Today is the first in my five post series about being RENEWED in the new year. I will be writing about each in order of importance in my life. (Faith, Marriage, Children, Outreach/Others, Self.) While praying over these areas and the ways I need to change in accordance to each, I realized 3 distinct sections in each area and came up with 2 or 3 attainable goals. Here is what I have settled on for my Faith Goals:



In order for my prayer life to be transformed into the vibrant, passionate, interactive thing that it should be, I first realize that I need to be COMMITTED to prayer (not merely petition for others and myself, but also thanksgiving and adoration). If I am committed then I will be CONSISTENT in praying for the needs of others (not once or twice, but until we see an answer). To really follow this call, I know that playfulness must be CONSTANT in my life (the Spirit is living and active inside me and I will strive to be conscious of His presence every moment)

My first baby step in accomplishing the above goal is to keep a regular, detailed list of my prayers in a small notebook that I will have with me everywhere so I can have specific prayers at my fingertips any time. Another immediate change is to start my daily quiet time with prayer. Typically I wait until after I am done studying because I am itching to get into the Word, but many times the timer goes off and I haven’t prayed.


My favorite part of the day is the 30 minutes we all spend individually with YHVH. It never seems long enough. This season finds me constantly yearning for more time to just sit and soak up His teaching. My three sections of focus in this area are: TORAH STUDY (I use many resources in my personal study through each week’s portion, but my main one is Hoshana Rabbah. When our group meets to study on the Sabbath, we use the studies on Restoration of Torah.) SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION (too often I know what the Word says but I can’t site it for others. I hope to remedy this by focusing a lot more on memorization, starting with my 2 theme verses for the year: Romans 12:2 and Isaiah 43:18-19). BIBLICAL HEBREW (I have been interested in Biblical Hebrew for a couple years now and have dabbled in learning it. Now is the time for me to get serious about learning it so I can have a deeper understanding of the original words used in the Scriptures I am studying. I plan to use free resources from Hebrew4ChristiansAncient Hebrew Research CenterAnimated Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew. obviously not all at the same time 😉 )


When I think about worship, two things come to mind: PRAISE and FELLOWSHIP. Praise because singing and lifting our hands in adoration is a typical picture of worship. Fellowship, because what a beautiful picture of our unity with Yeshua is our communion with other believers! My goal to incorporate worship into my daily life will start with the baby step of playing praise music throughout the day whenever possible (Messianic Radio and Joshua Aaaron are two of my favorites).

As of right now, our family has three regular weekly times of worship through praise and fellowship. Friday evenings, we observe the beginning of the Sabbath as a family (you can read more about that Here and Here). Saturday afternoon we have a group that we study, eat and fellowship; and Sunday mornings we attend a mainstream church. These are three very distinctly different ways to worship the Lord with other believers, but all three are rooted in Yeshua HaMashiach as the reason for our meeting. My goal in this area right now is just to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading on where, why and how we worship in each of these venues, and to be submissive to His prompting of any changes that may need to be made.


Weekly kid-friendly/budget-friendly THM menu


That pic above is of my favorite muffin in a mug. It’s the coffee cake for one by Rhonda Sue. *drool*

Okay! Moving right along to the menu. I’ve decided to just list 7 breakfasts, lunches and dinners, along with several snack ideas. I realized that people start their weeks on different days, eat more (or less) snacks than we do, and  run into a night where they just want to make Thursday’s dinner on Monday. So I’m hoping this new list format makes it easier to tweak and make your own!


eggs and bacon or sausage (2x)

cereal for the kids and muffin in a mug for mom (2x)

thm pancakes (page 223) with berries

oatmeal with cinnamon and diced apples (brown sugar and walnuts on the kid’s, truvia on mom’s) 2x



tortilla pizzas (page 280) and sliced veggies

PB&J (regular for the kids; low carb wrap with smucker’s natural PB and homemade strawberry truvia jam for mom) with sliced veggies (2x)

hot dogs and mac&cheese for the kids; crispy salmon (page 283) on romaine with EVOO for mom

leftovers from the soup dinners (2x)

