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The Fruit of the Spirit for Moms

The fruit of the Spirit is familiar to most of us, but how can we apply this to motherhood? The Fruit of the Spirit for Moms is the topic of this podcast, as we examine how we can exhibit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control towards our children. #ChristianparentingThe Fruit of the Spirit for Moms

Our pastor recently did a sermon on the Fruit of the Spirit, and it inspired me to start a Bible study inside my private Christian parenting Facebook group.  (By the way, anyone listening who’d like to join that group, I’d love to have you! You can click here to join.)

Over the last several weeks, we’ve been studying the Fruit of the Spirit, as it applies to motherhood.

Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Wow! Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are all things that I desire to be to my children as their mother.

So how can we attain this fruit of the Spirit?

The way we attain the fruit of the Spirit that we desire is by faith through the Holy Spirit. But when we put God on the back burner, we experience what I have officially named “the fruit of the mom flesh.”

And here’s the Marianna version… “But the fruit of the mom flesh is nagging, yelling, annoyance, harshness, manipulation, shaming,  and lack of self-control.”

Ouch. I have no problem admitting that some of these qualities describe my parenting some days. But, I believe that there is hope in Christ.

Maybe you’re a mom who has blown it time and time again and you think there’s no hope for you to change. Perhaps you come from a long line of emotional abuse and you feel powerless to break the cycle. Maybe you feel like you’ve been mommin’ the same way for so long that there’s not even any point to try to change.

But here’s the good news for you today.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control….it’s not up to you to produce this fruit. In fact, it’s not even about you! It’s about Christ in you and the Holy Spirit working in your heart.

When we experience the gospel and the love that God has so lavished upon us, we cannot help but overflow with that love!

Be careful not to get stuck in this place of mom guilt. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Man, I just don’t embody these fruit of the spirit,” let me remind you.  Pastor J.D. Greear says, “For every one look you take at yourself bemoaning your fruitlessness, take ten looks at Christ, boasting in his faithfulness.”

Scripture references

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13 NIV

“…’Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.” – Zechariah 4:6 NIV

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33 NIV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

Join Marianna Chambers as she talks about practical ways to become a more peaceful parent. Having children is a wonderful blessing, but it can also be quite stressful. Every day we hear from moms just like you who are struggling to be the gentle parent they want to be. Moms desperately want to raise their children on a firm foundation of love, but those sweet kids sure know how to push our buttons. (And boy, do they push them!)

Marianna Chambers is a counselor, parenting coach, blogger, homeschool mom, and best-selling author. She’s passionate about supporting and encouraging moms. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram, or read her blog here. You can also join her private Facebook group for Christian moms on a peaceful parenting mission.


Peaceful Parenting 101

What is peaceful parenting? There are so many myths surrounding gentle parenting. In this podcast, we'll discuss peaceful parenting myths vs. reality. We'll also learn how to develop a heart of compassion for our children. #peacefulparenting #ChristianparentingThe world would have you believe that being a “bad mom” is on trend right now.  In mainstream media, movies, meems, comedy routines…”bad moms unite!” is the mantra.

I believe this “bad mom” movement is quite dangerous to Christian parenting. I believe that peaceful parenting  is godly parenting.

There are many misconceptions out there about peaceful parenting.

Peaceful parenting is not:

  • Lack of discipline
  • Giving your child whatever they want

Peaceful parenting is:

  • Connecting with your child emotionally
  • Discipline without shame
  • Encouraging your child to express their emotions without judgement
  • Treating your child with respect
  • Showing your children compassion

Over and over in the Bible, God shows compassion on His children. I believe He expects us to show compassion towards our children as well.

How often do we rush to discipline our kids before we pause to show them compassion without seeing their hearts? How often do we push our kids away instead of building connection?

If you’ve been struggling with anger, yelling, or overwhelm, I’ve got good news for you. Today can be the start of a new chapter in your life. You can’t change the past, but you can start today and change the future.

If you desire to become a more peaceful parent, but you aren’t sure where to start, come to God. He is able. You can pray a simple prayer like this.

