Your Roadmap to Your Best Year Ever

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Roadmap to Your Best Year Ever

OK, I gotta make this really quick…

Michael Hyatt just released his all-new 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever Coaching Program.

Last year alone over 3,000+ people went through the program – and there are some amazing stories of people experiencing incredible transformations in their life.

You can experience the same: Best Year Ever Roadmap

But there is a catch…

It’s only open for the a very short period of time.  After that, he closes it down to focus on supporting the new class of people going through the program.

If you know deep down that you’re capable of more but have felt stuck not knowing how to experience the kind of breakthrough you deserve, then go check this out.


P.S. There is even an extra bonus just on opening day!

P.P.S. The registration for this course is only open for a short period of time so don’t miss out, click the link below:

Giving Up Your Rights to be Right {in marriage}

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Giving Up Your Right to be Right

{Modified from original post Jan. 2011}

My husband and I are in our 15th year of marriage. We have certainly had our shares of ups and downs as well as a couple of serious issues we had to work through. We have both grown over the years on how we handle conflict in our marriage and I can honestly tell you, that our marriage, though not perfect, is blissful.

Almost Never Easy

I realize not everyone has a blissful marriage and sometimes what works for one couple just does not work for another. Given that we each have unique situations and are unique individuals, some things just may not work in everyone’s marriage.  On the flip side, there are some radical ideas out there that can seriously save a marriage when someone has the courage to try them. I don’t mean that in a degrading way. The fact of the matter is, it takes courage to do things that go against what we’re used to or what we know based on others teachings.

I want to share with you one concept I have learned to embrace over the years. I will warn you: it is not easy. It is not popular. It is not comfortable. It requires complete and utter self-denial. It could help save your marriage. Not just from divorce, but from emptiness and building up walls.

Give Up Your Right to be Right

That concept is learning to give up your “right” to be right.

When we are right about something, we believe it is our duty to make sure our husband knows it. Somehow we’ve bought into the idea that when we are right it must be known.

Most of the time, our disputes are based on someone being right and someone being wrong. They can involve issues of sin, a simple misunderstanding, or forgetfulness.  Obviously someone is [usually] right and someone [usually] wrong. Those are the conflicts we’re going to focus on.

Right now, think about how much you value your husband. Think back to when you got married and why. Think about how wonderful it is when you two are in unity and all is happy in your marriage. It’s a great place to be! What price have you paid to keep that unity? What have you sacrificed? What have you implemented to help your marriage get to where it is now? {Assuming, of course, your marriage is doing alright}. Was it worth it?  Do you value your marriage enough to do whatever it takes to keep it healthy and thriving? To remain in unity?  The reason I’m asking all these questions is because if you answer “no”, this idea is going to be pretty useless.

Try It. Practice It.

The next time you have a disagreement with your husband, try giving up your right to be right. Give up being known as the one who has the right answer, the right response, the right attitude. Even if you know beyond the shadow of a doubt you are right. Yes, I am serious.

Very often, when I am in a dispute with my husband, I find that being in unity with him is way more important to me than being right about the argument. I’m talking matters of misunderstandings in this case, not so much sin.  Honestly step back and evaluate: what is more important? Is being right that important? Does it really matter who accidentally left the milk on the counter all night? Or if it’s his fault he doesn’t have clean socks because he didn’t throw them down the chute [or put them with the dirty laundry to be washer]. Think about what you most value. Sometimes we just need to be the one who backs down and let’s something go.

Let go of your “right” to be the one who is right. Choose unity over pride. You don’t necessarily need to say “You were right and I was wrong”. Just let it go and move on.


Apologize?! For what? I didn’t do anything wrong! Aha! We’ll talk about apologizing in another post.


What I am NOT saying:

I am not saying to ignore large issues that need addressing. This is simply talking about the smaller “tiffs” in marriage that could blow up into a whole big mess for nothing.

I am not saying you have to be a door mat. This is a personal decision based upon your particular circumstances. I have found this to work wonders in my marriage, even though it is not easy. My husband does not take advantage of my “backing off” by making it worse. Use discretion. Be sure this type of thing would work in your marriage and not make things worse.

Characteristics of Those Who Succeed

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Characteristics of Those Who Succeed

Can we be honest for a second?

It’s not easy making progress against our big goals is it?

Today more than ever there are a million things competing for our attention and I don’t know about you, but life often feels chaotic.

Whether it’s work conflicting with family time or missed appointments and deadlines and feeling like you never have control over your schedule – life can feel disheartening at times can’t it?

It’s like no matter what you do, you always feel like you struggle to find time and the important things are falling through the cracks.


It might be easier than you think to turn things around.

Especially after you watch this video from Michael Hyatt outlining the 5 characteristics of those who get what they want.

It’s arguably some of the best free content online today.




P.S. This video comes with a free PDF download that will take this content to a whole new level for you.

4 Secrets for Creating a Spectacular Year

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Make Things Happen

Ask yourself this…

If so many people have good intentions around this time of year to truly create change in their life, then why do so many fail months, weeks (even days) after setting their New Year’s Resolutions?

It happens every single year.

When it happens to so many people, it kind of makes you think that it’s more the goal-setting “process” that’s broken – right?

