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.


god has plans

I’ve talked about it before, but I’m going to say it again … it’s worth repeating … I’m forever thankful my girls are growing in their relationship with God.

Piper’s heart has been heavy since we’ve moved.  Not all the time.  But it’ll surface from time to time and we’ll pray, talk, and do our best to work through it.  She came home from church a few weeks ago with a prayer request so dear to her heart.  It moved me to tears.  She made two copies and I keep one in my Bible so I can help her to pray over her need.

She’s also taken to writing on her hand a daily reminder that God has a plan for her life.

Last week something came up that troubled Piper and I asked her if she’d like to pray about it.  I don’t know if words can adequately describe what I saw … her big, brown, sad eyes immediately flickered with joy and came to life as she said “yes,” she’d like to pray with me.

It fills me with absolute joy to know my girls believe in the power of prayer.

Taylor will often text me asking for prayer for one thing or another that’s on her heart.

As I’ve said many times … sometimes I feel like I’m failing in having “great big teaching moments” with them, only to realize it’s in these precious quiet times … requests for prayer or something as simple as playing Christian music through the house … that I’m reminded again and again … relationship deepens with everyday walk, everyday talk … an everyday way of life.

Taylor said to me recently that one thing she loves is that I play the music I do through the house.

And Piper told me recently that she likes to lay out a blanket on her bedroom floor and lay there to rest because she can hear the music coming into her room from the kitchen below her and it makes her happy.

Taylor also said something recently that stopped me in my tracks … the words buried deep into my heart.  Taylor has been faced with some very difficult life struggles {putting it lightly}, yet because of a relationship with her Savior, yet because at her core she knows what grace and forgiveness look like … she said to me {regarding her circumstance}, “You know, in a way I’m kind of glad it happened … because it’s brought me closer to God.”

Her heart is pure.  God has shown up and wrapped Himself around her … in ways I’ll never understand.  It’s taken me 38ish years to get here and she sees Him at 16!?!

Because most people are looking at our situation through the world’s eyes … they don’t believe or understand how she could be looking at her situation through eternal eyes.  I suppose, though, that’s not for me to try to understand.

And then I have my little 5 yo … we were in the middle of devotion recently and it was pressed upon my heart to ask Hunter if she’d like to invite Jesus to live inside of her.  I explained what it meant and she said yes … she would like to invite Jesus to live inside of her.  And as she repeated the words back to me, it was the sweetest, most precious prayer a mom could ever hear!  Her sisters were there, ready with the high-fives, while sweet tears welled in my eyes.

Yes … ours is an eternal perspective.  A perspective that makes me one happy mommy!  But more importantly … our Father must be one happy Daddy!

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12 Responses to “god has plans”

  1. Um, wow. No words. Taylor’s response is incredible!!
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  2. Susan Lesperance says:

    Traci, I know you don’t know me…but I know of you and your circumstances. I wanted to let you know that I enjoy your blog…AND that I am very impressed with you for the grace you have shown while facing many difficult situations and decisions. You are a wonderful role model and an outstanding and supportive mother. You are an inspiration to many, and I believe you make a difference in the lives of those you touch with your blog. I will continue to pray for you and your family, and send hope your way for happy days ahead.

  3. Sally Kuhlman says:

    Traci, I, like Susan, know of you and your circumstances. Your life’s journey has been filled with many highs and lows. Your current journey shows to many that you have grown into a strong and courageous woman. More importantly, you are showing that strength and courage to your 4 girls. Many times, when difficult challenges present themselves to us, we wonder if there is a God and how could he put us through these struggles. It is only when we truly look to him that we understand he is holding us up. You have offered hope to many who only saw despair. You continue through your challenges by putting one foot in front of the other and relying on God to keep you steady. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Stay strong, stay courageous, and continue walking down the road with your head held high and with your strong faith in God.

  4. cyndi says:

    Yep, my eyes are filled with tears (again!) and all I want to do is wrap my arms around you & your sweet girls. You are all an inspiration and I’m sure MANY people could learn from your & Taylor’s example. Because you are walking the walk (not just talking the talk) your girls are going to follow in your shining example. Love you friend!
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  5. Trish Alexander says:

    That is amazing. I was 16 when I asked God to live in my heart. I stood up in front of church and made my profession of faith. Ever since that day, I have felt him physically inside me. That may sound crazy but it provides me with the greatest comfort especially when things are difficult. God bless u and your girls!!

  6. Lara says:

    Oh my heart. That is just precious. Mine are still young but praying {believing} we will have similar moments in the coming years. Just precious.
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  7. heather says:

    I can’t wait to see God’s plans for each of their lives…they are incredible girls (and so is their momma)!
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  8. Charisse Rhodes says:

    So beautiful! Thank you for sharing. It is so precious and amazing to see our children leaning on the Lord the way your Taylor is. My tween boy is having some issues right now as well. We talk about the Lord constantly. It is a difficult time, as he is questioning things that I always felt would be automatic. I am constantly reminding myself that I was his age once too, and had my share of questions. This too shall pass.

    Congratulations on winning some more beautiful spirits over to Jesus.

    I will continue to follow your blog.

  9. Sharon says:

    I have no words… just tears streaming down my face. God is good.

  10. catherine s. says:

    Proverbs 22:6

    Children learn from example and what a great example and inspiration you are, not only to your children, but to everyone you touch with your presence both in person and online.

    God has wonderful things in store for you and your girls…I believe it!

    It’s only when we see the world through God’s eyes do we truly begin to live. We can’t look through the world’s eyes to truly know and see the wonders and saving grace of God. We need to invite Jesus into our hearts and have Him as our daily filter to all the worldly views…

    Wonderful post, my friend! ((( hugs )))

  11. dawn says:

    don’t ever doubt that He is happy with the way you are mothering these four beauties. i see it in laura, too… that at 17 she is so many years past where i was at that age. i thank Him for it…

    and tay… oh my. without your example, living proof before her eyes and within her hero, it might have been years to reach a point like this. blessed, oh blessed.
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