I’m so thankful for you, my faithful readers, my sisters in Christ (and let’s not forget the brothers, too). You have made this space a friendly zone for sharing my most personal writings, and 2014 was just the year for it. All year long, the Father has been challenging me to “Take Courage.” and having encouraging readers certainly helps me to do just that!
Often this space is mostly for me, a place to share what is on my heart, what I want to write about and hear about. But today I want to share YOUR favorites from 2014. If you haven’t read these top posts before, just click on the individual pictures. Perhaps you’ll find a new favorite. 🙂
Most time in the #1 spot:
“I’ll be honest. As a busy mom of four, I wrestle with this idea that God should be my sole supply. After all, God cannot help with the bedtime routine or sweep the kitchen or sign permissions slips or pay the bills, at least not in a physical sense. I wrestle, too, with feelings of disappointment and unkind thoughts toward a husband whom I truly wish to respect.
So, how can I demonstrate love for my husband even when he’s not demonstrating love for me?”
Most comments in 2014:
“I’ll never forget the first time I heard the word aimed at me. He spewed it out like vomit, his eyes filled with disgust. “Fat,” the boy accused me, and I believed it even though I wasn’t anywhere near “fat” back then.
I always was a…”
Runner-up for most comments in 2014:
That New Girl: Finding Confidence
“Sin temporarily hijacks our child-of-God identity, the world teaches us that we will never be enough, and the pride and insecurity of self often confirms the lies. But the truth, sisters, the amazing truth is that we don’t have to be enough because He is already everything for us. It’s this Christ-confidence that sets us free!”
Most comments of all (even though it’s from 2013):
“Last night I had a little run-in with Perfectionism again. He just won’t leave me alone.
He follows me wherever I go, pointing out flaws in my house-keeping, my parenting, my marriage relationship, even my walk with the Lord… He whispers lies to me: “you’ll never change” or “you’re never going to be good enough” or “why even bother anymore.”
I’ve been enslaved by his words before, but last night was different…”
The Top 5 written in 2014:
Are the kids driving you crazy? Do your boys have too much energy to stay cooped up indoors? Need a cure for cabin fever? Is the weather outside frightful? This huge list of ideas for expending pent-up energy while stuck indoors will help you stay sane!
For moms, dads, Sunday School teachers, homeschooling families, Children’s Church leaders and anyone else who works with little ones – here’s how to help them hide the Word away in their hearts.
This isn’t just a list of what to buy for the littles at the dollar store. It’s also a list of how to use the items you buy! Great deals + great activities=happy learners.
This is part one of two posts on how to save money when buying clothes for a large family. With three boys and one girl in the house, our tight budget really gets stretched when it comes to purchasing clothes and shoes for the kids. Over the years, I’ve learned quite a few tricks for working within our small clothing budget to make the most of it.
Kid-friendly Advent with Free Printables! I created these as a companion to the Christmas ADVENTure Box that we do each year as an advent activity with our children. Our boys especially love the adventure aspect of it. It’s an easy, flexible way to keep Christ in Christmas!
Thanks for making 2014 a great year for Being Confident of This! And even though this isn’t a reader favorite (yet!), I want to leave you with one last post as you head into the new year. It’s close to my heart and really sums up what this year has been about for us.
Take Courage in the new year, my sisters!
Sharing with: The Pin-it Party, Grace and Truth,
Leah Colwell Adams says
Hi Jen, popped in from #gracetruth linkup. This is such a fun post. It gives your readers a great overview of some of the best of your posts, but it is always a good way for you to examine what really works for your blog and writing. Bless you, friend.
Good Morning, Leah! It’s fun to see what the readers enjoy. 🙂 I also appreciated the reminder of the lessons learned – how quickly we forget sometimes. Thanks for stopping by, friend. Hope your day is full of joy!
I remember the Fat Girl Insecurities post! What a good one! BUT my favorite was the Advent post because it was so helpful to a friend of mine from church! You had a good year! Thank you Jen! Coming from Grace and Truth!
This makes me so happy, Ren! I’m always thankful to hear how the Father uses these words here. It still amazes me. Thanks fir stopping by, Ren!
I’m so glad you linked this up at Grace & Truth! I was so encouraged by “Courage to Face a Giant,” and I’ve bookmarked this to look at the rest later. It looks like God used your words to bless many people in 2014. May He continue to do so, and to expand your territory, for His glory!
I appreciate your encouragement, Jennifer! I’m still learning about courage, but last year definitely changed my thinking about it. Yes, all for His glory!