Holiday Kitchen
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high-angle shot of a wooden table sprinkled with icing sugar where you can read the text merry christmas, and some pieces of fruitcake

During the Holidays, some of our favorite memories are formed in the kitchen as we gather together, baking, chatting and of course eating.  There are certain goodies I prepare every year as a way of tradition.  I’ll share one of my favorites and also a short message that goes along with it.  It’s called Birds Nest and one of the things I like about this recipe is that it is easy and creates very little mess.  All you need is:

One bag chocolate or butterscotch chips

One bag Chinese noodles

One jar shelled peanuts

Wax Paper


Melt the chips in the microwave.  I usually microwave it for one minute on high, then stir and microwave for another minute, closely watching until all chips are melted.  Mix in Chinese noodles and peanuts.  Next, I use an ice cream scoop to scoop out clumps of the mix and plop them on a sheet of wax paper. Let the clumps harden once again at room temp, and you have a delightful easy treat for the holiday.


As you make this simple recipe together with your kids, talk about how Jesus taught about God’s care for His people in the Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”  (Matthew 6:26-27)


Just as God provides for the birds, so He provides for us. We are not to worry. Let the Bird’s Nest treats serve as a reminder of God’s love and care for His people.  At Christmas we celebrate the fact that God loved us so much, He sent His Son to provide a way for us to be forgiven of our sins.  God is our provider.


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Ten Terrific Ways to Encourage a Grateful Heart
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If you’ve ever had the unpleasant experience of being around an entitled, discontent or ungrateful child (or adult for that matter), then you know the value of a thankful heart. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to inspire and encourage our family members to live a life of gratitude.


In a practical sense, how does a parent teach thankfulness? One of the most powerful ways we teach our kids is through our own example. Our children learn best when they see gratitude in action and hear it from our own lips. So let’s begin with ourselves and ask God to help us to choose gratitude over complaining every day.


Here are 10 ideas to spark and inspire a grateful heart for both you and your kids. These are simply suggestions, not another burdensome list. Live gratefully, and allow simple acts of thankfulness to permeate your every day life.


  1. Write down 5 things you are thankful for every morning.
  2. Send a thank you note, text or email to a friend or family member, telling them what you appreciate about them.
  3. Forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against and thank the Lord for His forgiveness of your sins through Jesus.
  4. Give a thank you gift to a waiter or staff person you see on a regular basis.
  5. Thank a member of the armed forces with a card or gift.
  6. Make a list of the things you can be thankful for in a challenge you are currently facing.
  7. Call your spouse during the day, just to say thank you.
  8. Create a space somewhere in the kitchen for everyone to write what they are grateful for.
  9. Play and sing praise and worship music throughout your day.
  10. Pray together as a family at night, thanking the Lord for His blessings.


Finally, here are a few verses you may want to post around your house or memorize together as a family:


 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16-18


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17


Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.  Psalm 106:1


I hope you have a wonderful and joy-filled thanksgiving!

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As mothers, we all know how hard it is to achieve vibrant health while we’re busy balancing relationships, kids, taking care of a home, feeding hungry mouths and work!
As you strive to “do it all” we often loose track of taking care of ourselves. A million excuses can come as to why we don’t have time for ourselves. My friend Hannah Hepworth has invited me to speak at her event called the The Healthy Mom Summit: Simple, Powerful, Holistic Ways to Take Care of Yourself No Matter How Busy You Are. I’m incredibly excited because, along with that invitation, I was offered the chance to extend to you the opportunity to listen in.
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My education prepared me for practical things in life, such as how to find the square root of 256 or write an eight-page report on Rio de Janeiro.  But I don’t remember any classes preparing me for the challenges I would face in the biggest job of all:  parenting.  In her book Just Wait Until You Have Children of Your Own, Erma Bombeck shares her perspective on “parental education”:


“Why don’t you grow up?” If I said it to them once, I said it a million times.  Is it my imagination or have I spent a lifetime shutting refrigerator doors, emptying nose tissue from pants pockets before washing, writing checks for milk, picking up wet towels, and finding library books in the clothes hamper?

Mr. Matterling said, “Parenting is loving.” (What did he know?  He was my old Child Psychology teacher who didn’t have any children.  He only had twenty-two guppies and two catfish to clean the bowl.)  How I wish that for one day I could teach Mr. Matterling’s class.  How I would like to tell him it’s more than loving.  More than cleaning gravel.  More than eating the ones you don’t like.

Parenting is frustration that you have to see to believe.  Would I ever have imagined there would be whole days when I didn’t have time to comb my hair?  Mornings after a slumber party when I looked like Margaret Mead with a migraine?  Could I have ever comprehended that something so simple, so beautiful, and so uncomplicated as a child could drive you to shout, “We are a family and you’re part of this family and . . . you’re going to spend a Friday night with us having a good time if we have to chain you to the bed!”


Yes, parenting encompasses much more than love.  It also holds in its arms fear, anger, joy, disappointment, sorrow, and splendor.  There is no easy way to describe our job as mothers, much less prepare.  But one thing we know beyond a shadow of a doubt – while parenting is more than love – love is absolutely essential. As moms, we all want to raise our kids in a loving manner. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that motherhood is the toughest job we ever loved. In the midst of the challenges and stretching beyond what we think we can do, ultimately we go back to the fact that children are a gift from God, and we are blessed to be their mom.

There is no one else that can do what we can do or be who we can be for our kids. God has entrusted us with little lives to pour our hearts into and raise to be loving, emotionally healthy adults. Let us take on the challenge of motherhood with strength and dignity, joyfulness and laughter. Let us love well!


Children are a gift from the Lord;

they are a reward from him.

Psalm 127:3  NLT


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