Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekend Links

Here are my links for the weekend. I hope they encourage you! I hope you all have a wonderful week full of love and lots of thankfulness!

The Verse That You Need Taped To Your Refrigerator by Jessica Smartt at The Better Mom.
How To Raise Thanksgiving Children by Emily Wierenga at The Better Mom.
9 Thanksgiving Tips by Lisa Jacobson at Club 31 Women.
The Power of Rejoicing by Leslie Ludy at Set-Apart Motherhood.
How Training Your Child Can Bring Peace to Your Home by Lisa Jacobson at Club 31 Women.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Prayer Helps

I want to introduce you to Hollie, another lady that is writing with me monthly. She's a good friend via internet and I know you will be encouraged by her words.

It isn't uncommon to hear Christians confess they aren't sure how to pray. This is something I struggled with for quite awhile, and still do at times. Why we ought to pray has never been too much of an issue for me. God commanded us to pray in Scripture (Phil 4:6; 1 Thess  4:17; Eph 6:18, to name a few). I love this quote from John Bunyan encouraging fellow believers to pray: “Pray often; for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” It is not the why but the how regarding prayer that gets many of us hung up. Thankfully, God has given us many helps in this regard.

In Scripture, Jesus teaches us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13:

            “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.         Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily        bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but             deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

In the Psalms we see many prayers modeled by King David. God has also gifted the Church with the rich writings of the Puritans. Their prayers are amazing. I often use the Puritan prayers found in the Valley of Vision as a spring board to my prayers. The method of prayer I use most often comes from John Piper, though. At some point I stumbled across a prayer guide from him. It was designed to be used over an hour, however I just work through the steps with whatever amount of time I have … usually around ten minutes. Today, I want to share this method with you! I have included a printable bookmark with the steps on it as well! Here are the seven steps:

1.      Draw near to God and Confession.
-During this step you want to acknowledge your utter dependence on the Holy Spirit
-Confess your sin in light of God's Holiness & ask forgiveness based on the work of Christ, not based on anything we do!
2.      Praise and Thanksgiving
-This is a time to delight in the Lord
-Dwell on all the wondrous gifts He has given you
-Meditate on how He is perfect in all ways
-Think about all His amazing acts
3.      God Centered Petitions
-These are request centered around God and His Glory
-Pray His name will be glorified
-Pray His Kingdom will increase
-Pray about/for His glorious return
-Pray His will be done
4.      Specific Personal Petitions
-These will look different for all of us
-Ask to grow in grace
-Ask for help in the battle against sin
-Personal ministries
-Daily provisions
5.      Intercessory Prayer
-I break this up by day of the week
-Mon: Family
-Tues: Friends
-Wed: Church leadership
-Thurs: Salvation of unbelievers
-Fri: Elected officials
-Sat: Missionaries
-Sun: Church
6.      Meditation
-Choose a passage of Scripture to memorize and/or dwell upon
7.      Summarize
-Thank God for revelation
-Express trust
-Pray to get through the day

Working through these seven steps has been a great help to me in regard to prayer. I seem to have chronic “Mommy Brain,” so this list is a must for me! It is a tremendous aid in maintaining focus. I also keep a prayer list in my Bible. The list is full of current prayer requests.  This way, when I tell someone I will pray for them, I actually do pray and don't forget.

I'd love to hear what methods you have found helpful when it comes to prayer. Please share below!

By His Grace,

Hollie is a Christian wife, mother, and aspiring blogger. She strives to apply biblical theology to the everyday challenges of motherhood. Aside from her duties in the home, she dabbles in natural health/living and homesteading. She resides with her husband and four children in the Piedmont region of Virginia and blogs at

Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekend Links

Here are my encouraging sites from the week. I hope you're blessed by them as I was!

Hope For When You're Raising a Strong Willed Child by Elisa Pulliam at The Better Mom.
Ten Ways to Keep the Darkness at Bay by Kate Battistelli at The Better Mom.
Secrets Revealed, Virtue: The Legacy that Brings Light to Life by Sally Clarkson at Sally Clarkson.
Delighting In Our Children by Leslie Ludy at Set-Apart Motherhood.
Birth Order: What Middle Children Need Most From Their Parents by Monica Swanson at Monica Swanson the grommom.
How to Restore Your Soul... When You Feel Like Your Loosing You're Mind by Lisa Jacobson at Club 31 Women.
Shaping Your Child to Live Outside the Box by Sally Clarkson at Sally Clarkson.
4 Practical Ways to Reach the Heart of Your Children by Christin Slade at The Better Mom.
Being Still by Bethany at Laced With Grace.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanking God For... Him.

I would have never guessed the man I'm married, would be the man God had for me. We were so different and seemed to be on different paths in life. As always, God had other plans for the two of us that we didn't really know. After almost seven years of marriage to this man of mine, I can truly say that I'm so thankful for him. I'm so thankful to God that He chose this man to be my husband for life.

I'm over at The Imperfect Wives today. Won't you join me?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Reaping Good Things

How many times have you been prescribed medicine and didn’t take it? What happened to the ailment? I would guess that it got worse with time. If you would have taken the medicine and applied it to the ailment, then the problem would have more than likely gone away. God’s Word is the same way with our lives. We can read it all day long, but if we do not apply it to our lives, it doesn’t do us any good.

Come over to Laced With Grace and be encouraged today!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

I'm Sorry, So Sorry.


I've asked a few ladies to join me on my blog to write monthly. I know you will love and be encouraged by them. You can look about the Monthly Contributor tab on my blog to find out more about them. Today, Kelly is going to share with us. So sit and be encouraged!

“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in loving-kindness to all who call upon You.” Psalm 86:5

 I'm sorry, such a small phrase, yet it has a big impact on those we love. 

 I try to have a quiet time every day before the kids wake up. Lately, this has been a battle for me. The boys love to get up early and sometimes before 6 a.m.  I feel like my mind does not turn on until 6 a.m. I can't comprehend what I read from the Bible or even know what I'm praying.

I struggle with yelling at my kids and snapping at my husband.  It's very evident in my day if I haven't given my day to the Lord.  When I mess up and yell at my kids, I always try to say I'm sorry. They're always very accepting of my apology and give me big hugs. When I'm snappy with my husband, I always try to say I'm sorry. He usually tells me it's okay and even says that I apologize too much.  So even though I can be hurtful to the ones I love, they're always willing to forgive me.  

When I sin against God and say I'm sorry, He always forgives me.  My kids and husband live with me day in and day out. They know how human I am and that I mess up. When I do mess up, they like to hear me apologize for my actions.  The Holy Spirit lives inside of me and He knows me better that I know myself. So how much more does God want to hear me humble myself and come to Him in prayer telling Him how sorry I am for my actions against Him?

 I want to encourage you today to say I'm sorry when needed. If there is sin in your life, turn away from it and confess it to God. He ALWAYS forgives!

 Kelly Hutchinson is the proud wife to Will Hutchinson. They have 3 kids Katelyn (9), Isaiah (3), and Zack (2).  They live in Hutto, TX where God has led them to a church plant. Will has recently gotten a full time job with the city, and they will hopefully own their first home soon.  Kelly is a stay-at-home mom and home-schools the kids. They love the new adventure that God has placed them in.   Hutto is a small home town feel  community, but they are close enough to the hustle and bustle of Austin.  God has given them many opportunities to minister to Hutto and the surrounding area.  Please pray for their ministry, and that many would come to know Jesus as their personal Savior.