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Hot Mess Mom: I See You.

August 16, 2021
hot mess mom

Hey there, hot mess mama.

I see you.

I see you trying to wrestle your kids into their car seats while they writhe and scream and make you want to give up trying to go anywhere with them ever again.

I see you trying to put together a healthy meal for your kids to throw on the floor eat – only to pour yourself a bowl of cereal in exhaustion.

I feel your frustration as your child throws himself on the floor yet again while you try to get him dressed so that you can be late yet again.

I see you as you try to read your Bible during nap time, only to fall asleep in the pages of Leviticus once more.

I see you showing up with no makeup, oatmeal in your hair, spit up on your shirt, with the contents of your diaper bag strewn across your car as you search for THE ONLY TOY THAT MATTERS to your child. The one you left at home.

I see you as you scroll through Instagram looking at moms who have tighter bodies, better schedules, cleaner homes, happier kids, all while they make more money through their side hustles and plan elaborate educational activities for their kids.

You wonder if you’ll ever NOT feel tired again, if your body will ever look the same, if your family will ever appreciate your work, if you’ll ever make the money you want to make or accomplish any goals ever again.

You wonder if you’ll ever have it all together.

I’m with you, and I am you.

I am the hot mess mom who never has it all together – the one who makes the other moms feel like THEY have it more together than they originally thought.

I work and plan and hope and pray to one day have it all together. I print schedules, make chore charts, meal plan, set alarms, scour Pinterest, read all the books and all the articles and pray all the prayers.

And I just know that this is the week I will finally have it all together. This is the day.

And here’s the honest truth: I won’t.

Perfection is a lie perpetuated by our own guilty consciences, social media, and Satan.

The moment we feel like we have arrived and are finally perfect – that’s the moment when we disown the work of Jesus to save us from our imperfections.

Here is the good news, my hot mess friend: you don’t have to be perfect, because God already is.

And here’s some more good news: God meets us where we are in our struggle to be more like Him.

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Isaiah 40:11

This idea that God gently leads those who have young is almost startling to me. The powerful, awesome God who created the stars in the sky and conjured up such terrors as crocodiles, Great White Sharks and super volcanoes – this same God is also…gentle?

So I dug a little deeper into this verse. What does it mean for God to gently lead me?

The Hebrew term used for ‘He gently leads’ means ‘to lead or guide to a watering place, bring to a place of rest, refresh.’ This is the same terminology used in such verses as Exodus 15:13, Psalm 23:2, Psalm 31:3, Isaiah 49:10, 2 Chronicles 28:15, and 2 Chronicles 32:22.

I don’t know about you, but I adore the idea of rest and refreshment. I picture God leading me to a quiet place by the water where I can rest on a blanket in the shade. I can eat (without someone stealing my food or complaining about theirs), I can close my eyes and sleep (without listening to a monitor for a crying baby), I can read a book leisurely without interruption, and I can breathe.

This is my vision. What’s yours? Where is God leading you for your rest?

So if you’re feeling like a hot mess mom today, remember two things:

1. You are not alone.

2. God is gently leading you toward rest.

We can follow David’s example and pray for God to lead and guide us:

Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

Psalm 31:3

And lastly, let’s have faith and trust that God WILL lead us to a place of rest. In His timing, which is perfect.

In the meantime, know that you are not alone, hot mess mom – God is with you. And so am I!

Devotionals for Moms

Christmas Lessons from Mary the Mother of Jesus

December 9, 2020
Lesson from Mary

During this Christmas season, as we’re going about our shopping, planning and traveling, let’s take a moment to consider the reason for the season: Jesus. Whenever you have a moment this month, I encourage you to read the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke chapters 1-2. I recently read through these passages and was inspired by Mary the mother of Jesus. Today, I thought I’d share with you three lessons I learned from Mary in the story of Jesus’ birth.

