Do you struggle to keep a clean house? Do you want a hotter, more intimate relationship with your husband? Do you want to learn how to love your children with a tender, affectionate love like never before? Then you will love these Fabulous Finds!
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If you’re new to The Merry Momma, every month I write a list of some of my favorite “finds” from around the Web. There is a crazy amount of information out there, and sifting through the rubble to get to the sparkle of the diamonds can be frustrating and time-consuming. That’s why I do it for you!
The following are five of my favorite blog posts that I read this month. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a mom of little ones, big ones, or even no one! I hope you enjoy these Fabulous Finds, and be sure to let me know which one was your favorite!
July Fabulous Finds
Does God Care About My Messy House? | Grace to Soar
This is one of my favorite posts about housekeeping I’ve ever read. It might be because I can COMPLETELY relate to her lack of passion for cleaning, but I think it has more to do with her balanced, Biblical approach. I found her connection between housekeeping and soul-keeping fascinating, and I agreed with her assertion that how we keep our homes is a symptom of something deeper. I also appreciated her “Power Verses for the Reluctant Homemaker.” If you struggle to keep your house clean, or to even see the value in it, this is definitely a post you need to read!
“…our houses should function smoothly enough to minimize frustration and stress. … So yes, God cares about your messy home, because He cares about the people who live in it.” Awesome!
There is No “Should” In Sex: 10 “Shoulds” We Need to Banish From the Bedroom | To Love, Honor & Vacuum
This post is a little more PG-13 than I usually include, but it was too good not to share. Sex is such an important part of marriage, but it can also be a difficult area for many couples. This was a fabulous article about letting go of the “should’s” in marital intimacy – you “should” do this, we “should” do that, etc. I think the most helpful one was #4. Take a look and see if there are any “should’s” in your bedroom that you need to eliminate.
10 Back-to-School Traditions to Start This Year | Seaside Sundays
I don’t have any kids in school yet, but I know many of you do, and I thought some of these ideas looked super fun! A couple of them might make your kids roll their eyes (don’t let that stop you!), but some of them are sure to make the first day back to school a memorable, meaningful event. I’m torn, but I think my favorite is probably #7.
Loving Our Children – Part One | Thankful Homemaker
The Thankful Homemaker is one of my new favorite blogs to follow, can you tell? I’ve included one of her posts in the last two or three Fabulous Finds posts!
This post about loving our children with a tender, affectionate love is out-of-the-park good. She starts by revealing that the Greek word for love used in Titus 2:4 is actually phileo, not agape. In other words, Paul was instructing the older women to teach the younger women how to love their children with a warm, affectionate love. Sacrificial love comes very easily to most moms, but the kind of love where we delight and enjoy our children can be a little more difficult to master.
The rest of the post shows us how we can grow in that tender affectionate kind of love by defeating its most powerful opponents – selfishness and anger. She quotes author Carolyn Mahaney, who says, “What is rare is a woman who delights in her children, takes pleasure in them, she loves being a mother. She relates to them with a tender, warm affection.” I don’t know about you, but I desperately want to be that kind of mom!
This is an awesome read that will inspire, convict, and help you – the three components of an A+ Fabulous Find. When you’re done with part one, don’t forget to read part two!
Is Your Child’s Worst Enemy Your Smart Phone? | Denise Renae
Ouch. This post was so convicting, but definitely one I needed to read! As a blogger, I spend a lot of time online. And being a busy mom of two little ones, much of that work is on my phone. I let that become an excuse for having it attached to my hand, but after reading this post, I am making an effort to break the addiction, blog or no blog.
Several months ago, while reading Hands-Free Mama, I realized how often I was reaching for my phone during downtimes, when I could have been spending that time talking and connecting with my kids. I had made a commitment not to grab my phone during mealtimes, scheduled play times, or during car rides less than 15 minutes. I patted myself on the back and told myself I was doing great. I didn’t have a problem with my phone.
Or so I told myself. But I saw way too much of myself in Denise’s post. Saying, “Just a minute,” to the child who is fussy and clinging to your feet while you stare at your phone? Guilty. “Those moments she says your name, she needs to say it two, three, maybe four times till she actually gets your full attention.” Mine is a “he,” but yep. Been there, too. Not all the time, of course, but too often for my comfort.
After reading this post, I am making some changes and setting some boundaries around my phone time. It may come at the cost of growing my blog, but I’m prepared to face those consequences. Because the consequences of spending my children’s childhood on my phone rather than teaching, training, and enjoying them? Those are consequences I’m not willing to face.
All three of my fabulous products this time are books, because I read some really great books this month!
Moms Raising Sons to Be Men – Rhonda Stoppe
Just as the title suggests, this is a resource for moms to help them raise their sons to be men of character and Godly influence. I very much enjoyed this book and give it my highest stamp of recommendation. If you have sons, this is a book you will want to read again and again, with a pen in your hands and notebook at your side.
The-Made-From-Scratch Life – Melissa K. Norris
I loved this book!! Part manual for simple, back-to-the-earth living, part spiritual encouragement, The Made-From-Scratch Life is a must-read for anyone wanting to create a more natural home.
Not only did I learn a TON of new tips from it, but it has inspired me, too! I’m now looking for more ways I can cook from scratch and eliminate waste.
Whether you’re merely curious about natural ways of cooking, cleaning, and keeping a home, or you’ve been making things from scratch for years, this is a book for everyone interested in a simpler (more natural) way of life.
More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated – Erin Odom (The Humbled Homemaker) *Pre-release copy*
I had the privilege of being on the book launch for this book, and I was excited to read her tips for improving our finances.
While she did include quite a few practical tips for saving money and creating more income, it was her personal experiences that hit me the most. I’ll be writing a more extensive review of this book next month, but for now let me just say that this is a story everyone needs to read, whether you’re financially frustrated or not. It will make you re-evaluate your life, see your blessings with new eyes, and look for ways to bless others in return. At least, that’s what it did for me!
It is not an exaggeration to say that this book was life-changing for me, and I think it will be for you, too. The book comes out September 5, 2017, but you can pre-order anytime before then. The best part is, if you pre-order the book, you will also receive over $220 worth of bonus gifts! Woo-hoo! Who doesn’t like free stuff, right?
So whether you’re struggling to make ends meet, or you’re doing well but wish you could do better, head on over to www.morethanjustmakingit.com and pre-order the book today!
Whether you’re a brand-new mom, a mom of littles (like me!), or a seasoned mom with teenagers or grown children, I hope there was something in this list that spoke to your heart and inspired you to greater joy and intention in your life.
Tell me, what was your favorite post from this list? Which one helped you the most? Share with me in the comments below – I love hearing from you!
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