Monthly Archives: June 2014

Good-Enough Mom GIveaway Winner! {and the last week of the reading group}

Good Enough Mom Giveaway Winner | Faith and Composition

Today I am excited to announce the winner of the Good Enough Mom tee giveaway. But first a big thanks to Charity Craig at The Wounded Dove for agreeing to partner with me. Charity’s blog is a ripe with transparent beauty, and I adore her #GoodEnoughMom Instagram concept! It was great fun to be able to team up with her to give a reader one of her head-turning tees.

And now for the winner (as determined by Random.org) … Jessica, your comment, pasted below was the winning comment!

Peter Madden06.11.2014 at 11:49 am

Shared the giveaway on Facebook and Instagram!

And my name is Jessica, by the way. It’s showing up as my husband 🙂

Please shoot an e mail to Charity at charity(at)thewoundeddove(dot)com, so she can ship it out to you. Congratulations!

A Reading Group with Faith and Composition | Week Seven, Grace for the Good Girl

And in other news … today marks the last week of our F&C online reading group. I hope you’ve enjoyed journeying through Grace for the Good Girl with me. If you haven’t joined the group but would like to go ahead and start reading now that summer vacation is in full swing, you can start anytime. Click here for all the details, and here for weeks 1, 2, 345 and 6.

WELCOME TO THE FINAL WEEK!

This week’s reading covers chapters 17 and 18. As you read, consider the following questions for reflection, or use these as as a source of discussion for a larger group study.

What has been your main take-away from Grace for the Good Girl? How will you apply this to your life?

Have you had a painful situation that has caused you to have to trust God like never before? How did that experience ultimately impact your relationship with Him?

James 1:17 says “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” As a busy wife, mom, etc., it’s hard to keep our eyes open to see the small gifts. How can we gratefully receive His small gifts even when they may come in packages we don’t expect?

When emotions or events tempt you to pull out one of your good-girl masks, what can you do instead that will cause to press into Jesus, rather than put on a mask?

Do you ever have feelings that usurp God’s truth or are contradictory to it? What are those feelings? What advice does Colossians 3:1-3 tell us about letting God’s truth reign, rather than our own emotions?

I’m looking forward to dialoguing with you via BookShout! this last week as you reflect on these questions. I hope to see you there!

Faith and Composition

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Into the Mountains and Week 6 of the Reading Group

 

Garden of the Gods | photo and design by Faith and Composition

Just a few days ago, my family and I returned from a week-long trip to Colorado. Though I will be sharing more about our adventures in a later post, I must say that the beauty was breathtaking. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this post in which I shared some of my thoughts on the mountains and the praise they evoke. I’ve traveled to Colorado several times before, but for some reason, being surrounded by the majestic grandeur of God’s immense creation last week moved me to tears.

Because nature has a way of doing that, doesn’t it? It takes us outside ourselves, opens our eyes to the bigger picture, reveals the unfathomable greatness of the God who created it all. And to think that He calls us by name! What an incredible God we serve! 

I need a little time to process my emotions and compose my thoughts, but I look forward to sharing more about the trip with you shortly. I hope you’ll check back in soon! Until then, today starts week 6 in our F&C reading group. And don’t forget, you still have time to enter the Good-Enough Mom giveaway! Click here to enter. Good luck!

A Reading Group with Faith and Composition | Week Six, Grace for the Good Girl
If you’ve just discovered F&C, it’s never too late to join! We’re currently reading through Emily Freeman’s Grace for the Good Girl, and I’d love to have you join us! You can get all the details right here, then feel free to take it at your own pace. You can use this group as an opportunity to dig deeper into the book on your own, or use these questions to host your own small-group study. (Click through to catch up on week 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.)

Now let’s dive in!

WELCOME TO WEEK 6

This week’s reading covers part 3, chapter 15 and chapter 16. As you read, consider the following questions for reflection, or use these as as a source of discussion for a larger group study.

Do you possess any fears or insecurities that stem from you feeling the need to be a “good girl”?

How do these fears or insecurities cloud your vision and prevent you from seeing God’s hand at work in your life?

Has there been a time in your life when Jesus brought you to the edge of self-sufficiency and urged you to fall down and surrender all to Him? What were the circumstances surrounding that experience? What is the fruit that comes from this surrender?

Are you afraid of failure? Why? Does your fear stem from feelings of needing to be good and needing to live up to certain standards?

When you fail, do you ever feel that you are beyond the reach of God?

Read Romans 3:21-24 and Romans 5:6-8. What do these verses say about our own failures in light of God’s grace?

Peter failed Jesus immediately prior to his crucifixion. He denied him not once, not twice, but three times. The rooster crowed, their eyes met, and Peter knew he had failed. After Jesus is crucified, Peter goes back to fishing. But Jesus has other plans for Peter in spite of his failures. Read John 21:15-17. How does Jesus redeem Peter’s failure?

