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Momma, is God in more control of your life than you think?

(Inside: God is still in control and reflection helps us see that. Here’s a powerful story from a woman who says, “Yes. God is still in control of your life.”)

“I think God is more in control of our lives than we let ourselves believe.”

I paused mid-coffee sip not because of what was said, but who said it. This woman sitting in front of me…this. woman. How do I string words together that accurately describe her? Clever, courageous, kind – she’s a go-getter. She’s experienced picket fences crumbling and putting pieces back together. She’s gone to the school of hard knocks, but also – she’s been to seminary, where she dove deep into God’s word, prayer, and theology. With her collective experience and knowledge, she’s the one I ask the hard theological and life questions.

So, the goosebumps are already queued up, I know this is going to be good, and I encourage her to go on.

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Me: “What do you mean?”

Hero friend: So, in continuing our conversation on parenting – we had two kids, then our third child was special needs, as you know.

Me: Yes, I know…

Hero friend: My husband only wanted two kids. I pushed for the third and then he was special needs. Our lives were flipped upside down with properly caring for our baby.

(Pause)

Hero friend: A momma always loves her babies…always. And in those early years, I had some really good days caring for my special needs youngest. But there were days when I was stretched so thin, my heart would cry out: Why does my son have to be special needs? Why are simple daily tasks so hard? Why all the challenges?

Me: I think anyone would ask those questions…we all know how much you love your baby.

Hero friend: But, then, years later, when all three of our kids graduated high school, my husband decided he was done being married. He left. I was shocked – we were supposed to grow old together.

(Pause)

Hero friend: Here I am single and in my sixties with my adult special-needs son living with me.

She shrugged her shoulders and continued…

Hero friend: And, do you know what? I’m so grateful for how it all came together… I’m never lonely. My son is funny, kind, and tells me how much he loves me… He helps clean the house and gets dinner going – I mean, I know not all differently-abled adults can do that, but my son can and I’m blessed. Every day, I love coming home to him.

Me (goosebumps full-on emerged): I can see that…

Related article: 60+ Faith-Building Best Books for Moms

Is God in control of my life? Yes – more than you think…

Hero friend: It’s like God knew… God. Knew. He knew my husband would disappoint me. So, he gifted me with this beautiful, kind special-needs boy who I GET to have live with me. I mean – of course, we have challenges, I don’t mean to paint life as perfect…

(Pause)

Hero friend: But life is rich and full… I think God is more in control of our lives than we let ourselves believe.

This conversation happened two years ago, and I’ve thought about her story repeatedly.

(Pause)

Broken friendship – I wonder how God is going to spin this so good things come out of it?

Parenting disappointments – I wonder how God is going to shape my child in a beautiful way through this?

Career challenges – I wonder how God is going to sharpen my professional skills through this?

Sometimes people tell you the words of Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

And other times, people take their lives – and show you.

God is still in control

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You just dropped one kid off at practice, picked up another, and are trying to decide what to make for dinner. Your days are filled with work, parenting, and waiting for password reset emails.

You are parenting tweens and teens.

It’s an amazing life phase, but also challenging in unique ways. In it all, you’d love a little encouragement to help you laugh, grow in faith, see parenting hacks, get ideas to connect with your kid, and celebrate the awesome momma you are. 

I got you, friend. Sign up for Empowered Moms and Kids monthly emails and get encouragement in your inbox geared for someone exactly in your life chapter. It’s totally free and you can unsubscribe at any time. 

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SCHOOL
Teen, These Big Reasons are Why You’ll Like Trying Hard in School (And, no, it’s not about grades.)

FAMILY CONNECTION IDEAS
Connect as a Family Over These Conversation Starters

GROW TOGETHER IN FAITH
7 Powerful Reasons to Pray as a Family

 

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7+ Fantastic Devotionals that Help Create Forever Family Connections

(Inside: Best family devotionals that will help your loved ones grow in faith and connect as a family. Ideas that your family will love.)

You know you’ve dreamed this too…ever since the day we decided we wanted to have children, we all looked forward to it…

Our. Awesome. Parenting. Skills.

