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The Peaceful Haven by Janelle Esker - 16h ago

In this economy, I am always looking for ways to save money.  You too?  10 Things I DON’T Buy should help! Because I am a stay-at-home mom and we have only one income.  I have always been interested in frugal, zero waste, and simple living. Our family has been living simply for the past 25 years!   At the beginning of our journey, I felt frustrated.  Slowly, I learned how fun it can be to think in a creative way to solve one’s problems! I get real pleasure from solving daily living issues in new and inventive ways.  Now as I look back in time, I am so very thankful to God for leading the way!  I see that living with a frugal philosophy is biblical and has saved us from many troubles, it keeps us healthy and gives us real joy!     10 THINGS I DON’T BUY   paper towels Why use paper when you can get a bunch of re-usable dish towels that last and will save you LOTS of money over the years?   spaghetti sauce Why pay money for someone else to make your spaghetti sauce?  I purchased the organic tomato sauce at COSTCO and add 1 TBS. of Garlic Powder and 1 TBS. Italian Seasoning.  You have superior sauce for 1/10th the cost!  Experiment with the seasonings you like best.    cleaning supplies I make my own using baking soda, vinegar, essential oils, lemons, and water.  Non-Toxic and make things wonderfully clean.   I must confess that I still do purchase bleach.   paper napkins I sew napkins from leftover fabric.  It is a very easy sewing project.  If you don’t sew rip the fabric for a rustic look.  Here is a tutorial from On Sutton Place.   convenience foods We make everything from scratch…being gluten-free helps to stick with this!  We also have allergies to sugar, yeast and food dyes in our family! Making things from scratch is time-consuming but so much healthier and home baking always tastes better!    laundry detergent I make my own homemade version.  It costs about 2 cents a load!  I will be sharing my recipe in a future post.   coffee at a coffee shop OK, I don’t do this one too often…make your coffee at home for the day.  Put them in reusable stainless steel or ceramic cups.   don’t buy anything at full price This one is self-explanatory, get creative and ask God to help you think of ways to “do without” or think of a substitute.   coffee filters Get a reusable filter for your coffee maker.  They even have reusable cloth filters for the Chemex Coffeemaker!   Saran wrap and tin foil Use pyrex reusable containers to store food.  Or try these lovely beeswax covers that work just as well as cling wrap and tin foil and you only pay once!       I do hope this post will help you to think outside the box, spend time together as a family solving problems and give you some new ideas that will spark your imagination!   Looking for more ways to save money?  CLICK HERE!   YOUR TURN… Comment below, what don’t you buy?   Blessings, *This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!

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  This Gluten-Free, dairy-free clafoutis is my favorite breakfast right now.  The almond flour and the blueberries make this recipe a healthy and nutritious way to start the day.  Clafoutis is a French dish that is basically a tart made of fruit, typically cherries, baked in a sweet batter.  The problem for a person with allergies is how to make a batter that tastes great, is nutritious, and is also a similar consistency to the original.  It took me a few tries but I think I got it!! This recipe is gluten-free, grain-free,  sugar-free, and dairy-free! I hope you and your family will enjoy this delectable pastry as much as we are…   GLUTEN FREE BERRY CLAFOUTIS  Serves 6 to 8   Ingredients  2 cups blueberries 3 large eggs 1 1/4 cup coconut milk 2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup maple sugar 1/3 cup almond flour 2 TBS potato starch 2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger 1/4 tsp salt Powdered swerve for dusting DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease baking dish. Lay all the blueberries at the bottom of the baking dish. In a large bowl whisk all the remaining ingredients together. Pour the batter evenly over the blueberries. Bake for 50 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool slightly and then sprinkle with powdered swerve. ENJOY!       More gluten-free recipes HERE!   Blessings,   *This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!    

