How to Thrive When Life Would Be Easier If…

“That was easy,” the red easy button’s mechanical voice intoned.

And that is how we want life – easy.

That is why articles titled 25 Great Life Hacks continually make their rounds in cyberspace.

We all want the easy way:

  • the easy way to lose weight
  • the easy way to finance furniture with no money down
  • the easy way to raise children
  • the easy life

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We all have a list too – an It Would Be Easier If list. 

It would be easier if:

  • My kids would get along.
  • My kids would obey the first time every time.
  • My husband would agree with me.
  • My dogs would stop barking.

But life without the headaches of sibling arguments, child discipline, or spousal discussions is life without so many blessings.

When we focus on easier we miss the blessings of the day – the challenge of learning how to encourage sibling relationships, the heart-wrenching duty of guiding, molding, and shaping children, and the refining passion of married life.

Easier isn’t always better.

Fleeing the messy difficult things in life may feel easier, but you will be left empty.

It takes courage to stand and fight for your family, your marriage, and your kids. It takes humility to fall to your knees day by day and cry out to God that you can’t do it. It takes perseverance and God’s strength to get up out of bed every day when life would be easier if…

Moms, we will never have it perfect or easy. Oh, but we will be blessed, if only we cling to “Him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)

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Why You Should Let Them Cry

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My teenage son walked down the stairs with a frown on his face. College classes have gotten the best of him.

My pep talk with him yesterday apparently wasn’t as good as I thought it was. My future as a motivational speaker went down in flames.

            When I brought my first child home from the hospital cries were immediately met with a soothing rub and my full attention until the whimpers quieted. From baby tears to teenage sulking, I want to make my child happy. I’ve exhausted myself trying to make this happen. I’ve finally realized I can’t make any of my kids happy.

       

            Years ago, when my mom watched me try to stop tears from my four children, she gave me my first golden bit of wisdom, “Let them cry. I promise they will be okay.”

            When Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother Lazarus had died, Jesus didn’t come that very day but waited two more days before heading back to them in Judea. When he arrived he discovered the funeral had already taken place, Lazarus had been dead four days now, and there were two very heartbroken sisters in deep mourning who had been crying for days.

            Not only were Mary and Martha in tears but it’s in this passage of scripture where we find the shortest sentence in the Bible—Jesus wept. Two words packed with incredible meaning. Even our Savior shed tears. Even He felt sad.

            Here’s a few things I’ve learned to do over the years when my child is hurt or sad.

  • Let them hurt. Is there anything more contrary to mothering than allowing a child to cry or hurt? Still, it’s much needed for their development. Come alongside and give them a hug.  Sympathize and validate their hurt, “Yes, I know you’re sad.” Or, “It’s okay to be sad. Sometimes mommy is sad, too.” And if a child is older, maybe you can empathize, “I understand how hard this is for you.” Or, “I’m sorry you’re going through this. I’ve been there, too.” Follow up with a personal story of your own about a past hurt or grievance.
  • Let them heal. Give them a little time. Don’t let their hurt sabotage your life or manipulate joy in your home. Scripture reminds us there’s “A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:4) Give them needed space but look for signs of healing; interest in friends, playing again, laughter, an appetite, and conversation.
  • Let them lean. When a child is young they lean on mom and dad for everything. As they grow older we need to let go so they can lean on God. I can’t expect my adult child to have BIG FAITH if they have little experience in leaning on a BIG GOD. If I answer their every whim and whimper, I become God in their eyes. Do you want to grow their faith? Let them lean on the only ONE who can meet and exceed their expectations. (Psalm 62:5)     

As a mom, I’m not a magic fairy called to spread joyful pixie-dust over my child’s every moment. I have to remind myself, my daughters and sons must feel pain while in my keep. God grows us through pain. How else will they know how to navigate life’s storms as adults?

Precious mamas, let your child cry today. Let them hurt and let them heal, but make sure through it all to let them lean on God. Like I said earlier, scripture reminds us there’s “A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:4) Maybe, today it’s time to let them cry. I promise they’ll be okay.

 

resized for linkedinJoanne Kraft is a mom of four and lives in Franklin, Tennessee. She’s the author of Just Too Busy–Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical. Her book The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids will be out March 2015. Connect with her at JoanneKraft.com.

