For Moms: Live Forward!

How is this going to affect our relationship? Have I hurt him so deeply that . . . Ohh, I regret my tone of voice! I wish I could undo . . . I wrestled through thoughts like these countless times over the years of raising our children, beginning when they were toddlers and through…

What To Do With Our Hopes

"Can we talk to God about our pets?"  His soft-spoken question and curious eyes exposed that his understanding of prayer was broadening in the moment, as our little group learned about talking to God. The other 1st and 2nd graders listened, as he added, "My fish is sick." "Yes, you can! And we'll also pray…

When We Encourage Our Child

My children never said, "Mom, I need you to encourage me." In fact, there were times when I did encourage a child, and he would say, "You're just saying that because you're my mom." Well, I was saying it because I'm his mom. And I meant every word. "I have sent him to you for…

God Sees Beautiful In You

Momma Friend, There is only one YOU. You and your child are a match made in heaven. God gave your child YOU. God sees beautiful in you. He knows the mom we can be today and continue to become—as we depend on him. We can be his vessels to reflect his love and character. The…

The Best Time To Pray

Are you tired? Do you have a significant decision to make? Is big change around the corner - or happening right now? Is an issue overwhelming you? "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4.8a) This is the answer - every day and for every matter. Go to God. Say what you're…

Fruit Sweeter Than You Hoped For

Raising children is hard work. Some days are easy, encouraging and fun. Many zap our strength, rattle our confidence and tempt us to doubt our objectives, strategies and capabilities. We're imperfect, learning-as-we-go moms pouring into imperfect, absorb-it-when-I'm-ready children. ...Do you ever wonder about the outcome of your efforts? I sure did. Am I wasting my time? My…

Passionate Pursuit {day 21}: Belief Builds

"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen." (Ephesians 3.20-21) Do we believe this? Or hope it's true. ... that God is…