“Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl’s Heart,” by Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal

“Discovering the beauty and freedom of God-defined sexuality,” the subtitle read, and I immediately choose to read this book on account of my two tween daughters and the state of life they are fast approaching. Their questions on this topic deserve well throughout out, researched and educated answers …sprinkled with an immense amount of daily prayer. I read this book ahead of them, to put myself in their shoes. I hope they will read it one day. I will recommend it, but if not it’s been helpful for me to prepare meaningful discussions with them. 

“We’re tempted to believe the age-old lie that we know better than God.” 

I often pray for my daughter’s future husbands, but not specifically for their purity. The title of this book, alone, inspired me to work it into my prayer life. Broken into four main parts, “Broken Sexuality,” “God’s Spectacular Design,” “What Every Girl Needs to Know,” and “She is Made Whole,” Clark and Beal take a practical and compassionate approach to meet girls where they are at in the society they are living in. These sister authors speak truth in a relevant way. 

Chapter Four exposes “Four Cultural Lies About our Sexual Design: Sexual identity is determining by personal desires; marriage is a union between any two partners; sex should be embraced in whatever way seems right; femininity is about being seductive and powerful.” Clark and Beal speak truth right into every girl’s heart in say, “Sex won’t fix you problems.” A powerfully important statement in a world full of so many youths suffering from anxiety and depression. 

I highly recommend this book to moms and their daughters. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

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“M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem, by Kristi Clover

“Motherhood adds a new dimension to the difficulty of staying organized,” Kristi Clover, “M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem.” 

I picked up the this book September, which has seemed to trump May in mayhem! At just the right time, able to catch my breath in the car pick-up line, Kristi’s tips and the tone were spot on! Coming out of the business of summertime into the schedule crunching fall requires a tactful approach to save some sanity. Clover’s three phases: The Foundation, The Framework, and The Finishing Touches, walk readers through a manageable way to streamline family life. 

Clover offers Toolbox Tips throughout the book. “I always completely empty the garage when I’m cleaning it out,” she advises in one tip, “I sort things as I take them out oath garage, so I’m not having to move things twice.” The “Unlocking Joy” sections at the end of the chapter help readers apply the advice to everyday life. “Emotions can often cloud our judgement,” Clover writes in Chapter 5, titled “Clear the Clutter.” 

This book is an easy and enjoyable read, delivering on what it promises to do …organize the mayhem. Yet, readers are not challenged to reach a standard of perfection. Rather, encouraged to find the right functional balance for their family. From “The Power of Routines and Habits,” to “Organization and Meal Planning,” the chapters are each intriguing on their own and yet flow nicely into “unlocking joy” each step of the way though the book. I highly recommend this to moms and caregivers!

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)

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A Parent’s Prayer for Safety at School

Locked doors and lock-down drills bring fresh emotions to the surface during parent-teacher conferences and morning drop-off lines. The realistic worries of a modern parent are the stuff of fictional horror stories. How do we get past the lump in our throats as we say goodbye for the day? Focused prayer allows us to cope with the broad band of threats to our children’s safety without smothering their ability to be a productive part of society. 

1. Pray against physical harm. 

“Always pray and never give up.” (Luke 18:1

Make a daily habit out of praying for their physical protection from cuts, bruises, fist-fights, bike crashes, abduction, abuse, and addiction. The reality of child trafficking should make every parent overly-cautious. The fact that cough meds have to be purchased with an ID is a red flag to parents to be aware. The rampant problem with bullying in this country proves abuse is just as prevalent outside the home. 

2. Pray that school fulfills its purpose – giving your child an education. 

“Learn them.” (Duet. 5:1) 

The most powerful way to pray is by quoting God’s Word, and I believe it’s important to memorize Scripture for that purpose and beyond. In a transcendent way, this verse also illuminates the importance God places on learning. He created a world to discover and knowledge to be attained. Classrooms can be packed and distracting, making it hard for students to focus and teachers to teach. Mandated testing doesn’t always align with a child’s actual capacity of knowledge. 

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How to Create Lasting Memories With Your Kids – 5 Simple Ideas

“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100: 5

Intentionally marking moments with our children creates a living legacy of the many Scriptures reminding us to daily refocus on God’s goodness. Let’s resolve to live each day, not mindlessly ignoring the challenging world we face, but teaching our children to thrive in it. For Christ has already overcome the world. (John 16:16) The Father’s love will never falter based upon any missteps we make or misfortune we endure. Practice putting these five elements into play with your children this week, and watch the ball of joy roll through your house, and your life.

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A Prayer for Stay at Home Moms

Whether you embrace the “stay-at-home” status, miss adult conversations, or work while they nap, the struggle to maintain a daily balance is real. No longer are we on our own schedule, but that of little people who can’t tell time. Life is constantly interrupted by inconvenient vomiting and quarantine-worthy cases of pinkeye. 

They can hear us on a conference call three floors down and tucked into the corner of the basement, but are nowhere to be found when getting into mischief. Every time we turn around, we are letting go of one stage and barreling into the next. 

When the tears roll down over your overwhelmed cheeks and you can’t recall the last time you washed your hair, hold onto this prayer. 

Father, Praise You for parenthood, and thank You for the opportunity to stay at home with our children. Though we don’t always feel appreciated by our kids or our society, You remind us that we are worthy and we are loved. Our children and our calling to stay at home are specifically ours, for nothing You ordain is coincidental. 

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