How Do You Make Your Garden Grow?

How Do You Make Your Garden Grow?

Being a mom is not easy and being a parent in itself is the hardest role you will ever own. But is is one that God has and will continue to totally equip you for and in.

In the recent season of my life, I have started seeing my parenting role and my relationships with my children as a garden. There are so many things or weeds that try to grow where they are not wanted nor intended to be. Insecurities, doubt, fear, sadness, lack of faith, worry, anxiety, offense, etc..

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Navigating Change

Navigating Change

“How did you prepare your children for such a big move?” A friend asked. 

Our recent cross-country move sparked questions from a friend who may face a move of her own in the future. As moms, we experience job changes, moves, deployments, school shifts, and even hormonal changes in our kids. Navigating change for our families takes intention. When it comes to change, the right balance is key. We can’t dismiss the weight of change, nor can we tie our life’s fulfillment to it. 

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Two things you didn’t know about JOY!

Two things you didn’t know about JOY!

I’ve struggled with depression for most of my adult life. As a child I was always happy. Then at age 19 it seemed like a switch flipped in my head. From then on it felt like I was crawling uphill, trying very hard to enjoy life and live in freedom. I wanted to have joy so desperately that I began to study the brain in an attempt to figure out what happened to me. Alongside that, I kept hiding God’s Word in my heart, trying to find that joyful connection with Him. The results of my studies, especially those from the Life Model have taught me some unexpected things.   

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Surviving the Storm

Surviving the Storm

I used to LOVE storms as a child. The kind that knocked out the power and my family would cuddle in the living room next to the good-for-nothing fireplace that barely put out any heat. I loved when we would break out the candles and pull out the flashlights. The atmosphere of our home would literally change. I loved the sound of the thunder and the way it made the windows shake. It felt so majestic and so much bigger than me. And then my dad would come home and turn on the generator and all would be back to normal. We were known for asking our dad to just give us one night without power so we could “rough it” like the rest of our neighborhood. 

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Raising Daughters

Raising Daughters

“Here’s what I know about Heaven’s daughter: She is lovely, intelligent, and capable. Her life is connected rather than isolated. She is loved by God and hated by Satan. She is oppressed worldwide by both subtle and obvious means. The question remains: What might she be collectively if she was supported and strategic?” -Lisa Bevere

To every new mother who has or is going to have a daughter, this is for you. 

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Significance Found in the Ordinary

Significance Found in the Ordinary

Do you ever wonder if what you are doing as a mother is truly significant? While I know the responsibility of raising children is significant, there’s something about the daily tasks of changing dirty diapers, preparing multiple meals, and picking up toys constantly scattered around the house that leave me struggling to find significance in the mundane responsibilities of being a mom.

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3 Ways to Empower Our Kids in Their Faith

3 Ways to Empower Our Kids in Their Faith

“I wish I had faith like you and Dad. I wish I could experience God like you guys experience Him.” My oldest daughter confides in me, with tears welling up in her eyes. 

With each child in my home comes a completely different personality … and a completely different way of experiencing God. I love seeing Jesus through their eyes and watching their eyes light up when they read a certain scripture for the first time. However, one thing I wasn’t expecting was insecurity regarding their relationship with God. From all my kids, I’ve heard statements like …

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