Social media is one of our largest pools of information, as well as the top place to visit for advice and inspiration, so it’s easy to see why many of us put a lot of time and effort into our content creation. BUT -- unfortunately, due to the amount of voices and the overwhelming noise of it all (coupled with little to no accountability!), social media is also one of the easiest places to get away with plagiarism. In most cases, the intention was never to “steal” someone else’s content, but that’s what ends up happening more than we probably realize. And let’s be honest: the social media standard for citing sources doesn’t exist, so we can’t rely on common practice to be our guide. As swHw women, it’s always our goal to give credit where credit is due, so we’ve compiled nine tips below that we hope will help us all post with integrity. Using “quotation marks” without attributing an author does not count as a citation. Include the author’s name in your caption/post, and search to see if the author is on the platform you’re using so you can tag their account. If you’re sharing a screenshot [...]
Life includes numerous roles and responsibilities. In the home alone, you can be nurse, teacher, chef, and taxi driver—all in the same five minutes. But can I ask you a question? When you look at “all the things,” do you ever get overwhelmed? Do you ever feel the pressure to find “balance” in your life, but don’t know where to begin? I’ve been there, friend. I spent years trying to achieve life balance. But whenever I had a glimmer of hope that balance was in sight, our season would change, causing me to begin again. Can you relate? It’s been an imperfect journey, but over the last few years, I’ve realized why I never achieved that life balance I strived so hard to find: God never intended me to balance my life. The word“balance” implies everything in your life has equal importance. But God’s Word lovingly teaches about our priorities: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” - Matthew 6:33 In simple terms? Put God first, and He orders everything else. I know I’ve spent a large portion of my life striving to get “all the things.” [...]
Change… some of us thrive in it and others would rather die than endure it. But no matter what side we’re on, God more than likely has a few plot twists in the story He’s writing for us, so it’s important to not fear change — and it’s imperative we teach our kids the same. To show them that a deeply rooted faith will be the answer to peace in the midst of trial and change will be one of the greatest lessons you can share and will also encourage the development of surrendered Christ-followers instead of nominal Christians. I’m sharing a few practical ways our family has walked through change in the last decade, and for us that change came in the form of big moves during extremely formative ages for our kids. But I don’t think your plot twist has to be the same as ours for these practical tips to help! We’ve done several big moves with kids, but our last two were at what most would describe as very inopportune times in their adolescence. One was back in 2012 when I had a 4th grader and a 6th grader, and then the most recent with [...]
Two followers of Jesus. Two failures. And one key difference that gave their post-failure lives drastically different results. Michelle Myers gave a perfectly-timed word this week leading up to Easter on Judas, Peter and the power of repentence for our swHw members, and the full video is up on the blog as our gift to you. On this Good Friday, we have such peace and hope through the confidence that Sunday's coming! Want more resources like this one? Become a swHw member - we can't wait to meet you! become a swHw member!
Kent and I [Somer] are going on 20 years of marriage and we’re constantly learning, but not just from our own marriage. It’s been interesting to be the more “seasoned” couple in a lot of our friendships. (Yeah, that’s a nice way of admitting we’re the old couple now.) Recently, we had a pretty good chat about our marriage and the marriages we’ve had the privilege to be trusted to counsel and I walked away with three big weapons that we wives MUST eliminate from our arsenal for disputes and communication in general. If we do, I think it will help us to see a pretty huge difference in our relationships. Punishing Quit punishing your husband. That’s not an appropriate response for anything ever. Whether you’re mad because he hurt your feelings, you had a rough day with the kids, or you don’t like his side of the family, punishing can’t be an option. Be mad, talk it out, get over it. You can punish your kids, but you can’t punish your husband. Also, just an FYI, it’s probably sending mixed signals (to him AND the kids) when you beg your husband to be a better, stronger leader in [...]