Dear God,

I want to thank you so much for my children. They are so precious to me. I thank you for giving me the honor of being their mother. I want to parent them in a way that honors you. Your word say that you are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. Help me to be more like you. Lord, fill my heart with compassion for my children. Today I make a commitment to parent more peacefully. Please work in my heart and change me into the mom that you want me to be.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Bible verses on Compassion

“Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.” – Matthew 20:32-34 NIV

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” – Mark 6:34 NIV

“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”  – Psalm 103:8

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

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Join Marianna Chambers as she talks about practical ways to become a more peaceful parent. Having children is a wonderful blessing, but it can also be quite stressful. Every day we hear from moms just like you who are struggling to be the gentle parent they want to be. Moms desperately want to raise their children on a firm foundation of love, but those sweet kids sure know how to push our buttons. (And boy, do they push them!)

Marianna Chambers is a counselor, parenting coach, blogger, homeschool mom, and best-selling author. She’s passionate about supporting and encouraging moms. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram, or read her blog here. You can also join her private Facebook group for Christian moms on a peaceful parenting mission.

Creation Matters

creation mattersDoes Creation Matter? Why does the discussion on how God created the world matter? Did God really create the world in six days and rest on the seventh? Does anyone really care? These questions and many more including teaching tips and great resources are presented in the Creation Science Podcast, my name is Felice Gerwitz and it is my pleasure and honor to be your host.

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This podcast was an original work of the Creation Science Expo that I had the pleasure of hosting some years back, it is my pleasure to re-release it to you and share the importance of caring about our origins.

Many times I’ve discussed the purpose of having a creationist perspective, and people would say, “Why do you care?” The reason I care is that I want my children to grow up with a Christian worldview and share that with their children, someday. In the writing of my Truth Seekers Mystery Series book, I had a “God-incident” that I share in this episode.

In a nutshell, I was rushed during the Christmas season and wanted nothing to do with the rereading of the draft copy of one of the novels. You see, as a novelist, and co-novelist at the (along with my then, college-aged daughter, Christina), I was the one in charge of final proofreading and I kept finding mistakes. I was frustrated. I threw up a heavenward prayer, “God are you sure you have the right person doing this job?” And, I wasn’t talking about the job of editing, I was talking about the job of being the “hands and feet” of God – spreading the word about the fallacies of evolutionary claims. Which these novels demonstrate in a fun-easy to read and mystery adventure. More about the TruthSeekersMysterySeries.com here.

Heading to a store to do last minute shopping, I happened upon a calling card placed in a nativity scene I was about to purchase. (The audio includes details about this, but here is the visual — a copy of the card:

Listen to the podcast for the rest of the story!

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Be sure and check out our blog, HomeforLearning where you’ll find helpful science posts:

Do I Really Need to Teach Science in My Homeschool?

Teaching Science | Unit Study 

How and What to Teach with Science


and visit our Creation Science Podcast page.

Creation Science Podcast

What is creation science? As a student in middle school, I learned about evolution and it didn’t line up with my mother’s teaching of God and the creation of the world. Years later the Lord provided a lady, who would go on to be my co-author on the Creation Science study guide series and the person instrumental in my education on the topic.

This podcast is a labor of love. It is the years spent in recording and teaching on the so important topic of God’s wonderful creation! I hope you enjoy these podcasts and share them with a friend! Visit my website at MediaAngels.com and my MediaAngelsMembership.com website where you can download all of the books at a wonderfully discounted price.

~ Felice Gerwitz

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Get an entire K-12 Creation Science Curriculum for less than $70.

About Our Books:

Why should you teach your children about Creation? Because everything else they read that is remotely science related teaches evolution as FACT. Shouldn’t your children learn there is more than one side to the story? We do and we consider this our mission at Media Angels.

About the Study Guides:

These study guides include a readable outline of the main points in the Creation vs. evolution discussion, the major talking points you should know and ways to educate the children in these points with hands-on activities and experiments. This series isn’t a read-it-one-time and forget it!

If you want a course in Creation Apologetics for kids, this is it!

Additional Resources

Activity Packs for each of the study guides which contain hands on activities you can photo copy for your family.

Creation Kids Classes: On Demand

-Six weeks worth of classes — one per week for ages K-8th grade (high school if you’ve never studied Creation).
-Audio Recordings
-Handouts and Websites to visit
-Further research
-Bonus interviews

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FPEA Chairman Suzanne Nunn

Suzanne Nunn FPEA ChairmanFeatured Spotlight on FPEA Chairman Suzanne Nunn  & Podcast Host on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

What is FPEA and what will you hear on FPEA Connects? We are here to tell you! Felice Gerwitz, founder of the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network interviews Suzanne Nunn, current Chairman of the FPEA (Florida Parent Educator’s Association) and long time homeschool mom. Suzanne shares her heart with you and her goals of serving all homeschoolers in Florida with up to date information and encouragement.

Check out information about FPEA – Here

See Suzanne’s Podcast – FPEA Connects Here

Hailey Woerner

Hailey Woermer, JaddedLet’s Talk to Novelist & Homeschooler ~ Hailey Woerner with Felice Gerwitz

“Jaded The Silent Whisperer” by Hailey Woerner

Many people are authors, but it is rare to see an author in her teens. Well, today we get a chance to talk to Hailey Woerner who is currently in the 10th grade, and is fifteen years old! Her passion in writing, drawing, singing, and serving on her highschool worship team. Some have called her creative, intuitive, quiet, gentle, and graceful, though sometimes hot-headed. She lives in Virginia with her family of seven, and loves watching the seasons change over the mountains. Hailey says her security is in Christ, and hopes to show that through her writing — what a wonderful testimony! Can’t wait to meet her? Listen to this podcast and you’ll learn more about the author behind the book! Please comment on iTunes and share this post with your friends! Let’s help Hailey share her story!

Purchase Jaded The Silent Whisper by Hailey Woerner at:

Amazon, B&N (print and nook), Kobo, iBooks, Oyster, Page Foundry, Scribd, Createspace, and Tolino.
Show Notes:
1. What was your motivation to write fiction?
2. Where did you get your characters?
3. How did you come up with your setting?
4. What would you say to encourage other young authors about getting started?
5. Last words …

Find the book Jaded The Silent Whisperer from these sellers:

Flow Through Vessel – An Interview With Marnie Swedberg

Flow Through Vessel - Marnie Swedberg and Felice Gerwitz

Flow Through Vessel – How to Master the Habit of Letting God Flow Through You!

Meet Marnie Swedberg and a book that will change your life!

About the Book: Flow Through Vessel 

Have you wondered how to allow God to work through you? How about allowing God to flow through you – with His goodness instead of allowing everyone else’s junk to flow through? In the book, Flow Through Vessel, Marnie Swedberg shares stories and practical applications to challenge your preconceived ideas about God and His plan for your life!

About Marnie Swedberg:

In addition to hosting numerous websites generating millions of hits/year, Marnie Swedberg is the author of 13 books, manages the family restaurant and retail store, hosts her own radio talk show plus does media and speaking appearances.
Flow Through Vessel
Marnie shares her broad experience as she mentors thousands of super busy leaders with her unique approach to being B.U.S.Y. – Best Unique Strategies for You. She is fun and fast-paced, yet peaceful and approachable. Her history includes fires, floods, a tornado, car wrecks, business set-backs, a burglary, lightning strike, ambulance rides and more. She models come-back behavior, possibility thinking and profound faith.

As a media guest, she hosts her own syndicated radio talk show and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio talk and home shows plus has been interviewed by newspapers, magazines, blogs and more.

Learn more at www.Marnie.com.

How To Hit The Road & Journal

road school mom Kimberly TravaglinoMeet Kimberly Travaglino!

Kimberly Travaglino is an author, co-founder of Fulltime Families RV membership club, and fellow podcaster at Roadschool Moms.  Her family has been traveling the country via RV since 2010.  They have been to 39 states to date and have no end to their journey in sight.

Show Notes:

1.  What made you want to uproot your family, sell all your stuff and hit the road?

2. What were the reactions of your family and friends back home?

3.  What would you say are the greatest benefits of full time family travel?

4.  What are the greatest challenges you face?

5.  What advice would you have for other families who are interested in pursuing a full time travel lifestyle?

6.  What tools would you recommend for families preparing for this type of adventure?

You can find more information about Fulltime Familes here!  and the BLOG is here

Fulltime Families is hosting three winter events in 2015 – Make plans to join them! Click here for more details.http://fulltimefamilies.com/slideshow/its-rally-time/

Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road”, a comprehensive step by step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality. She is the co-founder of Fulltime Families, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.

