Happy Mothers Day Quotes for Grandmothers

 

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Mother’s Day isn’t *just* for moms – it’s also a great time to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to our precious Grandmothers!  If you’re looking for a little inspiration – here are some Happy Mothers Day quotes for Grandmothers that will make them feel special.  

Many of these are great to add on to DIY gifts as well!  (Like these DIY Themed Gift Baskets)

A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television.
– Author Unknown

A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.
– Erma Bombeck

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.
– Marcy DeMaree

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.
– Author Unknown

Grandmas don’t just say “that’s nice” — they reel back and roll their eyes and throw up their hands and smile. You get your money’s worth out of grandmas.
– Author:unknown

Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.
– Author Unknown

Grandmothers are the people who take delight in hearing babies breathing into the telephone.
– Author:Unknown

If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straight away to become one. There is no fun for old people like it!
– Hannah Whithall Smith

If your baby is “beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time,” you’re the grandma.
– Teresa Bloomingdale

My name is NO NO but Grandma calls me precious!
– Author Unknown

 Mother's Day Quotes

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When I’m Tired of Doing Laundry….Again….I Remind Myself of this….

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A sweet friend of mine posted this on facebook last night. She knows something about laundry, with 6 babies age 9 and under. She claims, she’s not a poet. I beg to differ. For all the mommas out there who needed encouragement today, this is a great reminder.  After a really busy week, with more on my plate than enough time to tackle I needed this!

I just got permission to have my graphic designer create a downloadable pdf of this for you!!  Keep your eyes peeled, it’s going to be super cute!!  I may even have a canvas made for my laundry room.

Thanks Kristin, for being obedient and sharing your heart!!

Fall Family Fun: Kids In the Kitchen


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I don’t know about you but I love Fall.  It’s my favorite time of the year!  Each new season presents itself with opportunities to enjoy activities with our family’s.  My kids love to get in the kitchen and cook.  They especially love baking and decorating cookies.  Recently, we made fall themed cookies for their homeschool group.  Not only were they REALLY yummy – (I ate waaayyyy too many) but I think they turned out really cute.

 

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Now, as much as they love decorating cookies and I enjoy baking with them I don’t enjoy the extra mess.  After lots of trial and error, we’ve come up with a system that works great for us to help limit the mess (key word here – limit not eliminate).  I’ve learned that by taking a couple of purposeful steps on the front end it frees me up to truly enjoy the experience with my kids.  I know everyone is different, what works for my family may or may not work for yours.  It’s important to figure out what works for you.  Treasure the moments, and be intentional to make lasting memories with the little ones in your life.

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Don’t Stress about the Mess!  See my tips below:

::  Use disposable plates/utensils/bowls as much as possible.

        There are simply some things that are within my control and some that are not.  By the time we got finished decorating all of the cookies, the last thing I wanted to do was wash a bunch of dishes. Thankfully, I had taken purposeful steps before we even started baking.  For example, I used paper bowls for all the different colored frosting and plastic knives/spoons to decorate the cookies and mix in the food coloring.  I also covered the baking pan with aluminum foil and placed wax paper in front of the kiddos to make clean up a breeze.

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::  Tame the Sprinkle Monster

          Kids love sprinkles, but they can get out of hand….FAST!  If I give my kids the container of sprinkles, they’ll end up everywhere.  Instead I shake out small amounts at a time in a small glass bowl.  Then, give them a spoon (plastic of course) to dip out the sprinkles and shake over the cookies.  Of course they can still spill the sprinkles but at least it cuts down on the amount that can be spilled.

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::  Have Fun; Enjoy the Moment

Enjoy the moment!  Besides a quick pep talk when we get started about being careful I don’t say anything about else “making a mess”.  I want my kids to enjoy the experience.  I also want them to remember mom having fun with them, not talking about cleaning up.  We are all wired differently depending on your personality it might be a challenge for you, but it’s so worth it.  I know we’ve all heard that one day when the kids are grown up and gone we’ll miss these kinds of moments…..mess and all.

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The 7-day Doubt Diet Day 7: Fear of Failure

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Day 7: Getting Up Again
Taken in part from Chapter 7 & 12
Food for thought: “Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” (Proverbs 24:16 NIV)

Renee surveyed over twelve hundred women for her book, A Confident Heart, and discovered two of the biggest triggers that paralyze us with self-doubt.

  1. Fear of Past Failures
  2. Fear of Failing Again 

Have you failed?  I know I have.  Throughout this week as we’ve gone through each day of the 7-day Doubt Diet God has opened my eyes to many different areas of my mind that he wants to renew.  Just by referring back to the titles of day 1-6 and there is a common thread.  Don’t Throw Away Your Confidence, Beat Up or Built Up, Trigger Points, Sometimes Worry Makes Me Wonder, But I don’t have Anything Special to Offer, Measuring Up, and Getting up Again – are all issues that reside between my ears.

