Joy Challenge for Moms

Join the Help Club from August 21st through September 29th for the Joy Challenge for Moms!

See the Beauty of God in All Things

"Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 11:19 Do you feel like your family life is consumed by waves of busyness and commitments?  The Lord tells us in Deuteronomy 11:19 that we are to teach our children about the Him in all the ins-and-outs of life.  This commandment of consistent discipleship may require us to intentionally seek slow moments in our day.  I love how the Mom Tip from Joy Challenge for Moms Day 24 makes this ...
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Remember the Sunshine

"...But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13. "I only count the hours that shine."  Motto on a sundial. Remember the Sunshine At the time of this writing, we have just packed up and bid “farewell” to our youngest, as he left for his senior year of college. Goodbyes are always so bittersweet. On one hand, I am so happy for Jack as he gets to go back to school year ...
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Intentional Gratitude

 "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18NLT. As mamas, it can be very easy to lose our joy if we aren't intentional about looking for it in our everyday lives. This week's Practical Tuesday is giving a shout out to Anne Voskamp's book 1,000 Gifts. I read this book several years ago. It talks about the power that a "Gratitude Journal" can have on your perspective and your life. This book helped me to be grateful for all of the small blessings in my life and even the hard situations ...
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The Challenge of Taking Every Thought Captive

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 Have you ever met another mom who was so full of joy that she radiated Jesus? I have had the pleasure of knowing such a woman, and of course, I wanted a slice of whatever she was having! Her joy was contagious! As Christians, we should be shining like a light on a hill (Matthew 5:14-15), so that people feel compelled to ask us what makes us different from the rest of the world! In today’s lesson, Tommy shares that living a life of joy should be our ...
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Praise Brings JOY!

Hi, this is Jennifer with the Mom Tips team.In this week’s #momtipsinaction I am highlighting the Mom Tip from Day 22 in the 40 Day Joy Challenge for Moms book. The tip is to “play praise and worship music in your home during the day (breakfast, lunch, quiet time, etc.) to help set the tone.” Music can create an atmosphere of joy! I play worship music when I get ready for the day and even as I am doing my household chores.  I have found this helps me “exchange my thoughts” as Tommy teaches in Day 22. My conscious mind can ...
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Joy: The Secret Weapon

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 ESV “I believe that a trusting attitude and a patient attitude go hand in hand. You see, when you let go and learn to trust God, it releases joy in your life. And when you trust God, you're able to be more patient. Patience is not just about waiting for something... it's about how you wait, or ...
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Joy is the Writing on the Wall

Here's this week's Mom Tip in Action!! Grab your kids and do this activity together! Your kids will love writing on the mirror with a dry-erase pen, and you will be reminded of ways to add joy to your life! Simply follow the directions in Day 24's Joy Builder and write quotes like, "What I think about I bring about" and "I set my mind on things above" on a mirror in your home. Tell your kids what these phrases mean and why they are important. Say them out loud to yourself every time you walk by and feel your ...
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“The Challenge of Environment”

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart...What you say flows from what is in your heart.” - Luke 6:45 (NLT) Hey, mamas! Today, we are talking about preserving joy by protecting our hearts and minds from the hazardous influences of life. When I first became a mom, I realized that no matter which “type” of mom I was going to decide to be, there would always be an oppositional “camp” of motherhood thinking. Whether I breastfed or bottle-fed, home-made organic baby food or bought it, co-slept or crib-slept my baby, not everyone would ever ...
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Mom Tips in Action!

Hi, This is Leslie with the Mom Tips team. Here is this week's #momtipsinaction! Today we are highlighting a tip about teaching your children Scripture. This Mom Tip on Day 18 in the 40 Day Joy Challenge for Moms book is, "Choose one of the following Bible verses to teach your children: Galatians 6:7, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 or Philippians 4:6-7." I created some colorful printables using an app on my phone with all three verses. I sent the files, along with a few others, to my local drug store and I had printed photos in less than an hour. It was a ...
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Joy Is Available to You Today!

"Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:8-9. “No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek, find. To those who knock it is opened.” –C.S. Lewis (The Great Divorce) 1. Today is the day that the Lord has made! Prepare to meet Jesus. Pray against distractions and pray to hear the Lord’s ...
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Words of Affirmation

Hey Mama’s this is Rae-Ellen, This week of the Joy Challenge for Moms was full of SO many good nuggets! It was hard to pick just one to put into a practical application! I really love day 11 and the exhortation to put God first even before you get out of bed! This is an amazing training that believe it or not needs exercise! However, the challenge that I felt I needed the most help with this week was learning to show gratitude! We are huggers, so we hug often, but when I see the good in my husband and kids, ...
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The Challenge of What’s True

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”  Psalm 119:105 How many times have you been advised to “Follow your heart?” It’s a popular philosophy in today’s feelings-driven culture. However, real joy does not lie in doing what feels right. True joy is a product of submitting your feelings and emotions to the Lord and allowing Him to direct your decisions through the wisdom found in His infallible Word. This applies so beautifully to our journey through motherhood and marriage! Are you feeling frustrated with your children? God tells us in Ephesians 4:2 to “bear ...
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