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Devotionals for Moms

God Sees You

July 8, 2020
God sees you, mama

We recently got back from a staycation with my family. When we got home, Tyler and I took the kids to his parent’s house (AKA our next door neighbors) and I came back home to set up the kids’ rooms for bedtime. I ended up unloading the whole car and putting everything away from our week-long trip.

When Tyler came back with the kids, I told him: “I unloaded the whole car and put everything away.” 

“Cool,” he said, scrolling through his phone. 

I paused. His response wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, so I said, “I’m going to repeat myself in case you missed it. I unloaded the ENTIRE CAR and put EVERYTHING away.” 

He put down his phone and smiled at me, “Wow, babe, that’s awesome. Thank you so much for doing that.” Then he kissed me and offered me a massage.

See, sometimes it does help to repeat yourself! Ha!

But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Matthew 6:6

This morning, I noticed this verse of the day on the YouVersion Bible app. It made me think about whose praise I’m prioritizing. 

I don’t think it’s unscriptural or unholy for me to seek my husband’s recognition or praise – however, I do think that I can oftentimes feel under-appreciated or like all that I do somehow doesn’t matter if no one sees it or recognizes it. 

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.

Hebrews 4:13

However, there is one being who sees every single thing: God. 

He sees the middle of the night feedings and the early morning risings when no one else is awake. 

God sees us serving our families in all of the daily, humdrum ways that no one else ever notices. 

He sees us cleaning up poop and vomit and who knows what else! 

And it’s HIS praise that we should be seeking above all. 

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Devotionals for Moms

What if Every Day Were Mother’s Day?

May 11, 2020
what if every day were mother's day

Yesterday, we all (hopefully) felt loved and appreciated. Our roles as moms and caregivers were honored and glorified. It made motherhood seem more enjoyable, more majestic. More important. It made me wonder: what if every day were Mother’s Day?

Today, we’re back to the same ole grind. Changing diapers without any praise. Feeding whining children, with no one around to pay us on the back. We wash clothes, clean dirty floors, wipe away tears, tend to our kids’ souls. With no one watching or cheering us on.

…right?

Except, what if I told you that you’re not alone…There is someone watching. There is someone cheering you on. Someone’s patting you on the back, giving you the credit you deserve and filling in the gaps when you need it.

Your Heavenly Father sees you, mama.

He sees you every day. All throughout the daily grind He’s cheering you on, applauding you when you succeed and mourning with you in moments of frustration. You are not alone.

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Mom Interviews

What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

April 23, 2020
What Moms Really Want for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is upon us! This COVID quarantine is doing strange things to the time – it’s as if time is going faster and slower all at the same time. How is that possible?!

So, I asked and you told me what you REALLY want for Mother’s Day! Share this with a dad in your life – let’s spread the word about what moms actually want for Mother’s Day.

Some advice to the dads on Mother’s Day:

Talk to your wife or mom about what she would like. Ask questions like: What do you envision for your ideal Mother’s Day? You make every day special for us, how can I make your Mother’s Day special? What’s something we can do for you that would make you feel extra appreciated on this Mother’s Day? You can still add your own special touches, but I guarantee that your wife has something in mind that she would like for Mother’s Day. Work together with your kids to make that happen, and to make it extra special. It’s safe to say that you can’t ever go TOO overboard for Mother’s Day.

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Devotionals for Moms

When Motherhood Isn’t What You Expected

February 10, 2020
When Motherhood Isn't What You Expected
For the busy mom: listen to an audio recording of this post!

By Amanda Chacon

Hey there, mamas! I asked my sister-in-law, Amanda, to share her story with you all today about when motherhood isn’t what you expected. I hope you’ll hear her words and allow them to point you toward God.

Amanda with her husband, Kyle, and her daughter, Lily.

I don’t really remember the first 24 hours of my daughter’s life. I don’t remember feeling anything when I saw her for the first time, I don’t remember nursing her for the first time (explains the bruising), changing her first diaper (probably because my husband did that one), and the list goes on. 

You know what I do remember? Fighting like crazy to get her in the right position, screaming so much I lost my voice, not sleeping for 49 hours, finally pushing her out in 4 quick sets of contractions, then watching her turn blue from choking on amniotic fluid almost 24 hours later. 

Okay, okay, you might say, all labors are difficult in their own ways. But what about the months following that? 

I’ve always been a kid person. I loved babysitting, I worked in a daycare, I was a preschool teacher for a time. Playing with children came quite naturally to me. And when my first nephew Finn was born – oh boy, was I HEAD-OVER-HEELS. My bond with him only magnified my desire for one of my own. I never felt a strong pull to do anything in life BUT be a mom. I wanted as many kids as my husband and I could afford. 

So, imagine my surprise when all of a sudden my prayers were answered and I felt… anxious, depressed, lonely, woeful, doubtful, insufficient, and overall just plain not good. My expectations were sky high, and with each passing day following her birth I felt myself falling thousands of feet from that height, seemingly without a parachute. I never thought my dream of being a mommy would feel like a disaster – physically and emotionally. Nothing came naturally despite all my “experience” and all my research and hours of getting advice from all my mommy friends.

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