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Monthly Encouragement for REAL Moms {October Edition}

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Monthly Encouragement for REAL Moms

This time of year is always so busy for our family. School is in full swing along with all of the activities that brings, we have several birthdays and our anniversary, then comes Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas. I finally have time to collapse once January rolls around again. 

I get so frustrated with myself when things get crazy because I end up racing through the days from one “Have to” to the next, when I KNOW there is a better way.  Last night I decided to take some time to search for some ways to slow down and be intentional about savoring this life that God has given me. I miss so much of the beauty when I am only focused on my To Do list. I’m guessing that I am not the only one who feels this way, so I am sharing my finds with you. <3

John 10

An abundant life. That is the gift we’ve been given through Christ. I titled this post Encouragement for REAL moms because that’s what we all are. Perfect might work on Pinterest, but not in everyday life. REAL also stands for Refreshing Encouragement for an Abundant Life. I hope these sites encourage you as much as they have me! 

His Mercy is New is sharing 31 Days of Praying the Scriptures for Your Family. There is an October prayer calendar to print, and also some prayer bookmarks. I am excited about her new Advent Prayer Journal for Moms that just came out.

The Purposeful Mom offers 31 Days of Hope for Moms: Biblical Encouragement and Practical Help for Challenging Moments.

Hugs and Punches has created a beautiful memory verse phone lock screen for her subscribers. (I didn’t even know you could do that!)

Worshipful Living put together a Fall Management Binder that includes sermon and quiet time printables.

There are some Monster-themed Lessons at Made 2 B Creative that would be fun to do with your kiddos this time of year. They deal with pride, selfishness, and jealousy.

How long has it been since you colored with your child? Print out this Ecclesiastes coloring page and hang it on the fridge when you are done.

On the practical side, there is a Super Duper Meal Planning Round-Up over at Diamonds in the Rough.

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All of these links, and more, can be found on my Encouragement for REAL Moms Pinterest Board.

How do YOU slow down and savor the moments God gives you?

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Free Kindle eBooks for Your Christian Walk

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It’s time for our weekly seasonal ebook roundup!

Start your year out with some Divine inspiration.

These ebooks were free at the time of posting but that could change at any moment.
As always, check before you click!

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Daily Wisdom for Women – January 2014

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Several Beth Moore eBooks are free until 1/10 – sort by price for the freebies

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The 7-Day Prayer Warrior Experience

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John (St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary)

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Better: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning

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Thriving: Trusting God for Life to the Fullest

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The Daily Walk Bible NLT: 31 Days with Jesus

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Who Is the Holy Spirit?

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Women of Courage: 31 Daily Bible Readings

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Spurgeon Gems

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The Pursuit of God

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Lord, Teach Us to Pray

I created a Free eBook Pinterest board  - be sure to follow it so you don’t miss any of the freebies I post each week!

Don’t own a Kindle? You can read Kindle ebooks on your PC for free.

My affiliate links were used in this post. There is no cost to you to download the free ebooks. I appreciate any shopping you might do while visiting Amazon!


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{Funschool} Away in a Manger

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Welcome to Funschool, a weekly list of FREE educational lesson plans and printables built around a seasonal theme!

This week’s theme is The Birth of Christ.

Printable Nativity Scenes  40+

Christmas Bible Printables  crafts, mini books, games, worksheets

The Nativity Story  handwriting, coloring, puzzles

Christian Christmas Activities  many subjects

{There are affiliate links in this post for some of our favorite books.}

who is coming to our house

Nativity Preschool & Tot Packs  printable unit

Nativity Lapbook  scroll down

Christmas Bible Reading Chart  printable

Nativity Color by Sight Word  3rd grade

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Calvary Curriculum Bible Studies  look for birth of Christ lessons within each one

Write the Christmas Story  printables

Birth of Jesus  file folder game

Nativity Teaching Resources  posters & printables

this is the stable

Christmas Magnet Pages  printable activity

Nativity UNO  printable card game

Starry Night in Bethlehem  Van Gogh-style art project

Nativity Silhouette  art project

my christmas bible storybook

Advent Coloring Pages  big list

Stand-Up Manger  paper craft

Craft Stick Nativity  decoration

Advent Christmas Crafts  several

See the rest of the Rainbow Loom Nativity videos!

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