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You want to read the Bible with your spouse. But life is so darn busy! How in the world can it happen? These 7 tips (and 10 amazing devotional resources!) will make all the difference. Couples devotions aren't just for married couples without kids!

Yes, Busy Couples CAN Have Time for Bible Study (Our 7 Tips)

For years, my husband and I wanted to regularly read the Bible together.

But we had no idea where to start.

The biggest issue was time.

We’d maybe read the Bible together and there, but if we got off our planned routine, then suddenly all that guilt set in.

After a while I think we just gave up trying, believing that a regular devotional time together was a “someday” item: you know, someday when the kids were gone and we “weren’t so busy.”

Is it possible for every couple to have this regular time of spiritual intimacy—even those wading through the exhilarating-but-exhausting parenting and career-building years?

YES.

I want to share how, yes, you can make couples devotions a regular part of your marriage.

There’s a few essential tips (plus some great marriage devotions!) that will make all the difference!

You want to read the Bible with your spouse. But life is so darn busy! How in the world can it happen? These 7 tips (and 10 amazing devotional resources!) will make all the difference. Couples devotions aren't just for married couples without kids!

Our couple Bible time together became habitual (and powerful) when we finally said—with humble, teachable hearts—“Jesus, we know you want us to be spending time with you together on a daily basis. Show us how to do this within our crazy life.”

This meant that we didn’t commit ourselves to following a strict regimen.

Or to never missing a day. Or to doing it only at a specific time of day.

We’ve kept it open and yet still kept it a priority, continually asking God for wisdom on how to make each day work.

Instead of locking ourselves into a schedule–and tacking on all that guilt when the schedule would fail–we simply kept it a priority and sought creative ways to make it happen within that season.

In fact, we take advantage of seasonal times like Easter to seek spiritual renewal for our marriage.

Right now we’re going through the “We Choose Rebirth” Marriage study and devotional inside the Christ-Centered Easter Marriage Resources.

In only minutes a day, this simple-yet-powerful study allows us to connect deeply with each other and God. The “Just Between Us” questions gently allow us to take a quick “check-up” of the big areas of our marriage and encourage closeness and communication.

Again, it’s only a 12-day study, so it’s totally do-able!

I also love that the Christ-Centered Easter Marriage Resources includes a 12-day prayer challenge. We all know that prayer is important, but this is a great way to start a new habit of prayer for each other.

We’re also looking forward to our post-study date night (the Christ-Centered Marriage Resources includes date night questions)!

We’re loving it! I would highly recommend it for any marriage in any season. Check it out here.

 

 

 

But there’s so much more I want to share!

Check out these 7 tips for making daily devotions a habit…

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How can you teach your kids how to not just READ the Bible during personal Bible study time but to UNDERSTAND IT? Here's an easy, 5-step process that my kids and I use to glean deep spiritual truths. Includes a FREE BOOKMARK PRINTABLE CRAFT!

Simple 5 Step Method for Kids Bible Study (+ Free Bookmark Printable)

Reading the Bible changes my imperfect heart. Time and time again, the pages of scripture bring me peace and purpose, slowly transforming me into the woman I really want to be.

And if you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’ve also experienced the power of God’s Word too, right?

Oh, how we want to share that life-changing power with our kids!

We want them to learn how to study the Bible from a young age so that they can develop an unshakeable, intimate relationship with God that carries them through all kinds of life’s circumstances.

However, I’ve learned that children (like all of us!) need a bible study method–a systematic way to not only read scripture but to allow God’s word to change a heart.

How can you teach your kids how to not just READ the Bible during personal Bible study time but to UNDERSTAND IT? Here's an easy, 5-step process that my kids and I use to glean deep spiritual truths. Includes a FREE BOOKMARK PRINTABLE CRAFT!

We need a Bible study method that is:

  • easy to understand
  • easy to memorize
  • transferrable to any Bible verse

and most of all…

  • effectively allows us to deeply understand and apply a Bible verse to our current life situations

Friends, I’ve developed a Bible study method that does all of those things… and more!

In fact, the kids and I rarely do “official” Bible studies anymore and just use this method to discover the riches found in scripture!

An added bonus–the study method consists of 5 words that start with the same letter, so it’s really easy for the youngest of kids to memorize!

And can I just add that this inductive study method isn’t just for kids?!

In fact, it’s the standard Bible study method that my husband and I use in our own personal Bible times, and it’s what I use when mentoring and teaching other women!

I’ve even created a free printable bookmark craft (that kids love to make!) with this method’s steps in order to make memorization fast and simple.

Simply click here to get the free bookmark and craft instructions!

But wait… first, let’s share more about what this “5 Letter Method” is.

How does it work? I’m going to give you step-by-step instructions and even give you an example.

You’ll want to use this Bible study method during family devotion time, personal Bible time or even to help friends and family understand and apply scripture in powerful ways!

I can’t wait to share it with you!

Ready? Click “next” and I’ll introduce you to this amazingly simple (and yet powerful!) bible study method!

