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I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

23 Jun

my prayer …

In light of my recent single mommy post, I wanted to share some further thoughts …

First … I’ve been so blessed to have found an incredible group of women to join in with Good Morning Girls.  We’re currently reading Sally Clarkson’s Ministry of Motherhood and studying Scripture referenced throughout the book.  I am so incredibly thankful to have these godly women {Stacey, Amy, and Stef} holding me accountable to be in the Word each day.  The bits of wisdom, truth, and perspective they breathe into me on a daily basis is something that I will forever be grateful for.

Second … I truly can not express to you how highly I recommend this book!  I could write a book about what I’m taking away from it … but I think you’d be better off just purchasing Sally’s words instead! :)

The premise of the book is that, as mother’s, we are discipling our children.  Just as Jesus ministered and discipled His followers, we are ministering and discipling our followers … our children.

There are so many … too many pieces of wisdom in this book … and I’m not even half way done with it!  A few things I want to share with you though …

“Like Jesus, we are to draw our own children to a life apart from the rest of the crowd.”

“If I want {my children} to be open to my messages, I need to be willing to serve them -
to voluntarily give up my rights and my time to meet their felt needs – just as Jesus
was willing to give for his disciples.”

“Jesus’ example of servant leadership sets him apart from so many historical religious leaders.”

“I realize my love and service to {my children} must come before any of my great words,
my teaching and training.”

“Jesus showed us the power of a different kind of leadership.”

“It was because of Jesus’ total life commitment to {his disciples}, their friendship with them, and his
willingness to give to them – his time, his wisdom, his practical help, even cutting short
his precious prayer time to rescue them from predicaments such as a tossing boat – that
they were able to respond in return, giving their whole lives to him.”

“Passing on the gift of grace to our children requires a commitment – and yes, a sacrifice
– of time, love and heart service.”

“The grace they show to others will largely come from parents who learned it first
from our own servant King.”

The most poignant part of the book {so far} is the image this paints, but as you read it … read it from the heart of a weary, wornout, tired mama:

“The night before Jesus was to be crucified, his heart and mind must have been filled
with weariness
and exhaustion at the thought of what he would soon endure.
The sins of the whole world – throughout all of history! – were about to be placed
upon his back as he laid down his life to pay the penalty for all of us …”

“Yet it is at this point that we see him making a beautiful gesture
of love and service toward his disciples.”

John 13:1, 3-5 tells how, knowing what was to come … He got up from the
dinner table and began to wash the disciples feet.  He must’ve been worn,
weary, tired … and He knew no rest was in His future.  But yet in His weariest time,
“Jesus {chose to spend} his last night on earth with his disciples in
service to them.  How powerful their memories of that night
must have been – the King of the whole universe touching and rubbing
their dusty feet and gently drying them with a towel.
Their Lord and Master breaking the loaf of bread
and serving each of them for the celebrated feast of the Passover.”

This tender example of discipleship and service pushes me forward when I am tired … when I am worn and weary.  I’m thankful … forever thankful … that He’s shown us how to disciple and minister to our most precious followers … our children.

My prayer is that I will never forget the sacrifices, service and love that He’s shown … so I can in turn instill that same discipleship model to my followers … and them to their future followers.


Posted in intentional, parenting, piper, resources


31 Mar

growth in the lord

I am so incredibly proud of my girls and the relationship they are developing with God.  I’ve learned over the last year how very important it is to take small, intentional learning moments and fill them with Jesus.

I think sometimes, as parents, we get down on ourselves for not doing enough in teaching our children about God and Biblical principles.  But what I’ve learned is those moments don’t have big, drawn out, educational moments.  If you’re living it, talking it, breathing it and most importantly, aware of it … those moments happen throughout the day in the normal course of living.

Here’s a small example, and maybe one of my favorites … I’ve got a couple of fibbers storytellers on my hands who like to either embellish or hide the truth.  Something I’ve started asking them {and now they’ll even ask each other} is, “Is that what Jesus saw happen?”  Every. time. that’ll draw a sheepish face and apology.

Anyway … here are some things I wanted to share that my girls recently did on their own.

First, Piper’s note to her penpal:

Do you believe in God and Jesus?  Because Jesus died on the cross for our
sins and do you read the Bible because it’s good to read the Bible.
From your friend, Piper

And these are Wynter’s notes.  She’ll write down different Scripture verses or nuggets she got from a devotion we’ve read {she still does a lot of phonetical spelling, so I’ll translate}:

Three notes you should know.
When you are sad don’t feel so bad, cuz God is with you wherever you go.
If you don’t have a Bible you should get one.  If you don’t know God you should read the Bible.
Don’t feel bad it’s all still in you.  You just have to look deep enough and you will find it in your heart.

I was in awe the other day when Wynter and I were having an “I love you more” conversation … she put the convo in a dead-halt when she said “but God loves us the most.”  I sure couldn’t top that one!

Lastly, my love Taylor.  She’s been struggling with some things lately and my heart melted when she posted her Scripture for the year as her Facebook status.

And then she sent me a random email the other day saying I should post this song on my blog … so I am.  I pray it blesses you all …

If We’ve Ever Needed You
:: Casting Crowns ::

Hear our cry, Lord, we pray
Our faces down, our hands are raised
You called us out, we turned away
We’ve turned away

With shipwrecked faith the idols rise
We do what is right in our own eyes
Our children now will pay the price
We need Your light, Lord, shine Your light

:: chorus ::
If we’ve ever needed You
Lord, it’s now, Lord, it’s now
We are desperate for Your hand
We’re reaching out, we’re reaching out

All our hearts, all our strength
With all our minds, we’re at Your feet
May Your kingdom come in our hearts and lives
Let Your church arise, let Your church arise

:: chorus ::

:: chorus ::

:: chorus ::

We need You now
Revive us now
We need You now

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16 Mar

when the holy spirit speaks …

The reason for my post is two-fold … first, I have an important resource to share, but secondly, an even more important lesson.

I have no shame in calling myself an over-protective mom, and seriously, in today’s world I pretty much have to be.  I’m very careful about what my girls watch on TV or in the theater.  In fact, my {one-month-away-from-being} sixteen year old still asks permission to see a PG-13 movie … something she does even when she’s at a friends house, or visiting her dad.

Join me over at the MODsquad blog where I’m sharing what I’ve learned.

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