why?

Well, there are a lot of places I wan to visit! But I’d choose a beach somewhere. Let’s say in Hawaii.

8. Where do you see your blog being in one year?

In one year, I want to be making a good enough income from my blog that I don’t have to even consider working outside of my house.

9. Would you rather do laundry or dishes? Why?

I’d much rather do dishes! Reason being, laundry is a lot more work. Laundry takes going down to the basement and switching it from washer to dryer, folding, separating and putting away. Washing dishes is a lot simpler.

10. If you could spend one day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?

I’d pick my dad. He passed last year and I wish I had more quality time with him in his last days here. If I could just have that one day, I’d do my best to make it great.

11. What is the best advice you can give to other bloggers?

Learn from the experience of others who are successful!

And here are the 11 I’m nominating!

God’s Sweet Nectar – https://godsweetnectar.wordpress.com/

Rubies From Ruins – https://rubiesfromruins.com/

A Mother Far From Home – https://amotherfarfromhome.com/

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home – https://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/

Our Kingdom Culture – https://ourkingdomculture.com/

Abundant Family Living – https://www.abundant-family-living.com/

Sarah Geringer – https://www.sarahgeringer.com/

Mrs. Plan Ahead – http://mrsplanahead.com/

Speer And Arrows – https://speerandarrows.com/

Kingdom Bloggers – https://bloggersforthekingdom.com/

My Casual Reflections – https://allmycasualreflections.blogspot.com/

My 11 Questions For Those I Nominated:

  1. Are you still friends with anyone from high school?
  2. Do you have children? If so how many? And do you want more?
  3. Are you outgoing or introverted?
  4. Does your family know about your blog?
  5. What is your favorite social media platform?
  6. Did you take a blogging course? If not, will you in the future?
  7. How do you manage your time working at home?
  8. What is your occupation, aside from blogging?
  9. What is your favorite animal?
  10. What is the most challenging thing you have ever done?
  11. What’s your favorite self help book?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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