Off-Roading Motherhood?

Moms, I am having to trust God through a season of some seemingly messy, off-roading when it comes to motherhood these days. The Lord is basically having me back off, let up, calm down; “be still & chill” when it comes to how I school my children. Anyone who knows me well knows I like to research & give out tons of information, micromanage, train, stick to schedules & check boxes off as “done”. It‘s that soldier mentality- I can’t help it. I’ve just always been able to execute with excellency. It’s a gift! But here lately it’s been more like a curse because it can leave no room for others to solve problems for themselves! Consequently, I am being told to hand over the reigns, delegate & step into more of a facilitator role with my children so they can discover, explore & figure things out without mommy as their living “Google”. Continue reading “Off-Roading Motherhood?”

Relationship Strength Training 101!

A wise tip to consider: most all problems relationally are resolved with much prayer & honest to goodness communication! If the Lord has shown me anything, He’s taught me how to do both of these things often & a lot (not saying at all that I do them well… Just often & a lot)! 
Most touchy topics are avoided in conversations (especially between spouses/family members) due to fear or pain- or fear of pain rather. And I will assure you that most times the Lord will not just simply rectify your situation because He wants your faith in Him to be put into action like a farmer who can have good hopes of an abundant harvest but lest he puts his hand to the plow, barren the ground would remain! Continue reading “Relationship Strength Training 101!”

His Love is Like Water!

Thinking this morning on God & how big & great He is! He redeems the time. He loves us in our brokenness. He loves us when we are unlovable. He loves us when we hate ourselves. He loves us back to life. (I know this for a fact personally). And in response to that love- then & only then can we love Him back & truly love one another. He has shown me this great love & in response I give Him my life. I confess my yuck to Him. I ask for His forgiveness of sin in my depravity. He not only forgives me but takes the shame & condemnation. Along with forgiveness, He adds to it His power that allows me to walk in obedience to His Word. He keeps me humble. He holds me & sustains me. He renews me day by day. And yes… He even disciplines me because He loves me. He fills my heart so full of Him that I cannot help but praise Him & thank Him. Does that mean everything is perfect? Nope. Not even close. But is there light in the darkness & peace through the storms? Yes. Continue reading “His Love is Like Water!”

God trusts ME with His children?!!!

Matthew 11: 25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.” 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
(The day before I was led to these verses, I was wailing & whining about what God was calling me to with my children. I honestly think I felt for a brief moment what Jonah experienced. Just call me “Jonette”! I was sweating, exhausted, running on empty already at 10 a.m. in the morning wondering how I would make it through the rest of the day with my children- not to mention the rest of the summer! I was like “how could I ever even considered the thought of possibly homeschooling them at some point?” That was me… totally freaking out!) Continue reading “God trusts ME with His children?!!!”

About Me

For real though… I don’t like writing about myself but I share this in hopes that you’ll come to the conclusion after reading this that it’s really not about Cristine very much at all. For I know I’m nothing without God’s grace to me, Jesus’ righteousness for me and His Spirit’s power in me that made me who I am today. Continue reading “About Me”

What You Can Expect at Honing in to Home…

Here is the type of blog you will get on Honing into Home blog:~

When you have younger children at home, some days primarily consist of puzzles and play doh… while others are full of prayer for that teenage prodigal. As the latter mentioned is not the topic of this blog, I share it to say that it is possible to pray about the one while still being fully present for the others. And in light of that fact, one may question how play doh and puzzle days are ones we call “spectacular”. So let me give you the answer to that now: because there is nothing better than good ole fashioned quality time together while you have it.
Time together builds relationships. Continue reading “What You Can Expect at Honing in to Home…”