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5 Amazing Resources for the Spiritually Mismatched

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I know that being spiritually mismatched in a relationship can be very challenging, and sometimes downright frustrating!

I was thinking of those of you who are spiritually mismatched today and wondered if you might be in need of some resources to support you in this journey of being spiritually mismatched. But, before I give you a list of recommended resources, I want to be sure you know exactly what I  mean when I say spiritually single. Check out my article on defining a spiritually single woman: Defining the Spiritually Single Woman, Part 1: God’s Definition, and then come back to this resource guide.

Alright, now that you have a clear picture, let’s get you right to the resources! These are resources I personally recommend. These are affiliate links, so if you want more information about what that means, go to my Disclaimer Page.

 

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Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage

by Lee and Leslie Strobel.

In their intensely personal and practical book, they reveal:* Surprising insights into the thinking of non-Christian spouses* A dozen steps toward making the most of your mismatched marriage* Eight principles for reaching out to your partner with the gospel* Advice for raising your children in a spiritually mismatched home* How to pray for your spouse–plus a 30-day guide to get you started* What to do if you’re both Christians but one lags behind spiritually* Advice for single Christians to avoid the pain of a mismatch.

Why I recommend this book:

Simply put: I recommend this book because of what you just read above. It covers so many important topics that spiritually single woman can relate to. It’s a great read for those who are currently married to an unbeliever, a rebellious Christian, or even to the woman who is not married yet. A great resource!

 

Winning Him Without Words: 10 Keys to Thriving in Your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage

by Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller

The spiritually mismatched are those who are committed to a spouse who does not share their faith. Feeling abandoned by their spouse and forgotten by their church, they live out their faith in survival mode, guarding the spiritual flame yet never feeling free to share it. But God wants them to thrive–not just survive. 
Winning Him Without Words
 presents ten Christ-centered keys to thriving in a spiritual mismatch.

Why I recommend this book:  

This book gave me a different perspective on what it meant to be in a spiritually mismatched marriage and how I should treat my marriage. I often felt, and still do at times, that I’m responsible for my husband’s relationship with Christ. But, that simply isn’t true. This book gave me comfort in knowing that I do have a responsibility in my mismatched marriage, but maybe not what I thought it was.

A great read for wives who feel they are responsible for their husband’s salvation.

 

When He Doesn’t Believe: Help and Encouragement for Women Who Feel Alone in Their Faith 

by Nancy Kennedy

 

If you love a man who is not committed to Christ, you may feel frustrated, guilty, or anxious; discouraged and lonely. You likely worry about how your husband’s beliefs–or lack of them–will affect your children. Perhaps you, like so many women, have tried to “help” your husband find or deepen his relationship with God–only to find that you have, unbelievably, pushed him farther away. You may be wondering, “What do I do now?” Or, worse, you may have lost all hope. God is still in control.

Why I recommend this book:

This is a great book because it comes from a woman who’s been there. She knows exactly how you feel and probably has asked many of the same questions you have.

This is a great read if you need some empathy and hope.

 

Not Alone: Trusting God to Help You Raise Godly Kids in a Spiritually Mismatched Home 

by Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller

Moms who are the sole spiritual leader in their home wonder if their influence is enough to impact the spiritual lives of their children. Not Alone is encouragement and wisdom for spiritually mismatched moms, whether they are married to a non-Christian, single, divorced, or navigating the challenges of a blended family. It is possible to raise children who have a vibrant relationship with Christ. Their insights and stories will help mothers understand how God helps moms do their part and can trust him to do his. Plus, Not Alone includes practical steps to instill children with faith.

Why I recommend this book:

Well for one reason, it’s from the same authors as Winning Him Without Words (see above). However, that’s not the only reason. This book is jam-packed, full of great resources to help you raise your children the way God wants them to be raised despite your husband’s lack of faith. Not only is the main content of this book amazing, but the appendices are just as amazing and helpful. You can’t go wrong with this book.

 

Unequally Yoked? A Guide to Friends, Dates and Mates

by Tim TK Lewis

Relationships can be challenging. In this book, you will discover how God Himself cares about your personal relationships. Whether choosing a bride or groom, a date, trusted friend, or even a business partner, God desires to be involved in your relational decisions. Unequally Yoked? A Guide to Friends, Dates and Mates will help you learn to make better relationship decisions that will cause you grow and enjoy the peace that comes from good relationships in every area of your life.

 

Why I recommend this book:

I haven’t read this book or know much about it, but it looked like a good resource for singles as well as those in close relationships. As I looked through the book on Amazon, I liked the guidelines this book offered. Something to consider when it comes to the matters of the heart.