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Summer Reading Lists For Kindergarten – 12th Grade Each year as I prepare to homeschool my children my favorite thing to do is make out the reading lists.  It is such a joy to go through the lists from years past and remember all the great books we have read.  I am very excited to present our Summer Reading Lists For Kindergarten – 12th Grade!   In preparation for this post, my high schoolers and college students were pulling their favorite books off our shelves to make sure they were included in the following lists!  Such good times! The following book lists for each level do not represent all the books my kids have read but rather these are the “required reading” for each grade level.  You may note that occasionally there will be a few books below grade level stuck into a year.  I do that so my children will have a bit of a break and enjoy a good easy read. The reading lists have books in three categories under each year.  They include Fiction, Biography and some Non-Fiction Christian Living Books. I would classify the majority of these books as “Living Books” and “Classics”.       Kindergarten and 1st Grade Reading List Easy Readers: Frog and Toad Series – Arnold Lobel Mouse Tales – Arnold Lobel Owl at Home – Arnold Lobel Put Me in the Zoo – Robert Lopshire Little Bear Series – Elsa Holmelund Minarik Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Suess My First Book Series – Carine MacKenzie One Fish, Two Fish – Dr. Suess My Cat and the Hat – Dr. Suess Biscuit’s Day at the Farm – Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories Go, Dog. Go! – P.D. Eastman A Fly Went By – Mike McClintock and Fritz Siebel A Fish Out of Water – Helen Palmer and P.D. Eastman ABEKA beginner Readers Christian Liberty Press Readers – Florence M. Lindstrom   Reader: Stone Soup – Marcia Brown The Little House – Virginia Lee Burton Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel – Virginia Lee Burton Jonah: The Runaway Preacher – Carine Mackenzie Corduroy – Don Freeman Ox Cart Man – Donald Hall Bread and Jam for Francis Series – Russell and Lillian Hoban Floss – Kim Lewis Titch – Pat Hutchins Frederick – Leo Lionni Daniel: The Praying Prince – Carine Mackenzie Blueberries for Sal – Robert McCloskey Make Way for Ducklings – Robert McCloskey If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Series – Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond Amelia Bedelia – Herman Parish The Little Engine that Could – Watty Piper Curious George – H.A. Rey Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown Runaway Bunny – Margaret Wise Brown Keep the Lights Burning Abby – Peter and Connie Roop Henry and Mudge Series – Cynthia Rylant Mr. Putter and Tabby Series – Cynthia Rylant Caps for Sale – Esphyr Slobodkina Doctor DeSoto – William Steig The Biggest Bear -Lynd Ward A Chair for My Mother – Vera B. Williams A New Coat for Anna – Harriet Ziefert Harry the Dirty Dog – Gene Zion Christian Liberty Nature Reader – Florence Bass Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  – Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault   2nd Grade Reading List The Billy and Blaze Series – C.W. Anderson Jillian Jiggs – Phoebe Gillman Nate the Great Series – Marjorie Weinman Sharmat The Family under the Bridge – Natalie Savage Carlson The Door in the Wall – Marguerite De Angeli The Hundred Dresses – Eleanor Estes Winnie-the-Pooh Series – A.A. Milne The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook – Joyce Lankester Brisley A House is A House for Me – Mary Ann Hoberman Madeline – Ludwig Bemelmans The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter – Beatrix Potter Encyclopedia Brown Series – Donald J. Sobol A Child’s Garden of Verses – Robert Louis Stevenson The Boxcar Children Series – Gertrude Chandler Warner The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams New Toes for Tia – Lia Dinkins Owen – Kevin Henkes Chester’s Way – Kevin Henkes Jessica – Kevin Henkes Wemberly Worried – Kevin Henkes Christian Liberty Nature Reader   3rd Grade Reading List The Wright Brothers and their Sister – Lois Mills Brave Irene – William Steig Mr. Poppers Penguins – Robert Lawson Betty Doll – Patricia Polacco Luba and the Wren – Patricia Polacco The House on Walenska Street – Charlotte Herman Almost Home – Wendy G. Lawton Teddy’s Button – Amy Le Feuvre History for Children – John Wayland The Princess and the Kiss – Jennie Bishop The Tinkers Daughter – Wendy G. Lawton The Racketty Packetty House – Francis Hodgson Burnette Unfading Beauty – Tracy