Who Am I?

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If I know who I am, everything else will fall into place.  

“Who are you?”

Deep down, all of us are searching to figure out the answer to that question.  And there are many ways that we try to answer it.  What is the first question that people generally ask you when you first meet them? Typically it is “What do you do?”  When asked that question, how do you respond? I would venture to say we begin with a list of things that we do. I am a mom, wife, a teacher, a taxi driver, nurse, cook and friend. Or my husband would say he works in a hospital pharmacy, he’s a dad, husband, gardener, and runner among other things. Continue Reading…


No Matter What

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“God is Victorious! He is with you no matter what happens. Keep going, He has your back. I love you! -Hannah”

As I rolled over in bed one morning, I felt something in my bed. It was a notecard. In fact, it was a note left on my pillow the night before from my oldest. As I read it, tears came to my eyes. It was so humbling to read my oldest daughter’s sweet, gentle, yet wise words of advice.

You see, at the beginning of this year I was gifted with a couple months off after I had stopped working. This is a true gift as I have so desired to just spend time in the presence of God and work through different things going on in my life. For the first two and half months of this year our youngest continued to go to preschool, so I had a few hours each of those days to just sit and read my Bible and pray. I have had some conversations with God that were great, but some conversations, well…let’s say they have been hard. Continue Reading…


When Tragedy Strikes

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Tragedy

In the life of a child, sometimes tragedy strikes.

It struck our home a few weeks ago when our oldest was unable to find her shoes for the first day of school after Christmas break.

What, is that less tragic than you were expecting?

Before you laugh at her, remember that many of your own ‘tragedies’ are of no greater importance.  I don’t know about you, but I almost lose my mind when I lose something that’s important to me. I can’t think of anything else. Even if the thing I’m looking for is not all that important, just the fact that I’ve lost it drives me crazy! I’m a 35-year-old man, so I have a different way of reacting to this frustration than a 10-year-old girl, but her reaction (tears ) is just as natural as mine is.

But we are called to be supernatural, aren’t we!

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Potty Training, Perseverance, and Blessings

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Joy, and relief, and triumph, and exhilaration flooded over me.  So many emotions – I just wanted to cry! Have you ever been there before? Sitting in my son’s bedroom I witnessed a moment that had been a long time coming. It brought tears to my eyes!

It has been a long year…really a long three years with our youngest. Between being a terrible sleeper and picky eater and having a stubborn as a mule attitude, we have had our moments with him. Don’t get me wrong, he is a great kid.  He is a sweet boy who loves him mommy fiercely! He is a strong protector of his sisters and loves to help his daddy fix things. He can be absolutely delightful.  But there are days when he flips the switch and you don’t want to get in his way. Nate and I have had to pull all our resources together to figure out how to train this one in the way he should go. I was just telling his pediatrician about some of these issues last week and she stated, “Well you know that he will be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company right? But those CEOs are a hand-full as kids.” She is right, he is going to be one amazing leader!  That is what we speak over him constantly, and we pray for guidance on how to turn that emotion for the greater good.  But there are times when it seems like the victory is very far in the distance!

Anyways, back to tonight. One of the battles we are currently working on is potty training. He does great when he wants to, but sometimes he decides it is just not worth the walk down the hall. Lately he has done better, but we are having zero success in the “Number 2” category. We have tried all kinds of rewards systems to encourage him to go.  (Nate’s usual reward is “candy, money, ice cream, suckers, and popsicles…up to a fourth of my kingdom!”  He’s rather desperate.)  Still no luck.  We have even resorted to completely taking away two of his most beloved things on this earth: suckers and Curious George.

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You Matter!

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Have you ever wondered if what you are doing really matters? You know – all you do is cook, clean, change diapers and fold laundry. But does it really matter? Are you making a difference?

As I was reading through the Bible I was struck by something in Chronicles. Many times when there was a new king, there were four statements made about him before they told about his reign.

God tells us:
1. How old the king was when he became king.
2. How many years he reigned.
3. Who his mother was.
4. If he loved and served God or not.

God thought it was important to acknowledge who the king’s mother was. It was note worthy. Do you know what that reminds me?  You are note worthy. A mother’s love is irreplaceable! A mother’s wisdom is valuable! A mother’s gentleness and understanding is crucial! A person is who they are today in large part because of their mother.

Your child needs you, in order to become the person they were created to be. Do not let this overwhelm you. I am sure that as you are reading this you are making a list in your head of all the reasons on why you are actually messing up your kid and not helping them. I think we often let perfection become the enemy of good. God doesn’t call us to be perfect moms, but moms who are devoted to loving the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. When you commit to doing this, you make yourself available to hear the Holy Spirit. He will be your guide. He will show you what to do, what to say and where to go. He gives you access to the Man who has the power to forgive and make right what was wrong. You have access to all you need, you just have to tap into it!!

We also need to be purposeful with the short amount of time we have these kiddos under our care. Look for those teachable moments with your children where you can share and explain how scripture leads and guides our every decision. The more purposeful you are, the better equipped your children will be to make wise decisions in the future.

Who knows, maybe we have a king or queen in our care right now!  And no matter what, they will be important members of God’s kingdom.  With your diligent service, they will become royalty.  Do you know what that means?  You Matter!

 

Have you ever heard this old poem:

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

 


Long Before They Say I Do – Praying For Our Kids and Their Future Spouses

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I do.

“I do.” Two simple words that hold such deep meaning. Almost 13 years ago I said, “I do” to my husband. When I said those words I didn’t know how much weight those words held. “I Do” is meant to be carried through the good times, the bad times, the wealthy times and the times when we are in need. “I Do” is commitment.  “I Do” is for life.

