To Sum Up This Week in the US for Moms…

To Sum Up This Week in the US for Moms…

What is Normal Anymore? All three of my kids had confirmed cases of Influenza A the week before the coronavirus (COVID-19) was diagnosed in our area. All three of them were running 103-104 fevers for nearly five days. I scrubbed my hands raw from the endless washing,...

Today We Pray for Our Nation

Today We Pray for Our Nation

Father, we have called ourselves a nation under Your authority, God. As Your children and as people called by Your name, we believe Your Word. You told Your children in 2 Coronicles 14:7 (KJV), "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and...

I Taught Them About the Virus… and This

I Taught Them About the Virus… and This

This afternoon, I asked my three young children to sit down on the rug in our living room, and I positioned myself across from them. They were diagnosed with Influenza A last week, and the dark circles under their eyes reminded me that their bodies were still...

For the One Struggling with Comparison

For the One Struggling with Comparison

A CONVERSATION ON COMPARISON Me: “I’m having trouble.” God: “Tell me more...” (So I started to list all of the things I couldn’t do, making sure to name all of the people who did those things well.) And God answered, “Oh. That’s an easy one. You’re having difficulty...

He Didn’t Know I Had a Mental Illness When We Got Married

He Didn’t Know I Had a Mental Illness When We Got Married

He didn't know he was marrying someone with a mental illness... Mostly because we had only known each other for about five months when we got engaged. I was eighteen when he put that ring onto my finger and asked if I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. I...

For the Momma Who Needs to Speak Kindly to Herself

For the Momma Who Needs to Speak Kindly to Herself

I was on the phone with my mom telling her about my day. “It sounds like you got a lot done,” she said. But I didn’t feel like her words were true. “It’s not a big deal. I didn’t get that much done. I have so much to do still,” I answered. I was completely unimpressed...

For the Momma Who Just Can’t Keep Up

For the Momma Who Just Can’t Keep Up

I wander around my house and there is continual proof that I can’t keep up. I can’t always keep up with the dishes. I can’t keep up with the laundry-covered guest bed (even when I promise myself I’ll do one load a day.) I can’t keep up with the kids’ bathroom that...

Oh, Anxious Mom

Oh, Anxious Mom

Oh, anxious momma, your heart feels like it can only take so much. Your thoughts seem to never stop racing. You continually count your "okays." My kids are okay. My husband is okay. My house is okay. My job is okay. My family is okay. My friends are okay. And you...

For the Momma Who Feels Like the World’s Worst

For the Momma Who Feels Like the World’s Worst

I have this memory from when my kids were little... they had spent the morning playing with play doh and coloring and reading and dragging out all of their toys and FIGHTING. There had been tons of fighting. I had my four month old on my hip as I put away the dishes...

For the Moms Who Will Be Up Late This Week

For the Moms Who Will Be Up Late This Week

It's 12:36 a.m., and I'm the only one awake in my house. I had to wait until everyone was asleep so I could sneak presents in from the car. I have a feeling this won't be the only night this week that I stay up well-after everyone else has gone to bed. There are just...

For the Mom Who Doesn’t Think She Can Do This

For the Mom Who Doesn’t Think She Can Do This

She was on the other side of the wall in the next room. I couldn’t hear what the nurses were saying or her husband or friends. I couldn’t hear what words her family might have spoken to assure her. I couldn’t hear the calm words of the doctor or the likely beeping of...

For the Momma Who is Stronger than She Knows

For the Momma Who is Stronger than She Knows

You are strong. I imagine you don’t usually feel as if that word fits you. ...stressed tired overwhelmed anxious exhausted... Maybe it seems those words better fit how you feel most days. And maybe they do. Maybe you pour and give and never feel quite filled back up....

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