How to Hit the Road and Our Journey Journal Bundle (ecopy and hard copy).  How to Hit the Road is a guide for transistioning your life from a traditional sticks and bricks lifestyle, to a location independent / full time travel lifestyle. The Journey Journal can stand alone or serve as a companion workbook to How to Hit the Road. Families who record their launch efforts in books like Our Journey Journal are 8 times more likely to make their dreams a reality, vs. those who don’t ever take the leap.

Perfectly Incorrect – Common Core

CommonCore-PerfectlyIncorrectAuthor Spotlight – Perfectly Incorrect – Common Core Author – Terry Marselle

When teacher Terry Marselle realized that Common Core could ruin his profession and the children he is teaching it was time to take action. In this telling book Terry explains the problems with common core from an educators perspective. He is the author of the book, Perfectly Incorrect – Why the Common Core is Psychologically and Congnitively Unsound.

Show Notes:

Terry explains about his travels and teaching all over the world

Upon his return to the United States he was greeted back with “No Child Left Behind.”

Once this fad passed the next took it’s place, “Common Core,” however, upon a closer look he was shocked by what his research showed.

Using the research of many well-known psychologists and their information he was surprised to learn that their are major psychological ramifications especially to children in grades K-3.

About Terry Marselle:

Website: CommonCoreNot.com

Terry has been a teacher for forty-one years, with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a Fifth Year Certificate in U.S. History and psychology from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). He has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Hartford with a concentration in children’s cognition and the psychopathology of childhood.  Eight years ago, he “returned” to America. Since the 1980’s, and for the next twenty+ years, he taught overseas, in (mostly) U.S. Embassy/Consulate schools.

With his “international trip” behind him, he arrived back in America thinking he was bringing a unique perspective to the educational table. Instead, he was “welcomed” by a political pie in the face called No Child Left Behind. Little did he realize things would actually get worse. The train called Common Core State Standards Initiative was getting ready to pull into the station. Like its NCLB predecessor, the Common Core has become a train wreck. This time, however, it isn’t funny.

With only a few years left before retirement, he could not stand idly by and allow this ill-conceived Common Core to be foisted onto students – and by extension, their parents. He could not allow his profession to be frontally assaulted by people who are incredulously unaware of how children think and learn.  As such, this book was necessary to write.

Perfectly Incorrect - Terry MarselleFrom Terry Marselle – 

One Page Explanation of Common Core:

1. Common Core standards in K–6, and especially in the K-3 years, are developmentally inappropriate in substantial ways. For example, kindergarten has disappeared. Where did it go? A deep well of early childhood experts have gone on record as being concerned that the Common Core shows little or no understanding that children are not miniaturized adults who are capable of accomplishing many of the things called for at various grade levels.  For more info here

Table of Contents – For More information here



Breakthroughs in Learning

Breakthroughs in Learning  –BreakThroughsINLearning_SpotLight

In this episode Felice Gerwitz interviews Pauline Turton, the Founder and Owner of Breakthroughs in Learning. She will share how she began the company as well as the benefits of this amazing program. Pauline and her family live in Canada.

Useful Links:

Breakthroughs in Learning 

Featured sponsor is Breakthroughs in learning and a special program they’ve launched called – “The Spacewalk”–which is a neuro-developmental activity that involves a series of movements in a clearly laid out pattern. The child is required to hop, jump and skip— and througAbout Pauline:h many years of success with this method – Breakthroughs in Learning has found it improves the areas the brain responsible for memory, focus, attention and coordination, among many other skills. This is an effective tool to help start a busy day of learning, and is also a wonderful activity to enjoy as a family.

The Spacewalk

The Spacewalk actually targets and develops specific areas of the brain to prepare the brain for learning – it’s available via DVD for homeschool families – and it allows the parent easy access to this proven method – for more information visit http://www.getyourbreakthrough.com/spacewalk

About Pauline:

Pauline Turton is the Founder & Director of Breakthroughs In Learning. Her teaching experience and work in psychiatry prompted her to research the brain’s restorative capabilities. Pauline is the mother of two sons who have overcome significant learning challenges. After years of research, she built Breakthroughs in Learning to provide hope and help through educational therapy. (Pauline homeschooled her sons up until high school.)

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