These aren’t the 7 areas that God wants me to change about myself so that I can measure up to his standard.  Instead, these are areas of my life that God wants me to recognize and set me from.  It goes back to that “waiting for him to zap me,” from day one – I HAVE TO DO THIS.  Yes, he will walk with me every step of the way, but he won’t make me. 

In every area that we’ve talked about not only are their false beliefs about ourselves but also lies about who God thinks we are.  He wants us to have the freedom he died to give us.  He already knows we are going to fall – it’s clearly stated in today’s chapter, the righteous fall.  If we didn’t we wouldn’t need God.  When we fall, it opens our heart to hear Gods voice.  Every time we fail on our own it creates the perfect opportunity for God to step into our mess and speak to our hearts. 

Failure Isn’t Final!
Are their failures in our past that are holding us hostage?  Not hostage to our failure, hostage to our thoughts about our failure.   If we continue to condem ourselves then we remain stuck, when in reality God is saying get up.  Don’t allow the lies of the enemy to convince you that you can’t get up again. 

Not only can we get up again, we can move forward further than we were before.  Yes, failures bring shame, fear, insecurity,  anxiety, etc.  When we choose to get up and get out from where we’ve been then God can move us to a new place we never thought we were capable of going.  Every failure in a new opportunity for growth, wisdom, humility, and dependence on God.

I can’t believe that today’s the last day of our 7 day Doubt Diet.  I hope that you have enjoyed it as much as i have.  I pray that we all grab hold of this message no matter what comes our way as we take God’s hand and trust His heart.

Doubt Diet Tip: I can’t guarantee you won’t fail, but I can help you set yourself up to succeed! Healthy eating requires good planning, especially packing healthy snacks for in between meals. In the same way, we can plan for healthy spiritual snacks from God’s Word. That way we have easy access to truth that can keep us on track and help us lose the weight of our self-doubts.
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The 7-day Doubt Diet Day 6: Measuring Up

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  • Day 4: Sometimes Worry Makes Me Wonder
  • Day 5: But I don’t Have Anything Special to Offer
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    Day 6: Measuring Up
    Taken in part from Chapter 6
    Food for thought: “When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” (2 Cor. 10:12 NIV)
     
    When I started reading today’s devotion, I felt burdened.  I’ve read every single comment that ya’ll have sent in, and so many of us (I’m not saying you because I’m right here with you) believe that we aren’t good enough.  That we’ll never do enough, be a good enough wife or mother, or that we’ll ever do anything right.  It is one thing knowing that I feel that way, after a while I guess I had gotten used to that accusing voice in the back of my head.  However, when I read what your sweet hearts struggle with I got fighting mad with Satan. 
     
     
    This has been my prayer the past four years, because of my own struggles.  God let me see me the way you see me. Help me to believe I am who you say I am, not who Satan wants to convince me I am.  If we ever grab hold of our God given destiny, and trust God’s heart.  Satan knows what kind of impact we will have on the kindgom of God.  That is why he is relentless and determined to stop us.
     
    Fight back, girls fight.  Don’t just accept how you feel as truth.  Above all things our heart is deceptive.  I wish I could look each of you in the eye right now and tell you how valuable you are, that God doesn’t make mistakes and he created you.  Who?  Yes you, even with all the weird stuff you do or strange habits, or crazy hair that you don’t like.  Whatever none of those things define you.  It doesn’t matter if you are short or tall, big or small, red, purple green or white God did not make a mistake.  When he created you, yes listen closely when he created you – he was proud of his handiwork and that has not changed.  No matter what we do, it doesn’t change who we belong to. 
     
    I wish I could hug each one of you who doesn’t feel like you measure up.  I would tell you that……..
  • If you are breathing you have something to offer.  God is not finished with you yet, you are so special to him. 
  • I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Jeremiah 29:11
  • You are enough just the way you are.
  • God isn’t waiting for you to be perfect. 
  • We will disappoint people who love us, because we won’t always meet their expectations.  That is okay, God didn’t create us to keep other people happy.
  • If you lost a job, or are waiting for a house to sell - nothing is too big for God.  The state our economy is in did not take him by surprise.  He is able. (Ephesians 3:20)
  • This one is for me too – Stop!  Quit allowing the enemy of our soul access to our mind and heart.  Kick his tail out.  If we hear a negative thought, doubt, shame, insecurity, etc in your head it’s not God.  Therefore, let’s commit to each other that instead of believing his truth lets expose it as a lie.
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    Just like on day 2 – It won’t happen just because it’s possible.  

