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Hi Friends!

This is just a quick note to let you know that in celebration of Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week, Clean on the Inside: A Family Devotional for Holy Week is 50% off TODAY only.

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, today is the day to buy it!

Click here for more information or buy the book here, using the discount code: PalmSunday.

 

Will you also help me with two things?

  1. Will you share about the book on Facebook, twitter, instagram, or pinterest? Feel free to include the discount code, but let people know it’s only active today, April 13.
  2. Will you pray for the families that use this devotional this week? Pray that God will work in the hearts of kids and parents, helping us all understand the love of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a new, life-changing way.

My heart longs for families to grow together in their relationship with God – to understand the immensity of God’s love for us, to know the transformative power of Christ’s death and resurrection and to live differently because of what Christ has done for us. I pray that God will use this humble book to work powerfully in the hearts of children and parents, all for His glory! 

Because His love compels me,
Erika

 

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“I have the 2012 version of your Easter devotional. It is incredible! I am the Children’s Ministry Coordinator of my church and I really would like to give the parents of the church an Easter devo to do with their kids. Of all the devos I have found I love this one the most!”

 

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“I am the Family Pastor at my church and after seeing how helpful this resource is for families, we purchased Clean on the Inside for all of the families in our church. Thanks for creating such a great tool to minister to families during one of the most important holidays of the year.”
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How do You Parent?

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One of the books I’m currently reading is Give them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick, and to be perfectly honest, it’s kicking me in the pants.

I’ve heard about the book many times and have had it on my shelf for nearly a year, but you know how God puts certain words in your path at just the right time? That’s what He’s done for me with this book.

I have written about teaching our kids to pray and family devotions, and I write over and over again about the importance of us as parents living out our faith, giving our kids an authentic model of what it means to follow Jesus – and yet, how often my parenting slips right back into anything but a Gospel-centered focus!

I impose the Law on my kids and set obedience as the standard to be obtained. Recently, this reality has been glaring in my face. I see it most when my sweet girl strives hard to meet my expectations, to do the “good girl” thing — and in her frustration and defiance when the bar is set too high. I also see it when I get unduly irritated over opportunities I have to train and teach my kids!

I’m trying to break free from living as a good girl, but here I am grooming my daughter into that mold!

I’ve been wrestling with the question of what makes our home distinctively Christian I don’t want our home to simply be a good, moral home! I want our home to be alive with the Spirit of God! I want to trust Him to change the hearts of my kids, not my rules, demand for obedience, or good intentions.

What a surprise picking up Give them GraceHere I thought I was starting a light, fluffy parenting book, but instead I entered more deeply into the questions I’ve been wrestling, and I’m finding help along the way.

Though I didn’t intend for this post to be a book review, so far, it is definitely a book I recommend. Have you read it?

Today I’m over at For the Familywriting more about the struggle I’ve had and sharing a sweet story about my daughter and a gift she received and how again I was reminded of what it really means to disciple our children and encourage them to grow in their own faith.

Click over to read more.

 

Question for You:

What are your thoughts on the difference between moral parenting and Gospel-centered parenting? Where do you find that most of your parenting falls? {I’ll be honest, for me, I have a lot of room for improvement!!}

 

Clean on the Inside: A Family Devotional for Holy Week 2014 Edition

Holy Week starts on Sunday!

Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, is on Sunday! If you haven’t yet picked up your copy of Clean on the Inside: A Family Devotional for Holy Weekbuy it now!

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Why I’m Doing the Whole 30 While I’m Pregnant

Why I'm doing the #Whole30 while #pregnant

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that last week I started the Whole 30 program again. If you’re not familiar with the program, here are the basics: 30 days – no grains, no sugar, no dairy, no beans — a major overhaul in the way I eat.

I’ve had a lot of people ask why I would begin such a rigorous change while I’m pregnant and a few are quite worried that I’m trying to lose weight and concerned that I’m eating well.

Let me assure you: I am not trying to lose weight, and with the elimination of so many added sugars and processed foods, I am eating far better than I usually do.

For some time now, God has been pressing on my heart the need to make fasting a priority again. Being pregnant, I was hesitant to begin a fast but knew I needed to be obedient. So I prayed about it, asking God to show me how I could follow in obedience while still doing all I can to give this baby the nutrition she needs. The Whole 30 was an answer for me. With this program, I am eating more nutritiously than before while still stripping away so many of the foods I’ve come to depend on and turn to!

It may not seem that challenging to some of you — there are so many good foods I can eat — but for me, breaking my addiction to sugar and my dependency on grains and comfort food (think cream in my coffee!!) is very difficult.