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Make the GF Your Best Friend

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So, he has a girlfriend.  What now?  Maybe she’s a fiancé or even a wife.  What do you do?

Whether you like it or not, the father of your children will move on, and so will you!  How you deal with it makes a huge difference on how your children will deal with it.

Make the GF Your Best Friend

I know you want to hate her.  I know you want her to wear a bigger size then you.  I know this advice will sound like the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard.  It’s not my advice.  It’s from a professional. This is what my therapist (yes, I’m in therapy, it’s awesome) said to do when I met the woman who “interrupted” my marriage.  The very wise Beverly told me to, “make her your best friend.”  What?  I’m supposed to hate her and make her pay!  Nope, that’s not our job.

Okay, so maybe you don’t have to go shopping together, and have a girl’s night out, but coffee might be a good idea. The truth is this woman will be around your children.  You could choose to hate her (people probably wouldn’t blame you).  Or, you could choose to communicate with her about your children, give her what she needs to make them happy.  If you treat the GF well, then she will treat your children well, and that my friend is the best-case scenario for life after divorce. It’s also the best example of a Christian woman.  Less judgment, more love.  If you want her to take the kids to church on their weekend, then you better make her feel welcome by church people!

What does God say?

You might think it’s an old dusty book with 2,000 year old stories that don’t apply to our lives today. I disagree. The Bible is a living bible, with stories that relate to today, to 5 minutes ago.

Case in point. My ex-husband came to visit the sunshines (our 3 kids), and brought his girlfriend. We were all sitting on the sidelines of my son’s soccer game pretending that it was normal. It didn’t feel normal. I was so uncomfortable. It felt like everyone was staring and judging, and it was everything in me not to say out-loud what really had happened, and was going through my mind. I kept thinking, not fair! This isn’t right! I was having a 2-year-old-style tantrum inside my head.

Then, I was reading in my bible about a woman… who was judged by so many people for her sin, and she just sat down at Jesus’ feet and washed him with her tears.

Jesus said, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume. I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?” And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:44-50 NLT)

I needed to do some more reading.  Here’s the deal.  God loves her, just as much as He loves you.  He gives her as much grace and forgiveness as He is willing to give you.  If you can accept it, you can give it away.

After all, your sunshines deserve to be comfortable at their soccer games, birthday parties, and graduations when all of their parents are present.  You don’t want them to be uncomfortable.  This is about them, You, and all of us learning the ultimate lesson of forgiveness and grace.  You can do this.

Prayer:  Ask God for Help with This

“Father, I am so grateful that you have extended me your grace; unmerited favor!  Help me to extend it to others too.  Help me to see them as you see them.  Your child, that you love and want a relationship with, period.  You say we should pray for our enemies, so Father, I pray for this woman that is in my children’s lives.  I pray that she loves them like a mother, that she is a positive influence in their lives, and that if she doesn’t have one yet; she finds a relationship with you.  Help me to be a good example of a loving Christian to her.” -In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Sundays’ Scripture Prayer for YOUR Children

Do you pray God’s Word back to Him for your children? 

Prayer. It’s the most powerful thing you can do for your kids and when you pray Scripture, you are aligning your heart with God’s heart for your children.

The M.O.M. Initiative wants to help you discover the power of praying Scripture for your children – so every weekend, we are going to share a prayer based on God’s Word that you can begin praying for your kids. If you aren’t familiar with praying Scripture for your children, we’re here to help you get started.

SOOOO… here’s today’s Scripture-based prayer for your children.

The M.O.M. Initiative is praying with you and for you, sweet mom… knowing your prayers matter to the heart of God.

Pray on! Pray hard! And pray like no one else is praying for your kids… because no one prays for her children like a momma does.

 

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BOOTS ON THE GROUND MOMS

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ISIS

We froze in shock when news reached us that Isis had beheaded freelance journalist James Foley and videoed it for us to see. Before we had time to grasp the fullness of the evil, Isis beheaded journalist Steven Sotloff. We mourned. We grieved over the evil. But evil wasn’t finished.  Isis video taped the beheading of British humanitarian worker David Haines. A floodgate of beheadings opened to us – even of children.  

