Little Girl, Get Up! Mary-Ava Poole

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 Do you vividly remember days from long ago? What you were wearing, the smell of the air, your surroundings? It is almost as if someone is playing back a movie and you are…

A Real Blessing Theresa Rowe

“Your words are so powerful that they will kill or bring life.” Proverbs 18:21 (TPT) The phrase “like a bull in a china shop” is often used to describe someone who is clumsy, bungling, and usually destructive, by accident. Like most people, I have tripped over my tongue and awkwardly said the wrong thing, misspoke and called someone by the wrong name. Those things happen. But what about those times…

Whatever Happens Maggie Meadows Cooper

Not long ago, I asked my son if he knew how much I loved him, and he replied, “Well, yeah…you tell me all the time.” If I were to ask my husband, daughters, parents, siblings, or others close to me, they would probably say the same thing. The truth is that I never know when it might be the last time I speak to those I love, and I wouldn’t…

Finding Sabbath Rest During the Summer Beth Holmes

Summer break is half over. We’ve travelled, worked at VBS, gone to drama camp, celebrated birthdays and Father’s Day. And you know what? I don’t feel like I’ve had a vacation at all. One thing I am trying to learn in this season of life as a 40-something wife and mom is how to find Sabbath rest within our busy schedule. I wouldn’t trade my life for anyone else’s. I…

Am I Doing Enough? By Kristen Hudson

“Driven,” “Passionate,” a “Get it done kind of girl…” These are a few of the words (at least the kind ones) that I have heard people use to describe me. I’m a big-idea person. My wheels are spinning at top speed at all times. For the first five years of my now-going-on-ten-year marriage, I worked as a special education teacher, and then I started and ran a business. I put…

The Undeniable Need to Create Space for Ourselves Liz Faught

When did our need for space become an issue of selfishness? Is this my own doing or impart due to society’s expectations?  We are driven and defined by our successes not by the peace we exude, but what we have accomplished.  I have for many years lived by check lists and associated my success and/or worthiness by these lists.  Is it because I am a “stay at home mom” and…

Palm Sunday ~ Never Alone Ashlee Nocita

Have you ever gone through the deep waters of pain, hurt, or betrayal alone as a result of an unforeseen offense caused by a loved one or presumed ally?  The direct offense, ushers in waves of feelings and emotional pain that can be unbearable and incapacitating. You wonder “will I ever be myself again and made whole,” but that answer is to far down the road, so you wake up…

Mission Possible Neena Gaynor

There’s an undeniable ministry in motherhood that is often forgotten by those of us who are in it. Results of parenting are rarely instant, and more often I’m focused on endless mac and cheese and Lego messes. Sometimes I’m aware of the deep trenches. In those moments, we mothers are ready to fight the spiritual battles for our families on our knees. But if you’re like me, there’s a tendency…

Where Strength is Found in Weakness Starla Canning

Nothing brings a woman to her knees quite like motherhood. I am a firm believer that children are an affirmation of God’s love for us. They are also an affirmation of how inadequate we are, that we are not in control and that without God we are wretched souls. I am learning this the hard way – over and over again. Honestly, being a mother is the hardest thing I’ve…