Archives for May 2013

Good Morning or Good Moment?


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For some, “Good Morning” might be anything but good right now. There are demands weighing you down, fatigue robbing you of the energy you need in order to be the mom you want to be, a tone of voice that emerges from within that perhaps shouts out to your children that you loathe, or frustration over something you are needing and that hasn’t quite come to fruition.  Maybe today you are wondering, “Who am I in all this and what am I doing and becoming? Where is my life heading in all the day to day details?” Take a big breath, moms. You are not alone. You may

New Lands: Unpack Your Bags with Confidence


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In sticking with the theme of moving from one land to another and how God often calls us to new places for His purposes and plans that I shared on my FB page Friday (and for those moms reading in my more immediate community, I am not referring to changing schools, lol!  ), I am encouraged by Abraham’s obedience and faith in leaving his comfort zone. Scripture tells us that “he left,” (and later) “arrived.” (Gen 12:4-5) God saw to it that Abraham did arrive. (Gen 12:5) God was faithful and took care of Abraham and provided resources for him just as He does with us when we are in route to an unknown.

A short time later, when Abraham went down to Egypt, we read that he told a lie to the Egyptian officials relative to his wife Sarai in order to preserve his life.  “Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”(Gen 12:10-13)  Who hasn’t felt that  surge of panic when feeling anxious and as a result, attempted to solve a problem in a knee-jerk sort of a way? Guilty!

Some situations truly cause us to panic, make us feel desperate and cause us to do something and something fast. Have you  ever felt like that? I can’t count the number of times I reacted before consulting with God and used my own fears or insecurity to pave the way in going forward.

Where are you today, mom? Do you need to meet with God about a situation before solving something on your own?  Let’s encourage one another to ask God first and trust Him for His insight, truths, strength and wisdom before quickly responding and addressing our problem(s) in our own might. When we seek God’s way of thinking and His perspective through prayer, patience, reading scripture and planning, He provides a correct way of thinking, hence, our outcomes and solutions reflect correctness even if the response we take doesn’t make sense, feel right, lead to a rocky path or when the direction looks all wrong. When you are following God, all is right.

Abraham tried to alleviate his fears by lying which only caused more complications for him as we see in chapter 12. Let’s try going to God first when solving a problem. In doing so, we’re sure to know that the land we end up in is the one we’re suppose to be at and we can unpack our bags with confidence that that is where we are suppose to be.

Recommended Scripture:

“The Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.” Gen 39:23

“Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert.” Nehemiah 9:19

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1


A Homerun from the Dugout

I have it on good authority that a lot of you are in the baby trenches or the baby dugout as I like to call it, anticipating a time when you can get up to bat and move around those bases.  Perhaps those white squares represent different seasons you are eagerly awaiting

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to land on with your baby or toddler, but for now, you are longing to get up to bat or just make it on deck and practice your swing. Practice anything.

While you are in the dugout, have faith that God is doing a work in you and in your baby, your time, your connection, the bonding and nurturing while the minutes tick on.  You may feel as if you are watching the innings pass before you with little action or zero runs batted in, but at the end of the day, you were in the game and my guess is, played it pretty well. And THAT mom, is a homerun you can feel good about hitting. Tag your bases, and keep running.  You are doing great. And if you can’t tag them quite yet, look forward to the time when you can and make the most of your time in the dugout.  There’s much to be gained while on the bench and you’ll be up at bat soon enough.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121: 1-2

So Much, So Much

So much living to do while we are mothering, so much to accomplish, so much that can make our insides feel overwhelmed, anxious and sometimes a little scared. Fear can often run that peace right out of our personal town. For any of you beautiful MOMS feeling overwhelmed today, a Biblical truth quite simply put is that God protects His people. (Gen 31:3)  “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.” (Psalm 118:6) May God be with you today and give you His power and strength to help you handle and do what you need to–work, shop, drive, teach, tackle, approach, feed, cook, volunteer, clean, decide, get done what you need–all of it,  today. Let that knowledge that God protects His people and you MOM, shape that peace right back into your front door.

Keeping Your Word, Maintaining Integrity

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Blah, blah, blah, talk, talk, talk…we all speak many words, don’t we, moms? Being reliable and staying true to our words and promises are key. What are you teaching your children about keeping his/her word? Following through and doing what we say we are going to do in all our relationships  builds confidence, security, trust, character and dependability in both you and your child. Just as God has kept His promises (“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man that he should change his mind,” Numbers 23:19), let us keep ours and be women of integrity–we have a great model to follow! “And now, LORD God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house.” 2Sam 7:25 God always keeps His promises. How are your words and intentions shaping your relationships?