The problem is, very few of us were ever taught a process for truly getting what we want in life.

NYT bestselling author Michael Hyatt wants to change that – starting with this free video called “4 Secrets To A Breakthrough Year“.

How about a fresh perspective on goal setting?  One that will help you move on from past failure. One that will help you look ahead with clarity and confidence.

I don’t know about you but I want 2015 to be different. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. Time to change things up and shift your perspective.

Michael shares the four secrets you need to create a solid foundation for success with your goals. Without these, you’ll find it virtually impossible to get what you want this year.

However, with them, you’ll be setup to have your best year ever.



P.S.  If you’ve ever felt like there was something standing between you and the things you want most in life, go watch this video (plus it’s free for a limited period of time!):

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In Which I Admit My Humanity {Moms in the Word}

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The reason I started the Moms in the Word community was to help myself and other moms to get in the Word daily — and that remains it’s goal today.

However, I have been weighing myself down with the weekly blog post that I simply cannot always get to. Having seven children makes life quite unpredictable most days and while blogging is still important to me, I can’t make commitments that I’m unable to follow through on. I don’t want to be worried about an “overdue post” while I’m homeschooling my children because then they don’t have my full attention. And honestly? I’m a little on edge when I’m stressing over things like that.

Moms in the Word Moved

I want the original Moms in the Word community and goals to continue, so I will continue to read the Word and share via Instagram and Twitter instead…it’s faster and more efficient and allows me to remain focused on the most important goal: getting in the Word. 

I have also opened up the Facebook group so those interested in sharing can collaborate in an easier way. I hope you’ll join me there? :)

This isn’t to say I won’t ever post regarding Moms in the Word, but I am not setting up specific days or times for it. I’ll post as I feel lead. :)


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Simple Advent Devotional for Your Children

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 Truth in the Tinsel - Advent Devotional


Available right now is the popular Advent devotional, Truth in the Tinsel, written by my sweet friend Amanda. This is such a simple, well written devotional, with simple craft ideas to make it meaningful and memorable, for you and your children, each day of Advent.

It’s not too late!

And, if you’re a bit too busy during this season to make your own Advent ornaments, Amanda offers them all pre-made for you! Sometimes, you just can’t put a price on keeping things simple.

Truth in the Tinsel ornaments

Sometimes, for me, it’s a decision whether not doing it at all, or taking the simple road and doing it. Some seasons just require more simplicity and that’s OK.


Grapevine Bible Studies for Kids

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Grapevine Studies
I am so excited to share this Bible Study resource with you for your children. I am in the process of going through and preparing a review on The Birth of Jesus for you so you can see how it works, but I can already tell you that it is a very creative and solid way to teach your children the Bible. I love how it can be as creative as your child wants it to be.

Creating the figures and symbols helps to solidify important concepts into your children’s minds. Do you have a child who likes to “doodle” while they listen to a read aloud? It’s kind of like that. It actually helps them remember it better. I look forward to sharing more with you soon! For now, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity for you to grab a study while they are on the lowest price of the year.

Grapevine Studies
Grapevine Studies Black Friday Sale

You can even try out some sample pages.

You can purchase either a hard copy or ebook version. Whatever works best for you!


Redeemed Lantern $8 Today!

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Y’all, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this beautiful lantern with you as it’s only $8 today! Would make a GREAT gift and are only available while supplies last. Snag two or three!

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Psalm 37 Week 2 {Moms in the Word}

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I really love how my study guide from Doorposts helps me draw out specific themes, words, ideas, and concepts every time I read the passage. This past week we focused on do’s, don’t’s, God’s role, the righteous, and the wicked.

I loved reading through the Psalm just focusing on God because highlighting His name (Lord, Him, He, etc) draws HIM out in the passage as being my comfort, rest, and refuge. It just puts such a focus on where our trust should rest. No one but HIM can bring forth our righteousness as the light. The LORD upholds the righteous. HE is merciful. The LORD loves justice.

Pulling out what we shouldn’t do (fret) and what we should do (wait on the Lord patiently).

Our adoption process certainly put us through that fire. That’s not to say we’ve “arrived” by any means. But we have learned to trust more.

But when I read this passage, I think a lot about the world as a whole right now. I feel like there are lots of enemies out there–whether they’re principles or people, Christians are in an all out war today.

I read the promises God has for the righteous and in such evil times, they are a comfort!

So, how are we going to stretch out reading Psalm 37 over a 30 day period? By focusing on different aspects of the Psalm every time you read through it. This study guide can help you with that. I highly recommend it.

What did you pull out of Psalm 37 this week? Link up below!

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Joyful Mothering ReDirect

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Christin Slade
I normally don’t make these types of announcements in this manner, but in this case it’s necessary.

I am in the process of changing the domain/url to domain/url. As I make this change, you may notice a redirect. The goal is to remain on the Joyful Mothering site with a new url: So when you type in it should change to, but still land you in the right place.

Please bear with me as these changes are made. I am not certain how long it will take to complete and have the redirects complete. Hopefully only a day or two.

You will also notice the design change. This is normal and I’d rather work with the site remaining live than shutting it down. Bear with me around the dust for a few days?

In the mean time you can find me interacting on Facebook. :)