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I Have A Voice- Guest Post

Today I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap. You’ll find me posting over at  Impress Your Kids about teaching our children the art of hospitality and I’m excited to welcome Jasmine from Far Above Rubies to A Mothers Heritage:

There is no subject in the Bible that we should take more seriously than the mouth. It has the power to bring blessings or destruction – not only to our lives, but the lives of many others (Proverbs 18:21).
Our mouth gives expression to what we think, feel, and want, but it does not always communicate according to God’s word.
A woman can do a great deal of harm or a great deal of good according to the use she makes of her tongue.

5 Biblical Principles for Communication:

A woman can speak in various languages, and that with the greatest elegance and fluency, and it would neither profit nor delight if she is void of holy love. (1 Cor. 13).
A right cause is better pleaded with meekness than with passion. Peace in our home can be kept by soft words. When husbands, children, and friends are provoked, speak gently to them, and give them good words, and they will be pacified (Proverbs 15:1).
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
God’s women have reason to rejoice, and to sing for joy. We are to sing and to make melody in our hearts, not only with our voices, but with inward affection.  A thankful heart turns away a complaining spirit. Our inward joy shines forth outwardly in conduct and attitude promoting God’s glory.
We are appointed to sing psalms for the expression of our thankfulness to God (Eph 5:19).
Fountain of Life
If a woman is filled with God’s word, then she is able to inject others with life giving words. How industrious a woman is by communicating her goodness. A woman’s mouth, the outlet of her mind, is a well of life; it is a constant spring, quenching the thirst of the weary.
Sara’s expression in calling her husband, Abraham, lord was one of submission and servitude; showing him reverence and acknowledging his superiority over her. And all this though she was declared a princess by God from heaven, by the change of her name (I Peter 3:6).

We must understand that true power and beauty comes in our willingness to submit to God-given authority. There is no greater feminine virtue than a woman who chooses to come under a husband in submission to a glorious and all knowing God.

Have a blessed day building up your families.

Jasmine is the author and writer of Far Above Rubies, a ministry dedicated to promoting biblical womanhood.
You are welcome to join her on Facebook and Twitter.

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My Cup Runneth Over

the day is rainy and drizzly

gray clouds, dreary skies

the house has clutter all around

paper, pens, books, toys

I hear children whining

the calling of “mama” swirls around me hitting me from all sides

multitasking takes on a new meaning as I try and handle many things at once

“watch you do cartwheels?” sure

“help you with math?” sure

“bandage your sliced open finger? of course

…and don’t forget the baby’s diaper

I hear bickering and am the referee…again.

my head swirls

I am so fatigued…

where do I look?

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121: 1-4

where will I choose to look?

within or upward?

when I look upward I see…

signs of learning and vibrant life everywhere

sweet, beautiful children loving their mama so much they want to be with her

one brother making the other brother a gift as a surprise, which results in smiles and hugs

a daughter that shames me by her humble diligence in her daily tasks

sweet kisses, muddy toes, precious noises of joyful activity

siblings that can’t wait to have their turn holding and caring for their newborn brother

and the conclusion is undeniable–

truly, my cup runneth over

today, dear sister you have fresh mercies filling your cup

may you have a blessed day!

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16 Years!

On this day, 16 years ago, two lovers and best friends were married. We have had a journey that has been specially designed by the Lord for us. We have had sweet love, tears, struggles, trials, but just as many memories, blessings, joys and laughter together. The Lord has made us more humble, wiser, older, and much richer. He has enlarged our tent and now we have gone from a home of two, to a home of 9. Thank you Lord for your blessing. I love you, Steven!  I am so privileged to journey through life together with you.  I love being your wife!

This picture speaks for itself…

Taken during our courtship…to read our story go to my courtship tab at the top of the page.

Taken last winter while I was still pregnant and my husband still had his manly beard!

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{pretty, happy, funny and real}


Flowers from my man the day of MH’s birth


In his Nona’s arms


What a face!


Is there anything cuter than baby feet?

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Boy and Kite

1. Sunshine in the sky after several days of rain…

2. The squeals of delight as the children fly a kite so high up in the air.  Hearing them yell for “Mommy” because they want me to be a part of it…

3. Vigorous kicking inside me reminding me that a precious newborn will be in my arms in a few weeks, Lord willing…

4. The opportunity to lead my children in family worship and teach them of the things of the Lord…

5. A daughter that loves Jesus and is a peacemaker among her siblings…

6. Hearing my girls practice their piano and knowing they are learning…

7. The small bits of strength to be with my children, after a long bout of sickness and trial…

8. Chili cooking on the stove that my helper has made…

9. Being able to kiss my husband as he dashes in for a moment at midday…

10. A messy family room, knowing that there have been memories made by all the little people who have made the messes…

11. The promise of Spring in the air…

12. Seeing my son light up when he can read a word in phonics…

13. Slobbery kisses, impulsive hugs, teenage boy grins…

When we practice the attitude of gratitude, the list goes on and on with our blessings from the LORD!

Leave me a comment and tell me something you are thankful for today!

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These are the good ole’ days.

It was just yesterday that it was my sister and I. And oh how we loved it! We would dress up, write out menus, light candles and make the simplest meal turn into a fancy restaurant for our parents. Now, it is my daughters’ turn. The mysterious luster of candlelight, music in the background, and getting to pull out whatever flowers and fancies they can find in mom’s hutch.

The simplicity of young life, young ladies venturing out into womanhood. The joy in daddy’s face as he reads the heavily misspelled but priceless menu. The practice of the young men of the family in learning some of the more delicate manners of fine dining. And the delight of the little ones to sip milk in fancy, teeny glasses. These ARE the good ole’ days. Let’s treasure them.

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