Teaching your kids about justice and loving your neighbor just got easier. Meet the Glow Campaign

Note From Kat: This post is from my very good friend, neighbor and monthly contributor, Liz Griffin.

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Mamas, I’d like to tell you a story. And then invite you to join us.

Last spring my daughter Sophie and her friend Ana were celebrating a classmate’s birthday in school. A little boy in the class didn’t like cupcakes and became very vocal about how he would have preferred a different snack. Not sure what was wrong with him – I would have gladly taken that cupcake off his hands.

Mrs. Keltner, the teacher, mentioned to the kids they should be thankful to have a cupcake. She told them that there are kids all around the world who don’t get enough food to eat and would probably love to have a cupcake for a treat.

That struck a cord with Sophie and Ana. At recess they began to think about what life would be like if they lived in poverty, were orphans or didn’t have access to clean water.  It made them sad to recognize that was a reality for so many kids. Despite the fact that they were seven, they decided to do something about it.

Fueled with a passion to make lives better for kids around the world, their charity was born.

The Glow Campaign. Creating brighter futures for kids.

The Glow Crew in South Africa visiting a day care center and learning how we can help children there.
The Glow Crew in South Africa visiting a day care center and learning how we can help children there.

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Overwhelmed? Learn To Say Your Best Yes – An Interview with Lysa TerKeurst – ITA57

Every “yes” is a commitment of our time and energy. How can we make wise choices? How can we say no graciously? Join Lysa Terkeurst and me in this episode of the Inspired To Action podcast as we discuss how to free ourselves from overwhelmed schedules and the fear of saying no.

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In this interview, Lysa shares with us:

  • How to change your overwhelmed schedule.
  • The 3 clues that reveal whether we should say yes or no to an opportunity.
  • The “scripts” Lysa uses to graciously says no when pressured to say yes.
  • A simple way to start “unrushing” your life.

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How we start matters. The first few minutes of anything, be it a movie, race, game or our day set the tone for everything that is to come. This episode of the podcast is all about learning to start our days well. This simple habit can literally change everything for you…

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ITA55 – Motherhood and Nutrition – Simple Steps To Eating Better – A Chat with Trina Holden

Eating smarter could be one of the fastest ways to become a better mom, because what we eat affects how we feel, and how we feel affects how we respond to those around us.

“You are what you eat.” You’ve heard it before. Maybe you’ve even said it to your kids. But how often do we, as moms, think about the effect of food on our actions and attitudes toward our children?

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On today’s show, Trina Holden, shares several simple ways to make better food choices and even get our families excited about healthy eating. No, really.

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ITA54 – The House That Mercy Built – Kristen Welch’s Inspiring Story

How can an average suburban mom change the world? Kristen Welch is sharing her incredible story on the podcast today.

Her journey took her around the world, but as you’ll hear in this episode, she found just as much need right in her own backyard. Kristen is humble and wise and a woman of action. Don’t miss this podcast!

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ITA #53 – No More Mommy Brain – Finding the Time for Learning – An Interview with Stephanie Langford and Erin Odom

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Motherhood can be an incredible season of learning and it doesn’t have to just be about motherhood related topics. Today, I’m chatting with Stephanie Langford and Erin Odom – the amazing (and wonderfully humble) women behind Ultimate-Bundles.com about how they have made time for learning about all kinds of things, ranging from cloth diapering to traveling around the world, all while raising a crew of little ones.

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Playground Missions: Changing the World One Juice Box at a Time

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Note from Kat: This post is from my good friend and monthly contributor, Liz Griffin.

My husband and I were a year into planting a church in Seattle when my daughter was born. Of course, I was thrilled to be a mom and have this little blonde baby to spend my days with. Who wouldn’t? I was prepared for sleepless nights and days spent in yoga pants, but there were some aspects of the motherhood transition I wasn’t as prepared for.

As someone who had been doing ministry for years, it took some getting used to seeing how motherhood aligned with my passion for church planting and discipleship.

I was able to schedule in a few meetings with girls during naps, but most of the time I was at the library story hour or pushing a swing at a playground. While the journey had some ups and downs, I am more convinced than ever that raising kids offers a massive opportunity to show the love of Jesus to an entire demographic I previously had no access to.

My kid’s friends.

This summer two things happened that showed me what an impact my parents had on kids that I played with when I was little. In June I was talking to a friend that I had known since elementary school, but really got close to in high school. She had come from a broken home and my parents always invited her over after school. She joined us for countless meals and weekend hang outs.

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What Voice Are You Listening To?

Note from Kat: Today’s post is from the lovely Jenni Keller

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Four of us stood around the kitchen island while our kids played downstairs. While we talked about the start of school and getting settled into new routines, our conversation took a sadly, familiar turn to the topic of body image.

While we four women have very different body types, we shared one thing in common: the struggle for contentment. And as one woman shared, I looked at her and couldn’t see what it was that she saw in herself and so clearly could not accept. We nodded our heads as she spoke, because we all have the same thoughts rattling through our heads at times.

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ITA #52 – Back To School Routines That Rock – with Amy McCready

Parenting expert Amy McCready gives us some fantastic tips on making life giving morning, after school and evening routines during the school year.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The power of the “When-Then” routine
  • How to use lists to eliminate nagging
  • How to empower your kids to get themselves ready on time
  • How 10 minutes can transform your child’s day

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New Resources for Your Mornings!

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Hi friends! I’ve been very busy working on a fun project for you and I’m so excited to share about it today.

As you might know, I wrote a book called Maximize Your Mornings and it’s all about helping you to develop an amazing morning routine. And we have a community challenge called HelloMornings that is designed to help you build that habit with a community of other women. (Actually, registration just opened this week and we’d love to have you join us. Spots are filling up fast, though, so make sure to sign up soon.)

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Well, The HelloMornings Team and I have created two NEW resources that I think will be amazingly helpful for those of you wanting to make the most of your mornings.

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