M. Leininger Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie The Land Beyond the Setting Sun – Tracy M. Leininger Henry Huggins – Beverly Cleary Nothing Can Separate Us – Tracy M. Leininger The Chronicles of Narnia Series – C.S. Lewis A Light Kindled – Tracy M. Leininger Homer Price – Robert McCloskey In Grandmas Attic – Arleta Richardson Lentil – Robert McCloskey The Little’s Series – John Peterson Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White Stuart Little – E.B. White Little House in the Big Woods Series – Laura Ingalls Wilder The Railway Children – E. Nesbit   4th Grade Reading List Caddie Woodlawn – Carol Ryrie Brink Catching Their Talk in a Box – Betty M. Hockett Babushka Baba Yaga – Patricia Polacco Shadrach – Meindert DeJong The Incredible Journey – Sheila Burnford Basher Five-Two – Scott O’Grady A Little Princess – Francis Hodgson Burnett Jed Smith Trailblazer of the West – Frank Latham The Secret Garden – Francis Hodgson Burnett Courage to Run – Wendy G. Lawton Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl The Hallelujah Lass – Wendy G. Lawton Understood Betsy – Dorothy Canfield Fisher Old Yeller – Fred Gipson Shadow in His Hands – Wendy G. Lawton Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame Misty of Chincoteague – Marguerite Henry James Herriot’s Treasury for Children – James Herriot Rascal – Sterling North The Cricket in Times Square – George Selden Five Little Peppers and How they Grew – Margaret Sidney Twig: A Collie – Craig Massey Number the Stars – Lois Lowry Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing – Judy Blume Betsy -Tacy – Maud Hart Lovelace Betsy, Tacy and Tib – Maud Hart Lovelace The Original Hardy Boys Series – Franklin W. Dixson   5th Grade Reading List Huguenot Gardens – Douglas Jones The Book of Virtues – William Bennett Follow My Leader – James B. Garfield Alone yet Not Alone – Tracy M. Leininger Carry On Mr. Bowditch – Jean Lee Latham The Adventures of Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi Bud and Me – Alta Abernathy Heidi – Johanna Spyri Perloo the Bold – Avi With Daring Faith – Amy Carmichael Black Beauty – Anna Sewell The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkein Dietrich Bonhoeffer: In the Midst of Wickedness – Janet and Geoff Benge Pollyanna – Eleanor H. Porter Mother – Kathleen Norris Anne of Green Gables Series – L.M. Montgomery Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain A Question of Yams – Gloria Repp Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin The Black Stallion – Walter Farley The Elsie Dinsmore Series – Martha Finley Run for Your Life – Betty Swinford The Toothpaste Millionaire – Jean Merrill   6th Grade Reading List I Kissed Dating Goodbye – Josh Harris The Ordinary Princess – M.M. Kaye The Life of George Washington – Mary L. Williamson Guns of Thunder- Douglas Bond Guns of the Lion – Douglas Bond Guns of Providence- Douglas Bond Ten P’s in a Pod – Arnold Pent Basket of Flowers – Cristoph Von Schmid More than a Carpenter – Josh McDowell Hinds Feet on High Places – Hannah Hurnard The Sinking of the Titanic – Logan Marshall The Wise Woman – George MacDonald The Captive Princess – Wendy G. Lawton Stepping Heavenward – Elizabeth Prentiss Hittite Warrior – Joanne Williamson Iron Scouts of the Confederacy – Lee McGiffin Joel…A Boy of Galilee – Annie Fellows Johnston Star of Light – Patricia St. John Quintas – Weerstand Refuting Evolution – Jonathan Sarfati The Story Girl – L. M. Montgomery The Golden Road – L.M. Montgomery Miracles on Maple Hill – Virginia Sorenson   7th Grade Reading List The Life of J.E.B. Stuart – Mary L. Williamson Little Lord Fauntleroy – Frances Hodgson Burnett Freedoms Pen – Wendy G. Lawton Rifles for Waitie – Harold Keith The Birkenhead Drill – Douglas W. Phillips The Love Comes Softly Series – Jeanette Oke Not My Will – Francena H. Arnold A Boys War – David Michell Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte George Muller – Janet and Geoff Benge Zoar Blue – Janet Hickman Duncan’s War – Douglas Bond King’s Arrow – Douglas Bond Rebel’s Keep – Douglas Bond God’s Smuggler – Brother Andrew Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers – Douglas Bond Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls If I Perish – Esther Ahn Kim Ransom’s Mark – Wendy G. Lawton In His Steps – Charles Sheldon   8th Grade Reading List How to Study – Edward J. Shewan Banner in the Sky – James Ramsey Ullman Daughters of Destiny – Noelle Wheeler John Billington – Clyde Robert Bulla The Door in the Wall – Marguerite De Angeli Catch ‘Em Alive Jack – John R. Abernathy