     I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I need God the most I resist getting into the word.  I know it will make me feel better, I know it will give me peace.  Can you relate?  After hearing how the 7-day Doubt Diet has resonated in so many hearts I am certain that God wants to use this time, this season to begin plowing up our minds.  Out with the old, in with the new.  We have but one choice to make, will we cooperate?

    I pray for each of you that you won’t stop fighting, you won’t stop running after God until you recieve what is yours - A Confident Heart.

    Excert From Day 6 – A Message from Renee

    Yet Satan wants us to focus on our flaws and feelings of inadequacy, then exhaust our energy figuring out how to hide them. But we don’t have to go along with his schemes. Instead we can recognize his lies, refute his temptations with truth, and focus on God’s acceptance, security, and significance. Then we can thank God for His provision and His promises that remind us of who we are in Him.

    I am accepted . . .
    Ephesians 1:3–8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
    Colossians 1:13–14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
    Colossians 2:9–10 I am complete in Christ.

     
    I am secure . . .
    Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
    Romans 8:31–39 I am free from condemnation. I cannot be separated from God’s love.
    Philippians 1:6 I am confident God will complete the good work He started in me.


    I am significant . . .
    Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
    Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
    Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

     
    Doubt Diet Tip: When you’re tempted to use the measuring stick of comparison—be sure to measure UP by focusing upward on Christ, remembering who you are in HIM! “The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior (and beliefs) will begin to reflect your true identity!” *
    © 2011 by Renee Swope with Revell Publishing. All rights reserved.
    *Victory Over the Darkness, Dr. Neil T. Anderson (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1990), 48.
     
     
     
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Doubt Diet Day 5: But I don’t have anything special to offer.

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Day 5: But I Don’t Have Anything Special to Offer
Taken in part from Chapter 8
Food for thought: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Ps. 139:13 NIV)  

If we were all sitting in a group together and were asked to answer the following questions, what would your “soul” reaction be.

  • What do you love to do?
  • If finances were unlimited and failure impossible, what would your dream be?

Did anyone feel a little panicky inside?  Would you want to hear how others answered first?  In the introduction to today’s devotion Renee described a time when she found herself in a similar situation being asked those questions. 

She said one friend wanted to be the first female President while another wanted to be in a Christian Rock Band.  It was funny when she said she listened as her friends around her described their dreams so she could get some ideas.  I love the fact that Renee is real – I bet some of us would have done the same thing.  

She didn’t have an answer to those questions, instead it mattered more what others wanted or needed her to be.  Can  you relate?  God didn’t create us for the purpose of making others happy.  Instead, he has a plan and a specific purpose for each of us. 

So, here goes I’d like to introduce you to the real me.  I used to be very hard on myself and feel that my personality was “wrong” because I wasn’t like other people.  Now, I  just laugh at myself because there is always some kind of adventure.  I lose my keys and cell phone everyday.   I don’t like details, spreadsheets, numbers, strict rules or a black and white answer.  I prefer not to rent movies or check out books from the library because chances are they will end up lost or returned late.  I have a hard time paying attention, especially with long detailed stories.  My mind is always spinning, 

At the same time I don’t get bogged down with details.  It takes a lot to make me mad.  I’m very passionate about what I believe in.  I love making other people laugh, it makes me smile all the way down to my toes.  Giving is a part of who I am.  I makes me giddy thinking about  who I can give to, what they need, how it can be an anonymous surprise.

I used to feel so bad about myself and couldn’t understand why I lose everything.  my mom always made it sound so simple.  “If you put things where they belong you’ll never lose them.”  You think I haven’t tried that?  The problem is that in my mind nothing has to “belong” to a certain place.  

What about you, have you been hard on yourself.  Turn it around - God wants to use it for his kingdom.  Don’t get me wrong, God is still working on me in this area.  I still have more insecurities than I can count.  I have however, accepted me for me. 

Okay, so I’ve spilled my guts.  What about you, what makes you – you.  Think about something that you’ve beat yourself up about – turn it around.  It was important enough to God to include that “ingredient.”  I think about baking a cake.  Does flour taste good by itself?  Not so much.  Chocolate Cake – now that’s another story.  Love it.  When I look at Chocolate Cake, I don’t think about the disgusting flour, I think about how wonderful it tastes once all the ingredients are combined. 

Next time Satan wants to whisper doubt in your ear remind him – you are chocolate cake.  I know that sounds silly but sometimes it takes that silly kind of thinking to get rid of our toxic thoughts.

Copied below is an excerpt from the 7-Day Doubt Diet.  Renee’ s Message.
 

The truth is: you and I were not designed to be whom others expect us to be, or even want us to be. We were created to become all that God planned for us to be. 

Let’s take the challenge and go hang out with ourselves for a while.  Below I have copied questions Renee challenges us to consider.

