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.

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.

Seana

Will God Really Provide For My Needs?

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.

Will God Provide for My Needs?

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?”

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Is God At Work In My Mothering? Yes.

3 lessons from a church-planting mom

Jenn moved to Poland with her husband, Vance, and sees God at work in her motherhood season starting a church-planting movement. Her days mostly consist of running the home, discipling women in a cross-cultural context, and raising two active boys.

I watch my dear friend from afar handle intense challenges with grace. Yet up close, the struggles of mothering in a different culture and climate sometimes feels painful.

Is God At Work In My Mothering? YES.

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How Humility in Motherhood is a Gift of Grace

Dominique Shares Her New Mom Wisdom

Motherhood sometimes feels humiliating, but God uses our imperfections to grow humility and teach us His grace.

Humility is a Gift of Grace

(Dominique with one of her twins)

Several months into screaming twin babies, left-over dishes from last night’s meal, and days of non-showering, Dominque hears a knock at her door.

Who is it? She saw two friends standing on her stoop: showered and vibrant.

She remembered. Oh Yeah! I forgot they were coming.

Heart slumped. Smile turned on. She opened the door and (more…)

How God Prepared Me For Fostering To Adopt

One Real Mom's story of grief and gift

Dominque and Daniel decided to adopt internationally from the start of their marriage.

How God Prepared Me For Fostering To Adopt

How God Prepared Me For Fostering To Adopt

They waited on God through stacks of papers, prayers for government favor, and years of friends starting their own families. Dominque launched a late-night cake pop business on the side of her full-time schedule to pay for adoption fees.

They tasted amazing.

After years of endurance, the agency called with the words they prayed for: they were down to only a handful of parents on the waiting list. Now excitement added to the ingredients of patience and perseverance. Weeks before the finalization of their adoption they received more news.

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