 RAY RICE

But evil wasn’t finished and it wasn’t confined to a foreign country. Nor was it packaged only as beheadings. Celebrated Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice’s elevator knockout blow to his then fiancé flashed across our televisions. Youtube images of him impassively dragging her out of the elevator made it appear it wasn’t the first time he had hit her.  Evil was in our nation. 

 

 

 ADRIAN PETERSON

While we reeled from the no longer hushed conversation about the evil of wife abuse, evil once more showed its ugly head. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges. According to CBS Sports.com, “Peterson told police he grabbed a tree branch, removed the leaves and whipped his son so many times he lost count.”

Many who are reading this are aching because they were abused or they are in a abusive relationship now. If you ARE being abused or your child is being abused, remove yourself and child from the abuser. Your love for or FEAR of the abuser will not prevent them from abusing again. And, you cannot control their abuse by your behavior.  Confide in a friend, call the police or your local women’s shelter and get help today. 

OUR HOMES

Evil is not confined to a foreign country or terrorist group bearing the name ISIS. Evil is in America. Evil is in our homes. It bears many names. While we listen to leaders debate the pros and cons of “boots on the ground” to combat Isis; why not commit to “boots on the ground” in our homes to combat evil: the devil and his schemes? 

Jesus was not shy about calling out Satan and He came from heaven to literally have “boots on the ground” victory over him.  

-He countered the devil’s evil lies with the truth of the Bible. (Matthew 4)

-He called out demons who had taken up residence in people. (Luke 9:37-43)  

-He confronted His disciples when they were being influenced by Satan’s interests. (Matthew 16:23)

-He warned that His followers can deny Him when we are under pressure (Luke 22:31), and that at times Satan is given permission to test us. (Luke 22:31 & Job)

Yes, from the beginning of creation (Genesis 3) to the end of time (Revelation 16:13-14) Satan will present himself in the world and evil will abound. We must learn from Peter who said he would never deny Christ, but did; and who now warns us, “The devil prowls like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

Is all this meant to scare us?  It is meant to wake us up to the warfare going on in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12) and to our role to have “boots on the ground” in our HOMES.  If we each protect our own family by taking up the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17) and pray at all times in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18), we’re off to a good start. There is more we can do (Ephesians 6:10-18) to fight the evil that presents itself in our homes through schools, television, music, video games, even pop up advertisements.  

BOOTS ON THE GROUND MOMS

The time is NOW!

We’re to be “Boots on the Ground MOMS!

-who stand against evil

-who pray God’s protection for our children and families.  

WILL YOU JOIN ME?

CLICK this LINK this post on The Mom Initiative web site and comment: “YES! I COMMIT to BEING a BOOTS ON THE GROUND MOM!”

Isis (evil) is in our nation. We must keep it from being in our homes and children’s hearts.  Join me NOW!

Click HERE to commit to “BOOTS ON THE GROUND MOMS.”

“Father, You teach us about so many things. Help us not ignore Your teachings about the devil and evil; but rather,  act to protect our homes.  I pray you raise an army of Boots on the Ground MOMS to pray for our homes and to raise children who love and follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” 

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For the Over-Taxied Mom

imageI’m in the heavy duty taxi driving season of mamahood. No matter how simple we try to keep our calendar as a family, it seems the engine stays running.

I think that’s one of the reasons why this C.S. Lewis quote touches me so:

“God made us; invented us as a man invents an engine.
A car is made to run on gasoline,
and it would not run properly on anything else.
Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself.
He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn,
or the food our spirits were designed to feed on.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself,
because it is not there. There is no such thing.” C.S. Lewis

My car happens to run on diesel fuel. I’ve been told if I were to put any other fuel in the tank  that really bad things could happen. Its engine is designed for diesel only.

Just as my little red taxi bug burns through the diesel, so the Holy Spirit fans the flame in me. And when I run on any other source for energy than my Jesus, I burn out even faster than my little Volkswagen tank.

He is the food my spirit was designed to feed on. God won’t provide a lasting, deep down happiness and peace apart from Himself, because there’s no such thing.

How different would our lives be if we surrendered to Him as our main source of energy and strength every day?

The better question might be:
How different would the lives around us be?

Over-taxied Mom…don’t travel another mile without abiding in Christ, depending on Him, letting Him lead in the right direction. Our hearts were designed for devotion to Him.

