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What I Learned about Faith from The Rescuers

With the stress and anxiety of the global COVID-19 pandemic right now, we’re all on the lookout for hope and encouragement, so I’m please to share with you this beautiful guest post by Michelle Nebel of Words to Spare. You may think it’s just an old Disney movie, but let’s join Michelle to discover what she learned about FAITH from The RescuersEnjoy!

When I was a kid, I loved watching Disney movies. I vividly remember sitting in a dark theater with my mom, sharing a bucket of popcorn, and feeling immersed under the sea as the opening credits of The Little Mermaid unfolded before my eyes.

Back then, I never could have conceived of the wonder that is Disney+. Every movie? Ever? Even the ones locked away in the famed Disney Vault? All ripe for the watching? And yet, that’s the world my own kids are living in – one where they can see every bit of Disney magic at the touch of a button.

It might seem unlikely, but over the years I’ve found quite a few moments of spiritual inspiration hidden in the animated classics from the House of Mouse. Read More

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Must Love Dogs (& what that has to do with my faith!)

Our dogs can truly change our lives, but as today’s guest blogger, Michelle Nebel of Words to Spare, points out, loving our dogs has a LOT to do with our faith. What a great reminder for those of who simply MUST LOVE DOGS!  ❤️

Also, don’t forget to check out the complete interview with Michelle that we did over on the Scattered Woman Facebook page! We go into SO much more than one post can cover. It’s WELL worth a watch! 

Without further ado, here’s Michelle!

This morning, I was thinking about my Bible and my dog. Hold on, don’t put me on trial for heresy yet. Hear me out. 😜

Must Love Dogs

Imagine if you said you loved dogs, so you decided to devote your life to studying them. You could set out to read every book ever written about dogs. You could study their DNA under microscopes and analyze all sorts of minute details about canine lifespans. You could take courses on doggie nutrition and seminars on puppy behavior.

At the end of your studies, you would know an awful lot, but you wouldn’t have any real evidence that you loved dogs.

On the other hand, imagine if you said you loved dogs… and then you went out and fell head over heels in love with one.

That’s what happened to me with this dog. Read More

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Let Go of Your Safety Net & Step Out in Faith for Your WAHM Business

Every work-at-home mom struggles in her business at some point. This week’s guest blogger, Shannon Lambert of MakingMommas.com, walks us through some of HER biggest WAHM struggles – and her realization that sometimes you have to let go of your safety net in order to truly fly!

Go Big or Go Home.

Those words always make me see crowded gyms and cheering fans. Rock and roll music blasts through for 30 seconds while the team takes a time-out to figure out a new plan.

How many times do you want to take a time-out, to figure out a new plan in your business?

Is it when things get intense? When the score is completely one-sided and you feel like calling it quits?

The coach calls the team in for one last pow-wow; one last chance to pull the team together to win this thing. He gives the speech of his lifetime, fully intending to motivate his team into feeling it.

If they can feel it, if they can see the win, then they can pull it off.

Go Big Or Go Home.

Give it your all or get off of the court.

It took me three years to learn this lesson in my own WAHM business. Read More

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Why Mom Careers Matter for Our Kids

Want to raise well-adjusted, productive, God-fearing kids? One of the easiest ways to teach your kids incredibly important life lessons that set them up for that kind of success is simply to work in front of them. Check out these 7 Life Lessons Work-at-Home Moms Teach Their Kids!

Let me ask you a quick question, mama: What is your GREATEST motivation? What is the ONE thing that will inspire you to take action?

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I know for me, internal motivation is NOT one of my great strengths. If I know someone is counting on me, I’m much more likely to do something than if I say I just want to do it for myself.

I will wait until I completely run out of clean clothes before I do the laundry. But, if I know my husband is out of clean work shirts or my daughter is out of clean underwear, I’ll get that laundry done ASAP!

I’m willing to be that your family is your greatest motivator, as well. Even if you don’t want to accomplish that certain task for yourself, you’ll do it because you know it’s for the good of your family.

So, what if I told you that the one thing you’re probably ignoring right now is one thing that could teach your kids some pretty incredible life lessons?

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Why Mom Careers Matter for Stay-at-Home Moms

As stay-at-home moms, it’s easy to put our careers on a shelf. But we need to keep them in mind! Here are my top 3 reasons why mom careers matter for SAHMs.

When we’re raising babies, we’re often so focused on those kiddos and our home that our careers often feel like forgotten memories from a previous life. We love being a mom! And we’re completely committed to being the best mom, wife, and home manager we possibly can be.

Okay, maybe that’s glamorizing the SAHM life just a bit…

We DO love being a stay-at-home mom. But, we’re also EXHAUSTED from trying to do all the things that need to be done, not completely screw up our kids, and keep our heads above the ever-rising water.