A Different I Do

Thirteen years ago I didn’t realize that I would have 4 more chances to say “I do.”  I didn’t realize there would be another situation when I would have to think about those two words and make a commitment that lasts until the day that I die.  The next time I had to say “I Do” was 9 and half years ago when our first daughter was born. As I held my beautiful, perfect, little daughter I realized what a great responsibility I had just been given.  It was as if God was saying again: “Do you, Dana?” Continue Reading…


Conquering Mommy Lies: Part 2

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Perfectionist.

Laid back.

OCD.

Type A.

Type B.

Micromanager.

Go with the flow.

What kinds of feeling do these words bring out? No matter what personality type we are, all of us moms are trying hard to be the best mom we can be for our children. We think about it night and day. We lie awake at night thinking about the day. We stress about it. We vow to do better. We allow Satan to mess with our minds when we focus on what we “shoulda, coulda, woulda” do different instead of what we actually accomplished. Today we have two more lies that we are going to dismantle and no longer allow in our thought life. Continue Reading…


Conquering Mommy Lies

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It happens when you have one of THOSE days. You know, one where your youngest hides from you in the clothing racks at the store, your oldest throws a fit because you won’t buy him a toy and you’re unable to help your daughter work through her girlfriend problems. Your children are at each other’s throats, you’ve disciplined them 19 times and counting, and your husband comes home to no food on the table and no kiss on the cheek.  Again.  It is days like these when the lies begin to creep in and doubt rises in your mind.  Have you been there?  Don’t raise your hand, but I’m pretty sure that we all have been there a time or two.

“Insecurity saps our faith. It robs us of our joy. It cheats us out of the boldness we need to really excel at what God has called us to do.” ~Joyce Meyer

Satan will do anything in his power to make a mom doubt her abilities, to make her feel insecure. We CAN NOT let him do this!! Let’s uncover several common mommy lies so that we can dismantle and overcome them.

Lie #1: “God gave my kids the wrong mom!”

Do you know that God handpicked you to be your child’s mom? He purposefully placed them in the care of your hands.

In Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT) It says, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart.”

Before your child was born God knew their likes and dislikes. He knew their strengths and weaknesses. He knew what they would need to be successful in this life and He handpicked you to help him or her fulfill His will for their lives. Think about the different areas of your life that you struggle with. How is God working those weaknesses out in you? What changes is He asking you to make? Now look at your children. Do you see those same weaknesses and struggles in them? How awesome is it that God is showing you how to overcome these trials in your own life so that you can teach your children how to avoid them or to overcome them in their own lives!

When you doubt your ability to be their mom, you doubt God’s placement. Dear mom, trust me when I say, “Father knows best!” Your children need you! They can learn from you and they will feel loved by you! God chose you.  

Lie #2 :“I don’t have what it takes to train and discipline my children.”

“The difference between a good mom and a great mom is her supreme confidence in her supreme God.” Joyce Meyer

You know what, you in and of yourself do not have what it takes to train and discipline your child. But you have an all-knowing Father who is on your team and is so willing to be a team player in raising your kids.

I love what it says in 2 Peter 1:3 (NLT) “By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.

God promises in His Word that He will supply you with all that you need to do all that He has called you to do, and all you have to do is ask!

Luke 11:9 (NLT) “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

James 1:5-6 (NLT) “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.”

The key to successfully parenting your kids is knowing who is in control. The sooner you give God the reins the sooner you will see your training actually working. Wake up each day asking God to reveal your child’s heart to you. Ask Him to show you how to penetrate the selfishness and sinful nature and mold it into who God created it to be. Follow the Spirit’s leading – He knows what will speak life into their little hearts. Each child is so different, but God can show you how to get through and actually change them.

No child is accidently placed into a parent’s life. It was intentional and purposeful!

Momma, you have what it takes! Believe it!

Other Posts in the Series:

Conquering Mommy Lies, Part 2

 


C13 Mom: Love Never Fails

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Love NEVER Fails.

There are days when life may seem too hard to handle. There are days when you doubt. Days when you are fearful. Days when nothing seems to be going right. But on those days there is one truth that remains constant: Love never fails. God’s love will always be there, ready to wrap you up and comfort you. God’s love will draw you near. God’s love is ever ready to supply all your needs and bless you beyond what you can even imagine.

Remember, the love your heavenly Father has for you is like the love you have towards your children. No matter how naughty they have been, you always get up the next morning to do it all over again, because your love is never ending. There may be days when you don’t like them very much, but your love for them will never change!

Praise God the same is true of our heavenly Father. No matter what we do or don’t do, His love is permanent. It never comes to an end. It never fluctuates and will last for eternity. On the days you don’t have much left to give, hold onto this promise: LOVE NEVER FAILS! Continue Reading…


C13 Mom: Love Always…

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As we have journeyed through how to be a 1 Corinthians Mom, we have learned so much about the different character traits of love. We started with two positive expressions of love, patience and kindness. Then we talked through eight different verbs of what love is not like. Now we end on four absolute truths of love.

  1. Love never gives up.
  2. Love never loses faith.
  3. Love is always hopeful.
  4. Love endures through ALL circumstances.

When it comes down to it, the song is right: “All you need is love.” It is love that keeps us going. Love for our children is what gets us up in the morning ready to do it one more day. It is love, after a long battle of the wills that melts their heart and gives us strength to do it all over again.

Love believes the best in our kids. Love is what motivates us to never give up on them. Love so deep in our soul that puts us on our knees to pray even harder for their souls. Even on the bad days, the days when their wills battle against our own, our love for them flows out as we rock them to sleep at night.

There is nothing that love would not do, especially when it comes to our kids. Continue Reading…


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