Praying Over Your Children’s Education


Praying Over Your Children's Education

It’s a difficult world for our children to navigate these days. It’s easy to be worried when they leave the safety of your home to go to school.

What are they being taught?

Who have they chosen as friends?

Is their time at school bringing them closer to God or further from Him?

There’s a lot to consider (aka. stress over!).

Whether you homeschool your children or send them to a private or public school, one thing I’m sure of is this – we, as parents, have all been called to pray for our children, and that includes their education.

What to Pray for Your Children’s Education

I admit – I have not been a very active prayer warrior for my children, but it doesn’t mean that I should just give up, right? We are all works in progress and I know that praying and asking for guidance is what I need to do. As I’ve been examining my prayer life, I can see some great steps to take to being praying for my children’s education – not just my younger ones, but the older ones in college too!

Pray for Their Teachers

Pray for guidance on how to communicate with and bless their teachers. Pray that your children’s teachers would see them the way God sees them.

Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. – Matthew 9:38

Pray for Their Peers

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17

Pray for Their Administrators and School Board

But select capable men from all the people – men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain  – and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. – Exodus 18:21

Pray That They Would Make Good Choices in the Face of Peer Pressure

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. – Ephesians 3:16

Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience. – Colossians 1:11

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. – Matthew 26:41

Pray That They Would Be a Good Friend and Kind to All

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6:10

Pray for Their Focus and That They’d Be Hard Workers

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. – Colossians 3:23

Pray for God’s Favor and Blessing for Their School

For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. – Isaiah 44:3

I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. – Ezekiel 34:26

Pray for Everyone’s Health and Safety

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. – Proverbs 3:7-8

I am planning to pick one or two of these scriptures to pray daily and then rotate back through. Simple, intentional words to cover my children. This I can do!

I loved this creative printable of Back to School Prayers from Happy Home Fairy too – perhaps you saw it? I have printed this out and have it on our refrigerator so I can easily pray as I am going through my day too.

Sadness and Unexplained Joy Mixed Together


Sadness and Unexplained Joy All Mixed Together

Change and transition – that can sum up the past three weeks of life for our family. If you’ve been following along here on the blog or on my Confident Mom Facebook page, you know we just completed our transitional move from Seattle to the Washington Coast. {If you need to catch up, this post will get you up to speed on our life of simplifying and living our dream now.}

Phase One – complete!

Phase one consisted of finalizing the sale of our home outside Seattle, selling 80% of our personal belongings, and packing what remained for the movers to take. We completed one roundtrip with fragile belongings and then stayed in a hotel for five days because our home in Seabrook was rented for Labor Day weekend. We finally arrived Sunday afternoon and began unpacking the limited items we need for our one-month stay in Coastal Haven, our cozy carriage house. {By the way, if you are near the Seattle area and come to Seabrook, you can stay in our sweet carriage house too – just not while we are living in it! Here is the vacation rental page.)

We will remain here for one month and then move to another home we are renting for a year to determine if this move is truly the right direction for our family before we build our main home on the lot in front of our carriage house. I know, it does sound confusing!

What has this week brought? Emotions I did not expect.

Sadness and unexplained joy – all combined together. Exhilaration that we are finally doing this and living our dream and also unsettled nerves because things are new and different. I am sure for those who have moved to new towns and homes, you know what I am talking about.

I have had to step back and let myself cry, weep, and sit. As one who struggled immensely with emotional support for years, this is a bit unusual to do, a bit foreign even though it’s totally normal and I need to give myself permission to just be.

New experiences have been around each corner.

A new school, unpacking into only 700 square feet, walks on or along the beach each morning, evening strolls, waiting for the sunset to close our day, visiting with new neighbors, focusing on slowing down and allowing the climate here to swallow me up – this is what I imagined, a slowness and peace that my soul needed.

So there you go, that’s what’s been happening here – the life I imagined is blossoming. I am truly blessed and grateful for all that has happened to allow this shift to take place. For so long we played it safe and just kept doing what we thought we were supposed to do, but I love that we are stepping out, trying something different, and following God’s lead.