 

So there you have it. I know this is a small sample of books that are out there available to you, but this list is comprehensive. I think you’ll find a resource from this list as a perfect source to learn more about living a life as spiritually single. Most importantly, I pray that it gives you peace.

 

 

All Things Spring Bundle

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It’s a printable journal, so you purchase the journal on my Teachable website and then download and print it out.

 

 

All Things Spring Bundle

 

Get ready to say goodbye to Winter and Spring into Spring!

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See what I mean? What you’re looking at is OVER 540 PAGES of printables for you, all in one handy-dandy spring bundle. And OF COURSE, they slashed the price! So much that you’ll think it’s a typo. It’s not. The deal is THAT AWESOME.

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This bundle seriously has EVERYTHING you could ever WANT or NEED for Spring {AND MORE! See #14 below}, including…

  • Classroom Valentines
  • Valentine’s Day Activity Book
  • Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift
  • Easter Basket Gift Tags
  • Christ-Centered Easter Countdown
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Spring Wall Art
  • Spring Cleaning Kit
  • Printable To-Do Lists
  • Favorite Freezer-Friendly Meals
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(Notice #14, hint, hint)

Just wait until you see all of the printable goodness…

 

VALENTINE’S DAY

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1. Kids Printable Valentine Bundle by Paper & Taigh Love is in the air! Your kiddos will be the hit of their class with these darling printable Valentines! There are even two options to choose from: superhero suckers or mini Valentine s’mores kits. Both equally darling and fun.
2. Valentine’s Jumpstart Pack by Love Hope Adventure Need a done for you Valentine’s gift for your sweetie? Print of this romantic Valentine’s card, Week of Love gift tags with ideas for each day, and a sexy game to play as the grand finale’ to the holiday.
3. Valentine’s Day Printable Cards by Whispers In DesignThis Valentine’s Day Printable Card set includes 6 beautiful hand lettered designs. These original cards will be perfect to gift on Valentine’s Day, but can also be used for many other occasions like Anniversaries, Birthdays, or just to tell someone how special they are! The cards measure 5”x7” and can easily be framed and used to brighten any room as well.
4. Heart Attack Printable Kit by Our Kerrazy AdventureThese printables will make it so easy to spread sunshine and love. Simply print and trim and heart attack your neighbor, friends, and loved ones.
5. Valentine’s Day Kids Activity Book by Kids Activities Kids are most likely to learn when they are being creative and having FUN! So we grabbed our crayons and gave our inner child some chocolate in order to create this 15-page, Valentine’s Day Activity Pack for your kids. Grab it now for Valentines’s Bingo, Color-by-Number, Word Searches and more!
6. Emoji Valentine’s Breakfast Pack by Paging Supermom Show your emotions this Valentine’s Day with this super-cute Emoji Breakfast Pack. It’s 25 pages of ideas and printable templates including decorative banners, place cards, party flags, toppers, tray liners and table confetti. There’s even a printable template for making those adorable Emoji Pancakes! The pack has everything you need to create your Valentine’s breakfast, including Paging Supermom’s best-selling Emoji templates, which aren’t just for Valentines — use them for birthday parties, baby shower and really anytime.
7. Printable Classroom Valentines by Skip to my LouYour kids will have the cutest Valentines this year! 50- YES, we said 50- printable Valentines! Just print and attach a small gift! There are so many cute ideas to choose from- you can use these printables for years and years to come.

VALENTINE’S DAY & EASTER COLLECTIONS

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8. 3 Printable Collections by Piggy Bank Parties No, not just one- you’re getting THREE different collections: 1. Sugar Cookie Valentines Collection, 2. Springin’ Gingham Easter Collection, and 3.Noah’s Ark Collection! Throw a sweet Valentine’s Day party with our Sugar Cookie Valentines Collection! These sugar cookie inspired print at home party decorations and valentines are perfect for school parties, bridal showers, Valentine’s Day events or an anniversary party. Celebrate Easter with our Springin’ Gingham Easter Collection! These sweet print at home pastel gingham party decorations are perfect for an Easter egg hunt or your family’s Easter celebration. Celebrate the mother of twins, a twin birthday or your favorite two-year-old with the Noah’s Ark Collection! These two-of-a-kind print at home party decorations are perfect for your next baby shower and birthday party.
9. Valentine’s & Easter Set by Papers&Plenty This printable set includes Valentine’s Day Cards, Easter Basket Gift Tags, AND an Easter Basket Checklist. These sweet treats Valentine’s Day cards are so fun, everyone is sure to love them! Set includes 7 cards, each with a doughnut or cupcake and matching saying. Just fill in the names and add them to your treat, perfect for kids and adults! You’ll also receive adorable Valentine’s Day vehicle cards! Set includes 8 cards, each with a different mode of transportation and matching saying. Just fill in the names, great for kids, teachers & more! The perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day party! Finally, we’re also including cute Easter tags to attach to all your Easter goodies! Two sets of tags, “From the Easter Bunny” or blank cards to write your own message! PLUS a bonus checklist full of ideas to fill those Easter baskets for all ages!
10. Spring Planner Sticker Printable Set by Mod Podge Rocks You’ll love these THREE sheets of printable planner stickers for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter!! These stickers are perfect for spring and fits a variety of planner types like Happy Planner, Erin Condren, Day Designer, bullet journal and more.

