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Intentional Prayer: Actually Praying

I am not good at praying. There.  I said it.  I’m a bit embarrassed to even throw that out there, but it’s true. I want to be good at praying.  I mean, if I really sit down and think about it, I am awestruck by the fact that God– the same God who powerfully created the entire universe and delicately knit my children together in my womb–cares to listen to small and insignificant me.  But He does.  It says so over and over again in the bible. I want to pray.  I know prayer is powerful.  I’ll even go as far as to say that I believe it’s life changing.  Yet I don’t do it nearly enough.  Why?  I don’t have a good answer.  My bad answer is that I am distracted.  I am busy.  I even have a little reminder on my phone that pops up every morning to remind me to pray and I find myself hitting “dismiss” over and over and over.  I fill my time with other things.  Other less important things. But this month, I’m working on changing that.  Here’s what I’m doing: 1.  Journaling. I’ve always been a journaler, but this month, I’m intentionally journaling my prayers.  Yep, I’m writing them down, raw, uneloquent and real. 2.  Scripture.  I’ve been inspired by Kathi Lipp and her upcoming book “Praying God’s Word for Your Husband” to use scripture when I pray.  So, I’m working to dig into God’s word as I pray for my family– allowing His truths to help me to build a relationship with God. 3.  Specificity.  I’m giving myself assignments.  I...

Guest Post: Is Breast Always Best?

Is Breastfeeding Always Best? The topic of breastfeeding is always a hot one. I remember being pregnant with my first daughter and outwardly saying, “I’m not going to worry much about breastfeeding. If it works, great! If not, it’s no big deal.” Little did I realize the emotional impact not being able to breastfeed my daughter would have on me psychologically. I simply could not get her to latch on. She would end up screaming and I would end up sobbing. My ideal just wasn’t meeting real life. Why do medical professionals prefer breastfeeding? It’s what Mother Nature intended. It is easy and convenient—no need to pack bottles, formula, etc. Breast milk is easier for the baby to digest. More importantly, it provides the baby some extra immunity. The mother passes on antibodies for things she’s protected against to the baby. There are plenty of resources that talk about the benefits of breastfeeding. I’ll include this link: www.breastfeedingbasics.com/ So, yes, I’m on board with encouraging a mother to try breastfeeding first. As a nurse, I’ve also seen breastfeeding not work and, in conjunction with your pediatrician, it might be worth having a conversation about stopping in these situations. The baby is not growing. Sometimes, as in my case, the mother and baby never get in a good rhythm. Or, the mother is simply not producing enough of a supply. In this case, it might be worth having a discussion with a lactation specialist for some extra pointers. Paramount is for the baby to stay hydrated. You can tell that your baby is hydrated if they are having a good...

March: Intentional Prayer

So, I might be about 17 days late in posting my “intentionality” of the month… but better late than never, right? This month, I want to focus on intentional prayer. And, that means two things:  First, I’m going to be intentional about praying more and second, I’m going to be intentional about how I pray.  More on this coming up on...

Note to the tooth fairy

Found this under Joey’s pillow tonight alongside the tooth he lost today: (Handwriting translation:  “Tooth Fairy:  Don’t take my tooth or I will kick you.  Love, Joey”)  ...
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