Not JUST a Mom

“I get the feeling that you really don’t like being just a mom.” The words my husband spoke were concise and piercing. He had seen something deep in the heart of me, and now was the time to purge it from my soul and bring it out into the light. Did I really like being just a mom? Did I really find joy in the laundry and lunch making, toy clean up, diaper changing, and….you get the point. I thought for a moment on this, and the answer that stumbled out of my mouth next surprised even me. “You’re right, I don’t like just being a mom.” Read more...

A Great New Bookstore: His Word Found Here

Are you a fan of the movie “You’ve Got Mail”? Then, you must visit His Word Found Here in Ballard. Housed in an old brick building, this store gives off the same cozy vibe that Meg Ryan’s “Shop Around the Corner” did in the film. Come for a book and stay for the coffee! Read more...

Building a Better Family

Where you are weak, God is strong. Where you are incapable, God is capable. Where you are insufficient, God is sufficient. No matter where you are, there is no part of your living or moving that God is not sufficient to help you in… and this includes your family. I can say this with confidence because I know this firsthand. I know I don’t have the resources I need. I know I don’t have the wisdom I need. I know I don’t have the energy I need. And I know I don’t have the love I need, but God does! And that is what we are going to discover in this 10-part series called, Building A Better Family. Read more...

“Lord, please … give them a friend.”

As I drive down the country roads in my town during the morning hours, I see children standing by the road waiting for their school buses. The younger ones look tiny and scared in their bulky backpacks. The older ones try to look nonchalant as they face the stresses that the new school year will bring. My heart gives a lurch and I always pray the same prayer over each one of them: “Lord, please … give them a friend.” Read more...

What Is Your Identity?

I’m not gonna lie. If there’s one thing I love hearing more than anything else, it’s that I’m a good mom. I work hard at it - harder than anything else I do in this life. And the recognition feels good. But you know what purpose that recognition primarily serves? Inflating my ego. When I first became a mom, I thought it was an identity. Until I realized I had lost my own, and my complete worth and value (or lack thereof) became hinged upon my success as a parent. It was stressful, especially after I came to understand that “train up a child” is a proverb, not necessarily a promise. I realized that there are no guarantees, even for the very best of parents. Read more...

God Made You on Purpose

Plus, Enter to Win Annie's New Book

My luggage got lost today. So here I sit, in a random hotel room in Randomville, USA with no clothes. Or shoes. Or hairspray. It’s knocking on the door of a lot of my insecurities. What if the suitcase doesn’t show up today? What do I wear to my meetings tomorrow? And MAKEUP! I hadn’t even thought about my makeup. Jesus take the wheel… and by “wheel” I mean “these bags under my eyes.” Laugh if you will, but this situation is bringing out some fear in me- I’m hearing the whispers of the fear voices and no matter their inflection or tone, it always, for me, leads back to “you aren’t enough.” Read more...

Let Go of Mom Guilt

I don’t remember very many nights over the last year, that I haven’t gone to bed, feeling like I wasn’t enough. Every night, with kids tucked in, my mind has raced over the day, recalling when I wasn’t patient, when I didn’t read to them as much as a “good mom” would, when I wasn’t able to spend that one on one time with each of them that I’d love to have scheduled in. I’ve been sure that they love my husband more and that other Moms are definitely more fun. Most nights, I’ve ended the day feeling sure that I’m falling short and that these three children of mine deserve only the best, but that I’m messing it all up. Read more...

God Couldn’t Be Everywhere So He Created Grandparents

Sunday, September 7 is Grandparents Day. Yes, that’s tomorrow! While it’s too late to get a card off in the mail, it’s not too late to send a text, email or (gasp!) even pick up the phone to tell a grandparent how much they mean to you. I no longer have living grandparents. So, Grandparents Day to me is focused on my parents and my parents in-law. I might be biased, but I do believe my kids are blessed with the most involved, loving, patient and wonderful grandparents in the world. Read more...

Remember, You'll Always Be Mom

I’ve been so excited this week for all the kids to go back to school. No, not because I want to get rid of them, I just know they are ready. Ready to get back into the swing of things..sports, friends, clubs. Dare I say...school work! All three of my kids are in new schools this year. My son is going off to college and I can’t tell you how many people have asked me how I’m feeling about that. There’s something about letting go of our kids, letting them be all that God created them to be..on their own. Something that a Mom's heart shouts with a joy cry…he’s a man now. It doesn’t happen over night you know, there are little milestones along the way. Then you reach a point when it’s just time. Time to say goodbye. Not forever, but to let them go and make their own way. Read more...

Interview with Tracie Peterson

Did you catch this interview with Ana Kelly on SPIRIT 105.3? Take a listen! Read more...
  • Verse of the Day - 09-18-2014

    2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Read More

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