Thursday, October 23, 2014

When You Feel Like You Don't Have Time to Disciple Your Children





I have spoken with many of you out there and one of the things I hear moms feeling guilty about is actually having the time to disciple your children. Sometimes our schedules can be so busy or certain life circumstances occur where we are not able to give a lot of time in this area.

I want to encourage you in the fact that while we definitely need to be active teaching our children the Word - this is so important that I cannot emphasize it enough, but I am a realist and know that sometimes life happens and that is just not feasible. Illness can strike, life circumstances can change, and they are all out of our control.

With this said I want you to remember that verse in Deuteronomy:

 "You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth."


While this is a verse to the Israelites, we can clearly see God's heart for how he wanted children to be taught about Him. Discipling our children is so important, but don't just think that if you didn't sit down for an hour long Bible study everyday that it is all for naught. We need to remember this can be done many ways and not just through a sit-down Bible study. When we are going through a major life change like a new baby or moving and it does not afford us the luxury we once had with time.

So I want to look at a few ways we can encourage our children and plant important seeds into them  even if we aren't able to give all our time to them like we once had. 

1.Their own personal devotional prayer time - in our home we started doing this around when they start looking at picture books on their own. We would tell me to get their Bibles out for "Bible time" and say a prayer when they are done. This helps them at a young age to start good habits of "reading" their Bible and gives them a chance to read about it on their own. As they grow older they read on their own as devotionals and I knew even if I wasn't right next to them they were still actively getting the Word into them. Don't forget the blessings of older children reading to younger children too! (Some of the best stories are when they share they're knowledge or read to little siblings!)


2. Listen to His Word - playing Christian music helps them to hear stories about or Lord and be ministered to by others. Sometimes I would wonder if they were listening and always find out they were when I hear them singing along at church having memorized the words or when a son breaks out crooning "Amazing Grace" while he is making pancakes for the family. It blesses my heart to hear them singing worship songs to our King. 


3. Be taught by someone wiser than you - Sometimes it helps to have your children listen to sermons at home whether it be on the laptop, ipod, phone, or tablet.  It gives them a chance to get a different perspective and be blessed by a pastor or preacher that really knows his stuff. With the internet today, we have some of the world's best preachers at our finger tips!


4. Adorn your home with scripture - We try to put Bible verses around the house. One example of where I put a verse up at is on a board in our dining room. It is the verse for the week that they need to memorize and recite with out looking along with chapter and verse. Once they all do that then we change it to another. But I love how those verses are right in front of them while they are eating their meals. I see them looking up and reading and know that it is precious seed that is being planted.


5. Living by example - Did you every hear the saying that more is "caught" than "taught"? Your example of servanthood, sacrifice, perserverance, humility, and so on is not over looked. Your children will remember what you have done, even in their old age. Do you ever find yourself acting like your own mother? I do--these are the things our children will also pick up from us--both good and bad so let's work on being a godly example for them to follow. Even when we fail, we can be an example of someone who looks to Christ for redemption and forgiveness.


6. Current Events - Often times our family loves to sit around the dinner table and discuss current events. This is a wonderful time to share a Biblical perspective and Christian worldview. The more they understand how to practically apply the Word of God in the everyday and how God's view on it all the better off they will be. This can be done anywhere and anytime, when you are watching a movie, driving in the car, etc.


7. Christian Books and Movies: Isn't it funny sometimes how a movie can speak volumes to our children? Sometimes we will rent or buy movies from the Family Christian Store and have a family discussion about it--just being to watch something these days with good values or talks about the Lord is such a great encouragement.! Good Christian books and biographies also do the same.



My prayer is that we would be diligent to plant many seeds into our children's lives in our everyday lives so that they will grow into a harvest of fruit one day to bring Him glory. Remember that you might not see the results right now (it might even take a long time) but just be diligent to keep on planting those seeds today!





What are some "out of the box" ways you disciple your children?





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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wise Woman Linkup!

 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Kisses from Above {Pregnancy & Ovulation} Giveaway!



Here at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home we view children as a blessing.

We love children and believe what Psalm 127:3 has to say about them--that children are a heritage from the Lord.



