Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stuck - Lesson One

We were so blessed to have Jennie Allen, the author of our study Stuck, as our speaker at Moms & More yesterday. Her message of hope was incredibly encouraging as we navigate through life wondering what to do with all our hidden "junk". God is so much bigger! And wasn't it so relieving to hear in small group time that other women are struggling with hidden junk in their own lives? Let's continue to be transparent and draw nearer to God and each other as we prepare for next week's discussion on Lesson One, called "Broken".

We apologize that we ran out of books yesterday. Another order has been placed, and everyone who wasn't able to get a book yesterday will be able to purchase one next Tuesday. In the meantime, we're providing you with a scanned version of the Introduction and Lesson One, so you can go forward in your study and be prepared for discussion next week.

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Unfortunately, we found out that due to reasons dealing with Jennie's book publication, we will be unable to broadcast her talk on the website. We're so sorry to those of you who needed to miss yesterday.

Are you ready to get un-stuck? Boy, I sure am. See you next Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Organizing Snippet Resources

I truly hope you were inspired - not discouraged - by the Organizing Your Junk Drawer Snippet I presented today. My goal is to empower you to tackle little bits of chaos, because I know how out-of-control being a mom of little ones can feel. I'm right there in the trenches with you! Life doesn't always look perfect, but think about it this way: your home is the only place on this planet that can be a safe haven for you and your family. Any process that could take away just a little bit of stress will contribute to that end goal.

Imagine it's a typical Saturday afternoon, and you need to leave the house for a birthday party in 10 minutes, but the present isn't wrapped. Even worse, you have NO clue where your scissors and tape are. You are stressed. You may even snap at your child. Now, are you in the state of mind to enjoy that birthday party? No, you probably want to call the hostess and tell her everyone has a sudden stomach virus, stay home, lock yourself in the bathroom, and have a good cry.

But here's the flip side of that scenario: You have 10 minutes until you need to go, and you reach in your Junk Drawer in the kitchen to find scissors and tape right where they always live. You quickly wrap the gift, usher your kids out the door (kissing each one on the head on their way out), and arrive to the party 5 minutes early, in a great mood because you were successful!

This scene is real life. And you, in the midst of your real life, can experience the second option if you spend a couple of minutes right now to set yourself up for success.

Plus, making your home run a little more smoothly may actually encourage the rest of the family to join you in your efforts. Use language like:

"Where do these toys live?"
"Let's give these beautiful drawings a home!"
"Choose 3 toys out of this [bulging at the seams] toybox to give to children who don't have many toys."

I know you can do this. Just be willing to give it a try, be creative, be flexible, and be prepared to be a success!

By the way, you can find the Junk Drawer Organizer I used - and many other great organizational products - at any Target, WalMart, or Container Store. Look in the Kitchen Organization section, with the utensil drawer dividers, etc.

Click here for a listing of my favorite books and resources that I used in my Former Life as a Professional Organizer. And be sure to look under the Handouts tab to see the handout from the presentation.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Catch Up with Online Audio Recordings

If you miss a week of Moms & More, you can stay caught up by clicking on the Fellowship Women's Ministry webpage and scrolling down a little bit to the Moms & More section. An audio recording of each Tuesday's teaching will be posted the following Thursday.

So now if you had to stay home with a sick kiddo, you won't feel left behind at Moms & More!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Little Encouragement

Cindy's talk on the importance of disciplining our kids was great, wasn't it? For those who missed it, we'll have the audio posted soon.

Until then, I have two questions for you.

Have you ever felt like being the perfect parent is impossible? Do you find yourself wanting a Parenting Vacation? Yes? Great - I'm not the only one!

Here are a couple of blog posts meant to encourage you today.

Parenting: The Joyful Impossibility
"It was eleven o’clock on a Sunday night, and I was pulling out of the grocery store parking lot exhausted and overwhelmed. After we had put our four children to bed, later than we had planned, Luella discovered that we had nothing in the house to pack for lunches the next day. With an attitude that couldn’t be described as joy, I got in the car and did the late-night food run. ..."
[click the link to read more]

Parenting: It's Never an Interruption
"Parenting is all about living by the principle of prepared spontaneity. You don’t really know what’s going to happen next. You don’t really know when you’ll have to enforce a command, intervene in an argument, confront a wrong, hold out for a better way, remind someone of a truth, call for forgiveness, lead someone to confession, point to Jesus, restore peace, hold someone accountable, explain a wisdom principle, give a hug of love, laugh in the face of adversity, help someone complete a task, mediate an argument, stop with someone and pray, assist someone to see his heart, or talk once again about what it means to live together in a community of love. ..."
[click the link to read more]

Enjoy your Snow Half-Day!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Moms and More Cancelled Tomorrow

Moms & More will be cancelled tomorrow, Tuesday January 11th, due to inclement weather.

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Spring 2011 Childcare Information

Moms and More is gearing up to return on Tuesday, January 11. That's less than a week away! We've been planning and preparing throughout the Christmas break, and we're just so excited to see what God has in store for each one of you this semester.

Our Childcare Director, Amy Moore, sent out an email recently regarding sign-up for Mom's Tyme. Here's what she says:

I want to first take this time to introduce myself, my name is Amy Moore and I am the new Child Care Director at Fellowship Bible Church. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work for you and your sweet children. As a mother of four, I understand what a blessing it is to have the opportunity to fellowship and study God's Word with other moms. We are excited that we have the privilege of taking care of your child while you do this.

I pray the Lord will bless you over this semester and minister to your hearts with this new study.

It's time to sign up for Mom's Tyme! Below is a link to the Mom's Tyme form and your options:

1. Follow the link below, fill out the form and email it back to me.

2. Print it off, fill it out and mail with payment to: FBC Child Care, P.O. Box 7123, Little Rock, AR 72223

3. Drop it off filled out, with payment on your first day back to Bible Study.

Mom's and More luncheon schedule is included in the link, check the last page.

To reserve your spot, payment must be received, so if you opt for the electronic option please be sure to drop off your payment on your first day back. We will have extra copies on hand if needed.

The Moms Tyme Form is available below, or use this link:

I look forward to seeing you all next week. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Amy Moore
Director Child Care/Special Needs Coordinator
224-7171 or 412-5030

FBC Moms Tyme Info

If something has changed for you, and you won't be returning to Moms and More for this semester, please contact your small group leader or Ann Denny at FBC Women's Ministries (224-7171). We need to have an accurate headcount so that our Childcare Team can be most effective for you!