EASTER

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11. Christ Centered Easter Countdown by The Dating Divas Behind all of the giant chocolate bunnies and treat-filled baskets lie the real reason for this incredible season – Christ. With our Christ-Centered Easter Countdown, you will be able to celebrate, for 14 truly amazing days, all that He is and what He teaches us!
12. Kids’ Easter Basket Activity Coupons by While He Was NappingLooking for something to put in your kids’ Easter baskets besides candy? Stop looking, because you’ve found the perfect alternative to fill those eggs with! Give your kids memories this Easter rather than a basket of cavities! Kids can trade in their coupons for fun activities and rewards with these 45 printable coupons that will keep on giving long after that bunny has come and gone!
13. Mini Easter Kiddie Table Printables by The CreativiDee WorkshopCreate a cheerful Easter table for the kids with this mini printable collection! You’ll find placemats to color, napkin wraps, cupcake toppers, treat bag toppers, mini place cards or food tents, favor hanging tags and a centerpiece for the final touch. Just add jelly beans and have a Happy Easter!
14. A Walk With Jesus–Journaling Through Holy Week by 4The Love ofMy Heart Have a closer walk with Jesus during Holy Week by taking a step further into what was happening at that time. For eight days, you’ll study the events from a different view. Then follow the journal prompts as you study this most precious time of year.
15. Easter Planner & Easter Egg Bingo Bundle by Sunny Day FamilyEverything you need to plan your Easter celebration! From activities & crafts to egg hunts to the Easter meal, you’ll find planning tools, invitations, and thank you cards for the perfect family holiday. Plus a super fun Easter Egg Bingo game to bring your egg hunt to the next level!
16. Easter Party Printable Set by Everyday Party Magazine This Easter Printable Party Package comes with everything you need for a sweet party! Including: Food Tents, Party Circles, and Mini Easter Basket Bunting!
17. Printable Easter Coupon Book & Egg Hunt by Edventures with Kids In this fun printable pack, you’ll receive 24 printable coupons, including a few blank ones you can customize, along with your choice of 2 Easter Coupon Book covers! We’ve included activities for kids ages 3 – 16 years old too. Choose the activities that fit your child and personalize EACH coupon book for EACH of your kids! You’ll also receive a set of pre-printed Egg Hunt Clues and a detailed list of where to hide them for an Easter Egg Hunt that works in any home!
18. Easter Planner by Peoples Life on PaperSpring into action and get organized for your family’s Easter celebration with this 28-page printable planner! With everything you need to prepare your holiday dinner, fill the Easter Baskets, plan the annual Easter Egg Hunt, and squeeze in a craft or two, this Easter Planner is your must-have guide to stay organized and enjoy the holiday with your family and friends.

