Motherhood is culture making.

Sometimes the repetition of sock-folding, dish-scrubbing, diaper-changing, and grocery-shopping seems mundane. Yet when we realize that motherhood is part of the grand purpose of God for us to make something of this world, the mundane turns into an avenue of purpose-driven creation.

Did you miss the post on Fighting Against Satan for the Hearts of Your Kids? Read it here >>>>>. 

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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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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How Can I Fail Well As A Mom?

A Devotion

I failed today. I scheduled an hour buffer to arrive to church on time. Time for tantrums, forgotten items, or dirty diapers. Surely an hour would be enough.

Not so much.

After several rounds of tantrums and disobedience we arrived 15 minutes late after the start of the worship service.

Sound familiar? We all have motherhood days where kids attitudes and misbehavior threaten us to fail at every good thing a mama should be.


Patient.

Kind.

Firm.

… and on time?


How do we fail well when it feels like we are failing at everything?

 

How to Fail Well

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Do you want your life to matter more than the tasks you accomplish or the never-ending job as a mom? Listen to this short video from a mom who understands.

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I Just Want My Life to Have Significance

A Devotion for Moms

The moment I wake-up, my children need me. The alarm of a crying toddler seeps through the bedroom door as he fights with brother over a lego guy, when dozens more lay on the floor next to him.

Then the baby cries. I look at the digital clock. She’s a half hour early. I guess breakfast will wait.

I pick her up and walk by the piled laundry on the on dresser—clean—half-folded. My goal is to put away laundry today. That’s been my goal all week.

Motherhood these days seems like running on a treadmill.

I work hard, running as fast as possible, yet remain in the same place, so it seems. The floors still stick, the fun craft project sits in the drawer, and the lighted Christmas tree glistens in the living room—half-way through January.


Where is the significance in all of this running? Am I just surviving or making a difference?


Life of Significance

This morning, instead of the tears that often wash my discouragement, the Holy Spirit popped an image in my mind:

Jesus taking off his outer garment and girding himself to wash the disciples feet. (John 13)

How is motherhood like washing feet? I inwardly ask the Spirit.

Answer: Leading by example in humility and service.


Jesus, God-in-the-flesh, teaches us three ways to follow Him:

To serve, to wash, and to lead through example.

To Serve: (John 13:4-5)

When he washed the disciples feet, he humbled himself from master to servant. How could this teacher, a master, wash the feet of His followers? Humility. Like Jesus’ example, most of us mamas live serving in obscure humility, even though we are teachers and one in authority over our children.

Significance in the Kingdom happens when we serve in what seems insignificant. In the Kingdom of God, we find significance through service. Significance is service.

To Wash: (John 13:10)

When Jesus said, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean,” he was teaching a spiritual lesson through physical imagery. The Spirit washed us clean when we first believed. Now we only need to continue confess our sins to be completely clean spiritually.

As moms, when we teach our children about the Lord and His grace, or model confession and forgiveness, we participate in washing them spiritually. It is still the Spirit’s work, but we enter into that work.

Significance in the Kingdom happens when we wash one another with truth.

To Lead Through Example: (John 10:14)

Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” Motherhood is like Jesus washing feet when we lead by example in physical service and spiritual nourishment.

So, mamas, whether we wake to the alarm of a crying baby or the smart phone tune, let’s stop grumbling and humble ourselves to serve, wash, and lead through example.

Our significance rests in our willingness to follow Jesus.

I hope to get to the laundry pile, but either way, I will set aside irritation and embrace the irrigation of the Spirit. When I follow Him I am at peace, even when the house is full of “zoom!”, giggles, and tears—and silence evades for the next 18 years.

PRAY

God, thank you for leading by example when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. I desire to live a life that’s significant for the Kingdom and not washed away with the dirty dishes. Please, help me, oh Lord, to see the vision of service as significance. Lead my hands to Your work today. Help me be faithful to whatever that is, whether in obscurity or in the spotlight. And in eternity, take my service and multiply it for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

RESPOND

How about you? What is one thing you can do today to serve, wash, or lead by example with your family? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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.

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