It is only through knowing Christ and having that ultimate relationship with him that I can rise above those negative feelings (most days) and find hope and promise in my role as a mother. By knowing his word and believing what it says about me, I can trust in my potential and know he has given me what I need to fill this role. … More For the Moms – Treasure in Jars of Clay w/ Betty Predmore
When I began to see myself through God’s love, I began to release the shame that I had been holding on to like a heavy rock, that I had been carrying in the palm of my hand all these years. It inhibited me from using my hand to do other things God wanted me to do. When the rock of shame dropped, oh my, what a relief it was! Plus, I was tired of the spiritual carpal tunnel. … More For the Moms – Treasure in Jars of Clay w/ Miriam Matthews, LICSW
Strong-willed children are experiential learners. They won’t take what someone says to be true. Instead, they must find out for themselves.
Many times, they will challenge every single interaction you have with them, so it is important you reframe questions. Give them choices between two equally acceptable things. “Would you like the apple or the orange.” They need to feel they are in control of their life. Routines and rules written out on the refrigerator help. … More For the Moms – Treasure in Jars of Clay w/ Julie Plagens
Managing as a mother when you are caring for a child with mental illness or learning/developmental disabilities means that you will at times need to put yourself first.
I am often reminded of the speech given before taking off on a flight when you are instructed to put on your oxygen mask before helping another passage to put on his/hers. … More For the Moms – “Bold & Brave” with Felicia Graves
In that moment I recognized I do not get to tell the Lord what to do with my life which belongs to Him. I continued in worship, “Whether I live or die, whatever You decide to do, glorify Yourself and magnify Your name through this! Let even my brokenness serve You!” … More For the Moms – “Bold & Brave” with Cheryl Shumake
My husband and I moved from a comfortable life into a temporary housing situation to prepare to plant churches in Canada. Everything was changing drastically from what we were accustomed, and I had just given birth to my third child. I fell into a deep depression. I didn’t realize it was postpartum depression until later. I was struggling just to get through my days and keep my baby, and two toddlers cared for while my husband was going to school full time and working. … More For the Moms – “Bold & Brave” with Arrica Hess
Blog series “For the Moms” is back and more bold and brave than ever! I never quite imagined that this project would go beyond 1 year – but it has, and here we are! The 2020 For the Moms…Our Life in Words series was too powerful to not run again. And, if you missed the … More For the Moms is Back and more “Bold & Brave” than ever