I've decided to take the leap and get a real address. I brought several of my posts with me, and this site will still be floating around here for a bit, but I hope you'll join me at SweetMessyFaith.com.
Does your family do Pizza Hut's Book It!? There's still time to enroll your homeschool for this year!
Wondering what Book It! is? It's a program to encourage reading. You sign up and Pizza Hut sends you a packet of coupons and goal trackers.
I love it! You set your own goals for each kid, and they can earn a free personal pan pizza each month!
My kids love to read, but Book It! gives them that little bit of extra encouragement to finish their reviews in their book log. For some reason that little personal pan pizza is a big deal. And it's free!
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Course if you work for the Hut and want to hook me up...
What’s the difference between raising children and discipling them?
I like to think that the choice to disciple your kids is the next step. The extra mile. It’s the thing that drives you. It’s the lens you examine your parenting through.
Jesus spent years with his disciples. He ate with them, camped out with them, went to temple with them and traveled with them. But He wasn’t just their pal, He was their rabbi.
Everything He did had purpose.
Everything He did pointed them toward the Father. But He wasn’t preachy. He wasn’t fake. He never said “Do as I say, not as I do.”
People wanted to be around Him.
And that’s the highest aim of mama-hood. To raise children that want to be around Him.
When my first was little, I stayed home. It was different. So I watched a couple talk shows in the mornings. They made me laugh, and kept away the loneliness.
And then that baby boy got a little bigger. Around his first birthday, I felt it: that tap, tap of heavenly pruning shears on my heart.
There’s a lot of innuendo in this show, Anna. Do you want him to know these things now?
“Umm… well, no, Lord… But what am I going to do all morning? Everyone else watches it, and…”
He is so patient. He gave me time to think about it, but I knew He was right.
So I turned it off. And I found other ways to make connections with people (real people, even!).
And that’s how I grow. One thing at a time. He asks me to look at something in my life and examine it according to His standards.
The things that need pruning don’t just happen on their own.
Discipling our children has to be on purpose.
That’s why I wanted to share this list with you. So we can each find the thing God wants us to be intentional about, so we can grow. So that we can disciple our children.
I am far from perfect. A few of these areas have become victories for me, yet others are still a battle.
Look for the one thing God wants to challenge you with today. Pray about it. Seek His wisdom and ask for His strength. And then do it! Your kids will thank you!
12 Ways to Disciple Your Kids
Are You Ready to Make the Most of It?
What do you think? How is God challenging you to disciple your kids? Please share in the comments so we can encourage one another!
Family Driven Faith, by Voddie Baucham Jr.
Printable Art to Encourage You!
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For those of you wondering if I am working on the third Milana Legend or not, I have an update for you. Having finished the second draft, I took the summer off to play in the sand and refill my creative side. I printed the entire thing out and stuffed it in a snack cabinet (which you may remember, from my summer confession).
And now I'm back at it, working on my Scribble & Slash draft.
Usually I scribble and slash through the entire thing, and then I have to convince myself to sit down to the overwhelming task of fixing it all on the computer.
I'm not doing that this time.
(This is probably waaaaayyy too much info, but for those of you curious about the writing/editing process, read on)
This time I decided to do it one chapter at a time. This allows me to be completely ruthless. I think there was more hand-written ink on the last one than printed ink (that chapter was a mess). I opened a totally new Scrivener file, and typed the whole thing in. Then I read it out loud to myself and proofread.
So this feels slower, but I'm getting two drafts at once, and when I finish a chapter, they are clean and I forget I'm reading when I go through them (which is my goal). It's beta reader ready.
One chapter at a time.
In other fiction news, Ember Falls, by S.D. Smith, is now available!
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Enter to win a copy of Faith and Fairies and your own Blueberry Fairy Mug so you can
snuggle up with something warm to drink during your quiet time!
Contest dates: September 12 - 18, 2016
Don't want to wait?
You can get your Faith and Fairy Bible Coloring Journal HERE
or choose a fairy mug from HERE!
What makes your quiet time special?
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Faith + Family. The Messy Adventure of Living a Faith-Filled Life, as told by Anna Travis (God's Girl, Wife, Homeschooling Mama, Author, Creative, Nature Lover, Minimalist).