day 12 As I mentioned on Monday, I have a heart for community, both in person and online. The main reason that I blog is to be an encouragement to other women. So, when my friend Monica over at Happy and Blessed Home asked me to join her as a co-host for Family Fun Friday to share six inspiring words of encouragement from other bloggers each week, I couldn't refuse!

If you have been following along with our 21 Day Prayer Challenge, this post is going to help us set goals for our prayers! I hope it inspires you to start your year off right by praying over your goals.

If you're a blogger, be sure to scroll down to the bottom to link up your favorite posts! I'd love to feature your words of encouragement next week!  This week, I'm featured posts that encourage us as we begin 2015. Hope you enjoy :)

FFF 1_15 My friend Julie Sanders shares at The M.O.M. Initiative about how human moms can be holy moms. She says, "We can be holy moms because we serve a holy God. I just love her honesty in this post! Join Julie for #NewStart15 as we begin this year pursuing God for ourselves, our families, and our world.

My friend Kayse is a mom and a blogger. If you are a mom and blogger too, you understand the pull to fill our time with blogging because it brings us affirmation. Kayse shares that her goals for 2015 are to simplify and truly keep her family first. I teared up when I read it and I think you will too!

Jessica, who blogs for Life in the Green House also set some goals for 2015. What I really like about her goal sheets is she has them broken down into monthly, weekly, and daily goals. As a young mom who also works (like Jessica) I really related to some of her goals.

Our Not So Engineered Life co-host Jenny shares that her goal for 2015 is to be intentional, especially in prayer, reading God's word, her marriage, parenting, and relationships. All great stuff!

Kristin Hill Taylor says that January has changed her in so many ways. In honor of this, her book, "Peace in the Process: How Adoption Built My Faith and My Family" is on sale for .99 cents!

Lori Wildenberg makes her home in Colorado and shares that new snow reminds her of a new start. She reminds us that God is with us, especially as we discover how to walk with him deeper.

Family Fun Friday is all about connecting as a family. We feature great ideas for family fun, and things to help moms get things done so they have more time to spend doing what they love to do - be with family! If you like Family Fun Friday, help this blog party grow by giving it a +1 on Google+. Thanks so much!

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Meet our Family Fun Friday hostesses:

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Monica created Family Fun Friday and blogs at where she shares free preschool tools and printables, encouraging words for moms, and ideas for having fun together as a family. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter /Google + / Bloglovin'/ Instagram. Monica will feature Family Fun Posts.
Christen blogs at illuminate. As wife to her high school sweetheart and mother to three premature children, she’s learned that God is the Perfect Party Planner and sometimes the unexpected is the greatest gift of all. Blog/ Facebook/ Pinterest/ Instagram/ Twitter. Christen will feature Inspirational Posts.
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Selena is a homeschooling graduate and a homeschooling mom to four super special kids. She blogs at Look! We're Learning! about unit studies, foreign language, and homeschooling with ADHD. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram / Twitter. Selena will feature Homeschooling.
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Herchel enjoys blogging about parenting, organizing, crafting, and having good old-fashioned kid fun her blog Gym, Craft, Laundry. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter /Google +. Herchel will feature organizing and family fun.

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This week on Family Fun Friday a whole bunch of bloggers are sharing their ideas for family fun. Feel free to add your ideas via a blog post link or just browse all the awesome ideas. Thanks for being a fan! Linking to the party is NOT a requirement to enter the giveaway. Entrants only need to click through the Rafflecopter form to enter to win.

Featured Bloggers

This week Herschel is featuring ways to focus on what matters as a family. Herschel blogs at GymCraftLaundry. gymcraftlaundry Selena at LookWe'reLearning is sharing ideas on how to renew your homeschooling. My girls go to preschool but I want to try lots of these ideas at home with them!  lookwerelearning Britta has lots of sweet treats for this week's recipes. They all look delicious!  britta Nicolette at Powerful Mothering is sharing some inspiration for your week, both in recipes and organization.  powerful mothering From Monica: Thanks again for all your wonderful ideas! I hope these Family Friendly and Fun ideas inspire you. My blogging friends are linking up craft ideas, fun in the kitchen, preschool & homeschool ideas, and ways to spend time as a family. My blog is growing but I need your help, please like myfacebook page or PIN a button and help spread the word about Thanks so much.