Treasures of the Snow – Patricia St. John Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation – Douglas Bond Dragon Light Series – Donita K. Paul Gladys Alward – Janet and Geoff Benge Do Hard Things – Alex and Brett Harris Beloved Bride – William Potter The Federalist – Alexander Hamilton Strawberry Girl – Lois Lenski Corrie Ten Boom – Janet and Geoff Benge So Much More – Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin The Queens Smuggler – William Tyndale – Dave and Neta Jackson Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper The Loner – Ester Wier The Life of Stonewall Jackson – Mary L. Williamson and Michael McHugh   9th Grade Reading List King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table – Roger Lancelyn Green Mr. Pipes Comes to America – Douglas Bond Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage  – Alfred Lansing The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle What He Must Be – Voddie Baucham Martin Luther – J.A. Morrison Cheaper by the Dozen – Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson Bulfinches Greek and Roman Mythology Little Women – Louisa May Alcott The Long Walk – Slavomir Rawicz  Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen Men of Honor – Howard Pyle The Iliad – Homer The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthhorne Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Boys) – Jules Verne Before You Meet Prince Charming (Girls) – Sarah Mally The Call of the Wild – Jack London The Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain Foxes Book of Martyrs – John Foxe   10th Grade Reading List The Jungle Book -Rudyard Kipling My Antonia – Willa Cather Code Word Catherine – Jodie Collins Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne Beyond the Rapids – Evelyn Puerto Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson Hostage Lands – Douglas Bond William Booth – Janet and Geoff Benge The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien Desiring God – John Piper George W. Carver – Janet and Geoff Benge Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss William Carey – Janet and Geoff Benge Journey to the Center of the Earth (Boys) – Jules Verne Joyfully Home (Girls) – Jasmine Baucham Silas Marner(Boys) – George Eliot Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan The Runaways Revenge-John Newton Beowulf – Seamus Heaney The Accidental Voyage – Douglas Bond The Art of Divine Contentment – Thomas Watson Knowing God – J.I. Packer   11th Grade Reading List The Screw Tape Letters – C.S. Lewis The Spiritual Secrets of Hudson Taylor – Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain Always Ready – Greg Bahnsen and Robert Booth Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane Practicing His Presence – Brother Lawrence and Frank Laubach The Chosen – Chaim Potok Growing Up Christian – Karl Graustein Lost City of the Incas – Hiram Bingham The Betrayal – Douglas Bond Holiness – J.C. Ryle The Thieves of Tyburn Square – Elizabeth Fry Choosing Your Career – Martin E. Clark and Clark The Adventures of Theodore Roosevelt – Anthony Brandt Confessions – St. Augustine Rufus M. – Eleanor Estes The Problem of Pain – C.S. Lewis Traitor in the Tower –John Bunyan The Last Jihad – Joel C. Rosenberg Five Pioneer Missionaries – John Thornbury   12th Grade Reading List Animal Farm – George Orwell The Family – J.R. Miller Portrait of a Lady – Henry James A Lantern in Her Hand – Bess Aldrich Streeter Of Plymouth Plantation – William Bradford Gulliver’s Travels – Johnathan Swift Eric Liddell – Janet and Geoff Benge Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Reforming Marriage – Douglas Wilson Hadassa – Tommy Tenney The Treasure Principle – Randy Alcorn Vienna Prelude – Bodie Thoene George Washington’s Sacred Fire – Peter A. Lillbeck Julius Caesar- Shakespeare Robert E. Lee the Christian – William J. Johnstone The Complete Father Brown – G.K. Chesterton A Treastise Concerning Religious Affections – Johnathan Edwards In the Presence of My Enemies – Gracia Brurnham and Dean Merrill Instruments in the Redeemers Hands – Paul David Tripp Johnny Tremain – Esther Hoskins Forbes William Booth – Janet and Geoff Benge   It is my sincerest hope that you and your family will enjoy these treasured books that are chocked full of excellent, thought-provoking words!  May each book encourage your child’s faith.   Are you looking for more book suggestions?  Follow me on Goodreads!   YOUR TURN… What books would you add to this list?   Blessings,   *This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!