  • What do you love to do?
  • If finances were unlimited and failure was impossible, what would be your dream?
  • How well do you know the real you?    
  • Have you ever taken time to think about what you like to do?
  • What personality traits, abilities, or experiences do you have?
  • What would make your heart come alive if you had the confidence and resources to do it? 
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    Doubt Diet Tip:

    We all have a natural body shape. I’m shaped like a pear; always have been, always will be. Most of my life I didn’t like it. But this is the body God gave me and I’ve learned to work with it. In the same way God gives us a natural body shape physically, He also gives us a natural “body shape” spiritually, to equip us for His purpose in the body of Christ. Ask God to help you discover and love the “shape” He gave you! 

    

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    The 7-Day Doubt Diet Day 4: Sometimes Worry Makes Me Wonder

    If you haven’t signed up, don’t put it off – YOU are worth it. You’ll need your own copy to read  (its free HERE) as I won’t copy each day’s entire devotion. We’ll go through the devotion each day together, sharing scripture, encouragement, doubts, fears, and insecurities that have taken up residence in our hearts. If this is your first time joining us, I want you to know I do not have it all together and I have faced doubts and insecurities my entire life.  We are in this together  it’s a “sharing” thing.

     Day 4: Sometimes Worry Makes Me Wonder
    Taken in part from Chapter 9 of A Confident Heart
    Food for thought: She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (Luke 10:40 NIV)

    I don’t know about you but I always have plenty of things to worry about.  Like Renee mentions in today’s devotion when I get worryed and overwhelmed I feel like God is not listening.  The past 4 years I have struggled a lot – wondering if God heard my prayers.  At times, I questioned his love for me and I felt like I couldn’t trust Him.  I worried, I wondered, and for a season I got mad at God. I’ve included a part of my story below as a testimony of Gods faithfulness.

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    In January 2007 my 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with type I diabetes.  Morgan was barely 3 and Caleb was only 5 months old.  This brought on a new level of worry.  For example, Morgan’s blood sugar, checking her blood, counting the carbs in her food properly, shots and so much more.  We we afraid for Caleb, so we’d check his blood sugar periodically.

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    A couple of months later in April my daddy was diagnosed with Brain Cancer.  A very aggressive cancer that grows like an octopus into your brain.  No cure, terminal, the only hope of extending his life would have been surgery.  Daddy’s tumor was inoperable.  He was given less than 2 months, God gave us 10 months.

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    We also had 3 houses during this time.  One that we lived in and two spec houses that sat for 2 years before they sold.  For two years we had 3 mortgages.

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    My daddy passed away in February.  Then, the day after his funeral my husband lost his job.   The company he worked for had a merger and shut down his entire division.

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    At this point, I really questioned God.  The day after my dad’s funeral Gary loses his job, and we have 3 houses?  I didn’t feel like God was listening.  In fact, I felt like he had turned his back on me for a time.  I didn’t understand why he had allowed so much?

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    It didn’t happen overnight but slowly God has put me back together.  It’s been a process that I have had to walk through.  I had to completley surrender every part of my life to Him.  Had I not, I shudder to think where my wondering may have lead me.  I don’t know where I heard this, but it’s stuck with me.  When I feel overwhelmed about the future, it’s because God hasn’t given me the grace to face that day yet.  I look back at what God has brought me through and I know he carried me.  God gives us the measure of grace when we need it, but not a moment too soon.

    On Day 4, Renee shares a season in her life that left her feeling overwhelmed, fearful, out of fuel, full of worry, and doubt that God even cared.   She said she secretly felt that if she stopped worrying about everybody and everything God would too.  She was over-committed and had become weary serving God instead of seeking God.  Then one day as she was reading about Martha and Mary in her bible from the book of Luke she realized that Martha had become weary in all of her worrying and began to doubt that God cared for her.

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    A message from Renee
    Excerpt The 7-day Doubt Diet Day 4:  Sometimes Worry makes you Wonder

    Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6–7 NLT)
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    First Peter 5:7 tells us: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (NLT).

    When life weighs us down this week, let’s commit to:

    1. Stop worrying—Press the pause button on our consuming concerns.
    2. Start praying—Talk to God about all we’re doing and ask Him if there’s anything we need to cut back so we have time to seek Him as much as we serve Him and others.
    3. Keep thanking God—Thank God for what He’s done in the past and will do in the future. This helps us remember how good He is at being God.

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    Doubt Diet Tip: Lose the weight of worry by “giving all your worries and cares to the Lord because He cares for you!” Write your concerns on an index card and give them to Jesus. I have a tabletop cross by my bedside where I lay my “concerns card.” Maybe you could get one too. Then, when you start worrying, go back and write your worries on your card, and commit once again to cast your cares upon the Lord.

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