It’s a never-ending rollercoaster that rides the mountain-top joy of being a SAHM, then plummets to the depths of despair, loneliness, and anxiety.

One of the things I’ve found to help even out that rollercoaster just a bit is to keep the one eye trained on my career. I know, it sounds ridiculous. It sounds like I’m just adding one more thing to my already full plate.

BUT…

It’s actually helped me be a better wife, mom, and homemaker to have something that’s MINE to work toward for a few hours each day. It gives me something bigger than just me, my family, and my home to focus on, dream about, and work toward.

I recognize that not all moms may understand WHY having a mom career – especially an at-home career WHILE we’re raising our babies – is so important. So, allow me to walk you through a few of the big reasons why mom careers matter for SAHMs. Read More

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How to Build a WAHM Business in 90 Minutes a Day

This week, we have a special Mom Career Interview with Melissa Ricker of EngineeredMotherhood.com here to chat about her journey to work-at-home-mom success and how she built her WAHM business in just 90 minutes a day! Melissa is a productivity & time management expert – skills she has taken from her pre-mom career and transitioned into an at-home business she LOVES.

Melissa also graciously stopped by the Scattered Woman Facebook page this week to chat LIVE with us! You can check out the interview replay below:

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Acting in Faith for Your WAHM Business

If you’re thinking about starting a WAHM business, be sure you are acting in faith as you move forward! Here are 5 ways to start acting in faith today!

Have you ever dreamed, prayed, and believed that God would do something for you? And yet, it never happened?

Let’s say you have this dream of being part of a huge song & dance number for a new Hollywood musical. You tell God how much it would mean to you to be part of something so big and so amazing. But, you never audition or show up to a casting call for extras. (Okay, yes, we’re talking about me here, but I’m sure I’m not the only one out there! —> 🙋🏻‍♀️<—)

Do you really think some casting director is going to call you out of the blue and ask you to be a part of a movie when you have zero experience and no one knows who you are? Not likely.

That dream will STAY a dream unless YOU participate in the process and put yourself out there for an audition. God could just have an opportunity drop in your lap, but most of the time, He wants to know you’re truly invested in the outcome and are willing to put in the work, so He can SHINE through your actions.

James talks about this balance between faith and works in the second chapter of his letter to the scattered twelve tribes, and he’s actually pretty harsh with them about it: Read More

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The Mom Career Dilemma: Go back to work or start an at-home business?

Most of us SAHMs will hit this mom career dilemma: should you go back to work or start an at-home business? Let’s think through the major deciding points!

Hey, mama! Is it time for you to go back to work? Whether you still have littles at home and need that second income, or your babies have grown and left the nest and you need something productive to do with your time, most of us Stay-at-Home Moms will face the returning-to-work dilemma at some point.

It’s an extremely common situation, and there isn’t one right solution that fits everyone.

Many moms don’t know if they’re really ready to go back to a job outside the home or can’t imagine how it could work for their families. So, they explore the option of starting an at-home business to help bring in income AND be able to stay home with their babies.

On the flip side, some moms cannot imagine any other option than to go back to an outside-the-home job. The predictability, stability, and adult interactions that come with a job out in “the real world” sound like JUST what they need.

Which option sounds best for YOU?

Let’s take a closer look at three of the biggest deciding factors for moms as they consider returning to work… Read More

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7 Steps to Maintaining Laser-Focus in Your WAHM Business

Are you getting too easily distracted in trying to build your business? It happens to the best of us — but it CAN be avoided. Check out these 7 Steps to Maintaining Laser-Focus in Your WAHM Business!

Last week, we talked about how doubt causes us to be double-minded as we build our Work-at-Home Mom businesses. James says that a double-minded man is unstable in all he does (James 1:8), and it’s just as true for our business lives as it is for our faith lives, our marriages, and our parenting!

The LAST thing we want when it comes to our business life is to be unstable. The whole goal is to create a business that will provide career & financial stability!

So, if we want to build successful WAHM businesses that can help us support our families AND give us the freedom to be home and prioritize our roles as moms, we HAVE to learn to be single-minded and laser-focused.

We KNOW double-mindedness and distraction will KILL our WAHM business efforts. We know we HAVE to find and maintain a laser-focus on the business God has called us to.

But HOW??

That’s what we’re diving into today, so let’s get to it! Read More

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How Being Double-Minded Will Destroy Your WAHM Business

Are you struggling to get your WAHM Business off the ground? Getting easily distracted? Waffling on those key business decisions? Chances are you’re being double-minded! Not sure what that means? Keep reading to learn how being double-minded will destroy your WAHM Business — and what God says to do about the problem!

One Sunday morning, just a few weeks ago, I was sitting in our church’s worship service, trying to keep Mini-Me paying attention and engaged in what was going on, when suddenly a verse I had been studying all week jumped out at me as if the sound guy had suddenly cranked the pastor’s mic up to full volume:

“He is a double-minded man, UNSTABLE in all he does.”