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Ever felt trapped and guilty by a bad choice you’ve made? You need to talk to someone about it, but who? Can God help, and if so, how can you bring your feelings of shame before Him? What does that actually look like? Get real help and answers from someone who’s been there (and wants to show you real hope).

How to Find Hope When You Feel Ashamed

She found herself caught in the act. Guilty. No excuse, no way out of it.

They grabbed her hands and dragged before everyone in the town, putting her and her terrible, awful choice on display. “Look at what this woman has done!” the voices shouted. “Can you believe that she did such a despicable thing?”

Her shoulders slumped lower in shame and she fell to her knees in weakness. The shocked and disgusted stares of those around her–soul-piercing, condemning looks–were even more oppressive than the scorching heat of the mid-morning sun. Her soul felt wretched, empty and utterly lost.

Maybe you’ve never been caught in adultery like this woman was (you can read more about her story in John 8:1-11).

But I’m guessing you’ve felt the same depth of shame and self-loathing for a choice you’ve made. You’ve felt the weight of disappointment that comes from a wrong choice. 

You’ve heard the screaming voices in your head declare that you are awful and wretched and beyond hope.

Ever felt trapped and guilty by a bad choice you’ve made? You need to talk to someone about it, but who? Can God help, and if so, how can you bring your feelings of shame before Him? What does that actually look like? Get real help and answers from someone who’s been there (and wants to show you real hope).

 

You’ve felt paralyzed and trapped. Maybe you’ve heard that God would understand and you should reach out to him about it, but those voices quickly say, “That’s true for every situation but this one. This really is too much. It’s too despicable.”

So you close off part of your heart. You bolt down the door to that area and keep pressing on. No one needs to know about it, right? No one will find out. 

Besides, the phone is ringing and your kids are fighting in the other room and you tell yourself life must go on.

But as the days wear on, the torment continues. It’s not awful at first, but it’s enough that you take notice.

And when you make other bad choices in your life (whether a repeat of this one or something else), you notice that the oppressive heaviness intensifies. And oh how you hate the weight of it on your heart.

You need to talk to someone about it, but who? Can God help, and if so, how can you bring your feelings of shame before Him? What does that actually look like?

These are real issues that we all face everyday! We all make huge mistakes and must face the consequences of our actions.

And yet, the great news is that, yes, just like the story of the woman above, there is a way out.

When others (or even your own heart) won’t offer anything but reproach and vehemence, there’s a hand reaching out that’s ready to offer something perhaps you thought never possible: Hope.

Friend, that’s what I want to walk you through today. I too have felt the heaviness of my own shame and I want to share with you the hope that’s possible to you and everyone else, no matter what you’ve done.

The first step to processing our shame in a healthy way is to make a critical distinction: Are we dealing with conviction or condemnation?

Is It Conviction or Condemnation?

What is Conviction?

Conviction is God’s prompting in our heart to make a decision that brings us in closer fellowship to Him. God allows us to feel conviction so that we can live the humble, righteous lives he calls us to.

Conviction is an important part of the Christian life! We can’t have God’s grace without his gentle spirit of guidance. We could not grow spiritually without his promptings to live differently or to confess wrongful actions to Him.

Since conviction comes from God and God is the definition of perfect love (1 Cor 131 John 4:18) we can know that all conviction will be done from God’s pure heart of love (even if His truth stings sometimes).

In short, conviction is a good thing, and we must continually tune our heart to the Holy Spirit so that we can be quick to respond to any conviction He gives.

What is Condemnation?

Condemnation, on the other hand, is a negative, destructive thought pattern that seeks to destroy and undermine our self-confidence.

Condemnation doesn’t give healthy, biblical answers to a situation. Instead it fills a heart with with phrases like “You’ll never break this pattern,” “You’re worthless,” and “You’re a horrible person.”

There is no guidance toward God. Instead, condemnation is a prison—a breaking down of the spirit—and often leads to additional sin.

Jesus describes two distinct patterns of guidance in the parable of the sheep and the wolves. He says in John 10:10 (TK—LINK): “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

And that’s the best way to think of it: Condemnation brings destruction and disorder; while conviction brings healing and peace.

4 Steps to Take When You’re Filled with Shame

How can we tell if what we’re facing is true conviction from God or condemnation from the enemy (or from our own selves)?

And ultimately, how can we remove the heaviness and guilt inside that results from our bad choices?

Here are four simple steps to take.

Step 1: Ask God to help you clarify where the shame is coming from.

We serve a good, good God who wants to help us untangle our often confusing emotions.

Go to quiet place and take a few minutes to talk to God about all of it—your anger, your sadness, your guilt—through prayer and examination of various Bible passages. I’ve found that a concordance and a journal are a huge help here.

Don’t rush this process. Just read, share your heart with Him and listen. It’s OK if you need to spend several times alone with Him before you get clear answers about what’s going on.

Remember that God is on our side (always!) and wants to help you sort through all you’re feeling. He wants to give you the healing you’re seeking. Expect his help and his answer.

