Five Favorite Devotions for Moms

2
May
2016

Five Favorite Devotions for Moms

The favorite part of my day is morning. I get up before everyone else, grab a cup of coffee, and sit down with God – reading my Bible, jotting down notes, journaling, and reading some awesome devotional material.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to share five of my favorite devotionals for moms. I am sure there will be a few little people in your life, wondering what you might like to receive on Mother’s Day. So why not share this post and give them a few heart-centered ideas. :-)

The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings by Nancy Leigh DeMossThe Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings

This is one of my all-time favorite devotionals. I will cycle through it every other year. Picking it up and hearing some familiar phrases and stories is a comfort. Do you ever read a devotional more than once? I enjoy Nancy’s writing, her style of vulnerability, and bringing her heart to the pages. I have it on my Kindle, so I can easily access it from my iPad or my phone too. But the imitation leather edition is really a nice gift idea. This is a full year devotion, which I love! Grab it HERE.

5 Minutes with Jesus by Sheila Walsh

5 Minutes with JesusLooking for a devotion that has several verses to get your journaling jump-started? This is the one. I enjoy that at the end of each day’s section, there is a “Five Minutes in the Word” section listing at least 4-5 verses that relate to Sheila’s writing. I enjoy simple and things that relate to my life. This one fits that perfectly. She gives a real strategy, even when we are so busy that we can and are blessed when we stop to take a few minutes to spend time in His word. Grab it HERE.

Devotions for the Beach and Days You Wish You Were There by Thomas Nelson

Devotions for the Beach and Days You Wish You Were ThereYes, I am a little beach crazed, so it should be no surprise that I enjoyed this devotion as well. Even in the Kindle version you have some images that are so nice and often overlooked in these versions.  

You have a verse, a writing, and a short prayer you can end with. If you are looking for something to change up your routine, this one is great, only 90 days long, and perfect for spring!  Grab it HERE.

Quieting Your Heart: 6-Month Bible-Study Journal by Darlene Schacht

Quieting Your Heart: 6-Month Bible-Study JournalThis is not necessarily a devotion – however, it will help you focus and begin journaling your prayers and observations during your quiet time. I often find it difficult to focus and really dig in a bit deeper, so this book has been a great resource and guide for me. I love that I can doodle and color on the pages, yet it has some points which help me clarify what I am reading: 3 things I am thankful for, finishing the sentence “God is…”, and more. If you struggle with what to journal, this one is great. It’s a 6-month book and the price is very reasonable! Grab it HERE.

First 5 AppFirst 5 App

If you have not discovered this App full of incredible devotions and teaching – hang on – it is going to ROCK YOUR WORLD! It is created by the folks at Proverbs 31 Ministries and it is incredible. They are covering complete chapters of the Bible with teaching, some memorization, and on the weekends you get a video wrap-up, which is my favorite part of all! It’s like you are sitting in the living room with these ladies. GO NOW to grab it, and it’s FREE!

Do you have a favorite devotional you would add to this list?

My Favorite Self-Care Practices Right Now

18
Apr
2016

My Favorite Self-Care Practices Right Now

Fictional Reading

Most of my reading tends to be non-fiction, self-help type books – which are great, but there is nothing like picking up a story to just sink into and enjoy. I recently read this one – All the Way to Heaven – because it was free on Kindle and I loved it. I also picked up this one to read next – Out of a Dream – because it was free. I enjoy being frugal for sure! Do you have a book recommendation for me?

Moving My Body

I feel so much better when I get some daily movement. I am an avid runner, but different seasons of my life required me to slow down my running schedule or cease it all together. I am getting older and my body doesn’t perform as well as it once did. I have done Shaun T’s Focus workouts before, as well as the 21 Day Fix, but have recently started PiYo and I think I have found my love! It is a combination of yoga, pilates, and stretching – but gives an incredible workout. I am adding in walking on my treadmill as well as some occasional running. It is perfect for me now, as I don’t want to spend money on a gym membership and I need something I can easily do from home.

Hiking

I shared in my post last week that our family has been implementing a Sabbath each week. If you are interested in exploring this more, I enjoyed this book – Do No Work: Beat Burnout, Find Inner Peace, and Strengthen Your Faith by Studying the Most Overlooked of the Ten Commandments, by Andrew Gilmore. One of the activities we’ve been doing as a family is hiking. It has truly been such a wonderful experience for me. I do enjoy the outdoors but would often find excuses to stay behind my desk and work. It certainly refreshes my soul and creates great family memories too.

Social Media BLACKOUT

Oh, how this one is hard for me! However, I am desiring some change in my life and it involves getting off social media and truly being in touch with those real people in my life – my family. I honestly feel like it is a slight addiction for me and a struggle to shut things down each day. I have blocked out time on my planner where I am focusing on different areas of my life, so it means that I cannot multi-task. I need to be 100% present. So evenings are one time I am devoting to my kids and my husband. To say it is easy would be a lie. This is extremely hard, so for me I know it is a problem and addicting for me. So it needs to be broken.

