What You Need to Know About Your Teen

The Top 5

How well do you know your teen?  It was easier when they were little, wasn’t it?  But now he’s a quiet teen who nods and grunts and shrugs.  She has many connections and a lot of other people to talk to besides you.  And there’s a whole new language to learn now!  Not to mention the slightly condescending, “Oh mom!” when you don’t get why the meme is funny or the obscure reference to a video game you’ve never even heard of.  Schedules are full and you and your teen aren’t home together nearly as much as you used to be.  You may find yourself looking up one day and thinking, “Who is this person and what did he do with my son?”  Continue reading. >>>

What you need to understanding about your teen--Top 5.

Blessings, Elizabeth

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Can My Prayers Move a Sovereign God?

Several years ago, I went through a period where my prayers seemed to bounce off the ceiling unheard and unanswered.  It got to the point where I was afraid to pray for anyone because I was sure bad things would happen to the people I cared about if I asked God to help them.

Can my prayers move a sovereign God?

I have since emerged from that dark night with a stronger faith and an unshakable certainty that God never leaves us and always hears us, even when our skewed perceptions lead us to think otherwise. 

A new day has dawned on my journey of faith, but I still wrestle with the perplexities of being a Jesus follower—the conundrums I don’t understand, the complexities I simply can not wrap my mind around. 

Two Views of Prayer

My role in prayer is one of these recurrent themes I spend a lot of time trying to figure out.  I live in the tension between two ideas of prayer that are both true to some extent, yet must be kept in balance.  I have an intellectual and spiritual tug-of-war within me that wonders,

How do my prayers and God’s sovereignty interact?

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I Don’t Wait Anymore

Book Review and Giveaway

I Don't Wait AnymoreLife has a way of turning out differently than we expected, doesn’t it?  When God takes us in a direction we never thought we’d go, it’s easy to get confused and discouraged.  What do we do when God doesn’t come through the way we thought he would and we find ourselves on a path we never wanted to be on?

In her new book, I Don’t Wait Anymore, author Grace Thornton examines these questions about her own life.  She journals her discoveries as she let go of her own expectations of what her life should be and instead sought the adventure God had in mind for her.  She shares her honest and heartfelt seeking through engaging stories.

This book was inspired by a post Grace wrote a few years ago by the same title.  Although her journey of singleness is different from my life with a family of 10, I still relate to her struggles and questions.  I too have wrestled with God over how his plans for me often turn out so different from what I thought his plans for me were.

This hardcover book is beautiful both in content and design.  The pages are thick and glossy and there is a gift dedication page in the front.  This would make a lovely gift book for young ladies just starting out on their adventures and well as anyone whose life has taken unexpected turns that left them wondering where God is going.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

You can preview the first chapter for free here.


I am happy to be able to share the blessing of this book with you!  One blessed reader will receive a free copy of I Don’t Wait Anymore.  All you have to do is enter using the form below.  The more you join and share, the more entries you get.  Please share this giveaway with your friends.  The winner will be notified next week.
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Enjoy an amazing adventure with God!

I didn't want to wait anymore. I already had God. And he is everything.

What unexpected adventure has God taken you on?
Please share your adventure in the comments below.

Blessings, Elizabeth

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You Did What?!

6 Ways to Help Your Teens When They Blunder

6 Ways to Help Your Teens When They Blunder

Learning how to behave like a mature responsible adult is hard work.  The transition from child to adult is fraught with opportunities for foibles and failures, missteps and misunderstandings.  As parents, it’s our job to guide our teens through this turbulent time so they can learn from their mistakes and grow in wisdom.  We have an enormous emotional investment in our children, so it’s terribly easy to get bent out of shape quickly when they make poor choices or foolish decisions.  But really, we know that flying off the handle doesn’t improve the situation or enhance the relationship.  So the next time you find yourself dealing with a sticky situation caused by your not-quite-an-adult-yet offspring, try giving your teen these six things instead of an earful of your own emotional reaction.  Continue reading >>>

Blessings, Elizabeth

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Receive Your Teen as a Gift

Do you ever look at your teen and think, “Where did this person come from?  She’s nothing like me at all!”  Sometimes being a good parent means we have to lay aside our own preconceived plans and dreams. Often, we just have to get out of their way and let them become who God created them to be, even if it looks very different from what we expected.  Continue reading >>

How to encourage your teen's God-given identity (even when it's not what you thought it would be.)


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Link Up with Mommy Moments!

I’m excited to be a guest host for the Mommy Moments Link-Up this week.  If you have a blog post to share, you can add your link to the group.  Whether you have a post to share or not, you can browse a bunch of great posts from other bloggers by following the links below.  Have fun!



Welcome to Mommy Moments! We hope you all had a week filled with wonderful memories!  I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us!  We are so thrilled about that and can’t wait to hear more from you all again this week!

It’s no secret that motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its joys. That’s why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let’s join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Ana from Mommy’s Bundle and her post “Your first pregnancy vs. your very last”. Ana shares a realistic look at the differences between a first and last pregnancy! It’s hard to get those weekly bump photos in while chasing other busy children, but regardless, inwardly cherishing the life inside is special and important. Thank you for sharing with  us, Ana!

Expecting your last baby? The differences in your first pregnancy vs. your last can be very emotional. See why.



Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren’t a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!
Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

Please, pretty please, we’d love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends! Use the hashtag #mommymoments to help us all stay connected!
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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

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





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