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Luke 2:19

Lesson from Mary #1: She chose her focus

As a virgin mother of the newborn Son of God, there was a lot Mary could have focused on. She could’ve been concerned with where her son would sleep, how she could recover from labor and delivery ( in a barn!), what God was going to do next, and so much more. For those of us who have recently had newborns, it’s easy to recall those early difficulties: the shocking pain of delivery, the hardships of learning to breastfeed, the doubts that your body will ever be functional again. I’m sure Mary had all of this and far more than we have today – plus, oh yeah, she was holding the Son of God, in a barn, with a bunch of stinky shepherds showing up wanting to see what was going on!

And we cringe when Aunt Bertha doesn’t sanitize up to the elbows when she picks up our newborn!

Yet…that’s not what Mary was focused on.

In this simple line, I see how Mary was quiet. I’m reminded of the verse in Psalm 131:2 where the psalmist says, “I have calmed and quieted my soul.” Mary could have let her mind go a million miles an hour, but instead she quieted herself and was able to be present enough to take in what was going on around her.

Mamas, this is something we should take note of. Sometimes we are so caught up in all of our concerns and worries that we’re missing what’s going on in that moment.

Mary could have made note of all the ‘negative’ things going on – but she didn’t. She treasured up the incredible experience she was living.

We should follow her example.

Let’s be honest, some of us could find flaws in Mother Theresa. We’d be discontent no matter where we were or what we were doing.

If you were holding the Savior in your arms, what would your attitude be? Would it be one of faultfinding, dissatisfaction, restlessness – or would it be one of quiet contentment?

Here’s the thing, mamas: if you are a Christian with the Holy Spirit living inside of you, you do have the Savior. You are holding Him inside of you, taking Him with you wherever you go.

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Lay Down Our Lives: A Devotional for When You Give More Than You Receive

August 3, 2020
lay down our lives devotional

For today’s meditation, we’ll be discussing the call to lay down our lives. This is for mamas who feel like they give more than they receive. Have you felt that way lately? If so, read on.

Do you ever find yourself “keeping score” with how much parenting you’ve done versus how much your spouse has done?

I put them to bed three nights in a row… When is he going to do it?

When was the last time HE gave the “discipline talk”?

I cooked dinner AND did the dishes, so he needs to put them both to bed. 

We spent all day doing what he wanted to do, so it’s my turn tomorrow.

Can any of you relate to this?

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When You Need Comfort…

July 13, 2020
when you need comfort

Are you in need of some comfort today, mama? I don’t know about you, but I woke up this morning in need of encouragement. And God sent it to me, by way of a beautiful sunrise, a pack of wild pigs, and this Bible verse…

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

In case you needed the reminder: God loves you 

How has God shown you His love? For me, I see His love in my family and in nature. I get little “I love you’s” from God through Tyler every day. And I constantly am in awe of God’s love for me when I think about how much I love my kids. If I love my kids this much, and I’m a sinful human being, how much more does God love me?! (Matthew 7:11)

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When God Has Other Plans

May 4, 2020
When God has other plans
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I’m a planner. Literally. My undergraduate degree was in Recreation, Parks & Tourism with a concentration in Event Planning. I enjoy planning things. In fact, one of my “hobbies” is planning vacations that I’ll (probably) never go on. 

The older I get, the more I bump up against this problem with planning: oftentimes, my plans don’t coincide with God’s plan. And it’s frustrating, and, at times, painful. 

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21

When God Had Different Plans for Me

At the beginning of 2013, I started to have debilitating pain in my joints. At the time, I was a riding instructor at a local horse farm. I would get home from teaching lessons at the end of the day and literally crawl up the stairs to our apartment because I was in so much pain. I started to see an orthopedic doctor and then a sports medicine doctor, and when neither helped, I went to a rheumatologist, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, a physical therapist… the list goes on. I got a knee brace, shoe insoles, a plethora of medications and side effects, and a myriad of injections in my joints. Instead of getting better, the pain only got worse.

