Book Review: Praying Circles Around Your Children — by Guest Blogger, Crystal Scott Towery

  Below is writer and blogger Crystal Towery Scott’s ( latest review, Praying Circles Around Your Children, By Mark Batterson — Join us at FB for a live discussion on praying for your children at: I want to begin by saying that this little book will change the way […]

Patience Perseveres

What will be defining in your child’s race to the finish line of his/her life is your faith in the unseen, patience and perseverance. The chaos taking place on the sidelines is secondary. So keep running. Keep cheering. Keep patiently persevering in your children’s lives…it will be the best gift you ever give them.

Endurance: Do You or Your Child Need a Dose?

When I was a teenager, I had a bunch of sappy posters with inspirational sayings taped up like, “Sail on to the end of your dreams,” “Take your passion and make it happen,” from Flashdance, my all time favorite movie in high school, and many more sayings that I won’t bore you with. (Thank you Hallmark store for having provided the wall decor during that oh-so important time.) But there was one poster hanging with a saying that we all know is true that I find myself thinking about, not only in my own life but in the lives of my children: “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” In layman’s terms: don’t give up.

Endurance: withstanding lasting difficulty.

What Makes You a Better Mom?

We are always striving to be better. Better having more patience. Better structuring time management. Better managing our health. Better in our roles as mom. At day’s end, when I flop into bed, rather than letting myself drift off to sleep, I will often stare up at the ceiling and contemplate what I could have done different that day as wife and mom–and what I could have done better. How could I have responded better when the situation required self-control? What would have been a better approach during a teaching moment with my child? How could I have been a better support to my husband after he came home from work? I even wonder how I could have prepared a better meal for dinner. (Easy: ordered take-out!)

U-Turn Parenting: It’s Okay to Turn Around

Have you ever had to make a U-turn as a parent?

Maybe you had a moment where you wished you had hit the verbal brakes on your words harder than you did or needed to downshift a gear or two in your tone of voice. Perhaps you over-corrected on a turn by nagging or missed the off-ramp because you didn’t exit a conversation sooner than you should have. As moms, we have countless moments of regret and “would, coulda, shouldas” in our thinking. Even though a moment may have passed and it seems too late to rectify a situation, when we submit to God, He provides the ultimate map and course that gets us turned around so we can head in a direction with clear, purpose and Godly intention.

Proverbs 31 Woman: You May Be Closer than You Think – Guest Blogger: Alexis Hassell

At some point in your life maybe you have wondered, Who is this woman? Is she even a real person? Maybe you have tried to compare her with people you know or have encountered in your life and even with yourself. I would venture to believe that most of us would think she is the “standard” of what a good Christian woman looks like. If that is true for you then this woman is everything you would want to be, hoped you could be, and is possibly the reason why you might have felt like you don’t measure up.