New on the 1st, the 20th in January or June


We don’t need January 1st for a new beginning nor to begin again.  Every day is an opportunity to be renewed and re-directed as God sees fit. He is always at work in you–on the 1st, the 5th or the 16th, be it January, August or October. Aside from making you a new creation (which is a huge “aside”), He is also creating new things that make you YOU.

A different you.

An even more purposeful you.

A Godly you.

When we feel frustrated with what might be happening and perhaps worried about what isn’t happening, the LORD is creating new things.  He is at work. Trimming. Cutting. Shaping. What exactly is He refining and working through?

Your pain.

Your questions.

Your doubts.

Your fears.

Your desires.

Your old ways.

Your goals.

Your knowledge.

Your direction.

Your heart.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” (John 15:1-4) 

Praise God for His power to help us bear the right fruit and the personal need to abide in Him to do so. 

New happens TODAY. Each day.

Thank you God, that you care that much about us to not let us wither nor die on the vine but to prosper and become the best we can be for your glory. Thank you for the new life that you breathe into our lives and circumstances because of the old that you bore and took away through your Son.







Praying with My Children, By TheMomCafe’s, Christine Carter

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Pray With Your Children

Every morning on the way to school, I pray with my kids.  They expect it, and they remind me if I am in one of those haphazard can’t see straight moments- because it means something to them.  You should hear the urgency in my son’s voice if we haven’t yet started our prayer halfway down the road.  I love that.  Oh, how I love that.

We have been praying together before school every morning for years.  I can’t quite remember when it became our “tradition”, but I know that we haven’t missed a morning for a long, long time.  Did I tell you how much I love that?  Oh, how I do.

It centers us.

It brings immediate peace.

It nourishes our hearts.

It fuels our day.

It frames our thoughts.

It focuses our perspective.

It renews our spirit.

It fills our souls.


With Him.


I often find myself repeating many things every morning, with the same emotion and passion as the very first time I prayed those words.  They are new every day to me, much like His Blessings and His Grace.  I seem to cover a multitude of areas in this Morning Prayer, and yet it never feels overwhelming.  I can sense my children drawing near to Him as my words are spoken and the car is full of His Presence.  They expect to breath in His Grace and pour out their gratitude.  We offer up our concerns and lift up those in need.  We realize our potential and value our purpose in His Will.  And most graciously, we ask Him to shine His Almighty Light through us, in us, on us, and always before us in leading us where we should go.

There is truly nothing more significant and more critical to my Motherhood Mission than these moments of prayer every morning in the car.   What could possibly be more important?

Oh, how this time in prayer is…


Precious.  Personal.  Powerful.


As we reach out to Our Creator of Heaven and Earth.


How I cherish knowing that He loves us just as we are.  A mom and her two kids offering up their blessings and their gratitude.  Praying for their teachers and their friends.  Asking Him to guide them and use them in His Plan.  Giving our hearts and our minds over to Him in surrendering to the One who knows us best.  Trusting that His Will is so much better than ours. 


And we rejoice in another day we belong to Him.


When do you pray with your kids?  If you don’t, then perhaps these ten minutes of our day will inspire you to find ten minutes of yours.  



Chris Carter is a SAHM of two pretty amazing grade school kids.  She has been writing at for almost three years, where she hopes to encourage mothers everywhere through humor, inspiration and faith.  You can find her at the following sites below:

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