My 2016 Reading List – Books To Challenge, Motivate And Inspire Me As A Child Of God, Wife, Mother And Homemaker

I thought I would share with you the HUGE pile of books I always have sitting around me! (Just in case this mom of eight gets a few spare moments lol! A girl has got to be prepared, right? 🙂

I’m always looking for good books that challenge, inspire,and encourage me to grow deeper in my walk with The Lord Jesus Christ,  improve my homemaking skills, and that encourage me to be a better wife, mother and homemaker!

1. The Holy Bible- This trusty friend is what I fill up on daily. It is such a HUGE part of me and a absolute necessity for my life that it is like breathing to me!

The second picture lists various other books I am hoping to read this year! Notice I use the word hoping because with all my kiddos I will be happy to read at least one of these books! Some of these books were Christmas presents from my family and others were treasures I picked up from our local thrift store! Getting books free or next to free always makes me feel extra good!

Psst… That’s my handsome King (husband) in the background! Just in case you all were curious 🙂


I currently have been reading the third book from the top titled Passionate Housewives Desperate For God by Chancey & McDonald. This book has been challenging me in so many ways and I have practically dog eared almost every page because their have been so many truths to what I’ve read! If you are looking for a good Christian book to challenge you check this one out for sure!

What is on your book list for 2016? I would love to hear what books you have chosen to challenge, encourage, and inspire you in this new year!

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Decorating For The Glory Of God: Decorating Our Homes With Decor That Encourages, Inspires, and Edifies

Do you want to decorate your home to bring glory to God? I compiled a list of great items for our homes that encourage, inspire, and edify others. To learn more about decorating listen to my newest episode on the Virtuous Mother Podcast entitled “VM PODCAST #9: Decorating Our Home For The Glory Of God”

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Pillow Wraps – Bible Scriptures by TETELESTAI33AD

il_570xN.720101524_6hooThese elegantly styled pillow wraps transform any 18-20″ pillow into a comforting expression of God’s love for us. Fresh phrases with scriptures that support each phrase printed on a 7″ tall burlap pillow wrap.
Choose from any of the phrases, then simply slide down over your pillow and essence created will change the atmosphere of any room.

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This is the Day That the Lord Has Made Wall Decal Vinyl Wall Decal by CustomVinylbyBridge


This beautiful decal would be perfect in a kitchen or dining room! Cut from the highest quality indoor matte finish vinyl, it will give you the look of three coats of paint without the time, mess, or commitment!

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Fruit Of The Spirit Galatians 22 Stair Decals by GrabersGraphics


These decals come in strips, to be arranged however you like. They are approximately 3″ tall and vary in length, with none being longer than 32″ wide.

They use high quality, interior grade matte vinyl. This special vinyl is made for interior use and because it has a matte finish, it gives the appearance of being hand painted on the wall.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd Embroidered Kitchen Towel by ComfortQuiltsForLife


These flour sack kitchen towels are approx 17″x32″ and are embellished with a variety of fabrics and designs. They are perfect, not only to brighten your own kitchen, but as hostess gifts, shower gifts, or simply to bless a family member or friend with.

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Wood Pallet Art – Wall Decor – Bible verse- Ephesians 2:8- Grace – Faith – Saved by HollysHobbiesTN

il_570xN.664293935_d1xcThis pallet artwork inspired by Ephesians 2:8 with teal, red, stained, and natural wood with white font is approximately in inches: 24×22.

Each pallet is made with care. Every piece is unique and different in size, shape, wood type, and color. Since each one is handmade, you can be sure that you will have a one of a kind piece to show off in your home.

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Proverbs 22:6 – Letterpress Block Set from DaySpring


“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6.  Display this Scripture reference on a wall or shelf in a nursery or young child’s room as a wonderful reminder to pray for God’s wisdom in raising a precious little one – for help in recognizing the child’s giftings and strengths, for help in teaching them God’s truths and principles, and for help in guiding them to fulfill their God-given destiny.