~ James 1:8 ~

UNSTABLE.

In ALL he (or she) does.

Not just in her faith life.

Not just in her marriage.

Not just in her relationships with her kids.

In EVERYTHING.

And if we’re trying to build a business of any variety, but particularly online, we are typically striving for STABILITY. Being unstable in our WAHM businesses is a recipe for failure – one most of us definitely cannot afford! Read More

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The Potential Pitfalls of the 4 WAHM Personalities (and how to avoid them!)

There are 4 distinct WAHM Personalities, each with their own powerful strengths and potential weaknesses. Come learn how to make the most of your top traits & avoid the pitfalls! What is YOUR WAHM Personality?

If you’ve followed Scattered Woman for any length of time, you’ve likely heard me talk quite a bit about The Personalities and how awesome they are for improving relationships. You’ve also probably heard me talk quite a bit about work-at-home mom jobs and other career topics for moms looking to go back to work after being home with their kiddos. So, would it surprise you at all to know that we each have a unique WAHM Personality, too?

Yep! We do!

There are 4 distinct WAHM Personalities, each with their own awesome strengths -- and potential pitfalls. Come learn how to avoid the pitfalls & thrive in your strengths! What is *your* WAHM Personality? Click To Tweet

Timeout!

Do you know if starting a WAHM business is the best choice for YOU?

If there is ANY question in your mind, go take my new QUIZ that will help you decide quickly & easily whether you should go back to an outside-the-house job or start an at-home business! Plus, it’s super FUN because… QUIZ! 🎉

Go check it out!

Okay, back to your regularly scheduled programming…


There are lots of different typing systems out there, but as I explain in this post, I use and teach The Personalities more than anything else because it’s SO easy to understand and use QUICKLY.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have hours and weeks and years to learn a personality typing system well enough to apply it to my relationships, my work, or my life in general. (That’s one of the big issues I run into with the MBTI, among other things, even though I’m certified in and use the MBTI, as well. It’s too complicated to really understand without going and getting certified or studying it intensely.) As a busy wife, mom, friend, and professional career coach, I need something I can access and put to use FAST — and I’m willing to bet you’re right there with me!

That said, if you don’t yet understand the basics of The Personalities, be sure to check out this post, then hop back over to here. I’ll be here when you come back. 🙂

Okay, ready to dive into the WAHM Personalities? Let’s do it! Read More

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3 God-given Gifts for Building a WAHM Business

If God is calling you to raise your babies AND make money from home, it’s time to use His 3 God-given gifts for building a WAHM business!

Have you ever considered starting a WAHM business?

Maybe it’s a financial decision. It’s becoming harder and harder to live on only one income. You love being a stay-at-home mom, but your budget is so tight it’s strangling you. You’d like to have a little bit of breathing room financially, but you can’t stand the thought of leaving your babies with strangers all day while you go back to work.

Or maybe, as much as you love your babies, you also feel like something is missing from your life. Once upon a time, you had a career you loved, a job you excelled at, and you knew exactly how you could help the people around you. If you’re honest, you miss it. You miss feeling like you were part of something bigger than yourself, something outside the home, where you could engage with other adults on a regular basis. And yet you feel so guilty for even thinking about going back to work because you love being a mom, too!

Deciding to go back to work, for whatever reason, can be incredibly stressful. So, what if you didn’t have to choose between supporting your family, having a fulfilling career, and raising those babies yourself?  Read More

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Do You Struggle with Change?

Do you struggle with change? So often we tend to forget to ask for help with life transitions — even when God is right there waiting to help!

A few months back, we were staying in a modern, updated hotel for a family reunion. Much fancier than we’re used to. It was in the upper 90s outside, but the room felt perfect. BLISS after sweltering outside as we unloaded the car.

I didn’t even THINK to look at the thermostat. Read More

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The Top 10 SAHM Resume Mistakes

It’s not you, mama – it’s your resume. Check out these Top 10 SAHM Resume Mistakes, learn how to FIX them, improve your resume, & get the job you want!

“I’ve been looking for jobs for months now. What gives? Why am I not getting any response to all the resumes and applications I’ve sent out?”

Well, friend, I hate to break it to you, but it’s not you — it’s your resume. Read More

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Sing, Move, & Memorize: Helping your little one learn God’s Word for a lifetime

Think your little one is too young to memorize Scripture? Surprise! She’s not! 🎉 Joining us today is my friend, Amie Winningham of Sing, Move, And Memorize to talk about her simple, yet revolutionary board books and coordinating songs that will — you guessed it! — help you sing, move, and memorize God’s Word right into their growing hearts!

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you ____?”

