Mentoring Moment’s Theme for the New Year

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Happy New Year! Each year Mentoring Moments enters the new year with a theme for our upcoming posts. Last year our theme was Grace-Full Living. We shared articles on grace-full homes, grace-full seasons of life, grace-full mentoring, and grace-full outreach. Highlighting God’s grace in the everyday practicality of life was both enjoyable and challenging. Most years we are praying and pondering right into late fall concerning our theme for the new year. Not so for 2012. Infact, by April 2011 {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 25 years and have four children ranging in age from 9 to 20. 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.

Breathe In, Breathe Out

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During lambing season, my husband Will helped with “pulling” a lamb. At last he freed a near-lifeless lamb and began sticking straw up its nose. The lamb snorted with disgust and irritation but would not breathe on its own. Will then picked it up and swung it in a circle around his body. Afterwards, he pushed the lamb’s chest to see if it would start breathing, but nothing worked. Finally Will opened the lamb’s mouth and breathed into it. Not {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of “Preparing My Heart for Advent,” “Preparing My Heart for Easter,” and “Preparing My Heart for Motherhood.” She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

Are You Relocating?

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”I have set the Lord always before me…” [Psalm 16:8] David was the anointed king yet he roamed around from place to place, like Abraham before him who went out not knowing where he was going or Jacob and Moses who ran for their life into the dessert—destiny awaited them all, through the doorway of ‘relocation’. With all the economic flux that is shaking our nation, people are relocating, forced to leave their homes, communities and places of worship. In {Read More}

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Where Jesus Bought the Church

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“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” 1 Peter 2: 24-25 Every week we learn a new hymn. As I’m teaching it to the children, we read the lines one by one and discuss what they mean. In {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert and her husband David have been married for 21 years. They spent the first several years of marriage serving as missionaries, and now they reside in Georgia. Molly stays busy homeschooling her four boys, ages 7 to 16, and playing with her baby daughter. She is the creator of My Audio School, a website which provides educational audio content for children. Molly is a contributing writer at Visionary Womanhood and she tries to keep up with her two blogs CounterCultural Mom and CounterCultural School. She also enjoys teaching online and at women's conferences.

St. Patty and the Snakes

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St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday celebrated by lovers of the “old country.” I observe it in deference to a great-grandfather who was a policeman in Dublin before immigrating to America and his daughter, my paternal grandmother, who used to rock me while she sang “Irish Lullaby” in a lilting brogue. Most people think only of wearing green clothing on St. Patrick’s Day. (In my school days you either wore green or got pinched black and blue.) But the {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss, a book to help those going through the emotional and spiritual upheaval of job loss or underemployment. Her other Christian books are: A Secret Hope (novel), Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times, all available on amazon.com. She has been an editor for several Christian publishing houses and enjoys teaching the Bible.

Shamrock Potato Prints

photo courtesy of Janna Widdifield

St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without some shamrocks (or potatoes for that matter). Supplies: potato small heart cookie cutter knife green paint paper for stamping Cut about 1/4 off the length of the potato. Then insert the heart cookie cutter as deep as it will go. Use your knife to cut cleanly around the heart shape. Dip your stamp in some green paint and you are in the shamrock business! Three hearts make a shamrock. Add a stem using {Read More}

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Do You Want to Hold Me?

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How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 36:7 NIV) Read: Psalm 36:5-10 When my husband and I were grand-sitting our two grandchildren, my husband played pretend games with two-and-a-half-year-old Clara. Meanwhile, I tried to keep two-month-old Owen happy by holding him and rocking him. When their mom returned a few hours later, I handed Owen to her. Clara immediately looked up at me and asked, “Do {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 46 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

Sweet Potatoes!

photo by Kellie Renfroe

Sweet potatoes are a wonderful vegetable to include in menu planning for the delicious taste and low cost. My family adores fried sweet potatoes –and they are the simplest thing in the world to make. Slice thin for sweet potato chips. Or cut into strips for traditional fries. Cook either in a deep fryer (takes just a few minutes) or in the oven (30 minutes). If oven baking, toss potatoes in a bit of olive oil. Once cooked, toss in {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 25 years and have four children ranging in age from 9 to 20. 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.

When His Footprints Are Not Seen

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The television news crew was broadcasting breaking “live at ten” news on a dark street with red lights flashing in the background. A compact car had been demolished. Broadsided by a drunk driver who ran a red light while traveling at high speed, all three passengers in the small car were dead. The names of those killed had not yet been released, the reporter said. I prayed for the unknown families that were being notified of their loss. How quickly {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss, a book to help those going through the emotional and spiritual upheaval of job loss or underemployment. Her other Christian books are: A Secret Hope (novel), Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times, all available on amazon.com. She has been an editor for several Christian publishing houses and enjoys teaching the Bible.

Leaving with Integrity

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  All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves. -Amelia Barr The year was 1996.  We were in transition from the state of California to the state of Texas because of a job that had ended.  I’ll never forget crossing the state line between California into Arizona and looking in the rear-view mirror.  Tears ran down my face as I saw the last California palm tree I would see {Read More}

About Beba Schlottmann

Beba Schlottmann is an exuberant worshiper whose passion comes from a deeply-rooted relationship with Jesus Christ and a love for diverse styles of music and cultures. Moving to the states at age 12 from Puerto Rico, Beba graduated from West Coast Christian College in Fresno, CA. She is the president of Women on the Move, a ministry of the Lawrenceville Church of God. Beba also serves as a worship leader, teacher, interpreter and as a mentor. Beba's involvement in mission work has taken her to Europe, Central America and the Caribbean where she has served as a speaker, teacher, worship leader and interpreter. Beba's pride and joy are the men in her life, her husband Brian and their two boys, Matthew and Julian. She enjoys traveling, writing, reading, singing, and hosting international friends. Her not-so-secret indulgences include coffee and any flavor of Milka chocolate. You can visit her blog or Facebook profile to find out more about Beba.