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God…for God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:6

“In Him we live and move and have our being…for we are His offspring.” Acts 17:28

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When More Is NOT Enough: How to Stop Giving Your Kids What They Want and Give Them What They Need

I have a confession to make, I knew I would like Amy Sullivan’s book before I read it. This is because God sent me half way around the world in March to build houses in the Philippines. Before I even knew about the missions trip, my heart was already being plowed for the seeds of servitude. Like you, I had my handsome, hardworking husband, a cute little house with a hefty mortgage, two decent cars, three awesome kids, and a career in news casting–and did I mention two cute, albeit naughty little dogs? Life was bliss–or so I thought. Something was missing. Something was wrong but I couldn’t put my finger on it. 

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Little things started to keep me awake at night, passages in the Bible like Matthew 25:35-36:

For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. 

Or the fact we had all this stuff accumulating in our basement, clothes I didn’t like anymore, old coats, shoes, toys, home decor. And still I couldn’t explain why it irked me so much to see the insane amount of money friends were spending on french doors for their garage. Let’s not mention how much it drove me up the wall when my kids discarded toys nonchalantly as if we could purchase new ones whenever we wanted. 

Slowly my eyes were opened to the overwhelming needs in the world–but how can I help? How could I change my kids’ attitudes from being obsessed with the latest toy or Iphone to having a servants heart and that’s when Amy emailed me about her new release. 

To sum it up one sentence…GET THIS BOOK. Okay, okay, the real review:

In today’s cozy and comfortable world, families have been lulled into comfort and complacency as they quietly build their American Dream all the while asking, “What’s missing?” Amy not only puts a finger on the very thing we can’t quite name but also takes us by the hand and guides us to “other-centered living.” She opens our eyes to living outside ourselves through a servant’s heart. When More is Not Enough will ignite a passion within your family to open the doors and serve others. The book offers practical ideas to grow your family’s hearts and ideas to serve needs in your community, your family can start small while growing to love others. 

Amy talks about practical ways to get your family involved in serving, this includes being generous in using your skills, how to be generous with strangers, being generous with forgiveness, being generous with time and money; this book also includes many great additional resources including a list of other books that inspire action, a letter from “Dad to Dad” for your spouse, and quality time activities your kids actually want to do. 

I also had the chance to visit with Amy and ask her about some practical ideas you can use now to begin cultivating a servant’s heart.

When More is Not Enough: 8 Start-This-Very-Second Activities to Promote Generous Living in Your Home

I’m a sucker for books about world changers. I gulp down tales of people following God’s great call to love others better, but a couple of years ago, our little family of four felt stuck.

What could an average family do for others? What could an average family do for God?  We simply had no idea.

Over time, our family moved from doing nothing (not good) to doing everything (equally not good) to finding our grove and discovering more.

No, not more selfies and gadgets and stuff. More prayers cried out, more compassion for others, more engagement with strangers, more of the same kind of love Christ showed us every day of His life.

When More is Not Enough is a short book loaded with practical, start-this-very-second activities, which promote generous living in families. Here are a few of my favorite features, ideas, and activities stolen straight from the book.

  1. Dinner Table Dialogue. Each chapter of the book contains a list of Dinner Table Dialogue questions to jumpstart conversations about serving others at your house.
  1. Family Service Inventories. Adult, teen/tween, and child service inventories pinpoint specific chapters and potential areas of service. Each question on the survey correlates with a chapter in the book making it easy to jump around and hit chapters which interest your family. Yes, skipping around in the book is not only permitted, but encouraged. Eeek. Your high school English teacher would fall over.
  1. Online Goodness. The Internet contains heaps of websites, videos, and organizations designed to educate and motivate people to serve others.  However, clicking around can be overwhelming. Take a peek at a few of my favorite online stops in the list of Clickty Click Doing Good Online Style.
  1. Quality Time Ideas. To correlate with the chapter on being generous with time, my ten-year-old daughter penned a list of 50 potential quality time activities your kids will actuallybe excited to do.  Idea #1? Pretend you are robots. Oh, and that is just the beginning.
  1. What about the dads? We can’t forget all the dads in the house! A letter written to a Dad from a Dad is included to encourage Dads who want to serve others, but who also need motivation to get started.
  1. Grading nonprofits. Dig around Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org), and you will be a smarter giver
  1. Scripture. Ask God to move your family in big ways and use Scripture to guide you. A prayer guide outlining some of my favorite verses on generosity is included in the book
  1. Easy ideas. Save your old Christmas cards and create a prayer ring. Leave it in a central location in your house to remind your family to be generous with prayer.

