Oh Exercise! How I Love Thee–Sometimes

Why is it that even though I know how important exercise is and how much I need it and how good it makes me feel when I actually get out there and DO it, I’m constantly in a battle to make it a regular part of my life? Anyone? I wish I could share with […]

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How I Stopped Dreading Dinnertime

Dinnertime is relentless, isn’t it? It comes every single evening without fail.

How many weeks in a row can we eat spaghetti and tacos and that easy crockpot potato soup before my family notices I only have three poorly executed recipes in my arsenal? (Also, it’s summer and 80+ degrees. Nobody wants to eat my potato soup right now.)

If it were up to me, we’d eat breakfast dishes every night. I make delicious cheesy eggs and perfectly browned pancakes. My bacon is just the right level of crispiness (that’s extra crispy, thank you very much), and let’s not discount the efficiency and cost effectiveness of a simple bowl of cereal.

I mean, think of the time we’d all save if we ate cereal every night. Seriously.

But I live in the real world with things like my family’s health and happiness to consider. You, too?

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Renew Your Mind

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(Note from Kat: Today’s post is from regular contributor Jenni Keller.)

I’m a first generation athlete. I grew up in a family that valued health and watched their diets, but athletes, we were not.

After my second pregnancy, I was up about 50 pounds and feeling desperate to reclaim my body and my health. And so my journey began.

I’m not sure at what point I crossed over the line and began to embrace and believe it; but after six years, I finally believe I’m an athlete.

One very important lesson I’ve learned in my pursuit of health and in my life, is that my “norm” is always changing. As I eat more healthy food, healthy food tastes and even sounds better to me. As I push my body to new goals, my endurance, my muscles and my mental toughness continue to evolve.

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Three Places to Find God


Note from Kat: Today’s post is from my friend Christie Elkins.

One of the things that the Lord has been impressing upon me lately is His omnipresence. Summer months can derail a morning routine quicker than you can say “sweet tea” due to the changing schedules of children and spouses in your household. I have found this particularly to be true over the past week or so, when my boys have shared this bizarre virus that is floating around (Seriously, who gets this stuff mid-June?) and has left their mama depleted and in much needed time with God. Yet, there are three places I can count on when I really need to hear His voice. When I feel like I am hitting a brick wall in my quiet time, I can do a simple retreat to clear my mind and hear His voice with increased clarity:

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It’s Not About a To-Do List

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Note from Kat: Today’s post is from my friend Patti Brown.

Some days my brain doesn’t want to turn on until 8:00. I get up early, sit on my couch and look at my bible, but the words swim.

I’ll fight it. I’ll brew more tea or make an egg or do something that I hope will get those brain cells firing. But some days it just isn’t gonna happen.

Do you have days like that too? Do you get worried or feel like you’ve failed if you can’t get your bible study done first thing in the morning?

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Is It Worth It?

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As I was running this morning I found myself asking “Is it worth it?” I’m training right now for my next race and I’m attempting to stay on a running schedule. But it’s hot and humid and I’m sacrificing sleep for this run right now. So the question comes to mind “Is this worth it?” This question comes to mind in other areas  of my life besides exercise.

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The Secret To Fighting Seasons of Overwhelm

Note from Kat: This post is from a HelloMornings Challenge contributor, Sarah.

I’m in the middle of one of those seasons. You know, the so-busy-it-feels-like-every-second-of-the-day-is-scheduled kind of seasons.

I’m walking around in a constant state of worry that I’ll forget a crucial detail and all of my spinning plates will come crashing down. planner Recently, I found myself asking my four-year-old daughter to remind me of this or that, but I quickly decided that wasn’t the best approach when she started telling people, “My mommy forgets things a lot.”

I’m discovering these busy seasons are inevitable with raising a family, and I also know it will pass. But as the famous (in our house) book says:  We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. We gotta go through it!

So, instead of trying to escape the busy, I’m determined to do the best I can with the time and energy God gives me each day. I’ve gone back to my tried and true method for staying on top of my to-do list. Perhaps you’re in a similar season? If so, here are my tips for making it through with minimal plate-dropping.

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Create A HelloMornings Bible Study Basket For Your Children

As summer quickly approaches, I thought I’d re-share this popular post about how I help my kids spend time with God in the mornings. I hope you enjoy these ideas and if you create a #hellomornings basket for your children, tag me on instagram (inspiredtoaction) or share the link in the comments so I can “ohh and ahh” along with you.

Breakfast Time In My Home

This is the basket we keep on our breakfast table. It’s filled with Bibles, study books, journals, prayers sticks and conversation cards. Each morning at breakfast time, the kids eagerly sit down with their food, grab a Bible, a prayer stick and peacefully read and pray for 45 minutes.

Or not.

Maybe your kids do that, but in my house our mornings are a little more crazy (although it’s less crazy during the summer). My children are often reading other books as they sit down at the table. Imagine those kids that walk around with a book in their face as they attempt go about their day. That’s what 2/3 my children look like 95% of the time.

My other child is usually climbing on something. Possibly a sibling.

So now that we’ve established that there is nothing magical about my home, let’s move on to the topic of bribery.

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Angela’s Morning Story: The 3 Keys That Got Her Started


A quick note: My kids’ FAVORITE storybook Bible (The Jesus Storybook Bible) is on sale right now for Kindle for $1.99! I just bought our copy yesterday and saw that it’s still on sale today, so I wanted to make sure and let you all know. Click here to get it on Amazon.

Are you trying to figure out a solid routine for your mornings? Do you want to “maximize your mornings” but it’s just a whole lot harder than you’d thought it would be?

Sometimes it’s helpful to hear stories from other people in the midst of the journey. Angela emailed me recently with the things that have worked for her and there are 3 things I want you to notice in her story that I hope will help you too:

1. She kept tweaking – she had actually been trying to find a morning routine for a couple of years, but just hadn’t figured out something that worked for her. I think the key to her eventual success was that she just kept tweaking. She kept trying things until she found something that worked for her.

2. She found her jumpstart – It’s so helpful to have a “jumpstart” – that treat to look forward to when the alarm goes off. For me, it’s my cozy chair. For Angela, it was listening to worship music. For you, it might be a nice cup of coffee.

3. She looked for a solution, not a formula – I love that Angela knew that planning wasn’t something she needed to do in the mornings. It works for her to do that at night. She didn’t try to change what works just to fit into the routine I outline in the book. She wanted a solid morning routine and she pulled from my ideas and created her own solution that fits her life perfectly.

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Creating Cozy Spaces for Kids (and Moms)

It’s Spring Break ’round these parts (that’s Texan for “here”) and I’ve been busy creating fun little spaces for the kids (okay…and me).

I’m NOT a home decorator by any stretch of the imagination, but I do love creating cozy spots where my children can read and play. I’m less like Martha Stewart and more like a 7 year old kid who loves to build forts.

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The first project was creating a fun little spot in the living room where they can play games and do puzzles (pictured above and below). All I did was move a few pieces of furniture and buy a couple cute stools for a table we already had. Voila. My kids played chess all day yesterday.

Sometimes they used rules, sometimes they made up their own.


Mom’s Office/Kids’ Cave

The second project was re-doing my closet/office. You may have read my previous posts about how I transformed my closet into a little office space “mom cave” (read about that here).

It has worked REALLY well for me, but it was still a little cramped and there wasn’t really room for all three of my kids to come in and hang out, which they do…often. I’d made little spots for them…aka “kid caves” but I wanted to make it more fun and cozy than just a cleared out space in the corner.

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