"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord
the fruit of the womb a reward. 
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. 
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! 
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate."


We are so thankful for our nine blessings. They have brought so much happiness to our home, and I can't imagine life without each and every single one of them (and somehow we always to seem to have room for one more)!

And that is why today we are sharing about Kisses from Above:


www.kissesfromabove.com


If you haven't heard about Kisses from Above, here is a bit about them:


"Kisses from Above is a family business started in April 2011 providing ovulation and pregnancy tests as both personal orders and institutional orders. We have since then expanded to include our other fertility products, supplements, and books-with more to come in the future. 

Part of the dream surrounding this business has been to provide pregnancy tests to crisis pregnancy centers as a way to help those protecting the unborn. God has blessed this aspect of our business and we give Him the glory!"



They offer:


Have you been trying to get pregnant?

We know that many of you dream of starting a family one day or even of welcoming more children into your home. You will be pleased to know that you can save money through Kisses from Above. Their prices are VERY reasonable and the pregnancy tests are only 75 cents and pregnancy cassette is 75 cents as well--a good fit for any budget!


www.kissesfromabove.com



Here is what their customers have to say about them:



Great Product    “I have been able to get accurate results very early (3 weeks) with this product.  Thanks!”   ~ Amanda Z.
Very Impressed!    “A friend recommended Kisses from Above to me and I've been tickled with the company and services!  I'm delighted to support a pro-life business that is also budget-friendly.  I bought several pregnancy tests and they arrived within a couple of days.  Thanks for the great service!  I'll be recommending you all to others!”    ~ Laura S.
Praising God for Kisses from Above    “I was so excited to see the prices for Kisses from Above's ovulation tests.  Being relatively new to natural family planning, we knew using these tests was important for us.  God provided by letting us know about Kisses from Above.  Ordering was easy, shipping was super fast.  I have recommended Kisses from Above to my natural family planning friends and will continue to do so.  Thank you and God bless this amazing shop.”     ~ Jacki M.

And now they also have a blog--you can visit them and stay updated right here and don't forget to sign up for their newsletter while you are there!



 The Giveaway



Today we are happy to announce that Kisses from above is
 giving away a $20 gift certificate to one of our special readers!
 (it will come in a code to be used at the website!)




You can enter below:


a Rafflecopter giveaway





Hope you win!


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

More Fall Fashion Ideas {Part 2} and LAST DAY for Lilla Rose Sale!

Yesterday we had shared some lovely fall fashion ideas and today we are finishing that up with a second post of more board ideas to mix and match!

http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds

I am sure that many of you will love this laid back comfortable style! I am not much of a jean type of gal but I do like everything else there especially the skirt and scarf. These outfits are once again from Polyvore.com but like I said in yesterdays post you can pull something like this together for less. The pretty hair accessories are Lilla Rose Bobby pins.


http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds


Pink is my favorite color and I love this look. It is so soft and feminine and I actually even own the Crown of hearts Flexiclip pictured above too! That handbag is also extra cute-- I am really picky about purses and like them  small. My second daughter likes them as big as you can find them but I don't like carrying around a lot of weight if I don't need to! This outfit would definitely be nice if you had somewhere special to go!



http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds


The pink blouse above is adorable with all the detail and I like the shoes here too. Like I mentioned yesterday I am more into comfort and prefer flats or a low heel to high heels. I like how pinks and browns look together but I also think pink and gray/silver make a great combo too. You can see that the Lilla Rose You-Pins have been added to this board. I own a pair and was so pleased to see how well they held up in my hair. I have a lot of hair (and it's thick) so I was quite impressed!


And finally, don't forget that today is the LAST DAY for the Lilla Rose store wide sale--you can get all items up to 10% off and select items up to 15% off!


And if you buy THREE we will get you a coupon for one FREE! 



(Must be a first time customer and buy at our Lilla Rose site-"June Fuentes", and as always limit one coupon per household.)







http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds


http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds



This sale ends tonight at midnight so don't miss it!

You can visit the Lilla Rose website HERE. 







Thursday, October 16, 2014

Feminine Fall Fashion Ideas and Lilla Rose Fall Sale {10-15% Off}!