I hope you’ll dialogue with us via BookShout! this week as you reflect on these questions. I hope to see you there!

Faith and Composition

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A Free Father’s Day Printable

Father's Day Printable | Faith and Composition

This post originally appeared on 6/15/2013.

I don’t remember when or where I first heard this quote, but it’s since stuck with me. I love the honest truth of it. It’s a great reminder that in this task of parenting, we’re not raising grass or a Pinterest-perfect home, we’re raising kids!

Since this weekend is Father’s Day, I created this little printable to celebrate all the Dads who realize this important truth. It’s an 8×10 and is perfect for framing. Print it out on card stock, frame it, and give to the dad who realizes the priority and high calling of raising kids. Click here for the free printable!

Happy Father’s Day!

 

Faith and Composition

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Good Enough Mom: A Giveaway with Charity Craig

A "Good Enough Mom" Giveaway with Charity Craig | Faith and Composition

Today I’m excited to announce that I’m teaming up with Charity Craig at The Wounded Dove to offer you a fantastic little giveaway! Charity’s blog is filled with beautiful imagery and rich truth, but one of the things I absolutely love about this blogger is her heart for honest transparency. You won’t find sugar-coated content on her page; instead you’ll find real life, its peaks and valleys and always, ALWAYS, the God who has brought her through.

In an effort to encourage honesty in motherhood, Charity hosts the #GoodEnoughMom hashtag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. In her own words, it’s a movement that recognizes “my kids don’t need a perfect mom, they need a good enough mom.” I couldn’t agree more.

To inspire other moms to eschew perfection, Charity created these head-turning t-shirts. And now, she’s giving one away to a lucky winner! If you agree that your kids need a forgiving, grace-giving mom, then this tee is for you. Entering is easy!

A "Good Enough Mom" Giveaway with Charity Craig | Faith and Composition

 

TO ENTER you must:

1) Subscribe to this blog. (Submit your e mail address and then click “I Want to Follow F&C” on the sidebar at the right. If you’re already a subscriber, then scoot on to number 2.)

2) Like Charity on Facebook

Then just come back here and leave a comment telling me you did just that! For additional entries you can 1) follow Faith&Composition on Instagram, 2) like Faith&Ccomposition on FB, 3) follow Charity at The Wounded Dove 4) follow Charity on Instagram AND 5) share the contest to your own social media accounts. For each separate entry, be sure to come back here and leave a separate comment, because the lucky winners will be selected from the comments via Random.org. Thus, each separate entry needs a separate comment.

The contest will close at midnight on Friday, June 20. The winner will be announced on Monday, June 23.

Good luck, friends! 

Faith and Composition

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Kicking Off Week 5 of the Reading Group

A Reading Group with Faith and Composition | Week Five, Grace for the Good Girl
Today we’re kicking off week 5 of the reading group (click for week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4). If you’ve been joining us as we journey through Emily Freeman’s Grace for the Good Girl, I’m so thrilled to have you along! And if you’ve yet to hop in, but you’d like to see what it’s all about, it’s never too late to join. You can get all the details right here, then feel free to take it at your own pace. Use this reading group as an opportunity to dig a bit deeper into the book on your own, or use these questions to host your own small-group study. Either way, I hope you’ll be blessed by Emily’s words and this community!

Now let’s dive in!

WELCOME TO WEEK 5

This week’s reading covers chapters 12, 13, 14. As you read, consider the following questions for reflection, or use these as as a source of discussion for a larger group study.

Have you had moments where a situation or circumstance has moved you beyond a surface relationship with Jesus and into deep fellowship with him that resulted in true intimacy with the Living God? If so, what happened?

Like Moses (Exodus 3:11), do you ever find yourself asking: “Who am I that I should do … ?” What does that question infer about WHERE you are putting your faith?

Contrast Moses’ response to God with Mary’s response to Gabriel in Luke 1:26-38. What did Mary’s response indicate about her faith vs. Moses’ response?

Read John 15:1-5. How can you remain in God even when the busyness of life demands so much from you? Give some tangible examples.

Is worship something you do as a Christian obligation? Or is it the overflow from a grateful heart that affects everything you do? If worship is the former for you, how can you change it from a “to-do” into a way of living your daily life?

We tend to confine worship to a place (church) or an action (prayer or praise). But Colossians 3:17 says “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Is it difficult for you to imagine your daily living as worship? Why or why not? How can we intentionally let worship overflow into all areas of our lives?

Read Colossians 3:2. What emotions do you default to when your mind is not set on things above?

How can you keep your mind focused on things above when the flesh wants to pull your thoughts to the things of this world?

I don’t know about you, but those last few questions hit me rather hard. I will be meditating on those this week. I hope you’ll join me!

Faith and Composition

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