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Encouraging Bible Verses For New Moms   I have six children.  Count them…six.  I am blessed beyond measure. I have always wanted a large family, it is a dream that God has fulfilled so sweetly.  Now my youngest is 18 and I can hardly believe where the time went.  You know how everyone always tells you to treasure every moment because it goes by fast, well it does.  That fact doesn’t take away the crazy challenges of being a new mom.  Some women I know have absolutely no problem at all making the transition into motherhood.  As, much as I wanted to be one of those serene, confident, women, I wasn’t. Every one of my children’s birth had complications and included bed-rest.  I struggled and sloshed through postpartum depression with two of my pregnancies.  My deliveries included tearing and hemorrhaging. I was so far removed from the strong women who were able to pop out a child single-handedly.  As with any other time in my life when I have faced difficult trials, I turned to the truth of God’s Word. Jesus’s comforting words renewed and soothed my tired mind, body, and spirit like nothing else in this world can. I share with you a few of my favorite scripture verses that truly encouraged me in the early days of motherhood.  I pray they will be the same for you.   12 Encouraging Bible Verses For New Moms   Psalm 127:3-5 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.  They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.   John 16:21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.   James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.   Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.   Isaiah 66:13a As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you;   Matthew 10:42 “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”   James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.   2 Corinthians 12:9a But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”   Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”   Matthew 21:16b “From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise?”   Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”   Esther 4:14b And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?     Need more encouragement?  Get my favorite book on being a Mom, HERE!     YOUR TURN… Comment below, what are your picks for Encouraging Bible Verses For New Moms?     Blessings,

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I dearly love to eat… who’s with me? I am so excited to share with you this excellent recipe for The BEST Gluten-Free Fresh Berry Pavlova.  I promise you are going to love it and its a show stopper that is easy to make! This recipe is gluten-free, keto, nut-free, sugar-free and can be made dairy-free using coconut creme instead of the whipping cream. The BEST Gluten-Free Fresh Berry Pavlova Serves 8   Ingredients   Meringue 3 large egg whites pinch of salt 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 cup maple sugar or swerve 1 tablespoon arrowroot Topping 1 1/2 cups heavy or whipping cream 1/4 cup confectioners Swerve 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract 2 cups fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Using parchment paper, trace a 9″ round circle on it using a plate for your guide.  Flip the parchment paper over onto a baking sheet. You should be able to see the circle outline through the paper. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt and the cream of tartar on medium until soft peaks form. Gently pour the maple sugar or Swerve and arrowroot and into the whites with the mixer running. The eggwhite mixture will turn glossy. Beat for about 1 more minute. With a rubber spatula spread the meringue on the parchment inside the circle mounding the outside edges higher. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, then turn off the oven and leave the door closed. Leave the meringue in the oven for at least 1 hour, or as long as overnight.  When serving, combine the heavy cream with the confectioners’ Swerve and mix until thickened. Add the vanilla. Scoop the whipped cream into the center of the cooled pavlova and top with fresh berries! Keep in the refrigerator   ENJOY!   Blessings,      

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    It seems like everyone I have been speaking to lately has been having sleep issues!  I don’t know if it is because of the recent time change or if it is just a sign of our times?  Either way, I wanted to share what has worked effectively and most importantly healthfully for our family.  Some in our family can fall asleep just fine but can’t stay asleep while others can’t get to sleep.   Some in our family sleep so well that not even a house fire could wake them!   5 Ways To Sleep Better Tonight   1. Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland.   Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles.  Light helps your body produce melatonin so a lack of it can really cause some sleep issues.  Melatonin is a supplement that you can purchase at just about any grocery store.  It has been very helpful for two of my children.  We also love to use it when traveling to other time zones.  *Do not take melatonin if you have an autoimmune disease. 2. Essential Oils are a great way to help you sleep better.  Either use them topically or diffuse into the air.  I find that putting oils on the bottom of my feet gets them into my body fast and effectively.  