Biblical Affirmations to Speak over yourself and your Children

Biblical Affirmations to Speak over yourself and your Children

It has begun. The girls (2 and 3 years old) have started repeating everything I say. They’ve even started mimicking the way I do things. If I pick up a broom to start sweeping, they immediately start looking for their broom so they can “help” mommy. When I yell at the dog, they yell at the dog (working on that). If I hug their Daddy, they want to hug him even more.

They are watching us, listening to us, and repeating what they see and hear. Since they are paying so much attention, I am trying to incorporate biblical affirmations into our speech as much as we can. In this post we’ll go through seven affirmations for you, and seven for your children.

I’m realizing that this is just the beginning. They are learning from us. Not just when we sit down to teach them something, they are learning by simply watching us. What a blessing it is to teach them by example… but what a scary thought as well! I have put a lot of pressure on myself lately to do things right and say things in the right tone. I know these little people are imperfect and will make mistakes, but I want to be the best example I can possibly be. The goal is not perfection – but to be a better version of myself each day.

My heart would be broken to hear my daughter say that she wishes her hair were different, or to look in the mirror and be filled with feelings of disappointment. What am I saying when I look in the mirror? After I get myself ready, I’ll usually come out of the bathroom and say, “Well, this is as good as it gets.” I laugh through it, but what kind of message am I sending to my girls? My confidence is not built upon the fact that I really need highlights and I wish I had a few more curves. My identity is in Christ alone. Through His strength, I’m working on the way I speak over myself and to my children. Here are a few helpful examples of how we can biblically affirm ourselves and our children.

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Affirmations to speak over yourself

  • I am accepted. “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:4-8
  • I am secure. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
  • I am significant. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
  • I am unique. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
  • I have a purpose. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
  • I am His. “But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
  • I am forgiven. “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22 

Affirmations to speak over your children

  • You can do hard things. “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Phillipians 4:13
  • God has a plan for you.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
  • God is always listening to you. “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12
  • You are special. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
  • You are kind. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
  • You are chosen. “For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4
  • God loves you unconditionally! “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16

What a joy it is to raise these little people. What a gift it is to be a mother. They are watching us and they are really paying attention. Before I react to what may seem like a disaster in the moment, I’ll think about how I would want my girls to react in that situation. It’s changing the game for sure!

Do you have any other suggestions? What do you try to speak over yourself and your children? Tell me in the comments below!

 

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Beautycounter | Switch to Safer and Better Beauty

Beautycounter | Switch to Safer and Better Beauty Products

Author: Kelly Saucier

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Why I Chose Beautycounter by Kelly Saucier (Beautycounter Consultant)

When I first heard about Beautycounter through a friend from college, I was so excited to dive in and learn more. I invested so much time and energy into researching our food system and the cleaning products we used in our home. However, I was ignoring the personal care products I used on my body every single day! I believe it was because I attempted to make the switch to cleaner options in the past, but the numerous “natural” products that I tried left me feeling disappointed.

Once I began the journey of learning more about what is in our beauty products, I could not look back. Here are some of the eye-opening facts I learned:

  • There is no requirement for all ingredients in a product to be listed on a label. The cosmetic companies are completely self-regulating; they are able to decide if their product is safe.
  • The words “natural” and “organic” are completely unregulated and have no real meaning in the industry.
  • The European Union has banned over 1,400 ingredients that have been linked to have a negative impact on our health, while the United States has banned 30.
  • The last time a law was passed regulating the beauty industry in the United States was in 1938.



Thank goodness for Beautycounter! A company that is fully committed to creating safer, high-performing products for the entire family. Beautycounter CEO Gregg Renfrew was moved by the lack of regulations in the personal care industry and decided to make a change in a big way. Since 2013, Gregg has created a team of women in both the U.S. and Canada that are sharing Beautycounter’s gorgeous products and advocating on a national level for more regulations and safer products across the board. March 4, 2018 was the 5th anniversary of Beautycounter! To celebrate, over 100 Beautycounter consultants traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress and urge them to pass more health-protective laws. I love that the company not only talks the talk, but walks the walk!

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Beautycounter has something called “the never list,” which is a roundup of harmful ingredients they commit to never put in their products.

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I jumped on board as a consultant to help spread the mission and get safer products into the hands of my family and friends. I have so enjoyed being a part of such a wonderful company and look forward to the change that is to come!

Thanks for reading!

– Kelly Saucier

If you would like to learn more about Beautycounter and their products, you can go to Kelly’s Beautycounter consultant website.

About the author: Kelly Saucier

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Kelly has been a Beautycounter consultant for almost a year. She is a registered nurse, mama of a two year old girl, with another one on the way! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for five years. She is passionate about building awareness about Beautycounter and the safe options they offer for the whole family.

 

What does the Bible say about Self-Care?

“As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer.” Luke 5:16 (MSG) 

How many times have you wanted to go to a lonely place to pray? Sometimes I go to my prayer closet, also known as my bathroom. The problem is that a toddler usually needs something every 0.5 seconds when I’m in the bathroom. What is that?