Quite honestly, my emotions have been on a world-class roller coaster this pregnancy, and if food is contributing to the highs and lows with sugar crashes and the like, I don’t want to be a victim anymore. 

But even more so, when I feel discouraged or down, my first inclination is to turn to a comfort food. Fortunately I haven’t struggled with eating a whole carton of ice cream or eating an entire batch of cookies, though I can overly indulge for sure, but I don’t like the fact that in my sadness I turn to something other than God. Hmmm, seems like I’ve found an idol. 

 

I’ve done the Whole 30 in the past, and I didn’t stick with it. This time, however, I’m determined it will be different because this time, this is not just physical for me; this is spiritual. 

Doing the Whole 30 this month is so much more than eating a healthy diet, this is about obeying God, stripping away my dependencies on food, and seeking Him with my whole heart.

This time, the Whole 30 isn’t about me.

As I respond in obedience to God, I am praying that He will use this time to change me, to open my eyes to see Him. There are three specific prayer requests for which I am seeking Him, seeking His guidance, and looking for His answer, but more than anything, I just want more Jesus.

 

Question for You:

Have you ever done the Whole 30 before? Have you ever fasted?  Tell me about your experience!

 

Don’t Forget!

Holy Week begins THIS Sunday, April 13 on Palm Sunday. If you haven’t picked up your copy of Clean on the Inside: A Family Devotional for Holy Week, download it now!

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On My Bookshelf: What I’m Reading {January – March 2014}

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Books are my kryptonite.

If I have any spending weakness, it’s on books.

Organizational problem? Books.

Time stealer? Again: books.

Maybe it’s because one of my top 5 strengths is learner, or maybe it’s because of how books feed my soul, engage my mind and inspire me to action. Maybe it’s the escape to new places and people and ideas, learning through the stories of others. I’m not exactly sure what it is about reading, but I’m addicted!

I haven’t always allowed reading to be high on my priority list, but because of how books benefit me (and subsequently those around me), I tried moving reading up on the priority list last year. This year, I’m getting even more intentional by setting a {hopefully} realistic goal of reading at least 4 books per month.

A lot of you have been asking about the books I’ve been reading. I frequently post about them on Instagram and Facebook, but for those of you who like lists, I thought that every few months I’d share what I’m reading.

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Books I’ve read so far this year {January – March}:

(in no particular order)

48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller

Um, I loved this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a job or even considering a job or career change. Empowering, practical, inspiring.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

My husband and I started this series on a road trip years ago. I’d read, he’d listen. Thank goodness now for Audible, which allowed me to catch up to my husband and finish up the series!

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Breakthrough Prayer by Jim Cymbala

Powerful book on prayer. This one challenged me, encouraged me, and reminded me of the importance of prayer and how powerful our God is.

Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Clean on the Inside: A Family Devotional for Holy Week by Erika Dawson 

Well, of course! I read through this so many times during the revising and updating! Pick up your copy to use with your family for Easter this year!

The Noticer Returns by Andy Andrews

The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

I’ve always appreciated Crystal’s blog and the resources she provides for moms, but when I met her a few years ago at the Allume Conference, I was so impressed by her humble heart and her desire to serve Jesus and others. This was a book I didn’t want to need. I thought I “knew everything” that she’d have written in this book (putting them into practice? That’s another story!), but found that wasn’t the case. Crystal is incredibly encouraging and practical, giving you the tools to put these ideas into action. I definitely recommend this book to any moms who are feeling that desperate cycle of “just trying to get by.”

Restless by Jennie Allen

So this was another book I didn’t want to need, but found incredibly encouraging. I haven’t written much about how this year started and how God led me to do 2014 goal setting in a whole new way, but picking this book up in late February coincided perfectly with the inner, soul-searching journey on which God was taking me.

Gideon by Priscilla Shirer (Bible Study workbook)

I love Priscilla Shirer and the ministry God is doing through her, and I loved this Bible study because of how God used it in my life at just the right time (that’s just like Him, isn’t it?). I have to admit, though, that while this study was incredibly inspiring, I didn’t feel like it really dug into the Word like I was hungry for — and I am so hungry to be in the Word!

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey

Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

This book. I have had this book on my list since it first released a few years ago, and only just read it. I can’t believe I waited so long. It is so good. So good.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The Go-Getter by Peter B. Kyne

It Starts with Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig

 

Question for You:

So tell me, what are YOU reading? Any books you’d recommend?

 

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