Blocks are easily connected by simple metal connectors that snap almost flush across the back of two blocks into perfectly positioned grooves.  Display on a level surface or hang on wall.

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As for Me and My House – Wall Art from DaySpring


Make entryways and/or doorways an inspirational focal point with this intricately designed wall art, and boldly share your faith with friends, family, and all those who enter your home.  A perfect gift for any occasion, including housewarmings, birthdays, ministry appreciation, and others!

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
(Joshua 24:15)

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When Life Gives You More Than You Can Stand, Kneel – Wall Art from


Rustic wall art makes a statement of warmth and inspiration in your home; 24″w x 24.75″h on vertical pallet slats; a primitive natural look with distressed finish. When life gives you more than you can stand, kneel. With wildflower motif.

Sawtooth hanger for secure wall display; pine slats from actual pallets are attached to two cross beams; ready to hang on your wall.

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Good Morning, This Is God Wall Art from Christianbook


I spoke about this on my podcast.

Rustic wall art makes a statement of warmth and inspiration in your home; approximately 17.5″ x 21″, on vertical pallet slats; a primitive natural look with distressed finish. Good morning. This is God. I will be handling all your problems today. Sunshine motif.

Sawtooth hanger for secure wall display; pine slats from actual pallets are attached to two cross beams; ready to hang on your wall.

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Custom Designed “Cross Quilt” With 11 Imbedded Cross Stitch Designs of Scripture Verses


From the store: “I designed this quilt in the early 1990’s and used it myself for a few years. Although previously used it is in good condition. It is 96″ wide and 100″ long, poly batting, cotton/poly fabrics, hand tied. There are eleven cross stitched Scripture verses on the quilt positioned in the shape of a cross. The cross stitch patterns are also my original designs. They are each framed with lace. Four of them are pictured in the photos. Two of them have minor smudges. Only one other similar quilt was made and sold by me in the ’90’s. OOAK item!”

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John 3:16 – Bible Verse – OOAK License Plate Art – Scripture Verse- Birthday Present, Father’s Day gift, Religious Decor by UniquePl8z


One of the most popular and most read bible verses. John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever belieth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life”)

Perfect for a dad or office!

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Micah 6:8 // “Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with your God” // Coffee Mug // Tea Mug by KLoveGifts


This is a perfect gift for yourself or a special someone in your life!!

Specs of the mug:

  • Made to order 🙂 🙂
  • Off-white color
  • 4 1/4″ tall and 3 3/4″ wide mouth
  • Right handed as pictured above (unless otherwise requested in order)
  • Design only on one side (unless otherwise requested in order)
  • Bible verse written on the handle (request if wanted moved)
  • Hand drawn, so you should only hand wash (do not put in dish washer or use anything abrasive over the design)

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Podcasts I Love: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast

I recently came across a homemaking podcast that I absolutely fell in love with! It so encouraging, spiritually uplifting, and it really helps me to make sense of my job as a stay at home mom. Be sure to check out Jami Balmet and the wisdom God has shown here at!

You can listen to the podcast here!

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How Not To Choose Anger As Your “Go To” Emotion

Recently, I shared with you that I attended a homeschool conference in St. Paul! This conference challenged me in so many ways: emotionally, spiritually, and physically!

After the first day I was overwhelmed and ready not to go back! I was pushed completely outside of my comfort zone with city driving and traffic, rushing all my children all over the college campus it was held at for their classes, rushing to get to my classes, picking up the kids for lunch and hiking them all to the car to get our cooler for a picnic lunch only to hike the cooler back to the car again and drop them all back off at their classes again! Mind you I have a 17 month old and a 5 month old that I am juggling by myself all day!!! Needless to say I chose anger as my “go to” emotion several times!!

As crazy as it all was I woke up every morning for the four days of the conference and diligently just put one foot in front of the other doing what I needed to do at that very moment and not thinking to far into the future! I’m so glad that I did too because my children and I were able to grow in the Lord and on the last day I heard such a profound message that it made me stop dead in my tracks!!

