Marriage Prayer Battle Strategy











I have the privilege of serving in our Preschool Department at church.  From that vantage point, I get to see a lot of young couples come and go.  This morning as I spent some time praying, I began to think about marriages.  Sadly, so many today are in crisis.

I believe that giving up on your marriage is a slow fade. But, the draw must be powerful and relentless – tailor made in some ways; the same old strategy in most ways.

I think the key is to STOP that slow fade before it’s too late and then get it turned around.

Only the Holy Spirit can do that because we know satan is instigating that slow fade; patiently and for years sometimes.

Since we know the Holy Spirit has to do the work, I believe it takes:

  • Prayer – and lots of it
  • A Support System of Prayer - interceding
  • Meditating – listening and obeying God’s commands as He gives them

I wrote a Marriage Prayer Battle Strategy that I wanted to share with you.  It’s chock full of Scripture because I know God’s Word is a weapon in spiritual battle.  Use it for yourself or use it to intercede for someone else.  Share it with anyone who needs it – and let’s face it, we all do!  Sadly, in today’s society, most of us know someone going through this right now.

Download it here:

Marriage Prayer Battle Strategy

Marriage Prayer Battle Strategy
Mark 10:6-9 says, “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Dear God, please convict and remove anyone that is trying to separate ______ and me.

Psalm 56:12 says, “Vows made to You are binding upon me, O God;”

I vowed to You, God, to love, honor, and cherish ______ until death – please help me keep that vow.

1 Corinthians 7:10 says, “Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: a wife is not to depart from her husband.”

Dear God, I don’t want to depart from my husband. Please help me to fulfill this verse by giving ______ a heart toward reconciliation.

Psalm 57:10 says, “For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, And Your truth unto the clouds.”

Dear God, show ______ his sin so he can see Your great love, mercy and truth. Show him what Romans 5:8 says, that “while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

Ephesians 5:32 says, “This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.”

Dear God, I do believe that marriage should be a reflection of Christ and the church.

Nehemiah 2:17-18 says, “Then I said to them, ‘You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.’ And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, ‘Let us rise up and build.’ Then they set their hands to this good work.”

Dear God, please restore my marriage so that it is not a reproach to You. I want my marriage to be one that brings You glory.

Nehemiah 2:20 says “So I answered then, and said to them, ‘The God of heaven himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.”

Dear God, I know that satan has no right or memorial in my marriage. I ask that you remove him from my marriage, in Jesus name. I command him to be cast into the sea never to bother us again. Lord, remove anything or anyone that would hinder our marriage from being restored. Please open blind eyes. Tear down strongholds.  Cause forgiveness to abound.

Joel 2:25 says, “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.”

Dear God, please redeem what the locusts have eaten in my marriage and help us live for You.




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Homeschooling 101 Series – What Worked for Me: Student Notebook

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Recently a young mom came to me and said she’d like to get together to discuss homeschooling.  I still remember very well being that mom and asking a seasoned homeschool mom to do the very same thing with me.  Eight years in and I still go to that same mom with questions and for advice.

It got me to thinking.  What will I share with this new homeschooling mom when we meet?  What has  worked for me?  What hasn’t?


I decided to do a series entitled “What Worked for Me.” (The posts may be sporadic with my crazy schedule, but I’ll try to add to the series as I can.)

This first entry has to be my favorite idea:  the Student Notebook.  I got the idea years ago from our pastor’s wife (thanks Amy), who also homeschools.  Another friend made the Excel planning sheet that you’ll see below.  I don’t think she’d mind me sharing it here (thanks Janice).

First, purchase a notebook.  I always let my children pick their own at the beginning of the school year.  I try to let them pick one they will love verses just a plain one.  Some years we have gotten the white ones and decorated our own covers, so that’s fine too.  Here’s a pic of my daughter’s notebook for this school year.









Next, purchase dividers.  Write the subject names on the tabs.









Then, download the Excel planning sheet here.  This sheet really serves the purpose of teacher lesson plans as well as a student planner all in one.  I LOVE it!

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The student planner sheet goes in the front of the notebook.  Over the weekend, I fill it out with all the assignments for the week.  My daughter enjoys checking off each assignment when she finishes it.  There’s a tiny check box within each assignment square, but she likes to cross off the whole assignment square.  Notice the front pocket has stickers in it.  I always try to “grade” the kids’ work and put a sticker on papers I know they worked hard on.









I’ll try to walk you through what my daughter’s assignments are.  (She’s in 5th grade.)

Memory Verse for the Week – I write at the top of the page.  I also write the whole verse on a chalkboard in our kitchen (It’s just an old framed picture. I painted over the glass with chalkboard paint.)

Bible – She does the Bible Studies for Preteens that I write.  I print out the whole thing and place behind the planning sheet.  Next year, I’ll remember to buy another divider so Bible can have it’s own Tab.  You can get the Bible Studies for Preteens here (Or go to Currclick and just search for Bible Study for Preteens)  She has finished all the ones I’ve written so far, so I have to get busy on a new one soon!

English – She just finished the whole First Language Lessons (L4) book, so right now we are working on writing essays.

Math – She does Saxon Math through Virtual Homeschool Group.  It’s free and I LOVE it!  Please be sure to check it out.  I still do most of the instruction myself, but the worksheets are online and this site keeps up with the grading.  Behind the Math tab, I just put scratch paper for her to use.