Step 2: Separate the conviction from the condemnation.

During these moments, God may show you that your feelings are a complicated mix of both conviction and condemnation (this is often true for me, especially if I’ve allowed the emotions to fester for a while).

That’s fine and that’s normal. Be gentle with yourself as you separate out conviction from condemnation. Sometimes I even make a list of convictions and condemnations so that I can really see on paper what’s going on.

Step 3: Learn from the conviction and restate the condemnation.

What healthy things is God trying to share with you (conviction)? How is God trying to direct you back on the good path? Ask for forgiveness and for His help in living out those truths.

Conversely, which emotions are flat out lies meant to destroy (condemnation)? Reword the negative, destructive thoughts into His life-affirming truths.

For example, recently I’d said some pretty awful things to my husband while we were in the middle of an intense “discussion” (read: an argument). God convicted me that I’d used my words to destroy instead of build up (Proverbs 12:18) (and yes, I needed to heed that warning and ask both God and my husband for forgiveness).

But I also heard terribly condemning thoughts like, “What an awful wife you are,” and “Your husband is going to leave you because you’re not good enough for him”. Those were not of God and I needed to call them out as lies.

Instead I restated them as these truths: “God uses my imperfections to demonstrate to others that He lives in me,” (2 Corinthians 4:7-12) and “As a daughter of God, I am no longer identified by my mistakes but I am completely redeemed and always ‘good enough’” (John 8:1-11).

Note: These aren’t “feel good” expressions but instead an affirmation of God’s truth supported by scripture. They are the thought patterns we need to cling to when condemnation strikes!

Step 4: Let it go, and walk on.

Once God has revealed any conviction (and you’ve asked for forgiveness and help to live differently), and He’s shown you how to rework the condemnation into truth, you can walk in forgiveness and freedom!

Those thoughts of guilt and shame don’t have to plague you further! God’s word says that when He sets us free, we are free indeed (Gal 5:1Isaiah 42:6-7Hosea 14:4John 8:32-36)!

Just like that woman caught in adultery who saw no where to turn and no way out, God is there reaching out, ready to listen and to offer you guidance to the healing you need.

He’s a good father that corrects his children in love, and who also shows them how to walk in that new path (and promises to be with them every step of the way).

I pray that you can prayerfully follow these steps so that you can move forward, walking confident and free in God’s grace!

His hand is reaching out to you today, ready to give you hope and to heal you from your shame. Will you take it?

I pray that you can prayerfully consider what we talked about in this post so that you can move forward, walking confident and free in God’s grace!

About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com.Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Should wives tell their husbands EVERYTHING? I started asking 4 questions to determine what to share with my husband... We had way less fighting after this...

Marriage Issues: When to Keep Silent and When to Share with Your Spouse

Marriage is about being fully honest and upfront with each other, right? When we say “I do” we promise to be faithful and to share everything.

And yet, after almost sixteen years of marriage, I’m convinced more than ever of this: There are some things we should not share with our spouse.

Should wives tell their husbands EVERYTHING? I started asking 4 questions to determine what to share with my husband... We had way less fighting after this...

Yes, you read that right. Some things do not need to be shared. At all.

Instead I’ve learned that God only wants me to share those things with my husband that intend to build up our marriage.

I know, I know… I hear your questions:

  • What if I’m hurting and he needs to know about it?
  • What if I see red flags in our marriage that we need to deal with?
  • How can we still have an open and honest marriage if we don’t share everything?

Now, before you throw the tomatoes, hear me out.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t share about troubling issues. I’m not suggesting that you allow things to build up or to fester between you and your spouse. 

Instead, I’m suggesting we ask four important questions before the words come flying out: if we should share; why we should share; when we should share; and how we should share. 

In short, I’m suggesting that we have a filter in place that ensures we share in a respectful, appropriate way that honors the relationship.

We seem to have this filter in place for our closest friendships and even in how we speak to our own children. We think twice about what should be shared before we share it.

And yet, so often, we wives seem to think we have carte blanche when it comes to sharing every last detail with our husbands. We want them to know how we feel, and we want them to know it now. But really, is this wise?

I didn’t have this filter in the early years of our marriage. And my careless words (spoken simply because I felt my husband needed to know everything on my mind) damaged our relationship instead of causing the closeness I was hoping for.

I’ve seen it happen in too many of my friends’ marriages too. I’ve seen the damage done and heard the regret.

You see, in many cases these “too honest” conversations don’t solve the issue but instead add unnecessary pain that has to be dealt with later. We think we’re making things better by spilling every emotion on our heart, but truly, we’re not.

Instead, what if we developed a common-sense, godly filter that helps us determine if, why, when and how we should share with our spouses? Having a filter like this has saved my marriage from much pain and trouble, and that’s what I want to help you develop in this post. 

Again, let’s be perfectly clear: I’m not saying that we shouldn’t feel free to speak our minds in marriage. And please hear that I’m not saying we should ever hide huge issues in our heart, especially if they are emotional seeds that could bloom into huge weeds that could potentially cause division or even divorce. 

