Dad died more than ten years ago. My brother-in-law died less than two years ago. Mom died months ago. And my heart aches. When someone we love dies, it is difficult to process the “what-ifs.” What if we tried another doctor? What if we called earlier? What if…
But God’s Word has a truth for us to free us from the “what ifs.”
No more guilt.
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May you find comfort in the Lord in all your losses,
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We had $68 left in our bank account and two months to go before school loans kicked in for our last year of seminary. We diligently searched for summer jobs and prayed for God to give us a gig. We needed His provision.
What can we do when the provision of God seems empty?
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Mamas, it’s hard find time to savor connecting with Jesus and seeking spiritual growth in these years of morning school rush and a baby hanging on your hip. I get it. I no longer use an alarm because someone is always up before the sun—and I pop out of bed like a military recruit running to formation.
But I missed Jesus. I mean, His Spirit lives in me and He is always with me, but I missed those early morning times I used to have with a warm cup of coffee and silence—oh silence—to pray to the Father, journal and dig deep pondering the verbs and conjunctions in a passage of Scripture.
Okay, I know—I’m a spiritual dork. I just use to have so much more time to sip and taste Scripture—and hear the Lord through His Word and our praying, journaling conversations.
But mamas, we need the richness of the Trinity these years even more, don’t we? We want spiritual growth while our kids are growing, right?
But how? How can we savor and refresh when we are running full speed just to keep up?
I have an idea!
Happy New Year, Mamas!
When I think of the New Year I think of fresh starts, new beginnings, and leaving the yuck from the past behind. So, what a better time to revisit the truth of the Gospel as we plan to follow Jesus this year in motherhood and beyond?
This video is a little longer than my usual, so take a short coffee break and refresh your soul for the New Year.
Hi mamas. I’m spent. Are you?
The presents are unwrapped and the sweet potatoes are packed in the storage container and shoved into the overflowing fridge. The family had a blast (and I did too), but whew! I’m spent.
And at the same time, magically refreshed. How can I be spent and refreshed?
By one simple word:
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We’ve been in our house since October—and our belongings haven’t arrived. Two months of no answers, no date for delivery, and no bed for the boys or a kitchen blender.
I thank God we have enough to buy necessities, but every day I wonder, will we ever see our things? Will Jason get back all his books (and notes) from seminary? Will I see all the handmade gifts my kids have made since they were born? How about the child rocker handed down in our family from one generation to the next?
At this point, I’m not sure. My heart grieves these treasures—and then God reminds me of something.
Sometimes Christmas feels like a fruit cake of celebrations. Do kids make the distinction of Jesus and Santa? Or do both sweet celebrations mesh together and they just swallow them whole with one bite?
Then this week while driving in the van, Kavin, my eldest, shared a random thought that made the whole Jesus/Santa recipe fall into place for me.
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This week God provided in tangible ways. The mama down the street let me borrow serving platters for a family gathering. The family across the street hosted us for dinner and extended their lives in friendship. In similar ways to the Pilgrims, our ‘lil family was welcomed to a new place by those already living here.
And yet I still caught myself stewing an UNthankful heart at times. Our belongings aren’t here from Texas (but we have our needs met). The house needs organization (but we have a home to live in). And I worry about the unknowns ahead: schooling for the kids, finding the right doctor, consistent income for our family…and on, and on, and on.
The Holy Spirit pulled out Matthew 6:33-34 from the cupboard of my soul and reminded me about the cure for worry—which happens to also be the cure for an unthankful heart.
As soon as the sun slivers through my blinds, I’m serving needs—picking up the babbling toddler, packing a PB&J for my preschooler, and writing my mental list for Target. And that’s just the first ten minutes.
It’s no wonder some days I feel more poured out than poured in. On such a day, I sat down to pray, closed my eyes, and silently started, “Lord, I worship You. What do You need me to do?”
God’s response surprised me. (more…)
My Instagram feed splashes images of quick quotes and inspirational verses intended to remind me of living for Jesus. But this week they seemed to skim my soul rather than refresh it. There is something deeper needed for powerful living than quick tips— the same thing is needed for powerful parenting.
What do we need for powerful parenting?