When does this book release? September 22nd. You can order your copy here on Amazon: When More Is Not Enough

To find Amy on Facebook, visit: Amy Sullivan Writes

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About Amy:  For the past two years, Amy L. Sullivan looked harder, loved stronger, and discovered more by fixing her gaze on something other than the person staring back at her in the mirror. Amy writes for oodles of print and online publications and loves speaking with groups of any size. Connect with her online at AmyLSullivan.com.

 

 

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An Ever-Present Help for Our Children

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It is something we never wish to think about, and yet, we must think about it. And talk to our children about it. And that is…child abduction.

I read something recently that brought up a scary memory for me of what happened to my daughter.

I lost my five year-old daughter (Merf, nickname) in a large department store at the mall. To say I was freaked out would be an understatement. This happened right after the abduction of Adam Walsh in 1981.

(If you don’t know the story, seven-year-old Adam Walsh was abducted from a mall in Florida and later found murdered and decapitated. Sorry. Gruesome, I know. [Adam’s story is here.] You have probably heard of his father John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted.)

As Merf and I shopped, I told her to stay close as looked around in one of the women’s departments. Merf loved to feel fabrics when she was little, especially soft ones, and would occasionally crawl under the clothes racks and feel the fabrics.

Thinking she was right beside me, or under a rack, I said something to her. But she did not answer me.

I softly called to her. No answer.

I looked around, and under, and behind, and called again. No answer.

Starting to panic, I called a little louder. No answer.

Now getting frantic, yet trying to remain calm so as not to appear like a lunatic, I yelled out in the store for her, but she did not answer.

At the same time, my mind raced through all the horrific scenarios that could happen. My heart felt as though it would jump out of my body. I prayed, “Oh, God! Help!”

Just then, my ears perked up as I heard someone calling, actually yelling, my name from somewhere within the store . . . “LYNN!”

I looked around and a very dear friend was just coming through the entrance of the store. I waved to her.

From halfway across the store, she yelled, “Are you looking for Merf?”

“YES! Where is she?”

“She’s right here by the door!”

I ran to get her. After smothering my daughter with kisses and practically squishing her insides out with my hug, I asked her why she didn’t stay by my side.

She said she couldn’t find me and, as she knew which way we came in, she went to the double set of doors and waited in between them because she knew I would come out that way.

Oh, be still my heart! It still shakes me up to this day.

I do not relate all this to scare you but to instill action in you. If you have not done so, you need to talk to, and teach, your kids about safety and abduction prevention.

There are some great sites on the internet that can help you. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a great resource. Their site says it “provides safety and prevention resources for families and professionals focusing on child abduction, child sexual exploitation and Internet safety.”

A few of its resources are…

NetSmartz® Workshop
The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource for children ages 5 to 17. NetSmartz prepares children to behave responsibly when confronted with issues concerning Internet safety.

Take 25®
This campaign encourages families to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and abduction prevention. The campaign is a great resource for communities.

Child ID
NCMEC recommends families have a Child ID kit prepared for each child in the event he or she is missing. One of the most important pieces of this kit is an up-to-date, good quality photo.

A couple other helpful sites are…

* Volunteer Guide

* National Crime Prevention

But as great a help as all that is, there is a greater help to teach our children: to know the Lord is their ever-present help in all situations.

With all the evil in the world, it is highly important that we teach our kids and grandkids to stay close to us or whoever is in charge of them at the moment. We want to teach them with love and gentleness so as not to scare them. However, a little apprehension is a good thing.

At the same time we explain closeness to them, we need to teach them that staying close to the Lord, as our heavenly Father, is of utmost importance. As His children, we are never alone or without His help in any situation.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
(Ps. 46:1 NIV)

“Lo, I am with you always.”
(Matt. 28:20b NKJV)

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Clearing Out The Clutter

 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace… 1 Corinthians 14:33a NLT

If you are like me there are some cabinets or closets in your house that are shoved, jammed, and packed full of “stuff”. So full, in fact, that when you open them you have to be on guard and ready for anything to happen.

