{Father's Day Special Event} Blessings for Our Kids.

Written by: Rev. Nathan Hill

Just over four years ago I wrote an article called “Blessings for Our Kids.” In that article I reflected on the significance of the verbal blessings that are passed from one generation to another in the Old Testament of the Bible. For example, Isaac blesses Jacob prior to his death and Moses shares pivotal words with Joshua when he hands over the task of leadership. Bearing this in mind, how does this notion of blessings for our kids pertain to our present culture?

Every time I think about this topic I have a somewhat morbid mental image of my aged self lying in a hospital bed and requesting some time alone with each of my children to pass the mantle of family and faith on to them and thus to the next generation. Then I realize that there is no need to wait until that moment to speak prayers and blessings of encouragement for our children. All milestones in life are opportunities for significant moments to occur much like the Isaac-Jacob and Moses-Joshua moments. The moment our children are born, when they begin school, when they graduate, their marriage, their children, when they become grandparents…and ultimately the moment when they will have carry on life without us and become the matriarchs and patriarchs of our family.

In the four years that have passed since I wrote the initial post my family has changed significantly—my two oldest kids have grown and started school, and we have added two young kids to the mix! So, with that being said, let me give you a glimpse into the thoughts and blessings that I have in mind for my kids right now.

Benjamin: Your name means “right hand of the father” and you are certainly my right hand in so many ways—I haven’t mowed the lawn without you since you were two! You have made life happier and more complete than I ever imagined. I’ve told you many times that God has blessed you with a silly side and with lots of words. Embrace your design, but also never stop pursuing self-discipline—your wealth of words will mean the most when they are shared with God’s timing. I love the way you talk with me about your faith in God and always try to learn more. I also love the soft heart that you have, one that looks out for those who are hurting. You are already a capable and strong influence in our family and on your brothers and sisters and I love you deeper than the ocean and taller than the mountains, my eldest son Benjamin.

Sophia: Your name means ‘wisdom’ and this was no accident; you are a wealth of intellect that is already being recognized by your teachers and classmates. I pray that you will apply your vast intellect in the most excellent ways—that is the definition of wisdom, and that is your name. You are determined and steady, a trendsetter not just by charisma but also by how you live life every day. I love your snuggles and your smiles, and I love your fierce determination when you have decided to do something. You’ve been pressed, but not crushed; struck down, but not destroyed; you are blessed, and God’s promises are made apparent within you. May the joy of the Lord be your strength and may you always remember God’s work in your life. You are my lovely princess, my eldest daughter Sophia.

Spencer: This is the first time I’ve written a blessing for you, as you were only in our thoughts the last time I penned such words. Your constant happiness and soft/tender heart are the highlight of your personality. Your big brown eyes are so bright with joy and your greetings when I walk through the door are so very enthusiastic. I enjoy watching you grow into a ‘big boy’ and take steps forward that just months ago you were not ready for. I love your manners and your energy—although sometimes it needs to be redirected—and I will always remember our song—“Daddy Love”—and the prayers that we share at bedtime. You will always capture a special place in my heart, my little son and close buddy, Spencer.

Grayson: You’ve just barely begun your time here on earth, but how patient and kind you are to your mom and I. I love your smiles and the way that you embrace my silly songs and even sillier nicknames—Dudley the Dragon-Wagon. You are charting your own course right now, thriving and hitting your own milestones in your own time. You are a delight to have around and it is fun to take you with us still on date nights and church events. I look forward to watching you grow and take your place in our family, my youngest and final child and son, Grayson.

Babies #1 & #2: How confusing it still is to know how to speak of the two of you, babies #1 and #2. We tried out names but have not really used them in recent years. You are the two that we never knew, the two that our other kids never knew. Yet, you were there, that is sure—we have the images and the positive test to prove it. If the two of you were here today you would be older than Spencer, yet younger than Sophia. How fascinating that would be! Your place in our family may not be remembered by many, but I will think of you each time I notice the gap between the older and the younger children in our family—babies #1 and #2, you are that gap, and I will remember your short weeks shared with us.

Pray blessings for your children, continually encourage them in spiritual pursuits, and make sure to leave with them significant moments of wisdom and faith for all the days that they will live after our loving and prayerful direction has passed on.