Instead, I’m just encouraging all of us to share cautiously, prayerfully and with God’s wisdom guiding us as to what to say and when to say it.

When I’m faced with a tough issue in my marriage, I let these four key questions guide my response.

Should You Share About This With Your Spouse? 4 Critical Questions to Ask

#1: The “If” Question: “Have I prayed about this? If so, is God telling me it’s time to share?”

I am a fiery, passionate person who can go from tears of joy to tears of anger in a matter of a few minutes. That’s why I had to learn early on in my marriage not to blindly trust my emotions. Instead, in the heat of the moment, I take a few minutes to pour my heart out to God and then I listen to what He wants me to do next.

At first, it was really hard to know (and to trust) God’s response. It’s taken time (and trial and error), but I’ve learned to hear His voice over the roar of my emotions.

However, during those times when I’m not sure what God is saying, I err on the side of waiting to share with my husband.

Honestly, waiting is always more frustrating because we want our spouse to know what we’re feeling right now, regardless! But I’ve quickly learned the immense power of letting God help me work through the heart of the feelings so that the emotions are tempered, controlled and channeled into productive helpful words. Conversations with my spouse always, always go better when I’ve taken this simple step.

Waiting has also helped me determine the root of the issue (which leads us into the second question).

#2: The “Why” Question: “Why would I share this with my husband? What’s my purpose in sharing?”

This is a critical question! After praying through my emotions, there are many times I discover that what I’m feeling really is my issue (and needs to be worked out between God and me). Gulp, right?

Keep in mind that even if you realize it’s a issue you need to work out on your own you can still speak to your spouse about it. However, that issue would be shared in a different way: It would be from a “I’m-dealing-with-this-and-I’d-love-your-encouragement” way instead of “This-is-your-fault-and-you-need-to-fix-it” mentality. The first option invites your spouse to support you, while the second option points fingers and casts blame.

For example, my husband is extremely introverted and cautious with his emotions, and I used to get angry at him (quite often) that he wouldn’t share or talk more. My husband has definitely opened up and become much more social in the 16 years we’ve been married, but there are times where I still have to tell myself, “Stop expecting (a specific behavior) from him because that’s not who God naturally made him to be.” I can’t tell you how many times my unrealistic expectations about my husband have stolen my joy.

Of course I’ve shared about this issue with him, but do I share with him every single time it bothers me? No. Instead, I bring those emotions to God and ask for His help in sorting them out. I remind myself that my way of responding to a specific situation isn’t necessarily better. So I ask God to help me love and accept my husband just as he is right now. Read more about this ongoing struggle for me here.

The next question also helps determine the best timing on sharing about tough issues.

#3: The “When” Question: “When is the best time to share this information?”

We all have ongoing issues with our spouse where little is solved by talking about it over and over.

That’s why sometimes the best solution is to pray fervently behind the scenes for change (for both of us) and then wait for God to work.

I don’t say this from a hopeless, “the situation-will-never-change-so-why-bring-it-up” mentality, but instead as an acceptance that, at this point, this is the reality of the situation and talking about it probably won’t change much. I share more here about how to handle the incredibly intense feelings of anger, disappointment, and frustration we feel with ongoing marriage issues.

But again, should we never bring up these ongoing issues? Are we doomed to just suffer in silence and allow bitterness to take root?

No. I do believe God wants us to heartily work through our ongoing issues. However, we need to first sort out the root cause, and the “when to share” needs to be guided by God’s direction.

How can you do your part to effectively share with your spouse about tough issues? The last question can help determine a plan.

#4: The “How” Question: “How can I share my concerns in a way that is helpful and uplifting to my spouse?”

No one likes to be confronted on tough issues. But there are ways to share that can establish a healthy open dialogue for both sides.

First and foremost, as they say in boxing, “Keep it clean.” Remember these 10 ground rules for fighting fair in marriage.

This isn’t the time for re-hashing old issues that have been settled, or for all fingers to point your spouse as the sole person responsible for the problem. Instead, approach the issue as “Here’s what I’m seeing and here’s my part in it. I want you to know that I am feeling hurt, and I wonder how you feel about it too.”

Sometimes you need help in knowing how to start the conversation, especially when it’s a difficult one. I’ve compiled a list of 17 marriage conversation starters that you can download here).

Proverbs 14:1, Proverbs 17:27, Ephesians 4:29 and Colossians 3:13 also provide incredible wisdom and practical insight.

 

Friend, the next time you’re facing a big issue in your marriage, I pray you’ll take the time to walk through these four simple questions so that you too can deal with the problem in an effective, Christ-honoring way.

Let’s share our hearts with our husbands, but only share in a way that promotes healing and martial closeness.

Other Posts on Marriage:

17 Conversation Starters for Everyday Marriage Issues (Plus Free Cheat Sheet)

10 Ground Rules for Fighting Fair in Marriage

Real Help for Ongoing Marriage Issues That Drive You Crazy

Are Unrealistic Expectations Ruining Your Marriage?