SPRING

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20. Spring Cleaning Organized Package by Homemaking OrganizedMaximize your Spring Cleaning Efforts with our Organized Spring Cleaning Package! Informative ebook, blank Spring Cleaning Planner, and Gorgeous Room Cleaning templates make cleaning your home a breeze!
21. Speed Clean the Deep Clean: A Collection of Time-Saving Cleaning Tutorials and Tips for Busy Moms by What’s up Fagans?Speed Clean the Deep Clean is the perfect cleaning handbook for moms who want a clean house but aren’t really sure how to clean the various stains and messes in their homes. With more than 50 proven cleaning tutorials and tips, complete with step-by-step instructions, written by a former cleaning professional, you will finally know how to clean the various home and kid-related stains with ease.
22. Printable To Do Lists by Jessica Marie Design Keep track of your spring holiday to do items with this printable To Do Lists set! The To Do Lists set includes four different page layouts to fit your needs. Simply download the PDF file, open it with Adobe Reader, add text to the fillable sections, and print. Use the files over and over every year!
23. 100 Printable Encouragement Cards by Life is Sweeter by DesignEncouragement cards are the perfect way to stay on track with positive thinking and goal setting. This set of 100 Printable Encouragement Cards make a great gift for a friend or coworker. Pull out a new card each day for and uplifting thought!
24. Garden Shop Printable Pretend Play Kit by The Littles & MeGet ready for Spring and Summer with some fresh flowers from your very own garden shop. Your kiddo will love setting up shop with this bright and colorful kit that’s sure to provide hours & hours of creative play. It’s no secret that children learn best by learning and doing, which is why pretend play is so important. This kit will help your child learn about themselves and the world around them in a creative, fun, and imaginative way. It’s the perfect addition to your playroom!
25. 30 Favorite Freezer-Friendly Meals e-book by Fun Cheap Or Free Save not only time, but also save money with the 30 Favorite Freezer- Friendly Meals e-book. 30 tried and tested freezer recipes that can be eaten right away, or frozen for later. Recipes include how to best freeze, then prepare your meals for quick and delicious home-cooked dinner when time gets in the way.
26. Carrie Elle Spend Well Budgeting System Digital Files by Carrie ElleAre you tired of struggling with your finances each month? The Spend Well Budgeting System digital files give you all the tools you need to succeed at budgeting. You’ll receive an editable spreadsheet, several financial worksheets, labels to create your own cash envelope system, and access to the 60 Day Budgeting Challenge.
27. Turn Chaos Into Peace, 5 Trainings To Change Your Home From Surviving To Thriving by The Mom Conference 5 interviews with different experts to give you tools that are practical and actually work for those part of motherhood that are hard. We cover how to budget effectively-even if you hate budgeting, dealing with screens in a way that won’t make your kids hate you, raising kids to be successful teens, how to create a life that you love, and my favorite an interview on sibling rivalry you won’t want to miss!

BUT WAIT…

There’s a BONUS!

While I know you are probably still in CUTENESS-OVERLOAD mode, you didn’t think that was all, did you? It’s not. Because I LOVE you so very much, I’m sending you a special little treat if you purchase the bundle through the link below.

 

AS A THANK YOU FOR PURCHASING THIS BUNDLE THAT INCLUDES MY ” A WALK WITH JESUS” JOURNAL (see picture below), YOU’LL RECEIVE A FREE RESOURCE GUIDE FOR A DEEPER STUDY ON EASTER.

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Once you purchase the bundle through the “add to cart link” below, I’ll receive notification. Once I get that notification, I’ll send you the password for receiving the free resource guide.

 

WHEW! So there you have it. Pretty much everything you could ever want for the holidays.

And for only 18 buckaroos {for OVER $240 worth of goodies?!}

Two super, duper important things to remember:


#1- It’s only available for THREE DAYS!
#2- Midnight MST on the 26th, this deal is gone FOREVER!

What are you waiting for?!

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My Favorite Posts in 2017 and Beyond

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2017 has been an interesting year for me personally. I started this blog November 2016, and my writing dream is slowly coming to fruition. This year, I was able to write and publish two journals (see below) and am looking to the near future for my next writing expedition.

If you are a subscriber of my weekly emails, I want to say thank you. I hope to reach many more subscribers in 2018.

 

As I reflect on 2017 and beyond when it comes to this blog, I wanted to share some of my favorite posts (in no particular order).

 

February 2017 I wrote an article on what many women wish they could do: change their husbands in my article,

How To Change Your Husband.

It’s not quite what you think though.

How to change Your Husband

 

I also wrote a quick quiz in February to help you get a sense of where your faith is and how to improve it. You can take the quiz here if you haven’t yet.

 

Quick Quiz

 

I have a heart for Christian teen girls and the struggles they face, so I enjoy writing articles for them. I wrote a series on purity starting with Part 1: Purity: It’s Not What You Think.

 

Purity, It's Not What You Think

 

Another series I wrote was one of my first articles for Christian teens at the start of my blog. Who Am I? explores who we are in God’s eyes.

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My heart also relates to spiritually single women, as I am one, and so I wrote this first series, Defining The Spiritually Single Woman.

What exactly is a spiritually single woman? The Bible has a clear definition of what it means to be unequally yoked in a relationship.

 

What was a favorite post of yours? Please reply here and also request a new topic.

God bless you in the new year!

