From One Busy Mom to Another
Hope and Encouragement for busy moms
Being Mom is is hard! I’ve always felt like an okay mom, but the pandemic gave me a chance to see how I can be mighty, and that I can’t do it all on my own. I’m sharing things I’ve learned in the hopes it can help you, too!
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HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE PARENT THAT’S A WORK-IN-PROGRESS
As much as I know and believe my children are a gift from the Lord, sometimes this parenting thing is HARD. As a mother, I’ve continued to grow in ways I didn’t know were possible, and I’m not done growing, either. I’m very far from being a perfect parent.
I was recently encouraged by Chip Ingram’s Effective Parenting in a Defective World series.
There are so many times I’ve messed up, acting out of selfishness rather than loving kindness. But I know my Father has forgiven me and transformed me in a lot of ways. I’m so grateful for that.
SEEING GOD IN LIFE’S CIRCUMSTANCES
Have you noticed the times when circumstances ended up being just perfect in your life? It’s easy to think, “Wow, what a good stroke of luck!” or “What an amazing coincidence!”
But I don’t believe in coincidences or luck. Rather, when circumstances work out just perfectly, it’s an opportunity to see God at work. And as a parent, it’s also an opportunity to point out how God is masterfully coordinating all of life’s pieces.
CONFIDENTLY STEPPING FORWARD: LEARNING ABOUT DAVID, PART 5
What inspires you to take action? When you’ve heard the story of David and Goliath countless times, it’s easy to overlook how David and the Israelites were feeling. Truth be told, I’d probably be an Israelite in that story. It’s hard to take a bold first step forward–especially when no one else has dared to take it.
But David stepped forward. He faced Goliath and won. Did you see what happened next? I don’t think I’d ever stopped to notice before.
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU? GIVE YOURSELF TIME
“New Year, new you!” I know I’ve heard that a lot in early January over the years.
But the truth is, being made new is a much longer process than just the flip of a calendar, moving from one year to the next. I can see ways God has made me new, even in the past year. It’s been slow and steady progress, with setbacks and challenges. But it is nice to look back and see how I’ve grown into who I am right now.
BE STILL AND KNOW
I have a reader board hanging in my kitchen, and I put that verse up on it 6-9 months ago. I don’t even know why I picked it at the time–maybe because I thought it would be a good verse for my kids to internalize?
But, as it turns out, it’s been one that I’ve been working on internalizing. It’s almost like God knew I was going into a period of focusing on being still (go figure). I’ve needed to slow down. Breathe. Trust in Him. Let Him calm my spirit.