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Nathan is a husband to Mandy, and Daddy to Ben (6) Sophia (5), Spencer (3) and Grayson (infant). Nathan grew up in Nova Scotia but currently resides in Southern Ontario where he is the youth pastor at a local church. He has a B.Sc with first class hours in Microbiology and Immunology from Dalhousie University and a M.Div from Acadia University where he obtained the silver medal in theology. He enjoys reading, writing, teaching and watching legal/crime dramas with his wife on Netflix.

{Ministry Mom} What goes in, must come out.

Written by: Mandy Hill

“It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom.” (James 3:13-14)

Have you ever really listened to your own voice? The way you speak to your spouse, your kids, your family, your friends? Have you ever heard the way you react to the behaviours or actions of your children that you disapprove of?

How does your voice sound? Are you kind, gentle, forgiving? Or are you rude, harsh and mean?

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I had a moment recently where I heard myself, clear as day, my words; straight from my daughters mouth. My heart was convicted as the words she had spoken to her brother caused him pain; evidenced by the tears he had in his eyes. His intentions were pure and to help. Her reaction to his efforts to bring her joy, had brought him pain.

The verse from James 3 that says “it’s the way you live, not the way you talk that counts.” In those moments as I watched the interaction between my two oldest children, it became so very clear to me that it doesn’t matter how many rules or guidelines that my husband and I give our kids….the ones that will truly be heard and furthermore learned; are the ones that we genuinely model ourselves.

How we react to each other as husband and wife, how we react to their poor behaviours; they see it all and they take it all in. What goes in their ears WILL come out.

Based on what comes out of your mouth and how you act in the presence of your children; how are you raising them?

When your kids are feeling frustrated, have they learned it’s ok to come completely unglued?! Do they lash out under stress? Sulk when they don’t have it all? When they are facing conflict with a friend, do they seek resolution or revenge?

Not easy questions to ask yourself, but I believe it’s so important to ask them anyway. If we are not careful with what we are putting into our kids hearts by ways of which we are acting; we should certainly not be surprised by what comes out.

Father God, I pray with urgency for a heart that is likened to Yours. I pray for patience, perseverance, good character and a hope that I may pass onto my children. God, please stir within my soul a passion to live a life that strives to be more and more like You. I pray for Ben, Sophie, Spencer and little Grayson….please give Nathan and I the wisdom we need daily to raise these amazing little lives to know You and serve You with all their hearts. I pray for my sisters, please guide them and direct them as well, as they endeavour to raise their precious gifts to be followers of You. I pray for a special anointing on each family that will read this post today. In Your name I ask, Amen.

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{The WAHD Exclusive}

Good Wednesday morning, friends!!!

We are so very excited to bring you this new and exciting feature on the We Are His Daughters ministry blog!

Inside this special little clip you will hear both updates as well as two very special announcements! We would love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to share what you think!

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Yours in Him,
The We are His daughters  Ministry Team

{EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT from our President!!!!!}

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Good morning, WAHD Friends!

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying this beautiful God-given day!

I am so pleased to introduce you to another new and exciting segment of the We Are His Daughters women’s ministry blog! Cindy Morrone, the director of Sisterhood Sunday’s and video media, birthed the vision of a short video update to be brought your way a few times a year. After some discussions and a lot of teamwork, we are so excited to present you with the very first byproduct of this vision.

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In this short video clip called, The WAHD Exclusive, we bring you an update on our current ministry operations and will also announce a couple new and exciting changes!

Bless you, our readers! Thank you so much for your support!
Sincerely,
Mandy Hill
WAHD President and Lead-Writer

P.S. Please look forward to the release of this new edition to our ministry: TOMORROW! (Wednesday May 20, 2015)

{Saturdays with Sarah} A Joyful Heart.

Written by: Sarah Walker

Thou that hast giv’n so much to me,
Give one thing more – a grateful heart,
Not thankfull, when it pleaseth me;
As if thy blessings had spare days:
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
Thy praise.
– George Herbert (1633)

Today I was up at 5am because my daughter couldn’t sleep. I managed to sooth her back to slumber land, and no sooner had I tucked myself back into bed, my son awoke, cheery and ready for the day.

I had several jobs that I had wanted to get done that day, but because I was playing referee to my kid’s constant fighting and then later a nurse to my sick daughter, nothing got accomplished.

It had been a regular, normal, chaotic day, filled with the typical busyness of life. Through the tiredness, the work, a sick little one, and my failing patience – I forgot to praise God.

As I look over my day-to-day life, this sometimes can be a common theme for me. I thank God for the big things, I thank God on Sundays, I even thank Him through the hard times, but I often forget to thank Him in the regular moments of life.