My tupperware cabinet is like that, you pretty much take your life into your own hands if you want to get in or out of that cabinet.  Right now you’ve already started to think about that cabinet or closet in your house. Sweat beads are rolling down your face as you even think about it.

There’s not even a remote chance that you would show it to anyone…not even your very best friend.

We’re preparing to move at my house and so right now we are in a season of clearing out the clutter. From linen closets, to tupperware cabinets, to the piles of stuff under your bathroom sink that you haven’t seen since the early 2000’s.

At first I completely dreaded what this whole clearing out the clutter process would look like, I expect it will be full of hours, maybe even days, of time spent looking through things that I didn’t even remember that I have anymore. But what I am slowing starting to discover is that this clutter is also a good indicator of the state of my life right now.

Everywhere I turn there’s “stuff”.
It slowly accumulated over the years.
I didn’t even notice it was there until I started to pack things up, that’s when I realized that it’s all over the place.

They break up and clutter my path [embarrassing my plans]; they urge on my calamity, even though they have no helper [and are themselves helpless]. Job 30:13 AMP

The crazy thing is that while in the midst of packing and clearing out the clutter and stuff in our home I noticed the clutter kept me from focusing on the things right in front of me. The things most important to me…my God, my husband, my family.

Suddenly the stuff was consuming more and more of me and it gave me less and less time to do what God had called me to do — love on, encourage and care for my family.

Your clutter might not be your tupperware cabinet, or your linen closet, but maybe it is your…

  • calendar,
  • volunteer work,
  • gym classes,
  • work schedule
  • hobbies

Think about it this way, clutter is pretty much anything that keeps you distracted from focusing on what God has specifically called you to do — not me, not your neighbor, but the very thing that He created you for.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 NIV

What area of your life do you need to Clear out the Clutter?
Why don’t you start today?
You will be so glad you did and when you do watch to see how God gives you a fresh perspective on the “stuff” in your life.

Dear Jesus, we want to be more like you. Help us to start clearing out the clutter today so we can make room for what you’ve called us to do. Guide us in a way that only you could and show us how taking that step will bring us freedom. We love you Lord, in Jesus Name, Amen

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Introducing ChannelMom

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One of the joys of being in ministry is meeting other women whose hearts seem to beat much like my own. Women who are driven with similar passions and a heart to make a difference.

And I LOVE sharing other ministries that can meet you sweet moms right where you are and encourage you in your journey. Today, I want to introduce you to Jenny Dean Schmidt and ministry, ChannelMom. 

I met Jenny recently after my publisher contacted Jenny about having me as a guest on ChannelMom. As soon as I heard her share her heart during the interview, I knew we were on the same page when it came to moms in so many ways that I just automatically connected with her.

Jenny has a radio show where she personally encourages moms and also invites authors, speakers, ministry leaders and experts to speak hope and help into the hearts and lives of moms, as well. Her radio show is called The ChannelMom Show and you can find her ever-inspiring and relevant podcasts by clicking this link.

 In ministry, I’ve had the awesome privilege of meeting so many amazing women! Today, I wanted to share with you Jenny Dean Schmidt and ChannelMom because I know she will provide you with a great resource of encouragement. She’s a friend of The M.O.M. and I’m super excited to introduce you to her, her ministry and her radio show.

CONNECT & ENJOY! I know you’ll be glad you did!

Jenny-Dean-Schmidt-Head-Shot-246x300Jenny Dean Schmidt is a wife, mother and has been host of The Channelmom Show for more than 2 years.

Jenny had an extensive career in television news, where she worked as an on-air reporter, producer and writer. She has worked for ABC News, FNN, The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour as well as NBC, ABC, CBS and WB affiliates in major U.S. cities.
Jenny also served as a stay-at-home mom for many years.

Jenny has interviewed two Presidents, as well as many other politicians and celebrities.  She’s covered high-profile news stories, including the OJ Simpson trial, the Columbine massacre, and a number of Presidential campaigns.  Jenny has also been a guest on TV and radio shows, as well as featured in a number of news articles.  Jenny was awarded an Emmy for her reporting on the 1996 race for President.

Jenny is passionate about the important role of mothers in modern America.  She believes the role of moms is often overshadowed by the spotlight we place on celebrities and the celebrity lifestyle.  She wants moms everywhere to understand they are celebrities to their Creator.

 

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