Biblical Encouragement for the Overwhelmed Mom

11
Dec
2018

biblial encouragement for overwhelmed moms

It’s no mistake that you are reading this right now.

Maybe you are like me in this season, feeling rather suffocated, burdened and overwhelmed?

Perhaps your parenting toolbox is empty and you’re frustrated because you’ve raised your voice.

How about feelings of loss, family grief or just feeling like you are not doing what you should be doing or what you see others moms doing.

Take a deep breath and let me share with you a few ways I have been taking small bits of time to read what the bible has to say about all of these things.

I love the You Version Bible App.  It is perfect for a busy mom to grab at a moments notice to look up scripture, to read a quick devotional on a subject that will help you feel empowered, or to help you grab five minutes to nourish your soul.

To be quit frank with you all, the season I am in right now is exhausting, frustrating and has me feeling hopeless. So… it’s time to dig in… who is with me?

I have discovered several short devotional that have just soothed my broken soul and I wanted to share them with you.

You can find all these devotionals by downloading the APP, then click PLANS and search by key words.

Overwhelmed By My Blessings – Encouragement for Moms  (PART ONE)

This devotional has TWELVE parts – friends, this will take you through an amazing journey. Written by Robin Meadows, who has raised 7 of her own children, it will speak right to your heart.  I am currently reading PART THREE, and it is so refreshing to me.  I will be downloading her book as well, Overwhelmed By My Blessings, to dig in a bit deeper.  I love her writing and how she relates God’s word to

5 Days to Freedom from Angry Parenting 

Oh boy… this is somewhat embarrassing, especially since I am a Certified ScreamFree Parenting Leader.  OH man…. but this parenting an adopted child is HARD!  Just when you think things are going smooth – BAM!  Some new thing appears and knocks you over.  We are in a hard season, and my emotions go haywire and I lose my cool.  Anyone else here me on that?

So this devotional has been so so good!

She is Free – a 7 Day Devotional by Dani Andrews

Okay, who else struggles with lies running around in your head?  Who else needs a gentle reminder, or maybe a more liberal smack upside the head to remind us of TRUTH?!!

This devotional has been speaking to my heart….. and reminding me of what it true and what I need to focus on, even when I am feeling defeated.  This is a constant need in my life, the reminders of who Jesus is, how He loves me and how I am made perfect just the way I am.

We all need encouragement.  As busy moms who give ourselves to our family, we need filling up.  If we are not caring for our bodies and our soul, we become exhausted, frustrated and unable to be the best version of ourself.

So, pick a few devotionals to wake up to each morning.  I can tell you, I am excited to brew my french press coffee, and climb back in bed to read the bible and sip amazing coffee.  My soul is refreshed and I feel better equipped to take on the day.

2019 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner READY NOW!

5
Dec
2018

2019 Weekly Household Confident Mom Planner

It’s here – the much awaited 2019 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner. It’s ready and waiting for you to download!

I know you’ve all been so excited to grab your copy for 2019 and begin to get organized.

Grab Yours Now!

Check out the 2019 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner NOW!

(If you are reading this via the RSS feed, click through to view the video below.)

You can grab your FREE copy here. Don’t forget to grab your Supplemental Pack that is available for $8 with all the printables you could ever need to get your family organized for 2017! I loved adding new forms to the pack this year so moms can stay even more organized and on track.

Get More Organized!

The 2019 Weekly Household Planner Supplemental Pack includes handy fill-in forms, enabling you to add your information directly into the form.

Just type your information, save, and print! This is a wonderful feature when you are adding lengthy information or important names and numbers!

