Talking to Kids about the Pandemic: A Christian Mom’s Response

With many schools closed leaving parents to homeschool their kids, it's becoming a highly anxious situation for many parents (and their children too). On the surface, it may seem as if the pandemic isn’t affecting them, but deep in their hearts what they could be experiencing is fear or at the very least, uncertainty. How…

The Joy of Potty-Training

Parents of toddlers understand that the key to successful potty training is to celebrate every step the child takes on the way to becoming potty trained. Social isolation has presented my family with the opportunity to be more consistent in potty training the little one. There have been moments of frustration but they pale in…

A Season of Humility

It is interesting that we are celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in a season that has humbled everyone. Jesus Christ the Messiah lived a life of humility, completely surrendered to God even in the face of death. He was able to say, "not my will but yours be done". Jesus was all…

Teething Lesson

I have no desire for the little one to go through the discomfort of teething or anything painful. Yet he goes through moments of discomfort and pain because they are part of the human experience. However, I pray for unusual strength and sickness free teething for the little one. I also ask God for wisdom…

Are you Contagious?

Yesterday, I wrote about the little one's sleep being contagious. I end up sleeping off while putting him to bed these days. This got me thinking about contagious love, peace, hope and faith this season. Instead of spreading negativity, gloom, doom, and hopelessness this season. I want to spread love, peace, hope, and faith. It…

Meditation: Romans 8:18-28

For a few days now, I have found myself sleeping off and going to bed early while putting the little one to sleep. Sleep is contagious these days. I hope yall have been resting. It takes extra effort to get a lot done with the little one at home. How are you all balancing school,…

Back to the Basics 2

Yesterday, I wrote about how this season has shifted our focus back to what matters, God and family. Please check the post here. As I reflected further, it began to click even more that this season is a wake up call for the body of Christ. We have gone the ways of the world, tolerating…

Back to the Basics

I had to put the sippy cup valve back on the little one's sippy cup. He seems to have forgotten that water or juice in a sippy cup does not belong on the floor or anywhere else but his mouth. Putting the valve makes him focus more on drinking, it takes more effort and he…

Child Abuse Awareness

Few hours ago, the little one got hurt and my post for the day changed. As I consoled him and applied ice on his injury, my heart broke and I began to think of children in abusive homes. Some children no longer attend school, their place of safety away from abusive parents. Even good parents…

Support For Children with Developmental Disorders

For some days now, I have become more aware of the little one's presence. He is constantly ordering us around, "get down", "stop it", "no", "sit down".. and I cannot count the number of times I have heard "mine" within the past few days of social isolation. Guess what I have been doing as well,…

Thoughts on Parenting 101

I hope you all are staying connected emotionally and spiritually. These two Bible verses came to mind while writing my thoughts on parenting: 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to…

National Day of Prayer (USA)

Isn't it amazing that a president can ask everyone dwelling in the land to call upon God in the time of trouble?! I pray that the Lord continues to guide president Trump's decisions this season and always. That he will experience the love of God and receive godly counsel. 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people,…

Little Mr. Independent

It is happening earlier than I expected. The little one is exerting his independence more than ever. He wants to feed himself all the time and do many things by himself. One of his new favorite words is "No" and he motions to push me away. When he pushes me away, I think to myself,…

Thoughts on the Coronavirus

Whether the Coronavirus is overhyped or just like the influenza virus, this viral epidemic is thriving on the spirit of fear. As a Christian mother, I refuse to bow to the spirit of fear and I encourage you all to stand strong in faith. We should maintain good hygiene and enforce our authority as kingdom…

Mothering is Discipleship

I enjoyed reading this powerful post on mothering as a position where we get to or have the obligation to disciple our children. This fellow Christian momma urges us to not underestimate our influence as mothers. I loved that she discussed the importance of caring for our children’s spirit, soul and body. You need to read it! We are mothers, we are homemakers, kingmakers, and nation builders!

Castleberry Hearts

I snapped this photo a couple weeks ago at the end of a busy day. In that moment my heart was weary from the mothering tasks of the day. When I came around the corner to this scene, my heart was so refreshed.

I stood at the corner and listened as Grant read to the kids, explaining to them about the Tower of Babel. He was asking them questions and telling them about the sin of those people, wanting a life lived for their own glory.

He was discipling our children.

In that moment, the weariness of the day seemed to wash away and I realized I had gotten caught up in the doing and lost sight of my true calling.

It can be easy for me at times to do that. To get caught up in the tasks I need to complete. And when I do that, I often…

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Thoughts on Parenting 101

Generally speaking, success is not determined by what we know but the application of the life-changing information we receive. Access to information is not enough, it is what we do with the information that makes a difference. How long we have been doing life does not determine our success in life. One can be young…

Day 7: Angels in the Nursery

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5 (NIV) In the field of Infant Mental Health, angels in the nursery are described as past childhood experiences, parenting choices and practices that strengthen…

Day 6: Are there Ghosts in the Nursery?

Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. Exodus 34:7 (KJV) The nursery can be described as the place of security for the child.…

Day 5: Made for Relationship

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make Him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18 (KJV) Contrary to popular belief, newborns do not simply smile because they are passing gas.  Some developmental theorists propose that the newborn’s smile is a mechanism for survival.  That is, the…

Day 4: Post-Partum Depression

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalms 28:7 (KJV) Despite the joy of having a newborn, new parents may experience depression because caring for a newborn can be overwhelming.  It may feel like…

Day 3: Blessings of the Breasts

Day 3 of the 7-Day Devotional for new parents/mothers. Be Blessed! By the God of your father who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. Genesis 49:25 (ESV) The newborn must eat…

Day 2: You are Competent!

In case you missed Day 1 of the 7-Day Devotional for New Parents, you can check it out here. Stay blessed! I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 (KJV) Feeling incompetent? You are not alone. It is not unusual for first-time parents to feel incompetent in their new role. The…

Day 1: In God We Trust

Earlier this year, I wrote a 7-day devotional for new/first-time parents. I was unable to create a fancy PDF for the devotional, so I decided to just go ahead and share it daily on the blog. I believe it will be a blessing to new parents and parents with several years of experience. Be blessed…