Is Your Marriage Headed for Trouble? 5 Signs to Look For

About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com.Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Strawberry Chicken Salad with Cashew, Basil and Lime

Is there anything better than beautiful, juicy strawberries?

The ruby-red kind that are so sweet they almost taste like candy?

Can’t you just taste them now?! Mmmmmm! 

Here's the perfect summer salad recipe: Strawberry Chicken Salad with cashews, lime and basil! Such a perfect combination of savory and sweet... and of course that incredible strawberry flavor! The pictures alone in this post will make your mouth water! Your family will love it!

Our family just can’t get enough of these incredible berries, especially this time of year. We’re usually coming up with all kinds of excuses to eat them (at every meal if we could)!

And, today, I’m sharing with you one of my family’s very favorite strawberry recipes: Strawberry Chicken Salad with Cashew, Basil and Lime!

I could eat this dish every day for lunch or as a light dinner!

Here's the perfect summer salad recipe: Strawberry Chicken Salad with cashews, lime and basil! Such a perfect combination of savory and sweet... and of course that incredible strawberry flavor! The pictures alone in this post will make your mouth water! Your family will love it!

This is one of those versatile dishes that can be a quick lunch, last-minute dinner or even a wonderful dish for a summer party.

Thanks to the diced chicken, it’s packed with protein; and the cashews provide a wonderful crunch and an added boost of healthy fats.

Here's the perfect summer salad recipe: Strawberry Chicken Salad with cashews, lime and basil! Such a perfect combination of savory and sweet... and of course that incredible strawberry flavor! The pictures alone in this post will make your mouth water! Your family will love it!

I love how the chicken and strawberry flavors combine to create a delicious savory-but-sweet flavor!

And let’s not even get started on the wonderful combination of lime and basil! YUM!

OK, OK… I’m sure your mouth is watering (mine is)! Let’s talk about how to make this amazing recipe!

Click next for the details!

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Looking for a healthy salad that's easy to make and is bursting with the amazing flavors of barbecue (and specifically the awesomeness of Tri Tip)? Oh man, have I got a salad for you (especially if you have meat lovers in your family)! You've got to try this tasty BBQ Tri Tip Salad with Lime Dill Dressing!

BBQ Tri Tip Salad with Lime Dill Dressing

Looking for a healthy salad that’s easy to make and is bursting with the amazing flavors of barbecue (and specifically the awesomeness of Tri Tip)?

Oh man, have I got a salad for you (especially if you have meat lovers in your family)!

You’ve got to try this tasty BBQ Tri Tip Salad with Lime Dill Dressing!

Looking for a healthy salad that's easy to make and is bursting with the amazing flavors of barbecue (and specifically the awesomeness of Tri Tip)? Oh man, have I got a salad for you (especially if you have meat lovers in your family)! You've got to try this tasty BBQ Tri Tip Salad with Lime Dill Dressing!

I created this recipe last summer on a whim when my sister-in-law and her family were visiting. There were 17 of us at the house, and I knew that all the guys were huge meat lovers.

I needed a meal to satisfy these meat loving dudes (that was still healthy and would feed a lot of people).

And in my neck of the woods, summertime barbecued meat equals Tri Tip.

So while I threw together some greens, chopped an assortment of fresh vegetables, and quickly whirred together a tasty Lime Dill Dressing in my trusty Vita Mix, my hubby worked the grill (and the lovely smells of BBQ Tri Tip began wafting through the yard).

Everyone commented on how much they liked the salad that night.

But I knew I had an amazing recipe when–a year later!– the kids from same family insisted that I make the recipe again during this year’s summertime visit.

The Tri Tip was amazing, yes, they agreed. But it was the dressing’s creamy, cool contrast and refreshing zing of lime and dill that made the salad so memorable.

And now, I want to let you in on the great secrets of the BBQ Tri Tip Salad (and of course, the amazing Lime Dill Dressing)!

It’s sure to be a hit for your family this summer–whether you’re entertaining guests, traveling to a summer picnic or even having a weeknight dinner at home.

Click “GET THE RECIPE” to get this barbecue summer salad recipe that your family will love too!

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Kids audio dramas are such a FANTASTIC way to teach and entertain kids, either when you’re driving across town or driving cross country! Here’s a list of some of the best kids audio dramas—a total of 52 amazing stories! Don’t miss this incredible list! You’ll come back to this over and over! And P.S., audio dramas make great Christmas and birthday gifts for kids!

47 Best Kids Audio Books and Kids Audio Dramas

Our family has a confession: we love kids audio books. When other moms see our (overflowing) collection, we’re often asked, “Which are the best kids audio dramas?” 

And that’s why I wrote this post. I finally decided to write down all those awesome titles in one place!

Kids audio dramas are such a FANTASTIC way to teach and entertain kids, either when you’re driving across town or driving cross country! Here’s a list of some of the best kids audio dramas—a total of 52 amazing stories! Don’t miss this incredible list! You’ll come back to this over and over! And P.S., audio dramas make great Christmas and birthday gifts for kids!