 

You can purchase my journals here: Warrior Princess Journals

 

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The Lies You Believe

The Lies You Believe

 

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Lies You Believe

Satan uses his deception to sneak up on us and get us to believe his lies. We need to take a closer look at this because he's so sneaky that we might not realize what's going on.

We need to be able to analyze our thoughts and compare those to God's Word which is the opposite of lies; it's truth

 

So, let's compare truth and lies first and then we'll go from there. Make your own comparison list and then match it up with mine.

 

Truth

  • God's Word
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Jesus and his crucifixion and resurrection
  • Salvation through Christ

 

Lies

  • Satan's word
  • Satan=father of lies

 

Honestly, I can't think of anything else. It's as simple as this.

 

We either believe God's Word, or we believe Satan's lies.

 

So, now we need to know how to determine whether we believe the truth or the lies. How do we do that?

 

Easy.

Get out your Bible.

Compare your thoughts to the Bible.

What does God say about what you're thinking/ feeling? 

How does that compare to what you're believing? If it aligns with God's Word, it's truth. If it doesn't, it's lies.

 

 

To help you out a little, here are some common lies we tend to believe and the reference you should look up in your Bible to contradict the lie. Meditate and memorize it. Post it everywhere so you remember it everytime that lie comes sneaking back up into your life.

  1. You are and never will be good enough. (1 Peter 2:9, Romans 5:8)
  2. This is impossible. (Matthew 19:26, Mark 9:23b)
  3. I am a failure. (Psalm 139: 13-18, Philippians 4:13)

Do some more research to find more verses that show how

 

God's Word destroys Satan's lies.

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Pray and ask God to help you remember these truths and ask for forgiveness for believing the lies.

 

Remember, you are good enough, you are loved beyond imagination,

and you can do anything in Christ according to God's will.

Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free

Lies Young Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free

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Fighting Within

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Fighting Within

Take a look at the photo above. What do you notice about it?

I notice the separation of the light and the dark at the top, the thunderstorm clouds building below, and the brilliance of the sun to the left. 

What does this have to do with anything? I see some connection to our spiritual battle we endure. The light, of course, representing God, and the dark, the enemy. Take a close look at the clouds again.

Take a moment to write down your noticings. Let’s see if you noticed things I did and how that relates to today’s topic.

 

My noticings:

  1. There are lots of clouds.
  2. They’re piling on top of each other.
  3. There are clouds within the darkness.
  4. There are clouds within the light.
  5. Some of the clouds are in both light and darkness.
  6. It looks like the light is breaking through the dark.

Did you have any of the same answers?

 

Ok, so what does this have to do with the topic of Fighting Within?

I see this as a spiritual battle. But the battle is in the clouds. The clouds are from the same “family” which when I think about fighting within, it could mean our earthly family, but it also means our spiritual family–the body.

I’ve been doing an online Bible study of Beth Moore’s When Godly People Do Ungodly Things:  Arming Yourself in the Age of Seduction. She mentions in week 6, day 1 that

” the very nature of a satanic scheme is that it is secretive and cunning. It is meant to trap the unsuspecting.”

 

I never thought about it, but this made me think that the Body of Christ can be used as a satanic weapon against itself. We sin against each other through gossip, through disagreements that separate us rather than unite us,  and it dishonors God. There are all kinds of ways that fighting within the Body of Christ is a way for Satan to attack.

We can’t allow that.

 

If the body fights within, it will become sick and even possibly die.

That’s exactly what Satan would want! That’s his whole purpose is to separate us from the light, from God.

 

So, what are we to do?

  1. Look within ourselves first and ask God to show us any way we sin against the body.
  2. Ask for forgiveness from God and anyone we’ve done wrong.
  3. Pray, pray, pray. Prayer is the ultimate weapon against the enemy. Among many things, “prayer brings the part of the body interceding into agreement, thereby strengthening the power of prayer. Prayer guards hearts and minds and causes God to bring peace out of the chaos. Prayer also “bind[s] the enemy.” (Beth Moore’s study mentioned above, pg. 126.)
  4. We need to intercede in prayer for one another. Find someone who will intercede for you and for whom you can intercede.

 

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Satan will use whatever weapon he can, including the church, the body, the believers, and the unbelievers. More than ever do we need to stand strong against him, come together as one body, and increase our knowledge and protect ourselves with the armor of God.

 

We will win.

It has been written.

 

Revelation 12:10-11New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens,

“It has come at last—
    salvation and power
and the Kingdom of our God,
    and the authority of his Christ.[a]
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters[b]
    has been thrown down to earth—
the one who accuses them
    before our God day and night.
11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
    and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much
    that they were afraid to die.