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Give THANKS in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1Thessalonians 5:18)

Oh give THANKS to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 107:1)

Giving THANKS always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:20)

Praise the Lord! Oh give THANKS to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 106:1)

Oh give THANKS to the Lord; call upon his name; make known the deeds among the peoples! (Psalm 105:1)

As I searched my bible for verses about being thankful, I was met with what seemed to be a never-ending supply!

If I’m being honest, I don’t always feel grateful. That is when I realized that the Bible doesn’t tell me to be grateful when I feel like it. I am told to give thanks in all circumstances!

When my kids are driving me nuts with their fighting, I choose to be thankful that God has blessed me to be their mom!

When we are sick, I choose to be thankful that we are generally very healthy and that we were born into a country with free healthcare!

When I’m grumbling over chores, I choose to be thankful that He has given us clothes to wash, a home to clean and a yard to manage!

When I choose to take my monotonous routines and daily grumblings and turn them into thanksgiving, I feel my attitude shift, and God fills me with his with joy!

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. (Psalm 92:4)

The funny thing is, I know that I am supposed to always be grateful. It is a natural response when I am celebrating something good. I even remember to be thankful during the hard times as I press into God for His help, but I often get too caught up in the humdrum of life to take note of God’s amazing work in the small regular details of my life. I get so consumed with my kids, my house, my marriage, my friends, and my responsibilities, that I can forget to sing God’s praises for giving me all these things in the first place.

As I move forward, I will join in George Herbert’s prayer, “Dear God, please give me a heart whose pulse may be thy praise. Please help me to take my eyes off myself and my little world, so I can see you in every detail of life.”

When I look for ways to praise God for His goodness, my attitude changes. Instead of submitting to the highs and lows of my day, I can always choose joy by being thankful!

{MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL EVENT} A Mom to many.

Written by: Debbie Slauenwhite

I will never forget it – Friday, August 26, 1977 – I can remember being awakened from a deep sleep (anesthesia-induced) by these words, “Debbie, wake up! There is no time to sleep – you are a mom now!” In the words of Dr. Phil, that was a changing day in my life. My dream had finally come true – I was a mom – for real. All I ever wanted to be was a mom and now it was a reality. I remember looking into the innocent face of my sweet baby boy and thinking, “Okay, what do I do now?” That was the beginning of a journey of a lifetime.

I don’t think there is anything in this world that prepare you for the journey of motherhood – after all, what courses could you take to prepare? You are called upon to be so many things: nurse, teacher, coach, referee, counselor, etc., etc. The list goes on. The most important aspect of this journey called motherhood for me has been and still is my relationship with the Lord. He is a faithful leader – His word gives wise counsel.

I have been blessed to have many children call me “mom” – which, by the way, of all the names I bear is my absolute favourite. I have birthed two children, adopted one, and fostered fifteen. What an awesome privilege. Has it always been easy? No. Has it all been fun? No. Has it all been worth it? YES!!

Each aspect of mothering has looked a little different. To have had the privilege to create and nurture a life, was an awesome experience. I loved every part of that journey – from finding out that I was pregnant through to delivery. It was amazing to me that this could even happen to me. I felt like Mary when she said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.” God blessed us with two wonderful little boys – and I loved them more than words could say – but something was missing. The Lord had placed adoption on my heart…I really wanted a little girl. Now, I’m not suggesting for one minute that I was not happy with my boys, but there was this feeling that would not go away. I wanted another baby but could not physically birth another. So, I started to pray. God gave me a word one morning while I was in prayer that He would grant me the desire in my heart – what He did not tell me was that I would have to wait for ten years! Thus started the long journey. I was even so bold as to write in my journal what I wanted this little girl to look like!! Thus started the journey into fostering.

We were not strangers to fostering as one of my aunts had done this all through my growing up years…I knew what was involved. At that time they were offering a “foster-to-adopt” program. I thought that was great. I thought with every little girl that came to our home, “Is this the one?” Every time I asked that question, there was not a “yes” answer to be had. I learned, not quite as patiently as I should have, to trust God’s promise. I learned to love unconditionally and also to give back. I do not regret the time or energy that I poured in to each of the children that came to our home. I know that good seed was planted and that God would be faithful to water it and cause it to grow. Then it happened – one morning in mid-June 1992, I got a phone call asking if I would be interested in taking a little girl two months old who would be in care long term? Would I be interested?? They brought her to me and I heard the Lord speak to me – not audibly – but loud enough in my heart to hear Him say, “Debbie, this is your daughter.” I had to look around to see if someone had spoken to me, but I was the only one home. I knew the acid test would be when my husband came home. I asked God for confirmation through him. When he arrived home that evening, he took one look at her and with tears in his eyes he said, “Honey, she’s a keeper.” The rest is history.