However, once that sweet baby was placed in our arms we melted apart like putty, then molded back into a completely different shape, forever changed. Starting our parenting journey unlocks a scary realization:  our best parenting days are behind us – before we had kids. That’s when we had all the parenting advice for everyone else because easy-peezy-common-sense-sherlock. 

But we forge ahead because we love these humans so there is no other direction. 

 

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A top parenting desire: family devotionals

One of the things, I’ve always aspired to do is hold epic family devotionals. Oh, I had visions: loved ones gathered ’round. All ears open. Hearts ready. Sunshine spotlighting down from the heavens. And the Holy Spirit. 

But, I’ve found this hard to do. Truthfully. I know that you make time for what’s important to you and blah, blah, blah… And…I even have a degree in education. Eh-hem. A master’s degree. Just busyness mixed with life has left me grasping for consistency and depth in this area.

Until a couple of years ago.

Something clicked. I don’t even know what, for sure. We’re still crazy busy, but we manage to come together about three nights a week to check in. And I mean really check in. Like ask questions about school, our mental state, and then read something that helps deepen our faith.

This is working better now, partly because my kids are older. But also, we’ve found some intriguing books and Bible studies that promote conversation and growth. I’m excited to share with you devotions that are a great fit for families of tweens and teens. 

Forget perfection

Before I go on, I must say this because it’s beating so loudly in my heart I won’t be able to hit publish without getting it out: you are still a good mom if you don’t ever do one family devotional. The end. 

There isn’t a perfect formula and one path only to teach your kids faith. 

As moms, we teach our kids the things that pulse in our inner being, and for me, that’s a deep longing to connect over traditional family devotionals. I am moved through Bible study, so wanted to share this method of deepening faith with my sons. But also, I hope this designated family time gives my kids a safe place to share what’s bothering them, me a chance to better get to know my kids, and helps us all create a strong intertwining family bond. 

Some days our family time is great and sometimes everyone’s cranky. Whatever. As a mom, I’m better learning to throw grace-on-ourselves-and-loved-ones around like confetti, not over-analyze and simply move forward. 

Best Family Devotionals

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100 Days to Brave (Annie F. Downs)

Best. Devotional. Ever.

We read one page a day. Annie gives a verse, a short story, and a takeaway. This has opened up deep conversations in our family around courage, school, friends and life. I highly recommend it. It is perfect for when life is crazy busy. It’s short, inspirational and each day ends with a dicussion question for families to connect over.

Top 20 Teens: Discovering the Best-Kept Thinking, Learning & Communicating Secrets of Successful Teenagers (Bernabei, Cody, Cole, Cole, Sweeney)

I did the Top 20 training as continuing education through the high school where I teach. As I listened, I felt intrinsically motivated to aim high, work hard, embrace kindness and be a better person. I love how this book communicates to young people. It’s fantastic. No, it’s not the Bible, but much of the principles are what they teach in Sunday school, so we loved it. We read one short chapter at a time and discussed questions listed at the end.

Gideon – Your Weakness, God’s Strength (Priscilla Shirer)

Priscilla’s studies are always rich in learning about scripture, history, and application. I loved this study. It’s about turning weakness into strength and watching God move through the hard parts of your lives. I did this by myself after a particularly difficult season – it’s in the que to do again with my family. 

Book of Matthew – The Words and Stories of Jesus

We read through the stories and words of Jesus in Matthew. It’s so simple, yet promotes good conversation. I wrote out a schedule and it’s in the Empowered Moms and Kids Freebie library. Click on the link below to get instant access. 

Yes, I want the Bible Reading Plan!

Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story (Angie Smith)

A friend recommended this to me. It gives an overview of the Bible with life applications. It’s more intense and time-consuming than some of the devotions listed above, but I liked doing this study with my kids. Plus, we did this during the summer when we had more time. It gave a solid overview of the Bible and our salvation story through Christ. 

There is also a teen edition, though my friend has done them both and doesn’t think there is a huge difference. That’s why we did the adult version as a family.

Known By His Names: A 365-Day Journey From The Beginning to The Amen (Elizabeth Spencer)

If you want a short daily devotion that helps your family really see and feel how much God loves them, I highly recommend Known By His Names by Elizabeth Spencer. It is rich in beautiful scripture and deep insight. I read it through like a book instead of one page a day. 