 

These wonderful kids audio dramas:

  • teach about educational topics (history and science to name a few);
  • encourage kids in biblical truths;
  • bring historical characters to life;
  • share classic literature in exciting new ways;
  • and are just fun and exciting to listen to!

Although many of the best kids audio dramas are based on books, these high-quality, dramatic retellings of a story are like “watching” a movie, but the pictures are all in your mind! Many include sound effects, and several have actors playing different parts.

Audio dramas are also a fantastic way to redeem the (sometimes overwhelming) amount of time we have to spend in the car.

They are also a fantastic Christmas present for kids!

Our family listens to these stories over and over again! I know that your kids will fall in love with them too!

Now, what are the top kids audio dramas–those amazing stories that will captivate your family too?

I can’t wait to show you this amazing list!

Just click next and discover this list of 47 Kids Audio Dramas!

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Why not use Valentine's Day as a great opportunity to share not just about love... but to teach kids about God's love! You'll love this ultimate list of printables, crafts, freebies, coloring pages, and other activities! What a great resource for parents!

Ultimate List of Fun Ways to Teach Kids About God’s Love

welcome

We all want to teach our kids how much they are loved by God, right?

And yet, that’s not always easy, is it? I totally get it. 

I have four kids and not only do they each have a different way of feeling loved, they each learn differently!

To top it off, learning about God’s love isn’t a one-time deal. It’s something we spend our entire life learning about! 

Here’s my biggest tip. Ready?

 

 

 

We must teach kids about God’s love in whatever stage they’re in, and make having a relationship with God a natural part of life.

And now that I have everything from preschoolers to teens in my home, I know the importance of relating that love to each individual life stage!

Thankfully, there are so many amazing ways to communicate God’s love to our kids!

I want to share with you some incredible resources (our family’s tried-and-true ultimate ideas) that will make sharing about God’s love with your kids easy and fun!

With printables, books, crafts, activities and more, you’ll find great ideas that will be a perfect fit for each of your kids!

NOTE: Some of these are Valentine Day themed, and some aren’t. Of course Valentine’s is a great day to teach about God’s love, but so many of these tips and ideas are wonderful for year-round use too!

I can’t wait to share these with you:

  • 9 Coloring Books About God’s Love
  • 9 Crafts That Teach Kids About God’s Love
  • 6 Printable Activities About God’s Love
  • 36 Free Valentine’s Day Themed Home Decor Printables

 Let’s get started!

 

Tired of all the clutter and ready for change? This incredibly powerful organizing method not only will get your closets organized but will restore your spirt and make over your life. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without this amazing tidying up method!

An Incredible Method To Tidy Up Your Home (and Your Life)

My home (and my life) has been transformed by the most unexpected treasure: tidying up. 

Honestly, I didn’t even know I needed this unexpected gift, and I found it in the last place I thought I needed to look.

And now I want to share this incredible method and mindset with you.

This is more–way more!–than a post on cleaning or organizing. I promise this fresh new approach will bring surprising amounts of joy and simplicity (and don’t we all need more of that?!).

Ready to be inspired (and to learn the secret)?

Tired of all the clutter and ready for change? This incredibly powerful organizing method not only will get your closets organized but will restore your spirt and make over your life. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without this amazing tidying up method!

The Secret That Found Me

She handed me the book at Thanksgiving and I rolled my eyes. My home (and my life) has been transformed by the most unexpected treasure: the magical art of tidying up. Honestly, I didn't even know I needed this unexpected treasure, and I found it in the last place I thought I needed to look. Friend, I want to share with you my story so that you too can be released to a fresh, new perspective on life, joy and simplicity. Don't miss this post!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?” I said, with more than a little disdain in my voice.

“Yes!” my mom cried, chuckling a little. “I’m telling you, it’s an incredible book! You’ve got to take a look at it.”

I held the book in my hands and quickly leafed through the heavily highlighted pages covered with many sticky notes and my mom’s familiar handwriting.

An organizing book? What was she trying to say? Is my house that much of a mess? I was not convinced this was something I needed to read, let alone implement in this hectic life season.

I found myself a little later that afternoon in my parent’s living room with no one else around. My mom’s usual assortment of housekeeping magazines wasn’t on the endtable. In fact, the table was completely empty except for the lamp, a lonely coaster… and that book.

Alright, fine, I mused to myself. Let’s take a look at this.

“Does It Still Bring Me Joy?”

My home (and my life) has been transformed by the most unexpected treasure: the magical art of tidying up. Honestly, I didn't even know I needed this unexpected treasure, and I found it in the last place I thought I needed to look. Friend, I want to share with you my story so that you too can be released to a fresh, new perspective on life, joy and simplicity. Don't miss this post!The first few pages weren’t honestly that transformational for me. Another organizing book, another woman with the “perfect answer” for how to keep your home tidy. Yawn.

But then I sensed something different lurking between the pages. Author Marie Kondo‘s criteria for keeping or discarding items was something I’d never heard before. She simply asks herself, “Does this item still bring me joy?”

