2 Truths About God’s Love When You’re Sinking in Sin

A Sinners Loving Reminder

This week I really messed up in my sin. I acted selfishly and allowed fear to control my thoughts and how I treated my family. When the conviction came, I drowned in shame and guilt.

I wanted to swim away from the Lord—how to face the God I love with my sin-stained failures? Yet as I twisted through the waves of accusation, He pulled the current toward Himself.

Do you ever feel a conviction about your less-than-lovely thoughts or actions? (more…)

A Mom and Abolitionist Speaks About Family Life

REAL MOM LINK-UP

Jocelyn White is a traveling mom advocating for the end of slavery in our lifetime. I recently interviewed her for Christianity Today Women and we talked about slavery, following Jesus, and how God has led her in motherhood. Her insights will encourage you to serve God in whatever way He calls you.

Read it here. 

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image courtesy of
International Justice Mission and Christianity Today

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:

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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

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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…)

Fighting Against Satan For The Hearts Of Your Kids

Real Mom Guest Post by Gayle Westover

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?

Fighting Satan For The Hearts Of Your Kids

 

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How I See God’s Love Differently This Christmas

An Advent Reflection on Philippians 2:6-8

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.

How I See God's Love Differently This Christmas (more…)

How Can Moms Share the Good News of Jesus?

BEAUTIFUL FEET: Guest Post from Samantha Krieger

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!

BEAUTIFUL FEET

“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.

Beautiful Feet

 

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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