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Honing in to Home – Page 7 – A place for Christian moms to call home and be called back to home…

My Wall

Proverbs 24:3-4 “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowlegde its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures!”
One of the walls in our bedroom is full of Scripture verses I’ve prayed in times of needing to trust in God’s promises. There are also photos of our wedding day, children’s births/birthdays & other times where faces full of joy were caught on camera. Pictures my children drew or painted also adorn this wall. Many of them are of Jesus and angels or churches and rainbows. They’ve also written beautiful sayings like ” God loves you” or “I love Jesus” which got taped up there in plain site for us to set our eyes upon daily as a captivating remembrance of those simple Truths.
So, I call this place the wall of God’s faithfulness. No matter what we’re going through, my husband & I can always come in here to gaze at this visual proof of the Lord’s handiwork in our lives. And the virtual reminder of His love brings cheer to our hearts every day. <3
In a world where there can be so much negativity, may you find a space in your home (either big or small) to serve as a living memorial to your family how Father God has your whole world in His hands, too! 🙂

Everyone Needs a Sabbath!

Saturdays are Sabbath day of rest for our family; a time gifted to rest, relax and regroup from the previous week. Honestly, I’m so glad God gives us one day a week to do just that because life can be messy, the world around us can get loud, we as a couple can get wrapped up in our own personal missions and following that… arguments can ensue (and do). My husband & I are not immune to any of those mentioned above. For Jesus says “in this world we will have trouble” then Paul later says how “those who marry will face many troubles in this life!” Good thing for those of us whom His Spirit dwells in, Jesus also says “not to worry because He has overcome the world”! That means we have the same power within to be overcomers!
Hence, after all the trials and conflicts which can arise in just one week, the blessing to just stop and pause provides us with the prime opportunity to abide. This is a chance to slow down enough for the Lord to reveal to our hearts the deeper things He wants to deal with by allowing all that’s transpired in the first place! Continue reading “Everyone Needs a Sabbath!”

Indescribable, Really!

Leading up to our 10-Year-Anniversary, we look back on all that has taken place in that short period of time. This journey has been indescribable through earthly words.
From the birth of a new union of two becoming one, the birth of a ministry, a mother’s healing, a daughter’s struggle, the birth of another daughter who gets feverishly ill & needs surgery by the age of two, the birth of twins, being called to homeschool & so much more… we have had the privilege to grow immensely in Jesus Christ Yahushua. He has been the banner over this marriage, this family, the work that has been done for all to see as well as what goes on behind the scenes. Continue reading “Indescribable, Really!”

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!”

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…”