We are loving the cooler weather around here and have been pulling out the fall clothes out of boxes in preparation for the season ahead. We thought we would share some fall fashion ideas today love when we can find lovely styles like this for fall:

http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds


We love the plum and gray combination and especially that lovely lace top you see in the top right. I love that it is a soft elegant look. The boots are cute too but look comfortable. I am all about comfort and like when I have a comfortable outfit from head to toe. And if you look closely you will also see a lovely Lilla Rose Blossom Medley Flexiclip to match the pictured hairstyle and pretty outfit!


http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds


Here is another outfit that can be mixed and matched and that are popular during the upcoming cooler season or holidays. I love the long hair above, I recently cut my hair (why is it when you go to the hair saloon and say take off four inches they always seem to cut off twice that much?) and wish I hadn't, but my hair grows fast so I expect to have most of it back sometime during the winter!  The cute outfit above is paired perfectly with this sweet Festive Leaf Flexiclip.


http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds


What is nice about these outfits is that you can mix and match several of the pieces because they are using solid colors. They also look warm and modest and good for all kinds of occasions. These outfits are from Polyvore.com and the prices are expensive, but I know you can pull a look together like this that are more budget friendly for less, even through your local thrift store.  This look above is cute and I like the Silver Daisyhairsticks too.


http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds


I love the brown skirt, shoes and bag here and I am sure my second daughter, Naomi,  would as well because she loves the ribbon look on all kinds of things. This hairstyle is so pretty and I need to remember to show this to my third daughter, Joy, because she has been experimenting with braids in her hair and last week wore a sweeping side braid to church so I think she would like this. This picture is featuring the Autumn Bouqet Flexiclip.

http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds


Since I am currently nursing a little one I couldn't wear a one piece striped dress like this at the moment but I think it would be cute for someone who could. The black tights look warm - I think having those in gray and other colors would be handy. I would probably choose a more subdued necklace in place of the pictured one though but I love, love, love the hairstyle--it is so classy and the bobby pins are Lilla Rose's Lovely Circle Gold.


Now on a quick note, if you liked the Lilla Rose items you saw above I wanted to let you know that Lilla Rose  is having a sale that started today! Aren't you excited? I am! You can get 10-15% off their products for the next three days!


http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds


http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds


You can find the sale at Lilla Rose at our website HERE.






Which one of the pictures above is your favorite fashion fall style?






Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW DVD: 19 Kids and Preaching with the Duggar Family




If you are a big Duggar fan and love the hit reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting, you might be interested in knowing that they have a new DVD out through Living Waters called 19 Kids and Preaching.

Here is a quick trailer:




The Dove Foundation says this about it:

"If you follow the famous Duggar family, you’ve no doubt enjoyed watching them throughout their many adventures. From shopping and preparing meals, to traveling and skydiving, with a family this big it’s always life at the extremes. But you’ve never seen them do anything as exciting as this: open-air preaching! Join TV host and bestselling author Ray Comfort as he offers tips on how to preach the gospel and then watch as Joshua Duggar takes courage, steps up to the plate and preaches open-air style—outside the White House! Listen as Jim Bob and Michelle unashamedly testify to their Christian faith in the open air at a local university. This up-close and personal look at the Duggar family’s faith in action will encourage and inspire you.



Dove Review 

 

“19 Kids and Preaching” is a terrific, inspirational documentary about the Duggar family and Ray Comfort, and their taking the gospel to the open air and into the streets. The Duggar family is well known thanks to their TV show, and they have often been mentioned as an example of a loving family that places Christ at the center of their lives.

In this film they share the gospel with others, as does Ray Comfort, who asks various people on the street if they have ever lied, stolen, or broken any of the Ten Commandments. He makes the point that all have sinned and everyone needs a Savior, then shares the gospel. This remarkable documentary will inspire many people to reach out to others in faith. We are pleased to award “19 Kids and Preaching” our Faith Friendly Seal for all ages. We want to note that it is not intended for very young children."



You can find this NEW DVD at Living Waters.







Psssst.....have you been wanting to watch the new season but don't have cable? You can get episodes for just $1.99 here. You can also get their books, movies and other Duggar items at Amazon.










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