Verses For Lenten Reflection

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We are currently in the midst of the Lenten season - a time to reflect and be mindful of what Christ did for us on the cross.  This time of year is especially meaningful for those of us who follow Christ. Observing Lent gives Easter an even deeper and richer meaning than when we just choose to celebrate the time from Good Friday to Easter.

Lenten Reflection Printable

I wanted to create some printables this month to help us really focus on the sacrifices of Christ and what His death and resurrection mean to those of us who are His followers.

At breakfast in the morning I like to take a few minutes to remind the kids of the season and it's meaning.  I've also been playing a hymn on the iPad that we can learn together.  Recently the hymn has been "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded." 

I've been playing this version, as it's fairly easy to sing with and shows images from the movie The Passion, helping the kids understand what the song is about.

Printable Verse Cards For Lent

We can also use Bible verses in our personal prayer times or with the kids to help us focus during Lent.  I'm providing verse cards you can print and set around the house to read as you go about your day.  My prayer is that they'll help all of us have a deeper focus and reflection on Christ's sacrifice.

Print Lenten Reflection Bible Verse Cards

Print 8x10 Lenten Verse

What are some of the meaningful ways you observe Lent?  Do you have any favorite verses or hymns for this time of year?

Blessings, Christy

Christy Halsell

Christy lives at the beach, loves on five children, and drives a minivan with too much sand on the floor. Homeschooling mother by day, graphic designer by night, Christy writes about letting Jesus heal the hurts of life and adds snippets on tricks she's learned about running a family of seven.

Bi-Weekly Meal Plan for March 1–14

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Welcome to The Better Mom Whole Food Meal Plan.

These easy & Healthy turkey breakfast sausage patties not only make a delicious breakfast but are also great for dinner too!

These easy & Healthy turkey breakfast sausage patties not only make a delicious breakfast but are also great for dinner too!

Our free bi-weekly GF menus open into a convenient pdf that includes links to each of the gluten-free recipes featured making it easy to access them with just a simple click.

Once you click on the graphics below, you can easily save these gluten-free menus to your computer for easy access anytime you need them. Then, simply click on the links within the meal plan pdf to gain instant access to each of the recipes. (Please note: Many mobile devices and tablets are not able to open links within a pdf document. So be sure to save the meal plans to your computer first.)

March 1–7 GF Whole Food Meal Plan

Bi-Weekly Whole Food GF Meal Plan for March 1–7: (To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, many mobile devices and tablets are not able to open links within a pdf. So save the meal plan to your computer first.)

March 8–14 GF Whole Food Meal Plan

Bi-Weekly Whole Food GF Meal Plan for March 8–14: (To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, many mobile devices and tablets are not able to open links within a pdf. So save the meal plan to your computer first.)

In addition to the gluten-free meal plans above, we're pleased to provide you with a free meal planning template perfect for creating your own custom meal plans:
• Meal plan template PDF 

To learn more about meal planning, please check out my FREE Video Course: Mastering Meal Planning. My hope is that this will be a great resource and encouragement for you whether you’re just getting started with meal planning, or are a seasoned expert.

Always a treat to share healthy meals with you! Let’s give thanks to the Lord for providing us the opportunity to nourish our families in this way!

Joyfully Serving HIM, Kelly at The Nourishing Home

Kelly Smith

Kelly loves the Lord, her family, and sharing her passion for gluten-free, grain-free cooking and meal planning with others. She is a full-time homemaker who loves spending time with her awesome hubby and two sweet boys. Kelly's whole food, gluten-free journey began six years ago when she was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disorder. Since then, the Lord has blessed her with an amazing recovery - a testament to His grace and the health benefits of eating whole foods. Kelly shares her knowledge and love for whole food cooking at The Nourishing Home.

Why Loving Your Husband Makes You a Better Mom

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Why Loving Your Husband Makes You a Better Mom

I've learned over the last 15 years of marriage that loving my husband has made me a better mom. It wasn't until after we had our first child and she began to mimic me that I began to understand this to be true. Now, nearly 14 years after her birth, I have watched our baby girl grow up and become a wonderful young lady. I have also realized that some of her character traits have been influenced directly by the way she sees me love my husband.

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Holding Fast in the Storms of Life

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Sitting in the dark shadows of my small cozy library as the sun went behind the mountain, found me and one of my older children talking quietly of struggles, challenges, battles of life, and long term endurance. The deep friendship, shaped over years of shared life, had knit our souls quite together.

I wasn't expecting this moment to be a memorable one. Just a normal moment in the dusk of day, that shaped a soul-satisfying memory.

"Mama," my grown child tenderly whispered, "One of the greatest things you have ever accomplished is to keep our family together through love, faith, laying down your own life, and enduring with as much grace as Jesus could give you, so that our lives could be whole, healthy and strong. I know that only God will know the ways you have chosen to give and serve and forgive,  when you had to make the choices to do so. But all of us kids have benefitted because you were willing to weather the storms of life for us and hold us together."

Sometimes, I think mamas hold the whole world together. Their work is that important.

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To Linger Longer: Treasuring Person Over Productivity

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To Linger Longer: Treasuring Person Over Productivity

His answer caught me a bit by surprise. "I would love it if you just hugged me...longer."

In a season of difficult decisions and busy schedules, I had asked my husband, "What can I DO to help you?" I wanted to make phone calls, create to-do lists...take things off his plate. I longed to right the wrongs and fix things. Well aware of all that had to be done in the day to day, I rarely paused for long displays of affection; I was too efficient for hugs.

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Wagging Fingers or Bended Knees? {on teaching our children about the sins of others}

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It was a bright, sunny spring day with puffy clouds in the sky. My children and I were returning home from a busy morning of running errands. Since we were ahead of schedule for once, I decided we would stop at a local coffeehouse to grab a refreshing treat. I love the coconut lattes there and my children love their green tea– fruit smoothies. We could sip our drinks and talk about what the evening held, which included grilling out and a trip to the local baseball diamond where both of my sons had games scheduled for later that evening.

As we rounded the corner of the building to reach the front door, a teenage boy stood near the door with his back facing us. I thought he looked familiar. His navy blue coat and curly brown hair seemed to belong to the son of a friend of mine.  As we got closer, I saw him turn his head to the side and then realized it was my friend’s son. I spoke his name cheerfully to greet him. The reaction I got was not what I expected.

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