  • Master Family Planner – Keep track of the entire family’s activities on a daily/weekly basis all in one convenient place.
  • Appointment Calendar – Organized by week, use this to keep track of appointments, meetings, and other events.
  • Special Occasion Calendar/Gift Planner – You’ll always be prepared for the next birthday or special occasion.
  • Holiday Gift Planner Worksheet – Keep track of your holiday shopping list and purchases and what still needs wrapped or delivered. Never forget that well-hidden gift again!
  • Babysitter Information Form – This form makes it easy to provide your sitter with all the information he or she needs so you can relax and enjoy your time away.
  • Quick Contacts – Helps you keep important emergency contacts available for easy reference when you need them in a hurry as well as frequently used numbers.
  • Family Emergency/Medical Information Form – Record your family’s medical and insurance information on this form – it will be easy to find and share with those that need it.
  • Website/App List for Kids – An easy way your kids can list the websites they want to visit, or apps or songs they want to buy. This gives you a chance to review first and make sure the content is age appropriate!
  • Website/App List for Me – A place to record websites you want to visit or apps you want to buy during your downtime.
  • Account Keeper Sheet – Keep track of online accounts, including usernames and passwords. Never get locked out of your account again!
  • Household Maintenance Log – Record when you did routine maintenance items, such as changing your furnace filter.
  • Special Occasion Reminder Chart – To help you plan card gifting for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.
  • Gifts Received List – For recording gifts received which also creates a log for thank-you cards you need to send.
  • Let’s Plan a Party Form – Helps keep track of party planning details such as guest list, menu, party favors, and activities.
  • Blessings For Your Home – Because everyone needs some daily inspiration.
  • Weekly Menu Planner/Shopping List – Arrive at the store prepared and don’t over-purchase.
  • Monthly Bill Schedule – Never miss a payment again when you record your monthly bills and payments on this new form.
  • Track Donations – Make tax time easier when you write down all your donations on one form for the year.
  • Freezer/Pantry Inventory – Helps with meal planning and also saves you from purchasing something you already have on hand.
  • Multi-Store Shopping List – Get rid of all those little sticky notes and scraps of paper! List all your shopping list items for different stores on one organized form.
  • Bible Bookmarks – Use these monthly reading bookmarks with suggested reading each day of the month, enabling you to read the entire Bible in a year.

Go grab your FREE copy now, and you can add the Supplemental Pack too for only $8! Be sure to pin this page to Pinterest to pass around this FREE household planner so other moms can grab a copy too.

Walking Through Grief and Healing with a Loved One

8
Nov
2018

grief

Hello Sweet Friends…. I am just now coming up for some air.  Our family has been venturing down a road that has been emotional, exhausting and heartbreaking.

Two weeks ago, on October  24th, 2018, my 19 year old nephew, Nicholas Schumacher lost his battle with Neuroblastoma cancer.  He fought a 17+ month battle.  We fervently prayed he would be healed, but God had other plans.

The weeks leading up to his death, I was privileged to spend more time with Nick than I had in any other time in his life. I still saw the smile, his personality and his determined spirit coming through.

Gifts

He was the person who lit up the room as soon as he walked in with his infectious smile.

He had more JOY to spread during his short life than most do in 70 years.

He was incredibly talented in film making, even at only 19.

His Make A Wish trip involved a movie filming and meeting Tom Hanks.  It’s was a powerful trip and an awesome video was created to celebrate.

The pain of real, heart wrenching grief has not touched me since I lost my mother just a little over 12 years ago.  Grief will stick to your bones and bring you to your knees in the most dynamic way.  Even 12 years later, there will be certain memories that will open the flood gates of tears.

It’s good to remember, it’s even better to allow the tears to fall.

During this past month, I’ve grasped some concepts and ideas on how to walk alongside someone who has experienced  loss.  My brother and his family are doing just that, right now.  My heart breaks for them as they grieve the loss of a child, and I want to be a help during this time in ways that allow them space to walk the long road. Here are some of the things I have sent be helpful.

Just Be There

I had the privilege to be present when my nephew took his last breath and it was just an honor.  I found the most joy and feeling of peace just being there in the moments with both my brother and my sister-in-law.  Now, it’s the after…. the days that pass where they need someone to be present.  To not forget what they are walking through…. so even thought I am not physically there in their home with them, I will text with a message asking, ” how they are doing today” or just to let them know I am praying for them.

Listen

In the days after Nick’s death I was just present.  I asked questions, but often conversation just started, tears would start and I would just listen and allow space.  I know many feel like they do not know what to say when someone has just lost a loved one…. and that is the beauty, you really do not have anything to say, except I am sorry.  Just stop and be willing to listen.  We try to cover that awkward space with endless words that can often make things feel worse.  A hug can do so much.  Silence also produces healing.

Offer to Give Specific Help

Many times we want to help others, and we tend to ask, “What can I do?”  If you are in a the midst of grief, your mind and body is under a lot of stress and emotions and you are lucky to remember how to brush your teeth and drive your car.  When you ask a person grieving what they need help with, they will often be blank.  They are not sure.  So instead of asking an open ended question like that, offer a specific way to help.  Cleaning house, going grocery shopping, taking over errands, folding laundry, mowing their yard or just being available at their house to take deliveries is so much better.

Meals

Food….. this is important.  The last thing one wants to think about is fixing a meal, let alone trying to eat. So a real practical task you can offer is bringing a meal.  You can do this individually, or you can set up an option and coordinate it so many friends and family can contribute and make things very easy.  One site I am familiar with and used was Meal Train.  I set up a calendar of dinner delivery for two weeks, every other evening.  After that, I set up meals for every four days, to allow my sister in law a chance to get things back to normal in the kitchen, but also allowing friends to help.  Meal Train also allows for you to link up gift cards and offer a cash donation, which is great for those who do not live nearby.  I will say, the donate funds option was a bit pricey on fees, so in the future I will set up a pay-pal option for friends to donate through.

