Leave Yesterday’s Mistakes Behind

yesterdays mistakes


Our past is a huge part of our future…our stories shape us and we become a women of our individual journeys. I don’t believe we can or should leave our stories behind us and think that we can just forget where we’ve been or what we’ve done.

But let’s not let our mistakes or sins keep us from the beauty that God has before us.

The ashes are a necessary part of the beauty, but don’t let the ashes direct us, let hope and trust in the Father direct us.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

How Can I Build My Child’s Self Esteem?

If you listened you heard that…only I could forget the rest of “sticks and stones will break your bones but…” I had a complete brain block at that moment!! Well, I hope you laughed with me, but if you laughed AT me, at least we both got a laugh 🙂

One way you can help build your child’s self-esteem: speak words that build up and not tear down.
We can help build the self-esteem of our children by focusing more on their strengths and accomplishments rather than their short comings.

A child’s self-esteem is often built on what those close to them say about them, so we can make a huge impact in our kid’s lives if we praise them and encourage the positive decisions they make. And when they fail and make mistakes, speak words like: I know you can do better! Let them know that you believe in them.

It’s so important that moms build up and not tear down our kids.

For instance; I just cringe when I hear parents call their child stupid or dumb, it’s heartbreaking and flat out cruel. Yes, they will do stupid things… so will we…but let’s separate those actions from who they are as a person.

When a parent tells a child they are stupid or even “bad,” it tears down the very core of who they are. Let’s not let their mistakes become part of their identity. I sure don’t want to be defined by the many times I’ve fallen, instead I want to be encouraged to pick myself up and do better next time.

Instead we can say something like: That was not the best decision to make, but YOU are smart. I’m sure you’ll do better next time.

And, isn’t that what we want too?

So, think about the words we speak to our kids…speak words of encouragement and praise.

Real moms can build their kid’s self-esteem by building them up, not tearing them down.

Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

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Operation Beautiful ~ Let’s Do This!

If you haven’t heard about this project, you must check it out.

I’m so impressed with this and it goes so perfectly with our mission to connect, encourage and inspire!
Let’s do this girls, I’m starting today!

Here is a link to their website:
Operation Beautiful

More Sunday Ramblings and an Exciting New Thing to Do

So it’s another Sunday ya’ll.

(I’m not sure where “ya’ll” comes from because I’m a Northerner. I’ve lived in Michigan all my life. But it’s possible that my hopeless adoration of big hair makes me channel my Southern self.)

I’m not planning as ridiculous post as last Sunday, but the night is young.

Today hubby is getting over the flu and is weak so it was easy to wrestle the remote from his clammy hands. Well, not really but he went upstairs to rest so Lauren and I are watching the Daytona 500. Well, technically I’m not watching it, but it’s on TV. I’m playing on my computer. Catching up on blogs and tweeting with all my wonderful friends around the world.

I love how the internet has connected us.
I’m a big “connections” kind of gal.

In fact the tagline for the ministry of Praise and Coffee is “connect-encourage-inspire.”
That’s my passion.

I’d like to put a little disclaimer under that that says, not: preach-teach-lead.

Don’t get me wrong, I CAN teach, sometimes I DO preach and I BELIEVE in good leadership, but really, my heart for the whole ministry of Praise and Coffee is to connect women and let the Lord do the amazing work He does in honest authentic -let’s live this thing out together- relationships.

Note: to state what I hope is obvious, I have the utmost respect for ministries that do teach, preach and lead…just sharing my heart for this ministry.

Which brings me to another thought (careful, we take sharp turns on this blog!)…

There are:
Praise and Coffee Nights
Praise and Coffee Magazine
Praise and Coffee Runs
(go to the main website to see more about these: Praise and Coffee)

and now- in our quest for world domination- we are adding:

Praise and Coffee Cooks!

NO, not a cookbook. Oh for the love of donuts, there are plenty of cooking blogs out there doing a morethanfantastic job, I’m not re-inventing the wheel or the donut as it may be.

This will be to encourage women to get together with one-two or three girlfriends and prepare a full meal to bring home to their family that night.

Of course this adventure should include lots of coffee drinking, laughing and letting the kids play.

I am sure that as you get together, you will also sharpen one another and realize that you’re not in this dance of life alone.

Doesn’t that sound like fun?!

Denise and I making The Pioneer Woman’s lasagna, it was incredible!!!

Denise and I have done this a few times and just loved it. AND may I add, our husbands were thrilled too! They even ask us now…”when are you two going to get together and cook again?”

Denise is actually the one that will be leading this new venture. Which primarily means that she’ll be encouraging you all to do it, take pictures, send them to us and tell us how much fun you had!

There is no big sign-up or registration, we’re not building an empire girls, remember:


We just want you to do it and see what happens.

We will have a special section in future magazines to show your beautiful faces and meals off, so stay tuned.

Here is a link to the info on our webpage:
Praise and Coffee Cooks

And of course, check out our FB page and add your pics there too!!!
Praise and Coffee Cooks on Facebook

Well, that’s all I have right now. I have to go save the dog. Lauren is flipping a coin and yelling “heads or tails?!”

The pup is about to get a quarter between the eyes…

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