With every new doctor, I would hope that this would be THE ONE. This would be the doctor who would know what was wrong with me. This would be the therapy to finally “fix” me. This medication would make it all go away. But it didn’t. I found the truth in this verse: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12).

Three years into my journey with pain, I was consistently walking with a cane and taking several medications daily just to function. The pain kept me up at night—I spent a lot of nights crying on the bathroom floor, praying to God, feeling so alone and defeated. I was unable to work, barely able to go to church. There were days when I couldn’t even walk to the bathroom without help from my husband. This obviously wasn’t part of my plans.

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COVID-19 Devotionals for Moms Fruit of the Spirit for Moms

Faith Over Fear

April 15, 2020
Faith in Fear
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For this week’s devotional on the fruit of the Spirit, we are looking at faithfulness.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

The Greek term for faithfulness used in our key verse is “pistis” which conveys faith, belief, trust and confidence. This is the same word used when Jesus says things like, “Your faith (pistis) has healed you,” (Mark 5:34, 10:52) and in Mark 4:40, “Why are so afraid? Do you still have no faith (pistis)?” It is the same term used all throughout the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11.

With everything going on in our world right now, it’s hard to be faithful. It’s easy to doubt what God is doing with this pandemic or in the various hardships he’s sending our way. Despite these storms, it is possible to have full faith in God – and not just blind, oblivious belief.

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Peace in a Pandemic

March 25, 2020
Peace in a Pandemic
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The next fruit of the Spirit in our series is peace. This is a pretty crazy time to discuss peace. At the time that I write this, the Coronavirus is closing in on half a million confirmed cases. Countries are closing their borders and several U.S. Cities and states have issued stay-at-home orders. We can make jokes about Quarantinis all day, but this is a terrifying situation. 

So, how should we, as Christians, respond? 

In my opinion: with preparation, prayer, and peace. I’ve already written about how we should prepare for disaster, so I won’t go in to it here.

One of the most important things we can be doing right now is praying. If you head to my Instagram, I’m doing a series of daily prayers for this pandemic. Please join me as I pray for our world in crisis. 

Lastly, we should be at peace. We’ll get into the how later, but let’s talk about what peace is first. 

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Fruit of the Spirit: Mama is Love

March 9, 2020
fruit of the spirit
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This week, I’m starting a series on the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. I chose this verse because as moms, I’m pretty sure we all want to be everything in that scripture. Loving, joyful, patient, kind. But it’s hard. We get frustrated, impatient, lose our tempers. We get overwhelmed with the daily burdens of life. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

I wanted to do a deeper dive on this verse to help me (and hopefully those of you reading this) to connect with and understand how we can grow in these areas. 

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“Mama” Means Manager in the Master’s Kingdom

March 2, 2020
mama means manager in God's Kingdom
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For this week’s meditation, we’ll be looking at the parable of the wise and faithful manager. Because basically, “mama” means manager, right?!

Recently, after leaving a restaurant and strapping my son into his car seat, I handed him three out of the six toy monster trucks he’d brought with him from home. About a mile down the road, he says, “Mama, where’s my other monster trucks?” 

“Oh Finn, I left them in the door. I forgot to give them to you.” 

He considered my response and finally said, “It’s okay, but next time, will you obey?” 

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Devotionals for Moms Marriage

First Love: Prioritize Your Husband

February 24, 2020
Prioritize your husband
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Last week we discussed how God calls us to love Him first, above our families. This week I wanted to talk about the priorities within our families: that as moms we need to prioritize our husbands – even above our children.

I say this by way of confession: it’s easy to put my children ahead of my husband. They’re needier – and their needs are more urgent. They’re dependent on me and therefore sap my energy wholly. I know you know what I’m talking about. I remember when we first got married and before we had kids, it was a struggle to keep God first and not elevate my husband above Him. Now, in this stage of life, it’s sometimes hard to remember I have a husband!

Just kidding. (Sort of.)

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