Happy Resurrection Day!

He is Risen as He said

Before I became a Christian, I spent my Easters at the beach. Not for a sunrise service, but just hanging out with friends, catching a few rays and enjoying the sand between our toes.

But I remember my first Easter. It was the first time I really got it. I mean, I really got it.

I was saved in October and during the 6 months between the time I became a Christian and the first time I celebrated Easter as a Christian, I had immersed myself in the Word of God. There was so much I didn’t know, but I knew a lot more than I did six months prior.

I remember discovering the power of Jesus’ final words…

“Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” ~ Luke 23:34

“I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” ~ Luke 23:43

“Dear woman, here is your son.” ~ John 19:26

“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” ~ Mark 15:34

“I am thirsty.” ~ John 19:28

“It is finished!” ~ John 19:30

“Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” ~ Luke 23:46

It is finished. Everything needed to secure your salvation and mine…and the salvation of everyone on the planet…everything necessary to save the souls of every person who has and will ever be born, was accomplished on the cross.

Because of His great love for us. Such great love!

Incomprehensible love. Relentless love. Love beyond anything we deserve or can explain.

He didn’t have to come to this planet. He didn’t have to die. But before the foundation of the world it was His plan. To pay a debt we couldn’t pay so that we could be forgiven and given eternal life. To be forsaken so you and I would never have to be.

The tomb is empty and Jesus lives. He is risen as He said and death has forever been defeated and eternal life is available to everyone who will receive Him as Savior and Lord.

But being a Christian doesn’t happen just because we believe. The Bible says in the book of James that the devils believe in tremble.

There is faith that includes surrender. The kind of believing that is to the saving of our souls (Hebrews 10:39). The kind of faith that invites the Holy Spirit to take up residence in our hearts and to seal us unto the day of redemption. The kind of faith that makes us a new creation and that changes our hearts, our lives, and our eternal destinies.

The kind of faith that looks reads Jesus’ final words on the cross and sees the empty tomb and says, “I get it!”

Today, sweet friend…do you get it? I mean do you really get it?

If you’re not sure that you really do, would you surrender your life to Christ today? Resurrection Sunday…What a great day to really get it! (If you want more information about what the Bible says about how to become a Christian, please email me. I’d love to send you more information to help you begin your new life with Christ!)

Share

Hope for the Hopeless

They looked for Him in a place like this…

20140413-222644.jpg

A place for the dead, the forgotten…Where names etched were worn away…

A hopeless place.

A place where hopes and dreams end…

But that day was different.

The ground shook, a veil — the one that separated people from God’s throne room — tore in two, and an angel spoke to women who came to pay respects to a dead man.

“He is not here. He has risen.” The words of the angel reverberate throughout all of history.

He is not here…

He has beaten death.

He has paid our way, we need only to believe.

And the hopeless places of life suddenly ring in victory for He has done it. He has paid the price for our sins. He still bears those scars, but they are not signs of defeat, instead they are reminders the greatness of His love.

He is risen…He is risen indeed.

Share

The Scent of the Wood

Jesus and cross for MOM

Learning a trade from a father was essential. A tradition of following in a father’s footsteps. And so this young man obeys by mimicking the work of his father’s hands.

In the humble beginning of his apprenticeship, he is learning from his father to carve out the design of the wood, to slide his hands across the wood and feel the grain, and to carry stacks of wood.

Still a young lad and learning his trade, he needs the direction of his father’s callused hands to guide his unskilled hands, which now need a little rest.

Stepping away from the carpenter’s bench, he walks outside the shop to take a break from his work and stretch his back.

Standing in the warm, noon sun, he picks at another of the daily splinters in his hands, as the rhythm of the hammer pounds in the background. Extending his arms toward the sky, he says a prayer of thanksgiving to God the Father.

He breathes in fresh air to rid his nostrils of sawdust. First shaking his head to dislodge more sawdust tangled in his hair, he then removes his sandals and shakes out the wood shavings.

As the sun’s warmth soothes his aching muscles, he wonders when he first loved the savory aroma of wood. From the stories his father has told him, he decides the first whiffs seeped into his memory from the wooden trough at his birth.

