Monday Motivation: Follow the Call

I’m humbled and honored to announce that a piece I wrote is being featured by Daughter of Delight! This is an INCREDIBLE on-line ministry that exists to empower women in their worth and identity found through Jesus Christ. You’ll find a portion of my devotional below. 

photo credit: hannahrosebrasseur.wordpress.com

photo credit: hannahrosebrasseur.wordpress.com

“It was time to release the grip on how we thought our story should be written, say goodbye, and move forward.

We did all this not for ourselves, but to follow the calling the Lord placed on our lives. We did this because we know that obedience truly is better than sacrifice.

We said yes, because when God tells you to move, tells you to believe, and tells you to trust, the answer is always, always yes.”

Visit this page to read it in it’s entirety.

Love to you all!

BE BLESSED!!! 💜🌸💕

15 Verses, 15 Days: Lessons From the May 2015 Scripture Challenge

At the end of April, my dear friend and sister in Christ, Terra (check out her page here), tagged me on this picture via Instagram.

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She thought I’d be interested in participating in such a challenge, but truthfully it was the last thing I wanted to do! At the time, I found myself discouraged and restless as I waited on God to answer some specific prayers.  I was being very stubborn and I didn’t feel like making this type of commitment. Of course I knew that getting in The Word was exactly what I needed, but my flesh wasn’t in the mood. My flesh was seemingly okay with being listless and discontent, and frankly, I wasn’t putting up much of a fight. 

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. (‭Romans‬ ‭7‬:‭18-19‬ NKJV)

I had every intention of moving right pass this (and probably prolonging my funk), but that holy spirit  conviction came in like a flood! I knew it was time for me to help myself, and maybe this was just what the doctor (also known as God 😉) ordered!

So instead of scrolling past this image with faint acknowledgment, I viewed Kristin Schmucker’s site, and read all about the May Scripture Challenge.

I decided that every night I would share the verse I had been meditating on throughout the day, and I can’t believe I’m halfway there!

It’s funny because I considered sharing this at the beginning of the month, but there was a part of me that wasn’t ready to be held accountable. Oh how things can change in just a couple of weeks, especially when you truly surrender and let God take the wheel!

Not only am eager to share my nightly reading, but far more importantly, I’m excited about spending that time with Him!!

As in our earthly relationships, our walk with God must be nurtured and maintained. We go through the ebb and flow of life, and sometimes it’s hard to reignite that fire that once burned within. But we will never regret the time we take getting into the scriptures, and focusing our attention on the relationship that means more than them all!

Maybe you too have found yourself in a rut. Join me in the remainder of this challenge, or just stop what you’re doing now and open up your Bible. Do whatever it takes! Don’t neglect the importance of giving God your time, and the spiritual reward you will reap cannot be matched by anything else in this world!

Tell me, what verse has your attention today? Here is a sample of some of the verses I have shared:

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Hop on over to my IG feed, @lifeofaministermom, for more!

BE BLESSED!!!

 

Black and White Makes Orange

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My toddler has been the very embodiment of a Todzilla lately. Oh these threenage years! It’s been a test of my patience for sure, but when I’m not pulling my hair out or practicing breathing techniques, this little girl keeps me laughing! Yesterday’s conversation was no exception. 😄

Alexandra: Mommy, I see that white man. That’s my daddy!

Me: Yep, that’s right. What color am I sweetie?

Alex: Umm, mama’s black. 

Me: You’ve got it! Tell me, what color are you?

Alex: Uhhhhhhh, hold on, let me check. She runs to the full-length mirror hanging in the hallway to examine herself. Mommy! Daddy! I’M ORANGE!!! 😂😂😃

Out of the mouth of babes…she is too much!! 😉

Mommyhood is filled with highs and lows, but the highs make it all worth it! What’s the funniest thing your child has said or done lately?

BE BLESSED!!

Monday Motivation: He Hears Our Prayers, Large and Small

Laughing with friends at our going away party. 💜

Laughing with friends at our going away party. 💕

Last week my husband and I were feeling rather homesickWe were missing our friends and disappointed that we weren’t able to be a part of some major events that were taking place in their lives. We made some calls, laughed at some humorous text messages, gushed over some adorable pictures, and enjoyed FaceTime, but we pined for more. 

We are becoming more acclimated to our new surroundings with each passing day, but we realized  there’s a major component we’ve been missing: having married couples our age to fellowship with. 

We’ve been missing the encouragement, support, and experiences we can relate to. We’ve been missing the game nights, dinner dates and exchanging stories of our children. We’ve also missed the wise counsel and correction that comes when you have a collective of supportive contemporaries who hold you accountable. 

It made us a bit sad, and honestly our first reaction was to acknowledge this was just where we were at this point and simply deal with it. Then we were reminded of a testimony we heard a while ago, concerning praying for friends. This individual prayed that God would bless her with like-minded individuals she could connect with, and years later they have seen each other through the highest of highs and lowest of lows, and their bond is stronger than ever.

Why am I sharing all this?

Because instead of deciding that we would just deal, we prayed about it.

We prayed, and within a week we were sitting in a coffeehouse exchanging contact information with a fun, friendly, down-to-earth, and like-minded couple we met that night. 