I listened to a message by Paul and Jenny Speed from Whatever It Takes Marriage Ministries titled “Releasing Judgments Will Strengthen Marital Oneness“. Jenny was saying that we didn’t have to be angry all the time at our husbands, and our children etc. She said that when we feel our self getting angry to take that time to ask the Holy Spirit what we are really feeling at that moment because most of the time it’s not really anger

Instead, what we really may be feeling is overwhelmed because the house is a mess, or inadequate as a mother because the house appears to be crumbling around us, or maybe we are feeling insecure in our marriage because of bad choices our husband is making. We are just choosing anger as a “band-aid” to cover up what we are really feeling deep inside. We are choosing to act out with this emotion instead of digging deep beyond the surface level and dealing with the insecurities, fears, and low emotions that we are really feeling!

This has been so eye-opening to me! I realize that if I don’t begin to deal with the emotions that I’m really feeling and continue in this cycle of using anger as my “go-to” emotion Satan will continue to take this ground and run with it! Why? Because I’ve given him a legal right to. I’ve believed his many lies and fed into them.

He will use my anger to destroy my relationships with my family, and my effort to raise my children as god fearing– mighty arrows that shoot the gospel out of my house into all the parts of the world won’t matter! My anger will cancel out all the times I’ve taken them  to church, memorized scripture with them, read the bible to them, etc. My anger will put a strain on my marriage and it will begin to drown in “the ocean of emotion.”

This is not an easy process. It requires humbling myself and laying down my pride! I’m diligently working at this and sometimes I do better than others. There is always a check in my spirit at some point during this process whereas there wouldn’t have been one before.

Yesterday when I was working through a conflict with my husband Danny, I started reacting in my normal response of instant anger and after a few ugly sentences spewed out of my mouth I stopped myself mid sentence and said “I need to take a second to figure out what I’m really feeling here because it’s not anger.” I paused, calmed myself down, took a deep breath and begin to quietly sort through what I was really feeling and it worked!! I was able to tell Danny “that what I was really feeling was insecurity because of something he had done earlier in the day but was choosing to cover up my true feelings with anger! ” With my true feelings exposed we were able to resolve our conflict and take back the ground and time Satan had taken! (Side-note here I’m so in love with Danny Roller and he is the hottest guy I’ve ever known!!:) Love you Honey!!)

I had another incidence with one of my children where I had assigned them the morning kitchen duty chores! After assigning everyone else their chores we all broke off to quickly complete our work so we could all enjoy the reward of going outside to play and ride bikes!! As I was gathering together all the necessities needed to survive outside with the 17 month old and the five month old I walked by the kitchen and noticed the morning dishes were only half way done and there were crumbs all over the counter and table!!! Instantly, I chose my “go to emotion” anger and started once again to spew ugly things out of my mouth. However, this time I didn’t catch it soon enough! In fact I didn’t catch it till way afterwards, when we were outside and I was alone to think while pushing the two little ones in the double stroller while watching the others ride bikes! The Holy Spirit convicted me and I knew I had handled the situation completely wrong. I asked the Holy Spirit to show me exactly what I was really feeling and I heard a gentle voice inside me cry out and say “Sharon, what you were really feeling was inadequate as a parent because you couldn’t get your child to follow your simple command of clean the kitchen. You were also feeling overwhelmed because you thought all the chores were done and you were headed out the door to relax and kickback a little and now there is still more work to be done. And lastly you were feeling disrespected as a parent because you were not listened too!”

After working through all this I was able to humble myself and go back to that child and say ” You know what? Earlier today when I yelled at you, I really wasn’t angry but feeling inadequate, overwhelmed, and disrespected!” This open communication is helping me build stronger relationships with my kids. I am so thankful for that and am giving them an opportunity to learn through me and my humbleness a real and genuine person interested having a real and genuine relationship!!

Scriptures to meditate on:

James 1:19 – Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Ecclesiastes 7:9 – Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

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When Your Outfit Causes Him To Sin: What Every Christian Women Should Consider

Let’s face it we live in a sex driven society. Sex and sexiness is everywhere from calendars to billboards to social media. We are bombarded with these images all day long and what do these images do to us subliminally? They whisper lies to us.

