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...

Courage to Let Them Be Different

Rushing them to the van, I explained that this time Mommy really needed to be on time. They walked slowly, grabbing their old shoes along the way. You know the shoes with the worn toes, the ones that have been ran around in all summer and from our house, the ones with maybe just a little chicken poop. You know, the shoes that belong in the backyard. 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...

Helping Your Children Live Their Story Well

Part 3 of helping your kids find faith in the dark

Each of us is given a unique story to live. We don't get to choose it. But we do get to choose how we will live it. The same is true for your kids. Is it hard to embrace your story right now? How about your child’s story? Do you struggle with the social media comparison game? Do you worry about that with your kids? What (if anything) have you done to combat it? Read more...

The Fine Art of Blame Shifting

Part 1 of Build a Better Family

One of the perennial problems in marriage is the fine art of blame-shifting. And the reason we are so good at it is because our first parents were so good at it. God asks Adam what happened after he sinned, and Adam replies, it was the woman you gave me. Then God asks the woman what happened and she said it was that serpent that tempted me. And ever since then we have mastered the art of blaming others. Read more...

Being A Mom Is Exhausting

Let’s face it, being a mom is exhausting. Moms (and women in general) wear so many different hats, and to make matters worse, we seem to be wired to try to be perfect in each of the roles we perform. No wonder we’re worn out! allmomdoes is focusing on refreshment this week. Doesn’t that sound peaceful and wonderful? I thought so too. Read more...

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