Values

We each have different values that have their place in our lives…what are you VALUING today with your time? Starting out fresh with the valuable coffee mug? A Sabbath rest? A friendship? Morning run or walk? Studying? Cleaning and organizing? Reading the paper? Time with your children? Sometimes we have to revisit the list as our values can shift which affects how we are prioritizing or what we are prioritizing.  My husband and I have a date night tonight and one of the things I want to talk about is are we putting into place and giving attention to what we place value on, both in the home and personally? Sometimes life goes so fast we neglect to keep what is most important in front of us.

May your time be filled with what you treasure today! May you find renewed direction and clarity. What and who you value is a BIG part of who you are and who God created you to be.

Oh, for a Little Truth

What “truth” are you listening to right now?

Something someone said or did that is hard to release?  Are you hearing  a voice inside that lures you to believe something discouraging about yourself or that pulls you in a direction you are not quite sure you are comfortable going in? Try not to be tempted to listen to those voices of negativity or doubt, but to God’s uplifting voice, truths and approaches.  And if in doubt, ask Him to show you.

He answers.

Whether it’s how to handle a difficult situation or an approach to take with your child, God does reveal His truth to us in so many personal ways (through pangs in our hearts, friends, a spoken word, circumstances, prayer and His word. He really does speak to us in ways that are meant for us to recognize.)

We don’t have to wrestle with…

Our thoughts.

Our doubts.

Our fears….or

Our own voices sometimes fraught with doubt, gloom and doom.

We can ask for guidance in the right and truthful ways in which to go.  “I, the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right.”  (Isaiah 45:19)

As moms, it is not always easy to discern what is absolutely right when it comes to the little lives whom we are protecting and shaping…let’s pray and see how God directs us.  “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ “ (Isaiah 30:21)

What truth might God be showing you today? Is it more tempting to listen to your voice rather than His? What happens when we do listen?

Battling Big Bugs: When Mama’s Sick, By Guest Author, Jenny Lee Sulpizio

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Battling BIG BUGS: When Mama’s Sick

                                    (An excerpt from the recently-released, “Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe”)

Taking care of your children when they’re sick is hard enough as it is, but trying to take care of your kids when you’re sick is an entirely different story, isn’t it? When mama’s too ill to get out of bed, everyone and everything tends to suffer. All efforts to maintain the regularly scheduled programming are cast aside, and it’s as if our homes are literally turned upside down. The housework piles up, the kids are running amuck, and all we can do is lay there in the fetal position, lethargic, zapped of all of our energy…and completely useless.

 

 

At this point, there’s no denying that we’re in need of some serious assistance. No matter if it’s a spouse, relative, or family friend-when mommy’s ailing, we girls are in need of a reliable caretaker to see that the kids are fed, clothed, and (somewhat clean). We need help getting our kids to school, activities, appointments, engagements, and so on. But for Wonder Woman Wannabes, who struggle to ask for help in the first place, this can seem like an impossible task to accomplish. We feel awkward, uncomfortable, and more often than not, we’d rather just deal with it on our own, instead of having to bother anyone else.

 

 

However, it’s in these moments that we need to ditch our Supermom tendencies and call in some reinforcements.  I mean, not even Wonder Woman herself could claim victory over vomiting without enlisting some help from her Super Friends. So, let’s forget about our need for perfection, rid ourselves of any pride we’re holding onto, and devise an emergency back-up plan for when Supermom-I’m talking about you here-is super sick.

 

 

It’s time for the Buddy Back-Up Plan.

 

 

Now, the idea here is pretty simple: you’re basically setting up a structured schedule detailing your children’s activities and events, should your health suddenly decide to go South for a day or so.  By discussing this with your friends, and devising a system that works for all involved, you are teaming up to make sure that should the need arise, your kiddos are covered.

 

 

Wanna see what this type of plan looks like? Even better, want a printable version to keep on hand in order to start a pact with your friends?  Click here to view, print and download!

And how about a giveaway? Would you like to win a copy of the recently-released, “Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe: On a Mission to Save Sanity, One Mom at a Time?” Enter below to do just that!

Author Bio:Jenny Lee Sulpizio is a wife and mother of three who enjoys writing about anything and everything under the sun, but especially loves to instruct, motivate, and guide other moms with practical advice, tips, and a whole lot of comic relief in the process. Jenny is a contributing writer for The MOB Society and Moms Together, and is the author of the recently released guide for all mamas titled, “Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe: On a Mission to Save Sanity, One Mom at a Time.” To find out more about Jenny or to follow her blog, visit www.jennyleesulpizio.com.

 

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How is God Potty Training You?

Potty Training is messy, isn’t it, moms? Remember when you were teaching your child how to master this? Sometimes aspects of life are yucky and uncomfortable…we want clean, comfortable, familiar and quick. When our toddlers want the comfort of their diaper, we know we need to encourage them through this necessary process so they can successfully reach their next stage of development despite the discomfort.

How might God be growing you through something messy or uncomfortable? Is there something in your life that He is using to help shape you for your next stage of development or necessary place? “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

Bread Trucks, Pursuit and Rest

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 As seen on themomcafe

In the movie, My Best Friend’s Wedding, starring Julia Roberts, a conversation between Robert’s platonic pal, George (Rupert Everett) and Julianne (Roberts) suggests that it’s a man’s job to pursue the woman in a dating relationship. The fact that this lecture takes place as Julianne is desperately driving a bread truck she has stolen down Michigan Avenue in pursuit of her best friend while talking on her cell phone to George, makes the conversation that more entertaining:

“Michael’s chasing Kimmy?” (George)

“Yes!” (Julianne)

“You’re Chasing Michael?”(George)

“Yes!” (Julianne)

“Who is chasing you? Nobody. There’s your answer. Jules, you are not the one.”  (George)

Ahh, an honest friend.

But this post isn’t about a man pursing a woman in a dating relationship.

It’s about God’s pursuit of you.

As moms, we do a lot of chasing, pursuing, carrying, lifting and supporting.  I am sure you have flopped down on the couch many times and sighed, “I wish someone would carry me!” (to the spa for a massage, right?!) And for single moms, oh just to have someone to help with the load.  If you are dating or not dating, maybe your desire is for someone to pursue you.  I hope that if you are in a dating season, that God will deliver His very best to you…your own Dermot Mulroney!

Know moms, that today, whatever or whomever you are chasing, there is someone who DOES carry your burdens and who carries you as well.  As you chase, as you run, as you sustain your little ones and your responsibilities (at times like a crazy woman driving a bread truck down a busy, city street, believe that God sustains you.) Let God pursue you.

He wants to give you rest.

He wants to give you freedom from your burdens. Hurts. Past mistakes. He wants to give you freely His salvation.  He wants to give you joy. Peace. Comfort.  He is the true sustainer and lifter of our heads. He is available and doesn’t need chasing, tracking down or pursing. He is at your side, pursuing you and you don’t have to do anything crazy to get His attention, nor prove yourself. There’s no panic or reason to react frantically.

He is the bread.

Your foundation.

Your sustenance.

“I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4