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.

prayer tool

 

How Disgusting Floors Were A Gift of Grace

A Devotion

Two friends stood outside my apartment’s front door in abrasive cold wind after driving almost an hour. One walks with a cane and perseveres with daily pain. The other suffers chronic migraines.

I shuffled the kids downstairs to unlock the security doors and led our guests up to our 9th floor apartment–disgusting floors and all.

“So, how can we help?” My mentor asked.

Disgusting floors (more…)

Eternity-sized life

Sometimes life looks blah. Nothing big is happening, so we think. But when we live every day following Jesus, eternity is impacted for the better.

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Unwanted places

“No. We are not living there.” I told my husband when he suggested we move from our house in Southern California and downsize to a small apartment in student housing at seminary in Texas. “I will go, but we are not living there.”

A few months later we lived there. Away from family and known friends—in a petite apartment—in one of the last places I ever thought I would live.

And so many Kingdom connections happened while living in a crunched space those four years. I made life-time ministry friends and experienced understanding support when I traveled through depression. I miss the days of little kids growing up together in the halls of the seminary housing.

Sometimes unwanted places become strategic placements for the Kingdom.

Ready for more? Read this week’s devotion here>>>>

How about you? Have you experienced an unwanted place that became a blessing? You can leave a comment by clicking here.