I encourage you – evaluate your life. It’s never too late and nothing is ever impossible! EVER! Living here in this community was something I truly didn’t believe would happen, but God knew my heart’s desire and He provided two work at home jobs, providing a source of income so that we could realistically make a transition like this. It has provided freedom – selling our home in Seattle and reducing our lifestyle to find something less.  

Often times when you reduce and have less, you truly have more. I am beginning to experience that. My soul is learning to slow down, to experience the cool breeze that blows, the sun that glitters off the waves – where I can take time to really see it, to feel it inside my soul.

I also spent the past two weeks reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. This book helped me see what I was missing and what was just waiting for me on the other side of this move. Ditching the frantic lifestyle for the calm and purposeful. It was a life saver, literally – it came just like a life boat at the time I needed it. Drawing me into a place to identify the areas that needed to be shifted and how I could do that. I highly suggest this book – no matter your season of life, just go get it now!

Now I am off to get outside and breath in the salty air and walk my dogs. This is what the beach life is about. Enjoy the moments!  

Thank you to all who were praying during our move. I am so very grateful!

(Sidenote – we did have this incredible Garlic Butter Baked Salmond in Foil our first night and it was the perfect meal!)

Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake


Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake

Oh my word – I can’t believe I haven’t shared this recipe with you all sooner! I apologize now, because once you begin to add this to your daily routine, you will see why I love it so much.

I recently completed my second round of the popular 21 Day Sugar Detox program and this shake was part of my success. The thought of eliminating the sugar from my diet seemed impossible, but I have done it without losing my mind.

I like chocolate and I need quick and easy food. This powerful breakfast shake has become an integral part of my most productive days.

Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake Recipe

  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup almond milk (be sure to get a brand that does not have carrageenan)
  • 1 scoop unsweetened protein powder (I use this)
  • 2 Tablespoons organic cacao powder (I use this)
  • 1 teaspoon organic maca powder (I use this)
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic cinnamon (I use this)
  • 1/3 cup organic pumpkin puree (I use this)
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla flavoring (I use this)
  • 1 green tipped banana

Add all of the ingredients to your blender. Turn it on for 30 seconds and ENJOY!

Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake Recipe

It may take your taste buds a bit to get use to this less sweet version of a shake, but it is so satisfying and packed full of food our body can really use. Sometimes I use 1/2 cup of brewed coffee that has been cooled too. Feel free to change it up a bit to meet your taste – just NO SUGAR!

A Couple Notes About the Ingredients

I recently discovered maca powder. Check it out. Maca powder has been shown to support healthy hormone levels, enhance vitality, and sustain natural energy levels. It also promotes a radiant complexion and glowing skin. It is packed full of minerals, fatty acids, and plant sterols which offer a wide range of benefits for your body. I have noticed a difference on the days I do not start my day with a shake. I definitely have seen an increase in energy, focus, and motivation!

Pumpkin puree is a great source of fiber, rich in iron, and a great source of Vitamin A which in turn is great for your eyes. It is a low calorie source of a great punch for the body.

I have lost five pounds in my second round of the #21DSD. My taste buds have changed. My body has changed. I have more energy and less inflammation. I wake up feeling ready for the day. I especially love knowing I am reducing the risk of illness from the food I choose to eat. I dare you to do any research about what sugar does to your body and how it is hidden in everything. I am thankful to have education and knowledge. That is power for helping us be the best we can be!

Now, go enjoy this fabulous shake recipe and comment when you have. You will want to share it with everyone! Have you done a round of the #21DSD before? Did you have a favorite recipe?

Our Exciting New Beachy Life


Our Exciting New Beachy Life

I have hinted around at our upcoming move and today I’ll share with you all the details.  

Several years ago, my husband and I fell in love with a coastal community on the coast of Washington State, about three hours from where we currently live. I prayed and we set plans into action to save money in order to purchase our own slice of heaven in this little town called Seabrook.

Over a period of several years, we were blessed to purchase land and build a small beach house, with a longterm goal of moving to Seabrook full-time and building a main house on our property.

Earlier this summer, we felt we were being led to put plans into motion to make that happen now. And just like God does when you are following His lead, doors opened, plans easily came, and we are leaving our home in Seattle to live in Seabrook for a year to determine if it truly is what our heart has thought it would be.