We all knew it was a God thing, but for us it was so much more. It was an answer to prayer. It was an answer to a prayer we almost didn’t pray, because we nearly convinced ourselves this wasn’t a big enough request to bring to God. 

Boy, we can be foolish sometimes, but the truth is we’ve all been there before. Thinking our little ‘ol desire won’t or shouldn’t be a blip on the radar, but that’s where we’re wrong!

Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. (‭Psalms‬ ‭37‬:‭4-5‬ NKJV)

The Lord created us, and cares deeply about every part of us. He cares about the large and small aspects of our lives, and wants us to trust Him enough to go to Him with everything

Do you truly believe this or do you ration your prayers, holding it in until something major occurs? 

God is not like us when it comes to lending an ear. He won’t send you straight to voicemail or text you instead of calling you back. He won’t roll His eyes or blow you off. I can’t tell you the answer will come right away because it is in His perfect timing, but this I know for sure:

He wants to hear from you. He longs to commune with you, and when we do come boldly to the throne of grace, He wants us to trust and believe in His faithfulness!!

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (‭I John‬ ‭5‬:‭14-15‬ NKJV)

BE BLESSED!!

Will My Heart Be Big Enough?

Can I handle 2 children? 

How will my toddler react to the baby?

What will become our new norm?

Will my first trip to the grocery store with both girls be a disaster?

Will I ever get out of the house on time?

Will I ever want to leave the house again?!

How do I get my little darlings up those stinkin’ stairs??

Am I ready for this?

Will I EVER be ready for this?

These questions were a sample of the slew of thoughts and concerns that swirled around my head when I was pregnant with my youngest daughter. Although I could now say I had baby experience and was confident in my ability to care for my #2, in many ways I was still entering into the unknown.

I had no idea what this new little one’s personality would be like, and with my toddler and I doing absolutely everything together, I also had to adjust to the fact that it would no longer be just the two of us enjoying our quality time while daddy was at work each day.  I’d finally settled into a nice rhythm and found a good balance, but there was going to be a new girl in town. Her much anticipated arrival meant there’d  be a lot of changes made to our daily operation, but I knew we’d be alright. The truth is, a change in our schedules, or plans for the day paled in comparison to the deeper uncertainty brewing beneath the surface.

Would I have enough love to go around? Would my heart be big enough to fully embrace this precious gift, in the way I had her big sister?

As her mom, the obvious answer was Yes, of course!, but still I pondered.

I’ve seen the fanfare and excitement dwindle from family and friends when baby #2 or 3 or 4…is announced. I’ve heard parents go beyond observing the differences in their children to making blatant comparisons of them, listing the reasons why one child was clearly better than the other. I have witnessed the harmful and damaging effects of favoritism, and wondered if I too would be susceptible to any of these behaviors.

The love for my babies was there from the very moment I knew their sweet lives were growing inside me, and I prayed and prayed that I’d be able to equally and adequately express that deep love to both my girls.

On the day I met my darling Lily, I had no doubt that this blessing was just as special as the first gift I’d received, and that Our Heavenly Father had certainly hand-crafted her just for me.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. (‭Psalms‬ ‭139‬:‭14‬ NKJV)

She was perfect in every way, and my heart embraced her without a single doubt or hesitation. 

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7 months later, she enriches my life in more ways than I could have imagined. I get lost in her eyes, and hold her close at every opportunity. I cuddle with her, smell that baby smell, and stroke her soft skin whenever I can. I love on her with every fiber of my being, and that same love, that profound, unconconditional, and ever-growing love, is given freely to each of my daughters.

I will do my best to model after God, who loves all his children, and gives so much to each and every one of us.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NKJV)

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭32‬ NKJV)

As they continue to grow and mature, my prayer is that, as their mom, I too will grow and mature. This is an area that I will constantly be seeking direction from the Holy Spirit, with the hope that the day will never come when a child of mine wonders if she’s good enough to receive all her mama’s love.

Where are you in this motherhood journey? Is this topic of favoritism or ‘enough love’ something you’ve ever wrestled with?

BE BLESSED and travel well in Him!

Manna For a Mama’s Soul

Sometimes I feel like I have NO IDEA what I’m doing as a parent.

I wonder if I’m doing too much of this or not enough of that.

Was I too firm here or too lenient there?

Are they eating the right foods?

Are they learning the right lessons?

Am I doing anything right?

Ahhhh! The list is maddening & it goes on an on.  

But God!

In the midst of the crazy thoughts swirling around in my head, God allows me to witness precious sights like this.

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My toddler initiated reading time with her baby sis, & read every book she could find for her. To witness such a simple, yet endearing sight was like the Lord telling me that I’m doing just fine.

As the Holy Spirit begins to flood my mind with God’s precious promises, I am reassured. My girls will be alright because even with my minor (and major) mess-ups, He is right there.

He is right there leading and guiding, teaching and protecting, comforting and loving me and my family. He will never leave me nor forsake me, and He is my strong tower and solid rock!

On a day that I’ve been struggling with some things spiritually (Satan, you are defeated!!!), this sweet, sweet sight was like manna to this mama’s soul. It opened my eyes to the beauty of all the simple, yet marvelous things going on around me, and helped me to soak in the warm embrace of my Father’s unfailing love.

Thank you, thank you Lord. 

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’.                                                                                     Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

BE BLESSED!!!