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, and sin, and walking out your faith. Can you think of the person who came alongside you and shared her own wisdom? If you had someone in particular come to mind, you’re very fortunate! Many of us go through life during these times on our own. But friend, let me tell you: we’re all in need of mentors and mentoring! What exactly is Mentoring? Mentoring is one of those activities that was an integral part of life long ago.  It is coming alongside someone, living life intentionally with them, and working together so that both partiesREAD MORE

GOD IS IN CONTROL – A TRIBUTE TO MANDY KELLY

I have to be honest with you, and say that this week has been rough. I’m supposed to be preparing our home for a visit from my brother-in-law, and my daughter’s birthday party. Exciting things are coming, yet I feel completely disconnected, distracted and even somewhat depressed. In early September of 2015, found Mandy Kelly on Periscope. It was pretty early in the morning, and I had a couple of minutes before getting back to work, when I came across a broadcast about the Great Commission. Before I knew it I had listened to Mandy for nearly 20 minutes. Her lovely accent, sweet smile and encouraging words stayed with me the rest of the day. I’ve tuned in to as many of her live broadcasts as I been able to, and have followed her blog Worshipful Living since. Some time later, as she spoke about adoption I shared that my husband and I had considered adopting for some time. Mandy was so exited for us, and immediately prayed for our family. I loved her obedience. It blessed me that she stopped and just asked the Lord to give us wisdom, prayed over our finances, and our relationship without knowing who weREAD MORE

As a mother of 3 teen and 2 pre-teen girls I deal with more than my fair share of conversations about beauty both inward and outward. Like every good mom I assure them that beauty comes from the inside out, but I also remind them of their outward beauty. Let’s face it, we all need a reminder from time to time. God’s Word tell us we are made in His image, and that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 What happens though when your chronic illness affects how you look on the outside and takes away the confidence you feel on the inside? or when your chronic illness affects you on the inside, but it is not obvious on the outside? “Frequently our illness skews our sense of beauty and self. What others see is rarely how we feel.” Look up the work ‘selfie’ on Google, I got 382,000,000 results in .52 seconds. The Oxford dictionary defines a selfie as ‘a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media‘READ MORE

I had this day just las week. It started with very little sleep the night before, to extreme traffic on the way to work the morning after, to a not pleasant conversation with the new boss, to a text from my sister saying she was in the hospital. By the time I got home late in the afternoon, I was done. Ready to crawl under the bed and hide, but I couldn’t hide because I had girls getting ready for practice, and a sister that still needed to be picked up from the hospital. I took a deep breath, dried the tears and tried to push through it, but it wasnt enough. I felt defeated, exhausted and lonely. Finally, I remembered that no matter my circumstance, Christ is in me. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.  We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we areREAD MORE