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January 10, 2021

Tonight we pray for each nana, gigi, mimi, lollie, gemma, grandma, memaw, and grams who make our life and our children's lives so much richer by being in it. Their love and devotion, their care and concern and their words of wisdom make our family stronger. We love...

January 9, 2021

Tonight we pray for the momma who feels a little bit of everything. Lord, she may feel tired, discouraged, or worn-thin. She might feel overwhelmed or sad from missing her family, friends, and routine. Hope may come in waves or perhaps fear rests just beneath the...

January 8, 2021

Tonight we pray for the momma who has had a long week. Father, we ask that You pick up the broken pieces of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and restore our peace tonight. Lord, You see all the places where we feel like failures and You call us...

For the Momma Who Needs to Know God Hears Her

I was in the middle of working on my first book to encourage moms when I received a text from my own momma. It was a photo of a page of her journal, and in her cursive handwriting was written, "I pray for the new baby that he/she would be a testimony to Your love and...

The Older I Get…

I am thirty-three years old. I am not yet where I'm going, but I'm also not where I once was. But here's the thing. The older I get the more I realize... I don't want a seat at every table. I don't want to be invited to the cool girls night out or the popular party. I...

What I Wish They Had Told Me Before I Had My Baby

The warm sun shone through the nursery window as I rocked my 5 day old in a plush aqua colored glider. I had rocked in that chair for weeks before my son arrived hoping he might become accustomed to the feel of it. I thought that maybe if he got used the gliding...

For the Momma Who Doesn’t Know What She Feels

I don't know about you, but I'm tired. I'm tired of sorting through facts and opinions and emotions. I'm tired of weighing all the options, finally making a choice, and then second guessing myself immediately. I'm tired of the tension and the stress out there in the...

For the Momma Who Wants Her Joy Back

A few years ago I had a conversation with my son that highlighted an area of my heart which needed Jesus's help. We were standing in the kitchen when my son, then seven at the time, said, “I’m sorry this is so frustrating, Mom." I should have thanked him, but instead...

For the Momma Who Wonders if Anyone Notices

I was painting my bedroom, a project that was taking much longer than I anticipated, and it was getting closer to dinner and bedtime. I'd have to put off the rest of the painting until after my three kids were asleep for the night. I was just about to wrap up the...

For the Momma with BIG Questions Right Now

There used to be very few “BIG” questions in my life. Sure, there were some personal things that my husband and I were trying to make some decisions about, but in our day to day life? I had to decide what we were having for dinner and if my kids were spending too much...

For the Momma Struggling with Comparison

My kitchen is not one where you’ll find much design inspiration. There isn’t a trendy tile backsplash or gray and white quartz countertop. The appliances are likely original to the house. And I’m guessing the faucet is too. This house is a rental, and while it doesn’t...

Parenting in a Pandemic

So you’re parenting in the middle of a pandemic. Gah. None of us planned for this. Did we? It’s the worst. Being a mom on a regular Thursday was hard enough. Mom in the middle of a global crisis with civil unrest on a Thursday halfway through a year that has been...

A Bit of Everything

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...

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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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The Building is On Fire and We are Just Watching

18 years ago, on September 11, 2001 at 9:41:15 a.m Richard Drew captured a horrific photograph of a man falling from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. One hour. There was one hour between the time the plane crashed into the North Tower and the time this...

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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO BE REMINDED OF RIGHT NOW

  Have a seat. Just stop scrolling for a second. Or thirty. Please. Here are five things someone needs to remind you this weekend. 1.) You get to the other side of this thing. God walks with you and He meets you there and that means it’s all okay in the end. It’s...

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The Pass/Fail Test I Wasn’t Prepared to Take

He had watched his older brother and sister stand on the front porch for their first day of school photos for years. He knew exactly what he was doing Monday morning when I said, “Okay, let’s take a picture before we leave for Pre-K.” He tucked his arms into his...

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3 Signs It’s Time to Get Help with Your Anxiety

1. You feel kind of anxious. 2. You feel really anxious. 3. You feel overwhelmingly anxious. That’s it. No one needs to tell you to wait until you can’t breathe or you’re having panic attacks. Don’t wait until you are unable to perform simple tasks or you begin...

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I Never Thought I’d Be Here Again

"I have been in seasons of my life when it seems like the sun will never rise, when the darkness lingers, and when the warmth of the morning light seems unreachable. There have been seasons of my life when I believed the darkness and fear boasted of its success. But...

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When All of Those Moms Were Right… Mostly

Jax, my three-year-old took a nap the other day – something he hasn’t done consistently in over a year. Consequently, he was up late. At about 10:00 pm, after books and stories and sitting with him, he said, “Momma? Remember when you used to hold me? Remember when you...

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Maybe They Do Notice

My husband needs a clean workspace to start a new project. I respect people like him, but I’m just the opposite. Often, if I want to motivate myself to do all of the things I HAVE to do, I take on a project that I WANT to do. It...

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My Body Broken For You

I had this mission. Lose all the baby weight. It seemed like a simple goal. Nursing helped. Watching my sugar intake helped. Eating healthy and getting exercise… it all helped. Even though I should be clear that my version of exercise is chasing three kids around....

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Anxiety, Stress & The Food The Caused It

If you had told me six months ago that we'd be living this way, I would have giggled and shoved another powdered donut from a bag into my mouth. I mean, I'm not the mom who reads all of the labels, chooses organic over regular, and advocates for chemical-free,...

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