Spelling – Modern Curriculum Press Word Study & Latin

Science – ABeka, Investigating God’s World

History – ABeka, History of Our World

Art – She has Art class on Wednesdays

Piano – She has piano lessons on Wednesdays. I write “practice” on the other days.

Other- There is space at the bottom to write special events coming up (such as the International Festival).

Here’s how it all works…

Behind each tab, I put all the necessary work/sheets for the week.  She knows to go down the list and do each subject in order.  She turns to the tab for that subject to find her work.  When completed, she checks it off.  She moves on to the next subject.

I am on hand for the subjects that need instruction time.  For example, she begins the morning by working independently on her Bible study and Reading.  Right now, she is reading the American Girl Felicity series and completing a lapbook piece to go along with each chapter.  You can get those here and here.  I’m working on book 3.


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Then, when she’s ready for Spelling, English, Math, Science or History, I’m on hand for instruction time.

Over the weekend, I take all of the work out from behind the tabs.  I put the planning sheet on top and place the work in a “graded” basket that I keep in our home classroom.  I record grades in a grade book.  I re-load the notebook with the next week’s work and fill out another planning sheet.

That’s it!  It’s a super simple way to organize your child’s homeschooling week.


Doggie Birthday Party

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My daughter wanted to have a DOGGIE BIRTHDAY PARTY for her doggie. I couldn’t resist using this as a learning opportunity. Among the decoration and party food ideas, you’ll find paragraph practice and an invitation for practice writing addresses and the date. Even if your child doesn’t have a doggie, you could throw this simple party for a stuffed animal and have guests each bring along a stuffed animal too!

This resource includes:

• Paragraph guide and final draft sheet to display during the party
• fun dog balloon idea
• trendy bunting with cupcakes and letters spelling Happy B’day
• a super cute dog mobile with dangling paw prints


Recipes & Party Menu (for people and dogs)

Party Favor Bag & Ideas

Have fun!

Happy Valentine’s Day to the Maker

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I think we would have missed a very special opportunity if we didn’t take some time on this Valentine’s Day to love on our Maker.

Why not play the amazing song, The Maker, by Chris August and read Psalm 104 back to the Lord.

Click here for the song.

Click this link to download a printable poster like the one above. Psalm 104 poster

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Currclick Winter Whisper Sale










Currclick is having a Winter Whisper Sale!  It is being promoted to their top customers and we have permission to promote to our readers too!

During the sale, my entire product line will be reduced 50% off Tuesday Feb. 10 to Tuesday Feb. 17, 2015.  Twenty publishers were selected to be a part of this sale – all of our items are 50% off.  Be sure to check them all out!

Also, Currclick is giving away 8 freebies during this sale.

Click the picture above or here to be taken directly to the sale.

Click here to see my products.

Note…the sale items must be added to your cart from the sale page (not via individual product pages) to get 50% off.  If you have any problems getting the discount, let me know.



Kendrick Brothers Movie 5


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I cannot tell you how excited I am about the latest in the movies from the Kendrick Brothers!  They are the brothers that have created Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous.

This one is entitled, War Room.

My prayer for this movie is that it be the salt of the earth – renewing our belief in prayer and it’s power.

Watch the trailer here and spread the word.

Coming to theaters August 28.



Enchilada Casserole

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(Note: Those are crushed Doritos on top…I should have added cheese on top, but accidentally put the shredded cheese under the Doritos.  I made another one for a friend and it looked much better topped with the cheese.)


A looong time ago, I was watching the morning news and Charlie Gibson was making his recipe entitled, Charlie’s Holiday Casserole.  I wrote down the recipe and have made it occasionally through the years.

We made it again recently and I thought I’d post it here.  It’s one of those open the cans, dump, and mix it all together kinds of casseroles that are super quick and very tasty.

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1 can chili with beans
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 large 12 ounce package Doritos
10 to 15 oz. enchilada sauce
8 ounce can tomato sauce
2 tbsp. onion, grated
1 ¼ cup sour cream

For the topping, set aside sour cream, ½ cup of the grated cheese, and 1/3 of the Doritos bag.

Set aside 2 tbsp. grated onions. Take remaining 6 cups of Doritos and crumble with your hands into mixing bowl.

Mix the onion, and all the other ingredients – except those for the topping – and place into an 8 ½ by 11 inch casserole dish.

Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

Remove casserole from oven. Spread on sour cream, cover with Doritos, and sprinkle ½ cup cheese.

Bake for an additional 5 minutes and serve.

Serve with a salad and toasted french bread slices.


Proverbs “lapbook style” poster

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Our church is holding a Family Summit this weekend.  The speaker will be Dr. Ted Tripp, author of Shepherding a Child’s Heart.  His website is here.

During the Summit, some of our older children will be making a Proverbs “lapbook style” poster.  I created this resource over the summer after buying the book Shepherding a Child’s Heart for my Kindle.  Dr. Tripp references the wisdom found in Proverbs often in his book.

There are so many good life principles found in the book of Proverbs.

This past summer, we read one chapter each day from Proverbs and then summed up what we learned on a lapbook piece.  We glued it to a poster board, which hung up in the kitchen.  The kids took turns writing the summary each morning.  It was a fun and meaningful activity.

You can get this resource here.

Beanie Boo tent craft

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My daughter loves to craft.  She also loves Beanie Boos right now.

We found a cute tent idea online and she recreated it.  She used a cereal box, fabric for the opening, and covered the rest of the tent with scrapbook paper.

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She used craft wire and modeling clay to make the hotdog and roasting stick.

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She used a rag to create a sleeping bag.

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