7 Best Devotionals for Homeschool Moms to Keep Jesus Close

ArynChristian Nonfiction, Faith, Family8 Comments

Today, let’s talk devotionals for homeschool moms. We get overwhelmed, and we don’t need to be! There is a certain pressure in life, that we’ve gotta do it all. Keep a well-run house, play with the kids, educate them both academically, spiritually, and with morals and life skills, take care of our husbands and extended families, and have a rich spiritual life at the same time. We feel responsible for maintaining balance, being ‘all-in’ where we are in the moment, and juggling everything.  But we can’t. We can’t do it all. Be all. That’s Jesus’ job. And if we keep … Read More

Bible Verses About Fatherhood +11 Best Books For Dad

ArynFamily, Christian Fiction, Christian Nonfiction20 Comments

Christian Fatherhood, Biblical Fatherhood is not automatic. There is work and Sacrifice. Failure and fun. Hope and prayers and perseverance.  Knowing what that actually means and seeing what it looks like in today’s world go a long way toward making Christian Fatherhood possible.  So let’s review some characteristics of a father, according to the Bible, and then check out some great books that would make good Christian fathers day gifts!   *Please note that this post contains affiliate links, where at no extra cost to you, if you purchase through my link, I may receive a small percentage to help support this blogging … Read More

100+ Best Middle Grade Books Of All Time

ArynFamily, Young Adult (Age 12+)17 Comments

Open book on grunge background: Middle grade books

Today let’s talk about how to determine the best middle grade books of all time. (and yes, I plan on tackling a quality high school reading list soon, too) The Best middle grade books of all time are timeless – the story isn’t so bogged down in some issue that would not apply 20 years later. Ageless: The best books for middle school students are truly enjoyable (and understandable by) 1st graders and grownups alike. The best middle grade books of all time are personable – it is easy to connect with the characters, both the kids and the adults. … Read More

Managing Expectations in Relationships: 8 Great Christian Books That Help

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Managing expections in relationships and the Christian books that can help.

My small group did a study on the book The Bait of Satan by John Bevere a couple of years ago. It went a long way towards helping me in managing my expectations in relationships with others. The subtitle of the book is “Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense.” When you think about it, we tend to get offended most when our expectations aren’t lived up to. We take it as a personal affront. If your baby pulled your hair or throws food, you do not take offense. You don’t expect them to behave any other way, they … Read More

Don’t Blame the Mud: Best Books About Salvation for Kids

ArynFaith, Children's Bookshelf, Family10 Comments

There’s nothing more important (or intimidating, it seems like) than trying to figure out how to explain salvation to a child. Where do you start? What do you say? And if you’ve heard how critical the 4-14 window is, the pressure is on! One thing about salvation for kids (or adults), if they don’t understand what sin is (and its forever consequences), why would they want salvation? And there’s a difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge for sure! We can know something with our heads, and not accept it into our hearts. I have a couple of books to … Read More

How to Set Christian Goals: Understanding God’s Grace is Key

ArynFamily, Christian Nonfiction6 Comments

Understanding God's Grace: How to set goals and achieve them

Okay, so this is a little hard to write. I’ve been ‘in church’ since well before I was born. But in over 30 years, I was still childlike in understanding God’s grace and favor. I’ve had the Sunday School answer, a simple, childish acceptance, which is great, but we’re called to a combination of childlike faith and spiritual maturity. (Matthew 18:2-4, Ephesians 4:11-16, Hebrews 6) I didn’t know what I didn’t know. But now I’m excited. Every time I do learn the Biblical or historical meaning of a word, I find my Bible reading time so much richer. It’s something … Read More

13 Awesome Christian Kids Shows Worth Watching As a Family

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Christian Kids shows worth watching

Have you been looking for clean, faith-filled Christian Kids shows for your little ones? Christian shows for kids that they can watch, and learn from, both basic letters/numbers kind of things, and healthy interaction with family and friends and neighbors? I want to show you some of my favorite Christian cartoons, that I actually enjoy watching with my kids. They are full of fun, imagination, moral lessons, and faith-building activity. And the occasional jokes that go over the kids’ heads, are still clean which I Love! (It drives me BONKERS when that’s not the case)  Christian Kids Shows With Family … Read More

6 Helpful Facts About Christian Healthcare Ministries That Changed My Life

ArynFamily, Faith, Health and Fitness11 Comments

Christian Healthcare Ministries

I discovered Healthcare Freedom about 3 years ago. And I have not looked back! I found CHM Christian Healthcare Ministries when I was in a bad spot, and needed something quality yet affordable.  I’m not one who likes secrets, so when I find something really cool, I have to share it (hence all the book reviews!). My experience over the last several months has me eager to talk about this with everyone, so here goes! 6 Facts About CHM: Christian Healthcare Ministries Reviews When I began the process of sifting through various Christian healthcare ministries reviews, I checked into the 3 major … Read More

7 Best Christian Pregnancy Books and C-Section Recovery Tips For New Moms

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Christian Pregnancy Books and C-section recovery tips

Today, let’s talk about pregnancy as a Christian Mom. There are some pretty amazing Christian pregnancy books out there, both for moms and kids! I want to encourage you to read these Christian books on pregnancy and postpartum, before you reach that point of overwhelm, if at all possible. If you can’t quite manage that, then read them anyways! Giving birth to a tiny human, made in God’s Image-Such a privilege, whichever way it happens! Mine were both c-sections. The first six weeks postpartum (or as my mom says, “Post Part’em!) are beautiful but far from easy!     You are completely exhausted. … Read More

44 Best Book Games & Bookworm Games To Play Now

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Welcome, fellow fun-loving bookworms! I have some Fantastic Book Games to share with you today!! Some are classic bookshelf games, and then there’s the wonder of bookworm games and word games to play with friends and family! These games keep us enjoying words, while engaging and playing with our friends and family, so I try to keep several of these available at all times. Pretty Book Games For a Nice Bookshelf I got the idea for this collection from visiting my brother. He has a shelf of cool classic games, but they look like Really Nice Books on his orderly … Read More