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Guest blog by Shannon Upton/Book Review


I was approached by fellow Blogs by Christian Women Author Shannon Upton to review her new book, Building Your House.

In it, Shannon incorporates organization with faith. She shares great practical advice to build your Christ-centered home and de-clutter physically and spiritually.

My favorite chapter is #10 where Shannon gently reminds us to walk in faithfulness. She sprinkles helpful suggestions throughout such as playing inspirational music, lighting a candle or hanging encouraging scripture on the wall.

As a result of reading Building Your House, I believe my home will look and feel more inviting, peaceful and less cluttered.

Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this book review; just passing on a Good Read.

Shannon Upton is a Christian author, blogger, and speaker.  Her goal is to help women use a little organization to clear out  their spiritual clutter so they can make room for peace and joy! She’d love to serve you (and by extension, your children) through her two books; the second being Organizing You. Feel free to stop by Organizingjesusmoms.com  to discover great resources she has for you there. organizing

Please welcome Shannon!

Blessings, Rebecca



Intentional Influence

“Shannon, did you just call yourself ‘homely’? Don’t you ever say that again!”

When I was in seventh grade, my Sunday School teacher gave us lists of adjectives and asked us to circle the ones we thought applied to us. I knew that the lesson was on self-esteem, so I circled things like “smart,” “friendly,”…and “homely.”  At the time, I thought that “homely” simply meant “plain.”  It was the choice after “beautiful” and “pretty,” but before “ugly.”

What I remember about that moment isn’t how my teacher said that I was a very pretty girl (she had to say that, didn’t she?), but how shocked she was that I’d circled “homely” in the first place. She was downright offended on my behalf!

When I looked at her, I saw a woman who was very well-dressed and put-together. She obviously knew what it meant to be attractive… yet there she was saying that I was beautiful.  I was startled into a realization: I was a child of God and He would never want me to think of myself as “homely.”  Ever.

Today, I’m still under her influence. I have the habit of complimenting the appearance of others, admiring a pretty blouse, cool shoes, or a warm smile.  I even give a scripturally-based talk about how to organize your wardrobe!  It’s not that I think outward appearance is all that important, far from it.  But my Sunday School teacher taught me that God sees us as beautiful, and that’s how we should see ourselves.

How are you influencing your children through your outward example? We can tell our children wonderful things, but they see what they see. When your kids look at you, do they see…

Someone who’s tired and worn out, or someone who’s taking care of their body?

Someone who avoids time with God, or someone who loves to go to church and spend time in prayer?

Someone who’s overwhelmed and stressed, or someone who’s choosing to trust in God?

Our influence doesn’t come through our words, but how we’re intentionally living our lives. When our kids see that we know what it means to be a child of God, they’ll be able to hear our encouragement to follow Him.

This is the heart of my ministry! I help women use home and family organization, not to pursue perfection, but to live in Christ’s abundance.  When we intentionally live all in for Jesus, we’re building our homes and raising our families for God’s glory.  That influence will last for generations to come.



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Now it’s your turn to own Building Your House as we’re giving away a FREE copy. I’d love to hear from you on how you build your home with your children. Simply share a family routine that has solved a clutter or spiritual issue in your home with us below. Your name will then be placed in a random drawing.

On December 26, 2015, we will select a winner. The winner must supply his/her mailing address to us no later than December 31, 2015. One Free copy will then be shipped directly to the winner’s address provided. Best wishes!


Guest Blog by Lynyetta G. Willis, PhD

Lynyetta G. Willis, PhD, is the author of My Forgotten Self, to be released this November. As a psychologist, teacher, speaker, and author, Dr. Willis has woven spirituality into her healing work with individuals and families for over fifteen years. Dr. Willis lives with her husband and their two children in Georgia. Please welcome Dr. Willis!

Blessings, Rebecca


Eight Questions to Ask Yourself before You Begin Nurturing Your Child’s Spiritual Identity

Children rely upon the adults in their lives to guide and encourage them. As a result, we have a huge impact on how children view themselves and the world around them. However, it is difficult to teach what we do not know. As a psychologist who specializes in spiritual and religious identity development, when my first child was born, I struggled to find ways to transform my knowledge into a form I could use to consciously nurture my child’s spiritual identity. I soon realized that I needed to consciously explore my spiritual identity and develop ways to consciously model the aspects of my spiritual identity I wanted to pass onto my child.

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The following eight questions were crucial to guiding my initial steps toward nurturing my child’s spiritual identity:

  1. Who am I as a spiritual being and how does this belief impact how I show up in the world and in the life of my child?
  2. How was I introduced to spiritual beliefs—what about this introductory process worked and what didn’t?
  3. How can I use the wisdom gained through my spiritual development process to help and not hinder my child’s spiritual development?
  4. How do I teach my child about concepts I believe are important but difficult to explain (e.g. faith, connection to an internal divine source, the power of love)?
  5. How do I live a life guided by spirit and not just religion; a life that models the importance of “being” in the moment and not just “doing” for the next moment?
  6. How do I guide my child to understand that she can live a life driven by love or her divine purpose, as opposed to a life driven by fear?
  7. What are my emotional wounds and fears, and how can I manage them so they do not limit my child’s growth?
  8. At least once a day, how can I model what it means to consciously live through this spiritual identity?

For many of us, answers to these or similar questions may not come quickly. We may need to unlearn limiting beliefs or heal from emotional wounds that keep us stuck and distracted. As adults, we must first remember our spiritual identity before we can fully empower our children to stay in alignment with theirs.