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,
I don’t know about you, but I am so glad that I am no longer who I once was. I was recently reminded of this as I waited to board my flight at the airport. I walked away from my husband in search of a piping hot cup of coffee and returned to find him chatting with a man at our gate. The man was an old high school acquaintance of ours. I recognized him immediately even though it has been more years than I care to admit since we all went to high school together. He looked exactly the same. It took him a little longer to recognize me. The years have definitely changed me. I don’t look much like I did in high school. I’ve lost the pony tail, bangs, and cheerleading uniform that were so familiar back then. My hair is cut short now and, thankfully, I
“Reaching my hand into the dark soil, I could feel that the roots had gotten deep. I had to put my weight into the pull to unearth something I had spent weeks tending. I felt a little discouraged; I’d invested my time and attention into something that had proved to be working against the growth I was seeking the whole time. I also felt a little frustrated that I’d been so easily deceived.” God is constantly teaching me valuable lessons through everyday life experiences. I had the opportunity to share a particularly powerful lesson that I learned recently at iBelieve.com about recognizing spiritual weeds in my life. Pulling out that weed and the others like it that day in my garden caused a slew of thoughts to start circulating around my mind. As Christians, how many weeds have taken root in our lives? How many things have we poured our time
Sometimes doing wrong isn’t deliberate. Sometimes it is simply the lack of focus on doing right. At least that is usually the case for me. I don’t know about you, but I don’t often set out to make a slew of bad choices, but occasionally (or often, depending on the week) I find myself in a place where I am standing, dumbstruck, wondering how I ended up in the situation that I am in. Does this just happen to me? I think it is safe to say that it probably doesn’t. I found the explanation for it this morning in my Bible reading in 2 Chronicles and it hit me like a ton of bricks. 2 Chronicles 12:14 ESV says, “And he did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the Lord.” This verse is talking about Rehoboam, King of Judah, but it might as well have
It’s become a bit of a tradition to choose a word for the New Year. This word is supposed to be one specific word to focus on all year. Honestly, I’m not big on this. It feels a little like boxing myself in. My mind goes one hundred miles an hour in a hundred different directions. How on Earth do I choose just one word to represent all that I want to embody in a whole entire year? That just seems plain impossible. Unless, of course, God writes that word on your heart countless times over the last several weeks. It seems every time I turn around one word keeps being presented to me. GRACE Let me get a little wordy nerdy and define it for you. According to Oxforddictionaries.com, one of the meanings of grace is “(in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifested in
My friends and I been putting in work each and every day this October over on my Facebook group called 31 Days of Change and it’s been amazing! I’m loving the community there and the way that we all encourage each other and can share and talk about how God is working in our lives this month. What I’m loving the most, though, is the way that God has been working on me! I’m learning so much as I study the scriptures and write the posts for each day. Today we talked about renewing our mind. This is something that’s always been a little bit of a challenge for me. OK, it’s been a BIG challenge for me! I can be my own worst enemy when it comes to my thought life because I’m driven far too much by my emotions, feelings, and the thought patterns of my past.