I am so happy to announce the release of my second book! As For Me and My House.
I did have it printed and available for sale already before. But then my husband read our copy of it and found many mistakes! So I fixed those mistakes he found and updated our family info in the back adding our new addition, and now it is ready for sale once again.
It will take a couple days though for it to show up on the Global network, like Amazon and so on. But otherwise, it is out there and all ready for you to purchase and enjoy!!
Do take in mind that this book is self-published so no matter how much I have edited and re-edited it I am certain it is not mistake free yet. So overlook a few typo and grammar errors, and be inspired and encouraged in your mothering as you walk with the Lord!
This book is a compilation of my blog writings since the fall of 2008. In it, you will find helpful advice, encouragement, wisdom, and inspiration on a huge variety of subjects for wives and mothers. If you have enjoyed reading my blog writings then I trust that you will enjoy reading this book as well and that you will be truly blessed by it.
In Him, Mae
Here is the link to my book. http://ncrministries.weebly.com/as-for-me-and-my-house.html
Note Taking in the Night
If you are like me your best thinking momments are at night when you should be sound asleep. Am I right? It is like our minds work double time or somthing then. I guess during the day we are just too busy to think! And at night all is quiet and we are at rest , and now we can just lay there and think away!
Things that come into my mind at night are things concerning the children, somthing that I should of or should not have said, something I forgot to do, phone calls I need to make, as well as Bible verses, or great inspirations for my blog. For the longest time when this happened I would just try my hardest to remmber it by morning. But more often than not when monirng came along I had forgotten. I knew there was some great things that I had thought of in the night, but for the life of me I could not think of what it was.
Now finally I have started to take notes in the night when these differnt thoughts come to my mind. I keep a note paper and pen on the headboard by my pillow.When things come to my mind I just grab it and jot down some notes. No more forgetting by morning! I have found this to be very vauluable.
So if you are like me and do most or even all of your great thinking during the night hours just get you a notebook and pen by your bed and you will be set! Now bring on those great thoughts!
Just one helpful piece of advise though, make sure you can actaully read your notes afterwards, because wrting in the dark can be difficult! I do have a night light though that gives off some light, but still one time of note taking I was unable to read what I wrote.
If any of your night thoughts are making you very concerned or worried about something, the night is the perfect time to bring those things to the Lord in prayer. Pray about it, and then rest knowing all will be taken care of. And by day things always seem to have a different light. So don't loose any sleep over the matter.
In Him, Mae
Do you notice the weather is the one topic that can be easily discussed any where with anyone! Kind of the ice breaker I guess.
I am sure that is the one conversation you have easily and comfortable been able to strike up with any one any where you have ever been. And no matter the weather conditions out side, there is always something to be said. It could be hot, cold, rainy, snowing, in the middle of a thunder storm, hailing, or a even a blizzard -- it doesn't matter, theres always somthing to be mentioned about the weather.
Well wouldn't it be neat if we could always talk as freely and comfortable about God as if we were talking about the wather. To any one, any where, any time! Cause there is always somthing that can be said about our Lord! No matter what the weather is doing, what kind of day you may be having, where you are, and who you are with. There is always much to be mentioned about Him!!
Psalms 96:3-4 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
Psalms 118:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
God is good all the time. And all the time God is good!! So we can always say somthing about Him to someone. But how does one go about doing that? Though I can talk about the weather not a prolem, I have never been able to just strike up a conversation about God in the self same manner.
I know of some people that are really gifted at talking about God with anyone they meet where ever they are at; in a retsraunt, on the street, shopping in a mall, or in line in the grocery store. I would love to learn from these talented peole how they do it. What is the conversation starter, how do you begin,ect...? It would be fun to hang out with someone like that in a big city for a day, and take a chrash course on talking to pepole about God. Because I would love to beable to do talk about God to complete strangers as easily and freely if I was talking about the weather.
In Him, Mae
Psalms 34:1-3 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
Psalms 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
Psalms 107:8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them,Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Colossians 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister
Through these past 16 plus years in my journey with the Lord and my experiences with my raising my children thus far I have complied here a list of my top 10 mothering tips. Things that are top most important to me in my parenting. I will share them here for encouragement and inspiration for you.
1. Give your children lots of love, time, and attention- you can't give them enough of your time.
2. Pray for them everyday, for every little thing and concerns you have for them. Pray, and then pray some more.
3. Read the Bible to them daily- twice, along with good books and reading materials to build their faith in God, and shape and build good Godly character and personalities, teach them what you want them to become, act, ect..