When would Jesus realize all these things were harbingers of agony upon a wooden cross?

Did that dreadful day of agony revive all those fragrant memories of His childhood? What did those harbingers herald?

* Stepping aside from His carpenter’s life meant stepping into His glorified life.
* The sawdust that clung to His hair now exchanged for a crown of thorns encircling His head.
* Stretching His sore back could never compare to the excruciating pain from the flesh-revealing stripes received from a scourging.
* The removing of His sandals to rid them of sawdust; now removing them reveals His feet for torture.
* The wood He once carried on His shoulders strengthened Him to carry a cross-beam along the Via Dolorosa.
* His hands, once suffering splinters from sliding them across the grain of the wood, now feeling the pain of puncture from the shards of the wooden cross-beam.
* The hammer that pounded in the background now pounds in rhythmic timbre upon the nail heads, piercing His hands.
* The memory-scent of the wood, embedded in His nostrils, infuses His soul as the punctured wood releases that familiar fragrance.
* The fresh air He so easily breathed in now barely makes it into His nostrils as He struggles to breathe.
* His muscles that ached from work now throb from the pain of crucifixion, which no soothing sun can ever relieve.
* His arms extended once again…in prayer to His Father.

Following His heavenly Father’s guidance, this young Man obeyed…unto death.

The scent of the wood released from obedience. A sweet aroma to the Father.

lynnmosher.com

Share

In Defense of Gwyneth…the Mommy Wars (cont’d.)

 gwyneth

You know what, fellow mamas? We’re doing it again. 

Whether we’ve realized it or not, we’ve drug another mama through the mud. Whether we’ve realized it or not, we’ve initiated yet another round of The Mommy Wars. 

The opponent? This time it’s Gwyneth Paltrow. 

If you have yet to hear, actress Gwyneth Paltrow made unpopular statements (this past month) regarding the difficulties experienced as a mother on set (in the movies–on screen if you will). In an interview with E!News, Paltrow stated the following:

“I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”  

Her words, opinion, and self-admitted struggles managed to set off a storm of controversy. Moms took to social media, sounded off on their blogs, and blasted her in the media.

But why?

Because in all honesty, I can’t begin to fathom the life of a celebrity mom, nor am I aware of the long nights (and early mornings) spent on location–away from my family. And even though assistance is plentiful, and Gwyneth has everything at her disposal, I won’t pretend to know what it’s like to keep up with her schedule. Just as I’m unaware of how it feels to shield my children from the media, paparazzi, and other issues associated with fame either. 

I don’t “get” any of that…but maybe you and I? Maybe we should try. Maybe we should attempt to relate to Paltrow’s plight by realizing that the struggles of motherhood? They’re universal–no matter who we are, or what we do.  

Maybe we should give her some grace. 

Besides, Gwyneth wasn’t stating that her life as a mom was harder than ours. Rather, she relayed the challenges her career presented were different. And they are. 

I’ve often dreamt of a lifestyle that would afford me an endless supply of help—a life like that of a celebrity. Personal chefs, housekeepers, and assistants would indeed be sublime, but I don’t think that’s the point here.

In fact, I don’t think we have the right to be angered by Paltrow’s comments when we possess luxuries most mamas around the world don’t. When others can view us in the same light. We can’t necessarily complain about the laundry when so many live without clean, running water. We shouldn’t grumble over the state of our homes when much of the world’s population still dwells in poverty. 

Think about it, friends.  

Like us, Gwyneth is a mom. She trudges through the same trenches, and she struggles like we do. True, she may enjoy many of the comforts we don’t, but no matter how much money one has, how big of a house one lives in, or how glamorous one’s profession might appear to be, motherhood is still hard…period. 

So, let’s support each other. Let’s employ empathy. Let’s stop the Mommy Wars…for good.  

What do you think? Were Gwyneth’s comments totally out of line? Or were they misunderstood? 

 ____________________________________________

REGISTER NOW for the

2014 M.O.M. Conference ~ BETTER TOGETHER

July 31st – August 2nd

Jacksonville, Florida at Trinity Baptist Church

BetterTogether728x90 copy

Registration InformationLocation, List of Breakout Sessions, Descriptions of WorkshopsConference Speaking TeamBetter Together Conference FlyerBetter Together Bulletin Insert (Full Color)Better Together Bulletin Insert (Black & White)Better Together Conference Cards (Postcard Size)

Share

15 Risky Games Kids Play l Lori Wildenberg

Games. Most of us love it when our kids play games or make up games. We love to see them using their time doing something other than screen-time. But there are some games that are harmful and others flat-out terrifying. 

Don’t these games sound innocuous?dice1

The ABC game, Skittling, Hide and Seek, Trunking, Surfing, Chubby Bunny? 

or

European Vacation, Robotripping, Ghosting, The Eraser game,and Neknominate? 

These are all names of games tween to young adults are playing. Each one risky. Some even result in death.

  • The Eraser Game or The Eraser Challenge: This game has received some media attention lately. It isn’t deadly but it is dumb. Typically eleven to thirteen year-olds play. They rub an eraser over their forearm while repeating the alphabet, coming up a word for each letter. 
  • Mumblety Peg: A player spreads his fingers on a table then stabs the spaces between them as quickly as possible with a pocket knife.
  • Chubby Bunny: A person puts as many full sized marshmallows into his mouth while saying the words “Chubby Bunny”.
  • The ABC Game: One person  names words that begin with each letter of the alphabet in a particular category while another player scratches the back of the first players hand in order to distract him.The “scratcher” keeps scratching until the one doing the naming has gone all the way through the alphabet. Each cut goes deeper and increases the odds of infection.
  • 30 Seconds Game:  Two ” players” beat on each other for  a half-a-minute and the spectators choose a winner. 

Deadly Games that Originate in your Kitchen or Medicine Cabinet: 

  • Robotripping: This game is named after the cough suppressant Robitussin. Large quantities are consumed in order to get high or even hallucinate.
  • Skittling or Triple C: Over the counter or even prescription drugs are all tossed int o a bowl and the participants grab random handfuls of the colorful capsules, washing them all down, at one time, with a glass of water.
  • The Cinnamon Challenge: This game can cause choking or breathing problems. Attempting to take  a tablespoon of cinnamon all at one time is nearly impossible.
  • Huffing or Dusting: Intentionally inhaling household products (like glue or compressed air) in order to get high.   

Car Games:

  • Trunking: This is played in the car. Kids who have just received their licenses and are not allowed to drive those who are not family members may use the “trunk” option. The non-legal rider is put  into the trunk of the car. 
  • Surfing: The rider in this case is on top of the car, attempting to “surf” while the car is in motion. 
  • Ghosting: This  is played with other vehicles. Each driver turns off the car’s headlights and drives as fast as he can.
  • Hide and Seek: A form of ghosting except that the cars go looking for each other on a dark road without lights. 
  • European Vacation: One driver stays in the right lane, while another drives alongside in the left lane.

Last but not least two final, and possibly ultimately final games:

  • Neknominate: This game is a social media drinking game. The player is “tagged” or nominated to play on facebook or twitter. The challenge is to drink as much alcohol  as fast as you can …and do it in some creative  way. 
  • The Choking Game: In order to get “high” oxygen is cut off. (Click on the link to read my post on this dangerous and addictive game. You will also see 11 warning signs if this game being played. )

Many of the games listed have big consequences. My hope is you are more informed after reading this blog. If you discover your child or his friends are involved in any of these activities be sure to inform the other parents and school personnel. Sadly these games spread like wild fire due to peer pressure and the desire to fit in. Social media has played a role in increasing the odds your child will participate. Talk with your tween, teen, and young person about the dangers. Give them a strategy to opt out of the games. Be mindful. Pay attention. Keep listening. 

And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 

 

Share

Where the bliss hides (and a giveaway that will help you find it)

MommyBliss_FlatforeBooksIt’s in the feel of your baby’s sleepy head on your shoulder as you carry her through the grocery store pushing the cart with one hand.

It’s in the quiet singing of your preschooler as he sits in the corner during his timeout.

And it’s the smile of your eighteen-year old as he walks across the stage to get his high school diploma that–after all the challenges he had in school– you weren’t sure he was going to get.

Bliss. 

It’s there.  

Sometimes we just need a little help finding it.

Being a mom can be hard and the joy that comes with the journey is sometimes sandwiched in between a whole lot of stress. We rush around from soccer to swim team, from the grocery store to the doctor’s office, from one load of laundry or dishes to the next, and sometimes we don’t have time to think about what’s so magical about motherhood, right?

We’re just trying to get everyone fed, everyone to sleep, or everyone to clean their rooms—for once in their lives. There are babies crying and toddlers screaming and teenagers arguing and a messy house and dinner to cook… and sometimes we’re just counting the minutes until everyone goes to bed so we can get one second of peace and quiet. 

If that’s you, don’t be hard on yourself. I’ve been there. (Plenty of times.) The schedule never seems to slow down and the to-do list never seems to get done. And any sort of bliss might seem totally out of reach. 

But it’s there, mom.

And today, I want to encourage you to raise your eyes for a minute and discover that unexpected joy in your everyday moments.

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24

Even though it might not always feel like it, you are shaping souls and building character, mom. You are raising leaders, teachers, influencers, artists, writers, managers, moms, dads—whatever your kids grow up to be—to go out and make a difference in the world.

Motherhood can be hard, but if you’re able to keep your eyes focused on the big picture and the goal ahead—I promise you—bliss will sneak up on you in the most amazing ways. Being a mom is a blessed calling and God has amazing joy for us in the journey, even in the middle of the messy and mundane.

And finding the bliss that comes with the journey is often about perspective and choices.

Which is why I’m excited about my book giveaway–to offer you a practical tool to help you keep the stresses and worries of motherhood from swallowing your joy and banishing your bliss. 

Here’s a little blurb about the book:

Finding Mommy BlissDiscovering Unexpected Joy in Everyday Moments helps moms take steps toward the parental happiness that can sometimes be hiding at the bottom of the laundry pile. Author Genny Heikka includes stories from her own experiences as a parent, along with practical advice, tips, and questions that moms can explore on their own or in a group setting. Filled with the humor, heartache, and humbling realizations that only parenting can bring, Finding Mommy Bliss makes for an encouraging, easy read for the busy mom who needs a few minutes of inspiration.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win a free, signed copy of Finding Mommy Bliss, just in time for Mother’s Day. A winner will be drawn and notified before Mother’s Day. 

*Finding Mommy Bliss, COPYRIGHT © 2014 by Genny Heikka. Excerpts in this post appear courtesy of Hallway Publishing. Finding Mommy Bliss is available at B&N and wherever books are sold.  

 ____________________________________________

REGISTER NOW for the

2014 M.O.M. Conference ~ BETTER TOGETHER

July 31st – August 2nd

Jacksonville, Florida at Trinity Baptist Church

BetterTogether728x90 copy

Registration InformationLocation, List of Breakout Sessions, Descriptions of WorkshopsConference Speaking TeamBetter Together Conference FlyerBetter Together Bulletin Insert (Full Color)Better Together Bulletin Insert (Black & White)Better Together Conference Cards (Postcard Size)

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Share

Is There Really “The One?” ~ by Lynn Cowell

Wedding couple

“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’” John 7:37-38 (NIV)

As soon as we were old enough to understand fairy tales, we’re told to start looking for the one.

Someday my prince will come.
Someday I’ll find my love.

As we got older, Prince Charming looked a bit different. Our teenage hearts thrilled when the latest vocal sensation sang about finding us and how our love would last forever.

Wherever we turned, we were told our soul mate was waiting. And we were led to believe we were “less than” if we didn’t find the one who would complete us!

Even now, whether we’re 15, 45 or 75, the equation hasn’t changed: “Guy + Me = Valuable.”

So, if the movies, books and songs are so right, how come when we find the one, we can still feel like we’re missing something? Why are there married people who are lonely with an emptiness that marriage can’t fill? Our hearts can get confused if our reality doesn’t match fantasy and we wonder:

Maybe my one isn’t really the one? Or, whether we’re married or single, we might wonder, is the one for me still out there?

In this place of uncertainty our hearts can grow perplexed. If we find ourselves in this vulnerable place of questioning, and all of a sudden a guy who seems to be the one enters the picture, it can stir up confusion.

If we are married, we might wonder if we should walk away from a husband, who we thought was perfect for us, in order to have a new one, who seems more perfect. Singles might wonder if this guy is really a gift from God … the one we’ve waited for?

In my personal search to have my love gap filled, I have discovered there is The One for each and every one of us.

It is Jesus Himself! He’s The One our hearts are looking for. He’s The One who is the filler of my lonely places and misunderstood parts.

No matter what is going on in my roller coaster heart, Jesus’ love for me is secure and stable. On the days when the relationship with my husband is everything I’m looking for, Jesus is The One. On the days when the cart of marriage is wobbly and off-kilter, He’s still The One.

Oh the relief Jesus brings to the rest of my relationships! When I turn to Him to fill the love gap in my heart, it takes the pressure off others! While my needy heart could wear my family out, Jesus is a continual source of unconditional love pouring into me. Not the type of filling that is once and done, but an endless supply … each and every day.

Listen to His promise in John 7:37-38, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

Ahhh … the refreshing that comes when we discover He is The One we are looking for.

What a relief my heart experiences as I stop looking to others to fill me and find Jesus as my constant, day after day, contentment. Take time today to go to Him and ask Him to fill up the empty places and refresh the areas of your heart that are dry. Jesus is The One and only who can fill and complete us.

HAS THIS MINISTERED TO YOU? IF SO, WOULD YOU SHARE THE LOVE BY SHARING IT?

 ____________________________________________

REGISTER NOW for the

2014 M.O.M. Conference ~ BETTER TOGETHER

July 31st – August 2nd

Jacksonville, Florida at Trinity Baptist Church

BetterTogether728x90 copy

Registration InformationLocation, List of Breakout Sessions, Descriptions of WorkshopsConference Speaking TeamBetter Together Conference FlyerBetter Together Bulletin Insert (Full Color)Better Together Bulletin Insert (Black & White)Better Together Conference Cards (Postcard Size)

Share

Is Kirsten Dunst Right About Gender Roles & Feminism?

Kirsten-dunst-Pictures

Recently, I was watching the news and caught the end of a segment that focused on some comments made by actress, Kirsten Dunst. The news reporter mentioned how much her statements stirred the pot in the world of feminism and gender roles.

Because I didn’t catch the beginning of the news segment, I decided to do a little research. So I googled it and discovered her controversial comments were…

“And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor. I’m sorry…You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s how relationships work.”

“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued. We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mom created,” she said in an interview for the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar. 

When I read about her so-called crazy comments that made headlines and caused so much angst among feminists, I couldn’t help but wonder how far feminism has strayed from femininity and how misunderstood and devalued the role of a woman, a wife and a mother has become.

How could her comments possibly cause such a stir? 

I’m not sure, but I think that somewhere along the way, the goal of establishing equal rights for women has been confused with a woman being the same as a man.

Equality does not equal same-ness

Men and women are different. Equal, but different. God did not create women to be less than a man. He created her to be equal with him. 

But equal doesn’t mean the same.

We have different needs. Different desires. Different emotions. Different strengths. Different weaknesses. And different perspectives.

Unfortunately, the confusion has minimized the power of a woman in an attempt to magnify it. And in the process of establishing the feminist movement, the true power and beauty of feminism has been completely misunderstood and misrepresented.

What Kirsten Dunst said in her interview with Harper’s Bazaar was spot on. In fact, it’s pretty scary to think that someone really would take issue with it.

One of the messages I speak on is, “JUST a Wife and a Mother.” 

We hear it all of the time. And one of the reasons anyone would include the devaluing term JUST before it is because feminism has drastically diminished the importance of a woman’s role. 

Moms mold the hearts of the next generation. What role is more significant than that?

Being a mom isn’t easy…and being a good mom takes a lot of hard work. It’s a 24/7 gig that you put your whole heart into. 

And a wife comes along side her husband and they work together to establish a home, to raise their children and to create a culture of faith, love, respect, and trust in their home.

Families are the stuff our communities are made of. SO…as the family goes, so goes the community…and as the communities go, so goes the nation.

So…JUST is a word that should never be used in front of wife or mother

So, was Kirsten Dunst right? Absolutely. 

Women were created for relationship. That includes being a wife. It’s normal, sweet friends. And it’s okay that it’s normal.

Someone in this culture of confusion needs to be willing to be a voice for the generations who come behind us and let them know that it’s normal to want to be married. It’s normal to want to be a wife. It’s normal to be a woman who loves a man and loves being a wife.

And, yes…women long for a knight in shining armor to come their way and sweep them off their feet. That’s normal too. But a woman must also be willing to seek out and wait for the man God has for her knowing that if she settles for less, he may be anything else but knightly.

And, yes…you need a man to be a man (how many women would shout AMEN to that?!) and a woman to be a woman (and this is one of the issues those in favor of gender neutral roles are opposed to) in order to have a relationship. Because, yes, that’s how relationships work.

I’m not a girly girl. I don’t chomp at the bit to head to the nearest mani-pedi spa. I’m not into perfume, Bath & Body Works, decorating, cooking and I don’t even like shopping. But I’m a woman who loves being a woman and I embrace that God has created me to be a woman. You don’t have to be a girly girl to be feminine. You don’t have to love frills and lace to love being a lady.

Titus 2:3-5 (NLT) tells us, 

“Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.”

Titus 2 is what we are called to and if we abandon our roles as wives, mothers, and mangers of our homes, then we abandon it at our own expense. 

DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH TODAY’S POST ABOUT GENDER ROLES, FEMINISM AND FEMININITY? WHAT WOULD YOU ADD?

HAS THIS MINISTERED TO YOU? IF SO, WOULD YOU SHARE THE LOVE BY SHARING IT?

 ____________________________________________

REGISTER NOW for the

2014 M.O.M. Conference ~ BETTER TOGETHER

July 31st – August 2nd

Jacksonville, Florida at Trinity Baptist Church

BetterTogether728x90 copy

Registration InformationLocation, List of Breakout Sessions, Descriptions of WorkshopsConference Speaking TeamBetter Together Conference FlyerBetter Together Bulletin Insert (Full Color)Better Together Bulletin Insert (Black & White)Better Together Conference Cards (Postcard Size)

Share

Which One Do You Like Best?

 Sooooo… I received the videos for the book trailer for The Making of a Mom and would LOVE YOUR OPINION!

Could you help me decide which of the videos I need to use on the website? If so, I’d love to know… 

  1. Which one do you like best? And why?
  2. Are you a ministry leader? Or a mom? 
  3. What would you add or what would you like to know more about The Making of a Mom?

 

Please click this link if you are unable to view the video.

 

Please click this link if you are unable to view the video. 

 

The Making of a Mom was written to not only minister to moms who know Christ but to reach those who don’t.

And if only 3 moms in 1/2 of the churches in the United States would mentor just 3 other mothers, that would translate into impacting over 1,000,000 moms for Christ and over 2,500,000 children.

stock-footage-three-women-sharing-stories-over-coffee-in-outdoor-cafe

The Making of a Mom was written to meet moms in the middle of motherhood and answer the deep questions of a mom’s heart. Am I enough? Why is this so hard? How do I not mess up my kids when I’m such a mess? Why do I feel so alone with a house full of kids?

And The Making of a Mom provides a resource for the local church to help weave mentoring into the fabric of their ministry to not only mentor moms in the church but to also impact their communities and this culture for Christ through the power of mentoring.

Answering the 3 questions that have always been an obstacle when it comes to mentoring:

1. What do I say? (The Making of a Mom has uniquely written questions at the end of each chapter that will serve as a catalyst for conversation and mentors will never feel awkward or be at a loss for words.)

