My Response to the Duggar Family Sex Abuse Scandal

This week’s Free Lance-Star column was a very difficult one to write. I know that my opinion will not be a popular one among many Christian circles, but I feel very strongly that we must be ever vigilant for any deviations from the teaching of Christ.


You can read my column here. I do feel the need to make one thing clear. I do not write the headlines for my columns and I do not see them until they are printed. This particular headline suggests that the Duggars are not Christians. Something that I do not agree with in the least.

If the Duggars believe that Jesus died on the cross for their sins and rose from the grave conquering death, they are saved and will spend eternity in heaven. Our behavior does not secure our place in Christ’s Kingdom, His sacrifice for our sins did that. It is just up to us to accept that free gift.

Here are a few of the promised resources. I will be adding more here in the days to come, so check back later in the week.

Illustrated Faith and Bible Art Journaling

I am so excited about this week’s Free Lance Star column and the chance to introduce you to Bible art journaling and Illustrated Faith. For a quick explanation, hop on over to the Free Lance Star website and then come back over here for helpful links and resources to get you started. (This post contains affiliate links.)


I created this page using watercolor pencils and a black micron pen. I did this before I learned that you can use clear gesso or matte medium on the page to prevent your colors from bleeding through to the other side.

  • If you are as excited about this as I am and are looking to get started, the first place to go is to the Illustrated Faith website. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter. When you do you will receive a tools checklist. I love that they say that all you really need is a Bible and pen.
  • For those planning on doing more in-depth illustrations, I highly recommend checking out Rebekah Jones’ site. She has been posting a weekly challenge using different art techniques and process videos all year. Even better, she has been sharing amazing insights about what God is teaching her through her study.
  • Love stamping? You can purchase stamp sets and accompanying devotionals at the Illustrated Faith Etsy Shop. Be sure to read through the product comparison posts over at the Illustrated Faith blog to be sure you use an ink that is compatible with thin Bible pages.
  • You can find thousands of other believers who are expressing their new found way to worship God on social media. On Facebook, look for the Journaling Bible Community. You can also find Illustrated Faith on Instagram and Twitter.
  • Below, I have included links to some of my favorite products to use. I truly believe that we should not be covering up any of God’s word, so everything I use is either transparent or meant to be used in the margins. You will find that most journaling Bibles are sold out everywhere at the moment. Thankfully, they are scheduled to be back in stock mid-June.


    This second page was done on the back of the first. I used washi tape to cover up the bleed through from the other side.

  • Finally, check back here every Friday as I will be sharing one of my illustrations and what God taught me through the process.

If this new way to worship God has struck a chord with the creative side of you, please let me know in the comments below. I am hoping to coordinate several Illustrated Faith meet-ups this summer. If you are local, I would love for you to join us!

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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.)



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.

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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.