This got my attention. Joy? That was something I spent much time pursuing as a mom and Christ-follower. What was this link between my stuff and my joy level? And why had she elevated this to be the highest criterion for determining if something should stay in my house or hit the Goodwill pile?

I kept reading. In fact, I took the book home the next day and devoured its short 224 pages (confession: I can’t remember the last time I’ve finished a non-fiction book this quickly. It was that interesting!)

The more I read, the more I was convinced that this book’s wisdom was the anecdote to the subtle fog of discontent and restlessness that’d settled over my heart recently.

The Heart Magic of Tidying Up (That I Didn’t Know I Needed)

I hadn’t been sad or depressed or anything of that sort. But for quite some time I’d been dealing with a sluggishness–a malaise–that left me confused and frustrated. Things in my life had been good (a great marriage, awesome kids, stable future, strong faith, etc) and yet, for months I couldn’t shake the weight I felt on my heart.

That same phrase “Does it still bring you joy?” kept appearing throughout the book. “It may have brought you joy in the past, but if it doesn’t anymore, then it’s time to release it to someone else so that it (and you) can move on.”

My home (and my life) has been transformed by the most unexpected treasure: the magical art of tidying up. Honestly, I didn't even know I needed this unexpected treasure, and I found it in the last place I thought I needed to look. Friend, I want to share with you my story so that you too can be released to a fresh, new perspective on life, joy and simplicity. Don't miss this post!

Now I don’t necessarily endorse personifying our stuff as having “feelings” and “needing to move on,” but I get the author’s point.

There was all kinds of stuff–physical and emotional–that I’d allowed to collect in the recesses of my home and heart. It was time for me to examine each area and determine which I needed to keep, and what I needed to let go.

And that’s why I (rather excitedly) put a tidying up session at the top of my to-do list for Christmas break.

Sifting Through and Letting Go

I won’t get into the nitty gritty of my clean out process except to say that the author’s tidying up methods (and subsequent organizational tips) are spot on.

Per her suggestions, I pulled everything out of my closets and couldn’t believe all that I’d collected. And I couldn’t believe my response (and the corresponding freedom I felt) as I went through each item.

My home (and my life) has been transformed by the most unexpected treasure: the magical art of tidying up. Honestly, I didn't even know I needed this unexpected treasure, and I found it in the last place I thought I needed to look. Friend, I want to share with you my story so that you too can be released to a fresh, new perspective on life, joy and simplicity. Don't miss this post!

The pile of hangers on the ground kept growing and this alone inspired me (especially since, in our home, it never seemed like we had enough hangers).

My home (and my life) has been transformed by the most unexpected treasure: the magical art of tidying up. Honestly, I didn't even know I needed this unexpected treasure, and I found it in the last place I thought I needed to look. Friend, I want to share with you my story so that you too can be released to a fresh, new perspective on life, joy and simplicity. Don't miss this post!

I think this process was so transformative for me because it released me from the guilt I normally feel when forced to clean out (notice my choice of words there? “forced”?).

This time, I was still able to give each item worth–even those with a particular emotional attachment–because I could acknowledge that, yes, this item had been valuable to me at one time but it had faithfully served its purpose.

This item still had value but its time with me had come to a close. By holding on to it, I was keeping it from serving someone else, and I was just heaping more and more baggage on myself.

And that’s why the longer I sorted the easier it was to let go. The freedom of release was intoxicating and life-changing.

I shared the principles with my daughter and my husband (and my three other kids are tackling their tidying up project next week right before Christmas). I can’t wait!

The True Magic of Tidying Up

Cleaning out my home was important (and even brought purpose to my Christmas decorating this year). But ultimately, the true magic of tidying up was when I applied the book’s principles to the heavy burden weighing on my soul.

I began to wonder:

What regular activities were important at one time, but were no longer necessary?

Why did I now dread some of my must-do daily activities (and what reframing could I do to change that)?

Who knew that organizing and cleaning my home could produce such great soul inspiration?

Seriously, if you’re looking for a fresh start–and a chance to feel clean and organized in your home and in your heart–you’ve got to check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up!

Get the book here and give it a try for yourself!

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About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com.Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Sometimes being a mom is the toughest job around. We give and give and give, and we still can fall short. We often don't feel loved and appreciated, and we may even wonder if anyone notices all the blood, sweat and tears we put into every single day of mothering. But there's HOPE. Someone notices (someone who loves you very much). Let this love letter to you from God tell you all about it and bring you the encouragement you're desperate for today.

A Love Letter from God (for Those Tough Mothering Days)

Sometimes being a mom is the toughest job around.

We give and give and give, and we still can fall short. We often don’t feel loved and appreciated, and we may even wonder if anyone notices all the blood, sweat and tears we put into every single day of mothering.

I have been in that place, friend. In fact, I still often find myself there.

On those tough mothering days there is one thing that inspires me to keep going: He knows and He cares. 

A few months ago (when I was feeling especially weary from motherhood’s relentless pace) God spoke these loving truths to me that soothed my soul and gave me the courage to keep giving my best, despite the daily trials of motherhood.

