4 Free Things to Do this Week

Who says summertime fun has to be expensive? Here are 4 free things to do this week with your family and friends. If any of these events are not available in your area, do a Google search and see what is close by. An insider tip: ask your homeschool mom friends. Let me tell you, we homeschool moms usually have the 411 on free and low-cost activities and field trips. For many of us we homeschool year-round and we’re always on the {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Mother’s Day Delayed

* Affiliate links included. “Hey, Kelly! Would you like some clothes? My mother-in-law buys me so many things; I’ll never wear them all.” “Sure! Thanks so much, Karen.” “Ok. Follow me home from work tomorrow and I’ll load you up.” It was the mid-1980s. I’d worked with Karen for six months as a temporary secretary while her employer divested the department she had assisted for five years. They would reposition her within the company once the final details were in {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Freedom to Thrive

*Affiliate links included. Can I just say that most days I feel as if I’m holding on by a thread? I’ve told my husband often that I feel I can hardly keep my head above water. I have a running to-do list that never seems to get anything checked off but has more additions each passing day. I think my floor was last mopped five months ago by my mother-in-law while I was on best rest. I have to open {Read More}

About Lacey Hughes

Lacey is a first generation pastor’s wife with a desire to share the joy of the Lord with those around her. She is the wife to Les Hughes III, senior pastor at Providence Baptist Church in Jayess, Mississippi. They have a two year old daughter and a son they welcomed December 2014. Lacey is a stay at home mom who loves building community with the people around her and encouraging women of all ages to seek a deeper relationship with the Lord.

Dip Your Words in Honey

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God. Our family memory verse this week was John 1:1. In an effort to help my son commit this to memory we discussed how important words are. I asked him to imagine a world without words. Can you imagine it? No talking, no writing, no emails, no texting, no news. How would we communicate? How would we function? We played a game together {Read More}

About Hope Wingate

My name is Hope Wingate. I live in Hoschton, GA with my brilliant husband, Jonathan and two incredible children: Aaron who is 7 and Adaira who is 4. I am a very enthusiastic stay-at-home mom and homeschooler. My heart beats for encouraging young mothers and I enjoy lead teaching classes for my local homeschool co-op. In my spare time I enjoy: sewing, rubber stamping, reading and watching BBC shows on Netflix.

Mother Always Said

Do you ever hear an expression that reminds you of something your mother often said? Do you find yourself using the same expressions (even the ones you swore you wouldn’t) to your own children? A mother’s words, whether because of wisdom or mere repetition, can become set in concrete in our minds. Mothers have an adage for every occasion. Meeting strangers: “Don’t talk to them or take anything from them.” (Although wise counsel for children, I still have trouble meeting {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is The Jesus Moses Knew: How to See Christ in the Old Testament. In an easy-to-understand way, it takes the reader through much of the Old Testament looking at appearances and types of Christ. Her other books are: A Secret Hope (novel); Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss; Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times. All are available in print and e-book on amazon.com. Vicki is a national award-winning author who has taught the Bible for many years. She was an editor for several Christian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson and David C. Cook Ministries.

Avoiding the Car Line to Hell

There are a few sermon titles that have stuck in my mind like glue. Dr. Mark Rutland’s sermon, “The Appropriateness of Appropriateness” is one. Mark Hermann’s Avoiding the Car Line to Hell is another. Some may not think Pastor Hermann’s title appropriate in polite circles, but it most certainly is — and it’s a message every parent and grandparent needs to take the time to consider. The sermon premise is this: are we as parents / grandparents driving our children closer to {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Senior Moments

“Senior moments” have taken on new meaning. I watch her with one foot in high school and one foot in college, balancing college application essays, SAT tests, auditions, and scholarship applications. Never mind that she has five AP courses and is trying to figure out what she really wants to be when she grows up. (Which is looking like about right now). Is it any wonder she’s had a few meltdowns? From them, we’ve both learned two life lessons that {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

What Real Friendship Says

My friend, Kimber, shared with me a talk she had with her almost teenage daughters. It was honest and insightful. Even as adults we need reminding what real, true friendships look like.  I know Kimber’s daughters were encouraged and I know you will be as much as I have been. “I have had a heart to heart talk with two of my kids this week about real, raw friendship. The sustainable kind of friendship that lasts far beyond a season of {Read More}

About Page Hughes

Page Hughes is a Jesus loving party girl who is always ready to have fun! She has been married to Dr. Les Hughes for over 30 years and they reside in Alabaster, Alabama. Les and Page have been blessed with 4 amazing children and 4 fabulous grand children who are the source of many great illustrations. Page loves people well through ministering to their hurts, cooking delicious meals, and partying with the purpose of leading others to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Page’s goal in life is to go to heaven when she dies and take as many people as she can with her.

Forgiving a Parent

* Affiliate links included. “Everyone thinks forgiving is a wonderful idea until they have something to forgive.” C. S. Lewis Sometimes I have a flood of memories connected with my Irish heritage, such as my grandmother singing lullabies with a lilting Irish accent copied from her parents who emigrated from Dublin. A song I asked for over and over, with its accompanying almost-drop-the-baby gestures, was fun but not particularly soothing: “I went to the animal fair. The birds and bees {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is The Jesus Moses Knew: How to See Christ in the Old Testament. In an easy-to-understand way, it takes the reader through much of the Old Testament looking at appearances and types of Christ. Her other books are: A Secret Hope (novel); Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss; Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times. All are available in print and e-book on amazon.com. Vicki is a national award-winning author who has taught the Bible for many years. She was an editor for several Christian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson and David C. Cook Ministries.

4 Scriptures I’m Praying Over My Kids

Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift up your hands toward Him for the life of your young children. ~ Lamentations 2:19 As I began a new journal, I set aside a page to write Scriptures to pray specifically over my children in 2015. It is important as their mother to be intentionally focused in my prayers and continually listening for the Lord’s leading and direction. Over the years I’ve come to recognize the Lord’s still small voice {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.