4. Firmness and consistencey in correction, but not in anger. And have rules and stick to them.
5. Lots of praise and affrimation for jobs well done, for good attitudes, good behavior, and for unity between siblings. This is great for taking preventive measures to reduce the negative out-put from the kids.
6. Take a nap after lunch -- its what keeps me going the rest of the day! Or even just a quite time in my bedroom like reading a deotional or good book.
7. Say paryers, and Bible verses together when tucking them in bed. This aslo is a good time to review the day with them if there was any issue, or somthing that need further disscusion and an apoly, either coming from child or from parent to child. I find often certain issues that happen during the day do need fruther disscusian and bed time is a perfect time for it. Both parent and child should are no longer be mad about the isssue, and now each can see the issue rationaly or in a new light. And now the child can ponder things youv'e just said as they lay quitely in bed, and can you pray togther about it too.
8. Patience _ you can't have enough of that!
9. Home schooling them with God filled school. So all day they are learing about God and godly things, in a godly atmosphere.
10. Help them to deny the flesh, hate eveil. And don't allow them to watch or read anything that is wordly, it can effect them more than you think. One way is that these things can become more excting and intertaining to them to read and to filll thier time with than a good wholesome book or even the Bible.
Mothering is a tough job! It is probaly one of the hardest and most time consuming occupations we will ever do in life, yet also probably the most rewarding one ever. So after it's all said and done it is worth all our time and effort and then some!!
I am privileged to have been a mother now for over 16 years with 8 children aged 16, 14, 11,9, 6, 5, 2, and new born. So I am a mother with a wide range of ages. That is what I find the toughest, is the diverse ages. I feel like all older ones, or all younger ones would be easier. Sure then I would not have teens to help me, but I also would not have the older ones bugging the younger ones or vise versa. The older ones sometimes tease and aggravated the younger siblings, and the younger ones annoy the older ones.
Since mothering is such a hard job, and a huge responsiblity I want to give as much encouragement as I possibly can to other fellow moms. I want to uplift them in thier great God given role, and encourage them to keep doing that awesomly tough job they are doing day in and day out over and over again!
I have learned so much since I became a mom to my first son at the age of 21. I have growed in patience tremendously, though I need a ton more of it! I have made many mistakes over the years, apolized time and again when I really blew it with the kids, and have been imlimenting differnt things with these younger children than I did with the older ones. I think any mom will more and likly parent thier younger ones some differnt, if not majorly differnt that the olders ones, just because they have learned many things along the way. Despite all that I have learned though over these 16 years, I know that I have much more to learn yet! Maybe when the last of my crew are grown and gone which will be about another 18 years at the very least, I should have it all figured out!! And enmagine how old I will be then too! But let's not go there shall we!? :)
I would say one thing that has really made a great differnece in my mothering is my walk with the Lord. I was whole heartily commited to God at the time I began as a young wife and mother, and several years pirior to that as well. But I did not really have that close of a relationship with Him I must admit, though I never would have really realized it at the time, nor knew at all what direction and areas in life God would bring me, and chnage in me, ect....
I have came a long way in my spituall life, and have a much closer walk with the Lord now. And that is just the way it ought be, we should be growing more and more in our spirtual life as each day goes by from that first day that we first comttied our lives to God. We have to keep digging into His Word with an open mind and heart and seeking deligently what all the Lord has for us to learn. One particular area that has been really inriched for me is my prayer life. I pray now about almost any little thing. I can't do it on my own. I can't make it one day with out God and his help. When you have all ages of children all needing your time, attention, and correction, with some trying on your patience much more than others, and so on, you need somthing for greater than your self to rely on to give you wisdom and to keep you going.
There is many ministries out there that are very great recourses for moms, that give them very helpful support, encouragemnt, and inspiration that has been a great help for me.
With all that we mothers face to day with our parenting in this modern and sinful world, I often think that being a mother back in the Little House on the Praire days when Laura Ingles was growing up would have been much easier. Sure maybe more hardships, and alot of physical work, but less decisions to be made. Like there would have been no video or cummputer games, no cell phones, no i-pods, no internet, no T.V. None of these many things that grab our children attention, and demand that they just have to have all thses gadests. As well not all the many sporst and activies they have to be a part of. Life would have been simpler for sure, and mothering more straight forward.
But I am a parent of today, and I have to make the most of it. And with the Lord's help I can! And so can you!
In Him, Mae
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of over 22 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 3 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae