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A video to encourage you & a giveaway to enter!

 

Please take a few minutes to watch this powerful video from my dear friend, Sally Clarkson…..she made it with you in mind!

(Can’t see the video? Click here.)

I’m sharing this powerful video with you today because I believe those of us who are in the trenches of raising children need encouragement. We need women to speak words of life into us.

We need to hear we are wonderful mothers….even on the days when we know we’ve made mistakes. We need to hear that what we do inside are homes matters …..especially to God. He sees our long hours. He sees how we kiss booboos, generously give hugs and work on kindness, manners and self-discipline with our children.

He sees our hard work……and He smiles upon us.

Being a mom is not easy, it’s hard work, but every now and then I’ll walk into a room and see a card, a drawing, or something like this…..

And God gently reminds me that what I am doing inside my home matters.

What you, my sweet friend, do inside your home matters too!

You are amazing! God has blessed you with gifts, talents and a purpose that only you can fulfill! Remember that today!

God is with you, God is for you…..:)

 

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With that in mind, I’d like to announce a special giveaway today!

My sweet friend, Ruth from The Better Mom and The Dig For Kids, has given me 2 pdf copies and 2 paperback copies of The Dig for Kids to give to my GMG readers!

To enter to win 1 of 4 copies I’m giving away – leave a comment in the comment section. 

For bonus entries share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and then leave an extra comment letting me know where you shared it! 

This giveaway ends Thursday, January 10th at 11pm!

 

 

 

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Information about The Dig for Kids

The Dig,is a fun and easy way for YOU to get into the book of Luke 1-8 with your kids this session!!!

The Dig is offering a SPECIAL price to all the women participating in our Good Morning Girls winter Bible study!!!! Now you and your children can learn about the same chapters of the Bible together!

A typical Dig lesson consists of the following four components:

1.  The Map: The Map tells you and your child where you’ll be going in each lesson.  It is a short summary of the study ahead.

2.  The Dig: The Dig is the main passage you will be studying.  Following each passage will be several questions designed to help conversation and understanding.  They are meant to be a guide.  You can use them or tweak them to help you talk with your children.

3.  The Treasure: The Treasure is the big idea of each lesson.  In a short statement, it is what you want your child to remember from the passage you studied.

4. The Display: When an archaeologist finds a treasure, they will clean it up and put it on display for everyone to see.  This is the basic idea of the Display.  It is the application of the Treasure you have found!

You can purchase The Dig for a special price offered by Good Morning Girls and The Dig for Kids!!

Available on KindleNook, or as a PDF for only $2.99 (regularly $4.99)!!!

and now for the FIRST time available as a paperback for only $7.99 (regularly $12.99)

 

 So join us this winter as we dig into Luke chapters 1-8 with our friends and our children!!!

 

 

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Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Giveaway} 1 MomHeart Conference Ticket

Have you ever wished you had a mentor? Someone who has gone before you and is willing to share from her heart the good and the bad about motherhood? If you said, “Yes” then let me introduce you to a dear friend of mine, a gifted author, a wonderful speaker and a loving mother and wife. Her name is Sally Clarkson and if you’ve been around Good Morning Girls long enough, you’ll know that I LOVE her!! God has gifted Sally to speak right to our “Mom Hearts”…..speaking words of wisdom, love and encouragement. Don’t we all need to hear those types of words as we are raising the next generation to love God with all their hearts, minds and souls?  I know I do!

I’ve had the pleasure of attending 3 of Sally’s annual Mom Heart conferences and I have always walked away refreshed and encouraged as a mom and wife. Recently Sally contacted me and offered one FREE ticket to my Good Morning Girl readers to attend the conference of her choice!!! I’m soo excited about this because I know whoever wins this ticket is going to be extremely blessed!!

The theme for her conferences this year is HOPE ,which is based off of Sally and Sarah Mae’s new book “Desperate”, and how appropriate since we are talking about the hope we have through Christ this week!

A personal invite from Sally to YOU!

“Motherhood is daunting. It is also delightful, fulfilling, and rewarding, but it can be daunting. There are times in every mother’s life when the less-wonderful aspects of motherhood can begin to feel like a wet, heavy blanket of desperation draped over your spirit. That’s why Sarah Mae and I wrote Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, which inspired this year’s Mom Heart Conference theme, “I Take Hope ~ Moving through Desperate to Destiny.” You need to take hope in the promises and truths of God to make it through those inevitable wet blanket days. That’s why I want every mother to return home from this conference with a heart full of hope. Not just a passing feeling, but a lasting conviction that God is living and active in you and your children. The kind of hope that will move you from desperate to destiny. It will be a weekend of refreshment, inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship you will not want to miss. Join us!”
- Sally Clarkson


Times/Locations/Rates:

COLORADO:
Dates: January 18-19, Denver/Littleton, CO (Denver Marriott at Park Meadows, $79.00/night room rate)
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CALIFORNIA:
Dates: February 1-2, Irvine/OC, CA (Irvine Marriott, $104.00/night room rate, includes up to two full buffet breakfasts)
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TEXAS:
Dates: February 15-16, Irving/DFW, TX (Dallas Marriott Las Colinas, $84.00/night room rate)
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NORTH CAROLINA:
Dates:
February 22-23, Raleigh/Durham, NC (Sheraton Imperial Hotel, $89.00/night room rate)
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Conference Schedule:

Check-in for each of the events begins at 1:00PM on Friday.

Afternoon workshops begin at 3:00PM and 4:00PM that afternoon.

Guests are on their own for dinner.

The first main conference session is 7:00-10:00PM that night.

The second session is 8:45-11:45AM Saturday morning, followed by a lovely banquet luncheon.

The final conference session is 2:00-4:30PM that afternoon.

Sally will be the main speaker for all main sessions, along with a special keynote speaker for sessions 1 and 2, and noted workshop leaders.

 

 

PossibiliTea (Separate Event):

There is also a Friday morning pre-conference PossibiliTea at each of the conferences from 9:30-11:30 AM.

This special time with Sally will focus on personal insights about motherhood, Mom Heart Ministry, and how to be more involved. Space will be very limited and attendance will require a separate $25.00 registration fee. To register, go to the Conference information page for the state where you are registered, or go to the Store and click on the “Mom Heart Conference 2013” icon.

 

 

 

Sally is giving away ONE Mom Heart Conference ticket (location of your choice) to one Good Morning Girls reader this week!

To Enter :

Leave a comment on this post.

For Bonus Entries:

Retweet, Facebook Share or Pin this post and then leave an extra comment for each thing you did!

GIVEAWAY ENDS SUNDAY, December 2nd AT 10PM EST.

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40 Minutes With Sally Clarkson!

If you have been following Good Morning Girls for anytime, you’ll know that I adore Sally Clarkson! I love her books, her writing, her stories…….ahhh I just love HER!!! With that said, I’m so excited to announce a giveaway of her book The Mom Walk as well as one by her daughter, Sarah, called Journeys of Faithfullness.

If you are struggling in your walk as a mom…..this book is for you! I love the personal, heartfelt stories Sally shares as well as the encouragement she gives!

Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from her book, The Mom Walk.

“The more I have studied Scripture, the more I have realized that God designed the role of mother to be one of the most important relationships a child will ever have. How I walk my path as a mother will greatly determine the outcome of my children’s souls, relationships, vision for life, and the success in their own walk with God.”

“It is all about how well we learn to walk this journey with God, and how well we provide a godly pattern for our children to follow and teach them how to walk their own paths with God. It is about living in the presence of God, resting in His will, walking in His power and being a part of what He is doing in and through our lives.”

“I need to remember that I am to lead my children in what it means to become a person who celebrates the joy of life. I am to model what it looks like to enjoy God and His creation. Often, in the midst of the duties of life, moms can easily become focused only on the right things to do. We can fixate on correcting the immaturity of our children and inadvertently portray God as strict moral judge just waiting for them to fall short. We can lose sight of God’s grace.”

“A mother who gives her children a heart ot celebrate God’s life and beauty gives a gift of life. She is helping her children draw joy from their lives and memories that will bring them strength and pleasure all their days.”

“A life built on any foundation other than the Word of God is a life doomed to fall. But if we, as moms, walk this journey with God’s Word as our source of wisdom and life, and if we listen to and apply the words of Jesus to our lives, we will indeed have a house (family) that remains standing through the storms and floods of trails and difficulties. We will have a spiritual legacy that will last through eternity.”

 

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You love being a mom. You are wholeheartedly committed to your children. You long for them to grow up to be mature, loving, fruitful, and faithful followers of God. But you know that means you are called to be that kind of mom. It means you must be faithful on God’s path of motherhood for you.

That is your mom walk. It is how you walk with God as mother. It is how you seek Him, trust Him, live in His grace, and draw on His strength one step of faith at a time. The mom walk is your path:

P: How you walk with Purpose as a mother
A: How you walk with Assurance as a mother
T: How you walk with Trust as a mother
H: How you walk with Heart as a mother

In The Mom Walk you journey alongside Sally Clarkson in her own walk as a mother after God’s heart. Through her personal stories from twenty-seven years of motherhood, inspiring and challenging truths from Scripture, and spiritual insights from both the dark and light sides of the journey, you will find renewed encouragement for your own mom walk with God.

 

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Ruth. Esther. May and Martha. Mary, mother of Jesus. Their stories in the Bible reveal how God can reach into the life of an ordinary girl and, through her love and obedience, reveal glimpses of His beauty and grace in this broken world. In this unique collection of inspirational stories and devotions, you will celebrate the sacrifice and courage that made each these young single women biblical heroines and models for all times. InJourneys of Faithfulness, Sarah creatively and respectfully retells their stories and explores each of their journeys along God’s path of life. In a personal devotional after each chapter, she opens her own heart and shares stories from her own journey of faith. She writes in order to challenge today’s young woman to reach higher and go deeper in her relationship with Jesus Christ by choosing well and walking faithfully with God. The book includes a Bible study with each chapter to dig deeper into the lessons of that chapter, as well as “Journey Journal” pages for recording personal thoughts and insights.
Here is what Sally is giving away over on ITakeJoy.com today!  Sally writes:

Two readers will win:

A copy of The Mom Walk

A copy of Journey’s of Faithfulness (by Sarah Clarkson)

And then there will be a GRAND PRIZE Bundle that one reader will win:

A copy of Mom Walk

A copy of Journey’s of Faithfulness

A copy of pre-release copy of Desperate

40 minute mentoring session with me

In addition to the giveaway, I will also be a part of a Twitter part tonight at 9pm EST under hashtag #momwalk. I will be answering your questions regarding motherhood and your mom walk. Also, there will be prizes at the party! Please join us!

Where you can purchase The Mom Walk:

You can get The Mom Walk for 25% off in the WholeHeart Store (Journey’s of Faithfulness is also 25% off)

OR

You can purchase on Amazon: The Mom Walk | Journey’s of Faithfulness

Be sure to also join me at Momheart.org for a short video about this week and more good information on The Mom Walk!

And a big heartfelt thanks for all of you who have followed us, attended our conferences, read my blog, supported us, and helped with our ministry outreach for so many years. We are so very grateful to you and to the Lord for all that He has done. We love each of you and pray daily for you. May He continue to bless you and your precious families with His love and grace!

SALLY

To enter this giveaway go to ITakeJoy.com 

My Spiritual Legacy

 

You never know how extending an invitation can change a family’s course…..today I’d like to share with you a very special story. A story that is near and dear to my heart. This is my spiritual legacy…..

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I have a story to share with you today, a “Once Upon a Time” kind of story except this story does have a date in which it takes place, the 1960’s and instead of it happening in a land far away….well,it starts out in a small town in rural Indiana. And like all great stories, it starts out with children….two little girls to be exact.

One little girl named Debbie knows about God, she comes from a home where both mom and dad tuck her into bed at night and give her kisses after her prayers.

