What to Do in Seasons of Doubt

In this week’s Free Lance-Star column, I share about my recent experience helping my daughters through their doubts about God and Christianity and I how I overcame my own season of spiritual doubt.

You can read that column by clicking here Doubt is just part of journey to God

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The resources listed below were an incredible help to me when I started to struggle with doubt in all that I had been told was true. I have also included the books that I am currently reading with my daughters to help them through this season.

One of the most difficult things I have faced as a parent is my daughters questioning their faith. I have told them that I will help them in their search for evidence, but that at some point they have to make a decision in their heart to take a leap of faith and just say, “I believe, help my unbelief.”

Finally, when we are faced with doubt, the most important resource we can rely on is prayer. God was faithful to answer my prayers to help me overcome my own unbelief and I am trusting that He will also be faithful to answer my prayers for my children.

  • The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel – The Case for Christ records Lee Strobel’s attempt to “determine if there’s credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God.”
  • The Case for Christ for Kids by Lee Strobel
  • Below is a video of a presentation by Lee Strobel based on his book.

 

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Yes, you really do have the “perfect body.”

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My “BC” body. BC stands for BEFORE CHILDREN!

In last Saturday’s Free Lance-Star column, I shared about my struggle with body image since the birth of my four daughters. Three babies in four years really takes a toll on a woman. Especially when those pregnancies are high-risk and end in c-sections. A surprise “advanced maternal age” pregnancy five years later did nothing to help the situation.

Visit the Free Lance-Star website to read the column: We are all flawless in God’s eyes. When you are finished, I would love for you to come back here and join the conversation in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

Question: How have you allowed your outward appearance to define your inward worth? What truths have you applied to your life that have allowed you to see yourself as you really are – flawless?

Elisabeth Elliot – A Life to Celebrate

  
In today’s Free Lance Star column I share the story of Elisabeth Elliot and her amazing life. You can read that here – Free Lance-Star Column.

For those that would like to know more about this incredible woman, visit the resources below.

  • At The End of the Spear – the trailer to the theatrical dramatization of the events that took place with the Auca Indians in Ecuador.
  •  Beyond the Gates of Splendor – the trailer for a documentary that was made to accompany the movie
  • Through Gates of Splendor – Elisabeth’s book about the life and death of her husband and four other missionaries in Ecuador. I highly recommend this book. It is a must read for every Christian.
  • Elisabeth Elliot tribute – a wonderful tribute published by the Gospel Coalition. Includes voice recordings of two of Elisabeth’s presentations.

Mind Management for Moms Give-Away Winner!

Congratulations to Melanie Hobbs! She is the winner of the two week Mind Management for Moms e-course from Power of Moms. (This post contains affiliate links.)

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Thank you to everyone who entered. I wish I could give each one of you access to this amazing course. If you decide to purchase this course for yourself, you can access it through the link in the sidebar on the right. I know the price may seem high, but I promise it is worth every penny.

This course is the equivalent of hiring a personal organizer to walk you through the process of getting control of all of the areas of life we juggle as moms. When you compare the cost of a professional organizer with this course, you realize what a value it truly is.

Let me hear from you. What would getting organized help you to accomplish in life?

 

 

How to have less chaos and more peace in your life–and a giveaway!

When I started my first job after graduating college, my boss introduced me to the Franklin Covey Planner System. I fell in love immediately. Every morning, I would sit at my desk with my leather binder and beautiful planner pages and organize the day’s task into a prioritized to-do list. (This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.)

This system was my key to juggling all the different aspects of my life. At the time I was working 40 hours a week, volunteering at least another 20 and preparing to compete in the Miss Maryland America Pageant.

When I left the workforce to become a full-time stay-at-home mom, I found that this system didn’t seem to work for me any longer. My days were more open ended and the importance of tasks was much less clear cut. I would make all of these grand plans every morning only to make it to the end of the day without a single task completed.

When I did work on my to-do list, I found that I focused more on the urgent than the important. I finally realized that I had a huge problem and needed a new system when I began to allow the list to dictate how I spent my day at the expense of my children.

A few months ago, I stumble upon the Power of Moms website and their Mind Management for Moms (M.O.M) e-course. When I realized that April, the creator M.O.M. was another Franklin Covey Planner girl, I knew I had to check this program out.

Over the years I had also heard of the Getting Things Done system by David Allen. I even checked his book out of the library, but felt that the system was geared more towards working professionals. Well, April has taken that same system and customized it for mothers.

This is a program that will help the stay-at-home mom, work-at-home mom and everyone in between focus on getting the things that matter most done in life. I absolutely loved going through this two week course. I found the information extremely user friendly and I loved watching April’s videos and listening to her encouraging podcasts. I felt like I had a trusted friend holding my hand and personally walking me through this process.

I wish I had taken a picture of this box before I went through all of the papers. It was filled to the brim! I just have some of the kid’s artwork left to sort.

All of those papers are now neatly organized in my command center. One thing I love about this system is that even though the papers are out of sight, they are all referenced in either my calendar or to-do lists. No more putting something in a file folder in the drawer and completely forgetting it exists!


Since completing the program, I have such a greater handle on all the areas of my life. As a homeschooling mother to four little girls, including an eight month old daughter, life can get hectic to say the least. Before implementing M.O.M. I would always feel like I was forgetting something. I could never fully focus on those around me because part of my brain was always making a mental tally of all that I needed to remember to do.

Now, I can focus on my children, friends and family because I know that I have a system in place and nothing is going to fall through the cracks. I no longer feel like I am just surviving. I am moving forward on tasks and projects that I have been putting off for years––including some exciting changes at this site (more on that later).

Could you use a little more organization and a lot more peace in your life? Are you tired of feeling like your to-do list controls you, instead of you controlling it? Then this program is for you. Click the button below to visit the Power of Moms and to learn more about this amazing program.

Thanks to the generosity of the ladies at Power of Moms, one lucky reader will receive a free Mind Organization for Moms course.

 

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I received the Mind Organization for Moms Course at no charge in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.