Moms, I would like to leave you with these words on this Mother’s Day. Never underestimate the power of your words…remember life and death are in the power of the tongue. Listen twice as much as you speak…I think that’s why we have two ears and one mouth. Never be afraid to say “I’m sorry.” Our kids already know we are not perfect. They don’t expect us to be. Make your home a fun, happy place…the world is full of turmoil – our homes need to be a safe haven. And last, be honest with them and gain their trust. If they learn early that they can trust you with the “little” things in life, they won’t hesitate to trust you with the “big” things.

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About Debbie:
Debbie lives in Halifax, NS with her husband Stan. Together they run their family business. She is the proud mother of three grown children and two fabulous grandchildren. She keeps busy reading, knitting and visiting her granddollies.

{MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL SERIES} You are enough.

Written by: Tara Fraser

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Crying….what time is it? Every morning I roll over when I hear my youngest ( who is almost 8 months old) crying. “Please Lord, let it be at least 5 am”…some days it’s 5 am, but most days it’s 4:30 am. I fling back the covers and go to pick up my little sweet Bella before she wakes the other 3 children. Her wide eyes tell me, she’s not going back to sleep….and so my day starts… As I bounce my wee one on my lap while trying to have my ‘quiet’ time with Jesus and read my bible and sip at my coffee, it’s a juggling act. God is always faithful and I do get refreshed! But once my bible is closed, and the other children wake up, I must admit I do struggle with thoughts. My mental checklist runs wild! Ok- breakfast for the kids, breakfast for me, my husband, prepare Noah’s lunch for school, prepare my lunch for work, feed the dog, make sure the kids brush their teeth, make sure I brush my teeth, prep something for supper, put baby down for nap, sit for 5 minutes…and off to work I go.

Once at work, a new checklist starts…..

Fast forward to home time. It’s now 4:30 pm. I walk in the door most evenings at 4:45. Turn on the oven, time to get supper ready. I pause for a few minutes to ask the kids how they are and give hugs and kisses. Most evenings I hear the all to familiar question over and over and over…”is supper ready yet? I’m hungry. Is it ready noooowwwww??? Will supper be ready soon mom because I’m STARVING!” My stress level starts to rise. Don’t these children know that I’ve been going non stop since 4:30 am? Deep breath. Of course not Tara. They’re all under the age of 6. Of course they don’t get it. My patience is starting to wane by this point. Once supper is finished the checklist starts again…. bath time is underway, bed time routines start. Rock baby to sleep, get bedtime snack for the others, go back upstairs to rock baby who wakes up a half hour after she falls asleep EVERY night, back downstairs to get pi’s on the 3 oldest, up to bed they go!

As the house sits quiet for the first time since 4:30 am, I can sometimes start to allow some stinking thinking in. “I didn’t do enough with my children today. I didn’t have enough time with them. The time I had, I spent too much of it being frustrated. What kind of a mom am I anyway?”

But then….

God whispers “You are enough”. He reminds me of the small moments during the day that really count with my children. The 10 minutes during their breakfast that we do memory verses, the kisses and hugs before leaving for work and when getting home from work, the giggles we share before bed when we all snuggle in mine and Dave’s bed and sing ‘Jesus loves me’. God reminds me of the prayers I pray as a mom. He reminds me that EVEN when I’m not enough, HE IS. Where I am lacking, He provides.

I want to encourage every mom reading this post today: YOU ARE ENOUGH. You might mess up and have mom fail days. We all do!! But God is enough. Let Him fill you daily. Trust that He is doing a good work in you. He is developing you as a mom, teaching you, guiding you. You need only listen to His voice and rely on Him daily to give you the grace you need. Don’t focus on all that you feel you’re not doing as a mom, focus on all that you DO as a mom. Breath in the little moments…it’s those little moments that sometimes matter the very most!