Music

I am known to play Pandora in my home 14 hours a day. I love music, especially praise and worship music, to help settle my soul and help me focus on His strength to get me through. Motherhood can be tough sometimes! My favorites right now playing on my rotation are Lauren Daigle, (How Can It Be), All Sons and Daughters (Live), and Bethel Music (Have It All). What favorite music do you have playing in your car or in your home?

Lifting My Mood

I have been using essential oils for over three years now to help support my emotions and boost my mood. Each day I have my diffuser running (well actually several in our home) and I love that I can choose from a variety of oils to permeate the air in my home and give me more energy, increased joy, decrease my stress, or diffuse bad attitudes – and yes, sometimes that bad attitude is my own. The incredible power of inhaling essential oils has literally been a lifesaver for my family. It can change the atmosphere within minutes!

What are you favorite ways to care for your soul and refresh yourself as a mom?

Week Five: Staying Calm, Cool and Connected

11
Apr
2016

Free 5-Part Video Mini Series - Week Five: Staying Calm, Cool and Connected

Welcome to Week 5 of The Opening Act

Becoming the Calm, Cool and Confident Mom You Want to Be!

Putting It Into Practice Handout for Week 5

I encourage you to implement what you’ve learned over the past five weeks. It is all about making small intentional changes. Let now be the time to start new habits.

Video for Week 5

Stitch Fix – The Secret Is Out!

17
Mar
2016

Stitch Fix - The Secret Is Out!

Have you heard? Stitch Fix is now in the shoe business!

Not only do they have great clothes and accessories – which can surely stretch you outside your comfort zone and get you out of that style rut – but now you can add the option to receive shoes in your fix.

They have over 200 styles from brands you know and love (like Dolce Vita, Seychelles, Franco Sarto, and TOMS). It’s now possible to get an entire outfit from Stitch Fix – from head to toe.  Those yellow wedges there below – sign me up! And those brown sandals – oh my!

Shoes at Stitch Fix

I am so excited with this update! I can grab some fun new sandals for the spring and summer. Be sure to go in and update your Style Profile with your shoe size and then schedule your next Fix and request a pair of shoes. 

I also recently discovered the Stitch Fix App (exclusively for iPhone). You can update your style profile and see your Fix coming, all from your phone. It may have you stalking your Fix (just saying).

Stitch Fix App

So hop over and update your profile now to grab some cute summer sandals.  If you have never tried Stitch Fix, you can check out a few of my Fix posts where I share the goodies that came in my box. Here is a video blog post and a post from over two years ago with a Fix I received. I am a true Stitch Fix lover. Just received my 50th Fix!

Get Ready To WIN with Step Into StitchFix celebration!

#StepIntoStitchFix details:

  • To celebrate our footwear launch, Stitch Fix has partnered with five of its most popular brands to give away 2 pairs of shoes & $250 in Stitch Fix credit every day for the next five days—starting 3/22.
  • Plus, one lucky grand-prize winner will receive a total of 10 pairs of shoes and $1,000 in Stitch Fix credit (hello, new head-to-toe wardrobe)!”
  • Find full giveaway details here: http://blog.stitchfix.com/inside-stitchfix/stitchfix-shoes-contest/

Enjoy your Fix!

Becoming a Calm, Cool & Confident Mom Series

7
Mar
2016

FREE 5-Part Video Mini Series: Becoming a Calm, Cool & Confident Mom

It’s been one of those days and you are quickly losing all your patience. Your kids are not cooperating, you’re not sure what’s for dinner, and you’re about to lose your cool.

Sound familiar?

I have had plenty of those days – until I learned a few key concepts that really helped me turn my frustration and guilt into responses that actually could be helpful (rather than more damaging).

Are you ready to learn some concepts that will help your daily journey as a mom?

I am excited to share a 5-part video series – complete with a “Put It into Practice” action guide – to help you truly grasp some new skills.

Over the next five weeks, we will be covering these topics which will help you respond rather than react in your home:

Each Monday for the next five weeks, I will post a 5-minute video with some helpful tips and steps. You will grab your printable action guide and use it to incorporate this new focus during that week.

This format will be easy to use, considerate of your time as a busy mom, and will make a difference in your parenting! Jump-start your journey to intentionally focus on what you can do to become the mom your kids need you to be and you so desperately want to be.

For those who may have went through this material before on my site, I have made all new videos – so you won’t want to miss the update!

Here is more on what you will experience. This video says you have to sign up, but you don’t – all the material will be here on the blog!

So get ready to get back on track starting next week! Please feel free to share with your friends too. They can come back to the blog or subscribe to have my blog posts delivered right to their inbox, making it super easy. I will also be sharing on The Confident Mom Facebook page.

I am excited to share how I struggle in this area daily. I am not the expert, however I have learned a lot in my parenting journey and want to share it with you!

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