Lie #1:  The best way to know my role as a mom is to look around.  Truth:  The best way to know our roles as a mom is to look up. Practical Way to Walk in Truth:  The best way to apply this truth and to walk in freedom is to find out what God says about your role as a mom. Scripture Reference:  Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.   Lie #2:  I have to figure this out on my own. Truth:  You don’t ever have to figure out your role as a mom on your own. Practical Way to Walk in Truth:  Aside for inviting God into your parenting, it is important to find authentic community who you can be open, vulnerable, and real with. Scripture Reference:  1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.   Lie #3:  If I’m doing this right, it will be easy. Truth: Being a mom is a hard and holy work.  It isn’t always easy. Practical Way to Walk in Truth:   There are times where being a mom is going to challenge us. Relying on our own strength and abilities isn’t enough. Scripture Reference:  Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.   Lie #4:  Everyone else knows what they are doing. Truth:  Everyone is learning as they go and no one has it all figured out. Practical Way to Walk in Truth:  Find a godly woman who has gone ahead of you and has some wisdom and insight to share that can be a mentor to you. Scripture Reference:  Titus 2:4-5 Then they (older women) can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.   Lie #5:  Nothing less than perfection will do. Truth:  There was only one perfect person to ever walk this Earth and we aren’t Him. Practical Way to Walk in Truth:  Say No to the Mom guilt we put on ourselves.  We must rest in the fact that we have a God whose strength is made perfect in our weakness. Scripture Reference:   2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.   Lie #6:  I have to meet other’s expectations. Truth:  We aren’t called to measure up the standards of this world. Practical Way to Walk in Truth:  Remember, we look up instead of around.  We are supposed to be set apart.  Don’t try to be just like everyone else. Scripture Reference:  Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.   Lie #7:  My family should look/act/function a certain way. Truth:  Every family looks different Practical Way to Walk in Truth:   We must understand that our families are made up of individuals and each one is a unique creation.  We must let go of our own expectations. Scripture Reference:  Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.   Lie #8:  I have to be in control of everything Truth:  You don’t have to be in control, you just need to trust the one who is. Practical Way to Walk in Truth:  We have to learn to release some of the pressure.   The best way that we can do that is to do what only you can do, and trust God for the rest. Scripture Reference:  Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.  My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.   Lie #9:  I’m only a good mom if I do ALL THE THINGS. Truth:  Being a good mom means focusing our energy and our attention on the things that matter most. Practical Way to Walk in Truth:  We are called to love God, love and be a help to our husbands, and raise our children up to know God.  Those are the things that matter most.  The rest is extra. Scripture Reference:  Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.   Lie #10:  Being a good mom means no one ever messes up, especially not you. Truth:  Being a good mom means giving grace to ourselves and to our families. Practical Way to Walk in Truth:   Being a good mom means that we understand that we need God’s lavish grace and mercy and so do the members of our family. Scripture Reference:  John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”   *All scripture is from NIV
I need to tell you about my sweet friend Katie Reid. I haven't actually met Katie in real life yet, but we are social media besties. She reached out to me a couple of months ago on voxer and we chat All The Time.  She truly is a gift and has been such an awesome encourager, a listening ear, and a sounding board for all of my dreams and plans. Not only is she an amazing friend, she's an inspiring writer, a talented worship leader, and singer, as well as a hard working mama! I had the privilege of guest posting on Katie's blog today.  I was able to share what grace looks like to me and how I'm learning to recognize and even seek out grace in the everyday. I'd love it if you would pop on over to her blog and see how you can see grace in the everyday moments of your life.  While you are there, say hello and browse her blog.  I know she will be an encouragement to you! http://www.katiemreid.com/2017/03/what-grace-bobbie/
2015-10-14 02.05.39 Hello friends! Guess what?!?  I'm going to the Declare Conference (an amazing conference focused on being a #digitalevangelist) in Dallas in a little over a week!  I'm so excited! The Declare Conference is hosting a blog link up!  It's such a fun way for you all (and all my soon-to-be-friends at the conference) to get to know me a little bit better!  They asked some fun little questions and I'm sharing the answers on the blog today! Here goes! 1. If we were meeting in person, how would you introduce yourself? (job, family, career, ministry, where you live … share whatever details come to mind) - My name is Bobbie.  I live in Missouri.  I've been married to my high school sweet heart, Scott, for 16 years.  We have two boys, Brayden 13 and Gavin 9.  They are wild masses of chaos and I absolutely adore them, most of the time.  I homeschool my kiddos. I ❤️Jesus, women's ministry, and words.  I like to combine all of that into a blog and online community at www.bobbieschae.com and www.facebook.com/bobbieschae I believe Jesus loves me and died for me in spite of the fact that I'm a hot mess most of the time.  Because of that, I love encouraging women who feel a bit messy and disconnected.   2. What is your favorite thing to write and why? -I love to write whatever God lays on my heart.  I'm typically inspired to write after my quiet time.  I just write whatever the Holy Spirit has started bubbling up inside of me.  I try to be very real, organic, and authentic.   3. What is your favorite thing to read and why? (If this question is too broad for you avid readers, what’s a favorite book or blog you’ve read lately?) -I LOVE to read!  Some of my faves lately have been Giddy Up, Eunice by Sophie Hudson, For The Love by Jen Hatmaker, Wild and Free by Jess Connoly and Haley Morgan, Chasing God by Angie Smith, and Misfits Welcome by Matthew Barnett.  I'm currently reading Loving My Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall.   4. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? -Lay on the couch in yoga pants and watch Netfix for HOURS while I drink coffee!  Um.  I mean, do something spiritual and productive. ;)   5. What’s one thing you love about your blog and one thing you’d like to improve? -I love that it gives me the opportunity to connect and share with people from all over the world.  It's a place where I feel like I can just sit down and put my heart out there to my friends and offer them a little encouragement from my personal experiences. I would love to improve the functionality and design of it so that it's super user friendly for everyone who stops by.   6. [Lightening Round] Would you rather … Read on Kindle or paperback?  -Always paperback!  I love a hard copy of a real book! Drink coffee or tea? -Coffee in the am and tea in the pm. Go to a musical or a movie?  -Movie Vacation at the beach or the mountains?  -Mountains!  I love to hike and I hate swimming suits.  ;) Have an exciting night out or a relaxing night in?  -That's a tough one!  Depends on the week! Watch sports, play sports, or no sports?  -I do crossfit (although not super well), but aside from that, no sports please! That was so fun!  😉  Feel free to share your answers in the comments !  I'd love to get to know you better too! Love and blessings, Bobbie
image There is something beautiful and powerful about a light shining in the darkness.  I'm guest posting over at From His Presence today and sharing about a time recently when God really impressed something special on my heart when I looked out the window of an airplane and saw the twinkling of lights below me.  I'd love for you to read Light It Up! and see the way that God has called me, and calls each of us, to shine! Read it here:  Light It Up! Love and Blessings, Bobbie
Have you ever felt like you didn't quite fit the mold?  Have you ever felt like you didn't fit in?  I had the wonderful opportunity to share at iBelieve.com about how I've felt that way and what I've learned about being a part of the body of Christ. Read more at iBelieve article