Motherhood Encouragement from Philippians 4:8

Pondering about motherhood has become a familiar pastime for me. There isn’t a day that goes by without me thinking about parenting in all it entails. Some days the thoughts are reflections of the lessons I’ve learned while on other days I question myself about everything from my parenting techniques to why I can’t expand my meal plan with more options. If I am not careful those last thoughts can cause my mind to spiral to a place that’s not healthy. I’m sure I am not the only one who has found herself thinking about one thing and a half hour later wondering how inREAD MORE

Motherhood, For Such A Time As This

Motherhood presents itself at different times and in different ways. I’ve know women who have tried to conceive for decades, women who’ve opened their hearts and arms to adopted or foster children, women who have raised a niece or a nephew as their own. Women who planned on motherhood since they themselves were little girls. For me, motherhood presented itself, when I was seventeen. I wasn’t married, I hadn’t planned on ever getting married, much less having kids. I didn’t like kids. They were always sticky, or crying, or whining. I was going to become a journalist, or an Air Force pilot. I was going toREAD MORE

3 Ways to Abide in Christ Through the Difficult Times of Motherhood

Hey mama, do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning? Are you making time to Abide in Christ? 6 AM rolls around and you roll over again and again and push snooze, dreading to start the busy day. The craziness of recent days pops into your thoughts as soon as you open your eyes. Cereal spills, missing shoes, nothing to wear, whining, fussing, arguing, grocery shopping, deadlines, homeschooling drama, cooking, cleaning, laundry and the list goes on and on! There are a whole lot of us moms that are just surviving day-to-day, living joyless, peaceless and lacking contentment or purpose.  I’veREAD MORE

Why Broken Moms are the Best Moms

In the windowless basement amongst the brown and orange carpet was a wooden play fridge and stove. A pink doll bassinet was sitting nearby along with the essentials to playing house. As I rocked my baby doll, for a mere few seconds, she was fast asleep for hours on end while I tended to other matters. I felt confident as the best mom ever. As I child, I had expectations of how being a mom to real children would look. The kids would listen, play together nicely and always eat what I cooked for dinner. The first night of being a real mom destroyed allREAD MORE

Do you ever wish motherhood came with a handbook? A step by step guide to raising godly children would be great! I can’t personally say that the Bible answers every question I have in parenting, but it speaks to the heart of them. So as I (Tiffany Montgomery) travel along this parenting journey I try to stay true to Biblical Motherhood. Looking to scripture first rather than the culture. That is what led me to brave Humility. Humility requires I parent with an end goal in mind. When I look at scripture I see that every chapter is leading to Revelation. God orchestrates life withREAD MORE

How to Be a Strong Mom

When I was younger I remember hearing the older generation say things like “Boy things sure have changed since I was younger.” or “What has this world come to?” Nowadays, I might be considered the older generation but that’s OK, I’m convinced that the years I have behind me have given me a valuable perspective.  As an older mom, I think that it’s worth taking some time to evaluate how we’re living as mothers, why we’re doing what we’re doing and how we can pursue a lifestyle where we embrace old-fashioned motherhood in this newfangled world. You’re probably wondering what “fangled” is but quite frankly I haveREAD MORE

Courage in Motherhood, Letting Go of Pinterest Perfection

Perceived Pinterest Perfection We live in a world of perceived Pinterest perfection that can often make it hard for mothers to feel as if they are doing enough for their children. What was once a simple birthday party with streamers, balloons, and a birthday cake has been elevated to including clowns, cotton candy machines and circus performers. The problem in all of this is that it is zapping the joy out of motherhood. God did not create motherhood to be perfected via Pinterest. Rather, it is a sanctification process for us and our roles as mothers is to bring glory to God. There is nothingREAD MORE

Motherhood Isn't Graded, So Stop Looking to Do More

I transitioned to college as a homeschool alumna, and I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of difficulty. So, even though I had aced every assignment so far in my English 101 class, I jumped at the extra credit opportunity. I wanted a high A-average for the class. The professor stared at me when I turned it in. “Lauren,” he said, “Why did you do this? We don’t have an A+ at this college. You can’t go above a 4.0 no matter how hard you work.” I learned that day that sometimes we don’t have to do our best to already be at theREAD MORE

Mentoring Still Matters: How Moms Help Moms

Think back to when you were a new mom. Do you remember holding a crying baby and wondering what you were doing wrong? Or having doubts that you would ever get him to sleep through the night? Or perhaps wondering at what age it was safe to introduce table foods? Perhaps you, like me, didn’t have the benefit of a mother or aunt or even older sister who lived nearby to pass on some encouragement and parenting wisdom. Perhaps you, like me, were in need of a mentor. Or think back to when you were a new Christian. All the questions you had: about Scripture,READ MORE

Motherhood Encouragement for a Peaceful Christmas

Long before the busyness of the holidays arrives, I want to offer motherhood encouragement that you really can have a peaceful Christmas plan that works– even if you are busy mom. Christmas is a wonderful time when the world comes together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. As a mother, I dream of a peaceful Christmas. I know the memories that we create during the Christmas season are a priceless part of our family’s legacy. Spend a little time on Pinterest, and it is easy to find numerous ideas to celebrate Christmas as a family. My list of Christmas things to “try” can quickly get outREAD MORE

Motherhood Encouragement: Raising Up Boys

I am a boy mom. I used to wonder why moms differentiated being a “boy” mom from just being a mom. But, having 2 sons (and another on the way, bless my heart) I totally understand why the difference. Yes, I know how girls are. Like my friend and fellow boy mom said, “I am a girl, of course I know what they’re like”. I pity girl moms no doubt. But there’s something about those boys. The smells. Ugh. They’re never still. Like, ever. Their brains aren’t developed the same and they can’t focus like a girl. And they’re obsessed with their body parts inREAD MORE

Momma, It’s Ok To Be Angry - 4 Tips to Dealing With Anger

I slumped to the ground with tears streaming down my face. The heartache and disappointment I was experiencing threatened to overtake me. Shame was lingering nearby anticipating my agreement that I was a terrible mother. “Jesus, I didn’t ask for this. This is not what I wanted. I didn’t sign up for this,” I whispered over and over again. My anger was spent on the wall. I was grateful the wall was a lot harder than me so I could release my months of suppressed anger, rage, and pain. Still, I hadn’t forgotten my son had heard my angry outburst. Nor, did I forget thatREAD MORE

Welcome to Day 1 of 31 Days of Motherhood Encouragement. I want to begin this series, by being completely transparent with you. I had a different post planned as a kick-off to our 31 day series; however this past week God reminded me why we’re here. And even 1 day before the series launch, He showed me just how challenging this motherhood gig can be. Friend, I’ve been praying for this series for seven months. In that time, I’ve made lists of topics to discuss, I’ve come-up with witty questions to engage you with, and collected scripture to share. However, somewhere along the way IREAD MORE

31 Days of Biblical Motherhood

Friends here is this month’s line-up. I’ve had the pleasure of reading a few of the posts in advance, and I was incredibly blessed! I know you’ll be blessed too. I’ve been looking forward to see what the Lord will do through this group of women for months! Friend, will you join us this October as we encourage one another to live out the Biblical Motherhood, God has called us to? Also if there is a topic you’d like to see discussed, be sure to leave a comment below, or in the private Facebook group. If you don’t have access to the Facebook group yet,READ MORE

What I'm Reading - August Edition

Reading has definitely taken a back seat this summer. Even though I quit my day job, and envisioned a ridiculous abundance of time, we’ve been extremely busy and have spent very little time at home. With the school time routine in the near horizon, I’m ready to get back to reading. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this month. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 – I’m almost ashamed to say I’ve never read this in it’s completion. It’s at the very top of my list this month. Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side – I quickly read though this one a few months agoREAD MORE

I’m an organization junkie, I’m constantly moving things around and looking for more efficient systems in everything I do. This sickness (as I call it), tends to get worse at summer time. The kids are restless, everyone sleeps until lunch time, it’s a million degrees outside, and my brain just seems to work overtime thinking about what to clean, organize, categorize and label. Where do I begin? This summer I decided to make small changes instead of complete household overhauls like I’m known for in the past. I’m taking things slow at preparing my home for the busy fall schedule. I created at simple challengeREAD MORE

Save Time and Promote Responsibility with The Homey App

I was compensated for my time reviewing this product and writing this review All opinions are my own, you can see my full disclosure here. We’ve had at least 8 people in our household for the last 12 years, and cleaning up, doing dishes and managing laundry for at times 13 people is just plain nuts. This is why early on in my large family parenting days we began assigning chores. We’ve had kids helping keep the house clean as young as 2 years old. How do you handle the chore situation at home? I’ve tried all sorts of methods. I once had a 3READ MORE

101 Reasons to Love Summer in SoCal

I’ve lived in Southern California for 30 years and my favorite thing about living here, is summer. I could say there’s no better place than SoCal to spend your summer vacation, but that would be biased. There is fun to be had everywhere you look, and many of the attractions are free. Here’s 101 reasons to love summer in SoCal. 11 Reasons to Visit a Theme Park Definitely not free, but definitely worth checking out! Disneyland – Main Street Electrical Parade California Adventures – Summer of Heroes Knotts Berry Farm – Ghost Town Alive Six Flags Magic Mountain – Kwerk, Screampunk District Streetmosphere and Full Throttle Nights LEGOLAND – RoboTECH Camp Universal Studios HollywoodREAD MORE

Self-Esteem, Bullying and Sex - Tackling the Hard Issues with Your Tweens

At my 24 week checkup of child number 2, the ultrasound technician happily informed me that the precious bundle of joy I was carrying was a boy. I cried. No, I wept, maybe wailed is more like it. I did NOT want a boy. I already had a boy and in order to complete the perfect little family I’d envisioned, I NEEDED a girl. Our son would grow up to be an athlete, possibly an Olympian, and our daughter would grow up to be a world renown doctor or scientist. As I got home that afternoon, I had another panic attack. God Answers Prayer IREAD MORE

Count Your Blessings Gift Basket Giveaway

My husband and kids often ask what I’d like for Mother’s Day, and my response tends to be “a clean house and no sibling arguments”. If you’re a mother, and you’ve got more than 1 child at home, you know that the likelihood of a whole day free of sibling squabbles is as rare as a unicorn or a mermaid sighting. While you wait for that miraculous day to come, why not count your blessings while you drink a cup of coffee? It’s so easy to get beat-up and dragged down by the millions of responsibilities we have every day. Sometimes the difficulties shroud ourREAD MORE