Here is my list of essential oils to help you sleep.  Lavender, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, and Cedarwood.  My favorite oil combination at bedtime is lavender and lemon diffused together.  Smells heavenly!   Order essential oils online from our family business.  You will receive the purest essential oils on the market.  Each oil has been evaluated and tested by a third party to ensure natural extraction and to eliminate contamination of any kind.   Thank you for considering purchasing essential oils from our family!  ORDER HERE   3.Chamomile Tea is a great way to relax your body before bed.  It is also easy to grow in your garden.  You harvest the Chamomile flowers and dry them and then steep the flowers in boiling water to make a delicious and soothing bedtime tea. 4. Magnesium is a muscle relaxer.  We use this supplement not only when we feel stressed before bed but also to calm our nerves before events or activities.  It has worked wonders for our daughter who gets so nervous before dance performances.  She swears by it!  Take this about a half an hour before bedtime. 5. No electronics in the bedroom.  This is a hard one to enforce especially if you have young adults in the house.  When you use any electronic device your brain’s electrical activity increases and neurons start to race, the exact opposite of what should be happening before sleep.  Another factor is the light that comes from electronics is also at work against quality sleep.  The small amounts of light from these devices pass through the retina into a part of the hypothalamus which is the area of the brain that controls sleep and delays the release of the hormone, melatonin.   Here is a great idea…make your bedrooms “book only” rooms. Are you interested in learning more about essential oils?  Click HERE!   YOUR TURN… What do you do to sleep well?   Blessings,     *This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven. *These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any of these products.

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The Heart of Discipline is LOVE…I think many people believe that discipline is the most important aspect of good parenting. I would respectfully disagree.  I believe that the Bible teaches that relationship is the cornerstone of good parenting.   Our individual parenting skills should be a reflection of the relationship we have with God’s children to our Heavenly Father.   Our obedience is an overflow of our loving relationship with our Father in heaven.  So, our children’s obedience should be a response to their loving relationship with their earthly parents. In order to be effective disciplinarians, we must first have a wholesome and loving relationship with our children.  The relationship determines whether or not the discipline will be successful.     What you ask is successful discipline?  It is when a child’s heart is turned toward you and God and is truly repentant.  The child’s relationship is lovingly restored toward you and toward God.     There are a quite a few ways to discipline a child.  Thousands of parenting books have been written with tons and tons of innovative ideas on how to effectively discipline.  Some are quite good.   However, the only method of disciplining your children that are worth using are the ones God set out in his word.  When I decide to do what is right in my own eyes I am putting my children in real danger.  (I know myself pretty well and I can come up with some child-rearing ideas that are real hum-dingers!)   Put your trust in God’s ways and not your own.  Your children’s well being is at stake. That leads us to the question of how and why God disciplines his own children.  That truth will give us a glimpse into how we should discipline our own children.  We also are incredibly blessed to have God’s word on the subject of parents and children.   The book of Proverbs is filled with wonderful parenting advise. The Lord’s discipline is a response to His love for us and His desire for each of us to be holy. In Proverbs 3:11-12 we see God’s heart.  “My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in”.  God’s relationship with us means that He must discipline us with consequences for our sinful behavior.  When God is disciplining us, he is teaching us, correcting us and transforming us.  This must also be at the heart of disciplining our children. When we look at the book of Proverbs we see that disciplining a child often includes using the rod.  In our modern day language that means “spanking” a child.    A word to the wise, never, ever spank in anger.  That is a sure fire way to ruin your relationship with your child.   The root of the discipline we must administer to our child is love.  We know from 1 Corinthians  13: 4-7 that Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. One of the ways my husband and I kept from spanking in anger (and don’t think for a minute we were not tempted!) is by having the “If…Then Chart” posted.   We could then discipline using scripture and pre-determined consequences for disobedient behavior,  It is all written down on the chart!   If you have never checked out Doorposts Ministry then do it now.  I think I have used most of their excellent materials over the duration of parenting six children.  They even have some new charts available!!   One last word… Discipline should be used to restore the relationship between your child and God.  Good discipline not only changes the behavior but the heart too.  Effective discipline leads to repentance and repentance leads to restoring the relationship between your child and God.     Are you interested in other areas of parenting?  Check out my other parenting posts HERE.   YOUR TURN… How do you encourage your relationship with your children?   Blessings,

