A Mom’s Love

A mom loves so deeply, she forgets about her own needs. Do you have those days when you have forgotten to brush your teeth? You haven’t eaten in who knows how many hours! You aren’t sure when your last shower was. You are so focused on caring for and caring about your little one. Thankfully, as my kids have gotten older, I make sure I have time for me. Yet, I still feel guilty and want to make sure I am devoting myself to what their heart needs. 

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God Gave Moms a Special Job

“Job” doesn’t even seem to describe what we do! It is a calling and takes such selfless dedication! It is SPECIAL and what you have to do takes strength and wisdom! Any mom wishing to have a baby will tell you that she knows how special the role of mother is.

God knows you and chose you for this very important role of mother. He knows how much love you have to give. God gave you the task to CARE FOR and CARE ABOUT your children. This happens in so many forms from infancy through sending them off to college. The number of ways you CARE FOR each of your kids are unique to who that child is and how you take care of their meals, their health, their wellbeing, their emotional support, their academics and what they need for their activities. No one cares for your child like you do. You CARE ABOUT them no matter how well they are doing or what they are struggling with. This is at the core of NURTURING, you DO have a special job, PRAY for whatever you need, Mama!

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Cherish Your Strengths as a Mom

  • You may give the BEST hugs. Or your cookies are to die for. Or you know just what to say to comfort your child. You may make the best forts in the family room. You may have fun dance moves in the kitchen. You know where every piece of laundry is in a pinch. You have the red school folder ready on Tuesdays. You tell the funniest bedtime stories. You cheer the loudest at the football game. Mom, you nurture and love in so many ways. You have so many strengths!
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Finding Spiritual Direction in the New Year

Happy New Year, Friend! I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve! If you didn’t, that’s ok. I spent my evening snuggling up to a migraine…lovely. But that’s life sometimes. Don’t get caught in the thinking trap that how New Year’s Eve or the first few days of the new year went is some indication of how the rest of the year will go. Each day is new. Thank God! 🙂 

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:22-23
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Year in Review: A New Year’s Eve Activity

Well…how are you? Have you taken a breath yet after the holidays? I have to admit, I love the few days between Christmas and the new year. There is this beautiful gap of time that I feel is comparable to the moment you stop moving after a long run or jog. 

When you stop running you stand there for a moment, hands on both knees, head hanging down and gasping for some air. After a few minutes you grab a water, take a seat and allow yourself to just exist for a bit. 

That’s what these 6 days between Christmas and the new year feel like to me. They really feel like a gift that holds a special opportunity to reflect. 

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Silent Night: Feeling God’s Presence in Moments of Silence

“Silent Night, holy night! All is calm, all is bright” 

Such a powerful song! Is it just me or does this song evoke emotion in you? Whenever this song is sung in church on Christmas Eve, it is all I can do to not bawl like a baby. I am a crier so that’s not a surprise. It is as if the song itself captures the perfect peace and stillness of that magnificent night that Christ was born. 

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Right?

Christmas is fast approaching, and I don’t know about you but I can definitely feel the pressure mounting! The pressure that comes from finding the perfect gift, planning the perfect party, making sure the elf moves every night, and all the while trying not to blow the lid off of that diet I shouldn’t have started before January! Anyone else able to relate? What do you do to help find the balance so desperately needed in this season that is supposed to be filled with cheer, but can often bring out the worst in people? 

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Help For Grieving Over the Holidays

The holiday season is a season that is like an explosion of emotions. We can be excited and joyful one moment while watching a child rip through the wrapping paper like a wild animal. The next moment we may be feeling sentimental as we sink our teeth into the cookies made from grandma’s recipe. As we sit down at the table, we feel thankful for those who are gathered with us. In the very next moment, we may be sad and feel a deep sense of missing and longing for those we have lost. 

Grief and loss are a very real part of the holiday season. These are the people you have loved most in life. To feel the impact of their absence at the holidays is only human.

So today, I thought I would take this opportunity around the holidays to share a few insights and resources on grief and loss that could assist you through this season. 

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Advent: A Season of Anticipation & Contemplation

Advent…what does it mean?  The first thought that came to mind was the Advent calendar we get each year with the little chocolates hiding behind the door of each day. As a child, I remember the Advent candles at church. I knew it was a time leading up to Christmas, but beyond that, there wasn’t much more that came to mind, until this year. 

Why this year? Hmmmm…good question self, “Why this year?” I think that somehow because of the “missed” holidays with family last year, this year seems somehow HISTORIC to me. The best way I can describe it would be like in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol when Scrooge wakes up on Christmas morning and realizes he is alive and there is so much to experience and give to the world. I feel like that!

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Thanksgiving 2021: This Year, the Table Means More

A few weeks ago I was watching season 3 of The Lost Kitchen. If you haven’t watched it, it is phenomenally inspiring in so many ways. It is one of the shows on The Magnolia Network on Discovery Plus currently. 

Erin French is the owner, founder, chef and overall creative force of The Lost Kitchen, a restaurant in Freedom, Maine. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, her story is not one of privilege or glamour but one of struggle, heartache and a mother’s determination to learn from the lumps and bumps in life to create the best version of one’s self. In my opinion, what better message for a mother to instill in a child. Her background information is not really in the show much but is in her fabulous book called Finding Freedom.

I sound like a stalker…LOL. I swear I am not. I am a fan. However, I think I am mostly a fan of her contagious expressions of gratitude. Being the week of Thanksgiving, what better time to talk about gratitude. I think because of the struggles in her life, she exudes an essence of gratitude that is rarely communicated in the genuinely sincere way she is able to verbalize it.

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