The other little girl named Diana doesn’t know about God, comes from a home where daddy left and now only her mommy tucks her into bed at night with kisses but no prayers.

Both little girls are friends at school.

Please join me today at MomHeart.Org to read the rest of this story!!! I pray it blesses and encourages you!

 

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney, Sea Shells and Easy ways to be intentional with your kids {Link-Up}

My family and I recently had the opportunity to go to Disneyland in California and boy did we have a blast! Seriously one of the best vacations yet! I loved it!

When we got back home, I asked my girls what they wanted to show their friends from our trip…..their response surprised me.

“Our sea shells.”

Your sea shells……but we went to Disney!!! Don’t you want to bring one of the stuff animals you won or don’t you want to show your friends some of the pictures we took of you meeting the princesses and other Disney characters?


“No.”

They wanted to show the sea shells.

“Why the sea shells?” I asked.

“Because you helped us collect them.” Was their response.

We spent a few days at Disneyland…..and enjoyed EVERY minute of it but what really touched my girls hearts was the one day we took a break from Disney and traveled to the beach.

I wanted my girls to see the ocean. I wanted them to see God’s beauty, His power……experience what He created.

In Sally Clarkson’s book, Ministry of Motherhood, she talks about giving our children the Gift of Inspiration.  Her whole book is wonderful and I highly recommend it, but that particular section spoke directly to my heart and I wanted to open the eyes of my children to the awesomeness of their God.

“A child who does not have the opportunity to marvel at the bigness of God, the wonders of his creation, and the reality of his supernatural work will tend to measure the questions about “who God is” according to his or her finite, limited perspective…”

“When we take the opportunity to expose our children to the glory of God displayed in a rainbow or powerful ocean waves or a star-studded night sky, we are helping them understand that there is a Being much bigger than themselves who created the universe and holds it together with his power. “-Sally Clarkson

I wanted my girls to experience their God in a much bigger way.

Being at the ocean does that.

The beauty alone takes your breath away.

The sound of the ocean waves roaring to shore, the soft breeze touching your face and the birds singing above……all testify to God’s reality and greatness.

As we walked the beach picking up sea shells I talked to my girls about how wonderful and powerful our God is. We talked about how beautiful each sea shell was that they picked up. We talked about God’s creativity, about the size of the ocean and the power of the waves……I wanted them to see God in His creation.

I wanted to be intentional and give them an opportunity to experience God in a whole new way. To open their eyes to the bigness of their God.

This week we see from our verses (Proverbs 31:1-9) that King Lemuel’s mother was an intentional woman. She was a mother who was intentional in how she taught her son, teaching him the virtues of a noble wife as she taught him the alphabet,…connecting his learning to something valuable that he would later be able to easily recall.

Using her as an inspiration, here are a few ways we can be intentional with our kids……everyday

  • Write “I think you’re amazing because...” notes in their lunch boxes, their rooms, their cars.
  • Go out on a special date with them….
  • Send them encouraging text messages
  • Pray together
  • Read the bible together….and discuss what you read
  • Read books together
  • Serve together
  • Intentionally slow down……look them in the eyes and tell them how much you love them
  • Give them a hug
  • Talk with them and rub their backs as you do……my girls love that!
  • Laugh with them
  • Smile at them

Being intentional is about turning off the TV, not answering the phone or the emails, the tweets or the Facebook comments, and really seeing your family. Giving them undivided time and attention. It’s talking with them over a meal. It’s asking them questions, doing things together like coloring, drawing, tickling and laughing together. Not necessarily spending money, but spending time together………that’s what’s truly priceless.

Being intentional is about really seeing them and purposefully investing in their lives.

 

What are some ways that you are intentional with your kids? I believe we learn best from one another! I’d love to hear your ideas! What would you add to my list? Which ones are your favorite?

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Women around the world are IN THE WORD! Every Wednesday we will have a link-up. If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week. We ask that you put our button in the post or on your sidebar so we can find each other. We do not have code for this link up button. Just right click and save as. Then link it to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org

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