2. What do I do? (The Making of a Mom has planning guides in the back of the book as well as a format for how to form a M.O.M. Group in your church and in various venues in your community.)

3. What will I use? (The Making of a Mom is a 12 chapter book that meets moms in the messy places of motherhood and gives a foundational look at biblical motherhood. Written as a hybrid book that will serve dual purposes, The Making of a Mom is a unique book for moms, mentors, ministry leaders and small group leaders.)

And it’s available for PRE-ORDERS now!

AND…we are excited about the August launch of M.O.M. Groups using The Making of a Mom and we are asking YOU to join us.

How about you? How about your church? How about your ministry? Do you have a Titus 2 ministry? Are you ready for one?

HAS THIS MINISTERED TO YOU? IF SO, WOULD YOU SHARE THE LOVE BY SHARING IT?

 ____________________________________________

REGISTER NOW for the

2014 M.O.M. Conference ~ BETTER TOGETHER

July 31st – August 2nd

Jacksonville, Florida at Trinity Baptist Church

BetterTogether728x90 copy

Registration InformationLocation, List of Breakout Sessions, Descriptions of WorkshopsConference Speaking TeamBetter Together Conference FlyerBetter Together Bulletin Insert (Full Color)Better Together Bulletin Insert (Black & White)Better Together Conference Cards (Postcard Size)

Share

Live Life Together and SHINE ON!

article-2106682-11EB61A0000005DC-310_634x389

Living life together. That is what we are called to do. Is your front door open to those around you? Is it open to those in your church, in your neighborhood, in your kid’s schools? I know it can seem like “just one more thing” on your to-do list. You are a busy mom and you have a lot on your plate, but did you know that one of your callings is to live life with others?

That’s what is called being a member of the body of Christ.

At times I get overwhelmed with life and I ask God what He wants me to be doing.  I can easily  begin feeling like I am being pulled in about 100 different directions! That is when God reminds me to take time to evaluate what I know to be my callings.  I have also found that I need to take the time to evaluate these callings as I enter into a different season of life.  What those callings look like can change from season to season. 

What are my God-given callings? I’m a God follower, a wife, and a mom. Just the calling of nurturing my relationship with my God, husband and children is huge and takes most of my time! But I have another calling. I am a member of the body of Christ..

How am I fulfilling that calling?

All you have to do is spend a short amount of time online, and you will find that women are looking for fellowship. They are looking for guidance. They need support. And, although the resources found online are extremely helpful, and I am grateful for them, there is nothing like real life, body of Christ, living life together, community!

It’s helpful for you, it’s an encouragement to those you reach out to, and it can lead to mentoring relationships. But do you know why else it is important? When you answer the call to live life with others, and practice what it means to be the body of Christ, you are actually being a living example to your children and are teaching them how to nurture relationships with God’s people.

Have you taken the time to ask God how you can create community in real life and answer that most important calling? Are you showing your children what real life, body of Christ relationships looks like?

Investing in real life community might seem like a sacrifice, but it is our calling as members of the body of Christ. It benefits you. It benefits others. It teaches your children. It glorifies God.

But do you want to know what I think is even more important than any of those reasons?  Yes! There is an even bigger picture! When we choose to be active members of the body of Christ,  it actually shows the world that you are HIS disciples! Yep!  It’s one of the ways we can be a light to this dark world. When we live life with and care for one another, we are being a light to the world. 

 So, if you aren’t already, begin praying about who God might want you to live life with…

 And SHINE ON!

 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

 

HAS THIS MINISTERED TO YOU? IF SO, WOULD YOU SHARE THE LOVE BY SHARING IT?

 ____________________________________________

REGISTER NOW for the

2014 M.O.M. Conference ~ BETTER TOGETHER

July 31st – August 2nd

Jacksonville, Florida at Trinity Baptist Church

BetterTogether728x90 copy

Registration InformationLocation, List of Breakout Sessions, Descriptions of WorkshopsConference Speaking TeamBetter Together Conference FlyerBetter Together Bulletin Insert (Full Color)Better Together Bulletin Insert (Black & White)Better Together Conference Cards (Postcard Size)

 

Share