It’s one that you could linger and discuss over at length or is also great for a quick devotional before everyone hurriedly scatters in different directions. Regardless, it’s worth your time. What a beautiful, beautiful book that you can feel the Holy Spirit move through.

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence (Sarah Young)

This is another gorgeous devotional that helps us all hear God talk daily to our hearts. It opens our eyes to see God work all around us, moving, shaping with purpose, nourishing, comforting, and giving us peace. 

Our family is currently working through this devotional. I like that there are 2-3 scripture references for my kids to look up. I love to see my kids’ hands in the Bible. It’s great for the busy season, and if we miss a day, we just skip it and find the current date in the book. Each day is amazing – you can’t go wrong with Jesus Calling. 

Bonus: Supplement Your Devotional with a Prayer Journal

I created a Prayer Journal for families raising tweens and teens. Included in the digital download:

  • 7 Powerful Reasons to Pray as a Family Inspirational Essay
  • How to use the prayer journal page.
  • 30 days of journal pages: Day 1 (and all the odd days following) starts with a verse that focuses on God’s love for your family. Day 2 (and all the even days following) features a verse that focuses on your family’s love of God. These beautiful pages hold places to write your family’s reflections on what they’re grateful for and their prayer requests. 

    Your family will grow to love this intentional practice of walking with Jesus and learning to communicate and love each other better. Plus, this is a lovely keepsake your momma’s heart will cherish. 

Your turn

What Bible studies are your family loving? Or how do you grow faith and/or create family connect that isn’t in a study or book? I’d love to know. Email me or share in the comments. 

Be encouraged by the full “raise kids of faith” series.

Over the years, as my kids have grown and their seasons have changed, I find myself going back to this one prayer, “Dear Jesus, please let my kids desire to have a relationship with you and follow you.” If as they journey through life, they consistently go back to their Creator for comfort and guidance – it’s all going to be okay.

So, as a mom, I strive to (in my imperfect way) teach my boys faith.

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You just dropped one kid off at practice, picked up another, and are trying to decide what to make for dinner. Your days are filled with work, parenting, and waiting for password reset emails.-You are parenting tweens and teens.

It’s an amazing life phase, but also challenging in unique ways. In it all, you’d love a little encouragement to help you laugh, grow in faith, see parenting hacks, get ideas to connect with your kids, feel empowered in your personal growth, and celebrate the awesome momma you are.

I got you, friend. Sign up for Empowered Moms and Kids monthly emails and get inspiration, resources, and stories in your inbox geared for someone exactly in your life chapter. It’s totally free and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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See Your Greatest True Love on Valentine’s Day

(Inside: Valentine’s day isn’t always roses when it comes to relationships. So remember who your greatest True Love is. See your greatest love on Valentine’s day.  Encouragement for Valentine’s Day.)

I brushed my fingers over the pink iridescent hearts on the Valentine’s Day cards. I thought of the love words I’d write to my sons, to my husband…

Then my mind switched to a friend who’s been in my thoughts – this is her first year as a divorcee. I knew this holiday would hold pain. For the first time in years, her husband wouldn’t be giving her the flowers, instead, they’d go to the woman he’d chosen over her.

I thought of my grandma, she’s been decades without my grandpa – I know she’d think of him on this day, missing him with the same intensity as the day after he died.

I thought of the past times my husband and I had skipped the fluff of Valentine’s day, because of our budget and because we were in survival mode with three small kids. (“You love me. I love you.” High five. The end.)Valentine’s day sometimes plays out like a chapter in a romance novel. 

But, whether we have the roses in our hands or not – Valentine’s Day always holds love. Always. Because there’s One who calls out to us – all of us – on this day…

Pay attention, you’ll see Him…

He tucks silky rose petals into all areas of our lives.

He reminds us of His extravagant love.

The air whips around me as I walk around the lake, and I can’t take my eyes off of the huge flock of geese circling and landing in an intricate dance reminding me we’re all a part of a bigger story. I hear God gently stir these words in me…Trust in me. I am in control of your story… I see you and I love you.

Again, I heard the voice when I tucked the clean sheets around the corners of my son’s bed. I smelled the aroma of fresh linens and am transported back to my childhood. When living in New Mexico, my mom always hung my sheets outside to dry. She’d lay the linens over my bed and declare that clothesline sheets smelled the best…I hear God press deep inside of me, I gift you with good memories because…I see you and I love you.

My friend and I sit legs tucked under us near her living room fire; the heat cuts through the Minnesota chill. We shared for three hours – three hours! – about parenting, careers, relationships, dreams, and more dreams. As I drive home that night, in the stillness of my car, God says to me…I will always provide you with your people…I see you and I love you.

My golden doodle greets me when I get home. Tail-wagging, love abounding, I’m a celebrity. I hear again, I fill your day with simple pleasures on purpose…I want to consistently remind you… I see you and I love you.

Or I hear my three boys talking. They’re hovered around a Calvin and Hobbes comic book laughing. “Do you remember when I put you in the red wagon and sent you down the hill like this picture,” the older says to the younger pointing to the comic book. They laugh hysterically. “At least you put a helmet on me,” the younger remembers. I thought I understood love, but then I gave birth to three kids and my heart cracked open in deeper ways than I’d ever expected. God says, my daughter, don’t you see… I love you with the same passion… I see you and I love you.

Whether we are the person writing the cards, missing the once-devoted husband, longing for a lost love, or skipping the Hallmark holiday because of our current survival modes, today let’s all look for the extravagant love that comes from above…

Let’s see the sacred rose petals sprinkled throughout our mundane.

Let’s feel God’s just-for-us words.

On this day, this day of love, let’s not forget to SEE our Greatest True Love.

“Lord, you know everything there is to know about me. You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind. You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book and you know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence! You know every step I will take before my journey even begins. You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me.

This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible! Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength. Where could I go from your Spirit? Where could I run and hide from your face? If I go up to heaven, you’re there! If I go down to the realm of the dead, you’re there too! If I fly with wings into the shining dawn, you’re there! If I fly into the radiant sunset, you’re there waiting! Wherever I go, your hand will guide me; your strength will empower me.” (Psalm 139:1-10, TPT)

Related article: Create the Perfect (Or Not So Perfect) Valentine’s Day for Your Family

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7 Christian Meditations to Renew and Empower Moms

(Inside: Christian meditations for moms to help reduce anxiety and stress. These short Christian mindfulness meditations will help moms refocus and hear God’s voice.)

You just dropped one of your kids off at practice, picked up another, and are trying to decide what to make for dinner. Your days are filled with work, parenting, and waiting for password reset emails.

You are parenting tweens and teens.

It’s an amazing life phase, but also challenging. Decision overload is at its peak and yet we have the least amount of downtime to actually think about all the balls we’re juggling.

But friends, in the craziness, I’ve discovered Christian meditation and it’s giving me life right now. 

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Finding 8 minutes (or 2 minutes!) to get still and quiet makes a way greater impact on my life than I could have ever imagined. Meditation helps…
  • reduce worry/anxiety
  • get rid of negative self-talk
  • write God’s word on our hearts
  • hear God’s voice
  • find direction
  • feel nourished
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However, these Christian meditations don’t just nourish moms, they also empower our kids.

When we take care of ourselves through meditation, we:

  •   teach our children to go to God for help.
  •   teach our kids to take care of themselves. 
  •   model coping strategies.
  •   model prayer and daily friendship with God.
  •   show our children how to hear God’s voice.

There’s truth to the saying we see printed on mugs and bumper stickers “happy wife (or mom), happy life.”

So, are you wondering how Christian meditation for moms actually works between replying to your work emails and getting your tween to piano lessons?

This practice is so simple, and there are no rules to it. The ebook gives you a guide, tweak it to fit your personality and life. These meditations can be done as you walk the dog, as you’re laying down for the night, in the shower, or while in the car waiting to pick up your child from practice (my favorite). Use the full 8 minutes. Use 2 minutes. Just intentionally stilling your heart and focusing on the One who created you and loves you so much is powerful.

What exactly does Christian meditation look like?

Here’s what the steps are…

Mentally Prepare (1 minute): Be mindful of where you are; allow yourself to be fully present in the moment.

Meditate on the Verse (2 minutes): You’ll be given a scripture verse to meditate on. We focus on keywords/phrases and the truths they represent that strengthen you in your real life. 

Silence (1 minute): Listen for God’s voice and allow Him to both stir and speak to your heart. There is no formula for this, but I give you ideas of where to start.

Prayer (1 minute): Speak to God about what’s on your heart in the same way you’d speak to your most cherished friend.

Silence (2 minutes): Listen again for God’s voice and allow Him to both stir and speak to your heart.

Gratitude (1 minute): Close the 8 minutes mentally listing all the things you are grateful for, thanking God for His tangible ways of showing you that He loves you. Feel God’s love pour over you from head to toe.

In this rhythm of mediation, what tools are we using, and do they work?

We’re using science-backed proven tools to help us slow our racing brains, fill our bodies with peace, and hear God’s voice – that deep knowing – that He puts inside of his. Let me break it down…

Tool: 

What we will do:  

Why: 

Deep Breathing 

We will take deep breaths that completely fill our lungs. We’ll slowly breathe in and out and let our bodies relax.  

  • Breathe in. (5 seconds) 
  • Hold the air in your lungs. (1 second) 
  • Breathe out. (5 seconds) 

“Deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange — that is, the beneficial trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide. Not surprisingly, it can slow the heartbeat and lower or stabilize blood pressure.” Read more on the Harvard Medical Publishing website.  

Mindfulness 

As we breathe in and out, we’ll use mindfulness to help our brains go from all-the-things we have going on, to focus on the present. We’ll focus on the sounds around us, the feel of our heartbeat…etc. We’ll ignore the outside noises, let our worries fade, and be fully aware of now. This helps us sit full attention in front of Jesus, waiting to talk and listen.

When we focus on the future, we can feel anxious. When we focus on the past, we can feel depressed. Mindfulness is being aware of and living in the powerful present. Read about more benefits of mindfulness in Psychology Today.  

Meditate on God’s truth 

We’ll hover over keywords in scripture and let God strengthen us through them. 

 

Meditation is a powerful tool we can use to let God renew and strengthen us. It’s good for our minds and our bodies. The article on Live and Dare outlines in detail the benefits of meditation.   

Prayer 

We’ll talk and listen to Jesus.  

Prayer is so good for us.  

Read my article on Extravagant Hope explaining why we should pray. 

See how science supports the health benefits of prayer on The Health Site.  

Silence 

We’ll use silence to listen to how God stirs our hearts (or inner compasses).  

There are 5 benefits of silence including improved memory, stimulates brain growth, stress-relief, better sleep, and heightened sensitivity. Read more on Medical Daily. 

 

Look, moms. I know we are usually the cheerleaders, but we also need to be encouraged. The eBook’s Christian mediations help us in 3 important areas of our lives where our buckets need to be filled…

1. Knowing we’re loved

Moms need to feel loved. We need to know (and believe!) that the same momma-bear protective intensity in which we love our kids is the same way that our creator cherishes us. 

Through meditation, we can remind ourselves God loves us and is FOR US. We can view ourselves with the same tenderness that Jesus sees us.

Mommas, that can be a life game-changer.

2. Renewing our Strength

Sometimes, I wonder how God carries out His promise to renew us. But then, I see all the research that supports the mental and physical health benefits of prayer, meditation, mindfulness, silence, and deep breathing and instead wonder why I don’t fully use the resources He provides.

Science supports it – meditating on God’s Word and allowing Him to speak to our hearts is a healthy, empowering way to live. Meditation renews our perspective and strength.

3. Finding Direction

In my journey, I  so desperately want God to reveal the big picture and make the entire road clear. But, God wants a relationship with me. He wants to daily walk with me, so that’s how he communicates, telling me one step at a time.

So, after each step, we go back to him and discuss, then try out the next small decision. It reminds us that the journey is just as important (maybe even more important) than the finish line. 

Sitting quietly before Jesus in Christian meditation helps us find the next place to put our feet.

Convinced that you need self-care? I hope so. Let’s keep going. This is a more detailed look at what the structure of the 8 minutes of Christian meditations looks…

Mentally Prepare (1 Minute)

Be mindful of where you are; allow yourself to be fully present in the moment. 

Take a few deep breaths. Breathe in slowly and let the air completely fill your lungs. Slowly exhale. Follow this guide: 

    • Breathe in letting go deep into your lungs. (5 seconds) 
    • Hold the air in your lungs. (1 second) 
    • Breathe out. (5 seconds)
    • Take your focus off all of your outside thoughts (responsibilities: meals, cleaning, work, family, friendships, volunteer work…etc.) and instead focus on the present. Visually, it’s narrowing your focus on your thoughts from the light blue circle into the navy blue circle.   
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To help your focus go from the outside oval to the inside one. You can do this by, as you deep breath, being “mindful” of your present.

  • Let your body feel the chair you’re sitting on. (What does the material feel like against your skin?) 
  • Feel your heart pump against your chest.  
  • Hear yourself breath. 
  • Feel the temperature of the room against your skin. 
  • Use your senses to experience your present moment.  

After you’ve shifted your focus to the “now”, be still for a second and sit quietly in the present.  

Let yourself simply “be.” 

Meditate on the Verse (2 minutes): 

You’ll be given a scripture verse to meditate on. Here’s an example of what the meditation practice will look like: 

STEP 1: Read the verse slowly, letting the words sink in. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…”  (Proverbs 3:5) 

STEP 2: Then, meditate on the empowering key verses/phrases and think about the attached truth. 

Keywords/Phrases Truth
Trust in the Lord God is in control.
All your heart I want my whole heart to trust God.
Lean not on your own understanding God sees the big picture better than I do. He knows what he is doing.

Below can be a meditation guide for you: 

  1. Keep your breathing slow. 
  2. Choose one of the keyword/phrases that resonates with you. Close your eyes and write that keyword/phrase (for example: “all your heart”) at the front of your mind.   
  3. With your eyes still closed, look at the words and slowly repeat them 3 times.
  4. Say the attached truth: I want my whole heart to trust God. 
  5. If desired, repeat for the same keyword/phrase or pick a new keyword/phrase. 

Silence (1 minute): 

Listen for God’s voice and allow Him to both stir and speak to your heart. There is no formula for this, but here is an idea of where to start: 

  1. Silence the physical noise around you. 
  2. Visualize a wave coming in and wiping out all of your thoughts. (To think about “nothing” is hard to do! Another option is to imagine the wave wiping out all your thoughts, except for the one “thing” that’s on your mind. Then focus on only that thought. For example, focus on this question, “Should we send our son to kindergarten or hold him back a year?”) 
  3. Now take your focus upward and lay it on our powerful God. 
  4. Bring the focus inward and listen to what God is stirring in your heart (or inner compass).  

Prayer (1 minute): 

Speak to God about what’s on your heart in the same way you’d speak to your most cherished friend. 

Silence (2 minutes): 

Listen again for God’s voice and allow Him to both stir and speak to your heart. (If desired, use the previously mentioned strategy.)

Gratitude (1 minute):

Close the 8 minutes mentally listing all the things you are grateful for, thanking God for His tangible ways of showing you that He loves youFeel God’s love pour over you from head to toe.

So, are you ready to reach for some peace in the chaos?

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Why is self-care so hard for moms? Y’all, I ignored it for so long, that I had an epic mom crash. (I talk about it over here.) I never want to go there again, so it’s game on, self-care!

I recently listened to a podcast by the author of my favorite book on creativity (affiliate link), Liz Gilbert, where she talked about how she feels like she has been given the divine responsibility of being in charge of “Liz,” so needs to do what’s best for “Liz.”

Okay, I hope I don’t mess up the interpretation of what she said too much, but let me tell you how it went into my heart…

God gives us the sacred responsibility of taking care of ourselves. So, I need to see myself in the 3rd person. I need to step outside of myself and say, “Cheryl doesn’t need to be doing that. She’s done enough..she needs sleep, or to say “no,” or to sit and pet her beloved dog.” 

For this go-go-go, do-all-the-things girl, that way of explaining our self-obligation was powerful. Self-care is vital. We better serve our families and communities when we are in a good place. So, be encouraged by the series on self-care and inspiration for moms…

Self-Care and Inspiration for Moms Series

RESOURCES
Free eBook: Christian Meditations for Busy Moms Just Like You
Best Podcasts Every Mom Needs to Hear
5 Best Relaxing Songs to Make Your Day Better
60+ Encouraging and Inspirational Best Books for Mothers

HEARTFELT STORIES
Need Hope? Look for it – Hope will Always Come Back to You
Momma, Go for Your Dreams! Let Faith Overcome Your Fear

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A Busy Mom’s Christmas Prayer for Her Family

(Inside: Christmas prayer for family – a busy mom’s prayer for her family to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas. Build your faith in the holiday season. See God in the holiday hustle.)

 

A Busy Mom’s Christmas Prayer for Her Family

 

I always decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. Always. My house could be on fire and I’d still find a way to dust off the fake tree and hang the tinsel. Because I love the holiday season.  

However, I think I’ve learned to love the adult version of Christmas. (Which is very different than the kid version of the holiday.) Over the years – it’s been a slow opening of my eyes to see God in the hustle over feeling stressed because of the hustle. So here I am again, about to put up the tree, whispering this prayer…

 

Lord, help me see you… 

 

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When we’re unpacking the tree and finding the lights…help us to remember that this feeling of excited anticipation is what your people felt when they heard you were sending the promised Messiah.   

When we hang the collection of ornaments, a wooden bear from the Rocky Mountain National Park, a cross-stitch ornament nana lovingly made…help us remember that you purposely created us all with beautiful uniqueness.  

When we wrap the gifts, smoothing brightly colored paper around each box…may we be reminded that you wrap your hope around us. Always and forever.    

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When we gather around the lit tree, legs tucked under blankets, the dog nestled next to our kids, and read the Christmas story…help us remember that you invite us into your story. You invite us into your Kingdom and life-giving works here on this earth.    

When we  press the Hershey’s kiss into the middle of the ball of peanut butter cookie dough…may we be reminded of how sweet it is that we have a God who is always working in our lives in powerful ways.  

 

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When we lift our lighted candles at the end of the Christmas Eve service singing, “silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright”…may we feel grateful for the peace you pour over us during worship.    

When we open the gifts…may we remember the reason we give is to remind ourselves of the ultimate gift – baby Jesus.

 

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And most of all – when the celebrating all goes awry… When the blizzard (or pandemic) hits and plans are canceled… When someone brings up the word “democrat” or “republican” at the Christmas eve dinner table… Or when your  Christmas tree  crashes to the ground shattering ornaments and dumping water all over your wood floor (this just happened to my friend)…

In those imperfect moments, help us remember the biggest message of Christmas: our salvation is based on grace.  The grace of a God who loves us so much he tucked the best gift into a humble manager. Grace that to walk with Him, we only have to ask. Grace that is  gently whispered  from every corner of our imperfect lives: You need me, you need me, you need me – I am a God of grace. Follow me. 

In the holiday hustle, Lord,may I see you.  

Amen.   

 

 


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Besides this Christmas prayer for family, continue to be encouraged by reading the full “raise kids of faith” series.

Over the years, as my kids have grown and their seasons have changed, I find myself going back to this one prayer, “Dear Jesus, please let my kids desire to have a relationship with you and follow you.” If as they journey through life, they consistently go back to their Creator for comfort and guidance, it’s all going to be okay.

So, as a mom, I strive to (in my imperfect way), teach my boys faith.

HOLIDAYS
10 Easy Ways to Teach Your Kids The True Meaning of Christmas
A Busy Mom’s Christmas Prayer

TEACHING FAITH
Free eBook: Devotions for Kids and Families
5 Fantastic Devotionals that Help Create Forever Family Connections

TEACHING GRATITUDE
A Free Gratitude Journal Your Teen Will Love (Raise Grateful Kids)
The Science Behind Why a Gratitude Journal Works (Raise Happy, Faith-Filled Tweens and Teens)

 

 

 

 

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