Gayle Westover is a homeschooling, hubby loving mama of 7 and expecting #8 in 2017. She’s grown in her relationship with Jesus for 20 years and married for 23. She finds daily satisfaction, and lots of messes, in the joys of raising her kids—and encourages mamas to soak up the moments because they flash by too quickly.
As I look at our nation today I think about the many battles our children will face that we can’t yet see. Wars. Changes in politics. Social injustices. Spiritual challenges beyond our imaginations. How can our hearts prepare their hearts for the future?
This Christmas the story of Jesus tangibly tends my heart as I nurse my baby girl while sitting on the hay-colored carpet, shadows cast from a dim corner lamp.
I marvel at the simplicity of God-as-baby. I picture Mary staring at her son’s face in the shadows of the starlight, His fingers thin like strands of hay, His head no larger than her palm. I imagine her staring at her child and soaking in the curvature of His ears, the sound of his breath against her chest, and the dimple on his chin.
He entered the world the same way as His creation: naked and needy.
Samantha Krieger is a pastor’s wife, mama to 4 littles, & writer in rural Colorado. She’s also my sweet friend. You can read more of her writing on her blog, SamathaKrieger.com. This post is an excerpt from her new devotional “Quiet Time: A 30-day Devotional Retreat for Moms in the Trenches.” Buy it on Amazon by clicking here!
“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” Romans 10:15
Recently, a friend of mine was raving about an all-natural tinted moisturizer she loved and was selling, so I decided to purchase it and try it for myself— also desiring to support her side income. After using it for several months now, I get her excitement. I love that it is light, hides blemishes, and enhances skin tone. It gets the job done if you know what I mean.
You’ve probably noticed that all kinds of products are being sold these days on social media. The best marketers often have a deep knowledge of their product, understand its value because of personal experience, and naturally get excited to share it with others.
But I can’t help but wonder: What if we were this ecstatic about our Jesus, the Savior of our hearts, our Redeemer and first love? What if we were proclaiming his good news to everyone we knew? Perhaps we aren’t talking about him because we don’t have a better knowledge of him, lack a personal experience, or don’t understand our need for him, and therefore we don’t sense an urgency to tell others. (more…)
The angel Gabriel greeted Mary, “Greetings, favored one!” Favored one? What does God’s favor really look like? What can we learn from Mary’s life about God’s favor? It is most UNexpected.
Read this week’s devotion about Mary and my UNexpected pregnancy here.
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I usually am good at recognizing God’s hand in my life and thanking Him. But what do we learn from Hannah’s example when God gifted her baby Samuel after years of barrenness? How can we show God our thankfulness this year? Quick encouragement for your Thanksgiving day.
What does our spiritual life depend on to remain steadfast? Do we wobble when circumstances change? Or leaders change? A quick thought from Judges Chapters 1-4 for busy moms.
Will our children know the works of the Lord so that they are inspired to follow Him? Quick mama encouragement from Judges Chapter 2.
When present circumstances shake out of control and the future threats with taunts of despair, how are we to find joy? How are we to embrace peace and hope?
In this 20 minute reflection I candidly (and unedited) share what I am learning about God through the difficult season of pregnancy challenges and unclear future.
May you find encouragement for your own journey of faith.
Real Mom Andrea Shares Her Story of Fear and Faith
Will God really provide for our needs?
My friend, Andrea, and her family lost their rental home unexpectedly at no fault of their own. Andrea and Eric considered all their options: should we buy? Can we buy? What homes are up for rent?—No options for their family of five and their animals in rural Nebraska close to Eric’s job. None.
Speeding towards their deadline, they finally found a house that might work, but the deal derailed.
We picked out a bridge to sleep under,” Andrea jokes—kind of. “We knew we needed to stay in the area for my husband’s pastorate. God called us here. But how would He provide a home?”