Grief is a tough season, no question about it.  However, these tips will help you walk alongside someone and be a true blessing during the process.

 

Five Simple Instant Pot Dinners Perfect for the Fall

8
Oct
2018

Simple Instant Pot Dinners for Fall

Who needs some new ideas for dinner this week?

Easy Fall Instant Pot Dinner Ideas just for you!

I am in love with my Instant Pot and it calls to me nearly every single day to be used now that the weather has turned chilly.

I have gathered a few of my favorite dinner recipes so you can easily put a healthy dinner on the table for your family and still have time left over to even sit and read a book!

INSTANT POT CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH + APPLE SOUP {AIP, VEGAN, WHOLE30}

This is so yummy and perfect on a cold and rainy day!

https://www.ourfoodfix.com/instant-pot-creamy-butternut-squash-apple-soup/

Instant Pot Chicken Mole

Um… this one – amazing!!!
https://www.wellplated.com/instant-pot-chicken-mole/

Instant Pot Lentil Curry

Our family is doing a bit more meatless cooking, so this one has become a great hit!


Instant Pot Lentil Curry

Spicy Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato + Kale

This one packs a punch with flavor!!  I love using sweet potatoes and kale in recipes, because they are incredible for your body and packed with nutrients!

sweet potato peanut stew

INSTANT POT SPICED QUINOA AND CAULIFLOWER RICE BOWLS

I am not a big fan of Tofu, so I just delete from this recipe or will add a bit of chicken if I want.  The cauliflower for rice is AMAZING!!   I buy my cauliflower rice from Costco – saves me a ton of time!


instant pot quinoa tofu bowls

So, which one looks like a MUST try for dinner this week?

 

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Instant Pot Sunday Pot Roast Dinner

10
Sep
2018

Hey lovely friends

Is it Instant Pot Time? I think yes!!

Who loves their instant pot?!!!  Wait… you don’t have one?  Oh my, I will let you in on a secret.  Even this somewhat-minimalist mama needs this kitchen tool.  It’s a secret weapon on getting food cooked and on your table in minutes – for real!  This is the Instant Pot I have and it is one of my top used appliances in my kitchen.

Best Instant Pot Cookbook

So, now back to cooking really good food with your Instant Pot. When I got my Instant Pot, I also grabbed this highly rated cookbook,   “Great Food Fast”, by Bob Warden, to help me make good use of the new gadget.

You need this cookbook – it has great recipes!  Our family loves the two versions of Macaroni and Cheese, the Homemade Sausage and Gravy (which is easily adapted to Gluten Free), Dirty Rice and now the amazing, Perfected Pot Roast.

Perfected Pot Roast

I made this recipe, the one featured on the cover of the book a few weeks back when my son and his wife were out visiting us at the beach.  I know that my son loves pot roast, and I wanted an easy recipe, where I could put it on and forget about it while we were down on the beach having a beach fire and enjoying the day.

It turned out amazing, and the best part – it was simple and easy.  I didn’t have to spend a lot of time in preparation or clean up.  Win/win for all!

Since we live about forty minutes from a full-size market, I make use of online services that deliver.  About a month previous, I had placed an order for Grass Fed Beef, through Thrive Market and had a gorgeous Chuck Roast just sitting in my freezer, perfect for this recipe.  If you haven’t checked out Thrive Market, its certainly worth looking at.  I save time and money on organic and healthy food items that are delivered to my door – including meat.   I buy my coffee creamer, chips, healthy snacks, bone broth, soup, nuts and more and it comes right to my doorstep – and often cheaper then what I would pay at my local supermarket.

Thrive Market

If you decide to try Thrive Market out, you can get 25% off your first order and I will get $25 in Thrive Market Cash.  You get a deal and I get a deal!

This Pot Roast recipe is still being talked about at our house!  I had enough to freeze and make an easy dinner on a hurried weekday night too – just pull it out of the freezer a few hours before I need it.  So easy!

So, if you are in need of a great recipe that is simple, easy and is some true “down home cooking” I encourage you to grab the supplies from amazon and also Thrive Market.  I know you will find several recipes that will keep you and your family happy for weeks inside this cookbook.

Plus, it’s fall – which is all about cozy and warm food, right?

What is your favorite Instant Pot recipe?  I would love for you to share.