Becoming a mom was the most amazing end overwhelming thing in my life - all four times.
We teach what we know, but we reproduced who we are. John Maxwell
The truth of this quote terrified me because I did not want anyone to be like me. I was so insecure. I had so much self-hatred. I did not like myself and I didn't understand how anyone else would like me. I did not want to reproduce that ever. So, knowing I would reproduce who I was, terrified me.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Franklin D. Roosevelt
This quote embodies the philosophy that I took out of that terrifying realization. It became my passion as a mom to become someone I wanted my children to be like. I worked with the Lord to be transformed into His image - from glory to glory. And as I did that, I learned tools and I modeled the process to my children, to build their foundations and build them for the future.
We're in a time no one...
I’m an emotional wreck. I can’t think. I can’t hold back the tears and this intense ache.
A clear thought breaks through the suffocating emotion.
This hurts way more than it should. This is just normal teen stuff. They want to be with their friends. It’s a really busy season.
Why is it hurting so bad? What is it I’m really feeling?
I’m feeling SO rejected!
Rejection and I go way back. Way, way back. That’s why this hurts so bad. It’s time to heal.
I’m feeling pressure, stress, from other’s choices. I feel rejected. A crazy thing about feelings is I can feel rejection without ever having been rejected. This isn’t about blaming or figuring out who rejected me. It’s about me examining the wound with the Lord and receiving His healing so I can deal with current events as just that – current, present – not clouded and confused by past wounds.
Looking at pressure like the lobster, it’s time to grow....
We need the Lord to speak to us so that we get his perspective when we feel like we’re drowning. We’re not. We never are. We are already overcomers. Jesus has already overcome. Hearing His voice is vital. We can take all the facts and the realities of whatever we’re facing and hear His perspective on it. He can remind us He’s already won.
The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying:Jeremiah 31:3 NIV
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
I want to hear His voice. It’s loving and kind. It brings life. He’s always seeking a relationship as a loving father.
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’Jeremiah 33:3 NIV
We can say, "I don’t know what’s going on with my kids. I...
Things aren’t coming together the way I imagined so I’m sharing a video this week.
I’ll outline the highlights:
An emotion comes like blinking your eye when something comes at your face. Then you choose what to believe and how to behave.
Things are different now whether we wanted them to be or not
What’s important? What’s not?
We didn’t lose any people
My family woke up with carbon monoxide poisoning
What went well this year?
What are His highlights of 2018?
What is it He wants to heal, restore, or build in 2019?
Where is it that I need help in 2019?...
One of Jesus’s names is Immanuel, God with us. That can be a great comfort when we are in a stormy season of life.
I was imagining myself in the eye of the storm and God is with me there. He has promised to never leave me. Experiencing Love
He also showed me that I can join Him where He is – over the storm. Where He sits He sees so much more. He is smiling, truly excited, because He knows the end from the beginning. He’s inviting me, inviting you to join Him where he is seated above the storm. We can see His perspective. We can be excited too because He has made the way for us to be above the storm.
In this season He has told me He is not sending the storms. He told me that the storms are the enemy being like a toddler and throwing a tantrum. Have you ever been in a good place as a parent? You know that place where you can watch your toddler’s tantrum and be like, “Oh, wow! I’m sorry this is so...
That’s what I’m doing! Stepping out and saying yes to God’s challenge to me.
God has been challenging me to share how He is transforming me. I share tools and practical ways to walk out the freedom Jesus bought for us by His death and resurrection. The first step is learning to hear God’s voice for yourself.
I created an online course called Transformational Quiet Times: Learn the Power of Conversational Prayer. Here’s the introduction.
Do you know God wants to talk to you? Do you know He has answers to your questions? He has good things to say?
He does and you can learn to hear from Him for yourself.
I have learned over the years, through various teachers, books, and lots of practice; that God wants to talk to me just like He wants to talk to you. I would love for you to join me in ...
Do you struggle with wanting to be prefect? To do everything right?
I do! Especially when it comes to my kids. I mean, why should they have to suffer because I’m their mom and I’m not perfect?
Making mistakes is inevitable. So, it’s not the making of mistakes that is the issue. It’s what I do with my mistakes that has the biggest impact on my children.
I serve the God who specializes in bringing beauty from ashes. God showed me He wanted to use my mistakes to bless my children, too.
Whether I hurt my child, or they know I hurt someone else, they can benefit if they also see me clean up my mess.
I can make a full apology, “I’m sorry” doesn’t cut it.
Regret isn’t something I’ve given too much thought until recently. I read a word from Lana Vawser that said God was taking bags of regret off of mothers. The bags of regret or lightened as the lies were revealed and made holes in the bags.
I realized I have many regrets as a mother. And events this week have made them come very much to the forefront.
What I want to share is a concept that I’ve learned that has been transformational for me.
I shared this in a video or you can read below.
I see it like we have one of those really fancy touch screens like they have in the TV shows. They throw something up on it and move things around.
We have one of those for our thoughts!
Every thought, either from inside us or that comes at us, can hit on that screen before we actually take that thought on as our own or decide what to do with it.
The first question is, “Is this thought in agreement with God’s thoughts or is it not?” If it’s in agreement with God’s thoughts then that’s great! We’re gonna keep that and act on it.
If it’s not in agreement with God’s thoughts we ask, “Is it my thought or the enemy’s thought?”
So if it’s your thought and it...
When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” Luke 14:15 ESV
I started with there’s no fear at the table. Then I wanted to look at what's on the table but really got distracted by what the table was. This time I’m exploring what is set on our table.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 ESV
He has been challenging me not to ask for peace or self-control. He has already set them before me on the table and within me by His Spirit. I need to cultivate them and let them out. He can’t give me more but He can teach me...