We sold our home in less than a day, for over listing price, from a family who is allowing us to stay in the home for FREE as we had desired. We found a home to rent in Seabrook from a delightful couple and have enrolled our youngest into a Montessori school a two-minute walk from our home.

Why Are We Moving?

We get this question a lot and I am sure many of you are wondering too. My husband and I feel without a doubt we are venturing into a new season – with less clutter, more living intentionally, and surrounding ourselves with a very small community.

We desire a slower pace, more walks outside on the beach with our dogs, cozy raining days inside, dinner with new friends, and less traffic – much less traffic!

Seabrook Beach Walk

I have a vision for a quality of life that will be a shift for us – we have paid off debt which has freed us to make this move. We buckled down in areas to reduce our spending and also managed what we had well. I know God blesses that – He sees.

Our Future

I am fortunate because I can work from anywhere. I have freedom as a blogger and as a Young Living team leader. I can do it anywhere! My husband does travel, but the goal there is to reduce his time away – that is the ultimate goal.

We want to be sure this desire is really one that can fit our family. We will rent for a year and then decide if we want to settle permanently – if not, then we will be seeking guidance and leading to know where we will move next.  

We are selling about 80% of our stuff – um, I am nearing 50 and have accumulated a lot of stuff as a blended family with four kids! This alone is extremely exhilarating to me – to reduce and have less. I will share next week what I have been using to help me through this process {read between the lines – STRESS AWAY!}. Getting rid of stuff is emotional, tiring, scary, and freeing all at the same time!

So there you have it – my adventure right now. I am so excited to take you along on the journey. This space here is about motherhood, the adventures and challenges we all face – I am sure there is someone else who has made a huge move before and can offer suggestions to me.

So lay them on me. Please comment with any guidance you may have to offer – I am all ears!

Can’t wait to bring you along on our beach life adventure!

Seabrook Beach

7 Year Blogging Anniversary!


7 Year Blogging Anniversary!

You would think I would know the date in my head – like the birth dates of my children – but alas, I do not! However, Facebook reminded me yesterday when it gave me a memory in my feed – seven years ago, on July 31, 2009, I had announced that my blog was open for business.


I have written 1,018 blog posts, created over six products for busy moms which target huge struggles for moms – including my Free Weekly Household Planner which has been downloaded over 25,000 times just in 2016.  

I’ve recorded over 96 podcast episodes relating to concerns moms have on Blog Talk Radio and also available on iTunes. I have personally coached over 200 moms and helped them overcome challenges in their home, shared my journey with depression, overcome and learned to live well with an auto-immune disorder, shared about adoption, foster-care and blending a family, and tried my best to encourage you as a mom. Our blog sponsors six Compassion girls through your generous contributions when you use my Amazon affiliate link, and I’ve grown an amazing community of over 4,000 Confident Essential Oil users who are empowered to care for their family’s health and wellness. 

God is amazing – and it is only through HIM that any of this would have happened.

You see, I am no expert and I am journeying through this life – imperfect, a huge mess and often times just barely making it by. However, I do know that my mess can help encourage someone else, so that is what led me to begin sharing.

You are all part of my extended community and I am so grateful. I am touched that you will venture over to this space every so often, read what I wrote, and then leave a comment. At times, we bloggers feel alone, like we are talking to a wall – but when someone leaves a comment or emails with words of how they’ve been touched, it makes it all so worth it!

Our family is venturing into a new season – we are moving. I will share more on that next week, but know I am not going anywhere. I plan to keep sharing my life in the hopes I can help others. I feel strongly that motherhood is a gift. We have a calling on our life to nurture our families and I pray that I can continue to make improvements on that each and every day.

Also, if you are a new reader here and have not picked up a copy of my Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide Complete with Printables, hop over and do so. It is only $8 and is filled with great information to get you organized, back on track, and it’s chock full of printables you can use in your home too. I know many of you started back to school today – yikes. Thank goodness we still have a month to go here in the Seattle area!

Thanks for stopping by. I so appreciate you all!

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