Who are we pleasing?

A thought has been in my mind for quite some time. A thought that seems to judge, but I am just as guilty. A thought about parenting, about the past, about what my spirit is teaching, and about what I am learning… a thought about truth. You see I look around and see. I see more deeply than before. I see what my past has done to me; the thoughts, the inescapable connections in my brain that have been hard wired because of a choice or a thought, whichever it may be, that occurred a long time ago. Sometimes I …

Thankfulness is Best Lived Forward

  When I think of the word thankfulness I get a picture myself as a young mother. I’m wiping the sweat from my brow and the hair from my eyes. Whew!  I was not sure how I could get it all done. But thankfully, God made a way. Most of the time I was waltzing somewhere between flustered and flabbergasted. I’ll admit that a lot of the time I was overwhelmed with things instead of thankful for them. One day I was standing on my porch watching one little daughter go down the street to play and another little daughter …

The Invisibility of Motherhood

  Alone But Never Alone Parenting can bring on the cloak of invisibility real quick. Now don’t get me wrong, being a mother is the most amazing gift God has given me. It truly is a privilege. In fact, I tell my kids often that it’s a privilege to be their mom. I don’t even want to imagine my life without them. That said, let’s be honest…being a mom is hard. It can be very lonely. But how is that possible when us moms are rarely ever alone?? (Are you feeling me on this?? RARELY. EVER. ALONE) Feeling isolated while …

Making Marriage Matter with Leah Heffner

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreAlthough she is off caffeine for a season, you can’t tell it by her contagious energy. Leah Heffner blogs about marriage, parenting and faith. Her passion will inspire you to live intentionally. Don’t miss her online course, “Making Marriage Matter” which she describes: “Breathing Life Into Your Marriage through a Heart Attitude of Thankfulness was created to encourage you in your right now of marriage. To help you find the perspective change that you’re looking for. To help you build a habit of intentionality in your marriage each day. To help you make a …

Family Ties

Did you know that not every woman likes their mother-in-law? WHAT?!!?!?!?! As shocking as it is- it’s true! Many mother and daughters-in-law fuss, fight, and argue constantly! I’m sure within different families there are tons of various reasons why this might be the case, and unfortunately the finger- pointed in blame- would be aimed in many different directions. Family ties are not that easy to maintain when people do not see eye-to-eye. If you happen to love your mother-in-law GREAT! Me Too! If not, just pretend for a bit… things will just go smoother here if you do. I believe …

Focus on Sarah: Motherhood in the Ancient World

Sometimes it’s hard to understand the traditions from ancient times in comparison to our life today. God teaches in his Word certain principles that hold as true today as it did many years ago in spite of the current accepted practice. We can learn a lesson from Abraham’s wife Sarah when her great desire to have a child overcame her desire to follow the promise of God. She tried to “help God out” and it ended in disaster. Genesis 16: 1-2 “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she …