lunchmeat (sandwiches for kids; roll ups for mom~ page 299) and fruit



pinto bean and rice roll ups (low carb wrap for mom) and fruit

tuna melts for the family; tuna on a low carb wrap for mom; salad

all day lentil stew (page 311)  and crackers (wasa for mom)

hamburgers (lettuce “bun” for mom) and green fries (page 357)

krabby patties (page 338) made with tuna and salad (sourdough bread for the family)

my version of fotato soup (adapted from page 294) ~use the THM bullion in place of the chicken broth and add turmeric with the other seasoning

pork chops; broccoli with cheese and butter; mashed potatoes for the family




string cheese

THM friendly muffins (there are many of these on pinterest)


sliced veggies

smoothies (I love the cake batter frappa. I make the kids’ smoothies with frozen banana and strawberries, almond milk and honey)

85% dark chocolate from aldi

fudge (page 386)

peanut butter cups

for the kids: chia energy balls



Linked up at menu plan monday





Scheduling Series Overview


For my  first crack at this new flow of intentional time management, I’ve decided to break my day up into categories. These are the major categories of my daily life that I’d like to improve upon in some way. Then I will pick one specific way to be more intentional for the week and try to stick with it. I will post my progress here each day and an overall progress report at the end of the week.

Spiritual LifeThis week, my goal is to get up at 6:30 am (I typically get up at 7 ish) so I can spend time in prayer and the Word. The biggest obstacle I can see with this is if the children don’t stay asleep for at least the first 15 minutes so I can get in some quality prayer time. I can study with them up but prayer is a little trickier.

MarriageSpend at least 15 minutes decompressing together and talking just the 2 of us. This may seem like a no-brainer, but we could go days without sitting down face to face and intentionally sharing with one another. Which then leads to blow ups because there’s no buffer each day to take the pressure of every day life off . We’ve been trying this for a couple of days and it seems like it’s working pretty well. I want to continue this.

ParentingI really, really want to be less snappy with my kids. I am a very intense person and I need to practice being calmer when I am dealing with my children.

Home EducationI think we are doing really well in this area actually (it’s still early in the year!) So I think my goal here will be to keep up the forward momentum.

Housework: Clean something every day. Cleaning is NOT my strong suit. A schedule has to be made for me to stick to. This is one area where I have to be rigid or it won’t get done. I will share what I come up with tomorrow.

HealthI am so off base here. I have 2 goals….. get back on my eating plan (MUCH more about that to come!) and do some sort of exercise. Any sort of exercise. For any length of time. That’s how far off I am.

BlogThis is my newest area so I’m really feeling this out. I have so many fun posts planned and I’m also totally open to ideas….what do you want to read?  My goal is to write 2 posts a day.

What about you?? Who’s with me? Do you have even ONE area that you can pinpoint a goal you’d like to work on? Let’s use this platform to hold one another accountable. Post your comments below.


Longing for a comfortable flow…


I have been searching for a way to be more consistent. To put more of a flow to our days.

I’ve tried hourly scheduling, but then I feel like I am putting God in a box. If one thing goes unplanned it throws me off and I scrap the whole thing.

I’ve tried to-do lists, but then I end up limiting myself to that list. I can’t exactly list everything I need to tend to that day. It just doesn’t seem right to put spending time with my kids on a list.

I’ve tried FlyLady and it overwhelms me. I’ve tried MOTH and it’s just too rigid.

And still…..this nagging feeling inside to have more structure, more purpose, more intentionality…..it persists.

So I am going to use this new platform as a way to try and satisfy that longing in a public way. I will share what I am doing, how I am doing and what is or isn’t working.

I have actually heard from a couple of friends that they are in the same boat. Lacking that consistency and knowing their lives and homes would be more blessed if they could get into a groove. So I am hoping to make this an interactive journey. One where we can learn from one another and get better on track in our day to day lives together.

What works for you? What isn’t working? What unique challenges do you have that you need to overcome to get into more of a flow? Please post your comments below and let’s encourage one another in this season of becoming more intentional.

Stay tuned later today for my first post about my new plans. Or better yet….scroll to the bottom of this page and subscribe to get my new posts via email!