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Declaration #7 - Parenting is designed to deepen my dependence on God

I recently had coffee with a friend who is a first-time mom, and her adorable baby is getting older and beginning to look more like a tantruming toddler.  She is also pregnant with her second child.  So to say she was feeling really overwhelmed and defeated on this particular day would be an understatement.

This particular friend is familiar with how my parenting journey began, which just means she knows that when I first became a mom, and I had 3 little boys under 5, I had unrealistic expectations of perfection of myself, and therefore I had unrealistic expectations of perfection of my kids. 

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Declaration #4 - I am significant in my children's lives, but God is Sovereign

We need to remind each other that we’re not alone.  As my pal Heather MacFadyen says “Don’t Mom Alone.”  We need each other to remember that we aren’t the only ones who feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of influence we carry, and we feel terribly inadequate to help our children navigate the hardships they face. We know we’ve got only one shot at this, and we desperately want to get it right for them. 

But while we’re doing the very best we can to raise overcomers and world changers, and to help our kids navigate this life with confidence and humility, we often feel like we’re drowning. There is so much we can’t prevent or fix. It hurts to see our kids hurt. 

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I Can Trust God With the Children He Has Entrusted to Me

One of the questions that came up in a recent podcast I did was this: Why can it be so hard to trust God with our kids?  Is it because we think we know what’s best for them? Is it because we think we have bigger dreams than God does for them? Is it because we don't like feeling like we don’t have control over them? Oh yeh, I had to admit that all of those things tempt me to put my trust in my parenting rather than in God’s providence.

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February is for Freedom!

Beginning February 1st – and then every other day throughout the entire month - I am going to post a “freedom declaration” from the Mom Set Free Manifesto on my Instagram and Facebook pages.  TOGETHER we will DECLARE the POWERFUL PROMISES of God’s Word over the pressures we face in our parenting.  We’re basically telling the pressure that it’s not the boss of us, and we are holding tight the promises of God, even amidst the pressure.  Doesn’t that sound so good? 

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MOM SET FREE Bible Study Giveaway

Hello, Friend!  I’m writing with exciting news!  The Mom Set Free Bible Study is now available AND I have A LOT of copies to GIVE AWAY!!

I couldn’t wait for this day to get here to share this study with you because I’m a Bible Study girl and I don’t know what I’d do without my Wednesday morning Bible Study crew. I know how powerful and beautiful it is to study the Word of God alongside other women who also want to grow closer to God.

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For The Mom Who Feels Pressure To Produce Character In Her Child's Life

“Mommy, does Jesus live in your heart?” That’s the question a precious seven-year-old girl asked her mom after they’d finished their nighttime prayers.

The mom stroked her daughter’s hair, looked tenderly into her daughter’s eyes, and assured her, “He sure does, sweetie. Jesus has been in my heart since I was a young child like you.”

“Mommy,” her daughter continued with childlike curiosity, “what does Jesus do in there?”

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One Easy way to Weave Grace INTO Discipline

Our boys were recently fighting over who punched who first, and who said what mean thing to who last. When I asked them to explain what happened, they each had a different story, and they each had a pointed finger. 

This happened at the end of a long week and I was low on patience, and so naturally, I did everything I know I’m not supposed to do. I got mad. I tried to instill fear with empty threats. I demanded the truth. And of course, none of that worked. They continued to argue and point fingers. Until, that is, I reminded them of grace. 

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THIS is how we can find peace as a mom

I woke up at 3 a.m.  That’s not unusual for me.  It’s when I do my best worrying.  Nothing like trying to be a good mom after a good long night of sleepless worry.

Worry. This is one of those things we mommas do well. We worry about our kids—the decisions they make and the hardships they face. We worry about most of the parenting decisions we make and whether we’ve got it right. We do this, even though we know, in the words of Corrie ten Boom, that “worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”

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