God Saved Me From Myself

God spoke Nashville into my heart in October of 2007. I moved there, alone with no friends or family, in August of 2008. And it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But Nashville saved me. Often people say, “Why do you think God moved you to Nashville?” and I still am not sure of the fullness of that purpose. I mean, I don’t have a list that is complete. I wasn’t unhappy in my hometown; in fact, it’s great. My parents are awesome. My best friends are awesome. My job, my house, my church, all of it- totally worth sticking around for. I think God offered me a new city because I was a wimp and because I had forgotten my first love. It was the only way God could save me from myself. Read more...

Recipe Round-Up: Five Pumpkin Entrees

You guys. You know what tomorrow is, don’t you? October! And you know what that means. Harvest parties, Halloween, costumes, leaves, corn mazes, sweaters, scarves, boots, hay rides, hot drinks, chilly fingers, and pumpkins. ALL OF THE PUMPKINS. Read more...

YOU Are Beautiful Souls

Oh, you guys! Where do I even start? Saturday night was such a thrill for me! 25 of you won backstage paces to meet the ladies of Casting Crowns and can I just say that YOU, the readers of allmomdoes are beautiful souls! To enter the backstage pass, you answered “what does being a mom mean to you?” As we all waited to start the event we heard some of your answers. One of you said that “being a mom means being there for your kids, unlike my mom was able to.” Right then, a feeling of genuine transparency came over the room. Another one of you shared that being a mom means “extending fresh grace everyday, just like God does for us.” Read more...

The Wonder of Fall Scavenger Hunt

As the chill in the nighttime air is growing cooler and the leaves begin to fall, without a doubt we can know that the Fall season is upon us. It’s time to pull out just one more cuddly blanket and think about soup and bread for easy dinner’s on busy nights. The rain has begun to refresh the air after a wonderful and oh so pleasant Summer. But it won’t be long before the kids will start to become antsy and long to be out of doors as with the warmer weather. So it’s time to get out those ol rubber boots and go exploring and scavenger hunting. Children are full of wonder! The drizzle doesn’t deter them from an adventure! Read more...

Given 2 Weeks To Live

What if you could find out how long you had left on this earth? Would you want to know? And, if you did find out, how would it change your priorities? What would be important to you and what would fade from your to-do lists? Last Saturday, our cousin wasn’t given the option to decide whether he wanted to know or not. He was just told flat out that he had two weeks to live. Diagnosed with cancer only a few days earlier, he went from being seemingly healthy to terminally ill without any stops in between. Read more...

Making Mom Friends is Like Dating

When I was younger, I wasn’t much for dating. And now, as a married adult and mother of two, I struggle with developing close, authentic, real friendships. As I reflect on these two things I’m starting to realize that they require similar skill-sets. So today, I give you - the top ten parallels between making mom-friends and dating. Read more...

Taking Hold of Christ's Purpose For Us

In Philippians 3:12 Paul says, “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” To me, this is the great mystery of where God’s work in our lives and our own effort and choices beautifully intertwine. If you are a believer in Jesus, He has taken hold of you. But we also see that we have a part to play as well—to use our energies to go after what He’s taken hold of us for. In Paul’s case, Jesus had taken hold of him to be a light to the Gentiles and Paul was using his energy to fulfill that mission. Read more...

The Bigger Picture of Motherhood

As Mothers, our best efforts in life are spent on those we love - leaving us satisfied, worn out and smiling! I have felt this way many times over the years. However, if Mom isn’t refreshed then things don’t run as smoothly and our satisfied, worn out smile becomes well, you know, not pretty! There is a saying, “If mama isn’t happy then nobody’s happy!” There may be some truth to this. Read more...

From Down and Dirty to Delirious and Dancing

On this week of “Refreshing” I’ve been praying a lot about what it means to me to be refreshed. Truly refreshed! So I thought of how I love to take loooong hot baths, or go for looong walks. I love to go on Women’s Retreats and I love to go out to dinner with my husband….when we can afford it. I also LOVE to cook and garden, so you can see I have lots of “things” I do to be refreshed in my day to day life. Read more...

Grocery Shopping ALONE = Refreshment

Remember the days where you would get off work and the world was your oyster? Happy hours, workouts, perhaps some couch time? Now it’s daycare/school pick up, picking up or cooking dinner, baths, bed…repeat. By the time you sit down at 9pm, your body is done. Even if you have a desk job, you still feel like it’s been all day since you have sat down. Sitting at a desk (or a car transporting kids or in a classroom as a parent volunteer) is not exactly relaxing. An easy solution? Hit the spa every weekend for some much needed down time. Oh wait, we don’t have an endless income AND we have to parent on the weekends too. Read more...
  • Verse of the Day - 10-01-2014

    Isaiah 30:18 “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Read More

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