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About Tara:
Tara is a daughter of God! Second most important thing- Tara is a wife and a mom. Tara and Dave have been married 9 years and together they have 4 precious children and another one on the way. She’s REAL- She has faults and weaknesses- so many of them- BUT she knows that she know that she knows- that God loves her. It’s Tara’s #1 desire to fall more in love with Jesus everyday and walk out the plan He has for her life. The most important ministry she has right now is to serve and love her husband and children.

{MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL EVENT} Leaving the nest.

Written by: Katie Brisco

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

I have grown up memorizing this verse, trusting and believing it to be true in areas of my life, all except one. Dating was not an area in my life that I trusted God with until I hit rock bottom. I had enough of relationship to relationship, the heartache and tears. So it was time for a change. Last year, I had to let go of a relationship that completely broke me. A relationship that I tried so hard to keep together, knowing it was not right. I was at a breaking point. I am done with love, done searching. Done. Done. Done.

I had surrendered the search for love and found myself. I pressed into God’s Word every day pursuing this woman of God that I wanted to be so that I was Mrs. Right for the man of my dreams I had faith I would someday meet. I found who God wanted me to be. A woman of noble character, who is far more precious than rubies. A woman who is clothed with strength and dignity. A woman who walks with her head held in confidence because she knows who she belongs to. A woman with a drive and passion for God and serving him and others. God was calling me to be a Proverbs 31 Woman.

My fiance’s name is Bo and we reconnected the weekend his cousin got married last June. I was not able to make the wedding because I was traveling back to town. The next morning while I was walking into church, my Mom told me that Bo asked about me at the wedding, that he told her he was in town and was disappointed he didn’t see me at the wedding. Before worship started, I texted him to see if he wanted to meet up for dinner. Like a gentleman, he drove to my house, picked me up and paid for my dinner. I begged him to let me meet him somewhere because in my mind this was NOT a date. I was used to just meeting up, paying for myself, you know, taking care of myself because I am single and independent woman. After this “Not a Date”, he took me home, I didn’t even let him get out of the truck. I said “thank you, good to see you” and walked inside. Thinking back on it, I was very nervous about where this might go because I didn’t want love. I didn’t want to get hurt again. But as soon as I walked in the door my Mom said, “so is he the one?????” I just laughed. My mom has always liked Bo and thought he was the sweetest guy; which he is. I told her that day that we would probably just be friends and that I didn’t see it going anywhere.

But my Momma knew.

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She could feel what was to come. One thing my Mom has always been good at is knowing who would be good for me and who wouldn’t. Past relationships she would encourage me that God had someone better. “There’s plenty of fish in the sea” is what she has always said. I ignored her because I didn’t want her to be right. This time around, I definitely didn’t want her to be right; but I’m glad she was. She has great discernment and she is very encouraging to me. She prayed for me and Bo and continues to pray that our relationship will walk with and pursue God.

–A year later–

I will be moving out of my parents house five months before our wedding. This is so bittersweet. I live in Sachse, Tx and my fiance lives in College Station, Tx. So we have been doing this long distance relationship for ten months. Oh my, can I just say, ten months went by really, really, really fast. We will be getting married in November and just about two months ago I decided it was best that I move out of my parents house and get established in College Station before the wedding. My poor parents, bless their hearts, support me but this decision has been extremely hard on them and me as well. I am a daddy’s girl, but for now I’d like to focus on my relationship with my Mom. I am also a momma’s girl. She has become one of my best friends. Our relationship has grown so much over the years. We haven’t always gotten along, (because of my childish behaviours) and still we argue sometimes, but where we are today is something special.

I’m the baby, so having this relationship with my Mom is so important to me. I can share things with her that I felt that I couldn’t as a teenager. When I am having a rough day, my Mom’s hugs always make me feel better. We can encourage each other now and it doesn’t feel like she is trying to control my life or tell me what to do. (Like I felt when I was a teenager). She prays for me, she supports things that I choose to do. She is a strong woman. She trusts in the Lord that He will provide for us and take care of us. She is so beautiful inside and out. Everywhere we go, people will say, “Oh, is this your older sister?” or “are y’all having sister time?” My mom looks GOOD for her age!

She loves me unconditionally. She is a woman of great faith. She has prepared me to be a loving, supportive wife. To always put God first, to pray for and with my husband (to be). She has taught me to honor the boundaries that we set for our marriage and to hold each other accountable. I love my Mom very much and I do not know what I would do or where I would be without her. So, as I am ready to leave the nest and marry the man of my dreams, its still going to be one of the hardest things I do because just thinking about moving makes me miss her. But, I know this will make our relationship even stronger. She and I know this is the path God has for me. I am so glad that this time around I listened to my Mom, otherwise I would have missed my opportunity. Thanks for looking out for me, Momma!

