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Mommy and the Joyful Three

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Erin James is the author of a mom blog on She is a mother of three whose passion is helping other moms and dads with positive parenting.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Speak Life to Your Children

It grieves me to overhear caregivers speak harsh words to children. Doesn’t everyone know the damage such words can have on these precious souls?

posted @ Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:45 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Teach Your Kids to Seek God in Prayer

Teaching your children to actively seek God in all they do creates a peace for them they can find in no other place.

posted @ Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:50 AM | Feedback (0)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Finding Peace with Family Failures

Let’s face it. Some of us did not have good childhoods. Some of us faced things no child should have to face. Some of us carry the baggage of our parents’ mistakes even now as adults. It’s natural to fear becoming the very things that hurt us years ago. We can worry about our lineage, as it’s held tight to those in our families who have harmed us.

posted @ Monday, February 16, 2015 11:28 AM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Coping with Family Dysfunction

Dealing with a dysfunctional family and trying to uphold a Christian way of life is not always easy. I’ve been thrown into maddening cycles of ups and downs with my immediate and extended family since childhood. From a very young age, I was in the crossfires of gossip and arguments. I was pitted against my cousins and brothers. Fighting seemed was not only accepted but desired.

posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2015 4:24 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Forgive Yourself and Forge Forward

I am not one for resolutions for the New Year, mostly because I feel like I battle internally on a daily basis with new goals and ways to improve. But, this year is different. And my revelation leads me to write this new post about forgiveness and what it means to forgive yourself the way God does. We all make mistakes. Sometimes we don’t foresee the consequences our choices produce until it’s too late. We are mere humans. All of us struggle with our own “demons”.

posted @ Tuesday, January 06, 2015 4:18 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Christmas List Worth More

It’s time to stop condemning ourselves and others. In this season of thankfulness, we should be grateful for the life that God puts in our bodies every day, for the countless mistakes we make and for the difficulties that come our way. You may think these are nonsensical things for which to be thankful, but God has us in His hands. Even the challenges we face and the misery we experience in life can be turned into a testimony of God’s astounding grace.

posted @ Tuesday, November 25, 2014 4:44 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Is Your Family Spiritually Sick?

There is an epidemic amongst us, something far more terrifying than any disease. It can come into your home and tear it apart at the seams. I’m speaking of our spiritual health. It is far more important than the shape of our bodies, for it is eternity that we should be most concerned about.

posted @ Friday, October 24, 2014 4:22 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Teaching Kids to Be Confident

This week, I feel God has really placed on my heart to talk about self-esteem building, mainly with daughters but it applies to our sons as well. Being the mom of two beautiful, bright daughters has taught me much over the past nine years. I suffered from low self-esteem growing up; and I have made it my goal to build my daughters up so that they do not fall prey to feeling unworthy. The Bible tells us that we are worthy, of love and of the life that God has intended for us.

posted @ Tuesday, October 07, 2014 5:18 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Helping Kids to Put on the Armor of God

Explosions, gunshots and screams pierce your ears. You choke on smoke and dust. You feel the enemy getting closer, but the darkness is blinding. You’re confused as you search through the darkness hoping to see them before they see you. You know that lives are lost. You feel the presence of death looming over you as it weighs heavy in the air. You feel a mixture of sadness and yet relief that you are still alive. Your nostrils fill with horrid smells and sweat drenches your clothes.

posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3:47 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ready, Set, Defend Your Kids: Who Is In Your Huddle?

In this raging cultural war, we must counteract the enemy with a strong defense. To have a strong defense, strong role models should surround our children. The same must surround us. Talking a good talk is meaningless when you are not walking it out. I admit I have often, even as an adult and as a mom, found myself in the wrong crowd.

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:41 PM | Feedback (0)