Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Love is a Verbby Jill SavageMy friend and I sat across the table chatting over lunch. With February being the “month of love” we began to discuss our plans (or lack of plans at that point) for Valentine’s Day weekend. Eventually we moved into sharing some marriage...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Communication Strategies for Parentsby Jill SavageWhen our youngest son was in preschool he sat at the kitchen island telling me about his day at school. I was busy fixing dinner so I multitasked while listening to his story. Finally, he stopped and said, “Mom,...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Family Mealsby Jill SavageAs a mother, there are many days that I long would love to hang a sign that says “Kitchen closed”. Between meals and snacks, the focus on food can be overwhelming. When I find myself frustrated with the amount of time I spend in the kitchen,...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Several years ago I had the opportunity to travel internationally for several different reasons in a year’s time. That year, I wrote the following article for our local newspaper during the week of 4th of July. I thought it would be appropriate to share again...

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is upon us, and you’re likely doing what I’m doing: trying to figure out how to make it a great day for dad. I’ve been thinking about some important gifts we need to give dad today and everyday. The best part is that these gifts...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Home As A Pep RallyBy Jill SavageErica was playing her best game ever. Not only were Mark and I there to cheer her on, but her four siblings as well. She had her own cheering section! Every home can serve as a pep rally for each member of the family. Just living under...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Taking Care of the Me in MommyBy Jill Savage “Why do I feel like I want to run away from home?” asked the weary mom sitting across the table from me. “I love my family, but I feel like I’ve lost myself somewhere along the way,” she lamented. I reassured this young mom...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

The Importance of Advance Decision-MakingBy Jill SavageEvery Friday is date day for my husband and I. It’s his day off and I keep my calendar open to allow us to spend the day together. And it’s an advance decision we intentionally make to keep a priority in...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Passing On The TraditionsBy Jill Savage(first published in 2007 when my oldest daughter was getting married)She opened each present with a sense of excitement about what new appliance, linen, or home décor gift might be hidden beneath the wrapping paper. This bridal...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Chameleon MomBy Jill SavageMy eighteen-year-old daughter loves to go to the mall. She loves to shop, but even more she desires to see how outfits are put together or clothing is constructed.She has a mom who hates to shop.My fifteen-year-old and twelve-year-old sons...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Thanks all for the great discussion on Chapter 2! If you’re behind on reading and want to participate in the discussion anytime this week, we’d love to hear your thoughts! Here’s Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement: Visioning VacationsBy Jill...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

The Power of Our WordsJill SavageWhen our youngest son was in preschool he sat at the kitchen island telling me about his day at school. I was busy fixing dinner so I multitasked while listening to his story. Finally, he stopped and said, “Mom, listen to...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

A Grace-Filled FamilyJill SavageI was late for a meeting early one morning. The church music team met each Tuesday at 6 a.m. for prayer and planning and I always had trouble arriving on time. Once again I had not left in enough time. I jumped into a car we had...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Don’t be overwhelmed!by Jill Savage For thousands of moms who attended the Hearts at Home conference last weekend, today represents a new beginning. After a weekend of encouragement that’s become known as a pep rally for moms, a mom returns home with fresh...
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