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2012-10-02

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This blog is to encourage others in their journey following Jesus. I have 5 little boys and husband,.. so my writing is an overflow of my life as a Christian mom who finds serving my family as my highest.. calling.

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  • musing of my heart on time and change and eternity
    on May 25, 2016
    life is such an interesting tension. in some ways, it feels as if i am always changing, and yet at the same time like i have always been the same. i look back at me 15-20 years ago, and it is looking back at a dreamlike me that exists in only my memo...
  • ramblings on education and my sweet baby girli have been so quiet around these parts that i am sure you can hear the crickets chirp.life hasn't been quite so quiet in my off screen life however.we just wrapped up our 2nd year homeschooling. there are so many wonderful things we have experienced...
  • even the onei know of a man who recently went to be with the Lord. about a year before his death, his wife had a dream that when he entered heaven he was greeted by the many many people that he shared the gospel with and led to the Lord. what a beautiful welcome...
  • how is your heart today?
    on Mar 18, 2015
    today, if you would hear His voice, do not harden your hearts... psalm 95:7-8how many times i cry out to hear the Lord's voice. right now is a time for me that i am looking for direction; i am looking for answers. i ask the Lord to speak to...
  • saying no, self-control, and joyi have missed writing here - so many times this has been an outlet for me both as a ministry to others and as a chance to express myself. i had a few moment this morning, so here are some thoughts i have been having in no particular order...  1.
  • thoughts
    on Jan 28, 2015
    it has been a season of lots of pressure. lots of crushing. lots of testing. i feel as if i were dust. fine dust. interesting that we were made from dust and both literally and figuratively we return to dust...i am so thankful that neither my best mo...
  • late night musingsi have had several really good blog posts swirling around my head over the past month or so, only to not get a chance to sit down at the computer and type them out. aw... thus is the life of having 6 kids. no time when i am inspired, and no inspirati...
  • how do you follow Jesus when you have a justice heart?
    on Nov 12, 2014 in justice mercy
    there are a lot of thoughts swirling in my head about what it looks like to walk in faith in Jesus during this life. did Jesus really mean for us to "turn the other cheek?" when peter asked Him how many times he should forgive someone who did him wro...
  • day 31: little miss
    on Nov 1, 2014 in 31 days of thanks
    my last day of the challenge.first of all, i have to say thank you to every reader who hung with me. i can't believe i made i with only getting 1 day behind. no, i will not continue to post daily, but you will keep hearing from me. i won't wait 8 mon...
  • day 30: my fellow thumb sucking boy
    on Oct 31, 2014 in 31 days of thanks
    it is simeon's turn for me to be thankful for him!this boy is pure sunshine. we were camping with our church and went to a campfire gathering, a lot of the people there we didn't know yet, and he shouted, "these are all my friends!" he is so friendly...
  • day 28: a mama's boy
    on Oct 30, 2014 in 31 days of thanks
    it is uriah's turn!he is such a fun kid! i love how his eyes twinkle when he laughs and when he cries.he is so ultra focused on anything he is doing and he does everything with 110% effort.everything is about speed with this boy. he is forever a...
  • day 29: the gift of no regrets
    on Oct 30, 2014 in 31 days of thanks
    i had a period of time during my teen years that my relationship with my dad was tense. we went through some intense family situations when i was a kid that led to a chain reaction of some unhealthy ways of dealing with stress. i personally struggled...
  • day 27: my youngest little man
    on Oct 28, 2014 in 31 days of thanks
    giving thanks for my little hosea justus today:he is sweet as sugar - i call him my sugar baby. his smile and twinkling eyes can melt me in an instant.he is fierce and loves to fight more than any of my other boys - he constantly plays david and goli...
  • day 26: avoiding the entitlement trap
    on Oct 27, 2014 in 31 days of thanks
                       i have been wanting to write about entitlement in this series. i think it it the elephant in the room when it comes to giving thanks (or not giving thanks).   everyone kno...
  • day 24: your assignment
    on Oct 26, 2014 in 31 days of thanks
    then on that day david first assigned asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord. 1 chronicles 16:7could you imagine being the one whose life assignment was to give thanks to the Lord? wow. what a weight of responsibility and what an honor.i...
  • day 25: beloved son
    on Oct 26, 2014 in 31 days of thanks
    i know i write about my kids a lot, but as a mom of 6 they are a huge part of my world. i am watching my #3 son david creating on our hardwood oak living room floor and i am thinking of so much thanks i can give to God for him.he was a surprise baby...
  • day 23: for the rest of my days
    on Oct 25, 2014 in 31 days of thanks
    tonight i am thankful for the mercy of God. i am a broken imperfect person. i have nothing in myself that could earn the love of our perfect Creator and Father. i mess up so many times. i say things i wish i hadn't said, and don't say the things i wi...
  • day 22: interruptions
    on Oct 23, 2014 in 31 days of thanks
    i have several ideas of what to write swirling around in my head. i have a couple half written posts, but sometimes life, lack of inspiration, or simply the difficulty of typing this one-handed gets in the way.yet, to stay with the theme of 31 days o...
  • day 20: the hope of eternity
    on Oct 21, 2014 in 31 days of thanks
     eternity.i don't know how to describe the amount of thanks i have for eternity. i think of heaven as it currently is - the paradise that Jesus told the thief on the cross next to Him that He would join Him in that very day. finally free from th...
  • day 21: to be satisfied in God
    on Oct 21, 2014 in 31 days of thanks
         our fall was, has always been, and always will be, that we aren’t satisfied in God and what He gives. we hunger for something more, something other. ann voskampchariswant to read more of my 31 days of thanks? just click on the...
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