How to Walk by Faith in the Real World

In one week our family will be jobless and homeless. Okay, that sounds dramatic, but it’s true. My husband finishes his ministry commitment in Fort Worth this week and our lease ends on our apartment Sunday. We still don’t know where God is leading us in this next season of ministry.  When I call out to God as fear swirls within, the Spirit softly speaks, “Walk by faith.”

How do mamas walk by faith in the real world?

 

Walk by Faith

Remember what God has done.

The Bible is full of impossible things becoming possible.

Of course there is the Red Sea escape, a rock turning into a flowing spring, and bread appearing just in time every morning—while the Israelites wandered in their land of unknowns.

Then there’s the murderer who turned into a great evangelist, the dead child whom Jesus raised to life, and fishermen becoming leaders in a world-wide movement of God—just to name a few.

Remember our own journeys.

As I look back at my own God-story, I see Him doing many impossible things. First and ultimate, softening my stubborn heart to turn to Him—and another was saving my son from the point of death when he was born—or that time we had $67 left in the bank in seminary and someone gave us a large financial gift.

Trust God is with us (Matt. 28:20).

He will never leave. He never gives up, walks out, or stops hanging out. He is our counselor, teacher, guide, and shepherd. God is with us.

Stay in His Word and in prayer.

Speak truth in your heart (Psalm 15:2). Those nasty peace-destroyers of doubt, fear, and lies wiggle their way into our hearts if we let them. Keep reading. Keep praying, even when it feels weird or distant.

 My little ditty I tell myself: Open the Word and put some in, so my heart’s set on Him and not on sin.

Do the next thing we know to do.

For me, it’s pack another box. Don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way. As we wait on God we will be making a stop in California while my mom’s house sells and I say goodbye to the home I grew up in.

Scriptures to encourage you:

on my way

So, how do we walk by faith in motherhood? Remember what God has done. Trust God is with us. Stay in His Word and in prayer. Do the next thing we know to do.

PRAY

God, thank you that I can trust you. You promise to never leave me or forsake me. I trust that you will meet all my needs according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Even if I walk through dark trials, your presence sustains me. Help me to see your path when the way seems most unclear. I want to follow You. AMEN.

RESPOND

How about you? Is there an unknown you are facing? I would love to pray for you. Please leave your prayer need in the comments. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Sometimes our circumstances weigh us and bring us to our knees. We cry out to God, but silence. Where is God in our Gethsemane seasons?

Is That My Kid? What to Do When You Feel Like the Worst Mom in the World

A REAL MOM GUEST POST by Lucille Williams

This week’s post is from a sweet friend, Lucille Williams (I call her Lu). She is a mom to three grown children, married to a pastor, and has given me lots of wise advice and deep belly laughs over the years. Her new-release, “From Me to We” is a candid, funny, and helpful book on marriage.


Lord, please give me the strength and wisdom to get through today. Please Lord, I need energy—I’m not asking for extra—just enough to do everything I need to today.

Many days started like that when my kids were little, but on this particular day all was well—superb even. My day was going so well that I decided to head to my kids’ elementary school, and watch them play on the playground.

Undercover, of course.

I parked at the far end of the school and watched from the street. I wanted to see how my children interacted when they didn’t know Mom was looking. I smiled as I played Mom Detective, a modern day Sherlock Holmes.

What to do when you feel like the worst mom in the world

 

I noticed a little boy chasing and throwing down all the little girls. They dropped like Hulk Hogan throwing down Rawdy Roddy Piper.

My mouth open and with a huge gasp—who is that child’s mother? Unbelievable. (more…)

Sometimes God feels far. He feels far for me right now. I feel like a ball in a ping ball machine, bounced around in a chaotic rattling, but not really going anywhere. Only to return from where I came from, the bottom.

When life feels dark and we are pinging off of anxiety, depression, grief, and other threatening emotions, how can we find balance, peace, and truth?

Listen to this week’s video reflection. I hope it helps you and those you love.

PRAY

God, I know Your Word says you never leave me, but you feel far away. Do you see me? The way ahead is clouded and I am overcome. Please help me. Please show me the way, even for just the next step. The noise and the chaos clouds me from clarity. Please, be my clarity. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

RESPOND

How about you? How do you experience God in the darkness? Please share. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

 

Help In The Motherhood Wilderness

A Devotion

Sometimes motherhood feels like my own wilderness testing, Satan tempting me to do things my own way instead of following Christ. Temptations come in the form of kids fighting over a toy—baby crying to be fed—dishes piled on the counter—and clothes tossed on the bathroom floor.  Man, I’m hungry. Oh, need to pack snacks for the kids.  

Motherhood Wilderness

 

I finally open the front door and hear, “I don’t want to go,” from a whining preschooler who sits down and refuses to stand. Rounds of correction and consequences—and the three hours I scheduled for arriving to church on time, now turns into 15 minutes late.

In moments like these the sinful toddler in me wants to pitch a fit. (more…)

Are you feeling anxious mamas?

With the refugee crisis—to the unknown medical and financial future of our nation, it is no wonder lots of moms like us are asking, “What do we do with our kids?”

Are you preparing them for the political earthquakes or personal storms they will face?

Take heart. Here is an encouragement from God’s word for you.

Did you miss the post on Trusting God through the Journey of Miscarriage? Read it here >>>>.

Trusting God in the Journey of Miscarriage

Interview Testimony: Angie Merrill

Angie Merrill is a mama of 3 fun kids, wife to Josh, writer, and friend to many. She writes about parenting and finding joy in the beauty of life on her blog.

Angie thought becoming pregnant would be a cinch. “I’m Latina—we’re typically very fertile,” she said with a chuckle as we chatted on the phone. I’ve known Angie for many years, but the struggle of her faith in her journey of motherhood remained hidden behind what looked like a beautiful contented life.

Nine weeks into her first pregnancy, on a road trip with her husband, Angie’s journey to motherhood took an unexpected detour—bleeding in a porta-potty at the Lambeau Stadium in Green Bay, WI.

Trusting God in the Journey of Miscarriage

picture taken by Brooke Aliceon

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Prayer

Sometimes words turn to stone within me. I know prayer is a vital way I connect with God, but sometimes starting seems more like moving boulders rather than prayer flowing like water. In those moments, all we need to do is tell God exactly that. “God, please help me pray” can serve as the most effective place to start.

Want more? Watch this week’s video on prayer here>>>>.

How about you? What do you do to encourage your prayer life? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Prayer invites God to work in our hearts and through our lives.

Sometimes it feels intimidating. What do I pray for? Start with what you think about, since prayer is talking to God and pausing to listen.

Wondering how to reach your child’s heart? Pray.

Worried about bills? Pray.

Thankful for your kids? Pray.

Need a miracle? Pray.

God is ready to hear every thought or word directed at Him, whether in the quiet moments, on the playground, or in carpool.

Watch and be amazed at how our hearts will change and how God will move when we pray.

How about you? How have you seen the power of prayer in your life? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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