The Lies We Believe

  • “Christian women should take their fashion cues from the ungodly, heathen of Hollywood.” (Lie! Would God really approve of us making idols of these women and mimicking them on our dress? Or would he wonder what we are doing?)
  • “You are not attractive unless your sexy.” (Lie! That’s the strange women the book of Proverbs talks about.)
  • “Men will only notice you if you show your flesh.” (Lie!)
  • “I’m born again but I can still dress revealing, sexy, and luring and dressing like this doesn’t affect my walk with Christ. It doesn’t make my spirit war against my flesh.” (Lie)
  • “I can dress how I want he shouldn’t look.” (Lie! Christian women that’s pride! I…I…I..Me…Me..Me…We are walking in the vanity of our minds. Ephesians 4:17)
  • I’m not going to be accountable on judgement day for purposely choosing to dress seductive and revealing and causing others to sin” (Lie! Of course we will. All of our wicked motives, actions, thoughts, and words will be judged by our Holy Creator. It’s a day no one can escape —- unless we have humbled ourselves and asked for forgiveness. This requires us to slow down and really examine what we are doing and why we are doing it including dress. What is our motive? Am I dressing neat, clean ,and feminine for God? Or am I following what everyone else is doing and dressing to please myself and others not God? God will weigh our hearts and motives.)

The Truth We Should Consider

As Christian women, we are to be different in the way we look, act, speak, think, and dress than all the non-Christian women that surround us. This includes the the women in the film and fashion industry that we may try to copy with our appearance. Why? Because they are born once, of the flesh of this world only, and we are born twice, first by the flesh but second by the blood of Jesus Christ! His Blood is Holy Blood!

Being born again is a beautiful example of Christ’s  crucifixion, death, and resurrection. Our concerns become Christ’s concerns instead of our fleshy wants and needs. We die to the things of the world, the things of our flesh!  The Bible says we crucify these things. We are sanctified and changed from the “old man we used to be”. We are a new creature- old things being passed away all things become new! All things become new did you catch that? All things— the way we think, dress, talk, what we watch on tv, the places we choose to hang out, etc. should change —become new —- our thought process should be new.

Sister in Christ, stop believing the lies the world tells you about the way you dress, act, speak etc!  I challenge you this morning to really consider if you are born again? Has anything changed about you life since you accepted Christ? Are you still the same person on the inside and the outside that you were before you accepted Christ? Do you still talk the same, dress the same, gossip the same, listen to the same music that talks about sex and drugs? Do you still drink or smoke? Are you truly saved? What “fruit” in your life is evidence to this change in your life? Are you causing others to sin by the way you dress, talk etc? Are other women that dress this way causing your husband to sin?

Friend these are important things to consider. We are running out of time. Maybe you were shakened when you first heard about Christ’s love and forgiveness but not stirred enough for it to stick —not stirred enough for it to change  your life— to be completely transformed by the renewing of your mind. Did you put away old things in your life?

Maybe you heard about Christ but your love for the things of this world and the pleasures of this life are more important than you humbling yourself before a Holy and Righteous God and changing the way you operate on every level inside and out to his standards and not the worlds.

Are you living for yourself or God? Have you truly given God every area of your life? Are you holding on to parts of your life that you like that you know HE wouldn’t approve of? When HE weighs the motives of your heart will HE say to you “Well done good and faithful servant? Or will he say to you “Sharon, why didn’t you humble yourself, let go of your pride and surrender all areas of your life completely to me? You could of done so much for my kingdom had you just let go of your pride!”

I say this message to you out of a love and holy anguish for modesty. If this blog speaks to your heart today… get right with Jesus. Surrender all areas of your life to Him today. Ask God for forgiveness for your Pride and allow Him to change and sanctify you in the way you dress, speak, act, and watch on tv. Don’t be afraid to let go of the world–all that you know—and be different! Trust in Christ!

Scriptures To Meditate On

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Galatians 5:24-25 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

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