Until recently, I had never considered the vitality of my prayer life. What is it that’s really important to the Lord when we pray? I know He wants us to pray, so I figured since I was praying it was enough.
But what’s important to the Lord? What does He want me to get out of this thing called prayer?
Last year I had the opportunity to experience an example of the Tabernacle, much like the Israelites built before entering the Promised Land. What I discovered about the Lord, myself, and my relationship with the Lord surprised me.
The Tabernacle was a special place for the Israelites. It was set in the middle of their camp, and God Himself dwelt within the Tabernacle among His people. The Tabernacle preceded the Temple, and every detail was significant.
We can thumb through chapter upon chapter within the Old Testament to discover the immense details the Lord required of the Tabernacle. This was to be Continue reading The Vitality of Our Prayer Lives
“We are so easily led to look at life as a great big whole, and to neglect the little today, to forget that the single days do indeed make up the whole, and that the value of each single day depends on its influence on the whole.” Abiding in Christ: Andrew Murray
I remember when I first read through the book Abiding in Christ, the idea of abiding each and every day was just too daunting, too overwhelming, and unachievable. I had a newborn in the house, and was desperately trying to meander through each day with very little sleep.
This newborn happened to be my most difficult sleeper, and was awake so much during her first year of life.
Anytime I thought about abiding, I immediately felt overwhelmed, and defeated. How can Continue reading When Abiding In Christ Is Overwhelming
For the entire month of October I took a blogging challenge, writing on one topic each day of the month. Each day in October I shared with you lies that moms tell themselves, and the truth in God’s word combatting those lies. However, there’s one lie that we didn’t get to visit, and it’s the biggest lie that can overcome us. If this lie is not tackled, we simply don’t have the means to tackle the other lies.
What is this lie? Continue reading Write 31 Days Wrap-Up
I see it all the time, and hear it more often than I’d like. Spoken from some of the best mothers I know. I’ve even spoken it myself a time or two.
Maybe I neglected my morning. Maybe the day is askew. Maybe my to-do list is unchecked. And then I hear it.
I’m a failure.
I’ve failed my children, my husband, and God.
Moms, I can’t sit here and Continue reading You’re No Failure
Sometimes the lies of motherhood are so overwhelming the only thing we can do is shed tears over them. The lies come in many forms, words we tell ourselves, words we’ve heard from society, feelings which overtake us, and then we splash in the pool of those lies.
We feel unworthy to go to God.
We feel unsuited for motherhood.
We feel deserted, and left alone.
We feel defeated, and helpless.
The one and only way to Continue reading Lies And The Everlasting God
As a mom I take a good long look at myself daily and see the same struggles every. single. day. It’s easy to assume I’m making no progress in the issues that plague my heart. It’s easy to assume I’m stuck in my old sinful ways.
I dwell on what I see daily, and wallow in frustration claiming defeat from the enemy.
We moms are good at this. We Continue reading You’re Not Stuck In Sin
Too many times worry and anxiety overtake me as a mother. Nothing has brought me to emotional angst like worrying over my children. There is just so much to be concerned for them. It’s one thing if something bad happens to myself, but my kids?
That’s a totally different story!
Moms when we live in worry over our children we’re Continue reading A Mother’s Fears
What’s a quality quiet time supposed to look like for the Christian mom?
I have always struggled with consistent quiet time, but add in children and now my struggles have compounded. Primarily because of what I thought my quiet time was supposed to be.
My idea of a quality quiet time involved books, notebooks, a schedule of what to say in my prayers, and organizing my quiet time so that it follows some sort of routine. Continue reading A Quiet Time? Or A Production?
Dear moms, your hands are those of a warrior, and within them hold a valued treasure.
“Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:3-5 (emphasis mine)
Do not for one moment fall for the lie that what we do as moms is not valuable.
Moms, we all know we’re imperfect mothers, and we know we’ll mess up in our parenting if we haven’t done so already. But there’s something else we do as well.
We dwell on our imperfections, and then assume that we’re actually capable of thwarting God’s ultimate plans.
Much like the other lies, this isn’t something we verbalize, and we may not even realize we’re capable of thinking such thoughts. But the thoughts are there. Continue reading We Can’t Thwart God’s Plans