I love you.

Genesis 2:24 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”

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About Katie:
Katie is a bright young lady who is twenty three years old, born and raised in Texas and owns two businesses. She has a passion for crafting, repurposing, and health and wellness. Currently, she is an after school nanny. She loves kids and enjoys being a positive role model in their lives. She loves the Lord and does her very best each day to serve and honor him. She seeks his guidance for the days to come. She is extremely close with her family and always welcomes others to be apart of her family. Katie and her fiance Bo are to be married this coming November 14th out in the country. Katie enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and pretty much anything outdoors. She loves animals, especially puppies. Coffee is her favorite drink besides sweet tea. She enjoys her ‘Coffee with Jesus’ time each morning to help get her day started. Her favorite place to eat is Whataburger. (She could literally eat there every day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.) Her favorite color is turquoise. She enjoys going country dancing with friends. But her favorite part about life is seeing how God has worked in and through her life and others. Being apart of God’s great plan has opened her eyes to love more, care more, and hold onto hope just a little more each day.

{MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL EVENT} He sees you.

Written by: Megan Kincheloe

Hey mamas. All mamas. Yes…you. God sees you. He sees those of you who work outside of the home. He sees those of you that work inside of the home. He sees the homeschooling mamas and the mamas who send their babies off to school each morning. And by babies…I mean children of all ages who will always be your ‘babies.’

He sees you through the night and from the minute you awake. He sees you desperately trying to fit in devotional time and quiet time with Him but sighing as you walk past your Bible on the way to grab your 2 minute shower. He sees you rushing to get everyone up, get lunches made, and get out the door. He sees you turning around when you are already halfway there because you did not remember piano books or soccer clothes. He sees you making doctor’s appointments, dental appointments, and vet appointments…and making sure you remember to get everyone there on time.

Megan, Graycie & Colt

Megan, Graycie & Colt

He sees you going to work, paying the bills, and worrying about what kind of day your kiddos are having. He sees you trying to muster up enough energy to spend an hour at the gym on your lunch break only to realize you left your tennis shoes at home. He sees you coming home, fixing dinner, cleaning up the dishes, helping with homework, doing baths, reading before bed, and snuggling up to say prayers. He sees you feeding the animals, picking the dirty laundry up off of the floor, and sorting through the mail to decide which can be tossed and which you have to find time to shred. He sees you using every minute of spare time you have…which is only in the car…to call your girlfriends and family to check in on them. He sees you wanting to make your husband a priority but just being plum exhausted and not knowing how you can possibly find the time for ONE. MORE. THING. He knows your days are tough in every sense of the word. And He has made you a promise. He says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”

Mamas…do you know who else has it tough? Those ‘babies’ of yours. Every day they are facing new struggles in this world. They are being tempted, pressured, and bullied to do things that compromise the character you worked so hard to help them develop. They are afraid to talk to you about some of these things because in your tiredness, sometimes you react instead of taking the time to prayerfully respond. They love you to pieces but push you away the hardest because they know that no matter what, you are going to still love them. They are being pulled in 100 different directions and do not believe they can ever measure up. There is a constant battle for their precious souls and they are frightened and worried and do not know who to turn to.

They need to be able to turn to you. They need you to be praying for them every day and helping them suit up with the armor of God. They need you to speak truth to them in love and to rebuke them in love. They need you to not judge them but to extend them grace. They need you to extend yourself grace. They need you to admit when you have made a mistake and they need you to make it right.

He is trusting you to care for His children here on Earth and He knows you are just the right woman for the job…because He equipped you with everything you need to be the best mama to His children. Mamas, you are loved. You are appreciated. You are cherished. Our God has given you the toughest job in the world and He. Sees. You.

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About Megan:
Megan loves Jesus and is passionate about sharing His love with others. She loves to write and encourage other women to be bold in their faith. God has recently given her a burning desire to minister to teens to ensure they know their value in who He has created them to be.
She has been a Christian for as long as she can remember but strayed away from living a lifestyle that represented Him well. She is forever grateful for His grace and mercy and endless pursuit of her heart, and hopes that her writing will encourage others to press forward in His grace. Megan has been married to Chris for 10 years and has 2 awesome children, Graycie and Colt.