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New Picture Book and Printable Activity Pages

New Picture Book www.monahodgson.com

Friends, I have big news!

My 43rd book releases June 1st. I Can Talk to God is a 24-page paperback picture book for age 2 to 8.

This book is not the next long-awaited novel in my Hearts Seeking Home historical romance series (watch for Mountain Whispers to land here this autumn), but this picture book is a project from deep in my heart.

Sometimes God seems far away because you can’t see or feel Him. But He is right there, ready to listen to you. I want to help kids know and embrace that truth. (more…)

5 Strategies to Help You Crush Stress

5 Strategies to Help You Crush Stress www.MonaHodgson.com

The Covid-19 global crisis will likely sit at or near the top of your list of the most stressful seasons ever.

There isn’t one area of our lives not affected by the social distancing and shelter in place orders, closed school and church buildings, offices going online, cancelled travel plans, delayed medical appointments and procedures, and the constant stream of devastating news related to the pandemic.

Even with some states, cities, businesses, and medical services starting to open up some, life is far from normal.

And all of that on top of the usual stresses of everyday life. While you and I can find much to be grateful for in every season, the stresses of change and uncertainty are real.

While you and I can find much to be grateful for in every season, the stresses of change and uncertainty are real. Click To Tweet

Friend, I’m in this chaotic and wonderful life with you, and I’m hoping these five suggestions help you lighten the load.

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7 Habits of a (Mostly) Sane Mom

7 Habits of a (Mostly) Sane Mom www.monahodgson.com

I see you, friend!

You are in my heart as you navigate this crazy new normal.

I’m counting the days with you as we try to see beyond Covid-19. Social distancing. No school—the kids are home. So are you. Always. And if you’re married, your spouse is too. Home schooling or navigating online schooling. Working from home. Cooking. Cleaning. Missing your MOPS group, Bible study sisters. And having a moment to yourself.

Sanity for moms and grandmothers in this chaos? It’s a stretch even on the good days.

I hear you. And I want to help!

So … I’m sharing some habits that I hope will help you find a road map for this topsy-turvy time (whatever that looks like for you). (more…)

A Prayer in Motion for Your Kiddos

A Prayer in Motion for Kiddos www.MonaHodgson.com

Hi, friend!

What a crazy time, right? But also an amazing opportunity for parents and grandparents (in person or on Facetime, WhatsApp, or Zoom)!

With all this extra time with your kids and grandkids, you might be looking for ways to encourage their Spiritual Formation.

I want to come alongside you and offer some ideas and resources. Later this week, on my website on the Free Resources page, I’ll have some printable fun for you to use with your kiddos. In the meantime, how about an idea for a prayer that affirms God’s presence in their lives while helping them get the wiggles out? (more…)

When a Zebra Becomes Your Mascot

When a Zebra Becomes Your Mascott www.monahodgson.com

When my hubby and I made our first trip to Tanzania in East Africa to see our daughter and her family, it was the giraffes that captured my attention.

Fifteen years later, it’s the zebra that seized my attention.

A giraffe is unlike any other animal. The zebra however could be mistaken for a small horse that paused too long in front of a graffiti artist. That’s why the zebra became the mascot for rare diseases. (more…)

A Ready to Roll Checklist

A Ready to Roll Checklist www.monahodgson.com

I was ready to roll. To the gym.

Workout clothes. Check.

Nylon backpack. Check.

Membership card. Check.

Off I went.

Upon arrival, I parked in a space close to the glass door so as to guard against over-exercising before I ever reached the treadmill or the mat. I dug my key fob, membership card, and phone from my purse and dropped them all into the side-pocket on my backpack.

Ready!

I popped the car door open then turned to step out onto the asphalt. That’s when my feet came into view. (more…)

12 Go-To Helps When Heartache Hits

15 Go-To Helps When Heartache Hits www.monahodgson.com

Friends, heartache hits all of us. At one time or another.

Sometimes it feels like we’re still riding one wave of heartache when another wave hits. Seems like we may never again glimpse a peaceful shoreline.

If we live long enough you and I will stare down many harbors of heartache. The burial of a loved one. Betrayal. The loss of a career. A chronic illness. Financial disaster. The list is long.

If we live long enough you and I will stare down many harbors of heartache. Click To Tweet

Right now you might feel stuck in a season of sorrow. Or have a friend who is camped in a hurting place. This resource is for you. (more…)

Embracing Your Values Cuts Out the Confusion

Embracing Values Wins Over Making Resolutions www.monahodgson.com

Am I the only one who has broken out into a sweat while trying to spit out a “No” and hold back a “Yes”? Sometimes getting it right feels…impossible.

You and I have recently crossed the threshold into a whole new year of decision making. Sigh! January provides a timely motivation to review what’s most important to us and why our values matter. That’s why I’m offering you another look at a popular post from last year, written by Becky Turner, a Personal Coach and Coach for Non-Profit Executives.

Becky Turner speaks into our decision-making process with some tips on how to cut out the confusion and angst when it’s time to voice our yes or no. (more…)

Stuff: Nose Hair Trimmers and Closet Organizers

Stuff www.monahodgson.com

Sometimes a hefty dose of healthy frustration is good for us, right?

No doubt you can relate to a tidbit from a recent page in my journal . . . .

July 15, 2019

According to the calendar, I’m 65 today. I don’t know where or how to begin to wrap my head around that fact.

My mother-in-law suffered a stroke nearly five weeks ago that stopped us in our tracks and turned us in circles. I was finally on a writing retreat facing a couple of days away to write on the novel. I haven’t looked at it since the call.

She was in the hospital for six days, the rehab center for twenty days, now she’s been in the assisted living home for one week. Having sold her mobile in the past two weeks, I’ve nearly emptied it and both of her sheds.

I’ve seen my mom, my step-dad, and now my mother-in-law suddenly separated from their former lives and their stuff as the result of disease and the need for more directed care. In each case, I found myself sifting through every photo, squirreled away bread wrapper, birthday card, to-do list, and unused stamp. (more…)

Freeing the Cross From Clutter

Freeing the Cross from Clutter www.monahodgson.com

In April, I returned to one of my favorite places to retreat–Mount Hermon Christian Camp, nestled in the California redwoods. Home of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference held annually the weekend before Easter. I was there this year as a mentor for children’s writers.

Early Palm Sunday morning, I walked to one of my go-to sites for retreat on the Mount Hermon grounds. Victory Circle. (more…)

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