I have been hearing about this “self-care” concept for a while now. It’s all over the internets and especially in the blog world. I tend to breeze through these articles and think that one day, when the kids are older, I will do this again. But not now, not with two toddlers. They need me too much and I will set myself aside. But something I had to teach myself is that self-care is NOT selfish. It is necessary. How can we pour into our family if we are not filling ourselves up?

I don’t think self-care is something we can put on the back burner. I think as moms, it should be one of our highest priorities. The stresses that come from parenting fluctuate like the seasons, but one thing we can be consistent in is how we take care of ourselves.  I’ve missed those pedicure days, but what I’ve missed most is my “me time.” The time that left you feeling refreshed and like a better version of yourself. I wasn’t sure how to incorporate that into motherhood. But mamas, there is a way. There is a way to still have “me time” and do self-care even when you are parenting toddlers.

We’ve heard it over and over again. We cannot continue to pour into others if we are not filling ourselves up. But what does that really mean? How do we fill ourselves up? I think this looks different for everyone. The truth is that God wants us to rest. He talks about it all throughout scripture.

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“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) 

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2 (NIV) 

Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat. Mark 6:31 (MSG)

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from hisLet us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:9-11 (NIV) 

I am constantly asking the Lord to teach me to be more like Him, that my thoughts and actions would reflect His. God leads us in example by showing us how to rest, just as He did. Mamas, this is so important. We are commanded to rest.  I feel like we often miss it in the busy and sometimes chaotic seasons of parenting. But it’s a necessity. How and when we rest will be up to us. But here are a few quick examples that can help you get started:
  • Go to bed early
  • Read a new book (currently reading Whispers of Rest – a 40 day devotional)
  • Take a walk
  • Take an epson salt bath
  • Journal
  • Do yoga
  • Treat yourself to a cup of coffee… maybe even a donut 🙂
  • Turn off your phone for a few hours
  • Pray
  • Say no to something
  • Declutter (so refreshing!) Check out this post to see how it’s changed my life.
  • Watch a movie or your favorite show
  • Workout
  • Take a nap
  • Call someone you love

These are all easy things that can be added into your everyday. Of course a spa day would be nice, but let’s be honest. Ain’t nobody got time for that. So for now we can focus on what we can do. Let’s get more rest and fill up our cups. We are called to give of ourselves, but we are also responsible for being the best version of ourselves.

Let me know how your self-care journey is going. Are you filling yourself up so you can pour out?

How to Boost Child’s Immune System

How to Boost Your Child’s Immune System

It’s that time of year again. The flu and germs are everywhere. Instead of being a hermit, we load up on immune boosters and pray we can keep the colds away! Here are some things you can do to boost your child’s immune system.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. Please do your own research and check with your physician/pediatrician before starting any new supplement.

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1. Elderberry Syrup: This can be used for major cold and flu relief, as well as boosting your immune system! You can either make this at home or buy it. We have done both. For the girls we absolutely love these elderberry gummies. I would prefer to give them the syrup, but my youngest is not a fan. To make it at home we use this recipe and order the berries on Amazon.

2. Honey: Honey is a natural immune booster and anti-inflammatory agent. It also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Give me allllll the honey! Make sure you wait until the littles are at least one year old with this one.

3. Vitamin D: Studies have shown that Vitamin D helps your body fight off a wide range of infections. Our culture is extremely deficient in Vitamin D. Getting out in the sun (with proper sun protection) is one of the best ways to soak up some Vitamin D!

4. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the best things you can take when you have a cold, and aid in preventing one. We have personally used a Vitamin C Spray with my oldest. She loves it! My sister in law currently uses a Vitamin C powder and swears by it. We just ordered some of this as well! #stayawayflu

5. Breastfeeding: I think we all know about this one! Without a doubt, an incredible way to benefit your baby’s immune system.  Breastmilk contains antibodies, immune factors, enzymes, and white blood cells. I’m actually waiting to wean my almost two year old until flu season is over!

6. Sleep: We could do all of the things listed above, but if we aren’t resting we are putting our immune system at risk. Sleep deprivation suppresses our immune system.

7. Probiotics: Probiotics are full of “good bacteria” that help protect our digestive tracts and shield us from invading bacteria and viruses. We use this one and love it!

8. FOOD! The most important one in my book. Food really does control so many things, including the immune system. Here are some foods that can aid in boosting your immune system:

  • Yogurt – because of all the probiotics
  • Vegetables – especially greens and carrots
  • Eggs, lean meats and everything protein
  • Garlic – sneak it in somewhere! It has antibacterial and antiviral properties
  • Fish – full of Omega-3 fatty acids and healthy fats
  • Fruit – the deeper and darker the fruit, the better! Yay antioxidants!

9. Exercise: Kids don’t usually need a lot of push to get out there and move! Exercise can boost your immune system by providing a boost to the cells in your body that are designed to attack bacteria. Get out there and play! 

10. Wash your hands: This is especially important before and after meals, after playing outside, blowing their nose, handling pets and using the bathroom.

Did I miss any immune boosters? Let me know in the comments below! You can never have enough!

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