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Worship Is A Lifestyle. When you think of the word worship, what comes to mind? For me, my mind conjures up images of a simple cross at the forefront of an old church, pews that smell like lemon oil and stained glass windows.  Congregations bowing their heads in reverence, praying and singing meaningful songs to God. In reality, worship is a matter of the heart and can be practiced anywhere!  Wholehearted worship is a lifestyle. Worship is having faith in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and offering Him the grateful homage, submission, and honor He deserves.  Yes, it most definitely happens in a corporate worship service but it is also just as likely to happen while picking apples with your children.   God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24     I find that the key to a worshipful heart is to slow down so that I am able to actively engage in my surroundings.  If I am too busy to notice a butterfly, read my Bible or survey the details of a flower then worship as a lifestyle, outside of a church building is going to be hard to accomplish. As Christians, worship needs to become our normal mode of living.  In our American culture, it is very, very hard to accomplish.  I am so thankful that God is so very patient with us while we are learning how to worship Him.  I recommend starting out your day by reading God’s Word.  It will renew your heart and mind and help you to walk through a slow or busy day with a worshipful heart.   And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped. Exodus 4:31     All hearts are made to worship.  If the heart is not worshiping God, then it will be drawn to worship something else.  It is therefore critical that we as believers dedicate intentional time to learning how to worship Jesus in spirit and in truth. Practicing thankfulness makes it easier for our hearts to enter into worship.  As Psalm 100:4 states, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”   Worship Is A Lifestyle   trust God in an area of fear journal about the wonders of God take a walk and worship God through His creation (this is very different from worshiping creation) pray the hours surrender an area of your life that you have kept to yourself, over to Jesus offer up a chore you hate doing as an act of worship pick a bouquet of flowers for your neighbor offering a simple act of love     YOUR TURN… Comment below, What are some ways you can make a lifestyle of worship?   Blessings,

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  Gluten Free Cherry Cobbler is the perfect Summertime treat to share with your friends and family.  Oh, the smell when baking is amazing and oh, the taste of this simple cobbler is scrumptious! I just made this recipe yesterday and it was gone in a matter of minutes.  That fact should give you the incentive to try this delectable treat!  This recipe is also grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and Paleo, that’s a mouth full!     GLUTEN FREE CHERRY COBBLER Serves 8   Ingredients 1 cup almond flour 1 TBS. ground golden flax seed 1/3 cup arrowroot flour 1 cup maple sugar 1 TBS. baking powder 1/2 cup melted butter or ghee 2 large eggs 1 cup milk or almond milk 4 cup fresh or frozen cherries   DIRECTIONS  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the butter or ghee in an 11×13 inch baking dish and melt in the oven.  When the butter is melted remove from the oven. While the butter is melting, combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl EXCEPT the cherries.  Mix on low speed until the ingredients are combined. Pour the batter on top of the melted butter making sure the batter reaches the edge of the baking dish.  You do not need to mix the butter and the batter. Drop the cherries on top of the butter and batter.  Bake for 1 hour or until the center is done.   ENJOY!   Blessings,   *This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!

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Yahoo!  FREE Father’s Day Printables Kit   I don’t know about you but Father’s Day catches me by surprise, every year!  I have a great desire to make the day special for my husband but often lack the time and energy to pull it off to my satisfaction.  Here is something that will make this Father’s Day a day to remember. With that in mind, I have created this charming FREE Father’s Day Printables Kit!   What’s included: printable and framable quote printable and framable art to decorate the house, bedroom door or buffet table gift tag small 4×4 table decorations graphics to make your own Father’s Day Cards printable stationery to tell Dad just how much you love him   *FYI – Print on cardstock for best results. *FYI – If you would like to change the sizes of these graphics, you should be able to adjust the size of the printables when you print.   DOWNLOAD      DOWNLOAD     DOWNLOAD     DOWNLOAD     DOWNLOAD     DOWNLOAD     DOWNLOAD     DOWNLOAD – Gift Tag       DOWNLOAD     DOWNLOAD – Father’s Day Quote     DOWNLOAD     DOWNLOAD     DOWNLOAD     Happy Father’s Day!   Blessings,

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