These words remind me that even on the days when I’m exhausted, worn out, or when I’m sure that I’ve blown it (again), God has not given up on me. He’s got my back and is in my corner. He notices.

He sees it all, and He’s not afraid of any of it. Whether I “feel” Him there or not, He’s at work beside me in the motherhood trenches.  

Friend, I pray you will feel God’s loving arms around you as you read this very special message.

It comes straight from the heart of God and is meant just for you (do you think it’s an accident you’re reading this post today?)

Sometimes being a mom is the toughest job around. We give and give and give, and we still can fall short. We often don't feel loved and appreciated, and we may even wonder if anyone notices all the blood, sweat and tears we put into every single day of mothering. But there's HOPE. Someone notices (someone who loves you very much). Let this love letter to you from God tell you all about it and bring you the encouragement you're desperate for today.

Dear Daughter,

Today was a difficult day. One that stretched you beyond measure and seemed to tug at your very soul.

You were up several times last night because you heard a small voice say at 2:37 a.m.: “I had another bad dream, Mama.”

You woke up sleep-deprived and yet you still fed, clothed and changed your littlest ones (all before you stepped in the shower).

You negotiated a peace treaty between two warring nations (otherwise known as your two children with the opposite personalities).

You taught, encouraged and shared kindness and truth to your family (bringing just that much more light to the precious souls I’ve entrusted you with).

And as Valentine’s Day is on your mind (and talk about “love” seems to be on everyone’s lips), I want to share something very special with you.

I want to confess my deep, rich, unending love for you, my beloved.

god love letter you

I love you for all the ways that you serve your family. I’m proud of the ways you comfort, correct and console. I honor the extreme sacrifice you’ve chosen to make as a mom who serves her family day in and day out.

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And yet, beloved, I would still love you as completely if you did none of these things.

That’s because I love you for who you are—the woman you are deep down in your soul. I created that wonder, and it is I who is using all the trials and tears you’re enduring to encourage your inner radiance to be an even brighter light to all around you.

god love letter women

There is nothing that you can do to take my love away; and there is nothing that you can do to make me love you more. Period.

I know there are times that you feel unappreciated, unloved and (on those days when you’re most transparent) perhaps even unnoticed. 

You know your family members would say “I love you” if you asked; but there are moments when you still feel lacking and yearning for more love. Somehow marriage and mothering—even with its glorious joys—can never quite fully fill your heart’s longings to love and to be loved.

I want you to know that I see this, and that I understand. And on the days when the pain of this longing is too much (or anytime that you want to talk to me, actually) I want you to know that I am here—to listen, to bring peace and to remind you of the deeper truths. 

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Can I share a few of those with you right now?

I have loved you with an everlasting love, and it with this love that I’m drawing you to me. (Jeremiah 31:3)god love letter women

I have searched your heart and I fully know you, even your deepest thoughts. (Psalm 139:1)

I made you and formed you with my own hands, and I call my creation of you “marvelous.” (Psalm 139:14)

God's Valentine letter to mom

My love carries you through the deepest waters of life. My love assures that when you walk through the fire of oppression you will not be burned up. (Isaiah 43:2)

My faithful love for you endures forever. (Psalm 136) It never ends and will pursue you all the days of your life. (Psalm 23:6)

god love letter women

My love is not based on what you do for me, but rests on you simply because you are my daughter. You can know this to be true because I show my love and kindness to you even when you walk in darkness.(Hosea 2:14-23)

In me, you can be made complete and full, lacking nothing. (1 John 4:12; James 1:4). Let me lead you into that kind of life—the fullest, richest life possible. (John 10:10)

I drew you to myself, not vice versa, and I continue to draw you everyday. (John 6:44, Romans 5:8)

Can you hear me? Can you see the new beauty I’m creating in you? (Isaiah 43:19) Can you see the beauty I’m creating from the ashes? Let me bring you refreshment. (Isaiah 61:3)

valentine love letter God women

Restoration and rebirth are my specialty. I love to bring new life out of the sorrows and sin that once defined you. In fact, these transformations in your life are signs of my great power and love for you! (Isaiah 55:13)

You are precious to me. You are honored and loved by me. (Isaiah 43:4)

god love letter women

You are beautiful, my darling, beautiful beyond words. Your love delights me, and you have captured my heart. (Song of Songs 4:1,9)

My darling daughter, this is my sentiment to you: I treasure you and adore you.

 

valentines day card from God to moms

This week, find a few stolen moments to come away with me, my love, so that I can replenish you.

No outward “show” of ritual needed. Just be alone with me and pour out your heart—all that excites and concerns you.

god love letter women

Allow me to sing over you and to show you again and again my deep, great, never-ending love for you, and to call you again my beloved.

It’s my love letter to you… every day.

 

With love,

Your Heavenly Father

 

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4 Ways to Cope When Motherhood Feels Relentless

8 Ways to Stay Replenished In Every Mothering Season

About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com.Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.