I bet you can fill in the blank. I know I can, and so can each of my children under 6. We love reading these sweet board books again and again, and we easily memorize their text.

Now imagine nestling in with your lovely little one on a cool autumn morning. Perhaps a warm blanket snuggles you both close, and a cup of hot cocoa is nearby. This time the book brings goosebumps…it’s magic. You’re not reading Brown Bear, you’re reading God’s very own words.

Your little one pauses, the pictures are captivating. Real children are doing baby sign language to a Bible verse and your darling is trying to figure out how to mimic their movements. You look at the back cover and realize there’s music written to this verse! Not only is it God’s word in movement, it’s God’s Word in song, too.

Help! I can’t read music!

No problem. You can listen to it with just a scan from your phone. In no time, you and your sweetheart are singing God’s word and moving to it, too. In no time, you have memorized God’s Word and held it in your hands.

Magic. Read More

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Three Truths to Remember When You Fail as a Mom

Have you ever BLOWN it with your kids? We all have. #MomFail is a thing for a reason! But, as Stacey Pardoe of StaceyPardoe.com shows us in this week’s guest post, there are three powerful truths to remember when you completely fail as a mom. All is NOT lost. Let’s dive in!

It’s quarter ‘til nine on a Wednesday night when I unfurl on the girl I love more than any other girl in the world. After picking up the same fifteen toys a dozen times throughout the day, after the dinner dishes are washed, the little bodies are clad in pajamas, and the little brother is asleep in his bed, I want nothing more than five quiet minutes on the couch before taking my girl to her room.

I stare at the TV and let my mind slip into a different world – some happy family’s world as they live their sitcom-lives. Suddenly, I’m interrupted by the realization that one final toy hasn’t been put away. It rests on the floor in the middle of the room. Did I not just clean this whole room five minutes ago?

“Sweetie, please put away your drawing board,” I politely advise my daughter, who sits across the room on the recliner.

She promptly rises from the recliner, walks to the drawing board, and instead of slipping it into its home between the couch and the end table, she tosses it onto my lap. Read More

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How to Help a Loved One Who Is Battling Cancer

They are in for the fight of their life, and you want to help, but HOW?? Here are 20+ ways to help a loved one battling cancer.

“The good news is Leah is 10 weeks pregnant. The bad news is she also has stage 3 breast cancer.”

At that moment, it felt like all the air had been sucked out of the room. The phone in my hand threatened to slide out and crash to the floor, so I gripped it even harder than necessary. Even though my mind started racing in a million different directions, and all that came out of my mouth was, “Ryan, no…”

Eventually, we ended the call, and my family went back to the business of making pizza for our weekly pizza & a movie night, but I couldn’t focus on anything but my sister-in-law’s situation.

Pregnant AND cancer. Flashing back, I remembered so clearly making my own “it’s cancer” calls. Good grief, I thought, it feels just as helpless on THIS side of the diagnosis… Read More

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5 Tips for Fighting Discouragement

It’s so easy to become discouraged as moms. Whether we’re facing trouble in our home lives, workplace drama, or everyday annoyances, there IS hope! No matter where your frustrations are coming from, here are 5 tips for fighting discouragement from the beautiful Trista Laborn of A Driven Wife. We’re praying these tips are encouraging for you today — right where you are!

When it comes to being a mom, wife, entrepreneur and everything in between, and in all my years of navigating those roles, discouragement has always raised its head to stop me in my tracks. But, along the way, I’ve learned to recognize the signs of such an attack and keep going.

Let me share with you five tips for fighting discouragement in every area of your life: Read More

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Learning to Be Faithful in Little

Do you ever wish you had more money? It’s time we start learning to be faithful in little, so we can eventually be trusted with more. Here’s how!

Have you ever thought about WHY you’re struggling financially?

Honestly, my basic train of thought has always been, “We either make too little or spend too much. Let’s just fix it!”

But, it’s never been that easy. And over the past several months, I’ve been convicted that there’s a spiritual component to our finances, as well, that I previously had not considered. Read More

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Trusting God in the Midst of Health Issues

Health crises can challenge even the strongest faith, so if you’re wrestling with God over your own health struggles, please know you are not alone! I talk about my own battle with cancer a lot here at Scattered Woman, and today we have a special guest blogger, Hannah Pritchard of Discovering Grace, who is sharing her own story about trusting God in the midst of health issues.

I set down my phone on the tattered coffee table and tried to breathe deeply. The words kept echoing in my head. I tried to get them out; I tried desperately to stay calm and pretend that what I had just heard wasn’t real. I felt so unprepared for this and so unequipped to handle the journey that was ahead of me.

“You may never have children,” the doctor said matter-of-factly. “We need to get you on medication as soon as possible or this may develop into diabetes.”

All I heard was: “Your body isn’t normal, your life will never be normal, and you’re not normal.” Read More